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Milton & Pace Real Estate Market Update
07-14-2020
Lindsay Scapecchi
Market Update
07-14-2020

Let’s talk about Milton and Pace real estate market trends over the past year.

Here's the Milton, Florida Real Estate Market update.

  • Median Home Value: $178,000
  • Over the most recent 12-month period, Milton is in the green with an increasing home value of 7.14% and increase of 13.25% in the last 24 months. 

Milton real estate market update chart with stats

Here's the Pace, Florida Real Estate Market update.

  • Median estimated home value in Pace is $219,000
  • Pace, FL is showing even higher increase of 8.26% in the home value over the last 12 months and 12.65% over the last 24 months. 

Pace Real Estate Market update map and stats

This is good news for Pace and Milton homeowners. If you are not planning on moving, it means you are earning more equity in your home. If you are planning to sell, chances are you can probably sell at a profit. The average days on the market is less than a month in both of these areas.

We're sure that many of you are wondering how the COVID-19 virus is affecting the buying and selling of homes in our area. In fact, over the last 3 months, both Pace and Milton real estate have remained strong with positive equity increase, a decrease in number of days on the market, and an increase in number of real estate sales.

Are you interested in purchasing a home in Milton or Pace? Browse Pace and Milton area homes for sale on our sales website at www.RealtyMastersofFlorida.com

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#1 in Pensacola Property Management and Leasing!
Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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2020 Home Design Trends
07-13-2020
Lindsay Scapecchi
Design Trends
07-13-2020

Whats trending? 2020 home design trends

Nonwhite Kitchens- We all know that white kitchens have been all the rave for a very long time. While they are still popular we are seeing an increase in colored cabinets. Colors are ranging from soft greys and pastel blues to bold navy blues and black. Some are even combining the two tends with the colored lower and white upper cabinets.

Rustic/ Antique accents- Locally the “farmhouse” style seems to be the most popular the antique look goes beyond the country feel.  Antique lighting fixtures seem to be the most popular. The combination of new and old creates one of a kind spaces.

Bath Tubs- One of the biggest selling features in a home besides the kitchen is the master bathroom. The new trends are showing that more people prefer the freestanding tub. If you want to take it over the top you can even put the freestanding tub into the oversized shower like one of our recent sellers.

Bathroom Tiles- Like we mentioned before the Master Bathroom is a huge selling feature so many sellers are choosing to use bold tiles to leave an impression. While accent times have been around for a while these have taken it to the next level. In small bathrooms they are commonly seen on the floor while in the larger bathrooms you can find them on an entire wall.

Formal Dining- For a while we were seeing that the formal dining space was going away. It seems that trend may be coming to an end as more people are choosing to use the dining space as a staged room.

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#1 in Pensacola Property Management and Leasing!
Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
Sales Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #52B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 453-9220 www.RealtyMastersofFlorida.com

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Most Missed Items At Move Out
07-08-2020
Lindsay Scapecchi
Move Out
07-08-2020

Most Missed Cleaning Items at Move Out

One of the worst things a property manager has to do I to tell a previous tenant their security deposit is getting charges because they did not clean properly upon moving out. We hope this helps you be more prepared for your move out to help insure the full deposit back. 

  1. Windows- Window cleaning does not just mean the glass like many seem to think. The window tracks, frame, blinds and sills need to be wiped down and free of dust and grime.
  2. Bathrooms- Bathrooms need to be thoroughly cleaned. 
    1. Exhaust Fan- wiped down and free of dust
    2. Toilet- tank, bowl and base scrubbed. (please make sure the water in the bowl is clean)
    3. Tub/Showers- Scrubbed and free of soap scum and mildew.
  3. Baseboards- All baseboards should be wiped down and be free of dust or grime.
  4. Kitchen- This is where the majority of the issues we see are.
    1. Fridge and Freezer- Should be cleaned out with white vinegar including trays, shelves, seal, and handle. It should be pulled out and the floor cleaned behind and underneath. Don’t forget the top of the fridge, too.
    2. Stove- Clean thoroughly including the outside, inside, racks, underneath and drawers. The drip pans should be replaced as well.
    3. Cabinets- ALL the cabinets including drawers should be emptied and whipped out free of dust and grime. The outside of the cabinets should be cleaned with a mild soap.
  5. A/C- Change air filter and make sure the door frame in HVAC closet is free of dust.
  6. Yard- Please mow the lawn (if required by lease) prior to moving out. Do not leave any debris laying around the yard. If you have trash left over, you may leave it by the road in accordance to the trash providers requirements. It is your responsibility to be sure it is picked up prior to when you cancel your trash service. 

Please note, this is just a list of the items usually missed and is not the full move out cleaning guidelines. You may read those here

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Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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Pensacola Real Estate is Selling!
06-16-2020
Nicole St. Aubin
Real Estate
06-16-2020

Pensacola real estate

Prices are up. 📈

Interest rates and inventory are down. 

It's what every seller wishes for when they are ready to sell. 

We are still selling houses. If you have been holding off on listing your home due to COVID, reconsider! Call us to discuss this more or send us a message here.

The Realty Masters of FL Team

#1 in Pensacola Property Management and Leasing!
Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
Sales Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #52B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 453-9220 www.RealtyMastersofFlorida.com

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Ways to enjoy summer in your own backyard
06-16-2020
Lindsay Scapecchi
Outdoor Fun
07-08-2020

DIY Yard games Backyard fun

We’ve compiled a list of inexpensive ways to make the most of the season without leaving your home.

Tic Tac Toe

Get creative! All you need is a few rocks, a big piece of wood and some paint. Or use a few tree branches in the grass. It doesn't take much to create a tic tac toe board and keep the kids busy for an afternoon. 

Foam Noodles

There are so many ways to use these cheap, foam noodles other than floating in a pool.

  1. Obstacle Course- Duct-tape six rings to one another, then tape them to thicker (3 1/2-inch-wide) hollow pool noodle posts. You can lay it down to make an agility jump or stand it up to make it a target to throw balls through.
  2. Ring Toss- tape two ends together to make a circle. And cut one about 1 foot in length. You will want to get a stick or a stake to out in the ground to hold your 1ft section upright.
  3. Noodle Fishing- Cut a noodle into pieces about 2 inches thick. Then you will want to cut those in half. If you want to decorate to look like fish grab some pipe cleaners for the fins. Stick a paper clip at the “head” of the fish and you can make the “hook” magnetic or just open a paper clip so you can loop it through the hole.
  4. Water toy- tape one end really good and poke hole all over. Stick a water hose in the other end and watch it become a sprinkle.
  5. Race track- Cut a noodle in half then glue the two halves together on the side with the hollowed center facing up.  You will want to put it on an incline to the toy cars will roll down on their own.

Backyard Water Games

  1. Giant water balloon kerplunk– You’ll want a couple tomato cages, some stick, plastic wrap and of course water balloons.  Stack the cages together and push all your sticks through. Wrap the sides about the sticks with the plastic wrap to keep the balloons from falling out the sides then fill with water balloons.
  2. Sponge Splash Ball-  Grab some sponges (recommend different colored) and cut them into half inch-thick strips. Pile them together and tie them together with string or use a rubber band. Stick them in a bowl a water and have a great time.

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#1 in Pensacola Property Management and Leasing!
Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
Sales Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #52B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 453-9220 www.RealtyMastersofFlorida.com

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Free Credit Reports Weekly through April 2021
04-23-2020
Nicole St. Aubin
Free Credit Reports
06-04-2020

get your free credit report

It has just been announced that all three credit bureaus- Experien, Equifax, and Transunion- are now offering consumers weekly access to their credit reports through April 2021.

This unprecedented opportunity arose from certain provisions in the CARES Act and as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a way for consumers to monitor and protect their financial health. 

So how do you take advantage of this? Visit www.annualcreditreport.com to request copies of your free credit report. Once there, claim the "Request your free credit reports." 

You will be able to access all three credit reports after entering your personal information and verifying some security questions. The security questions range from personal information to verifying monthly payments and accurate open accounts on your reports. Once you are able to view the report, you should print a copy or save each report before exiting the screen. While this report will show you a ton of information about your credit, you do not receive your credit score for free. 

It is more important now than ever to understand your credit score. In order to improve your credit score, you have to be knowledgable into what makes up a credit score and what actions can be taken to improve your credit. Because of COVID-19, our sales team is now offering credit repair help to clients who are interested in purchasing a house but need a boost in their credit in order to be able to do so. If you are interested in taking control of your credit and learning how to improve it, request a copy of our Credit Repair Guide here. 

The Realty Masters of FL Team

#1 in Pensacola Property Management and Leasing!
Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
Sales Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #52B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 453-9220 www.RealtyMastersofFlorida.com

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Mortgage Forbearance & COVID-19
04-14-2020
Nicole St. Aubin
Mortgage Forbearance
06-04-2020

mortgage forbearance COVID 19

There's a lot of talk about Mortgage Forbearance since the passing of the CARES Act on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act requires lenders to allow mortgage forbearance options for 90-180 days with an option to extend another 180 days. Mortgage forbearance can allow you to defer, not waive, mortgage payments. Additionally, this option may be available to you without negative consequences to your credit. The CARES Act does not allow your lender to report negatively to the credit bureau during this time.

While this sounds very enticing, we've heard of lot of negative chatter from mortgage and financial professionals on the mortgage forbearance options being offered. Because of this, we are advising against mortgage forbearance unless it is absolutely needed.

Here's some of what we've heard:

A lot of forbearance agreements contain provisions that call the missed mortgage payments due as a balloon payment at the end of the forbearance period, called "reinstatement" to bring your account current. 

Some forbearance agreements call for a repayment plan to repay the deferred mortgage payments for a period of up to 12 months. Keep in mind, you would need to pay your mortgage payment plus the additional amount under the repayment plan each month in order to keep this agreement. 

Some forbearance agreements are offering deferment, where they allow you add the missed payments on the end of your loan. This is best case scenario, but make sure the language is guaranteed. For example, if it is says "at the end of the loan period, you may apply to have these payments added on..." does not guarantee this.  

We've heard that some of these agreements may call for loan modification and can actually change the terms of the loan or call the loan due if you are unable to pay the amount back within a specified amount of time. 

Obviously, each mortgage company has different policies, which is why it is so important to read the details of an agreement before signing it. I've not heard if these details can be negotiated, but we would recommend trying. 

If you find yourself worrying about making your mortgage payment(s), we recommend you reach out to your mortgage company immediately. First, ask them if you fall under the covered category for the CARES Act. Second, ask them about your options for forbearance or any deferred payment plans or options. We strongly advise you to read the fine print of any agreement the mortgage company sends you before agreeing to a plan. In some instances, it makes more sense to investigate alternative options including home equity, personal loans,refinancing, or even selling your property. 

While we advise using mortgage forbearance only as a last resort option, it may turn out to be the best option for some, especially if your bank is more lenient than some of the others. Should you decide to do a mortgage forbearance, it's best to pay as much toward the amount due as possible at this time and defer only what is necessary.  

mortgage help assistance deferment and forbearance

If you are a landlord and considering a forbearance on an investment property, we do recommend that you make a plan that you can adhere to even without your tenant's payment. We are working very hard to ensure tenant's understand their requirements under their lease agreement has not changed and there will be repercussions should they fail to adhere to these responsibilities. We cannot assure you that your tenant will not use this as an opportunity not to pay their rent. Please consider this when making plans. 

Here's a few recent articles to read with more information about these issues. 

We're happy to help and advise in whatever way we can during this time; however, do keep in mind that we are not attorneys, accountants, or mortgage professionals. We remind you to consult these experts with your specific questions. 

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Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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Pensacola Grocery Pick Up and Delivery
04-10-2020
Celia Kafka
Grocery Delivery
04-10-2020

pensacola grocery pick up and delivery

Online grocery shopping is hotter than ever right now.  There are so many options out there it’s hard to pick a favorite.  Walmart, Publix & Target are some that are available to us here in Northwest Florida.  Online shopping makes it easy to get your groceries and still be able to adhere to the CDC social distancing guidelines. If you're ready to start your Pensacola grocery pick up or delivery, this article is for you. 

Walmart grocery Pick up and delivery

Walmart Grocery:  The Walmart App allows you to choose a time slot for pick up.  There is a $30 minimum to reserve your time slot, but once your spot is reserved, you can add or remove items up until 1:45 am on the day of pick up.  You have 3 hours after picking  your time slot to complete your check out before they release your reservation.  Sometimes the 9 Mile Rd Market has same day pick up spots available! 

While it’s been more difficult as of late to find a pick up spot for Walmart, if you time it just right, you'll find a time slot and be able to place your order online and pick it up from the store, have it loaded into your car and you'll be on your way.  The app will alert you about 15 minutes before your pick up time to let you know it’s ready.  Once you arrive at the store and pick a parking spot, you'll enter that into the app and a Walmart associate will be out shortly with your order.  Walmart usually requires a little bit longer of a wait, but they are able to fulfill a much larger array of items than Target or Publix.  So the longer wait time might be worth it to some. 

Tip: I’ve been told that Walmart releases their time slots for the upcoming days at midnight.  If you are willing to stay up, you might have a better chance of claiming your reservation.

Publix Pensacola, Florida grocery pick up or delivery

Publix: Publix can deliver to some locations by using the Instacart app. The app is free and the delivery fee is minimal. However, please be advised that the prices are higher than in-store prices. This is clearly stated on the app. This may be better to use for a few items in a pinch or to stock up on those awesome BOGO deals if you have a budget to stick to.

A lot of times you can get same day delivery if you order early enough. I ordered a few things yesterday evening and they were at my doorstep an hour later!

The app is interactive and you can see who is assigned to your order, when they are shopping, what items they have already shopped for, and what items are left. You can even chat with your shopper and request additional items or changes. If you can’t find something on the app, you can upload a photo of what you’d like them to look for. Once you’re finished submitting your order, you can go ahead and select alternative options in case your preferred choice is not available. When your shopper is finished, you will be notified and you will be able to track them while they’re on the way to your home with your groceries!

Target Pick Up and Delivery

Target: Target is my personal favorite, but they are not able to do refrigerated groceries as they do not have storage space to keep orders cold until pick up.  They do allow household items, clothes, toys, beauty and almost anything else in the store that doesn’t have to be kept cool. 

The Target Drive Up is what makes Target my favorite though!  Target will alert you once your order is ready.  Then just check in on the app when you are on your way.  The app tracks you and knows when you’ve pulled in to the designated pick up spots.  A Target associate is out with your order in just a matter of minutes.  I've never had to wait longer than 5 minutes for my order.  They also allow for same day pick up.  When you place your order it will typically tell you ready in 3-4 hours.  But even some of my larger pick up orders are ready in less than an hour. 

But wait, there’s more!  Instacart isn’t exclusive to just Publix!  You can also use it for Publix Liquors, Target, The Fresh Market, Sam’s Club/Sam’s Club Liquors, Petco, CVS Pharmacy, and BJ’s Wholesale Club.

With so many options for Pensacola area grocery pick up and delivery, there's no need to leave your house. 

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Major Employers in Pensacola and Jobs in Pensacola
04-01-2020
Aramis Washington
jobs in Pensacola
04-10-2020

pensacolas major job providers

Outside of working in the tourism industry, or pursuing a career with the U.S Military, Pensacola isn't known for its job market. In recent years, however, Pensacola has been the beneficiary of various company expansions. What was once a job market consisting of predominantly government jobs, is now robust with diversity thanks to the influx of diverse job opportunities on offer. 

Here’s a brief look at Pensacola's major employers and who's hiring in Pensacola.

Navy Federal Credit Union in Pensacola, Florida

Navy Federal

A company that needs no introduction, Navy Federal, has been on a hiring spree due to its Pensacola branch expansions. In fact, their expansion has been so monumental that we had to discuss it in a previous article that you can find here. Thanks to the sheer enormity of the credit union, it’s one of those companies that will always have job openings. Employees seem to enjoy working at Navy Federal, for many of the company reviews highlight the positive work culture and the supportive nature of the management staff. If you’re looking for an internship, entry-level position, mid-level position or a senior-level position in Pensacola. You can begin your search for Navy Federal jobs here

University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL 32514

The University of West Florida

Another Pensacola mainstay that needs no introduction, UWF, employs a vast number of people at both it’s Pensacola campus and its Fort Walton Beach campus. Much like Navy Federal, the sheer size of the university means that there are always positions in need of filling, and the diverse nature of UWF allows for an abundance of careers in various fields. From accounting and finance positions to positions in the medical and nursing fields, UWF is a great choice for those seeking a professional career. If you’re interested in working in a college setting, or you’re looking for career options in a specific field, feel free to go here to browse the current openings at UWF.

Baptist Health Care

Baptist Health Care is a well-established, community-owned, not-for-profit healthcare organization, based in the 32501 area, that focuses on improving the quality of life for those who reside in Northwest Florida. The organization is one of the largest employers in Pensacola; furthermore, the diversity of the staff at Baptist Healthcare is unparalleled, for the company staff is predominantly female with over ⅓ of the company consisting of ethnic minorities. Baptist is the perfect choice for those looking to begin a career in the medical field, or those who are looking to continue his or her career in the medical field. There are an over abundance of other job openings at Baptist Healthcare related to engineering, business, and finance that are in need of filling. For the readers who are interested in a fulfilling career with Baptist Healthcare, you can begin your search here.

While we covered three of the major employers based in Pensacola, Florida, there are many other companies constantly looking to fill open positions. You can browse the job market by using reliable job hunting sites such as Indeed, LinkedIn, and company websites. Indeed and LinkedIn are good time investments for job hunters, for an updated resume will keep you relevant for years to come. 

By using these online resources it’s easier than ever to find work, and if your job search brings you to the Pensacola area and you are in need of a home to rent or real estate to buy, give our friendly agents a call at (850) 473-3983 or visit our website at www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com

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Pam Keen on the Rental Income Podcast
03-05-2020
Nicole St. Aubin
Real Estate Investments
06-04-2020

Our broker and fellow real estate investor recently appeared on The Rental Income Podcast! Listen to her 20 minute episode "The Formula for Buying the Perfect Rental with Pam Brantley" as she discusses real estate investments.

Pam discusses her preferences for real estate investments in Northwest Florida, preferably newer, lower maintenance single-family homes. 

If you are interested in purchasing a Pensacola area rental property or real estate investment, reach out to Pam and her sales team at (850) 453-9220 or via email. For additional real estate investment information, head on over to our Real Estate Investors page. 

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What is Renter's Insurance and How Much Does it Cost?
02-17-2020
Nicole St. Aubin
renters insurance
06-24-2020

Many renters are confused as to why they would need renter's insurance and surprised at how affordable renter's insurance can be, especially here in Florida! Renter's insurance protects more than just the landlord and your contents. 

