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Catalina Schrader



Washington DC Office

4315 50th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20016 Directions
Phone: 202-552-5600

Even before going into real estate I was passionate about houses. I was the one you’d find at ‘open houses’ in the neighborhood, curious to see what folks do with their spaces. Looking back I see it was an exercise, thinking about how this or that wall could be moved, how best to place or rearrange the furniture, where to hang a painting. Always designing in my head. Not quite an obsession, but certainly a passion.

And now this passion has become a way of life and work, a way to move from admirer of homes, to an agent of change…To putting my experience and knowledge of the real estate market, my analytical and negotiating skills to work for the benefit of my clients. 

I understand how much my clients depend on me for good advice, to be their sounding board, and to help them navigate the complicated maze of home buying or selling. I offer my perspective and expertise, as a professional, and as the agent who can put all the information together to bring about a smooth and successful process. 

I’ve been able to see first hand how important it is to have a trusted agent by your side, because while the walls of a house may be cold and inanimate, the concept of home and the emotions it conjures up, is not. 

And it follows that while a real estate transaction is about numbers and logistics and maybe where to move the furniture, once you add people to the equation, the process is emotional and not all together linear. 

I don’t have it all figured out yet, but I’m collecting stories along the way, stay tuned. I’ll be putting my book together any day now. 

In it I’ll probably include snippets of my life before real estate, when I worked for many years as a Spanish Translator and Interpreter, and before that when the pursuit of art ruled my universe. 

I’ve also been lucky enough to travel and live in various wonderful places before ‘settling’ down in Silver Spring, which is now home. This is only part of the mix of experiences that I bring along to my real estate life, to share with you. 

Licensed In

  • Washington D.C.
  • Maryland

" Catalina: Thank you for your very professional service in the quick sale of our home. Everything was accomplished expeditiously, which was good for all of us. And we admire your friendly, at ease personality! Again, thank you for all your help and kindness. "

– Janice Hunt , Washington, D.C.

" There are two main reasons that I have recommended Catalina to all of my friends: The level of service we received from her as our realtor when we sold our house last fall, and her truly genius design skills. Everybody has a horror story about buying or selling a house, and we had our share of bumps in the road—but through every one Catalina held our hands like a therapist, a coach, and an all-around guru. Through the most stressful parts of the whole process, Catalina was available to us as often as we needed, with a cheerful and pragmatic attitude that always soothed our nerves. We put a lot of work into the house before it went on the market, and Catalina was indispensable in that process. She assessed what needed to be done, advised us on how to get the most bang for our buck, and even got us contractors who could do the work in our tight turn-around time. She was at our house for every estimate and communicated with contractors when I was too stressed out to deal with it. If I didn’t like the estimate, she got another one for us right away. We benefited from her many contacts in the building trades and got great prices and good quality. I can’t overstate what amazing service we got from Catalina! She made us feel like we were her only clients, and she spent a tremendous amount of time on us, from the pre-selling stage all the way through the final walk through. Catalina was truly magical when it came to showing the house; we couldn’t believe how great our own house looked! It was a total transformation, and everyone who saw it was “wowed.” Some of my friends were talking about hiring her to make over their own houses, even though they weren’t selling! Catalina brought in a variety of “props,” from area rugs to framed pictures to throw pillows, but she also just has a knack for making what you already have look better – tweaking the furniture arrangement, adding decorative accents, decluttering. I had tried to do some of that myself, of course, but when Catalina came in with her artist’s sensibility and her magic touch, the end result blew me away! It was very fun to see the before and after, but even more fun to see the effect on buyers. In the midst of the first real housing market “slump” in years, we had multiple offers within a week and got well over our asking price – all while similar houses in the area languished on the market. Catalina really “got” the Takoma Park market and new what people were looking for. We were very lucky to be represented by her, and I wholeheartedly recommend her! "

– Marjory Ruderman, Charlottesville, VA

" Catalina represented us when we sold our old house and when we bought our new house. When we were in the process of selling our house, Catalina gave us excellent advice on how to show our house in its best light, including but not limited to new paint colors, and more attractive ways to rearrange the furniture. She also supplemented our furniture and decorations with her own items. I am certain that we would have had to sell our house at a lower price if we did not have the benefit of Catalina's expertise. When we were looking for a new house, Catalina was very helpful. She understood the kind of house that we were looking for, and she found several houses that included the features that we wanted. Moreover, she did not waste time showing us houses that clearly did not fit our needs. With Catalina's help, our house-buying experience was much more fun and much less intimidating and stressful than it would have been otherwise. "

– Steve Spaeth and Laurie Stewart, Silver Spring, MD