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HIGHEST RESIDENTIAL SALE TO DATE ON ISLAND OF VENICE

Michael Saunders & Company agents Michelle Hupp, Realtor® GRI, CLHMS and Gigi Kuster, Realtor® Facilitate Benchmark Sale That Demonstrates Market Strength and Community Support

The beachfront estate located at 412 Hunter Drive on Venice Island closed for $3,050,000 last Friday, becoming the highest sale to date for the island according to MFR-MLS records. Michael Saunders & Company agents Michelle Hupp and Gigi Kuster represented the seller in both the sale of this property, and purchase of her new home in The Oaks. Amid business disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this transaction reflects the exceptional measures local real estate experts are taking to move the market forward and serve their customers.

“Our agents are nothing short of extraordinary,” said Michael Saunders, Founder and CEO of Michael Saunders & Company. “It is always heartwarming to assist in making real estate “magic” for both sellers and buyers. Being able to share this notable achievement during these uncertain times is a prime example of teamwork, dedication and client confidence in the Michael Saunders & Company team.”

Understanding the limitations that could affect closing, agents Michelle Hupp and Gigi Kuster acted swiftly with the buyer’s agent to accommodate the sale, moving the closing date up by one week and rearranging the title companies, utilities, movers, cleaners and flights. Both the seller and agents wanted to provide a proper Gulf Coast welcome to the out-of-state buyers, leaving a broad array of furnishings in the home and a stocked refrigerator.

“The seller displayed concern for the buyer, ensuring they would be comfortable in their new home with their young family in the event of a potential quarantine immediately after closing,” said Hupp. “She chose to leave two full bedroom sets with fresh linens, towels, sectional sofa, televisions and a furnished game room for the family to enjoy.”

“Moments like this make me very proud to be a real estate agent with Michael Saunders & Company,” said Kuster. “Working with Michelle was wonderful. We hadn’t known each other well prior to collaborating on this listing, but I feel like I’m not only walking away with additional knowledge but also a new friend and a newfound sense of community.”

The next highest sale on the island took place in 2017 with the sale of 444 Bayshore Drive for $2,850,000. The seller has owned 412 Hunter Drive since September 2003 and is happy to give a young family the same fond memories this special location has afforded her family.

Michelle Hupp is a sales associate with the Michael Saunders & Company’s Venice office, located at 110 Nokomis Avenue North. Michelle can be reached for comment at 941.773.5464.

Gigi Kuster is a sales associate with the Michael Saunders & Company’s Main Street, Sarasota office located at 1605 Main Street. Gigi can be reached for comment at 941.400.7006.