Realtor Mitch Adcox sat down with Felicia from our local AllState to talk about Renter's Insurance. In the video below, we cover what renter's insurance includes, how it protects you, and what the typical cost for insurance is. 

We strongly suggest all of our renters secure insurance to protect yourself and your property. Additionally, remember that renter's insurance and homeowner's insurance do not cover flood losses unless you secure a separate flood insurance policy. Reach out to Allstate Insurance at (850) 479-3111 or your local insurance agent for more details and to obtain a quote today!

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Florida Legislature is in Session
02-07-2020
Nicole St. Aubin
legislation
06-04-2020

florida legislation real estate bills

As we head into a 60-day session of the Florida legislature, both the Florida Realtors and Florida State Chapter of the National Association of Property Managers are keeping us informed of possible new legislation. Here's a few of the 2020 Legislative Bills we are watching concerning Florida real estate. 

HB 6069 Landlords & Tenants 
"Removes requirement that certain money can be paid into registry of court."

HB 6013 Rent Control Measures
"Deletes provision prohibiting specified local governments from adopting ordinances or rules imposing price controls upon certain business activities."

SB 1852 Landlords & Tenants 
"Revising the definition of the term “tenant”; providing requirements for rental agreements; requiring landlords to provide certain information with rental agreements; prohibiting a landlord from evicting a tenant or terminating a rental agreement because the tenant or the tenant’s minor child is a victim of actual or threatened domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence, or stalking, etc."

HB 321 Declared State of Emergency
"Prohibits specified service of process during declared state of emergency; provides immunity from liability for certain persons; tolls specified time periods for certain evictions; requires court to stay certain eviction proceedings."

HB 1449 Residential Tenancies

"Revises & provides requirements for rental agreements & landlords; removes option for landlord to deposit money into specified account; removes requirement money be paid into registry of court; authorizes filing of civil action & award of damages, court costs, & attorney fees; provides requirements for certain evictions; specifies what constitutes unreasonable rent increase; prohibits park owner from taking certain actions during pendency of dispute; increases payment homeowner may collect from Florida Mobile Home Relocation Corporation in certain situations; revises provisions relating to sale of mobile home park."

HB 209- Emotional Support Animals
"Prohibits discrimination in rental of dwelling to person with disability who has emotional support animal; prohibits landlord from requiring such person to pay extra compensation; authorizes landlord to request certain written documentation; prohibits falsification of written documentation or other misrepresentation; specifies person with disability is liable for damage done by emotional support animal; prohibits health care practitioner, as exclusive service to patient, from providing documentation for emotional support animal for fee." 

SB 1128  /  HB 1011- Vacation Rentals
"Preempts regulation of vacation rentals to the state; prohibits local law, ordinance, or regulation from allowing or requiring inspections or licensing of vacation rentals; requires licenses issued by the Division of Hotels and Restaurants of DBPR to be displayed conspicuously inside licensed establishment; preempts regulation of advertising platforms for vacation rentals to the state; provides requirements for advertising platforms."

HB 469 Real Estate Conveyances

"Provides that subscribing witnesses are not required to validate certain instruments conveying leasehold interest in real property."

HB 229 Swimming Pool Safety
"Requires home inspector to include certain information relating to swimming pools in his or her report; requires that new residential swimming pools meet additional requirement in order to pass final inspection & receive certificate of completion; requires that certain pool safety features meet specified standards; prohibits property owner from transferring ownership of parcel that includes swimming pool unless certain requirements are met; provides civil penalties rather than criminal penalties."

Want to follow along? The Florida Realtors Legislative Tracker allows us to review proposed bills and follow the status with   in-depth information here. With nearly 200 proposed bills that home some tie to real estate, we will surely see some results from this year's legislative session. Of course, we will keep you posted with legislation that passes as the year progresses.  

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Rental Scams Still Prevalent
01-27-2020
Nicole St. Aubin
rental scams
06-04-2020

According to an article by the Better Business Beureau, rental scams are still widespread in the online community in both long term rental homes and short term vacation rentals.

Pensacola is on the BBB’s Scam Tracker list of metros with the highest number of complaints from clients in regards to the rental scams.

Here are some statistics according to the BBB:

-More than 5 million people lost money to rental scams

-1 in 3 victims lost more than a $1,000 in a rental scam

-43% of online shoppers came across a scam listing in their house hunting search

With these statistics in mind, please be diligent when utilizing free classified websites including Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace as well as other more reputable online listing sites including Zillow and Apartments.com.

The best websites to view rentals in the Pensacola area is the Pensacola MLS as this shows all inventory listed with real estate companies in the Pensacola area. You can always view our rental inventory of over 40 Pensacola area rental homes and apartments on our website here.

Of course, feel free to utilize 3rd party websites, but be diligent when doing so.

Here are some more tips to help you avoid rental scams while house hunting in the Pensacola area! Click here to read the full article from the BBB’s Rental Scam Study which provides very comprehensive information on different scams and recommendations for consumers to avoid being taken advantage of in a variety of scams, including rental scams.

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Capital Gains Taxes & Opportunity Zones
10-23-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Opportunity Zones and Capital Gains Taxes
06-04-2020

There's been a lot of talk this year about Opportunity Zones and a new way to reinvest funds that would have normally been paid towards capital gains taxes in real estate in low income zones designated "opportunity zones." If you are an investor looking to invest in Pensacola area real estate, you may be interested to learn more about Opportunity Zones.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Code Section 1400Z provides new tax incentives in the way of exchanging capital gains if reinvested and held in accordance to the rules outlined. This rule applies until 2026. We're surely not CPA's and this topic digs quite deep into tax code so always consult your tax professionals before moving forward with an investment plan that involves significant tax implications. 

HUD has now created a website with information to further explain Opportunity Zones.  Visit it here as it applies for the entire U.S. and not just the Pensacola area.  https://opportunityzones.hud.gov/  and includes a map to show certified opportunity zones. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity also has a variety of information about Opportunity Zones on their website here.

In Pensacola, there are limited zones identified as Opportunity Zones and includes 5 small areas in Pensacola, a portion of Milton, Florida and most of the city of Century, Florida. 

  • East of Interstate 10 from Baars Street north to Royce Street
  • A section between Fairfield Drive and Beverly Parkway west of Palafox St. 
  • A section both north and south of W Cervantes St. 
  • An area next to Corry Station including New Warrington 
  • An area west of Palafox Street to P St. 

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Fall Pensacola Area Events
10-04-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
October Community Events
06-04-2020

October is one of our favorite months for events in the Pensacola area! The weather will finally cool off and there's so much to do in town as we kick off fall and the holiday season. Here are some of our favorite events happening in the Pensacola area this October! 

Best Corn Mazes and Pumpkin Patches

  • Sweet Season Farms in Milton. Sweet Season Farms begins their Autumn season at the beginning of October! They have something for the whole family: corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayride, corn popper pillow, corn cannon, barnyard ball, cow train, sunflower speedway, pumpkin bowling, hop-a-long ride, country carousel, the hay barn, pony rides, corn silo, tractor slide, barnyard petting zoo, redneck gold, farm playground, corn hole, tug of war, duck races, and more! Tickets are $10 - $11.50. Pumpkins range from $2 - $25 each. Learn more on their website https://www.sweetseasonfarms.com
  • Sonshine Family Farm in MiltonSonshine Family Farm is open for the season from 9 am to 9 pm and the pumpkin patch will be open October 5th! Their pumpkins are $9 for pumpkins 10-15lbs. The farm has a maze, mini-golf, hayrides, corn toss, tetherball, a playground, fishing, pony rides, and snacks! Admission is $10 per person with military discounts available! Learn more on their website https://www.sonshinefamilyfarms.com.
  • Holland Farms in MiltonHolland Farms is open for the season! They're open from 8-6 M-Sat. and 9-6 Sun. $12 wristband per person for pumpkin patch (includes 1 pumpkin), hayride, and all other activities. Activities include- spider web, sandbox, swings, horse tire swings, pedal tractor cart racing, slides, petting zoo, corn box, zip lines, rat racers, knocker balls, and corn maze. Learn more on their website https://www.hollandfarmsonline.com
  • Magnolia Corn Maze in Summerdale, AL. Magnolia Corn Maze is our pick for those in the Southwest Pensacola and Perdido Key area as it is located in Summerdale, Alabama. The season runs October 5th through November 2nd. They're open from 11-9 Sat. and 12-5 Sun. Admission is $10-$15 and they do not accept credit cards. Activities include corn maze, hayride, petting zoo, pig race, pumpkin patch, playground, cow train, paintball shooting gallery, a zip line, and other children's games. They also offer a haunted walking tour dubbed "Fear in the Forest" Learn more on their website https://magnoliacornmaze.com/

Other Fun Pensacola Halloween Events

First City Art Center's Pumpkin Patch
Join First City Art Center for their Annual Pumpkin Patch! Friday night preview party takes place on October 11th with the annual pumpkin patch sale on October 12th from 10 am to 2 pm. Free admission. Purchase one of 5,000 handmade glass and ceramic pumpkins made by local artists! More information here.

Historic Pensacola's Haunted Tours
Hosted by UWF Historic Trust, take an hour long tour in the streets of downtown Pensacola on October 19, 25, or 26th. The tours are designed for families and/or for adults only and include a trolley tour. Tickets are $15 per adult and $8 for children. More information here.

October Pensacola area Food Events

2019 Orange Beach Breeze Harvest Market On October 26, 2019, enjoy free admission to the 2019 Harvest Market at Seville Square in Downtown Pensacola. In addition to free entertainment, trick-or-treating, a pumpkin patch and a costume competition, vendors will be on site from across the region selling holiday gifts and decorations. More info here.

The Pensacola Interstate Fair
The Pensacola Interstate Fair will take place October 17- 27th this year! Always a good time for all ages, get your discounted tickets on their website for half price now! Wristband tickets are also available for a discounted price. Get your cotton candy and enjoy the cooler weather at the fair. They even have a sea lion show this year. Check their website for more details.

Cirque Du Soleil Axel
Experience a traveling Cirque Du Soleil show on ice at the Pensacola Bay Center! With shows on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 24- 27th, this unique cirque show features acrobatic ice skating performances your whole family will enjoy. Find tickets and more information online.

Ballet Pensacola's A Nightmare Before Christmas Bring the entire family for Ballet Pensacola's classical performance of A Nightmare Before Christmas at The Pensacola Little Theatre 10/18-10/20 and 10/25-10/27. Tickets range from $23- $40. The show is family friendly and appropriate for children. More information here

October Pensacola area Food Events

Destin Seafood Festival
10/4-10/6 at HarborWalk Village on the Destin Harbor. Weekend long event with local seafood, arts, crafts, entertainment, and shopping. More information here.

60th Pensacola Greek Festival 10/11-10/13 in downtown Pensacola! More information here.

Taste of Gulf Breeze
On 10/4 from 6-9 pm, visit the Gulf Breeze Community Center for a culinary tour. Admission is $10. More information here.

Murder Mystery Dinner
October seems like a fitting time to enjoy a 1920's murder mystery dinner. Your opportunity exists on 10/4 at 7 pm, at Lucas' on Pensacola Beach. More information here.

Campus Church Food Truck Festival 10/5 from 11am-3pm Pensacola Christian College is bringing in food trucks from all over the Gulf Coast for you to enjoy. The day will include free entertainment and free activities like bounce houses, mini-games, and more! There is no charge for entry; dining prices will vary by food truck. More info here!

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How to Report an HOA Violation
10-02-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
HOA Management
06-24-2020

It is important for homeowner's to abide by the declaration of conditions, covenants, and restrictions in their community to maintain the integrity of their neighborhood. It is our job to enforce the covenants in each community to be sure this goal is met. Many homeowner's are not aware of the covenants in their community upon moving into the community. The best way to become familiar with the rules of your home or condo association is to read the governing documents. Not sure where to find your governing documents? Check out this article How to Find HOA Documents.

Common violations include overgrown or untended lawns, parking on the street or grass, boat or trailer violations, and trash can violations, to name a few. These violations can cause a nuisance issue for your neighbors and can impede with maintaining the aesthtics of your community. Regardless of whether you agree with each of the rules and regulations in your HOA, you should be mindful to abide by them or you could face a fine or legal action. Luckily, most of these HOA rules are easy to follow once you become aware. 

In addition to completing routine inspections in the neighborhood, we do accept reports, both public and anonymous, from community members to further research. If you reside in one of our communities and want to report a covenant violation, you can utilize our web form to do this here http://pensacolarealtymasters.com/hoa-report-a-violation-in-your-community You can even upload photos of the violation. Here's some more information on how to report a violation in your community.

 

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3 Reasons to Get Renters Insurance
09-10-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Renters Insurance
06-04-2020

Renters Insurance

As a renter, it's important to remember that your landlord does not have insurance for your personal property. Your landlord has insurance for the structure of the home which excludes your personal property inside. Because of this, it is strongly recommended that you secure a renters insurance policy.

There's several advantages to having renters insurance, and considering the affordable cost, there's no reason not to have renters insurance if you live in the state of Florida.

Here's 3 reasons why you should have renters insurance. 

1. You can get policies for as low as $15 per month. Not sure where to start? Check with your car insurance provider or contact local insurance companies for a free quote. 

2. Renters insurance provides comprehensive coverage. You can secure a policy that covers the following:

  • Fire damage
  • Water damage (not flood damage)
  • Wind damage
  • Theft
  • Personal injury
  • Wind and hurricane damage! 

It is important to note that you would need a separate flood policy to protect yourself against flooding water damages. 

3. If a disaster hits our area, you may be out of work for some time. Even a paycheck or two makes a substantial difference for the majority of renters. Imagine the cost of having to purchase all of your household items on top of loss of wages.

Here's a few other examples of how renters insurance may pay off!

Did the fridge in your rental go out the day after you spent $200 in groceries? Renters insurance may provide reimbursement!

Without air conditioning for an extended period of time? Renters insurance may provide coverage for a hotel stay. 

Have a tree fall on your call? Renters insurance may work with your car insurance to provide coverage. 

There are so many great reasons to purchase renters insurance. Check with an insurance agent today for a free quote. 

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Do you have Hurricane Insurance?
09-09-2019
MacKenzie Rathbun
Hurricane Insurance
06-18-2020

hurricane picture 

Florida hurricane season is roughly May through November. That is over half the year! On top of that, hurricanes don't always occur during their season. For homeowners in Florida and in other coastal communities, hurricanes are a huge threat.

Does your insurance policy adequately cover hurricane damage? You'll have to consider several items to reach this conclusion. 

In Florida, all insurance companies are required to offer hurricane insurance for deductibles of $500, 2%, 5%, and 10%. Cutting through the insurance technical talk; Say you get a policy that covers $200,000 worth of damage and your house. Your policy has a 2% deductible. If your house is completely destroyed, your insurance company will write you a check for up to the amount of your coverage (in this case $200,000) minus your deductible (in this case $4,000). If this were to happen, you would receive the difference between your coverage and your deductible ($196,000).  If you were to experience damages to your home above your deductible, the insurance company would likely offer to pay the estimated or exact repair costs less your deductible.

As we can see, a 2% deductible is great! But what about 10%? If you had a 10% deductible in the above situation, that would be $20,000! If the damage to your home were $19,995, you would be responsible for those repairs. If the damage to your home does not exceed your deductible, you would be responsible to pay the repair costs out of pocket. 

Sometimes we don’t realize how high our deductibles are and we’re not able to meet it to repair our homes. If you’re not sure what your deductible is, now is a great opportunity to check. If you’re not happy with what you find, it may be time to shop around for a new policy. In some cases, improving your policy could be a matter of speaking with your insurance agent. Some policies can reduce the deductible for a minimal increase in your monthly payments. 

Another thing to be aware of is that your insurance company will only make a payout once during a hurricane season. Hurricane insurance will only be paid out for damages caused by a hurricane declared by the National Weather Service. Deductibles are applied to damages occurring from the beginning of a hurricane watch up to 72 hours aver a watch/warning has ended. 

Please be aware that not all insurance policies offered include hurricane or wind damage coverage as there are several different types of insurance policies. Ask your insurance agent specifically about your hurricane and wind coverage. Some policies require a separate policy for hurricane and wind-related damages. Also, make sure you that you have the right type of policy for your situation. For example, homeowners who occupy their home as their primary residence need different policy coverage than those who rent their properties. If you do not have the correct type of coverage, the insurance company may be able to deny a valid claim.

Are you a homeowner looking to ensure you have the proper coverage or a new homeowner looking for first time coverage? It is best to reach out to an insurance professional to review your policy and inquire about what insurance carrier, policy, premiums, and deductibles are right for you.

Check out these other articles about day to day insurance issues:

·         Aluminum Wiring and What it Means

·         Does It Need a New Roof?

If you need recommendations for local insurance agents, please reach out to us for referrals!

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Tips for Raising Rents While Keeping Tenants
08-29-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Landlords
06-04-2020

Should you raise the rent on your tenants?

As a landlord, you may sometimes find yourself in undesirable positions. An example of when this can happen is when it’s time to renew a tenant’s lease, and you are unsure if you should raise the rent. It may have been hard getting a qualified tenant in the home and you want to avoid a vacancy, especially if they have been properly maintaining the home. You may also hesitate to raise the rent because you don’t want to risk losing your tenants. But there are many factors that come into play when making this decision. For example, if the maintenance expenses, taxes, or insurance for the investment property have increased you may need to make this raise. Additionally, the rental market has been strong and rents have been rising. It is important to remember that although you want to do well by the tenants and keep your good relationship, you are technically running a business and you need to make a wise decision so you are not losing money and they are not overpaying. So, what do you do?

The way a landlord or property manager delivers the news of a rental increase can have a significant impact on the tenant’s reaction. We suggest you begin by making some positive comments and maybe mention how well they have kept the home up. Then you can move on to explain if there has been an increase in your expenses which will need to result in an increase in rent. You must be sure that you allow them enough notice for them to consider the renewal offer and decide whether or not they want to stay and pay the increased rent or vacate at lease expiration. If your expenses haven’t really increased and you have great tenants, you may want to keep the rent the same for the renewal and then consider raising it the next time around.

Below are some tips on incentives to help make an increase less scary for your tenants:

1.Offer a small rent reduction for the first month after they renew. This will allow them a little break to help adjust to the new rental rate the next month.

2.Buy them something for their home. As you review the evaluation pictures, you will notice the décor so you can pick something out that they may like- a cute welcome mat, for example. This will offer a nice personal touch.

