New Orleans has finally hit its stride after years of economic recovery and community redevelopment. Consumer confidence is high and as a result, housing inventory is low and prices have risen. In response to the current marketplace, I have formed a group with two of my colleagues called the Witry Collective that works under our brokerage, Gardner Realtors. Adrienne LaBauve, Josh Walther and I collaborate to provide a personalized real estate experience for each of our clients. We combine our knowledge, personal strengths, and solid business relationships to guide our clients through property transactions. We believe that being immersed in the local marketplace and putting successful systems in place in order to educate our clients are essential to buying or selling a home. As realtors, we have been entrusted with not only helping to achieve the goals of the people we serve, but also preserving the future of our city and its historic neighborhoods. Above all, the Witry Collective represents a commitment to skilled professionalism and a community-minded, value-added approach to real estate.
Catherine A. Witry (Katie)
I moved to New Orleans from Chicago in 1996 to attend Loyola University for my undergraduate degree. I immediately felt connected to the city’s vibrant culture and warmhearted people. Upon graduation in 2000 with a B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies, I sought out a career path that combined my commitment to this area and my interest in helping underserved populations. I began working for Catholic Charities Immigration and Refugee Services as their Resettlement Director, a position I held for five years. In 2004, I chose to take my career in another direction. Thinking about resettlement in a new way, I started working part-time for realtor Wade Halstead. In April of 2005, I became a full-time realtor and I worked in both Hancock County, Mississippi and in the New Orleans area for two years. However, after Hurricane Katrina, I changed my focus to work solely in the New Orleans market.
During that time, I helped numerous people who lost everything purchase new homes and I also sold many flooded properties. Working with these individuals and families has proven to be exceptionally fulfilling both personally and professionally. I believe that increasing homeownership and reducing blight is an integral part of recovery and economic growth. Real estate allows me to help my clients achieve their personal goals, which in turn supports the smart expansion and revitalization of the city that I love.
In recent years, I have become deeply involved with the Preservation Resource Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and restoring the historic neighborhoods of New Orleans. I teach their First-Time Homebuyer Training course, First-Time Renovator Training series, and Advanced Renovation Workshop. I’m also a supporter of their annual events, including the Shotgun House Tour and the Holiday Home Tour.
My client base consists mainly of first-time homebuyers, individuals and couples ready to undertake renovation and restoration projects, and people seeking second homes or condos in New Orleans. I work with Seller’ s looking to upsize, downsize, re-locate outside of NOLA, sell their inherited asset or investment property. To show my gratitude for my clients and business associates, I throw an annual holiday party and a St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
In 2007, I married a lovely man from Houma, Louisiana deepening my commitment to this state. My mother and brother have also both joined me in calling New Orleans home. In 2011, our family expanded with the arrival of our baby girl.
I am a life-long vegan and practicing yogi. I love to spend time with my family and friends enjoying the seasonal festivities unique to New Orleans. During the month of Mardi Gras, you can see me marching in Krewe du Vieux, dancing with the Camel Toe Lady Steppers in the Muses Parade, and reveling in the French Quarter on Fat Tuesday with the Krewe of Justus.
Together we are building a community one neighbor at a time.
Voted by Gambit readers as one of the top 3 Best Realtors in the Metro Area in 2014-2011
Named one of the 100 Top Real Estate Producers by City Business Magazine 2012-2007
I was born in Lafayette, Louisiana and grew up in Nashville, TN and returned to my birth state in 1998 to attend Louisiana State University. Later transferring to the University of New Orleans proved to be one of my best decisions and New Orleans immediately felt like home, I loved the culture and energy that this city has to offer. I have always enjoyed traveling and enrolled in UNO’s study abroad program in Costa Rica also spending four semesters at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic and graduated with a degree in Political Science and International Affairs in 2005.
After college I worked as a bartender and manager at both Pal’s Lounge in Bayou St. John and One Eyed Jacks in the French Quarter. During that time I considered the option of law school and began working at a local law firm before meeting Realtor Katie Witry. After a buyer’s session I began to think this could be the perfect profession for myself and under her guidance I obtained my license in June 2012 and feel so fortunate to have such an amazing mentor to have helped me get started. I gained first-hand knowledge of the market and learned from the best. I am confident that I guide my clients through the process with all the knowledge and experience that I have been taught. I take great strides to prepare my clients for the experience of purchasing a home so they are able to feel prepared and comfortable throughout the process.
I specialize in finding the perfect home for my buyers and helping my sellers accomplish their sale as quickly and easily as possible with the best results in the end. I look forward to introducing more of my FHAbuyers to the 203K loan product which allows first-time home buyers and those with a passion for restoration to take our cities historic homes and bring them back to their former glory. I have worked hard to create a team for those interested in restoring property to be able to accomplish this goal with a group of contractors, plumbers, electricians, and project managers that assist them in a buyer in this process.
It’s a priority for me that I get to know my clients on a personal level and help them achieve their goals of buying or selling a home. I strive to be readily available to answer all of my client’s questions and educate them about every step of the buying and selling process. I feel a great sense of gratification knowing that my client trusts me to guide them through a significant financial milestone.
Total Number of Transactions – 46
Number of Properties Sold (Buyer’s Agent) – 32
Number of Properties Sold (Listing Agent) – 14 *Statistics from January 2013-December 2013
Like many other transplants of this city, it didn’t take me long to realize that there is something about New Orleans that makes it easy to call “home.” I am a native of the Northeast, but after twelve years of living here, I am a New Orleanian at heart. I was born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey. At a young age, I developed an interest in architecture. I was inspired by the colonial homes of my surrounding neighborhoods and by the Collegiate Gothic style of Princeton University.
After graduation from high school, I committed myself to professional horse training and spent many years representing the United States Equestrian Team all around the world. The physicality that was required took a toll of my body and in 2001 I was forced to give up my career after undergoing back surgery. I took the opportunity to travel to Europe and ultimately moved to Rome, Italy. My passion for architecture was reignited and I felt like I had a new lease on life after returning to the United States in 2002. I sold my home in Virginia and moved to New Orleans, what I consider to be the most European city in the US.
I enrolled at Tulane University to obtain my undergraduate degree, but Hurricane Katrina hit and I was forced to evacuate. The disaster not only affected New Orleans, but my relationship to it. I felt a great commitment to my surrogate city and decided to help others regain their lives by becoming a licensed realtor. My life and career were enriched by the opportunity to help residents reclaim and rebuild the place that they call home. In 2008, I tapped into my creative side and became an accredited home stager.
Presently, I am an active supporter of the Preservation Resource Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the historic neighborhoods of New Orleans. I have chaired the Shotgun House Tour and I am currently a committee member of the Great Neighborhood Sellabration. My client base includes homebuyers and sellers alike. I find great satisfaction in being part of making my clients’ goals a reality, whether they are becoming first-time owners or selling the house that their family has outgrown. I feel that the service I offer not only benefits the individuals and couples I work with, but also the growth and revitalization of New Orleans.