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Cathy is passionate about helping her clients with their real estate needs, whether it is to sell their current home, or to help them find their next dream property. She brings a wealth of real estate expertise along with excellent negotiation skills which enable her to serve a diverse clientele, whether guiding a first time home buyer or assisting an investor with a multi-million dollar portfolio.  Though specializing in luxury homes in Horseshoe Bay as well as waterfront  properties throughout the Highland Lakes area outside of Austin,  she is happy to help with properties of any size or price point. A native Austinite, and having been a waterfront owner herself for over 33 years, she is very familiar with the central Texas market and the pertinent information one needs when selling or purchasing here.

In addition to providing her clients with a memorable real estate experience, Cathy believes in giving back to her community, along with continuously expanding her knowledge and expertise.  She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Highland Lakes Association of Realtors as the 2019 Secretary/Treasurer, and sits on committees at the state level with the Texas Association of Realtors, including the Professional Standards Committee and the Member Benefits Committee. Cathy’s many designations, affiliations and awards are listed below, and she has a huge referral network of agents throughout the country if you are looking for an agent outside of central Texas.  She has continually earned the trust and respect of her clients through her company motto of “Where Integrity Matters”, and prides herself in providing her clients with stellar service and unparalleled ethics and dedication.


Designations and Awards

  • Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®)
  • Certified Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE®)
  • Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
  • Texas Realtor Leadership Professional (TRLP)
  • Resort & Second Home Property Specialist (RSPS)
  • Sellers Residential Specialist (SRS)
  • 2018 Platinum Top 50 Finalist for the greater Austin area


  • National Association of Realtors
  • Texas Association of Realtors
  • Austin Board of Realtors
  • Highland Lakes Association of Realtors
  • Residential Real Estate Council
  • Real Estate Buyers Agent Council

Hire an Area Expert

Year after year, Cathy Ryden ranks among one of the most successful agents throughout the Highland Lakes area. Her strong commitment to her clients,  top notch professionalism, attention to detail, market expertise, and tireless work ethic have made Cathy a trusted resource to both buyers and sellers seeking an agent who puts the client first, every step of the way. A native Austinite who has owned waterfront property in the Highland Lakes for over 33 years, her vast knowledge and experience are evident from first contact to well after closing your transaction. When you choose to work with Cathy, you will have access to her or someone her team seven days a week via phone or email.

The Important Difference

Cathy provides the one on one personalized attention you need to navigate through the complicated real estate process. As a seller, she will evaluate how your home compares to others in the market, suggest repairs or updates to get you top dollar, help you with home staging, provide you with professional resources to help get your home ready for sale, hire a professional photographer to showcase the best features of your home on the web, and implement leading edge technology in marketing to get your home sold. If you are a buyer looking to purchase your next home, Cathy will advise you every step of the way to make the home buying process easier and less intimidating, including helping you find a trusted lender to enable you get preapproved, showing you homes that are currently on market, notifying you of “off market” and “coming soon” properties before they hit the market, writing and negotiating your offer when you find that perfect home, assisting you through the inspection process, help you through the title process, attend your walk through and closing process, and so much more. Buying or selling a home is a complicated process and is likely one of the largest purchases of your life, so you need a trusted resource at your side to help you navigate through it.

Commitment to Excellence

Cathy’s commitment to leading-edge real estate education has resulted in her numerous designations, including the distinguished Texas Realtor Leadership Program, the Certified Residential Specialist, Accredited Buyers Representative, Seller Representative Specialist, Real Estate Negotiation Expert and Resort and Second Home Property Specialist. By the end of 2018 Cathy will have earned two more designations, the Senior Residential Specialist, and the Graduate Realtor Institute designations as well.