3.Ask them if there are any suggestions they may have for updates around the house. (this may be a more reasonable offer after they’ve occupied the property for a couple of years)

4.Send them a thank you note along with a gift card. This will be a big hit because the tenant will be able to buy whatever they like.

5.You can offer a one-time service like lawn clean up, carpet cleaning, or pressure washing.

Please be sure to communicate well with your tenants so everyone has ample time to prepare for the next step, whatever the decision may be. Remember, if your tenant decides to move and you need a quality property management company to help you rent the property, we are here to help, so don’t hesitate to contact Realty Masters of FL. You can find more information about our Pensacola property management services here and information for real estate investors here.  

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New Places and Restaurants in Pensacola, Florida
08-19-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Community
06-04-2020

New places in Pensacola area

New in the Pensacola Area
There's a lot of new construction happening in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. With these new buildings, come new businesses. We've compiled a list of some of these new places for you. 

Entertainment & Shopping

Grizzly Axes

Indoor axe throwing for individuals, leagues, corporate events, and parties at 6300 N. Davis Hwy

Sensory Gym 

A sensory gym for children with special needs age 1-12 at 6307 N 9th Ave.

West Florida Railroad Museum

Located in Milton, while not new, this little known museum deserves mention at 206 Henry Rd.

Five Below

Dollar discount store opening fall 2019 at 1654 Airport Blvd. Ste 500

New Restaurants in Pensacola Area

Maple Forest Café Pensacola

Known for maple lattes, ice cream, smoothies, and brick oven pizza at 4455 Mobile Hwy

Fatboiz a Real Sandwich Shop

West Pensacola sandwich shop- these sandwiches look amazing at 1673 N Pace Blvd.

IQ Eatery

Specializes in healthy menu options with paleo, gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options at 4051 Barrancas Ave. Unit C  

Lost Pizza Company

A popular Mississippi pizza chain at 550 E. 9 Mile Rd.

Los Cebollines

New Mexican restaurant in East Pensacola Heights at 3103 E Strong St.

Red Crab Juicy Seafood

Specializes in seafood boils at 204 E 9 Mile Rd.

Black Skimmer Grille

New restaurant in Navarre at 3066 PGA Blvd.

The Bavarian’s Wirtshaus

Authentic German restaurant in Fort Walton Beach at 24 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE

Downtown Pensacola Eating

Angelena's Pensacola

Great Southern Restaurant Group newest Italian Restaurant at 101 E Intendencia St.

Urban Swinery – Downtown Restaurant

Wine, hops and eats at 19 Palafox Pl.

Casks & Flights Wine Tasting Room

Wine bar on Palafox with live music, karaoke and comedy shows at 121 S Palafox Pl. Ste B

Old City Market

Downtown convenience market and soda fountain at 140 S. Jefferson St.

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Measuring a Real Estate Investment
08-02-2019
Pam Keen Brantley
Real Estate Investments
08-06-2019

With any measurement based on a future predictions or hypotheticals, we know that many parameters, and events can change the results,but that shouldn't stop us from doing our due diligence on the front end of investment properties.

Let's take a look at the kinds of properties I focus on, which are single family homes that are easy to finance with 20% down for investors.

Below is an example of a home purchased for $100,000 with a $20,000 down payment and an $80,000 mortgage at 5% interest.  I used a 2% property appreciation rate and 2% annual increase for rents and expenses, and a 10 year holding period.

Annual Rental Income:  $1000 per month rents less 2% vacancy = $980 * 12 = $11,760 per year. 

Basic view:  Invested $20,000 (down payment) for 10 years and then cashed out.

See the chart that shows the growth. (Chart is courtesy of Chris Bird with CRS and came from his investment analysis course which I attended).

Investment Anaylsis

Feel free to utilize this formula and information when analyzing your own real estate investments. Reach out if you have any questions about analyzing real estate investments in the Pensacola area. 

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Pensacola Pest Control Tips
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Pest Control
07-16-2019

Florida Pest Control Tips

Tips from our pest control vendors on how to reduce the number of bugs you have inside and around your home this year! When we reached out for advice, we found that most of the tips on how to keep bugs from coming inside involved reducing the habitats for bugs on the exterior of your property.

Pest Prevention:

  • Keep exterior lights off at night. Bugs are attracted to light. Turning off exterior lights at night can also keep termites away. You can purchase yellow insect lights which can deter insects.
  • Do not keep standing water around the property. Certain items kept outside can cause water to pool and harbor mosquitoes. Moisture also attracts termites.
  • Rake and remove all leaves around your property to drastically reduce the number of pests you have. Leaves from winter are a perfect habitat for roaches.
  • Keep the grass short and well manicured as bugs are attracted to tall grass.
  • Clogged gutters and downspouts can increase bug activity around your home so report any clogged gutters and remove any debris from downspouts.
  • Check around the exterior for ant mounds and eliminate them before they come inside.
  • Clean around entryways (doors and windows) to remove spider webs.
  • Store items in plastic totes as opposed to cardboard boxes.


Pest Control:

  • When dealing with ant invasions, you can use white vinegar to neutralize the pheromone trail which will assist you in helping to eliminate them.
  • One of the best things people with pets can do is have their pets on flea and tick prevention.


All insects are looking for food, water, and shelter. Eliminate these and you will be less likely to have a pest infestation. You're welcome to purchase your own pest control products or give a technician a call. The average price for a pest professional to come treat your property would be about $75. Prices range depending on size of property and frequency of desired visits as some vendors offer a discount for a quarterly pest control service. Reach out with any questions!

Pest Control Help
We have a lot of bugs and pests in this part of the world. If you are not from the area or used to this, this can cause great dissatisfaction this time of the year. If you want the assistance of a professional pest company to keep your property bug free, give one of these companies a call.

Bugmeister Household Termite & Pest
554-6952 Email Danny

Ham Pest Control- Travis
376-1523 Email Travis

Tombstone Pest Control
932-0977 Email Alan

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originally posted 03-15-2019

Pensacola Moving Companies, Truck Rentals, and other Resources for your Pensacola Move
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Moving Resources
08-20-2019

Pensacola Moving Companies and Truck Rentals

Moving Soon in or from the Pensacola area? Here are Resources to Help!

Moving is so much work. If you are looking for moving resources in the Pensacola area, we have some advice for you including a list of reputable professional moving companies in Pensacola, do-it-yourself Pensacola moving truck rental companies, moving resources, packing tips, and moving tips below. 

Professional Movers in Pensacola 

There are quite a few moving companies in the Pensacola area! I'm going to give you the list of those we've had more experience with and that have the highest ratings. 

  • All My Sons Moving  & Storage- offers Pensacola residents local, in-state, and out-of-state moves. 
  • Two Men And A Truck- offers local and long distance moves as well as packing services. 
  • Coastal Moving & Storage- offers local and long distance residential and commercial moves as well as storage and packing services. 
  • A Student Movers of Pensacola- is a locally owned and operated company that offers moving and storage services. 
  • Bayside Moving- is located and Gulf Breezes and serves Navarre, Pensacola and beyond. They offer both local and long distance moving assistance. They also offer a load/unload only option which allows you to pay for only assistance for loading or unloading should you desire. 

Moving Truck Rentals in Pensacola
Need to save money with your move? Rent your own moving truck to easily relocate your family and possessions. 

  • U-Haul Moving & Storage- By far, U-Haul has the largest number of stores in Escambia and Santa Ros counties, making it the most convenient choice for a do it yourself move. They also offer storage, boxes and packing supplies, and moving labor. 
  • Budget Truck Rental- Budget Truck Rental has two locations in Pensacola. With one location in West Pensacola on Fairfield Drive and one location in Northeast Pensacola on Davis Hwy., it is another great option to consider for your Pensacola move. 
  • Penske Truck Rental- Penske Truck Rental has three locations for truck rentals in the Pensacola area. They also offer storage and packing supplies. 
  • Enterprise Truck Rental- Entprise Rent-A-Car features several options for vehicles to assist with your Pensacola move. 

Packing Tips

  • Start early! Begin packing away non-essential items a month before your move.
  • Put saran wrap over your utensil trays so items don't fall out when moving.
  • Put trash bags around your hanging clothes so you don't have to take them off the hangers.
  • Label everything! You will forget later, we promise.
  • Take a picture of the back of electronics so you know exactly where the wires go when you hook everything back up.
  • Pack the items you will need first in a clear plastic bin so you can easily find them.

Moving Advice
Two of our team members just made a move and they have some advice for you.

  • Start early. Secure your new property weeks in advance of your move out date so you can have a stress free, easier moving process.
  • Make sure to transfer your utilities in time; don't procrastinate. Consider weekends and holidays when planning.
  • Make a checklist of who you need to change your address with and do not forget your driver's license.
  • If you have a yellow star in the corner of your Florida license, you can change your address online. If not, you must change your address in person at the DMV.
  • Make sure you know which day the last day of the month is so you can plan accordingly.
  • Line up your moving help or truck in advance as availability is low in spring.


Moving Resources:

And of course, if you need a Pensacola home or apartment to move to, visit our website to view our avaialble rentals.

The Realty Masters of FL Team

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originally posted 03-05-2019

U.S. Navy Blue Angels 2019 Schedule in Pensacola, Florida
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Blue Angels
07-16-2019

blue angels 2019 pensacola, florida schedule

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels just released their 2019 practice schedule! As the Blue Angels are local hometown heroes, we wanted to bring you the information on how you can catch a practice show here in the Pensacola, Florida area. 

U.S. Navy Blue Angels 2019 Practice Schedule 

April 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 30

May 1, 7, 14, 15, 28, 29

June 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26 

July 2, 3, 16

August 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 20

September 4, 10, 11, 12, 15, 17

October 16, 22, 23, 29, 30

November 5, 6, 7 (practices at 2:30 instead of 11:30) 

Practices are at 11:30 each day.  The 2019 practice schedule is subject to change on short notice due to weather so be sure to visit the U.S. Navy Blue Angels to confirm. 

2019 Pensacola Blue Angels Show Dates

Pensacola Beach Air Show July 13, 2019
Be sure to check the calendar with events all this week at Pensacola Beach leading up to the air show including Breakfast with the Blues and the practice show the day prior! 

Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show at Pensacola Naval Air Station November 8 & 9, 2019 

Our favorite places to catch a U.S. Navy Blue Angels practice show are:

  • Naval Aviation Musem has the best view and offers autographs on certain days
  • Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum from 150 feet in the air 
  • Fort Pickens 
  • One of the many boat tours offered for both practices and shows. Check with Key SailingPensacola Island Tours with Klein Aquatics, Condor Sailing or on google for more recommendations!

For more information on the best ways to enjoy a Blue Angels practice show, visit:

Pensacola loves you Blue Angels! 

The Realty Masters of FL Team
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originally posted 02-08-2019

Increasing Rents in Downtown Pensacola
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Rents in Downtown Pensacola
07-16-2019
Downtown Pensacola, FL rental rates

We've all noticed the increase in rental rates in the Downtown Pensacola area over the past few years. We decided to dig into the data to see exactly how much rents have increased. Overall, single family rents in downtown Pensacola (zip codes 32501 and 32502) have increased approximately 25% over the past 5 years. In comparison, the average Pensacola area rental rates has increased approximately 13% over the last 5 years. That means that Downtown Pensacola rents are increasing nearly 2 times the amount as the overall area rental rate.

The average asking price today on Pensacola MLS for a single family rental in Downtown Pensacola is $1,422! A lot of these properties are new construction homes which of course come with a higher price tag. The rising rates in the Downtown Pensacola area are marking it harder to find an affordable downtown rental.

What do you think are other factors contributing to this steep increase? Here are a few of our observations:

  • Ongoing Downtown Pensacola revitalization
  • Increase in new construction
  • Renovations on existing properties
  • Increasing rental rates overall

We will continue to monitor the Pensacola rental market and keep you posted as to any changes in rental values. 

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#1 in Pensacola Property Management and Leasing! 
Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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originally posted 02-02-2019

Rent & Utility Assistance Hardship Funds in Pensacola area
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Rent Assistance
07-16-2019

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Statistically, housing costs consume over 1/3 of our income nationwide. We hate to hear when residents have unexpected situations that cause a hardship and that they are having a hard time paying rent. 

If you find yourself in this situation, there are resources in the Pensacola area to help with financial assistance for rent and utilitiy bills. We've compiled a list of resources available in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties should you need them now or in the future.

United Way can provide resources. While they do not provide financial assistance, they do serve as a resource referral center for emergency food and shelter, services for families and senior citizens, health care, child care, services for people with disabilities, counseling and mental health services and more. Call them at 2-1-1 or find them online. 

The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance for needs such as rent, utility bills, food and clothing. If you need  assistance due to an unexpected hardship, the Salvation Army provides financial assistance. You can reach them at (850) 432-1579 in Pensacola or (850) 623-4099 in Milton or online. 

Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida provides emergency financial assistance for basic needs including financial, food, prescriptions, housing, and utilities. Call (850) 436-6425 in Pensacola or (850) 244-2825 in Fort Walton Beach or visit them online.

United Ministries of Pensacola offers help in a financial crisis with past due rent, mortgage, or utility bills. This assistance is contingent upon having a child in the home under the age of 18. Call their office in Pensacola (850) 433-2333 or online.  

Northwest Florida Area on Aging provides assistance with home energy costs for those who are eligible over 60 years of age should the need arise to pay utility bills or repair heating and cooling systems. Call them at (850) 494-7101 or find them online. 

Community Action Program Committee provides emergency financial assistance for utility bills when in need through their Home Energy Assistance Program. Give them a call at 1-844-356-8139 or find their application online.

Opening Doors offers utility assistance for those who are at risk of getting their utilities shut off. Call at (850) 439-3009 or visit them online.

FavorHouse of Northwest Florida provides assistance to victims of domestic violence including temporary and transitional housing. Call them at (850) 434-1177 or visit them online.

While this is not a comprehensive list, this is a good start in finding assistance from several Pensacola area non-profit organizations that can assist with financial needs in the way of rent and utility bill assistance.

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#1 in Pensacola Property Management and Leasing! 
Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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originally posted 01-31-2019

Listing your Home For Sale and/or For Rent
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Listing your Home for Sale and/or Rent
07-16-2019

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Listing your Home for Sale and/or For Rent

If you’ve been exploring the possibility of selling your rental property but are unsure of vacancy costs, read this article!

We've got a solution where both options are possible. List your property for sale or for rent, whichever happens first. Our sales team is happy to test out the waters for you by listing your home for sale and/or for rent!

Here's what we ask:

  • You allow the sales team the 30 day notice period while the tenant is still occupying the home to list the property exclusively on the sales market!
  • If it's not under contract by the time the tenant vacates, we will list it for rent and keep it on both the sales and rental market until it's sold or rented!
  • If it rents first, you allow us to with withdraw it from the sales market once rented. New tenants do not take kindly to moving in a new property that's active for sale.

Here’s more information on this subject for you to consider.

Don't forget that our office is always happy to provide a market analysis for your property if you are curious of the current market value or interested in putting the property for sale! Reach out to our team for more information.

The Realty Masters of FL Team
#1 in Pensacola Property Management and Leasing! 
Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
Sales Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #52B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 453-9220 www.RealtyMastersofFlorida.com
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originally posted 01-22-2019

New Year's Resolutions for Tenants and your Home
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
New Year's Resolutions
07-16-2019

A new year is the time to start new habits. Remember that leasing a home is a tool to help you become prepared to one day own and care for your home. Building good habits now can help you in the future. Here are a few suggestions to be sure you and your home are ready for the new year!

  • Make sure rental insurance policy up to date or start a policy for 2019! You can insure your personal property for as little as $20 per month.
  • Work on a family budget. Review your expenses from 2018 and see how you can cut back to establish a savings, build your credit, and ensure you can make payments timely.
  • Don't forget- you can pay your rent online with RentTrack and opt-in to credit reporting. As long as you make payments on time, you can build credit while you are renting through us! Are you taking advantage of this?


Inside your home

  • Pick up a year's supply of air filters for the A/C system, then you can have one to change out every 30 days, and can date them to remind yourself.
  • Check batteries in all of your smoke detectors and change them if you have not in the last 6 months. Report any concerns about detectors to our office.
  • Check all water sources for leaks inside, especially those that are not seen often! Open sink cabinets and check for dripping pipes under the sink. Inspect the hot water heater. Look at the water pipes going to your washing machine. Open the toilet lid and inspect the inside to see if the flapper is sealing properly.


Outside your home

  • Walk the yard and check for areas of concern! Are there any soft spots in the yard? Is there debris on the roof? Report to us any safety concerns.
  • Inspect the exterior pipes, faucets, hoses, and sprinkler heads for any damages or leaks.
  • Clean up any pet debris in yard!
  • Trim back shrubs, bushes and low lying tree branches to be sure they will grow back healthy in spring.
  • Rake leaves in the yard and remove all excess debris to ensure grass can grow back in spring.

Is becoming a homeowner on your list of resolutions?

If you are interested in becoming a homeowner in 2019, reach out to our sales team with your questions. Don't forget that we have a cash incentive for our residents who purchase a home through a Realty Masters realtor!

We have recently sold a few of our tenants the home they are currently leasing! If you are interested in seeing if the property owner would sell the home you have been leasing, reach out to our team. 

The Realty Masters of FL Team
#1 in Pensacola Property Management and Leasing! 
Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
Sales Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #52B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 453-9220 www.RealtyMastersofFlorida.com
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originally posted 01-16-2019

The Impact of Hurricane Michael on the Pensacola Area
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Hurricane Michael
09-13-2019

Impact of Hurricane Michael

We've felt some impact from the aftermath of major Hurricane Michael, which hit the Panama City area in October 2018. Here are the ways we've been impacted. 

Rental Market Remained Steady
On the positive side, we waived application fees for storm victims and received quite a few renters from Bay County. Along with tightened inventory, the storm helped to cool the winter slow down we normally have. 

With the help of a few owners that did some upgrades and remodeling, we were able to raise our new move in rents 6.5% the last quarter of 2018! Statistically, homes leased in the last quarter of the year receive the lowest increase in rent and have the highest days on the market. 

Roofers and Other Contractors
We have been struggling with contractor resources as many contractors went over to aid in hurricane relief. 

Roofers, general contractors, and remediation companies in the area have been extremely busy. Coupled with extreme rain, there have been several delays with roofing projects in the Pensacola area. Please be patient if you need roofing estimates or roofing work. We expect this to demand to continue into the coming months and year.

Insurance Issues Now & Expected Soon
Another impact of a major hurricane in our state is increased requirements at insurance renewal time! Insurance companies are being really tough right now. 

