Story by Liesel Schmidt
Portrait Courtesy of the Seward Group, Sotheby's International Realty
While military spouses may not be the ones wearing the uniform, they still face challenges that come with military ties—having the capability to start or keep a career being one of those challenges. For Laura Catron, being a military spouse meant putting her career on the back burner until a time when permanency was on the table. “Being in the military, we moved too often for me to establish a real estate career,” she says. “When we moved here, my friend, Lyssa Seward, asked me if I wanted to join her team, the Seward Group, at Sotheby's International Realty. The second we decided to permanently stay here, I became licensed in the three DC metro states and joined Sotheby’s. I chose Sotheby’s because I only wanted to work with a company that shared my own values in terms of excellence, integrity and professionalism.”
"Having lived in various areas around the world as a military spouse... I understand how important home is." - Laura Catron
In the nearly three years that Catron has been a Realtor, her skill set has proven invaluable in making her a success. “Real estate, in so many ways, is the perfect intersection of my skills,” she says. “Having lived in various areas around the world as a military spouse, I can relate to just about anyone. I understand and respect the uniqueness of people and that everyone has different needs, personalities and perspectives. On that same note, I also understand how important home is. When we were looking for our own permanent home, it just reinforced my understanding of the importance and stress of that search and decision."
“As a prior real estate attorney and food business owner,” she continues, “I also possess a unique skill set when it comes to my knowledge of contracts and [a] strong edge for successful negotiations.”