About Us

The Woodlands Team

Vanissa Micklethwait

Broker Associate



Cell: 281-615-6000

eFax: 866-755-7810

E-Mail: Vanissa@TheWoodlandsTeam.com

Vanissa is experienced and educated in all areas of residential real estate to advise you with any of your real estate needs; buying, selling, building, second homes or investing. Exceptional service and communication create raving fans, which is the Team’s goal. AND she enjoys the challenge of matching people with property.


A full time Realtor since 1986 and a Woodlands resident since 1995, Vanissa moved here as a “trailing spouse” and relates well to relocating families and the emotions that are involved.  Additional training and education have given her the expertise of working with buyers and sellers in the Luxury Home market, Relocation, Seniors, Second Home Buyers as well as First Time Buyers.  Whether buying, selling or building, Vanissa and The Woodlands Team are the choice for you!


Vanissa holds the coveted Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation and is an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), a Relocation Specialist, a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS), a Certified Home Marketing Specialist (CHMS) and holds a Real Estate Broker’s license.  Extensive training with SRES is invaluable when helping Seniors make wise buying and selling decisions.  She has been the recipient of many awards and honors during her real estate career including the prestigious Sold On My Realtor award, the RE/MAX 100% Club, the RE/MAX Hall of Fame, the RE/MAX Platinum Club and in 2014, the RE/MAX’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, The Woodlands Team has earned numerous awards and honors.


She and her husband, Adolph, were high school sweethearts and both of their children are graduates of The Woodlands High School. When not working with clients, Vanissa and Adolph enjoy traveling and spending time with family and their young grandchildren.

Joan Townsend



Cell: 281-799-6257

eFax: 832-218-6076

E-Mail: Joan@TheWoodlandsTeam.com

Joan Townsend brings a wealth of experience with her; a licensed realtor since 1996 serving The Woodlands and the surrounding areas. A native Houstonian and a Woodlands resident since its inception helps Joan give her clients unique knowledge and information about the area and community! This in-depth knowledge of the area and real estate market can help you make the most informed decision and is a great reason to choose Joan and The Woodlands Team as your next Realtors.


She believes the role as your Realtor is to guide you through the buying or selling process taking the time to make sure you understand every step of the transaction. Since real estate frequently happens during non-business hours, she wants you to know that she is available at times that are convenient to you!


Joan holds a degree in Business Administration with a major in Marketing and holds the highly acclaimed Certified Residential Specialist designation - CRS and the Accredited Buyers Representative designation - ABR. She has won various real estate awards including the Re/Max 100% Club and Re/Max Platinum Club award.


Joan has been married to her husband Keith, a financial advisor, for over 27 years and has 2 children, Madison and Zach. Madison graduated from Texas Tech University and is currently working at a local engineering firm. While Zach is pursuing an Engineering degree from Texas Tech University! She understands the importance of family and community first hand and knows how important buying and/or selling your home is to your family!

Honors & Awards

The Woodlands Team many awards include:


  • RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award, awarded in 2014
  • RE/MAX Platinum Club Awarded in 2006, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • RE/MAX HALL OF FAME, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2015
  • RE/MAX 100% Club award, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
  • Top 25 Residential Real Estate Award - Houston Business Journal, 2001
  • Best of Trulia, 2014

Clients Testimonials

What our clients have to say:


* Dave said,

"Joan and Vanissa did a fantastic job for me. They advised me on how to best prepare my home for showing and gave me an accurate assessment on what to expect through the process. In less than a week on the market, I received a couple good offers that lead to a negotiated price that was very satisfactory. The Woodlands Team was always very responsive, thorough and personable. I highly recommend them for anyone’s real estate needs."


* Keith said,

“Vanissa and Joan make a great team where each works well with their client to keep them informed on the

market and interest in their property. Always professional and courteous, I would easily recommend Vanissa &

Joan to anyone looking for a great home selling (or buying) experience!”


* Tim and Beth said,

“This is the second time we have used The Woodlands Team to buy and sell a house, and we couldn’t have asked for a better experience! Vanissa and her team are a true pleasure to work with. They worked hard to make sure we bough exactly the home we were looking for, and were outstanding in selling the home we were in. We give them our highest recommendation!”


* Mike & Wendy said,
"My wife and I moved corporately more than 10 times. Needless to say, we’ve worked with a lot of Realtors. Joan Townsend was the best realtor we ever worked with. She listened to the parameters we set for what we liked and could afford. She never wasted our time showing us houses outside our price range. In addition, when we found the house we wanted to purchase, she was instrumental in helping us secure it at the lowest possible price. I would highly recommend her to anyone needing the services of a Realtor."