We've heard of insurance companies sending non-renewals and cancellations or threatening a non-renewal for the following reasons:
  • Roof older than 15 years 
  • Homes built before 1972
  • Homes with trees over the roof line or leaning over the home
  • Homes with cracks in the driveway
  • For filing previous claims on any homeowner's insurance policy
In addition to seeing non-renewals coming from certain companies and for certain reasons, we're also seeing a small increase in premiums. 

With so many of these instances happening, we want you to be prepared and aware of the insurance issues we are seeing currently. Here are a few ways you can be prepared for this: 

Limit Insurance Claims
It makes sense to file an insurance claim if something minor occurs and the total costs will be over your insurance deductible. I mean, isn't that what insurance is for? Instances like vandalism, water leaks, and other minor  damages is why you pay for insurance each month. 

We understand the premise, but with the recent hardships in the insurance field, we recommend being cautious when filing insurance claims. We have heard of cancellations from filing a claim or insurance companies raising the premium. It can also prevent you from easily switching insurance carriers, as a carrier can use previous insurance claims as a reason to deny a new policy with them.

Did you know that insurance claims follow you as the homeowner as well as the property?  
We've seen instance where a claim on a rental property affected the owner on securing insurance on their primary residence. We even saw an instance where a new buyer was trying to purchase a home that had a history of a renter's insurance claim and the new buyer was having a hard time procuring a new insurance policy. 

We recommend you pay for these small instances above the insurance policy and only utilize insurance when appropriate and necessary. Consider the long term consequences of filing an insurance claim when computing the expenses for the repair. We know- insurance makes us mad sometimes too. 

Consider Replacing your Roof Instead of Repairing
It could be a waste to repair your roof. Often times, when a roofing issue is reported, a roofer will provide an estimate to repair and/or to replace. The roofer will give their opinion on the life of the roof and what the cause of the issue is.

It may seem easier to repair the roof now and worry about replacing later, but do keep in mind the following: 

  • Roof leak repairs are not always guaranteed and the leak could occur again or arise in another location.
  • Repairing could be a waste of money as you will eventually need to replace the roof. 
  • If your roof is older than 15 years, you will definitely have to replace your roof soon, or in the coming years, to keep your property insured.
  • If you try to sell the property without replacing the roof, you will NOT be able to sell the property if the roof is older than 15 years. FHA/ VA financing will deny the loan AND the new buyer will likely be unable to secure a new insurance policy.

We strongly suggest replacing your roof at this time and not spend funds to repair the roof. Of course, we will review each situation on an individual basis. 

As many of the homes in our area had roof replacements after Hurricane Ivan in 2004, please keep in mind that these roofs are now 15 years old. Many of the homes that did not need a new roof at the time of Hurricane Ivan were built between 1999 and 2004. These roofs are 15-20 years old now!  Reach out if you have any questions or concerns. 

If we have any insurance professionals reading these, please feel free to reach out to us with additional information! 

The Realty Masters of FL Team
#1 in Pensacola Property Management and Leasing! 
Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
Sales Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #52B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 453-9220 www.RealtyMastersofFlorida.com
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originally posted 01-12-2019

Landlords: 10 Year Tamper Proof Smoke Detectors
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Smoke Detectors
07-16-2019

As a landlord, you have to mitigate liability by ensuring that your property meets all applicable city, county, state, and national laws. One of the biggest challenges for the do-it-yourself landlord is staying on top of all of these regulations! 

One regulation you may not be aware of is the need to have 10 year tamper proof smoke detectors in your rental property. 

In 2015, Florida Landlord Tenant Law added language that requires all battery operated smoke detectors to be replaced with 10 year tamper proof batteries. Of course, the lithium battery detectors cost more and can be up to $30 for each detector (versus under $10 for the old kind). They still sell the old 9 volt battery detector at your local home improvement store, however, be advised that this detector does not meet the threshold of Landlord Tenant Law (and likely new building codes, although I am not an expert on following those). 

The law dictates if you have to replace the detector, you must replace it with a tamper proof detector. 

Battery operated smoke detectors expire every 10 years. Check the date on the back of the detector to make sure the detector is not expired. 

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are not optional expenses as they are required under the law. 

The Realty Masters of FL Team
#1 in Pensacola Property Management and Leasing! 
Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
Sales Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #52B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 453-9220 www.RealtyMastersofFlorida.com
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originally posted 01-04-2019

Alternatives to hiding a key under a doormat
05-15-2019
Rebekah Perkins
Key Safety
07-16-2019

alernatives to hiding a key

Keeping your family and property safe is imperative. Too often, especially around the holidays, residents leave keys for friends and family members carelessly around their property. DON’T hide a key outside your home, under mats or above your door frame on the outside of your home! These are the first places someone will look.

Here are some alternatives to hiding a key under your door mat.

  • Get an envelope or pouch to put the key in and keep it in your car.
  • If you have a neighbor you trust or a friend/family member that lives close, have them hang on to it.
  • A lockbox with a combination code is easy to use and you can put on almost any type of rail or knob outside. We use a lot of these in real estate to make sure keys are kept safe. 

If you have no choice but to hide a key outside your home, make sure you’re clever and choose an object like a fake sprinkler head or a walkway lights. Make sure this is a temporary hiding spot and never permanently leave a key outside of your home. 

Write the location of your spare keys some place safe like a sticky note in your phone. You can also set a reminder to confirm the keys are still in place at least once a week. Losing track of your keys leaves you open to someone else finding them and getting into your home.

The Realty Masters of FL Team
#1 in Pensacola Property Management and Leasing! 
Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
Sales Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #52B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 453-9220 www.RealtyMastersofFlorida.com
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originally posted 12-27-2018

6 Effortless Downsizing Steps for Seniors
05-15-2019
Contributing Author
Downsizing
06-04-2020

If you are getting ready for retirement, you are preparing for some of the most exciting years of your life. These are your golden years and it’s important to take every step needed to make them some of your best.

One way many seniors get the most out of their retirement is by downsizing their home. A smaller home typically means less mortgage to pay, as well as less maintenance to keep up with. If you are considering upgrading to a smaller home, here are some tips to help ease the process.

Finding a Home That Fits

When you are shopping for a smaller home, you should take enough time to really do your homework. Look into neighborhoods, home sizes and prices that will fit with all of your retirement plans. It’s also especially important to look at home values in recent months. As you are looking at houses, be sure to look for features that will make you feel safer and comfortable as you grow older such as security systems and accessibility upgrades. You should also bring your tape measure, so you can figure out whether your most loved pieces of furniture will fit without cluttering up your home. Finally, don’t hesitate to plan your move before you even find a home. This makes it easier to avoid stress and enlist the help of movers or family members.

Sorting Through Your Belongings

Closing on a home is major first step in downsizing, so the rest should be a piece of cake. Sorting through, packing and moving your home doesn’t have to cause you stress as long as you take some time to plan and research downsizing tips. Carefully consider what furniture and items you would like to bring. Obviously, you don’t want to have to replace all of your furniture but keeping bulky items in a small home can create a safety hazard. Divide other items into what you must keep, what you’d like to keep and what can definitely go.

For those things you simply cannot bear to part with yet, but cannot fit into your new home, think about renting a storage unit to keep them safe. Storage units in Pensacola, FL, range in price from $32 - $114, depending on size and specifications. For photos and paper documents, scan what you can, file away what you need to keep and shred leftovers or give photos to loved ones.

Packing Everything Safely

Streamlining your stuff should make packing a little easier. But it still helps to have some pro packing tips to make the process even smoother. Kitchen packing tends to be tricky, with all the sharp objects and breakables. Use socks, foam plates and oven mitts to cushion and protect fragile plates, breakable glasses and sharp knives. You can also cover utensil trays with plastic wrap to make unpacking easier.

When it comes to electronics, make sure you snap a photo before you disconnect wires, to give yourself a guide when hooking back up. You can also use egg crates, plastic wrap and trash bags to easily protect your jewelry, toiletries and clothing when packing up the bedroom and bathrooms. Be sure to label each box, so you know where it goes, and consider buying packs of quality moving boxes that cost as low as $29.40 to keep your belongings safe.

Once you have everything moved into your new home, you’re a third of the way to being done! Just take care when unpacking all of your items, as some things can shift during the move and ask for help with heavy or bulky belongings, so you can avoid injuries.

Downsizing is such an easy way to maximize your retirement. By moving to a smaller home, you are relieving a lot of stress in your life. Plan carefully, get help when you need it, and above all, enjoy your golden years in your new home.

Michael Longsdon

originally posted 12-07-2018

Christmas Events in Pensacola, Florida
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Holiday Events
07-16-2019

holiday events in Pensacola Florida

There are so many ways to celebrate the holidays with your friends and family in the Pensacola area! Our team has pulled together December events in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties for residents of all ages to enjoy. Here are a few of our favorites:

Light Displays in the Pensacola area

Zoolights at Gulf Breeze Zoo is a favorite for families. They offer lights & festivities various dates throughout December.

Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens in Mobile, AL is worth the hour drive and lasts until December 31, 2018.

Winterfest in Downtown Pensacola features light displays you can enjoy free of charge. They are also hosting a plethora of holiday events including polar express tours and visits with Santa. 

Sowell's North Pole Christmas Light Display in Milton allows you to ride your vehicle or a train through thousands of light displays.  

12 Nights of Lights in the Village of Baytowne Wharf in Miramar Beach offers festive light shows on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

Whales West Arctic Express near Foley, AL allows you to take a train ride through the North Pole to meet Santa. Johnna said be sure to  get the caramel popcorn!

 

Christmas Parades

Pensacola Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 5:15 pm in Downtown Pensacola on Palafox Street.

Pensacola Beach Lighted Boat Parade takes place on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 6:30 pm from Sabine Marina or 7:30 pm on Quietwater Beach on Pensacola Beach 

Surfing Santa Beach Parade is happening Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 2pm on Pensacola Beach on via De Luna Drive. 

Navarre Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 2pm in Navarre Park at the foot of the Navarre Bridge

Destin Harbor Boat Parade
Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 6 pm at Harbor Walk Village in Destin. The parade is followed by a fireworks show over Destin Harbor.

Milton's Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 6 pm from the Milton Community Center. 

 

Shows & Events

Ice Skating at the Pensacola Bay Center hosts ice skating through March with Holiday Skate events in December. 

Little Spruce Market is happening December 14th-16th in Downtown Pensacola. Stock up on gifts from local business and makers. 

Santa Drop at the Flora-Bama. Santa drops in from a parachute on the beach. 

Charlie Brown Christmas live at the Saenger Theatre on Thursday, December 13th. 

Pensacola Children's Chorus Presents Christmas on the Coast on December 7, 2018 at the Saenger Theatre. 

OnBikes Winter Wonder Ride is a fun and charitable event taking place in Downtown Pensacola Saturday, December 15, 2018 at noon. Bring your bikes and enjoy a ride and festivities.

Santa Pub Crawl 2018 will be held on December 1, 2018 at O'Riley's Irish Pub downtown. A Santa costume is required! 

The Realty Masters of FL Team
#1 in Pensacola Property Management and Leasing! 
Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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originally posted 12-03-2018

Maintenance and Use Tips for Septic Tanks
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Septic Tanks
07-16-2019

maintenance and use tips for septic tanks

Do you have a septic tank? The easiest way to determine if you have sewer or septic is by looking at your water bill. If you do not pay for sewer, you are likely on a septic tank! Being on a septic tank does save money each month, however, it requires certain care that sewer does not. 

If you have a septic tank, you should be following certain practices to ensure that you are not damaging the tank or drainfield lines. Here are some tips on septic tank systems! 

Be Careful What you Introduce into your Plumbing System
Never flush cat litter, disposable diapers, sanitary napkins, “flushable” baby wipes, dental floss, Qtips, tampons, paper towels, facial tissues, coffee grounds, or cigarette butts and filters. These items will clog your septic tank and cause a sewage back up!

Use Garbage Disposals Wisely
Do not ever put starchy or stringy vegetables such as celery, asparagus, artichokes, lettuce, potato peels, pasta, rice, egg shells or coffee grinds in the garbage disposal.

Do Not Pour Grease Down the Drain
Milk, cooking oils, grease, or anything that is liquid but solidifies into a solid can clog up your septic tank drainfields and pipes. These items should be placed into the trash.

Avoid Hazardous Chemicals
Varnish, paint, paint thinners, motor oils, gasoline and other similar chemicals can ruin your system and are a hazard to groundwater. Dispose of them properly.

Minimize Heavy Duty Cleaners
Overuse of heavy cleaners kills beneficial bacteria in the septic tank, so solids won't break down as well. Try using vinegar as alternative to chemicals when cleaning. 

Use Rid X monthly!
Using a powder, liquid, or gelpac septic tank treatment (like Rid-X or Draino Septic Tank) monthly to reduce your chances of a messy septic tank backup.

Do not Park on the Grass
Your septic tank is located in the yard. Parking on top can damage the tank.

Avoid Excessive Water Use on Rainy Days
On heavier rainy days, please do not wash clothes. As the ground is saturated with water, using excess water during heavy periods of rain fills the tank.

Promptly Report any Plumbing Issues
Dripping faucets and other leaks in the plumbing at your property can cause your tank to overfill. Promptly report any plumbing issues to our office. If you own your home, make sure to address any of these plumbing issues immediately. 

If you Rent, you Can be Charged for Causing a Septic Back Up
Should you disregard these instructions causing your tank to back up, you can be charged for the cost of septic tank pumping. It is expensive! Please be careful and mindful.


The Realty Masters of FL Team
#1 in Pensacola Property Management and Leasing! 
Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
Sales Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #52B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 453-9220 www.RealtyMastersofFlorida.com
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originally posted 11-29-2018

Gulf Power Outage Map
05-15-2019
Rebekah Perkins
Gulf Power Outage Map
07-16-2019

Gulf Power Outage Map in Pensacola

Have you ever had a power outage and wondered how long it would last? Being able to check the status of your outage can be very comforting.   

Are you a Gulf Power customer? Gulf Power services Pensacola and surrounding areas in Northwest Florida. If so, you can utilize the Gulf Power Outage Map located here: https://outagemap.gulfpower.com/external/default.html

The Gulf Power Outage Map is a great tool to use. It even includes a mobile app in case you’re on the go and need to make a report.

You can do this by selecting the outage icon on the map to show details on the outage.  Selecting the search Icon will open the search bar for you to enter the address.  

On the map, you can view:

  • The time power was reported out
  • The estimated restoration time
  • Crew status

The menu panel also gives a brief overview of outages, weather radars and other tools. You can even bookmark your location for faster access. You can also report a power outage by calling 1-800-225-5797.

Rebekah Perkins
The Realty Masters of FL Team
#1 in Pensacola Property Management and Leasing! 
Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
Sales Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #52B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 453-9220 www.RealtyMastersofFlorida.com
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originally posted 11-27-2018

12 Tips to Make Moving Easier
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Moving Tips
07-16-2019

Moving Tips to make moving easier

Moving is one of the most stressful times in a person's life, especially if you are making a move across country or after a life-changing event. We understand how stressful the moving process is and want to help in whatever way possible. 

We found these tips from Florida Realtors we thought were too helpful not to share! 

1. Plan your move far in advance. They recommend this moving timeline and checklist from Upack.com which outlines the moving process and includes a timeline with detailed instructions with planning beginning 2 months in advance. The checklist includes several items many people overlook until it becomes an issue including changing your address. Check it out! 

2. Protect files and photos. As items can get damaged or lost in the move, it's important to be sure you have safeguarded your important items such as family memories, important documents, and more. 

3. Photograph your cords. Have you ever spent 30 minutes trying to hook electronics up? Take a photo of the connections on your computers, TV's, and more so it's easier to assemble when you are unpacking.

4. Make plans for pets. Your pets may need to be kept in a separate area or room while you are packing or moving. Not all hotels are pet friendly. Make sure to consider your pets in your plans. 

5. Get a Movers Guide from the Post office. You can complete the change of address form online here. USPS also includes resources for your move! 

6. Color code your boxes. Create a system to make unpacking easier. You can use color coded boxes or labels!

7. Mark essential items. Find a way to dictate which boxes are most important, fragile, or will be needed first. Label these and set them aside.

8. Create a box of essential items. Use suitcases to carry items that you will need the first night so you are not having to unpack in order to find your essentials. Don't forget essentials like toilet paper that may be easy to overlook when you are packing. 

9. Keep most expensive and most important items separate. If you are utilizing a moving company or help with your move, it may be best to pack the most expensive or important items in your personal vehicle. 

10. Pack cleaning items separate. Often you may want or need to clean up prior to unpacking items. Keep some Lysol wipes or other cleaning items handy! 

11. Make a layout map for your funiture. It's much easier to move and unpack if you know where you want furniture and larger items to go!  Spend some time planning where you want your larger items to go. You can hand sketch a map or utilize a tool like HomeDiary, a free visualization tool, to lay out your furniture before the big day. 

12. Save receipts and records. Make sure you save and submit receipts for reimbursement if they are covered! If you don't get any reimbursement, don't worry, most do not. 

Nicole St. Aubin
The Realty Masters of FL Team
#1 in Pensacola Property Management and Leasing! 
Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
Sales Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #52B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 453-9220 www.RealtyMastersofFlorida.com
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originally posted 11-23-2018

Burning Debris Among Top Causes of Wildfires
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Burning Outdoors
07-16-2019

One of the leading causes of wildfires in the state of Florida is from debris burning. Because of the high number of wildfires that are a result of careless burning practices, there are a number of government agencies that regulate outdoor burning.  The Florida Forest Service is the top government agency tasked with creating and enforcing burning regulations. They regulate the statutes in place; however, local government agencies can place additional restrictions on burning. If you live in the city limits of an area, you may be subject to additional ordinances that regulate burning.

Personal Experience with Fires

Our team has experienced the results of irresponsible burning with several instances over the years. Here are a few examples of first hand experiences our team members have seen as a result of irresponsible practices.

-A fire pit that was not properly extinguished. The ashes from the fire pit were put in a trash can. The trash can caught on fire and caught the house on fire. The house had to be torn down and all the tenant’s items were ruined from smoke and fire damage.

-A burn barrel fire that caught the grass underneath it on fire. The fire spread to several acres and threatened homes nearby.

-Several kitchen fires that resulted from leaving the kitchen while cooking something on the stove top.

It is imperative that you practice fire safety, have working smoke detectors, and have a personal fire extinguisher and water hose available.

Considering Burning Outdoors?

The law does allow for burning of dry outdoor vegetative debris such as leaves, tree limbs and shrubs; however, it does place several restrictions on this which could make burning even these items in your yard a violation of the regulations.

