Catharina Swanstrom has an insider's perspective on owning, buying, and selling single-family homes, luxury condominiums, and co-ops in San Francisco. Her clients benefit from her blend of skills in finance, sales, negotiating, marketing, communications and her experience of the operation of homeowners' associations (currently serving on the Board of Comstock Corporation).
Her corporate background at Chevron and Bank of America included analytical and managerial positions in corporate economics, domestic and international sales, marketing, advertising, market development, and government affairs departments. A native of Sweden and longtime San Francisco resident, Catharina's fluency in German, French, Spanish, and the Scandinavian languages, also enables her to assist Compass GMAC Real Estate's international clients.
Catharina is active in the Compass Community Fund, an association which supports community nonprofit organizations. She is a member of San Francisco, California, and National Associations of Realtors; the World Affairs Council; the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce; the Nob Hill Association; Swedish Womens' Educational Association; and the Luxury Marketing Council in San Francisco.
She has a master's degree in Business Administration from Gothenburg Graduate School of Economics and Business Administration and a Political Science degree from Stockholm University. She is the author of "Whisper Freedom," a best-selling book on capitalism and socialism. Catharina also coauthored a best-selling novel in Sweden.
Catharina focuses on individual needs and offers each client excellent customer service in buying or selling properties in San Francisco.
★★★★★ "We have worked with Catharina on a number of transactions and would highly recommend her. With her help we have acquired our favorite homes in the area. I know I couldn’t have secured our most recent purchase, a dream condo on Nob Hill, without her extraordinary and superior services. This, our third home, is in the ideal location, with the numerous amenities, and spectacular views of San Francisco and the Bay.
Catharina helped us negotiate the best terms possible and gave us solid data to back up every decision we had to make. She was 100% dedicated to us with prompt and valuable feedback. She was available any time we had a question, including New Year’s Eve, and made sure to respond quickly as the inevitable issues arose.
Her professionalism, balanced approach and full transparency are always characteristically reassuring. Her background in finance and her business experience over several years with Chevron have been an additional great qualification.
I cannot recommend Catharina enough!"
- Shariq Yosufzai, President Global Marketing, Chevron Corporation
★★★★★ "We highly recommend Catharina for buying or selling real estate. She is professional in dealing with her own clients as well as with other brokers and their clients. We noted Catharina’s exceptional insight into a potential client’s needs and wishes, but most importantly, she recognizes that buying as well as selling a home is a major, sometimes stressful decision and she is always there to offer help and counsel.
Catharina is well organized, professional and kept us informed of every detail in the complex process of first buying (2007), and later selling a condominium on Nob Hill in San Francisco. She guided us very diplomatically, without imposing her ideas and presented us with several alternatives to let us make up our own choice. It was a pleasure working with her. We will definitely use Catharina again for any future real estate transaction. " - Dr. Hans and Louise Franke
★★★★★ "I have been in real estate lending for 24 years, 13 of which owning my own company, and I recognize great service in a realtor when I see it! I was most impressed with your strong financial background after all of your years with Chevron. So many Agents get into real estate lacking any kind of training in business and thus have no grasp of the greater economic issues that influence property prices. You bring all of that to bear when advising your clients and, especially now, that makes a huge difference. You also have an amazing knowledge of the markets you serve in San Francisco- what buildings have held their value best, which ones have history problems, etc. That kind of information is invaluable to someone such as myself who have been out of San Francisco for several decades…and you can’t look all this up on the Internet! I felt personally guided through options with facts and figures always at the ready. " - Karen A Cogswell, Founder Mortgage Company
★★★★★ "The negotiations with the seller were difficult and extensive. However, Catharina gave us excellent advice on tactics and the financial result turned out satisfactory form our standpoint. Catharina is the best Realtor I have worked with! She was always on time, followed up on questions and was extremely detail-oriented. Anyone who gets Catharina as their realtor is fortunate." - Edward E. Westberg and Lily l. Wong Google Executive
★★★★★ "Catharina Swanstrom was our Agent in Sprig 2007 when my wife and I purchased our first condo in Pacific Heights. Being first time Buyers, it was important that we work with someone who knew the city, who knew the market, and whom we could trust. Catharina is attentive, analytical, thorough and extremely ethical. She handled the transaction flawlessly, and she bent over backwards to accommodate our busy schedule as attorneys. We give her our highest recommendation. We are very grateful for the excellent service we received. We would not hesitate to use her again if the opportunity arises." - Julian Baillet Lawyer, San Francisco