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Catarina Bannier

Realtor® Licensed in DC, MD, VA


The most significant action a seller can take? Staging. A May 2019 Washington Post article on staging homes for sale features Cati and one of our favorite sellers

Some Vintage Kit Homes Now Sell For Over $1 Million – The Wall Street Journal interviews Cati on the increasing value of historic kit homes

DC’s Hidden Secret Million Dollar Homes built from a DIY Kit – WTOP interview and feature on the upcoming Chevy Chase kit house project


Historic Mail-Order ("Kit") Homes from Sears, Lewis, Gordon-Van Tine and Aladdin
Language: German (Ich spreche gern deutsch mit Ihnen!)


American University (BA, Psychology)
University of Maryland Baltimore


The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad is a fully volunteer-run organization that responds to about 8,000 911 calls in Montgomery County per year and  always needs your donations. (Cati spends many hours each year on an ambulance, mostly at night.)
Client Testimonials

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"“My husband and I recently sold our house in the East Bethesda area — and had the good fortune of doing so with the expert help of Marcie Sandalow and Catarina Bannier. Marcie came recommended to us through a trusted neighbor, and it didn’t take long to see why. She and Cati are the perfect team. With their combined skills and knowledge (awesome in their breadth), their attention to detail, and their upbeat, accessible manner, they were able to meld an otherwise nerve-wracking series of events into an orderly, manageable process." - Rita D.

"“Cati, and her partner Marcie, are experienced agents with all the local knowledge, strategic negotiation skills, and interpersonal skills one desires in an agent. After months of patiently looking at apartments with me, my team jumped into action when my dream apartment went for sale at 4PM on a Friday. In DC’s competitive market, we knew we had to move quickly. By Saturday evening, I’d seen the apartment twice – once with daylight, once at night. I’d also received a helpful collection of comps from my team. By Sunday, we’d put together a competitive and strategic offer. And, by Monday at 2PM, Cati and Marcie had gotten me a signed contract at the price I wanted to pay! They continued to guide me through the closing process which was remarkably smooth. Exactly 30 days after my offer was accepted, I got my keys! I look forward to working with them when I’m ready for my next house in a few years.”" - Rosie R.

About Catarina
Catarina is a transplant from Berlin, Germany. Born and raised in the shadow of the Wall, she has always felt a keen sense of history and its impact on everyday life. Urban housing has fascinated her since the day right out of high school when she negotiated her first real estate transaction: the lease of a rent-controlled Berlin apartment that had been abandoned on purpose. Today, she takes a similar stand on behalf her clients.

Cati's first career was in print journalism, as a reporter and editor at a large newspaper. After moving to DC in the 1990s, and buying her first home she became fascinated with real estate. She has been a full-time licensed Realtor and consultant since 2003, and in 2011 joined forces with Marcie Sandalow to build a team .

As a contributor to several real estate blogs, including the Washington Post, Cati has been able to join her old passion with the new one. Her special expertise has been in house history, specifically the DC area’s historic kit houses. As a collaborator with several historical societies, most recently CPHS in Cleveland Park and HCCDC in Chevy Chase, she has helped authenticate DC’s unique inventory of these homes and has been interviewed as an expert by WTOP, the Post and the Wall Street Journal.
Cati lives right on the District line with her husband and one of their three adult children. She speaks—of course!—German in addition to English and has welcomed many international newcomers among her clients. And she has a little nighttime secret: She is a nationally registered EMT and volunteers with the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, responding to 911 calls for at least one shift each week. That said, she'd much rather meet you when you don't need an ambulance!

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