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Susan Hill, REALTOR®  
Susan Hill photo After 30 years in the trade show business, I sold my company, Hill & Partners, Inc (www.hillpartners.com ) and moved to sunny Florida and focused on real estate.  Working with buyers and sellers affords me the opportunity to apply the same skills that brought such success to my previous endeavor. You can be certain I will respond to your real estate needs with excitement, enthusiasm, rapid response, networking skills and problem-solving solutions!
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Charlotte County Chamber  of  Commerce  
Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce 
Punta Gorda Isles Civic  Association


Featured Listing
1775 Boca Raton Court
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
List Price: $319,000
2 Bed, 2 Bath

This is a great price for a great house - a winter getaway or an investment property. Either way you can't lose!
The house has a good rental history and is in ship-shape condition - fully outfitted for you, your guests or your tenants. The location could not be better - a stone's throw from Charlotte Harbor with only one (1) bridge! Grab your toothbrush and head for this deed-restricted piece of paradise. You will be minutes away from historic downtown Punta Gorda with shopping, dining, galleries and lots of events!

Visit my website to learn more about this listing or contact me at (941) 676-1033 or at susan@letsgo2puntagorda.com .

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LetsGo2PuntaGorda Newsletter 

Sizzling steaks, plunging swims, snappy fireworks  - these are the things that make it July! Not to mention National Clam Day and National Hot Dog Day - does it get any better, Yankee Doodle?
So, as I have said before, everyone thinks our business totally "tanks" in the summer and everyone goes away on vacation. So not the case! We are less "frenetic", yes; there are less people here for sure, but in the overall scheme of things - the folks that are here looking into real estate are definitely serious about what they are here for. They are serious buyers and serious sellers. They know that the market doesn't just stop when the snowbirds go away. They know that's when the serious folks "kick it up a notch". So if you are thinking about buying or selling - do it now!

I am happy to talk to you about your own special situations - just give me a call!
Susan Hill, REALTOR® 
RE/MAX "Platinum" Club - 2015, 2014, 2013
RE/MAX "100%" Club - 2012 
RE/MAX "Executive Club" - 2011
RE/MAX Harbor Realty
Direct - 941-676-1033
Cell - 941-347-8782 
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May 2016 Local Housing Statistics
Punta Gorda Metropolitan Statistical Area
Single-Family Homes
Median Sale Price: $191,000
Year-over-Year %: 10.9%

Townhouses and Condos
Closed Sales: 114
Year-over-Year %: 11.8%

Source: Florida Realtors®
Latest PGI Civic Association News
The Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association is a great organization and if you're new to the area, it provides a lot of valuable information about how to become more involved in the community. 

You can view a copy of the latest PGICA Commentator here - a monthly publication where you can find information about our area and the multitude of community activities available to you. 

Buying a Fixer-Upper: Is It Worth It? How to Tell

A fixer-upper isn't necessarily something to eschew. If the right things are wrong with a house, you could not only turn it into your dream home, but also earn serious equity (wealth building!) in the process.

Here's how to tell if that fixer-upper is a keeper - or if you should keep walking.

1. Evaluate the Price

If it's a fixer-upper, it should come at a fixer-upper price. Duh, but that's a reminder NOT to fall in love too quickly with a home that the listing says "just needs a little TLC." Do your homework first, and if the price is right, then fall in love. Find out what similar homes in the neighborhood sell for and how tricked out they are (with amenities and materials). And that will tell you how much money you can invest in the home before you over-improve for the neighborhood, a mistake you want to avoid if you plan to sell in the future.

2. Start Evaluating What Improvements Are Needed

The best fixer-uppers offer lots of opportunities for "instant equity," which means if you sold the home tomorrow you'd pretty much get that money back, unlike other projects which you may never get your money back on.
Some can be as simple as painting or landscaping, which you can accomplish with sweat equity. Other tasks, like the kitchen, may require the work of professionals and cash to pay them. It's those projects you want to carefully evaluate against the home's price.

3. Which Hire-a-Pro Projects Add Instant Equity?
Based on data gleaned from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®' "Remodeling Impact Report" (RIR), if these four projects are on your fixer-upper's list of must-haves, then you may have found your dream equity-builder:

-New roof
-Hardwood floors
-New siding

4. Evaluate Your Ability to Deal with Disruption
Whether you're a DIY Jedi or content to let the pros handle the remodel, if your patience is shorter than your potential home's to-do list, a fixer-upper may not be a good choice. Renovating a bathroom alone can take two to three weeks. Add hardwood flooring, a new kitchen, and siding, and you're looking at a whole summer's worth of rehab. 
When considering a fixer-upper, evaluate the limits of your emotional energy as well. Inevitable project pitfalls and delays can be wearing. Only if you have the time, patience, and emotional endurance for a fixer-upper will it be a good fit for you. And only you can determine that.

Read more here.

Source:  Houselogic.com

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Susan Hill

RE/MAX Harbor Realty

1133 Bal Harbor Blvd, Suite #1129

Punta Gorda, FL 33950