Author Archives: Catarina Bannier

About Catarina Bannier

I'm a journalist-turned-Realtor based in Washington, DC. My clients have come from five continents--not unusual in a city that's full of life, history, world politics and stories Some of them, however, have lived here all their lives, and they have been the ones that taught me the most. For the past eleven years, helping people buy and sell homes has been more than a business for me. It feeds my passion for house history, it's a way to make new friends, and it has become a way of life. Nothing tells more about you than the home you choose for yourself.

Spanish For House Fans

This winter, I finally got around to sorting through (and weeding out) my vastly growing iPhoto library of thousands of house pictures. Well, let’s say I got started. What struck me was not that most of them were — by American … Continue reading

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Your Home Could Be Your Castle

We frequently complain about how boring the majority of residential DC real estate is. There are a few standard layers from the center out, and they get increasingly vanilla: first the row houses, then the brick colonials, then the 1950 … Continue reading

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The Good, The Ugly, And The Toilet Plunger

It’s a secret I don’t share too much, but when things get really stressful with those houses we’re trying to prep, I often turn to Leif. Now, I haven’t actually met Leif but he is a guy who puts things … Continue reading

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Built For Eternity

Admittedly, I  can’t let go of those homes. I’ve been dwelling in, or better on, them ever since I came back from Italy more than a week ago. After this was – luckily – one of the busiest springs in my … Continue reading

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NEW! Open Sunday 1-4 pm

If I have been silent for a while, it’s because the spring market is crazy-hot in DC this year. We have a lot to do, and we’re having much fun with it. Soon more… For now, it’s a bunch of … Continue reading

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Just Go With It: A Century Of Laminate Kitchens (Yes, It’s Really That Old!)

I have a confession to make. For a real estate agent in the year 2013, this is going to be an outrageous confession. So… here we go: I don’t hate Formica, at least not per se. And sometimes — now … Continue reading

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Long Live The Lewiston

A few days ago, I posted on the DCHouseSmarts blog about the two pretty historic kit houses we’d located for the weekend — with the promise to give a little more detail on at least one of them later on. … Continue reading

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Ready For The Show!

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Sears’ Original First Lady In Shepherd Park

After some pretty dreadful “Kit House Of The Week” posting last week and a week of sad news in the Sears house community, I have a very exciting historic mail-order home to present today. It’s not so much a Grand … Continue reading

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No Longer The Brightest Star

Today’s Kit House Of The Week post is more a eulogy than a celebration of survival. In fact, it’s a very sad story, sadder even than the catalog house vampires we frequently get to see. This former Sears mail-order home … Continue reading

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