Kathleen Slawta, J.D.

Vice President

(301) 980-5970

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Both me and my husband found Kate  the most professional and detailed oriented realtor. We had lived in our previous home for more than 35 years and were clueless as to what we wanted to retire in. Over a period of more than six months, we went looking for a home to a condo and at one point even thought of renting so as to downsize and have less responsibility as seniors and retirees. Kate did tremendous amount of research for us, and never gave up or pressured us to make and early decision. She went beyond her realtor job to help us out since we were from out of town and completely unfamiliar with the area. At one point we got so tired that we gave up the search for a new home. After a couple of months, we contacted Kate again and she just picked up from where we left off. Finally we closed on a beautiful EYA townhouse and again Kate came through for us. She did not have to but worked with the EYA sales person and the builder and kept in touch with us consistently over email since we were out of state and at times found it difficult to communicate with the EYA team.

We would recommend Kate without hesitation.

-Dr Piyush and Smita

I told my clients that I knew we would have smooth sailing through the whole transaction because you were on the other side.

-Principal Broker of a large, national brokerage

Kate Slawta is the consummate professional.

I come from not the usual perspective. She did not represent us in the purchase of our new home. Instead she worked on behalf of the seller.

At all times, Kate managed to somehow combine no-nonsense with friendly.  She aggressively protected her client, sometimes telling us "no" but doing it in a pleasant  way. She always operated on behalf of our opposite number in a knowledgeable (she's an attorney by the way) collaborative manner that was awesome to behold and a joy with which to deal. The result was a smooth transaction where every wrinkle was ironed out before settlement.

In a sometimes unsavory field, Kate is a principled, assertive exception.

-Bob Franken

Thank you for such a clean and confident offer. The sellers are impressed by your professionalism. And me too.

-Received from a Real Estate colleague

I would like to highly recommend Kate Slawta as a terrific real estate agent. She was instrumental to us in the process of downsizing our home, getting it ready to go on the market and in the purchase of our new home. The entire experience, which can be stressful in the best of circumstances, was made much easier with Kate’s experience to guide us through the process. Kate is highly knowledgeable of the local Bethesda, Chevy Chase market. She can be trusted to keep you and your family in good care through the entire housing market process.

-Mary Ann Wagner Hains

We listed our home in Bethesda with Kate Slawta. Her professional demeanor, knowledge of the local real estate market and ability to recognize trends enabled her to develop the best plan for marketing our home. Her friendly manner and gentle nudging, along with appropriate suggestions for readying the home for showing, allowed us to show the house to its best advantage. Kate realizes the importance of marketing houses via the internet, so she carefully selected the right photographer and photography session time to capture our home in its best light. She was careful with the paperwork required for listing and selling the home and showed great attention to detail prior to and during the open houses. Kate stayed in touch and was available whenever we called with questions or concerns. She followed up on all leads and gave us regular reports. She listened to our ideas and was able to capture the essence of the special circumstances involved in our sale. When we voiced opinions, she presented well-reasoned and relevant alternatives when appropriate, but in the end, graciously gave us the final say. We did not ever feel decisions were being made to further her interests. Most importantly, Kate never lost sight of the fact that a home sale, with its important economic implications, is a transaction involving intense personal feelings. If you value knowledge, ability, advocacy, diligence, insight and integrity in the professionals you work with, Kate should be your choice.

- Kay

From the start, Kate was incredibly professional and assured me she would help at every stage. She sent me daily suggestions for properties and as we looked at each I felt she steered me through my list of “wants” until we settled on what was really important to our family. Because she knew the area well, she was able to talk about the communities and reference aspects of the homes that were important to me. I felt that her quiet guidance was central to our relationship, because what I thought were “essential," often turned out not to be. I valued her experience and honestly believe that her goal was to find, not just any house, but the right house for my family.

When we finally found our dream home, it was as a result of advice Kate had given me about reaching out to agents in advance. Her good relationship with her colleagues meant we saw the home early and could make an offer before it came on the market. When we saw the home, I knew from her reaction that she felt the same way after months of working together; I felt reassured that she saw the same potential in the property as we did. Her guidance through the paperwork and closing stages of the sale were invaluable and I now that we are settled in our new home I am eager to show how her ideas have translated into our remodel.

What could have been an overwhelming experience was made enjoyable and successful in large part because of the professionalism and commitment of Kate? I never felt I was “one of many” clients;  she was available to contact and was efficient at setting up viewings, often at very short notice. I have no hesitation in recommending her as an agent and we are very grateful she was suggested to us all those months ago.

- Lesley

Working with Kate Slawta was a total delight. She is very professional, but also so warm and friendly that it was fun looking at houses with her. She tolerated our occasional panic attacks with humor and never put any pressure on us, but she did make sure we had all the information we needed. In the end, she guided us through the whole buying process with grace. I love the house we found with her, but I miss our house hunting jaunts together!

- Tina van Itallie

Kate was a fantastic help throughout the Home selling/buying process. She was great at walking us through every step of preparing our house to sell, even helping us pick paint colors!

