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The Catania Team delivers personal service & expert knowledge to make your real estate transaction the best you've ever had!  I began helping people buy & sell real estate back in 2005 (yes, great time to get into real estate - right before the bust!)  Although timing wasn't great, my expertise & knowledge helped me to excel and actually sell homes during the downturn.  But really, what I do is more than help clients buy and sell homes or investment property.  Homes are the most expensive investment most people will ever own and I take that very seriously.  Buying and selling homes are life-changing events that most people only do a few times in their lives - so it can be stressful!    So that means you get my hand-holding throughout the entire process.  I'm here to help you navigate the process, maximize value, and hopefully make the experience a little fun while we are at it!

My husband, Paul, joined me several years ago and The Catania Team was born.  Together we strive for excellence with each and every client.  So that makes you our number one priority! 

Hengi Manouchehri is our team's transaction coordinator.  If you haven't bought or sold a home in a few years, you'll be surprised by the mound of paperwork to sign!  Hengi is our second set of eyes, to ensure nothing is missed!

For the best real estate experience you can have, call us at 916-932-8750 or email us at

Paul and Karen did a wonderful job from start to finish. they are very friendly easy to work with and were always easy to get ahold of even after hours and even when they were on vacation, very impressed:) they are truly a wonderful couple to work with, made our home buying experience a great one.

-Kurt S.
August 2016

The 5 star rating says it all.....she is a near perfect "master" of the art. Karen worked well with the buyer’s agent and was able to negotiate solutions to issues with skill. I cannot think of a thing she needs to improve.

-Jim H.
September 2016

I was referred to Karen with Lyon by a trusted friend and former boss, someone I knew would not steer me in any direction but the best....and that's what we got! Karen was amazingly helpful and never made me feel crazy with all my questions and requests. She was attentive to the specific requests that we were looking for in our first home and was very honest at a viewing if the house had any issues she thought looked troublesome. We felt NO pressure to hurry and pick anything we weren't sure of. You can tell she loves what she does and isn't only it as a JOB but she genuinely enjoys helping people find their new HOME. I couldn't have asked for a better agent. ALSO, Lyon Real Estate (at least the one we used) works side by side with VITEK Mortgage company so every part of the process was handled out of the same office with people that work with each other on everything. Communication is key for them and they really try to help you find what you want. Thank you SO MUCH Karen and the VITEK team for helping us buy our very first home!! We love it SO MUCH!!!

-Nicole T.
August 2016

Karen and Paul are the ABSOLUTE BEST. Both were instrumental in helping us to get our house READY to be placed on the market months BEFORE any contacts were signed. They are generous with their time, extremely ethical and professional. The photographer and stager she chose were AWESOME. With all their expertise, we were in contract within 10 business days of being placed on MLS. The whole process of selling our home was a breeze as they kept the process flowing on per target timeline. As for BUYING our new home, Karen kept us informed as new information was available from both the seller and our mortgage broker. The home inspector she introduced us to was insanely thorough. Karen helped negotiate both a great purchase price for which we will be grateful for many years to come! Thank you Karen and Paul

-Maribelle W
December 2016

This is my third house I've sold. And by far the easiest! Karen worked hard for me and always had my back! She promised that we would get the house sold quickly, and she did. I was never once stressed about any of the process. Karen always kept me informed on every step yet she headed off any issues that could have arrived, and kept me stress free! She is awesome!!!

-Linda Faivre
August 2016

Karen and Paul were WONDERFUL! I cannot recommend them highly enough! I had originally e-mailed Karen asking if she helped with rentals, and, even though she did not, her reply back to me was so kind and informative (she included some websites that DID help with rentals) that I was immediately impressed. Fast forward a few months, and my husband and I decided to buy a house (we ended up in Shingle Springs) in the area instead of rent. I quickly thought back to Karen, so we e-mailed her again with a list of questions. She was on a cruise, but took the time to let us know she had received our e-mail and would respond in depth when she was off the boat. We ended up choosing her and Paul because we were so impressed with their reviews, their promptness in responding to us, their local knowledge of the area, and their kindness and helpfulness towards us. We could not be happier with our choice. They were so patient, understanding, kind, willing to work with us and around our schedule (we were moving from the Bay Area and have two little ones), and I loved how much knowledge they had of seemingly everything! We knew we wanted a little bit of land, and since Karen and Paul own 5 acres, they were very knowledgeable when it came to anything having to do with land. They were incredible to work with when we were in the area and when we had to do things via e-mail - they were always so quick to respond, and we ended up getting the first house that we fell in love with and put an offer on! After we moved in, they stopped by to see the house and brought us take-out menus and housewarming gifts! Truly the best. Karen also told me to contact her if I had any questions about anything in the area or where to find something. I cannot recommend Paul and Karen highly enough, and definitely plan to use them again if we ever move! :-

-Noelle Curtis
September 2016

I've never left an online review before but after working with Karen I just had to. Karen made the home buying process so easy. She is knowledgeable, experienced, hard working, energetic, friendly, enthusiastic, and all-around pleasant to work with. She saw things from our perspective; researched and visited different properties before meeting with us; presenting information in a clear and concise manner; and expertly coached us through every step of the home-buying process. On multiple occasions she went the extra mile and visited/inspected the property on our behalf to address concerns we had.

