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Catherine Hanson Real Estate, Inc. agents are experts in Central Florida Real Estate and have been guiding buyers and sellers for close to 30 years. Family owned and operated, our agency leads a team of dedicated real estate professionals who are here to assist you every step of the way.

We love living in Central Florida, and we think you will too. Home is where your story begins...and we will help you start it!


  • Get your credit and finances in order
  • Learn about the mortgage industry
  • Apply to get pre-approved for a mortgage
  • Determine your wants and needs
  • Select a qualified Real Estate agent
  • Start searching for a home
  • Handle pre-offer tasks
  • Make an offer
  • Schedule home inspections and other tests
  • Avoid and correct last minute problems
  • You're on your way to closing!


    Concerned that you could be in a bidding war when buying a home? Use these strategies from Florida Realtors to increase your odds of getting your offer accepted.

    1. Encourage your agent to reach out to the listing agent to find out what the seller is looking for, such as a quick close, an above asking-price offer or a waived contingency. This will help you and your agent craft a competitive offer.

    2. Make a cash offer. If you’re not in a position to pay cash, get pre-approved for a mortgage and have your pre-approval letter in hand.

    3. Pay attention to the listing agent’s request. Many times, they will have you submit your highest and best offer. Ask your agent for some strategies on handling this type of offer.

    4. Consider waiving contingencies. If you are financing, check with your lender.

    5. Figure out where you can be flexible. You’ll need to move quickly, so know your must-haves versus your nice-to-haves before you start your search.

    6. Don’t get emotional. Trust your agent to walk you through each step in the buying process.

    7. Be available. Respond to inquiries quickly and ask your real estate agent to check in regularly with the listing agent to monitor the seller’s progress.

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