Outdoor Burning Regulations

-It is illegal to burn household garbage including paper products, treated lumber, rubber materials, tires, pesticides, paint and aerosol containers.

-Dry (not green) vegetative debris such as grass clippings, pine straw, leaves, tree limbs and shrub trimmings can be legally burned between 8 a.m. and one hour before sunset if it is in a pile not larger than 8 ft. in diameter and located:

-25 feet from any forested area (grasslands, brush or wildlands).

-25 feet from your home or other combustible structure.

-50 feet from any paved or public roadway.

-150 feet from any occupied dwelling other than your own home.

-A burn pile greater than 8 feet in diameter requires an authorization from the Florida Forest Service and additional requirements.

When you consider these distance requirements, it is very likely that your property is not large enough to accommodate a burn pile. We do not recommend you utilize a burn pile for yard trimmings. You can place these items by the road for your trash company to compost or dispose of properly.

The Florida Forest Service warns you that if your fire escapes, you may be held liable for the cost of suppressing the fire and for any damage to the property of others!

Safety with a small Fire Pit

If you are looking for a small fire to roast a marshmallow or cuddle in front of on a cool night, we would recommend the use of a small fire pit with a cover if your property allows for one. Be sure to practice fire safety by adhering to all regulations discussed and by practicing the following:

  1. Be sure you have a fire extinguisher nearby before you operate a fire pit.

  2. Be sure to saturate the fire with water after it is out.

  3. Use the protective screen.

  4. Never leave a fire unattended.

  5. Do not place a fire pit on a balcony, too close to a property, or under any covered area.

  6. Do not underestimate the amount of time it takes for the wood or coals to extinguish properly.

Live in a Condo, Townhome, or Apartment?

Condos, townhomes and apartments often have regulations built in regarding restrictions for safety. The Florida Fire Prevention Code regulates this with the following:  With respect to cooking equipment, section 10 of the code prohibits using hibachis, grills, and other similar devices for cooking, heating, and any other purpose on a balcony, under any overhang portion, or within 10 feet of any structure, other than in one and two-family dwellings. The section does allow for some smaller electric grills, however, most associations do not permit any type of grill or fire pit on the premises for safety.

Check with your condo association’s rules and regulations or the local fire marshall for more information or clarification on your community’s rules.

Renting & Your Lease Agreement with Realty Masters

Remember that your lease agreement contains an addendum as to the use of fireplaces, stove, fire pits, and candles. Please refer to this addendum to be sure of your responsibilities under the lease agreement. It requires, among other things, that you have a water hose or a fire extinguisher when utilizing any item with an open flame.

Additionally, if you damage any part of the yard or home from a fire, you can be held responsible for any damage to the home or property.

For more information on burning in Escambia County, visit Escambia County’s website and for more fire safety tips and regulations, visit the Florida Forest Service.

Please make sure you are abiding by all regulations and practicing fire safety. Now is also a good time to check your property for smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. We want you to have fun this holiday season, but we also want you and your family to remain safe while doing so. 

 
Nicole St. Aubin
The Realty Masters of FL Team
#1 in Pensacola Property Management and Leasing! 
Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
Sales Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #52B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 453-9220 www.RealtyMastersofFlorida.com
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originally posted 10-25-2018
6 Tips for A Luscious Pensacola Lawn
05-15-2019
Contributing Author
Lawn care
06-04-2020

luscious-lawn-blog-pensacola-lawn-tips

Julie Benson

Keeping your lawn well cared for is important when owning a home or rental property. Lawns are the first things that potential buyers or renters will see when viewing a potential property. Make sure that your lawn is in great condition with these five tips for a luscious Pensacola Lawn.

1. Known When to Water

Consider choosing to water your lawn only a few times a week to encourage the root system to grow deeper into the soil. Lawns that are watered daily will actually do more harm in keeping roots shallow to utilize the most moisture. Choosing to give your lawn a deep watering a few times a week will help keep lawns hydrated as well as establish roots for a stronger and healthier look. Some lawns may need little watering thanks to the humid air from the Gulf Coast. Before watering your lawn, it is important to make sure to check to see that it actually needs to be watered. Also, consider local weather conditions to refrain from watering after a big rainstorm off the coast.

Make sure to water in the early morning or later evening hours of the day to minimize the risk of evaporation, and can also minimize mosquitoes. Watering your lawn in the heat of the day is a great way to raise your water bill as well as waste water. Allowing your lawn enough time to soak up the water, before the sun gets too hot, is essential to providing your lawn with enough moisture.

2. Don’t Bag It Up

Many property owners believe that bagging up grass clippings is the best way to provide a luscious lawn but the opposite is actually true. Allowing grass clippings to return to the lawn is a great way to add an extra boost of nitrogen to the soil. Grass clippings break down quickly and provide a natural mulch to the soil which can result in a more luscious lawn. Skipping the bag will also help the local Pensacola environment since less yard waste is added to landfills.

3. Remember to Aerate

Pensacola lawns can get overgrown with grass and thatch in the warm conditions of the area. Make sure that your lawn has access to air and nutrients by aerating the lawn once every two years. This will help ensure that the deeper parts of the lawn and root system are exposed to natural sunlight, water, and nutrients to establish a stronger lawn. Renting an aerator is the best option for those properties with larger lawn areas that will get the job done quickly.

4. Overseed During Winter

Many Pensacola lawns are planted with warm season grasses like Zoysia Grass, Bermudagrass, and Seashore Paspalum. These varieties are great because they stand up well to the warm and humid conditions of Pensacola during the spring and summer months. However, Pensacola’s location in USDA Growing Zone 9 can mean that these grasses grow dormant and turn brown once cooler weather appears. Consider overseeding your warm season lawn with cool season grass varieties, like Kentucky Bluegrass, to grow a green lawn during the cooler parts of the year. Potential buyers and tenants will appreciate a green lawn year-round as well.

5. Add Extra Energy

Fertilizing your lawn is a great way to ensure that it is receiving all of the proper nutrients that it requires for healthy growth. Consider a quick release fertilizer for those lawns that need to be greened up quickly. However, make sure to use quick release options carefully as too much in one area can burn the lawn. Slow release fertilizers are great for those property owners who want to feed their lawn over a longer period of time. These slow dissolving pellets or granules are easy to spread in the lawn and don’t usually cause any burning issues.

6. Mow Frequently with Sharp Blades

It is extremely important to mow your lawn frequently here in Pensacola, as grass tends to grow quickly in regions with frequent rainfall.  Many homeowners tend to wait until the grass is overgrown before mowing.  This behavior puts stress on the grass blades, causing your lawn to turn brown and become thin over time.  Additionally, it is important to mow your lawn with sharpened blades.  You should sharpen your blades every 20-30 uses.  If this all sounds like too much work, you can hire a professional for about $47 per service, according to data from LawnStarter.

Keeping your property’s lawn in great condition is easier to do in the warmer Pensacola climate than other parts of the country. Consider these five tips for a luscious lawn to keep your Pensacola property looking lush all year long.

Julie Benson

Multi-Family Properties for Sale in Pensacola, Florida
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Multi-family
08-06-2019

Multi family investment properties for sale in Pensacola, Florida

I ran across this article on Bigger Pockets recently entitled "Here's Why I'll Never Sell My Multifamily Investment Properties" and thought it was really telling as to why there's always low inventory in the small to midsize multi-family sector. Most investors, especially the seasoned investors, are in the landlord game for the long haul as this gentlemen is.  The end game is passive retirement income. Sure, it ebbs and flows, and some years are better than others, but over time, the reward is worth the pay off as long as you purchased a property in good condition in a good location and have active management. 

Duplex, triplex, fourplex, and other multi-family owners tend to purchase and hold for long term making less opportunities for others to get into multi-family housing.

Looking at sales prices of duplexes and quads over the last ten years:

2007   Duplexes: 51   Average Sales Price $144,209   Quads: 38  Average Sales Price $223,275

2008   Duplexes: 17   Average Sales Price $139,712   Quads: 12  Average Sales Price $159,200

2009   Duplexes: 18   Average Sales Price $94,338    Quads: 16  Average Sales Price $149,227

2010   Duplexes: 28   Average Sales Price $53,089    Quads: 11  Average Sales Price $99,750

2011   Duplexes: 26   Average Sales Price $47,319    Quads: 12  Average Sales Price $112,650

2012  Duplexes: 30   Average Sales Price $84,715     Quads: 14  Average Sales Price $96,279

2013  Duplexes: 33   Average Sales Price $74,076     Quads: 19  Average Sales Price $96,766 

2014  Duplexes: 49   Average Sales Price $80,440     Quads: 19  Average Sales Price $88,400

2015  Duplexes: 30   Average Sales Price $76,670     Quads: 22  Average Sales Price $98,851 

2016  Duplexes: 44   Average Sales Price $107/521   Quads: 17  Average Sales Price $164,770

2017  Duplexes: 55   Average Sales Price $142,582    Quads: 18  Average Sales Price $174,851

Looking at some stats on Pensacola MLS this year, 76 multi-family properties sold YTD at an average sales price of $201,600. Currently active, there are 42 multi-family properties with an average listing price of $290,273.

We've been getting so many calls and emails from investors trying to locate income producing multi-family investments in the Northwest Florida area. We are having an increasingly hard time finding our clients investment properties that cash flow and make sense as prices and interest rates continue to increase. If you have a duplex, triplex, fourplex, or other apartment in the Pensacola area, we can find a buyer for you. Looking at the last ten years of multi-family sales, now may be a good time to sell. 

If you're interested in purchasing a small or midsize multi-family property, reach out to Pam in our office as she's always on the hunt!

Nicole St. Aubin
The Realty Masters of FL Team
#1 in Pensacola Property Management and Leasing! 
Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
Sales Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #52B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 453-9220 www.RealtyMastersofFlorida.com
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originally posted 09-27-2018

October & Halloween Events in Pensacola, Florida including Corn Mazes & Haunted Houses
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Fall Events
07-16-2019

Pensacola area October Events & Haunted Houses

Fall has arrived and the local event calendar is packed with hay rides, corn mazes, haunted houses, and local haunted tours! For residents of all ages, there are a plethora of events during the month with a mixture of adult and family friendly activities. From costume contest pub crawls to glass pumpkins, the Pensacola area loves to celebrate during the month of October. Here's a few highlights and links to find additional events.

Corn Mazes & Pumpkin Patches

Sweet Seasons Farm Corn Maze & Fall Fun Festival
Sweet Seasons Farm features a pumpkin patch, corn maze, sunflower field, pony rides, and a plethora of children's games. is open every weekend from September 29th through November 4th with Friday night events as well. The farm is located at 2260 Horn Road in Milton, Florida. Sweet Seasons Farm also offers a Trick or Treat event in the corn maze!
Holland Farms
Holland Farms offers a large pumpkin patch and includes a hayride and other children activities. In addition to a corn maze, they have a petting zoo, zip lines, pedal tractor car racing, and more. Holland Farms is open from September 22nd through November 3rd, 2018 and is located at 2055 Homer Holland Road in Milton, Florida.
TNT's Trail of Terror
This is a different kind of corn maze! TNT's Trail of Terror in Jay, Florida is open on Friday and Saturday nights in October 2018. This is a .5 mile haunted walking tour through a corn maze.

Haunted Tours

Downtown Pensacola Haunted Walking Tours 
The 28th Annual Haunted House Walking and Trolley Tours take place on October 20, 26, and 27th this year. Tours include the Adults Only Redlight Walking Tour, the Murder and Mayhem Walking Tour, Seville Spirits Walking Tour, and the Trolley of the Doomed. Tour descriptions and tickets can be found through Historic Pensacola.
Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum Haunted Tours
The Pensacola Lighthouse claims to be named one of the most haunted lighthouses in the nation. They offer a Ghost Hunt for guests 12 years and older. You can book directly through the Pensacola Lighthouse! Tours book fast and space is limited.
Ghosts of Milton Walking Tour
The Santa Rosa Historical Society offers the Ghosts of Milton Walking Tour on October 26, 2018 in historical Downtown Milton.
Whispering Pines Christmas Tree Farm
The Whispering Pines Christmas Tree Farm in Milton offers several Halloween activities including a haunted hayride, zombie bus paintball shoot, bonfire and live music every weekend through the month of October.

Haunted Houses
Hadji Haunted House
This year, the largest haunted house in the area will be hosted at the Hadji Shrine located at 800 West 9 Mile Rd., Pensacola, FL 32534. Visit their website here for tickets and information.
Purgatorium Haunted House
The Purgatorium is located in the Myrtle Grove area of Pensacola at 6615 W Jackson Street. The haunted house opened this weekend and runs through the month of October. Visit their facebook for more information.
With so much to do, we've compiled a list of calendars highlighting local fall and Halloween related events to help you join in on the fun!


Event Calendars

Get out and enjoy the change of season!

Nicole St. Aubin
The Realty Masters of FL Team
#1 in Pensacola Property Management and Leasing! 
Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
Sales Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #52B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 453-9220 www.RealtyMastersofFlorida.com
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originally posted 09-25-2018

Increase in Pensacola area Bear Sightings
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
#spotthebear
07-16-2019

increase in local bear sightings

You might have seen the news of a black bear hiding in a tree at the McDonald's on Fairfield Drive. It's not often that we see black bears in the Pensacola area, but it could be a more common sight according to officials. Bear sightings are becoming more common especially in Milton, Gulf Breeze, Navarre and Fort Walton Beach.


The City of Gulf Breeze is asking for help from residents to track the bear roaming recently in neighborhoods. If you see a bear, post the location on social media and use the hashtag #spotthebear.

Bears are looking for food so authorities give the following tips:

  • Do not leave food accessible on the exterior of your property. This also includes dog and cat food or bird feeders. If you live in one of the areas bears are more commonly found, we recommend removing any bird feeders at this time.
  • Use a fence or wildlife netting to protect gardens and fruit trees.
  • Store garbage cans in the garage or other protected area until day of pick up.


If you spot a bear at or around your property, let us know! If you see a bear in your area, it's time to call the trash company and ask for a bear resistant trash can. 

Nicole St. Aubin

The Realty Masters of FL Team

#1 in Pensacola Property Management and Leasing! 

Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
Sales Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #52B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 453-9220 www.RealtyMastersofFlorida.com

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originally posted 09-20-2018

Safety Tips & Crime Prevention from the Escambia County Sheriff's Office
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Safety
07-16-2019

crime prevention tips pensacola florida

Recently, I had the pleasure of listening to Deputy Howard Enderson with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Unit give a talk to the Pensacola Association of Realtors on safety.  

A lot of the advice he gave us is applicable to safety for all at your home and business and I wanted to pass along my favorite tips from the crime prevention unit. 

  • Have a free security assessment of your property and home for specific recommendations on how to make your home safer.
  • Survey your property and look for places that people can hide. Eliminate those places!
  • Use the 2/6 rule- shrubs should be no higher than 2 feet and tree limbs should be no lower than 6 feet. 
  • Do not let shrubbery grow above or over your windows. 
  • Never hide a key at your property.
  • Always lock your vehicle and do not leave garage door openers in your vehicle overnight. 
  • Did you know that you can have a background check done for a small fee at the Sheriff's Office in one day? Before hiring someone to come pet sit, clean your house, or babysit your children, use this service and order a background check. 
  • Don't open the door for solicitors. Additionally, you can call the Sheriff's Office to report door to door solicitors.
  • Make sure everything is password protected.
  • Choose flight over fight but protect yourself if necessary. 
  • Always be alert and listen to your instincts! 

Did you know that the Escambia County Sheriff's Office offers free security assessments of your home, business, or church? They will come in the residence and offer tips to increase security at your property. To request a security assessment of your property, do so at this website: http://www.escambiaso.com/security-surveys/residential-security-survey/ 

The Escambia County Sheriff's Office also offers training including sepcial programs like the Neighborhood Watch and the Citizen Law Enforcement Academy.

For additional security tips from the Escambia County Sheriff's office, visit this page: http://www.escambiaso.com/home-safety/ 

 

Nicole St. Aubin

The Realty Masters of FL Team

#1 in Pensacola Property Management and Leasing! 

Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
Sales Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #52B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 453-9220 www.RealtyMastersofFlorida.com

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originally posted 08-08-2018

What is a HOA or Homeowner's Association?
05-15-2019
Realty Masters HOA Managers
HOA
06-04-2020

HOA Pensacola, Florida

The main purpose  of an HOA is to help to keep everyone’s property values as high as possible.  The HOA maintains the common property of the community.  At a minimum, this refers to entrance landscaping and signage.  However, it can also include  amenities such as:  parks, playgrounds, athletic facilities, club house, community pool, etc.   It can  also include retention ponds, roads, gates, walking trails, etc.

To keep property values high, HOA’s usually have a minimum standard of upkeep for each vacant lot or developed lot in the neighborhood.  There are usually minimum construction standards such as:  square footage of each building, required minimum landscaping standards, and getting prior approval from the architectural review committee prior to construction or changes to the exterior of any building or landscaping or lot.  These guidelines are all spelled out in the covenants of the HOA.

The owner's association is funded by requiring an annual assessment be paid by each member of the HOA.  Membership in the hoa is almost always mandatory.  If assessments are not paid, the hoa has the right to put a lien on the property and ultimately foreclose for lack of payment.  The HOA also has the right to fine members of the hoa for non-compliance with the covenants. 

Unless you are willing to follow the rules of the homeowner's association, you should consider buying property that is not regulated by an HOA.

You should definitely read  all the governing documents of the condo or homeowner's associatn before you decide to purchase.  Once you purchase,  you are bound by the regulations.

Here are some common examples of covenant restrictions that we see in homeowner's associations:

  • You might not be able to store a boat or an RV on your property
  • You may not be able to erect a basketball goal on your property
  • You may not be able to install an above ground pool or even the type of fence that you would want
  • You may not be allowed to run a business out your home

By reading the governing documents, you should know the answers to most of your questions.  If you still have questions, we recommend you contact the board of directors of the homeowner's association or the HOA mananger.

Jay Schwartz

The Realty Masters of FL Team

#1 in Pensacola Property Management and Leasing! 

Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
Sales Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #52B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 453-9220 www.RealtyMastersofFlorida.com

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originally posted 08-03-2018

Back to School for Pensacola area residents August 13, 2018!
05-15-2019
Chuntell Patterson
School Grades
07-16-2019

Pensacola, Florida back to school

It seems like it was just yesterday that the Principal was playing “School’s out for summer” over the intercom on the last day of school. Escambia County School district has made the most of its summer with the release of school grades, finalizing the opening of two new schools, and offering free meals to ALL schools in the district because of the Community Eligibility Provision program. 

