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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 ( ) 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
2198 El Cerito Court
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
List Price: $428,000
3 Beds, 2 Baths

Click here to see a virtual tour of this home.

C harming! Renovated! Move-in ready! A designer's delight! This Punta Gorda Isles home has been meticulously cared for - it is a welcoming, warm environment just waiting for its new owners. The living room, bedroom and dining rooms feature sliders which all open to the lanai - and the lanai becomes a Florida room with its own sliding glass doors to enclose if you choose! 20" Porcelain tile throughout, except for the bedrooms; updated baths and kitchen with glazed solid maple cabinets, solid surface Corian counters and spacious breakfast bar. In addition to a spacious lanai and sparkling, heated pool, you will enjoy a wonderful outdoor space for taking in the tropical breeze while swinging in the hammock. The pool was completely renovated in Jan 2016 (at a total cost of $ 8100) and a new pool heater was added about a year ago. Plantation shutters throughout the home. Located in deed restricted PGI, you are minutes from Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico by boat (10,000lb boat lift already here!); a brisk walk or bike ride from Fisherman's Village, the Isles Yacht Club and historic downtown Punta Gorda with shopping, dining, galleries, a Farmer's market and plenty to do!

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

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If you are away from your home for an extended time, the Punta Gorda Police Department can conduct periodic home checks and notify you of any concerns or problems that arise. Find out more here.

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LetsGo2PuntaGorda Newsletter 


In case you haven't already noticed, there has been a little more action in the real estate market lately. The market slowed down for a bit and the inventory increased so we're playing catch up now. This activity is common during the spring and summer months. After all, summer is an ideal time to make a move. If you have any questions about what's going on in the real estate market, please give me a call, I'd be glad to help. 
Enjoy March Madness, National Bubble Week and my two favorites - National Salesperson Day and Multiple Personality Day!!!
Have fun and stay safe!

Susan Hill, REALTOR┬« 
Member of RE/MAX "Platinum" Club - 2014  
Member of RE/MAX "Platinum" Club - 2013 
Member of RE/MAX "100%" Club - 2012 
Member of RE/MAX "Executive Club" - 2011
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January 2016 Local Housing Statistics
Punta Gorda Metropolitan Statistical Area
Single-Family Homes
Median Sale Price: $180,000
Year-over-Year %: 9.0%

Townhouses and Condos
Median Sale Price: $145,000
Year-over-Year %: 3.9%

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. 

Accountants Say You'll Probably Make These 6 Homeowner Tax Mistakes

Hooray - it's tax time! OK, few people get quite that excited about filling out government forms, but there's good reason to appreciate the annual ritual. Tax deductions are a serious perk for homeowners, and they can be a major boon to your family's finances.

But unless you're a CPA, it can be easy to miss these deductions, or worse: raise a red flag with the IRS because you got deduction happy. Here are the top six homeowner tax blunders accountants see the most.


1. Missing the Mortgage Interest Deduction

Itemized deductions can be a great way to lower your tax bill. But homeowners, particularly newbies, may be used to claiming the standard deduction because they haven't had enough of the expenditures that qualify them for itemized filing.

You can deduct the interest portion of your mortgage payments. That might mean your itemized deductions will now exceed the standard, saving you tax dollars.


2. Assuming Everything House-Related is Deductible

Deductions are great, but you can't write everything off on your taxes. And to stay in the good graces of the IRS, you don't want to over-deduct.

Talk to your accountant or tax preparer to be straight on allowable deductions, which, for a homeowner, generally means mortgage interest and real estate taxes. You may also deduct points charged on the mortgage in the year you purchased the home.


3. Neglecting Your Home Office

Many people fail to take the home office deduction for fear of being audited, or because it's just plain hard to calculate if you don't use the newer, simplified method. (More on that math-saving gem later.) However you compute this deduction, it's a great way to save some cash.

To qualify for the deduction, your office space must be used regularly and only for business. If you work for someone else, says Hardy, there has to be documentation - it could be an email from a supervisor - that your work at home is required as part of the job and is for the employer's convenience. In addition, employees can't take the deduction if they rent any part of their home to their employers and use the rented portion to perform work for the employer.


To see more tax deductions you may miss, click here.

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Susan Hill

RE/MAX Harbor Realty

1133 Bal Harbor Blvd, Suite #1129

Punta Gorda, FL 33950