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Charlotte Solt Real Estate purchased by two of its own

  • ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS From left are secretary Linda Handler, Charlotte A. Solt, new owners Tammy Swinburne and Kim Hillegass.
    ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS From left are secretary Linda Handler, Charlotte A. Solt, new owners Tammy Swinburne and Kim Hillegass.
Published December 03. 2012 05:05PM

After spending 35 years in the real estate business, Charlotte A. Solt has decided to sell her Tamaqua real estate business to two of her own real estate agents.

"I was their boss, now they are my boss," said Charlotte A. Solt, past owner of Charlotte A. Solt Real Estate, as she described the transfer of ownership of her business to two of her agents, Kim Hillegass and Tammy Swinburne.

Before taking ownership, Hillegass and Swinburne, who have worked with Solt for a combined total of almost 30 years, are both Tamaqua graduates.

Solt, who will still plans on working in the office, said she simply wanted to slow down for health reasons.

Hillegass and Swinburne, who currently don't plan on changing the business name, stressed their continued dedication to their current and new clients.

"In addition to our regular real estate services, we offer listings, sellings, limited rental services and so on," said Swinburne, who has been with Charlotte A. Solt, Inc. since 1987. "We also belong to six multiple listing services and also do residential appraisals."

Swineburn has her Associate Broker´s license and her GRI degree. She is also the secretary for the Tamaqua Historical Architectural Review Commission.

"In addition to Schuylkill County, we serve four other surrounding counties," said Hillegass. "We are not your normal small time office."

Both Swinburne and Hillegass stressed their continued commitment to the community. "We have a feeling for this entire area," said Swinburne. "In addition to the vast amount of local history, everyone treats each other like family here."

It is easier to buy a house than you think," said Hillegass. "Anyone can browse our website, call us or simply stop by."

Their website,, provides visitors access to featured listings, free reports, seller tips, buyer resource center, school and community information and so on.

They are located at 227 Center Street and are available for appointment most days. Their phone number is (570) 668-2240.

"We are not a franchise and have access to a vast listing of properties, added Swinburne. ""We can help anyone find their dream home."

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