-Dev Shresths
September 2016

After looking for a new home for almost two years, we found one that met all our criteria. Unfortunately, it was a very complex short sale. Karen was our agent, and she did a splendid job. We found her to be knowledgeable (especially about short sales), proactive, and professional. Part of the service she provided was educating us about the short sale process. She worked well with the opposing realtor, taking the initiative when necessary, and keeping us informed at each step in the sale. Karen helped with many of the steps we were unable to do because we were not living in the area. We highly recommend Karen to anyone buying or selling a home.

-Ann & Pat
January 2013

I was very impressed with their professionalism and kindness, and sincerity and caring. also they try to accommodate the client and have an excellent mannerism. I was very satisfied with them and I would love to give referral to my friends and acquaintances.

-Sun A.
February 2013

We saw a listing on the internet and contacted Karen & Paul and they responded immediately. Both Karen & Paul were helpful, attentive, & knowledgeable. I would recommend them to others and I would call them again the next time I wanted to buy or sell real estate.

-Scott M
March 2013

Karen & Paul Catania were great. They were always helpful and on top of all of the situations. They were also very patient with me and my wanting to rush the situation. I will recommend them to anyone buying a house.

March 2013

Karen Catania is truly a caring and consummate real estate professional. She handled the short sale of our home last summer by always letting us know what to expect during this process. She addressed our needs and dealt with our concerns. And when we had issues with one of our lenders, she tenaciously dealt with the bank and stayed on top of everything. Karen's calm, positiveness, and reassurance made what could have been a difficult situation, a very easy one to get through. We absolutely recommend Karen & Paul with the highest regard.

-Leslie M
March 2013

Our attempt to sell Mom's home began in December. I was immediately impressed by Karen's 'no nonsense' approach when she inspected the home the first time. It was inhabited by young men (as tenants) and she was friendly and accepting as we inspected each room in the house. Afterward, we immediately met her at her office, discussed pricing, and signed the paperwork to put the house on the market. That was the easy part. It was the events for the next four months that were the challenge. I feel Karen went above and beyond what would normally be expected of any agent. Listed below are just a few examples of Karen's involvement in the sale of our house. She had: -Tenants to deal with -A sister in law (landlord) who was uncooperative -Dates that changed -Notices to be delivered to tenants -Notices to be delivered to creditors and debtors as a result of a bankruptcy -To meet with furnace people to resolve problems -To coordinate a pool man -To Interface with my daughter on both legal matters and house clean up -Great skills in helping us navigate the offers made on the house; providing sound advice -Immediate communication of changing events - always a first priority -A sound relationship with the title company that made it easier to assess issues and respond appropriately -and MOST IMPORTANT: She did not quit. It would have been tempting to do so considering our situation. Her tenaciousness was unquestionable.

-Sue W.
April 2013

I have given Paul and Karen's name and number to my son and would recommend them to my friends. Paul even helped me find a local dentist. I rate them among the best realtors and neighbors.

-Ron & Carol
April 2013

I would absolutely recommend Karen to anyone looking for a smooth, stress-free home buying experience. We started our home search last year with Karen and have hit many speed bumps along the way. We have had some negative experiences during this process with banks and funding, causing us to be very skeptical and anxious. Our faith in Karen was the only thing that kept us going and we trusted her every step of the way. She helps make this very stressful time what it should be - a happy and joyous experience! We always felt as if we were her #1 priority (I think we might have been her favorite clients ;) Thank you, thank you, thank you Karen!! On top of being an awesome agent, she recommended an equally awesome loan originator. We couldn't have been in better hands than we were with these two wonderful ladies. We will forever be grateful for your exceptional service!

-Stacey S.
July 2013

Karen and Paul made the most difficult and emotional real estate transaction seem like a walk in the park. I have no doubt in my mind that if it wasn't for their professionalism, drive and knowledge...the sale of our house wouldn't have happened, and we wouldn't be moving into our dream home! After one set of buyers walked without reason and a tight timeframe to deal with....they went out of their way to quickly relist and market our home - which made the sale happen! Our questions were answered before we even had the chance to anticipate our own needs, 7 days a week. We were kept informed regardless of th time of day. We can't thank them enough and will recommend them to everyone we know in the Greater Sacramento area!

