About Us

The Woodlands Team

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 it’s 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 as your next Realtor.

Joan has been a member of The Woodlands Team since 2013 joining Vanissa Micklethwait as a full partner at that time.  Upon Vanissa’s retirement in 2022, Joan has maintained The Woodlands Team with the same work ethic and dedication that all the previous members set the foundation!


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, RE/MAX Platinum Club award and RE/MAX Hall of Fame.


Joan has been married to her husband Keith, a financial advisor, for over 30+ years.  She has 2 grown children, Madison & Zach, of whom she is incredibly proud! In their spare time Joan and Keith spend time on the Texas coast saltwater fishing, boating and spending time with family and friends!

Honors & Awards

The Woodlands Team many awards include:


  • RE/MAX Platinum Club Award, awarded in 2013 - 2022
  • RE/MAX 100% Club, awarded in 2006 - 2022
  • RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award
    RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award

Clients Testimonials

What our clients have to say:


Wei & Bao said,
“Dear Joan and Lauren, We wanted to take a moment to express our deepest gratitude for the outstanding support and assistance you both provided during our recent home purchase. Your dedication and professionalism went above and beyond our expectations, and we are truly thankful for your unwavering commitment to making this process a smooth and successful one.

Once again, thank you, for your unwavering support, professionalism, and expertise throughout this journey. We would not hesitate to recommend your services to anyone in need of a top-notch real estate team.”


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."

 Andrew said,
“Joan and Lauren were extremely helpful with finding a house that I love listening to my preferences and helping me in a timely manner. They were very friendly and knowledgeable. I will gladly recommend them to anyone.”

Charles & Patricia said,
“Joan Townsend is professional and helpful. We have used Joan as our realtor in the past and we will continue to use her for her excellent service, honesty, helpfulness, courtesy and knowledge. Joan goes above and beyond to help her clients and we appreciate her efforts on our behalf. She is great!”

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!"


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."

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

Ofice: 281-362-2530

Cell: (713) 897-1946

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 the support in all aspects of their business, including marketing and our office systems.

After you have turned in all your listing paperwork to Joan 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.


The Woodlands Team

Vanissa Micklethwait

Original Partner


After nearly 37 years of working with awesome clients, my husband and I have retired and relocated to the Hill Country. We built our “preretirement home” outside of New Braunfels in 2019 and transitioned to the very active neighborhood of Vintage Oaks in 2022.  We are near my parents, sisters, aunts, cousins, Adolph’s brothers, and our daughter’s family, giving us lots of opportunities for family time and to help each other out. Our son, a naval officer, is still stationed overseas and we will be traveling to see him again soon!

It was a hard decision to retire and leave a career that I have truly loved!  I could have only been working toward my retirement with the knowledge that I would be leaving my clients in good hands with my business partner, Joan Townsend.

I love hearing from my past clients so don't hesitate to call me any time – my number is the same! I’d love to hear from you!

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.







6620 Woodlands Parkway

The Woodlands, TX 77382