February 2014


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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!
   Member of:
  -Charlotte County Chamber 
   of Commerce
  -Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce
  -Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association

Congratulations to:


Don & Myra - They've sold their house, packed all their belongings and are ready for the next chapter!



Susie & Chuck - Moving to PGI from Burnt Store Marina - the boat is in place, the renovations have begun and all that's left is to enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!



Brenda & Tim - They've purchased a lot and now will start plans to build their new PGI home - a little bit larger than their current home in anticipation of more frequent visits from their kids and their grandkids.



Featured Listing
268 Lewis Circle #123
Punta Gorda, FL 33950

List Price: $409,000
3 Beds, 2 Baths

Live in luxury! A tropical paradise dream! Surround yourself with amazing opportunities: views of the canal, a one block walk from panoramic harbor vistas, a five minute boat ride to Charlotte Harbor and a short walk or bike ride to the bustling activities of downtown Punta Gorda. 
Upgrades galore - Ride the elevator up to this beautiful condominium. The kitchen boasts solid maple cabinets with granite counter tops and luxurious details throughout. It's a chef's delight and a party planner's dream - perfect for entertaining. Master bedroom suite features bright and sunny glass block shower wall & custom closets; great guest bedroom suite and a bonus room currently being used as an executive office space. Other enhancements include a decorator's touch - 21" tile throughout the main living area with a wooden floor in the office, professional grade reverse osmosis system in kitchen and full home water filtration system. This home also features a storage unit in the building, and yes, a deeded dock - #7- right outside your window with a 10,000 lb boat lift! Relax by the heated pool and enjoy this carefree - maintenance-free lifestyle. And you can bring your two pets also!
Visit my website to learn more about this listing or contact me at (941) 676-1033 or at susan@letsgo2puntagorda.com.

Upcoming Events

February 8th - 16th

Shrek the Musical


February 14th - 15th

5th Annual Punta Gorda Banjo Bash


February 14th

Valentine's Day at Fishermen's Village

A Sizzling Night of Lating Dancing

 Greek Festival


February 15th

The Charlotte Chorale


February 16th

Miss Charlotte County USA and Teen USA


February 20th

Gallery Walk


February 21st - 22nd

18th Annual Florida Frontier Days


March 2nd

2014 Wood Carving Show











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LetsGo2PuntaGorda Newsletter 

Happy February!


We've moved on from the New Year - resolutions are made and maybe even forgotten - but we are beginning a new year and we have positive thoughts and bright outlooks. The economy is strengthening and real estate in Southwest Florida, Charlotte County, and particularly Punta Gorda, is booming.


A special note to offer additional condolences to the friends, family and other colleagues of our RE/MAX Harbor pal, Dave Hofer, who passed away suddenly. We will miss you!


Happy Valentine's to you all - take a moment to share your love and appreciation with those that are special to you!  And of course, in addition to the Olympics taking place this month in Sochi, we can enjoy Library Lovers Month, Avocado & Banana Month and not sure what this means .... Spunky Old Broads Month .... but I like it! 



Susan Hill, REALTOR� 

Member of RE/MAX "Executive Club" - 2011

Member of RE/MAX "100% Club" - 2012

RE/MAX Harbor Realty
Direct - 941-676-1033
Cell - 941-347-8782 

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Back on the Rack Consignments

If you are looking for quality clothes and accessories, but do not want to pay department store prices, visit Back on the Rack Consignments in downtown Punta Gorda!  This shop offers quality, name brand clothing for men & women. For those of you who are thinking about consigning, this is also an easy, profitable way to discard your unwanted items.


You can visit their website at www.backontherackconsigments.com



December 2013 Local Housing Statistics
Punta Gorda MSA
Single-Family Homes
Closed Sales: 321
   Year-over-Year % Change: 31.6%
Median Sales Price: $150,000
   Year-over-Year % Change: 15.8%

Condos and Townhouses
Closed Sales: 70
   Year-over-Year % Change: -11.4%
Median Sales Price: $138,000
   Year-over-Year % Change: 65.3%


Source: Florida Realtors


Construction Begins at New Punta Gorda Entertainment Park


"Construction has begun at the site of a proposed Punta Gorda entertainment park, where ATV and dirt bike trails, paintball courses, and live entertainment venues have been years in the works.

"Florida Tracks, Trails and Entertainment has broken ground on the 1,000-acre park off Highway 74, according to a news release.

"The park's main attraction will be a 15,000-seat outdoor amphitheater, offering live entertainment every weekend.

"The park was dreamed up by Terry Cooke and Mike Greenwell, a former Boston Red Sox left fielder who owns Mike Greenwell's Bat-A-Ball & Family Fun Park in Cape Coral..."

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Source: news-press.com


Unexpected Remodeling Expenses That'll Bust Your Budget

"Common remodeling projects can be more complicated than you think. While you're still in the dreaming stage, factor in realities that could add time and money to your project. 
Taking Down a Wall

Taking down a wall to combine two areas and improve flow is more involved than just swinging a sledgehammer at some drywall and studs. 

Smashing the wall was the easy part. You may also have to:
  • Reroute electrical wires.
  • Create a chase to hide HVAC ducts.
  • Patch a small landing strip of flooring where the old wall once lived.
  • Refinish the hardwood flooring throughout the combined areas.
  • Cap and reroute plumbing pipes.
  • Replace electrical wires not up to code.
  • Exterminate termites and other pests living behind the walls.
  • Patch, prime, and paint the ceiling where the wall used to be.

Adding a New Kitchen Island

It seems no gourmet kitchen transformation is complete without an island. But installing an island is more complicated than just topping a couple of base cabinets with a slab of granite.

Electric outlets: Building codes typically require that islands have electrical outlets every 6 feet. Adding a circuit or two is no big deal if your kitchen is above a basement or crawl space and near your electrical panel. It's a bigger deal if the kitchen sits on a slab, and your electrician has to drill through concrete to run electrical wires a long way from panel to island. Figure an additional $500 to $1,000 to your project.

Task lighting: Your new workspace will need overhead task lighting. Added cost depends on how far your kitchen is from your electrical panel, and what type of fixture you install.

If your kitchen is under an attic space, running new wires is relatively easy. But if your electrician has to open up the ceiling to access joists, you're looking at drywall repair and a whole new paint job for your ceiling, adding another $300 to $1,000.


Installing Dream Appliances

Creating a dream kitchen might include installing industrial-sized refrigerators and ranges. But bigger isn't always better.

Industrial refrigerators: Sure, that commercial-style fridge holds more and looks great. But the thing can weigh 800 pounds - the average fridge weighs 250-300 pounds - and be a bear to carry into your home and maneuver into position. That monster fridge may force you to shore up floor joists (consult a structural engineer) or remove door jambs to squeeze it into your home.

Commercial range hoods: A pro-range requires a pro-hood, which has a stronger motor (600-1,400 CFMs) than a typical range hood (200-400 CFMs), and may require an upgraded venting system. Such systems require large vent ducts (8- to 10-inch diameter vs. the normal 4-inch) that must take a straighter path to the outside of your home, adding $1,000-plus to your kitchen renovation, depending on the length of the run."

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Source: HouseLogic


Susan Hill

RE/MAX Harbor Realty

1133 Bal Harbor Blvd, Suite #1129

Punta Gorda, FL 33950