2017 Escambia County- Pensacola, Florida area school grades                                                                    

School grades for Escambia County were released in June and overall grade for Escambia went up to a B this year. Congratulations!

Some schools who made improvements were Pine Forest High, Warrington Elementary, A.K. Suter Elementary, Myrtle Grove Elementary, and Scenic Heights Elementary. Please review the entire list of grades for each school above. 

Escambia County Schools that received an A score include: Hellen Caro Elementary, N.B. Cook Elementary, Cordova Park Elementary, Scenic Heights Elementary, A.K. Suter Elementary, Molino Park Elementary, Pensacola Beach Elementary, Brown Barge Middle, and West Florida High School. 

You can view both Escambia and Santa Rosa County school grades on the Florida Department of Accountability webstie here: http://www.fldoe.org/accountability/accountability-reporting/school-grades/ 

The Escambia County School district welcomes two new schools this year, Kingsfield Elementary and Beulah Middle School. These schools were built to offset some of the growth in the 9 Mile Rd. area with the expansion of Navy Federal Credit Union. The schools have already had Parent Teacher Associations established and meetings held. I was told that Kingsfield Elementary will have over 400 students transferred from the Pine Meadow Elementary. Both facilities are state of the art and tours are encouraged before the school year starts.

Free Lunch via the Community Eligibility Program

In the past, in order to receive free or reduced lunch, parents had to fill out an application to qualify based on income. In recent years, ALL public middle and high schools went to FREE lunch for ALL students. In most schools if 50% or more students were on free/reduced lunch then the whole school automatically went to FREE lunch but according to WEAR news 3 article, all schools are now eligible for free lunch. Schools that will be participating in this new program called Community Eligibility Provision program are:

Elementary Schools:Jim Allen Elementary, Bellview Elementary, Bratt Elementary, Brentwood Elementary, Byrneville Elementary, Ensley Elementary, Ferry Pass Elementary, Global Learning Academy, Holm Elementary, Lincoln Park Elementary, R.C. Lipscomb Elementary, Longleaf Elementary, McArthur Elementary, Molino Park Elementary, Montclair Elementary, Myrtle Grove Elementary, Navy Point Elementary, Oakcrest Elementary, Pine Meadow Elementary, Pleasant Grove Elementary, Scenic Heights Elementary, O.J. Semmes Elementary, Sherwood Elementary, Warrington Elementary, C.A. Weis Elementary and West Pensacola Elementary.

Middle Schools: Jim C. Bailey Middle, Bellview Middle, Ernest Ward Middle, Ferry Pass Middle, Warrington Middle and J.H.Workman Middle.

High Schools: Escambia High, Northview High, Pensacola High, Pine Forest High and Booker T. Washington High School.

Alternative Education/Centers:

Camelot Academy, Capstone Academy, Escambia Westgate School, George Stone Technical College (Phoenix Initiative Program), Jacqueline Harris Preparatory Academy, Judy Andrews, Lakeview Center and McMillan Pre-K Center.

If your school is not listed then you will need to fill out application to know if your child qualifies.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES and TAX FREE WEEKEND!!

August 3-5, 2018 is tax free weekend. Please be sure to read the fine print in all business establishments.

School supplies list are located on the Escambia County School District website as well as most Walmarts, Targets and office supply stores.

Are you excited about the kids returning to school? Reach out if we can help you find a home for sale or for rent in your child's school district. 

The Realty Masters of FL Team

#1 in Pensacola Property Management and Leasing! 

Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
Sales Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #52B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 453-9220 www.RealtyMastersofFlorida.com

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originally posted 07-24-2018

ECUA Offers Free Bulk Pick Up Service
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Bulk Item Pick Up
06-04-2020

ECUA has Free Bulk Waste Pick Up
Did you know that ECUA offers bulk waste pick up included in your bill?

ECUA is the largest provider of trash services in the area and now offers recycling for a lot of Santa Rosa County and even the City of Pensacola. 

ECUA offers free bulk pick up in Pensacola, Florida
 

How does it work? If you have old household items you want to get rid of, place them in a 6'x 6' x 6' pile and leave them at the curb on your normal trash pick up day. They inform us that they start picking up bulk items early so to have your items on the curb by 5:30 a.m. on your routine trash collection day.

What type of items can you get rid of? 

  • Couches and mattresses
  • Other furniture items 
  • Desks, dressers and chairs
  • Rugs and carpets
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Bicycles
  • Grills 
  • Electronics must be placed in plastic bags to keep them dry

If you live in Santa Rosa County, you must call to schedule pick up.  ECUA is the largest water and trash provider in our area. If you have a different trash service, please reach out to them as they likely have similar programs available. For more information, visit ECUA's website.

ECUA also offers oil and grease recycling as well as traditional recycling programs. 

If you have nice items you think others may enjoy, check out our article on item and furniture donations in the Pensacola area. 

Call ECUA at (850) 476-0480 to schedule your trash pick up.

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#1 in Pensacola Property Management and Leasing! 

Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503   www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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originally posted 07-03-2018

How to Avoid a Housing Scam when House Hunting
05-15-2019
Chuntell Patterson
Housing Scams
07-16-2019

how to avoid online housing scams and craigslist

 

How to Avoid a Housing Scam when House Hunting!

In the Pensacola Bay Area, there are plenty of single family, multi-family, luxury apartment homes and other real estate developments to choose from. If you are not familiar with the area or process then you probably are wondering, where do you start? Of course, the first place I would suggest is the Pensacola MLS, as it is not a third party website and is accurate with most available listings by real estate companies. The other place would be the actual website for the property management company or complex that you are inquiring about. I would scroll their website, send in an email/ rental inquiry or give the office a call. Browse our rentals here

The average rents in the Pensacola Bay area are around $1,100-$1,200 per month. As prices are increasing and the availbility is decreasing, many house hunters are turning to websites like Craigslist or Zillow to find a rental property.

Potential renters can find private owners but also real estate companies post on Craigslist or Zillow as well. There are many online rental scams active in the area and several were found on Craigslist or Zillow. They take a home that is listed for rent with a management company or offered for sale and advertise the property for rent. It is wise to be mindful of sending your personal information and money via online/email. We've had several potential renters tell us they sent money and personal information like social security number and dates of birth to these scammers. As technology improves, it is harder to spot a scam. Scammers are now able to utilize local phone numbers from free avenues such as Google Voice. 

Here are a few things to look for:

  • Below market rent or a deal that looks too good to be true
  • Usually some or all utilities are included (this is not common practice in our area)
  • The ad says the house can be rented furnished or unfurnished
  • Out of state contact information especially when it comes to sending money or picking up keys 
  • Scammer tells you the property is vacant and door is unlocked (be careful, this may not be true and presents a dangerous situation!)
  • Emailing an application or request for personal information that does not look legitimate

If you see a listing on Craigslist that may fit the above description then please flag the post. In order to flag a post for misrepresentation then you would click on the box in front of prohibited to inform the Craigslist administrator.  This information is located at the top left corner of the Craigslist ad. Please see example below :
X prohibited[   ]

It would be good practice not to release any personal information to anyone over the internet. It's also best practice to meet with the person at the property or if you are out of town then verify with the local property appraiser site to see if that person owns the home. Here is a link to Escambia and Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser sites. Keep in mind that these scams are sophisticated and scammers also create email addresses using property owners names. Do a google search on the property to see if any other contacts or real estate companies come up associated with the address and reach out to them to verify the status. The more cautious you are the better. This can save you from identity theft or losing $1,000’s in move in fees.

Here's an article on WEAR with some details on a particular recent scam.

If you have any questions regarding a particular address then don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We will be happy to see if we can provide assistance to you in determining if the property is clearly a scam based off our experience. 

The Realty Masters of FL Team

#1 in Pensacola Property Management and Leasing! 

Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
Sales Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #52B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 453-9220 www.RealtyMastersofFlorida.com

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originally posted 06-21-2018

Subleasing and Renting a Room in your Property
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Subleasing
07-16-2019

Subleasing is Not Allowed at your Rental Property!

We understand that some residents may want to add a roommate to help with housing expenses. Please remember that you must request prior written approval to add an occupant on your lease agreement. Occupants will need to apply with our office and be approved by the property owner in advance of their move in.

This is important for many reasons, and is also enforced for your protection. There are many applicable laws and many times residents are not aware of those laws. You can actually face criminal charges for removing a roommates personal items or trying to force a roommate to move from your property. This happened recently in town and now a Pensacola area resident is facing criminal charges.

Want to rent a room out?

Most leases have a clause that prevent subletting. If you lease from another company or landlord, check your lease agreement to see if this is allowed.

You cannot advertise a room for rent on AirBnB and attract short term residents at your property. This is against the lease agreement and does present some safety hazards for your family. Please be careful and cautious. Reach out to our office with questions on adding, removing, or replacing roommates.

What if I own my own home?

Even if you own your home, you should also exercise caution and consider possible consequences of subleasing, whether short or long term, before proceeding. A new younger generation of homeowners are offering rooms for rent in their home on internet sites like Home Away, AirBnB, Craigslist, and VRBO. Before doing this, you should carefully consider the following:

  • Check with your insurance company to see if short term subleasing is allowed and covered under your policy.
  • Document your personal property and furniture before you allow guests with photos and written reports. You should thoroughly inspect between each guest. 
  • You need a good lease or occupancy agreement. 
  • Use a platform that helps to screen or vet potential renters, even if they only plan to stay one night.

We recommend you thoroughly research this before deciding to lease out any portion of your space.

The Realty Masters of FL Team

#1 in Pensacola Property Management and Leasing! 

Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
Sales Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #52B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 453-9220 www.RealtyMastersofFlorida.com

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originally posted 06-16-2018

Realty Masters Celebrates our 20 Year Anniversary!
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
20 Year Anniversary
07-16-2019

20 years ago, Pam Keen Brantley started a small real estate company in an office near Downtown Pensacola. Today, Pam and the Realty Masters family have grown the company to the largest single family property management company in the greater Pensacola area. Thank you for your fearless leadership, late nights, and never ending hustle for our team and clients.

We would like to thank all of our clients and especially our team members, past and present. A special thank you goes out to our veteran team members who have served our clients almost as long as Pam has!

20 Year Anniversary

A huge thank you to our clients, some of whom we have for the entire 20 years! We appreciate you so much. We are proud to be the largest property management company in the Pensacola area. Please reach out if we can be of assistanace. 

The Realty Masters of FL Team

#1 in Pensacola Property Management and Leasing! 

Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
Sales Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #52B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 453-9220 www.RealtyMastersofFlorida.com

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originally posted 05-02-2018

Escambia County Ranked #57 out of 449 Counties as Best County to Invest in
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Real Estate Investments
07-16-2019

Pensacola ranked #57 among counties to buy investment real estate

Across the country, low inventory and increasing home prices are causing rentals to be more indemand. The Pensacola Real Estate market, is definitely a Seller and a Landlord's market as of 2018. The supply of quality homes for rent is currently exceeded by the demand.

In a recent study done by attomdata.com, we see that Escambia County is 57 out of 449 best counties to invest in single family rental properties in 2018, according to the analytics. Pensacola ranked the highest among all Northwest Florida Counties. The data reports less than a 5% investment property vacancy rate and an 11.8% 2018 Annual Gross Rental Yield. 

Neighboring Santa Rosa County was ranked 299 out of 449 and Okaloosa County was ranked 219 out of 449. 

Demand for Single Family Rentals

One of the major things shown by this report, is that there is a demand for Pensacola rental property. People simply want to live is this beautiful area! From our trendy downtown areas to our upscale beachfront communities, there is something here for every person and every budget. Pensacola is still ranked as one of the most affordable markets in Pensacola. 

So what are some contributing factors to Pensacola’s booming rental market? One of the most influential factors, is the military presence in the area. The next factor would be the large growth in the north side of the county due to new jobs being created at the Navy Federal Credit Union. Additionally, we have two colleges including University of West Florida and Pensacola State College which feed the rental market. Finally, there are the renters who simply appreciate the fact that when something goes wrong, they have property management to turn to.

Investing in Pensacola Real Estate

The article points out that the people benefiting the most from the current economic condition of rental real estate, are the owners who have invested in 6 homes. With the demand for rentals on the rise, rents are increasing in the area. We are seeing low supply and high demand so we must admit that it's tough right now to purchase an income producing property. You need a good realtor to help you find, identify, and act fast on good income producing properties.  

As we are fellow real estate investors ourselves, we want to help you build income producing real estate investments. We are here to come beside new and experienced investors to streamline the process. Our sales team and property management team work together to identify viable properties to purchase and our sales team of qualified Realtors are prepared to walk you through the investment process with honest, reliable advice. 

When you are ready to rent it out, our property management team is ready and willing to assist. So if you are considering investing in the Pensacola area or in Escambia County, give our agents a call!

Click Here for the original article and more data on real estate markets around the state and country. 

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#1 in Pensacola Property Management and Leasing! 

Rental Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
Sales Office 4400 Bayou Blvd. #52B, Pensacola, FL 32503  (850) 453-9220 www.RealtyMastersofFlorida.com

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originally posted 04-04-2018

House Hunting Tips for Renters in a Housing Shortage
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
House Hunting Tips
06-24-2020

If you are house hunting this spring or summer in the Pensacola area, you will find that the active rental inventory is tight! We're seeing record lows in the single family rental market in the Pensacola area.

Here's the current situation with the Pensacola area housing market. 

Low inventory in the Pensacola Florida real estate market

There are simply not enough properties for rent at this time to meet the current demand of renters looking to move. To help you ease the stress and frustration of house hunting this season, we've put together a video with helpful house hunting tips. 

Here are some of the highlights from the video:

  • Do your research. It's up to you to do the research on the neighborhoods and areas. Do a neighborhood search (Escambia County Crime Map: http://www.escambiaso.com/crime-map/
  • Be prepared! Review the requirements for renting and have all of your documents necessary ready to apply. Have a double security deposit ready if you do not meet the rental criteria. 
  • Consider purchasing a home.
  • Check into the multi-family apartment complex community for availability.
  • Have vet records, photos, and extra pet deposits for your pets.
  • Don't just apply to apply! This lowers your credit score and is costly. Be intentional and serious before you apply. 
  • If you are relocating, do not expect to be able to pull a U-haul into town and move in a property the same weekend. If you have someone who can view properties on your behalf, have them coordinate viewings and sign a lease. 
  • Be available for showings! You may have to take some time off work in order to be successful in house hunting this season.
  • Have a back up plan in case you don't find a property!
  • Adjust your expectations for the criteria you need, not the criteria you want. It is not the time to find a dream house!
  • Housing affordability is an issue and will continue to be as the economy and real estate market improves. Rents will continue to increase. Plan for this! 
  • Be happy where you are. Do not be upset by a small rental increase or an unresolved maintenance item that is not important. 
  • Show up at real estate offices! The call and email volume is overwhelming for us now. Make time to pop by the office and talk with someone in person for best results.
  • Act fast when you find a nice property. Be ready to pay a deposit and sign a lease when you apply.

​Reach out to our office and let us know how we can be of assistance whether you are looking to buy or rent a home in 2018. 

Realty Masters of Florida Rental Office (850) 473-3983 http://www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com 

Realty Masters of Florida Sales and Relocation (850) 453-9220 http://www.RealtyMastersofFlorida.com 

Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
(850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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originally posted 03-27-2018

2018 Pensacola Real Estate Market Update & Escambia County Housing and Economic Report
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Real Estate Market
06-24-2020

We are facing a shortage of inventory in both the Pensacola real estate sales market and Pensacola area rental market. Low inventory and high demand are causing strain on the Pensacola real estate market and we are seeing the effects on both home buyers and home renters in the Pensacola area. 

Here's a quick 2018 Spring Real Estate Market update from Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate at Realty Masters.

Want to see the data? I can't explain it as well as Dr. Rick Harper can! Use the links below to view the actual reports and presentations referred to in the video. 

  • Use this link to view the Escambia County Economic Outlook and Update sponsored by the Home Builders Association of West Florida in partnership with the Pensacola association of Realtors and Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce. 
  • Use this link to view the Santa Rosa County Housing and Economic Report produced by The Homebuilders Association of West Florida along with the Pensacola association of Realtors and Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce. 

If you are house hunting in the Pensacola area, reach out to our agents for help!

Rental Office (850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com 4400 Bayou Blvd 58B, Pensacola, FL 32503 Sales Office (850) 453-9220 www.RealtyMastersofFlorida.com 4400 Bayou Blvd 52B, Pensacola, FL 32503

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4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
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originally posted 03-26-2018

Realty Masters offering VA Home Buying Seminars!
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Seminars and Personal Assistant
07-16-2019

Our sales team is now offering personal and group seminars on home buying, investing, and credit repair especially designed for our Veteran residents in the Pensacola area. If you have questions on investing in Pensacola real estate, home loans, credit and credit reprots, applying for mortages, home ownership tax planning, credit repair, how much house you can afford, and what types of Pensacola properties are available for sale, reach out to our sales team! You can call our sales office at (850) 453-9220 or email Pam

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originally posted 02-14-2018 

Should you Rent or Sell Your Current Home? "Renting versus Selling"
05-15-2019
Pam Keen Brantley
Rent or Sell
09-10-2019

You now own your home! You have been living the good life of homeownership, but you find your needs changing. You could have received a job offer somewhere else and need to move. When you bought the place you were single and now you have a spouse and children, or the space is too small and you are looking for more room. If this sounds like you, you may consider the option of selling the home and buying another or keeping it to rent and moving to a new home. Not all landlords set out to become landlords, but life happens and you should look at your situation, weigh the options, and do what makes the most sense for you.

  • The 1st step you should take, look at the math and see what makes sense for you

If you rent the home, will it be a positive or negative cash flow after you make your mortgage payment and other monthly expenses associated with owning the home. For example - Taxes, Insurance, and HOA dues which may or may not be part of your mortgage payment. If it is going to cost you more money to keep the house, you may want to consider selling.

  • The second step, is can you profit from selling

You should take into consideration the expenses of selling. First, determine the approximate value of the home, subtract about 8-10% for real estate fees and other expenses, and look at your mortgage payoff. If you take the likely selling price, subtract your loan payoff and other expenses, how much will you put in your pocket? If you like that number, you should consider selling.  If you would walk away with little or no profit from a sale, or would need to bring money to the closing to sell the home, you may want to keep the home and wait for property values to appreciate more. Especially, if you will have a monthly positive cash flow renting the property.

You will find that one option, or both, other make the most sense in your particular situation based on the math, so lets go a step further and consider the taxes. 

