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Chesapeake bay properties
Horse farms


Loyola University - Bachelor of Arts History
Georgetown University - M.A.L.S. International Affairs

About Cara
Often described by her clients as passionate and hard-working, Cara’s goal is to provide her clients with personalized service and the very best results. She understands that purchasing a home is one of the biggest decisions her clients can make in a lifetime and she hopes to make their experience as successful and stress-free as possible.

Having lived in the area for the past 20 years, Cara knows both the Northern Virginia and Chesapeake Bay property markets well. Formerly an educator and international program manager, she prides herself on walking her clients through the process step by step, providing valuable guidance, and ensuring they have all the facts in hand when planning to buy or sell.

Client Testimonials
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"My wife and I were first time homebuyers looking to move to a completely new area in the middle of a pandemic. That is a lot to manage for a realtor, and I've spoken to enough of them in our on-again-off-again search for a home the last 4 years that I… can say not everyone would have gotten us to our settlement date, let alone made it look easy. Cara started with the very basics - she took us to a few houses to give us an idea of the market, showed us around the area and took us to a couple places we might not have found without her. Once we found our house and were willing to put in an offer, she held our hands all the way through closing. She answered our many, many, many phone calls, texts, and emails. And she has a great network of associates, from financing and home inspection to contractors. We had what we needed throughout the process and beyond. We were not the easiest clients to work with, I'm sure. We had a million questions and plenty of anxiety. That said, looking back, I am amazed at how easy and pleasant this homebuying experience was, and I know that it would not have been that way if it weren't for our realtor. I whole-heartedly recommend Cara for anybody looking to buy a home, and we will 100% be going back to her for any real estate needs in the future." - Jeremiah

"It was a pleasure working with Cara, start to finish. Her knowledge of the market and expert guidance were invaluable, and set us up for the sale of our house on its second day on the market at significantly above our asking price, albeit under… some unusual circumstances. We can't say enough about her personally or professionally, but will simply size it all up with a big THANK YOU and five star recommendation. If you are thinking of selling or buying a house in the DMV, she's the agent to go to." - Nancy

"Cara was amazing! She made it as easy as possible for us as first-time military homebuyers, and she truly went above and beyond for us. It was a pleasure working with her and I'd recommend her to anyone." - Makinna

"We worked with Cara during the purchase of a new house and couldn't be happier with the interaction we had with her. She was professional and super helpful in every way...always a step ahead of us and was finding out information for us that… we had not even asked about... Very impressed and highly recommend!" - Sandra

"If anyone is looking for a realtor I highly recommend Cara. She not only sold my house in one day but the process of leading up to the sale was a great experience. Cara took care of staging the house with furniture. She helped me out… around the house to make everything look presentable. Though out the whole process I never needed to call for an update because I was always kept informed of statuses and changes. She constantly stayed on top of people to ensure everything went as planned. Overall she is well organized and very determined which is exactly what you need though out the stressful process of buying and or selling a home. Thanks again Cara!"
- Stephen

"Cara is, hands DOWN, the best thing that could ever happen to your home buying/selling experience. Just when we thought it would be impossible to get our little beach cottage sold, Cara swooped in and introduced us to Compass and the… Concierge card option. Because of the monetary boost the card allowed us, were finally able to get the repairs done to bring the house to its FULL potential for selling. Cara was with us every single step of the way, and advocated for us as if it was her OWN home she was selling. If you need an agent who is as smart and kind as she is a hustler....this is your gal." - Aly

"Really cares about you and cares about finding the right property for you!" - Steve

"Cara helped us find a wonderful home in Historic Annapolis. She was easy to work with, responsive, helpful, honest and straightforward. Everything you would be looking for in a real estate agent. We highly recommend her if you're looking… to sell or buy in the Annapolis area."
- Lynn

"Cara was absolutely phenomenal in selling our current home and finding our forever home! She went above and beyond over and over again throughout the entire process. We can't begin to thank her enough, and would definitely use her… again if we were to looking to purchase another home." - Brian

"5 stars!!!" - SAS

"Cara was an excellent agent, putting in plenty of overtime dealing with the sale of our property considering we were out of state during the entire process. She coordinated all the physical work on the house during the sale period and was always on point with communications, which was tremendously helpful to us as we were completely drained by the cross-country move. We also appreciated that she has a realistic down-to-earth communication style rather than a more salesman-like style you might expect from some old school agents. We would definitely recommend Cara to anyone selling a house in the DC metro area, especially if you want an energetic and well-organized agent who can deal with the entire sales process single-handedly!"
- Josh & Ashley

"Cara is truly a rock star! She is the best in terms of responsiveness, communication, follow-ups and is always on top of everything, sometimes even guessing our thoughts. She has excellent communication skills and demonstrated she can handle challenging situations along the sale process in the most professional and polite possible way. I don’t have good enough compliments for the great level of service that she provided to us." - Rodrigo

"Cara LaVanway did an amazing job selling my home. She ensured I received the best price possible. I would recommend Cara to anyone who is buying or selling a home. She is trustworthy, responsive, and creative in her marketing strategies. I will always use Cara for any of my future home buying or selling needs." - Rachel

"Cara LaVanway is a true professional in every way. Her communication skills are unsurpassed with excellent attention to detail. Using her extensive knowledge of areas in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area, Cara took the needed time to guide us in our search to find a new house in a lovely community. We would highly recommend Cara LaVanway." - Ann & Mike

Cara LaVanway’s Listings

Listed By Compass
4921 Idlewilde Road

Shady Side, MD 20764

6 BD
2.5 BA
3,236 SF