She was equally helpful in finding a home to buy, takings us to dozens and dozens of houses and catching new homes on the day they went on the market.

-Lyn and Dave Ermer

We worked with Kate for many months to find the right home.  Kate was always very attentive and available whenever we wanted to see a home.  She was extremely proactive about getting us into see a home as soon as possible.  Kate was always patient and did not want us to rush into a house, and advised us on buying the perfect house that suited our needs.  The process went as smoothly and as enjoyable as possible thanks to Kate.  We highly recommend her to any home buyer.

-Satisfied Buyer

Selling a home can be an overwhelming task for anyone, but my sister and I had taken on the task for our Mom, who had recently suffered from a massive stroke and could no longer stay in her home. Mrs. Slawta helped us with everything under the sun and did it with a genuine smile on her face. She always kept our best interests at hand and offered guidance through numerous decisions that had to be made. She even took the time to visit with and consult with our Mom, which meant the world to us. Her expertise and knowledge of the real estate market in Montgomery County is second to none. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything you did to help our family during this process!

- Kris F. & Ali B.

This is the Kate I told you about. She took such good care of us, even when we were a major pain in her rump . . . She took excellent care of us and treated us like family. Hence, we would trust her with our closest friends, like you.

- From an email written recently by one of Kate’s prior clients, recommending Kate to a good friend.

Kate was recommended to us by a friend when we were looking to buy in Bethesda. She tirelessly accompanied us to view homes she thought would be of interest, and when we found one, skillfully advised us through the purchase. When the time came to sell, the decision to work with her again was obvious. Marketing the house took a great deal of strategic planning and organization. The process was not easy, but Kate knew what she was doing and we successfully sold our place for very close to our target price. Kate is characterized by 3 outstanding attributes: Her legal background, which gives her an advantage in knowledge of the technical sale process; her attention to detail and organizational skills, which turn a complex process into something more manageable, and her positive personality, which made her a pleasure to work with.

- Dan and Reiko Berman

Kate was a true partner in the complicated process of buying a house, especially in this market. She knows the neighborhoods in amazing detail and was honest with us every step of the way. She was exceedingly patient and flexible…it became clear early on that she was not interested in getting us into the first house we saw. She wanted us to find the right house for US. And we did. And our daughter still asks to see her!

- A true partner in the complicated process of buying a house

Kate was dynamic but patient. She worked to understand our needs and wishes. She didn’t push us to buy hastily. We really appreciated her professionalism and attention.

- Valerie Natal

Although I have lived in the Washington, DC area for more than 30 years, we were looking for a home in a neighborhood that was completely unfamiliar to us. Kate did a fantastic job researching the neighborhood and helping us find the perfect fit.

- Judy P.

Kate very patiently helped us find a house. Being new to the USA we of course had many strange and varied questions on the process. Kate helped us to understand the market and actively listened to our requirements. She was always readily available and extremely proactive plus willing to go the extra mile.

- Charles Dalton

I wish I could buy more real estate, just so I could work with Kate. Incredibly professional, super knowledgeable, always open minded, a sincere advocate…she’s everything anyone would want in a realtor.

- Pamela Wexler

We worked with Kate recently to purchase an investment/rental property in Bethesda. We asked her to do all of the legwork and Kate was the quintessential professional – she pre screened dozens of homes, arranged to show us homes on our schedule, understood our needs perfectly, and was very flexible in working with us. She found us a great house, helped us negotiate a good deal and took care of all the details, both anticipated and unanticipated. It was such a pleasure working with Kate, that we already have her looking for our next investment property.

- Heidi Hughes Bumpers

Kate was great to work with on the sale of our house. She had numerous suggestions on how to deal with 30 years of accumulated items and had in depth knowledge of the local housing market that she shared with us as we worked together to determine the listing price for the house. We would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell a house in the Bethesda area.

- Bert and Susan King

Kate was very helpful, and seemed always to be available when needed.  We really appreciated her help.

- John and Rebecca White

Kate helped us find and purchase our wonderful home in Bethesda when we were moving from California. She was very informative and knowledgeable about Bethesda, schools, community and even streets in the neighborhood. She was patient and very nice, and showed us numerous homes on a snowy weekend. She provided great insight to our questions, was a great listener and was able to really narrow down the choices to a perfect house. It was a pleasure to work with Kate and we highly recommend her to others.

- Yana

Kate Slawta made all the difference in my ability to buy the home of my dreams in the spring of 2015 in a hot, completive market . She is a professional in the finest sense of the word. She knew how to get a pre-inspection, access for a structural inspection, and make my bid the one accepted. Her depth of evaluation, knowledge and skills can be completely trusted.

- Carolyn Tilley

Kate Slawta did a terrific job helping us sell our house. We were out of town during the entire process and she made the transaction easy for us. She exercised good judgment in assessing offers, paid attention to details, and handled a lot of the “little things” in our absence. We would recommend her to anyone looking for a real professional.

- Steve