Lets say you bought the home for $150,000 - 5 years ago and it is now worth $250,000.  You have lived in the home for 5 years, but even after subtracting 10% for expenses, you could potentially profit $75,000 from the sale. Normally, if you sell real estate and make a profit, you'll have to pay capital gains tax on the sale, which can be up to 20% depending on your tax bracket. However, the IRS allows homeowners to exclude the gain on a sale of up to $250,000 (or $500,000 if married filing jointly) of a primary residence if you lived in the home for at least two of the last five years, so in this case the $75,000 profit would be tax free. If you move out and turn the home into a rental, it becomes an investment property. If you then decide you don't like being a landlord and sell it down the road, you may have to pay up to 20% of the profit in income taxes when you sell.

I'm not a CPA, so to learn more about this possible capital gains tax exclusion, consult a tax advisor or read the IRS's rules on the topic.

  • The third step, look at past and current market trends where your home is located

Questions to ask yourself when considering selling or renting your home.

  • The quality of the schools in the area
  • Is the area growing and do people want to live there
  • Are property values, as a rule, increasing, remaining the same, or declining?  

We don't know for certain what the future will bring, but if you have doubts or you know of economic factors that could adversely affect future rental potential and/or appreciation, you may want to consider selling now.

  • Last step of all, you should ask yourself are you cut out to be a landlord

Landlording can be a pleasant experience or sometimes a very stressful one. You may learn a thing or two along the way and making mistakes can be costly. Of course if you do not want to actually deal with your tenants yourselves, you can always hire a professional property management firm like Realty Masters of Florida to do the job for you. 

I hope this blog gives you some good information to help you make the decision to sell or rent a little easier for you; However, if you need more information you can read my latest book published in 2017

“The Real Estate Rulebook, Everything you need to know to  build wealth and create passive income" which is available for purchase on Amazon

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originally posted 02-01-2018

Pensacola area Zip Codes explained
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Pensacola area Zip Codes
08-06-2019

Moving to the Pensacola area? 

It's hard to get a good feel of a new community.

If you are moving to Pensacola, knowing and understanding Pensacola area zip codes will definitely help you with your move. Pensacola is located in Escambia County, Florida and includes the following areas of Perdido Key, Pensacola Beach, Cantonment, Beulah, Century and Molino. 

Here's a quick infographic and rundown on Pensacola area zip codes to help you familiarize yourself with the Pensacola area. 

Pensacola Zip Codes

Pensacola Zip Codes

32501 & 32502- Downtown Pensacola! 

Home to Historic Downtown Pensacola, the 17th Ave. Grafitti Bridge, Belmont/ DeVilliers, Pensacola Bay Center, Blue Wahoos Baseball Stadium, Historic Pensacola Village, Veterans' Wall South Memorial and more! 

32503- Southeast Pensacola 

Home to East Hill and East Pensacola Heights Neighborhoods, Bayview Park & Dog Beach, Scenic Highway Bluffs, Pensacola Christian Academy and Pensacola Christian College, 12th Ave. Tree Tunnel 

32504- Northeast Pensacola 

Home to Cordova Park Neighborhood, Pensacola State College, Cordova Mall, Pensacola International Airport, Sacred Heart Hospital 

32505- South & West Pensacola 

Home to Brownsville Neighborhood, Marcus Point Golf Course, T&W Flea Market, Car City Pensacola 

32506- West & Southwest Pensacola 

Home to Pensacola Greyhound Racing, FL/ AL State Line via Lillian Hwy, Corry Station 

32507- Southwest Pensacola & Perdido Key 

Home to front and back gate of Naval Air Station, Perdido Kids Park, Big Lagoon State Park, Johnsons Beach, and Perdido Key 

32514- Northeast Pensacola 

Home to University of West Florida, I-10 Interstate 10, Elylson Indsutrial Field, and the gateway to Santa Rosa County via the bridge to Pace 

32526- Northwest Pensacola

Home to Beulah and Bellview Neighborhoods, Navy Federal Credit Union, Pensacola Fairgrounds, Pensacola Equestrian Center 

32533 & 32534- Cantonment and North Northwest Pensacola 

Home to Ascend Performance Materials, International Paper, and I-65 

32561- Pensacola Beach

Home of beautiful, white sand Pensacola Beaches! 

Moving to the Pensacola area?

Let us know how we can help you with your move. Realty Masters has over 35 rentals available in the Pensacola area at any given time. Give us a call or view our available rentals here.

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originally posted 01-29-2018

Build your Credit while you Lease through Realty Masters
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Build Credit
06-24-2020

There are a number of ways to build your credit. The easiest way to improve your credit score is to pay your bills on time. Most, but not all, of your recurring bills are reported to the credit bureaus. Your credit cards, car loans, and personal loans are just a few of the items that appear on your credit reports. If you pay these bills as agreed and on time, your credit score will improve over time simply by making timely payments.

Unfortunately, a lot of the bills you pay timely each month are not reflected on your credit report unless you default on the payment and close the account owing money. For example, if you owe your cable provider money upon moving, they will file this on your credit report, but will not report the monthly payments paid on time. 

For most renters, this is the case. Landlords do not report your timely payments to the three major credit bureaus and only report collection accounts when renters owe funds above the security deposit after moving out. Why? Because most landlords don't have the resources to do so. 

Realty Masters is proud to be one of the only landlords in the greater Pensacola area that offers a payment platform which allows our residents to opt in to credit reporting. The partnership we formed with RentTrack in 2017 now allows our renters to build and improve their credit score simply by paying rent on time. 

Here's how it works:

  • You pay your rent online through RentTrack's portal. Read more here.
  • You opt into credit reporting!
  • You pay your rent before the 3rd of each month online.
  • Your credit score improves over the term of your lease! 
  • By the end of your lease, you will have a higher credit score which will allow you to 

Because rent is paid as one amount, RentTrack's portal only offers this credit advantage to one resident. If you are renting with roommates or other lease holders, it makes sense to choose the lease holder with the

If you have questions about the RentTrack program, give our office a call. 

For more information on building and understanding your credit score, read Credit Scores: What are they and how to see yours for free.

Realty Masters of FL

4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
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originally posted 01-26-2018

05-15-2019
Carlin Symmes
New Construction in Pensacola
07-16-2019

New construction apartment complexes come to North Pensacola

New construction in the Pensacola area is booming. The Northwest Pensacola region in Beulah and 9 Mile Road areas along with Downtown Pensacola has shown the largest growth.

Over the last year, we’ve seen an explosion in brand new apartment communities with the most growth in North Pensacola. The Navy Federal Credit Headquarters on 9 Mile Rd. continues to develop and bring in thousands of new jobs for the Pensacola area. Coupled with the growth at the University of West Florida, demand has been strong for the North Pensacola area. While a few single family neighborhoods that have popped up in these areas, so far, the growth has been in the commercial sector and, most impressively, in new apartment communities.

Our real estate team has done some research to bring you some great information on these new apartment complexes.


New Apartment Communities in Northwest Pensacola - 9 Mile Road area

Pensacola Downtown Aerial Blog Photo

 

  • The Pensacola Grand Apartments – 9091 Airway Dr., Pensacola, FL 32534

The Pensacola Grand apartments are located at 9091 Airway Drive and are still undergoing construction although some residents have already moved in.  Amenities include a pool, sauna, fitness center, clubhouse, a dog park, and a playground. The Pensacola Grand Apartments are pet friendly with a $250 pet fee and $20 per rent, per month with some breed restrictions.

The Pensacola Grand offers 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units for lease. The 1 bedroom 1 bath apartments are offered for lease at approximately $1,000 per month, the 2 bedrooms 2 bathroom range around $1,300 per month, and the 3 bedrooms 2 bathroom apartments cost approximately $1,350 per month. They have various floor plans on each level and rates do vary based on availability, amenities, and apartment type.  A media package is included! The apartments offer a modern interior with all black appliances and ceramic wood tile look.
 

  • The Crossings at Milestone – 1431 W. 9 Mile Rd., Pensacola, FL 32534

The Crossings at Milestone is located at 1431 W 9 Mile Rd. and was built in 2017. The Crossings at Milestone features 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments for rent. The complex features a pool, fitness center, furnished clubhouse, a playground, and a dog park.  Garbage and pest control are included in the rental rate. Rates vary depending on the floor, floor plan, and amenities but are currently being offered around $1,050 for a 1 bedroom, $1,265 for a 2 bedroom(,) and $1,450 for a 3 bedroom. The community is gated with security so good they wouldn’t allow us to take photos of the complex from the outside! They also offer private garages.
 

  • West Woods Apartments – 3202 W. 9 Mile Rd., Pensacola, FL 32534

The West Woods Apartments are located at 3202 W. 9 Mile Rd. This community was just developed in 2017 and offers brand new, luxury apartments just minutes to Navy Federal and I-10. West Woods Apartments offer 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units for rent and all units come unfurnished. The 1 bedroom 1 bath units are between $1,000 and $1,075 for rent, the two bedroom, two bath apartments range between $1,220 and $1,295, and the three bedroom two bath apartments range between $1,425 and $1,477 per month. All apartments include a full size washer and dryer and the rental rate includes trash and pest control. The apartments feature stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, and wood like ceramic tile floors. The community is very pet friendly with no weight or breed restrictions(,) but are charging $500 pet fee and a $10 per pet monthly pet rent.  The complex is beautiful with two pools, two grills, two fitness centers, a car care center, dog parks, and more.

We’ve also written about new schools under construction to support this new growing population. Read that article here! (Link to School Article)
 

  • Student Housing near UWF – 10300 University Parkway, Pensacola, FL 32514

The Edge Pensacola is a new, off-campus, student housing apartment complex located at 10300 University Parkway that opened in August 2017. The Edge caters to University of West Florida students and offers individual leases for students in shared apartments. The apartments come in 3 bedroom/3 bath, 4 bedroom/4 bath, or 5 bedroom/5 bath units. Renters can choose their housemates or can be placed in a roommate matching system to share the common areas including living room, kitchen, and dining areas.  Amenities include laundry, computer lab, study lounge, pool, and a fitness center. The units come furnished and most utilities are included.

Similar apartment communities including The Next Apartments and College Vue have opened in 2015 and 2016 within a 1/2 mile of the UWF main entrance.

While apartment complexes offer amenities, these increasing prices for apartment communities make leasing a single family home look more affordable than ever! Interested in comparing prices with single family rental properties on the market? Visit our available rentals to browse homes and apartments for rent in Pensacola. 

 

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4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
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originally posted 01-10-2018

Energy Tips to Reduce your Heating and Cooling Bills
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Energy Tips
07-16-2019

Energy Tips to Reduce your Heating and Cooling Bills 

Energy Tips from Gulf Power

We've had some cold weather lately and that means a sharp increase in your gas and/or electricity bill! 

To combat this, make sure you are using proper thermostat settings. Gulf Power warns that turning your heater up and down uses more energy than leaving it at a constant temperature. If anything, increase or decrease the termperature only at night. They also recommend keeping the heat set at 68 degrees or below during winter and set at 78 degrees or above during summer. 

Other items you can do to improve your energy efficiency in the winter months include:

  • Open curtains on sunny days to allow sunlight and close the blinds and curtains once it's dark. 
  • Replace your air filter monthly! This is often overlooked in winter when units are not in use as much but should not be ignored. 
  • Make sure the switches on your ceiling fan are in the up position instead of the up position! 

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4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
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originally posted 01-09-2018

How to Find HOA Documents Rules and Regulations
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
How to Find HOA Rules
02-17-2020

how-to-find-hoa-docs-pensacola-florida-homeowners-associations

Are you considering purchasing a home in a home or condo association? Before renting or buying a home in a covenant enhanced community, you should be fully aware of the homeowner's association and the rules governing the community.

Florida laws allow ce

Preparing your home for a hard freeze
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Preparing for Freeze
06-24-2020

Hard Freeze 

Temperatures will reach below freezing and may continue to remain below freezing through Friday of next week. Take precautions this weekend and keep your pipes protected for the coming week. Repeat these instructions anytime there is a freeze warning. 

If you do not make precautions now, you will be without water and will be responsible for damages to the property caused by failure to protect your pipes. You must take these precautions to make sure your plumbing, sprinkler, and pool pipes do not freeze leaving you without water on New Years Day or throughout the coming week.

Here's Patty and Carlin with some advice on how to prepare your home for the freeze:  

 

You must take the following precautions to ensure your pipes are protected:

1.  Walk around your home and survey for any outdoor pipes. Any exposed pipes like sprinkler or pool pump pipes should also be covered to insulate it from the freezing temperatures. Simply cover them with towels, blankets, or insulation tape.

2. Leave an outdoor faucet dripping or better yet, wrap your outdoor faucets and/ or cover with insulation boots. The best bet is to wrap all of your outdoor faucets. Hop on YouTube for some solid ideas on how to install your insulation boot cover or to wrap your faucets with common household items.

Also, remember to remove any sprinkler hoses from your spigot. 

3. Leave an indoor faucet dripping slightly to keep water flowing through the pipes.This relieves the excess pressure that can build up inside pipes during freezing weather. 

4.  Locate your water shut off valve in case a pipe does burst as water will need to be turned off at the main connection (usually at the meter in your yard close to the road). This is essential to know and easier to locate in a non-emergency situation.

5. Make sure your heater is on  and set to at least 65 degrees. 

6.  If you have a sprinkler system or a pool, your sprinkler pipes and pool pump pipes must also be covered. If you have insulation tubing, that is best, but if not, cover your pipes completely with towels, blankets, newspaper, or insulation tape. 

Nicole St. Aubin
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4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503

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originally posted 12-30-2017

Safety First: The Holiday Chaos Won’t Get the Best of You This Year
05-15-2019
Carlin Symmes
Holiday Safety Guide
07-16-2019

The holidays: a time for family, fun, and fabulous food and drink. However, it’s also a time for healthy doses of stress and chaos – some of which may present a hazard for you and your family.

That’s why the World Ford Pensacola team has put together this infographic that we thought was too great not to share! By following it carefully, you can keep the holidays as safe as possible this year!

Holiday Safety Infographic

 

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4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
(850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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originally posted 12-20-2017

Maintenance Do's and Dont's
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Maintenance Do's and Dont's
07-16-2019

Maintenance Do’s & Don’ts!

 

Very often maintenance problems or damage to your fixtures can easily be prevented with a little knowledge and common sense.  We encourage you to read this section BEFORE a problem can occur.  Residents may be held liable for certain maintenance problems which can be directly attributed to negligent usage.

ELECTRICITY:
If you experience an electrical outage of any sort the first place to check is your breaker box.  Chances are a circuit has been overloaded and the breaker needs to be reset.  Try flipping each switch on the box off and back on again to reset the breakers. Make sure you only do this once as problems can result from activating and suddenly cutting off the power surge.  If the electricity does not come back on, check all of your outlets to be sure they are not being overloaded.

If the electricity has gone out in your entire home and resetting the breaker does not restore it, it is likely that there has been a power failure. A good indicator of a power failure would be to check if you notice outside lights on your neighbor’s house are off as well. The gas and electric company should be notified.  You should then call your emergency service number to report the problem.

If the electricity is off in only part of your home and resetting the breakers does not restore it, it is possible that you have experienced an electrical short.  Lack of electricity in the majority of your home may qualify as an emergency after hours if it affects your refrigerator or other vital areas of your home.

**IF AT ANY TIME YOU NOTICE SPARKS COMING FROM A SWITCH OR ELECTRICAL FIXTURE TURN OFF THE SWITCH AND UNPLUG THE APPLIANCE IMMEDIATELY.  Call the problem in and leave the switch off until maintenance professionals or contractors can respond.

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES:
Before calling for service on any appliance be sure the cord is securely plugged in and the breaker is not tripped.

  • REFRIGERATORS:

The refrigerator will operate most efficiently if the temperature is set between 3 and 8.  To determine the best setting, test the temperature of the items inside and adjust accordingly. The freezer setting may be too high if freezer items form ice coating shortly after placing them inside. If you do not have a frost-free refrigerator, the freezer should be defrosted when the ice that forms on the side is no more than 1/4 inch thick.  A heavy build-up of frost can severely limit the effectiveness of your unit and increase the electric cost on the utility bill.  To defrost the freezer, we recommend placing all items in a cooler and turning the control knob to off or defrost.  Allow the ice to melt by placing a pan of hot water inside the freezer.  NEVER USE KNIVES OR ANY OTHER OBJECT TO REMOVE ICE!  This can cause irreparable damage for which you may be held liable.  If your refrigerator fails to operate properly, please call for service.

  • OVEN/RANGE:

Keeping your oven clean is very important to the efficient operation of the appliance.  In addition, a buildup of grease or food particles left inside or on the stove can facilitate fires.  It is best to wipe off the top and inside after each use.  A moist towel and mild soap can be used to clean food or grease which has not baked onto the surface.  Always place food on a baking sheet or aluminum foil inside the oven.  To keep grease from building up on drip pans we suggest wrapping foil tightly around the pan itself, being sure to cover the center hole.  When the foil becomes stained, in can simply be removed and replaced with fresh foil.  Drip pans and the outside aluminum rings are chargeable to the resident upon moving out when they must be replaced due to negligence.

  • DISHWASHER:

Be sure to scrape food particles from dishes into the garbage before placing them in the dishwasher.  Use only detergents which are specified for use in dishwasher.  Before running the dishwasher, make sure that the bottom of the washer bas been cleared of any items which may have fallen there.  Make sure all dishes are secure onto the rack, putting bowls and pots on the top rack to keep from blocking water circulating to other areas.  Dishwashers should never be left to run in your absence.  An undetected leak can cause major damage to floors or carpeting if left unattended.  If you notice any water escaping from the dishwasher or the unit fails to operate properly, please turn the machine off and call for service.

  • GARBAGE DISPOSAL:

Disposals operate virtually trouble-free when used properly.  Please read and carefully follow the procedures outlined below to prevent jammed disposals and clogged drains:

  1. Turn cold water on to maximum flow position.
  2. Flip the switch to the on position.
  3. Push refuse through the splash guard keeping hands away from the inside chamber.
  4. Continue to run the disposal until the grinding sound stops.  Then flip switch to the off position.
  5. Continue to run cold water for two to three minutes to be sure all of the waste particles have been flushed away.

Below are some Do’s and Don’ts for disposal usage:

DO:

*Grind a citrus peel or put baking soda down the drain periodically to keep the disposal odor free.

*Run plenty of cold water during and after operation.

 *Grind coffee grounds and eggshells.

DON’T:

*Put your hand down a disposal when it is running – NEVER!

*Use hot water when operating a disposal.

*Try to put too much through the disposal at once.