* Mark said,
 "Found Joan to be very knowledgeable and very understanding of her clients wishes, even when thrown different curveballs from me, she didn’t miss a step, she made the whole process very easy. I would highly recommend Joan to anyone who is looking for a good trustworthy realtor."


* Tonya H. said,

“Fourth time to use Vanissa Micklethwait. Excellent results. Highly recommend. Very knowledgeable about the market and paperwork involved. I turn everything over to her and she gets it done. Never have anything to work about and she never fails to deliver.”


* Joan & Harold. said,

"Joan is the BEST. I would definitely ask her to sell other properties for me. She is super professional and

very well educated in her profession. She is very much in tune with your feelings and has seen us through

the entire sales process, lifting our spirits when needed. Our house had been up for sale for over a year

prior to meeting Joan. Within a month Joan


* Chuck said,

“Honesty & Integrity.... Her Daddy was a Texas Ranger. Need I say more. The apple did not fall far from the tree. I trusted her to sell me a house and she helped sell my house and even set up a contact in Kansas City when I moved 7 years later. Very easy to get ahold of and genuine in her approach and work ethic. Her local knowledge was excellent and she helped negotiate a great deal on a new build. Her expertise in all aspects of buying and selling ensured that I recieve what I wanted and felt I recieved a VALUE and again when he sold my house I recieved more than I expected in a shorter amount of time. I can't say enough about how Vanissa helped my wife while I was working in a new city and was not there to oversee some renovation work to maximize the price point. She was incredibley supportive and did far more than I would have expected out of a real estate professional. I absolutely found the ideal person for the job and she was recommended to me from a colleague when I first moved to Houston. GREAT LADY!!!”


* Olena  said,
"Over the last years, I've been through several real estate transactions and met with, probably, seven or eight agents and still did not find the right person to hire. I wish I met Joan in the beginning of that journey. I needed a lot of advice and she provided it to me very tactfully, in right dosage, at right time. When I was choosing between a more expensive and a less expensive houses and asked her opinion on which I should get, she account for my interests and not for the size of her commission. Representing the best interest of her client comes organic to her. She is genuine and sharp. "


* Brenda & Dan said,

“Highly recommend Vanissa if you are buying or selling. She was with us through multiple offers on both the buying and selling end. She worked with us and was patient as we often had different ideas. We really enjoyed working with Vanissa.”

* Rosie & Bill said,
"Besides being knowledgeable about the real estate market, Joan offered excellent advice and represented us skillfully in negotiations with the Buyers. We felt assured relying on her experience, good judgement and calm, confident manner and we recommend her talents wholeheartedly!"


* Barry said,

“Vanissa and her staff are consummate professionals who keep the client’s interest and concerns at the forefront of the transaction. They are so attentive to all the many details and nuances of the transaction, from the listing to the closing, that the client is confident knowing his property, assets and integrity are completely protected. We have chosen Vanissa and her company to represent us both as a buyer and as a seller in all of our real estate dealings over the past 14 years and would not consider using anyone else.”


* Kati said,

"Joan was exactly what we needed for this home-buying process. I don't know what we would have done without her! We had a tricky situation, moving from out-of-state, and she helped us house-hunt from a

distance before we came to the area, recommended an excellent lender, and helped us know which area neighborhoods would be best for us. She was incredibly patient and helpful. She advocated for us perfectly throughout the negotiations, was always quick to respond, and gave advice/guidance when needed but without being pushy. Without her I know we would not have found the dream home that we did!"


* Todd & Raemi said,

 “Vanissa provided outstanding service both during the process of hunting for the right house and during the purchase. It took us many months to find the right house, but when we did, we closed fast and on-time even with holidays in the middle. Vanissa actively communicated with the sellers, title company, insurance company and bank to ensure everything came together for a smooth closing. Highly recommended for people looking for housing in The Woodlands.”


* Ty  said,
"Joan was awesome! Very knowledgeable about the area and always accessible to address questions and concerns. She really pushed all third parties hard to ensure we closed escrow on time."


* Tom W. said,

“Vanissa was wonderful to work with. She always put out interest first, communicated with us often and gave us the “straight story” every time. We highly recommend her!”


* Debbie said,

“My agent and hopefully yours made my home buying experience pleasant instead of a dreaded chore. She was always available to me at a moments notice. Joan is down to earth and soon after we began looking for my home I knew I had found a friend. My husband and my mother also felt comfortable with Joan. Please do yourself a favor and make an appointment with Joan. You will be glad you did. Joan is my agent for life. Whether you are buying or selling, Joan is the perfect real estate agent for you.”


