October 2013
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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

Featured Listing

1024 San Mateo Dr. 
Punta Gorda, FL 33950

List Price: $549,000
3 Beds, 2 1/2 Baths

You are literally minutes from Ponce de Leon inlet - then Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico - no bridges.  So take your sailboat or your powerboat and enjoy this tropical paradise. 
Take advantage of this great gourmet kitchen and spacious, open floor plan to entertain. There is a welcoming living room with a beautiful view to the water, the kitchen features granite counters, a center island, a breakfast bar, pantry closet, and a breakfast nook overlooking the pool and canal. The cozy family room just off the kitchen includes a wood like tile floor and also opens to the lanai. The split bedroom floor plan offers a spacious master bedroom suite, two guest bedrooms with a shared bath and you'll also enjoy a separate den/library/office and a half bath. The huge, screened lanai features an outdoor kitchen, as well as a terrific pool/spa area ... and the outdoor space includes mature landscaping, flowering trees, curbing, and an oversized lot! This 100' waterfront space includes a 60' dock already equipped with power and water and a boat lift - all that's missing is you! 
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 

Dear Friends,


Happy October!


It's that Boo Hoo month - hopefully yours will be filled with nothing but treats!


If you think moving to a new home is in your future, now is a good time to discuss the real estate market. I would be happy to sit down with you, even if only to help you review your situation, and to advise you of any issues or opportunities you should be aware of.


Prices are moving up and that's a good thing for sellers, our economy and our future - but if you're a buyer - don't wait! Now is the time to get better than ever prices!


And yes, here are the fun facts: OK, so we know Halloween - but did you know Canadian Thanksgiving also happens in October? Along with National Bologna Day (Bologna has roots in Bologna, Italy, derived from a sausage made there called mortadella), Evaluate Your Life Day (after eating too much bologna???), National Diabetes Day (to be taken very seriously) and Adopt a Shelter Dog Month (to bring joy to all concerned!).


Talk to you soon!


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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Congratulations to Christa Vryhof, the winner of October's Facebook drawing!
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**Please note: We've had problems contacting our winners.  Please provide your contact information via email to susan@letsgo2puntagorda.com or online through www.letsgo2puntagorda.com, so we can send you your gift card! 

Halloween Lighting Ideas

Scary Good Savings
If you like lots of spooky light for your Halloween display but are scared to death about wasting energy, try floodlights with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). 
A 20-watt CFL floodlight is as bright as a 100-watt incandescent, but uses one-fifth the energy. They come in many colors; a weatherproof, 20-watt CFL floodlight is about $10 and will last 8,000 hours, or more than 30 Halloweens.
Do You Shudder at Shadows?
  If you want to keep the fun quotient high but the cash outlay low, paper window silhouettes are wickedly cool. Make cutouts from black paper, stick them on your windows, and back them with a translucent shade or sheet. Turn up the background lights to create a whole-house luminary. Need artistic help? Download these silhouette templates.

Arch Friendlies

Put a smile on your driveway with a rainbow made of plastic pumpkins. Stakes on either side of the driveway are all that's needed to anchor an arch made of plastic PVC pipe; pumpkins are attached with zip ties. Lighting comes courtesy of a string of Christmas lights with clear bulbs; different size bulbs vary the lighting intensity for each pumpkin.
Off-The-Shelf Creepies
If you love Halloween displays but don't have the DIY chops (or the time) to pull off something epic, a store-bought inflatable with built-in lighting will instantly boost your Halloween curb appeal. This lovely Grim Reaper and menacing carriage ($279) is 15 feet long and inflates in minutes using the included heavy-duty fan. Lights run on batteries, so it's a cordless installation you can set up anywhere.

For more lighting ideas, click here.

Source: Houselogic



August 2013 Local Housing Statistics
Punta Gorda MSA
Single-Family Homes
Closed Sales: 310
   Year-over-Year % Change: 2.0%
Median Sales Price: $144,700
   Year-over-Year % Change: 26.4%

Condos and Townhouses
Closed Sales: 90
   Year-over-Year % Change: 47.5%
Median Sales Price: $120,500
   Year-over-Year % Change: 24.2%


Source: Florida Realtors


Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in October
Need a reason to celebrate this month? Look at some of these holidays:
October 12: International Moment of Frustration Scream Day 
Wherever you are, whatever you're doing, just stop and really let it out. We're told you can hear the collective scream from space.

October 16th: National Dictionary Day
Word nerds rejoice! Today you may proudly pore over the pages of your Merriam-Webster and Oxford's alike. Celebrate the holiday by learning 20 new words, and impress your peers and colleagues for life. Or at least for 20 minutes.
October 18th: National No Beard Day
We suspect that fellows unlucky in the facial hair-growing department might have something to do with this holiday. Regardless, if you are an offbeat holiday observer with facial hair, that chin strap has got to go. Those are the rules. A fresh start for your face could translate to a fresh start for your life. 

For the full list of holidays, click here. 
Source: mental_floss


Susan Hill

RE/MAX Harbor Realty

1133 Bal Harbor Blvd, Suite #1129

Punta Gorda, FL 33950