About Us


Joan Castro

The desert ’s active communities and homes are  unique and together they define a lifestyle. Whatever desert lifestyle you choose, Joan Castro and her team can help you locate or market your property to the discerning buyers seeking a desert property. With over 20+ year selling real estate you know that your property will reach a global audience of buyers as well as broker seek-ing outstanding properties. Joan’s service begins with the initial point of contact and continues after the closing of the escrow.  Our team provides skills & caring service to all our entire client base beyond the initial transaction whether it be a sale or a luxury seasonal lease.
Joan Castro has been one of the leading realtors in the valley since 2000. After being in real es-tate in Los Angeles &Northern California, Joan & her husband Jim  decided on the desert life-style after relocating from Los Angeles. Joan & Jim never looked back and were thrilled with a “new lifestyle“ in the desert.
Joan takes pride in the performance and results achieved.  Her performance  can be judged by the quantity of sold properties & rave recommendations from her clients. A seasoned realtor, Joan joined HK Lane  in 2009 after a long success at Fred Sands Desert Realty since 1999.Joan  was named the top producer for the entire company in her very first year. Continuing as a top agent each year, she joined Coldwell Banker when it acquired Fred Sands. Joan has been named one of the 100 top producing agents in Southern California, and received the Society of Excellence award for gross commissions totaling more than $1 million in just one year.

Proud to offer her clients unparalleled knowledge of current Desert properties, as well as upcom-ing growth areas, Joan has a committed sales team and creative advertising group which gives her a distinctive market edge. Recently, she added a Luxury Leasing Division to her team. She has gained a reputation of representing luxury and golf course properties and has generated an extensive referral client base. Joan has lived at Indian Ridge Country Club in Palm Desert  since 1994 and is an active golfer and a charter equity member.

Contact Joan at 760-250-2984


Jim Castro

Jim has been a licensed realtor since 2000, working hand in hand with Joan to assist buyers and sellers in the Coachella Valley.

Jim is proud to be a Marine and a Vietnam Veteran. He is a member of the Indian Ridge Country Club in Palm Desert and was a Club Golf Cham-pion. On top of being an active golf and tournament play member at In-dian Ridge, he also enjoys spin classes at the Sports Club and is an advo-cate of  Bikram Yoga.

With a decade of hands on experience, Jim has consistent commitment to his  clients best interest that has  kept him busy with repeat business and referrals from a devoted client base.  Since the majority of Jim’s clients are second home owners, Jim tackles issues  to oversee whatever challenges  arise during a sale or seasonal lease. It’s important to have someone you trust  to understand your unique needs and requirements. That is especially true for the majority of owners of vacation properties.

Contact Jim at 760-250-7555


Stephanie West

Stephanie is a second generation realtor who has fond memories of hang-ing out at her mother’s Real Estate office after school. She has been with Joan Castro & Associates since 2002, serving as a Buyer’s agent, Listing agent, Short Sale Negotiator, Escrow Coordinator, and In-House Tech Support. She also has experience representing Fannie Mae foreclosure properties.

Stephanie is knowledgeable, experienced from working with first time buyers to seasoned repeat clients. She has the ability of creating long term relationships based on trust and loyalty to her clients.

When Stephanie is not pursing her passion of real estate she enjoys spending time  with her husband and 2 daughters who are involved in team soccer & cheerleading in Palm Desert. Stephanie has in-depth knowledge of all communities &facets of the market to assist buyers and sellers to create a 5 star experience.

Please contact Stephanie at 760 250-3755