Lou is a native Washingtonian, and graduate of Georgetown University. He has over 30 years of professional experience serving all sectors of the real estate industry. Lou first joined TTR Sotheby’s International Realty in 2013, where his sales volume quickly placed him among the most prolific realtors in the region. As a measure of his success, Lou has been honored as a Washingtonian “top agent” in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
Prior to focusing on residential transactions, Lou forged an impactful career in commercial real estate. His experience includes roles as Senior Vice President at Smithy Braedon, Director at Cushman & Wakefield in Miami, and Director of Office Leasing at Washington Real Estate Investment Trust. His range of work has spanned international sales and leasing negotiations.
Lou loves all aspects of real estate. He has developed and owned both investment and vacation properties. His sales experience encompasses a diverse cross-section of price points and locations, from first homes to one-of-a-kind luxury properties. Lou enjoys working with clients in all DC and close-in suburban neighborhoods. His business acumen, negotiating savvy and deep market knowledge make him the perfect partner for both buyers and sellers.
Lou strongly believes in giving back to his community. He served as President of the Board of Sitar Arts Center, a local after-school program for disadvantaged children in DC, and currently serves on the Board of House of Ruth, which serves at-risk women and children. Lou is also passionate about animals and is an ardent supporter of several rescue organizations. Lou enjoys taking his Jack Russell Terrier to all the wonderful parks around DC for fitness and recreation. He is also an avid traveler to his family’s native Colombia.
We were particularly impressed with Lou’s responsiveness and his accommodation of a client’s ‘must haves.’ We would, without hesitation, recommend Lou Cardenas.
~ Vienna Client
I chose Lou to list my house. He was extremely professional throughout the process. He made it easy and reduced the amount of stress that’s involved in selling your house.
~ Arlington Client
Lou did an outstanding job helping us negotiate a relatively complex purchase. He worked with us to develop a creative approach and defended our interests while guiding all parties to a successful deal.
~ Petworth Client