-Kathleen B
September 2013

I'm not sure there is enough room here to summarize everything Karen and Paul did to make this the best purchase experience possible. We decided to buy a home in Cameron Park or Shingle Springs to move into in 2 or 3 years after having lived in the area 25 years ago. I contacted Karen after reading some of these reviews, hoping the writers were sincere. From my first conversation with Karen,I knew I had done the right thing. She is the most personable, professional and no nonsense agent I have ever worked with and this is our 7th home purchase. She was always on top of every aspect of the process and was thinking ahead at all times. She made it so simple. She was extremely patient with these out of towners and was always concerned about our well being, accommodations and schedule. Paul was always available for consultation, advice or to be there to bounce questions off of. Paul even took on the role of property manager when we decided to have floor work done while living 700 miles away. It wasn't his responsibility but he wanted to make sure their clients were taken care of. In a nutshell, I can't believe there is a more competent, fun to work with couple anywhere in the industry and we would not even consider using anyone else for a future purchase or sale. Thank you Karen and Paul.

-Gary Baxter
November 2013

Their reviews on Zillow were outstanding, so we decided to call. Karen seemed very warmed & trustworthy and we decided to use them. We would absolutely recommend Karen & Paul. They were hardworking & diligent to complete two difficult transactions. They were very hands on and determined to get the job done. I cannot say enough good things about them!

-Natalie N
November 2013

I purchased a property and was pressed for time for closing.....They accomplished this with all needed documents and such being finalized with no problems or complications.....Communications were superb and any and all inquiries I had were quickly answered or taken care of for me.....The escrow went very smoothly.......I appreciated their attention to all my inquiries which were addressed without delay..... I would strongly recommend their services as my experience was a pleasant and rapid one.....Norm Peterson

December 2013

Karen and Paul were excellent in handling the short sale of our home. They handled some delicate issues very well, were very responsive getting the sale completed and getting the buyers to be patient while the bank approved. They were aggressive when they could and needed to be and sensitive when required. I would strongly recommend using them again.

January 2014

We selected Karen and Paul because of their great reviews on Zillow and also because of them being a husband and wife team. Because we were long distance sellers, we felt we needed a team that was both technical and communicative. It was definitely a good choice. Karen met with us at short notice and gave us awesome advice from staging to necessary clean up. Paul took care of the needed items at the house. After the professional photos were taken and clean up was complete, the house was listed within a few days and we promptly had multiple offers. She kept us apprised every step of the way via email and phone. She had a great balance of making sure our desires were met, but also gave us sound suggestions. Although both Karen and Paul have easy going personalities, they are assertive and handle delicate situations very well. Thank you Karen and Paul. It was a pleasure!

-Rand B.
March 2014

Karen was very friendly and helpful in locating homes for me to view. I only had the weekend for viewing, as I lived out of state, and Karen found as many as possible in my price range. I would definitely recommend her for her diligence. Thank you Karen.

April 2014

I worked with Paul and he was an excellent agent, he never tried to put me in a home that wasn't right for me and was always willing to meet me and show me homes at any time I had available. He worked hard for me in negotiations and has a keen eye for details, I never had to worry about anything! I simply picked a home I liked and he went to work, got a good price, got the minor fixes done without a hiccup and had me in my house faster than I thought possible! I would and will recommend them to anyone who wants an agent that is professional, caring, and extremely knowledgeable (He had first hand knowledge of several homes on my street, what the conditions were, how much they sold for, etc. it gives you a great leg up in negotiating!).

-Joel S.
April 2014

Karen and Paul are the best! We had a very narrow and specific set of criteria for our home purchase and the Catania's were very accommodating of our needs. There were a lot of challenging circumstances regarding our purchase - short sale, investment property, lender issues... Karen and Paul stood by us throughout the entire process and helped us at every turn. I recommend them very highly!

-Bryon K.
April 2014

Working with Karen has been an awesome experience. Her and Paul are both such patient and kind people and she always had time to help us with whatever we needed. She made the entire process very easy for us, even when the unexpected came up, and from the start I felt I was searching for a house with one of my best friends. We luckily found the perfect person to find our dream property, (which she did!), and would recommend her with great confidence!

-Jami S.
April 2014

Karen and Paul did an awesome job for us. We had very specific wants and needs in a property and even though it took a while to find the perfect one, they were patient and very helpful along the way. We have been in our new place a month now and we just love it!

-Mike R.
June 2014

Karen is an amazing realtor!!! She helped us sell our house within a couple days of listing in November. She had a professional photographer take pictures at no cost to us. She was on top of everything. When our appraisal came in low she had the negotiations figured out with the buyers within hours to keep the sell on track. When we bought our new house in April we knew Karen would be the best choice. We had a few issues come up with our contract and Karen caught the mistakes from the seller agent right away. We actually received a check for $1500 at closing from the seller agent. Karen was incredible. After we closed she gave us a beautiful house warming gift and a bottle of wine. She is so thoughtful and very thorough. A month after we bought our house we had a huge plumbing issue and Karen helped us get our claim approved through the warranty company. The warranty company denied us at first but the second Karen got involved our claim was approved! I can honestly say Karen is the best realtor in this area! She took such great care of us before, during and even after our sell. You will be in great hands with her.

-Mandie K.
July 2014

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