Catherine Dorando

Abshire Team
Cell: (919) 904-4794 Raleigh - North Raleigh Office
9051 Strickland Road
Raleigh, NC 27615
Designations Broker
Real Estate Agent Catherine Dorando

About Catherine Dorando

I’m a proud North Carolina Native and my family loves calling southern Durham our home. I hold an undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University and a graduate degree from the College of Charleston. I look forward to getting to know my clients and helping them with every aspect of searching, buying, or selling their home. The home buying experience, especially for first-time home buyers can be daunting, but I promise to be there all the way and help make the process as stress-free and fun as possible. You have my guarantee of excellent customer service. Give me a call! Let’s go have some fun and find your perfect home along the way. 

What made you interested in Real Estate? I have loved my personal experiences with looking for and finding that perfect home. I first bought when I was 24 years old and living in Charleston. I’ve loved having an investment property and buying our primary residence. I want to share this experience with others!

What is your favorite part about this industry? The people! I’ve truly never met a stranger and hope to make lifelong friends out of my clients. It’s fun seeing homes with folks!

What professional organizations do you belong to? RRAR, Realtor

What designations do you have? Realtor, Broker

What areas do you serve? All ares of Central NC, including Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham, Pittsboro, 751, and Wake County

What was your career before real estate? Local Government - I served as an appointed Town Clerk for over 15 years before getting into real estate.

What is your real estate experience? First time home buyer, relocation, LGBTQ

Why did you choose HPW? We are the number one company in the region!

What were the three things you were responsible for in your career prior to real estate? Citizen satisfaction, customer service, accountability and trust for all official government documents.

What is your greatest strength? Working with people

What is your greatest weakness? I may be too loyal. Once you’re my client, I’ll take the wolves.

What degrees do you have? MPA, Undergrad Political Science (Go Apps)

What is your favorite area restaurant? Vin Rouge

What are your hobbies? Cooking!

What is your favorite public park? Trinity Park

What is your favorite vacation spot? Ocracoke

Do you prefer the beach or the mountains? BOTH! I was born a mountain girl but I love the beach!

Which local non-profit organizations do you support? ALS, UNC NICU (we are NICU moms), and LGBTQ

How many times have you moved? Three times

Do you prefer salty or sweet snacks? Salty!

What is your favorite book? To Kill a Mockingbird and anything by David Sedaris

What is your favorite movie? National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Are you a dog- or a cat-person? Dog but I grew up with both!

What is on your bucket list this year? To travel!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Ocracoke

How do you eat an Oreo cookie? One bite at a time.

Why do you love living here? Location! Proximity to the best eduction, experiences, culture, shopping, and only being 2 hours from the beach or mountains.

What is your secret/hidden getaway? Cant tell you this! It’s a secret! Email me and I might bite.

Do you eat Eastern- or Western-style barbecue? Who says you can’t have both? I even go SC style sometimes! There’s no wrong way to eat BBQ!

Other? I’m a fun-loving and happy person. I want to help people - and get joy from it. I hope our paths cross, whether though real estate or other. Cheers to happiness! We only get one try at this thing called life!


We LOVED Cathy! She walked us through everything regarding our first home purchase, she was relentless in helping us find the perfect home, and she helped us be as informed as possible about each home we saw. We will definitely be referring her to anyone who is looking for a realtor!

Brittiany Dickerson

We had an excellent experience in working with Cathy. She was super responsive and informative in so many different ways. We had unique needs, and she stepped right up to help us find our perfect spot. It was an enjoyable experience top to bottom (even during a difficult season to purchase). We would absolutely recommend her to others looking for a home in the area.

Sarah Sakai

Cathy was nothing short of amazing! It was our first time buying a house, and she made the whole process so easy during this insane market. She is responsive, she worked around our schedules, and most importantly, she is so personable. From the first time we met her, we knew we picked the right realtor to go through our home-buying process with. She helped us to find our first home, and I'm so glad she was there for every step of the way. Her team is so lucky to have her!

Kara Duterte

Cathy is an excellent agent. She found us the perfect home in a great location. She walked us through all the steps and helped with all the details.

Nikki Grimes

Truly outstanding experience as first-time sellers. Cathy Dorando was an incredibly helpful and capable agent who made the process as transparent and easy as possible. I cannot recommend her and this team strongly enough.

Brian Gilmore

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