Business Digest: Real estate briefs


RE/MAX Affinity among top brokerages

Debra Meredith-Peters and Rocky Farhat.

RE/MAX Affinity Plus, one of the most successful real estate companies in Southwest Florida, ranks among the 50 most productive real estate brokerages in the U.S., based on home sales data in the 2015 REAL Trends 500 Survey.

They are one of only three Florida real estate brokerages included among the top 50 brokerages when measured by the number of transaction sides per sales associate. Of those 50 brokerages, 39 are affiliated with RE/MAX.

"Our agents always put the customer first," said Debra Meredith-Peters, broker/owner, RE/MAX Affinity Plus Realty. "And when your buyers and sellers are happy, they refer you to their friends and family. In the world of real estate, a referral is the greatest compliment."

RE/MAX Affinity Plus ranked 36 out of the top 50 nationwide with 21.2 transaction sides per agent. The survey ranked more than 1,400 participating brokerages by the total 2014 residential transaction sides. Among the top 500, RE/MAX calculated the 50 brokerages averaging the most transaction sides per agent.

RE/MAX Affinity Plus Realty's primary office is located in Marco Walk Plaza at 599 S. Collier Blvd., Ste. 306. Visit or call 394-8118.

Anna Pusz sells condo

On April 17, Anna Pusz continued her real estate sales performance by procuring the buyer for what appears to be the highest purchase price for a condominium on Marco Island in several years.

The 6,569-square-foot, 5-bedroom, 6-and-a-half bathroom, penthouse unit is located within Madeira, a 101-unit condominium complex adjacent to the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa on South Collier Boulevard. The purchase price for this 16th floor "estate in the sky" is $6.45 million.

High-priced sales are commonplace to Pusz, since she has ranked, and continues to rank, as the No. 1 sales associate at Results Realty Marco Island with respect to sales volume. She has been a real estate broker associate on Marco Island for the past 30 years and also resides on Marco Island.

She was president of the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors in 2001 and holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Walden University and a master's in Education from the University of Pittsburgh. During her real estate career, she acquired extensive knowledge and experience in luxury condominium sales while engaging in established developer sales for 10 years at Cape Marco.

LCEC to reduce electric rates

LCEC is reducing its electric rates for the third time in less than two years, resulting in residential electric rates that are among the lowest of all 56 utilities in Florida, and the overall lowest for electric cooperatives in Florida.

The LCEC board of trustees unanimously approved the decrease. Beginning in July, LCEC's residential customers will see rates decrease by 2.1 percent, bringing the cost of a typical 1,000 kilowatt-hour residential bill to $108.45. This is 11.6 percent lower than the average electric rate of all Florida electric cooperatives, municipal utilities, and investor-owned utilities.

"As a not-for-profit electric cooperative, LCEC is not motivated by profit but by service to its customers throughout the region," said CEO Dennie Hamilton. "For 75 years, our employees have been committed to managing a highly effective and reliable electric system with the lowest possible rates."

This is the second rate decrease this year for LCEC customers, who have not seen an increase in more than seven years. This most recent rate decrease is the result of power cost savings that are being passed along to customers.

"We're able to offer low rates and strong reliability because of the efforts of our employees, many of whom are LCEC members themselves, and the management of our board of trustees," said Hamilton. "We remain laser-focused on providing excellent service and competitive rates while continuing to maintain and upgrade the electric system."

LCEC is a nonprofit electric distribution cooperative, serving Marco Island, Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Pine Island, Everglades City, Immokalee, Ave Maria, and parts of Lehigh Acres.