* Megan B. said,

“When it was time to list our home of 8 years, it was a no brainer as to who we’d call! Vanissa is very competent and knowledgeable in her field and helped us make every decision in the buying and selling process. She is the best of the best!”


* Ishmael said,

"I don't know where to start. You are GREAT, Joan! My family and I would like to express our gratitude to you for the service you provided. For this deal was complicated with a capital C. We are beyond grateful for your

guidance, patience, and execution. We could not have asked for a better Real Estate Agent to lead us through this muddy journey. We respect the way you constructed the deal, it truly was a win-win for us...”


* Peter said,

“Vanissa was excellent. She entered a situation where a prior agent was doing a poor job and completely turned the situation around. Vanissa quickly identified issues and worked with me to get them resolved. We ended up selling the house for 10k more that what it was listed at under my previous agent. Vanissa managed to sell my home within days of being returned to the market while previous agent had the home on the market for 9 months. She is a true professional and is willing to do what is needed to get the job done. I am so glad that we found her.”


The Team

The Woodlands Team - At your service


Need to sell or buy a home? If you currently own property and are thinking of placing it on the market, this site contains information about preparing your home for sale, selecting the right agent, pricing your home appropriately, marketing it effectively, going through the inspection processes, and receiving a

timely market evaluation. We can do an analysis online or in person.


If you are considering purchasing a home, Vanissa and Joan are CRS designees and offer the expertise and professionalism that put them in the top 5% of residential sales agents nationwide. They also are Relocation Specialists and therefore make your move easier. Whether you are a first time buyer or an experienced investor, you will find useful information about how to choose the "right" property, making an offer, negotiating, financing, mortgage rates, moving, and everything involved in making an informed real estate decision in today's market.

Lauren Lee

Team Assistant/Client Care Manager


Direct: 281-362-2530

E-mail: Lauren@TheWoodlandsTeam.com


Lauren is the Team Assistant/Client Care Manager for The Woodlands Team. Lauren has been a part of the RE/MAX family since 2013 and has been exposed to the many facets of real estate during that time. She is responsible for taking your home from listing all the way to closing. In addition she provides Joan and Vanissa support in all aspects of their business, including marketing and our office systems.


After you have turned in all your listing paperwork to Joan or Vanissa and your home has been activated on the market, Lauren processes your file, from paperwork to websites, and much much more. You will probably be hearing from Lauren via email or telephone within a few days of your home's listing just to let you know the status of your home.


Lauren also processes pending files for sellers and buyers. She maintains contact with the lender, the title company, and the other agent to make sure everything is in order on the day of closing. Please feel free to contact Lauren if you have any questions or need anything prior to closing.

After a home has closed, Lauren closes the file in our system and provides clients with a digital copy of their file. She maintains contact with closed clients and is available to assist wherever she is needed. If you have a question or need a copy of your file after it has closed, Lauren will assist you!


Lauren was born and raised in Tomball, Texas and currently resides in Spring, Texas. When she isn’t working Lauren enjoys crafting and most of all spending time with her 3 children, Bentley, Ryder & Emarie, as well as her friends and family.

In Memorium

Our Beloved Team Member

Anne Christine McGuirt


This page of our website is dedicated to our dear friend and founding member,

Anne McGuirt - July 23, 1954 to June 20, 2013.


We want this page to be a reminder to Anne’s friends and family that while she is gone she has not been forgotten.

Anne is survived and dearly missed by her husband, George, her children, Chris and Andrew, her grandchildren,

her brother Rod and family and friends in both Texas and Scotland.


Anne was born in Scotland and moved to Texas following her marriage to George where they lived happily for 39 years.

Anne was well known for her volunteer work with the homeless. She was a true servant at heart. Anne had an uncanny way of reading

people and understanding what they wanted, often before they did. This is part of what made her successful in her real estate career.

Real estate was not just a career for Anne, it was an extension of her servant’s heart and her desire to help people.

That was evident to each of her clients whom she treated with the utmost respect and dignity. She was known for keeping calm in

troubling situations and was a rock to so many. We will honor that legacy by continuing to serve her clients with that same respect and dignity.


It is difficult to believe that Anne is no longer with us. We will never forget Anne nor will anyone who knew her. She made such

big impressions in countless lives. We want to, once again, thank all of our colleagues, clients, friends, and community members

for your kind words and gestures since Anne’s passing. It’s just another reminder of why we love this community.







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