Welcome to the Sun Shine State.
You've picked the 'perfect' time to buy a piece of Marco Island.
At this time there seems to be two markets. One market involves those pristine properties that are engaged in what we call the beauty pageant. The move-in, clean, updated homes, typically get near or above list price.
Then comes the others. The carpet is worn, there may be formica present, and those flourensents in the kitchen are hard not to notice.
You willl need to have a coversation with your real estate pro regarding your 'fix-up' tolerence and determine which market you are in. Now your agent can share with you the 'discount points' of the sold real estate. This is how far above $135,000 you can shop. Of course, you are aware, buying and selling real estate involves EMOTIONS! Rarely does EMOTIONS fit well within the confines of a formula.
Best of success to you in acquiring your Marco Island home.
ReMax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
727. 420. 4041