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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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Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce 
Punta Gorda Isles Civic  Association


Featured Listing
5030 Ussepa Court
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
List Price: $799,000
3 Beds, 3 Baths

Click here to see a virtual tour of this home.

Simply Stunning. This custom designed and built home has everything. Breathtaking from the minute you enter - and the location is minutes from Ponce Inlet. Travertine flooring throughout the main living space, a great room floor plan, soaring ceilings and surprises at every turn. The handcrafted mosaic entry way sets the tone - come in through the custom stained glass double doors and take it all in: solid cherry custom cabinetry in the kitchen, solid cherry doors throughout, cherry floors in the sitting room and guest bedrooms; a gourmet kitchen with wrap-around island for casual entertaining and a spacious dining area all within view; stainless appliance package; custom pantry and separate storage closet, designer fans. The great room features zero edge sliders, which open to the gorgeous pool, spa and lanai. A split bedroom floor plan features the master suite with an over-sized bedroom, wonderful master bath with lots of upgrades, abundant closet space and a washer/dryer conveniently located in the master! The guest bedroom suites both offer beautifully tiled and appointed bathrooms, one with tub and double sinks. Custom Hunter Douglas window treatments throughout the home - drapes, blinds and shutters. The oversized, climate controlled garage has plenty of room for 2 cars or a car and a full size truck AND a workshop AND your toys! This lot offers 108' of seawall, 100' dock, a 7000lb boat lift and lots of water! Hurricane protection throughout. Furniture negotiable outside of contract.

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

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LetsGo2PuntaGorda Newsletter 


Happy Spring!  Time is just flying here - and all the "snowbirds" are flying north too! Most folks think it gets slow now .... wrong!.... Now is when the serious buyers and sellers get moving!

I know you've probably heard the phrase, "going the extra mile." With over 30 years (ugh) of sales under my belt, you can bet I've heard that phrase over and over - and  because I build my real estate business through repeat business and referrals, I take that extra mile thing pretty seriously - before, during and even after the transaction. I hope you know I'll go the extra mile for you, and your referrals.

Have fun this month - it's National Play Your Ukulele Day on 5/2, Dance Like a Chicken Day on the 14th, Memorial Day of course - and for all my girlfriends in particular - National Wine Day on the 25th... be safe!

Susan Hill, REALTOR┬« 
RE/MAX "Platinum" Club - 2015, 2014, 2013
RE/MAX "100%" Club - 2012 
RE/MAX "Executive Club" - 2011
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April 2016 Local Housing Statistics
Punta Gorda Metropolitan Statistical Area
Single-Family Homes
Median Sale Price: $190,000
Year-over-Year %: 19.1%

Townhouses and Condos
Median Sale Price: $160,000
Year-over-Year %: 6.7%

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. 

Not Sure How to Price Your Home? Expert Strategies Help You Hit the Spot

The Pitfalls of Overpricing

Homeowners often think that it's OK to overprice at first, because - who knows? - maybe you'll just get what you're asking for. Although you can certainly lower an inflated price later, you'll sacrifice a lot in the process. The most obvious damage: A house that remains on the market for months can prevent you from moving into your dream home. Already purchased that next home? You might saddle yourself with two mortgages.

The Pricing Traps

It's easy for homeowners to stumble into two common traps:

1.  Conflating actual value with sentimental value - how much they assume their home's worth because they lived there and loved the time they spent there.

2.  Assuming renovations should result in a dollar-for-dollar increase in the selling price - or more.

"Many homeowners think, 'Of course my home is worth a bazillion dollars.'" If they put in a few thousand dollars worth of new flooring, for example, they might overestimate the upgrade's impact on the home's value into the tens of thousands. Smart renovations make your home more comfortable and functional, but should typically reflect the neighborhood.

Another culprit for many a mispriced home is online tools, like Zillow's "Zestimate," that prescribe an estimated market value based on local data. The estimate is often wildly inaccurate.

The Right Stats for the Right Price

If you decide to consult us, we will use something called comps (also known as "comparable sales") to determine the appropriate listing price. We won't just be looking at your neighbors; we'll be seeking out near-identical homes with similar floor plans, square footage, and amenities that sold in the last few months.

Once we've assembled a list of similar homes (and the real prices buyers paid), we can make an accurate estimate of what you can expect to receive for your home. After crunching the data, we'll work with you to determine a fair price that'll entice buyers. The number might be less than you hope and expect, but listing your home correctly - not idealistically - is a sure way to avoid the aches and pains of a long, drawn-out listing that just won't sell.

Knowing When the Price is Too High

Once your home is on the market, you'll start accumulating another set of data that will serve as the ultimate price test: how buyers react.

There's an easy way to tell if you've priced too high: If you have no showings, it's way too high. Lots of showings and no offer means you've marketed well - but it's overpriced once people get inside.

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Susan Hill

RE/MAX Harbor Realty

1133 Bal Harbor Blvd, Suite #1129

Punta Gorda, FL 33950