Debra Pitell Hauge

Look to a Higher Standard

Michael Saunders & Company
440 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228

Tel: 941-356-0437
Fax: 941-893-3324
Cell: 941-356-0437

Markets Served: Lido Key, Florida;Anna Maria Island, Florida;Manatee County, Florida;Bradenton, Florida;Lakewood Ranch, Florida;

Specialties: Country Club Properties; New Homes; Resort/Vacation; Townhomes/Condos; Waterfront/Waterview;

What do Clients Say?

2018-12-18 - J. HagenWith the sale of our property now complete, I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to Debra Pitell-Hauge for the good job she did representing our interests and getting the sale completed. We have used Debra more than once in our real estate transactions and as always she was very professional, helpful and thoughtful. In addition, it’s a comfort knowing that an organization like Michael Saunders & Company is behind you, guiding you every step of the way. They make sure that no detail is left undone, and that there are no unexpected surprises. All in all, it was a pleasure working with this great team!

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2018-12-17 - Phyllis C.It's impossible to imagine a real estate agent who could have been more helpful or suitable for my individual needs than Debra Pitell-Hauge. With her assistance, I have purchased three and sold two houses within the past eight years. It was this last sale and purchase that challenged both of us to our limits. The house I was selling had a contract that fell through due to unbelievably difficult and demanding Buyers. That resulted in further renovations before the house could be listed a second time, which then resulted in a sale. Simultaneously, I had to back out of a contract on the house I was trying to purchase when the Inspector found serious structural issues with which the owner refused to manage in a timely fashion. Through all of this, Debra was always there, advising the next step or course of action and offering comfort and encouragement when my spirits began to sag. I would highly recommend Debra Pitell-Hauge as a knowledgeable, friendly, helpful guide through the real estate process.

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2018-11-26 - Lois & Jerry C.Debra persevered through two separate listings of the same property, over the past two years, to achieve the proper price for our beautiful condo on the # 1 beach in America. She never discouraged us that we shouldn’t be listing our condo, at the price we were wanting to achieve. To date, the condo’s in the Grand Tower at the PBC has been priced to generate a quick sale. The proof has been, that they sell within a few days of being listed. This sale will finally raise the bar for future sales.When an offer came, Debra worked with the buyer to come to a satisfactory price for both parties.Debra builds a real rapport with the buyer and when an extension for the closing was required, the buyer was very agreeable. Debra handled all details pertaining to the sale which we appreciated immensely as we do not live in the Sarasota area for the summer.We are truly satisfied with Debra’s performance as our real estate agent.We will be recommending Debra to all our friends and acquaintances in the Sarasota Area.

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7/17/2018 - Margaret F.Debra was exceptional in the level of customer service she provided my husband, Andy, and I as we researched Sarasota. We were thinking of moving from Colorado to Sarasota and found Debra through a neighborhood search of places to live with tennis facilities. Debra went out of her way to help us. The most notable thing was the first day we met, we spent time talking and answering questions so Debra could get a feel for us as a couple, what we were looking for, what things on our list were most important. Prior to our visit to Sarasota in December she sent over a number of listings that met all or most of our criteria and really gave us a sense of what the neighborhoods were like. One of the homes Debra recommended was PERFECT! We saw a few homes before visiting the one we fell in love with, and when we walked in the door of our home we knew it was the one.Our home in CO had sold in September of 2017 with an extended closing timeframe up to end of April of 2018. We were concerned the sellers would not go for such a long timeframe before closing but Debra was able to work out the negotiations. Within 1 week we had an accepted contract!Between finding the house and closing Debra stayed in constant contact. She helped us find a firm to handle the closing, the inspector scheduling (and met the inspector at the home). She also helped the sellers with scheduling the few repairs needed so everything was in top shape for us.The list of additional things Debra helped with is lengthy-from helping us understand utility companies, to what to expect with the walk-through and closing, even recommending service providers for the pool, pest control, and cleaning service. Debra very clearly goes above and beyond to ensure all her clients have a successful, positive home buying experience. We are so happy we found Debra and that we can call her our first friend in Sarasota!

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7/13/2018 - Bruce G.We are so pleased to say that Debra Pitell-Hauge helped us again for the 3rd time and every experience we have had has been wonderful and very professional. Debra does go over and beyond to help us as she always reviews our contract thoroughly, she even caught a mistake that the other realtor had made that would have jeopardized our deal. Again, Debra is a wonderful realtor and is a great asset to Michael Saunders & Company.

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About Debra

Debra Pitell-Hauge hails from London, England. Debra made the move to Florida in 1980 – and one year later settled in Sarasota. Since 2015 she has lived in Esplanade by Siesta Key, where she enjoys an active lifestyle enhanced by giving back to the community she has served for over three decades.

2021 marks Debra’s 39th year selling real estate in Sarasota, highlighting a truly impressive career that has seen her cultivate unrivaled expertise in the diverse communities and lifestyles available in this extraordinary region. From grand waterfront estates to downtown condominiums and charming golf course villas, Debra has always possessed a natural ability when it comes to finding the perfect home for buyers. Equally well, she has been recognized for her sophisticated marketing efforts on behalf of sellers – with a comprehensive web presence that previously earned her the Florida Realtor Magazine’s number one agent website award. Debra believes in continuing education to advance professionally, and has earned numerous designations – including Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), which is earned by less than one percent of Realtors nationwide, Graduate Realtor’s Institute (GRI), and (CLHMS) Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, setting her apart as an accomplished internet professional.

When it comes to Debra’s personal approach to real estate, she is passionate about offering personalized service. Attention to detail and putting her customer’s best interests first is of the utmost importance to her and ensures a seamless experience for all parties. Many of Debra’s customers have been so thrilled with her services they have been confident in recommending her to their family and friends. In fact, 95% of Debra’s business is generated from past customer referrals. It really is no wonder she has been one of the company’s top agents for many, many years.

Debra has been married to Dr. Les Hauge since 2011. They are both members of Freedom Christian Church. Debra has accompanied her husband, Dr. Les Hauge on several plastic surgery mission trips to Guatemala with Hearts in Motion, a Christian organization dedicated to providing vital medical and surgical care to poverty-stricken children and their families. When Debra is not focused on real estate or her philanthropic endeavors, she enjoys spending time on the gorgeous Gulf Coast beaches, photography, and Pure Barre workouts.

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