 

DO NOT PUT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING ITEMS INTO A DISPOSAL:

Fibrous materials (cornhusks, artichokes, etc) Clam, oyster or nut shells

  • Bones                                                       Drain cleaner
  • Tea Bags                                                  Potato or Banana Peels
  • Celery                                                      Tomatoes
  • Grease                                                     Wooden objects
  • Glass, China or Plastic                             Dishrags

Metal objects (bottle caps, aluminum foil, Tin cans, or utensils)

If the motor has stopped due to overloading, turn the disposal off.  Wait three to five minutes, then push the reset button (often located under the sink on the unit itself).  Then follow normal operating procedures.

If the disposal hs jammed, turn the power switch to off before attempting to remove any object.  With tongs, remove any object that might be inserted into the mouth of the disposal and turn in a circular pattern to free the blades.  Once the movement has been restored to the blades, push the reset button on the disposal unit.  Then follow normal operating procedure.

PLUMBING:
In the event that a toilet or drain stops up, a plunger is often all that is needed to clear the blockage.  The following will help determine what to do if you experience a plumbing problem.  If it cannot be corrected please call the office for service.

  • COMMODE:

If your toilet should overflow, you can turn off the water supply by turning the shut-off valve in a clockwise direction.  The shut-off valve is located under the toilet tank.  The water flow can also be stopped by pushing the flap firmly over the hole in the bottom of the tank.

If the toilet is stopped up, try using a plunger to clear the blockage.  If this does not clear the blockage and you must call for service you may be charged for the visit if it is determined to be due to over stuffing or foreign objects.  If you have only one bathroom a non-usable toilet will be treated as an emergency after hours.  Otherwise, the other toilet(s) can be used until maintenance can correct the problem.

There are several items that should never be put into a toilet.  These include, but are not limited to, paper towels, feminine products, grease, disposable diapers, bottle caps(or any small metal or plastic items), newspapers, or drain cleaner.

  • CLOGGED DRAINS:

Never put grease or hair down a drain.

Always attempt to clear the blockage with a plunger.  If that is unsuccessful, use draino or another similar product and let it set for the recommended time on the back of the bottle. 

If you are unable to clear the drain, please call for service.  

originally posted 12-01-2017

Items You Should Not Have in a Rental Property
05-15-2019
Carlin Symmes
Landlords
07-16-2019

Items you should avoid for a rental home

Some items an owner SHOULD AVOID having in their rental property!

As property management professionals, we have a lot of experience in mitigating risk. Because of this, there are several items we would never recommend having in a rental property. Here's a list of our top five:

  • Trampolines: We understand, you don't want to remove these items from the property as you have enjoyed using them.  While it sounds like a nice amenitiy for your rental property, it would be best case scenario to haul these items away from a rental property.  These items are big liability issues and safety concerns. Additionally, your insurance policy may not allow them at the property. If your insurance policy excludes trampolines, as many do, you will be held liable without protection should someone get hurt.
     
  • Playsets and Patio Furniture Sets: The estimated life span of exterior items such as patio furniture and playsets are low. Over time, these items will decay and become a safety liability for your residents. If a tenant or guest is hurt because these items, you can be held liable. 
     
  • Above Ground Pools, Expensive Pool Filtration System and Hot tubs:  Unless you are including pool maintenance with the rental amount then I highly recommend not having this installed. Tenants are expected to maintain the home as if it is their own and treat the home with care, but this isn’t always the case. If this system breaks, requires upkeep, or preventive maintenance – you may not be able to rely on the tenant to take care of it. We are recommending that our owners have pool maintenance included, if their property has a pool, for this reason. This will save a lot of headaches and sleepless nights.  Trust us!
     
  • Salt Water Treatment System: This is amazing to have in newer homes to increase the longevity of the pipes or in old areas where hard water is a problem. If you have routine maintenance to take care of the system, it is a great asset for the home. Unfortunately, along the same thinking with pools, sometimes tenants do not take the needed care of systems while in your property. If there is an issue with the system or upkeep needed – you are on the hook. 
     
  • Security Systems or Alarm Systems: Added security is usually always a plus; it is attractive to renters for peace of mind and also can be helpful for any emergency services. The major drawback we have with alarm systems is the service setup with them. Most of the time, the service is disconnected and the hardware is still at the house. This can lead to confusion that it is active or not. Some tenants setup service and are able to use the system in place, but other times if tenants wanted a security system the companies install new hardware. Overall, it becomes an unnecessary hassle that is not maintained​​

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originally posted 11-24-2017

Credit Scores: What are they and how to see yours for free!
05-15-2019
Carlin Symmes
Credit Score
07-16-2019

Money puzzle credit graphic for blogCredit Scores have vital information that lenders and other companies use to help decide the credit worthiness of consumers. Having good credit helps one make the large, important purchases in life like getting an auto loan or home mortgage. To most people, it is a mystery on how credit companies calculate your score and what information they are using. 

Realty Masters, like other property management companies, have some minimum criteria that renters have to qualify for to be approved - one of the big ones is your credit score. 

  • The First Step is knowing where to look:

There are many websites and services available to consumers to evaluate or monitor their credit score. The first step is finding out your score. One of the most widely used credit scores are FICO® Scores. Some great information is provided on FICO® Scores at http://www.myfico.com/credit-education/credit-scores/. Also, here is a little more information on credit scores directly from the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) that is valuable: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0152-credit-scores.

  • The Second Step is knowing your score and monitoring it:

There are several companies and services that give you access to your credit score. There are websites, apps, and banking services that help consumers monitor their credit. Some of those cost money as an one-time fee or monthly subscription. 

You are eligible to get a free credit report every 12 months as authorized by the FTC.

There is a website where you can get access to all three of your major credit reporting companies – Equifax, Experian and TransUnion - https://www.annualcreditreport.com/index.action. It is important to know as the more times your credit is pulled, that also affects your score. The credit agencies vary slightly on how they score your credit and even each credit reporting company (like ours being Resolve) can come back with a slightly different score based on the criteria and which credit bureau they use. I know, it’s so confusing!

I understand it’s frustrating getting approved for a rental property without a rental history and a credit score, however, those are the only criteria we have to give to the owner as Fair Housing doesn’t allow us to tell the owners anything about our potential renters.

  • Tips on Improving your Credit Score:

    • Paying your bills on time

    • The % of available credit to the credit limit

    • How long you have had credit

Realty Masters is excited that we are now partnered with - Renttrack - Our new payment system allows for online payments at a discounted rate from Payclix and also allows you the opportunity to build your credit by reporting your rental payments to the credit agencies! 

For more information - head over to our website to learn more - Realty Masters Payments

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originally posted 09-27-2017

Pensacola List of County Maintained Roads
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Roads
07-16-2019

Pensacola County Owned Roads

If you're looking to purchase a property in the Pensacola area, you need to consult this list of Escambia County Maintained Roads provided by the Escambia County Roads 

Buyers who secure VA and FHA financing may not be able to purchase a home on a privately owned and privately maintained road. If a road is privately owned, it is also privately maintained. 

Here is the link to search roads in Escamba County to see if they are county owned and maintained or privately owned and maintained. https://myescambia.com/our-services/public-works/roads/county-maintained-roads  

Always check with your lender before moving forward with a privately maintained road to be sure the property qualifies for financing. Even if you're not securing a loan and are paying cash, you should research the road situation before proceeding.

  • Reach out to the county for questions.
  • A title company may be able to assist as well.
  • Research to see if there is a maintenance agreement in place.
  • Make sure the maintenance agreement is easy to understand and well defined.
  • What happens if homeowners do not pay their part?
  • Is there language in the agreement to file a lien?
  • When was the last time maintenance was performed on the road?
  • Check to see if there are any other easements. 

Of course, the county website comes with a disclaimer of no warranties, so it's best to verify the status of the each rather than relying on the list of county maintained roads on the website. 

"This road list is maintained for internal use by the Escambia County Engineering Department. Pursuant to Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, the road list is a public record that is available for inspection and copying by any person. While the Engineering Department strives to ensure that this list is current and accurate, Escambia County provides no warranties, expressed or implied, for the information contained in the road list. Under Florida law, Escambia County is not liable for errors or inaccuracies in its public records. Accordingly, persons who view the road list are strongly encouraged to verify the accuracy of the information with other sources."

For information about Santa Rosa County roads including the cities of Gulf Breeze, Navarre, Milton, and Pace, reach out to Santa Rosa County Public Works at (850) 981-5500.

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originally posted 08-17-2017

Unapproved Dog List due to Aggressive Breed Status
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Unapproved Dog List
07-16-2019

 

We love animals, just like you do! In fact, this is one of our property manager's dogs, Buck.

Meet Buck! 

aggressive-breed-dog-list-florida-rentals

While we love Buck, it's a good thing Patty is a homeowner as a rental company in the Pensacola area would likely not approve Buck as an authorized pet. 

Unfortunately, certain dogs are not allowed in the underwriting guidelines of landlord insurance policies which means our office policies do not allow certain breeds of animals in our rental properties. Because of this, many large dog owners choose to purchase a home instead of leasing one. Our team is happy to help you find a nice home to buy should your situation allow for it. 

It is Realty Masters policy not to allow the following animals in our Pensacola area rental properties due to the fact they are assigned as aggressive breed animals by the insurance underwriters. Any mix of the breeds below is also determined to be an aggressive breed dog and not allowed at the property.

Unapproved Dog List Due to Aggressive Breed

  • Akita
  • Doberman pinscher
  • German shepherd
  • Pit Bull
  • American Bull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • English Bull Terrier
  • Chow
  • Rottweiler
  • Siberian Husky
  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Korean Jindo
  • Presa Canario
  • Hybrid and Purebred Wolves
  • Coyotes and wild dogs

If the landlord specifically requests or allows an aggressive breed dog in their home,we are happy to accomodate as long as an owner understands there is some risk and liability involved in this scenario. We recommend the renter secure renter's insurance with pet liability coverage in these scenarios. 

Have any questions about this? Reach out to our team and we'll be happy to answer them.

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originally posted 06-19-2017

Taking care of your Septic Tank and Drainfield Lines
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Maintenance Tips
07-16-2019

Plumbing issues can be one of a landlord's most troublesome problems!

Whether you have a septic tank or city sewer system, homeowners and landlords alike should respond to repetitive plumbing issues as soon as possible. If you are having issues with water and sewage backing up in your property, there's likely an issue with the main sewer or septic lines on your property.

Just like other items in and around your property, these major plumbing items in your home may eventually need to be replaced. drain-field-lines-pensacola-florida-landlord

Replacing your sewer lines, septic tank, or drainfield lines are costly repairs!  Why? Sewer and septic lines are buried underneath the ground and hard to access. Heavy machinery must be brought in. We recently had an up close look at drain field lines being replaced at a rental in Pensacola. 

New Drain field Lines being installed at rental property

Our friends at Ensley Septic Company in Pensacola helped our property owner to install new drainfield lines in their septic system and a complex of townhomes in Northeast Pensacola.  The properties were built in 1984 and had a failing drainfield system that was affecting several of the units in the building. 

The residents in this building were having sewage back up into their tubs resulting from failing drain field lines connecting to the septic tank. If you have city sewer and are having these issues, it could be a sign of a clog, growth, or break in your sewer lines. 

Common signs of drain septic tank or drain field issues:

  • Slow draining water at toilets, showers, and sinks
  • Bubbling noises 
  • Sewage back up

Ways to extend the life of your drainfield lines and septic tanks:

  • Limit water usage
  • Decrease the amount of cleaners and bleach you are using
  • Do not use the dishwasher and washing machine at the same time
  • Take breaks between loads of laundry 
  • Be cautious not to use too much water after it rains when your lines are still wet 
  • Have your tank pumped every couple of years
  • It is best not to have a garbage disposal when you have a septic tankseptic tank issues at home in Pensacola

Do not ever flush or introduce the following items into your septic system:

  • Coffee grounds
  • Paper towels, handi-wipes
  • Kitchen greases
  • Sanitary napikins, tampons, or condoms
  • Trash
  • Hair
  • Small animals or dead fish
  • Rangs, strings, or floss
  • Disposable diapers

Often, these issues are exasperated by excessive water usage. If you are experiencing sewer or septic issues, limit excess water usage as much as possible to prolong the life of your sewer or septic system. 

Weather can also affect the performance of your sewer or septic system. During and after periods of heavy rain, the ground around your septic system becomes too saturated to absorb your waste water. 

Septic Tank Companies in Pensacola we recommend:

  • Ensley Septic Tank - 850476-9610
  • Extreme Pumping and Septic, LLC - 850-999-7800 
  • Economy Septic Tank -  850-968-5130

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originally posted 05-22-2017

Pensacola Rental Inventory is back!
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Pensacola Rental Inventory
07-16-2019

Realty Masters has a nice selection of Pensacola rental homes for the first time in 2017! 

After months of below average inventory, we've got over 40 rentals in the Pensacola area with apartments and single family homes for rent in Pensacola, Pace, Milton, and Navarre, Florida.

We also have properties in the popular Downtown Pensacola and East Hill areas for the first time all year. 

Pensacola Rental Properties

 

View our entire inventory of active homes for rent or sign up for new rental alerts as properties are listed! 

Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate

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originally posted 05-10-2017

Home Buying 101: A Seminar by Realty Masters, Caliber Home Loans & Surety Land Title
05-15-2019
Realty Masters
Home Buying
09-10-2019

Hello,

We would like to invite you to our seminar "HOME BUYING 101" hosted by Realty Masters, Calibar Home Loans, and Surety Land Title

Are you tired of being a renter? Join us to learn the ins and outs of purchasing your first home! Caliber Home Loans will present useful information on the different loan programs available to First Time Home Buyers. Surety Land Title will walk us through step by step through the home closing process. Realty Masters agents will be available to talk about the home purchasing process and bring a list of Homes on the market for Sale!

--------------------------------- FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ------------------------------------

Attend Event:  Event registration is by invitation only. Sign up on the Facebook Event Page - Home Buying 101 Seminar to attend this event.

WHO: First time home buyers and anyone wanting to know more about the buying process should attend. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

WHAT: First time homebuyer’s seminar

WHEN: Thursday May 18th, 2017 at 6:30 PM

WHERE: 1403 East Belmont Street, Pensacola, FL 32501

Goals of the Seminar

Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. It's important to be equipped with the right information before you start your journey.

JOIN US & LEARN MORE ABOUT THE HOME BUYING PROCESS

  • HOW MUCH CAN YOU AFFORD
  • WHAT ARE YOUR FINANCING OPTIONS
  • WHAT TYPE OF ASSISTANCE CAN YOU GET
  • HOW TO WORK WITH A REALTOR
  • WHAT IS IT ALL GOING TO COST
  • HOW TO FIND THE HOME THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU
  • WHAT TO EXPECT UP UNTIL CLOSING

We hope you can make it!

Cheers,
Realty Masters, Caliber Home Loans & Surety Land Title

 

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originally posted 04-27-2017

Common Tenant Lease Violations
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Tenants
07-16-2019

Here's a list of our most common lease violations!

Are you in compliance with your lease agreement?

 Serious Lease Violations Include

  • Unauthorized Occupants
    Guests are authorized under lease for 14 days. Any guest who desires to occupy the property longer than two weeks must complete an application with our office for approval.  While the occupant does not need to be added to the lease agreement as a lease holder, any occupant(s) must be approved in writing by our office

  • Unauthorized Pets
    Any pets must be authorized by the property owner prior to being in your household. Aggressive breed pets are not allowed under any circumstances and can be grounds for eviction. Pets can be granted upon owners approval and with the appropriate $250 non-refundable pet fee.

  • Not Abiding by Homeowners Association Rules
    Failing to abide by the HOA Rules and Regulations in your community can result in a fine. While the rules may seem trivial to some, a fine can be issued against the homeowner for these minor infractions including, but not limited to, leaving your trash visible, parking a boat in the driveway or parking on the road, and having a basketball goal. If the HOA gives notice of a violation of the rules and regulations, make sure to correct this issue immediately.

  • Failing to Give 30 Day Notice or Breaking the Lease
    Failing to give proper notice to vacate under the lease agreeement or breaking your lease early can have costly cosequences. Your lease agreement states you must give a 30 day notice to vacate prior to the end of the month. Unless you are active duty military using the military clause to break your lease, notice must be given on the 1st of the month and move outs are for the last day of each month.

​ Other Lease Violations

  • Common Lease Violations- Parking on the Lawn and Trampoline

    Trampoline and Above Ground Pools
    The property owner's insurance can be cancelled because of a trampoline or above ground pool, therefore, these are not allowed under your lease agreement.

  • Parking on the Lawn
    Parking on the lawn will kill any vegetation or grass and is not allowed.

  • Overgrown Lawn
    If lawn maintenance is your responsbility in your lease, you must maintain the lawn properly. In the spring and summer months, most Florida lawns need to be mowed bi-weekly. It is also your responbility to edge, remove leaves, water the grass, and keep the lawn in the same condition you received it in.  If it's too much work for you, hire a lawn guy to perform a routine service for your property.

  • Forgetting to Change A/C Filter every 30 Days
    Failing to change your heating and air conditioning filter is cause for a 7 day notice. Repeat offenses can lead to an eviction without the opportunity to cure. If you do not change your filter timely, this can lead to a breakdown in your system. Additionally, because this is defined as neglect in your lease agreement, you can be charged back the cost of any services that result from neglect.

  • Removing Smoke Detectors 
    Under no circumstances should you remove any smoke or carbon monoxide detectors to stop a chirping smoke detector. Your smoke detector must have working batteries at all time. If you have been living in your property for more than a year, be sure to check the date on the back of your detector to ensure the smoke detector is not expired.

  • Changing Locks and Not Providing a Key 
    You cannot change your locks without providing the office with a new key. This is against your lease agreement. If requests for a new key are denied, the landlord may re-key the locks to gain access to your property. If you'd like to change your locks, just let us know and provide us a key!

  • Not Running Exhaust Fans in Bathroom
    Failing to run an exhaust fan in the bathroom can result in mildew or mold growth in your bathroom. Please use your exhaust fan when showering or taking baths. If you do not have an exhaust fan, make sure to crack a window and leave the bathroom door open to allow the steam and excess to moisture to dissipate before shutting the bathroom door. 

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originally posted 03-29-2017

Spring Break in Pensacola Beach
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Community
06-24-2020

It's the first day of spring!  Students in both Escambia  and Santa Rosa County are out for spring break this week. Spring Break typically marks the beginning of a busy tourist season in the beaches of Northwest Florida. 

According to Visit Pensacola, the tourism industry employs over 16,000 inidividuals in Escambia County and nearly another 4,000 in Santa Rosa County. Over 72% of visitors surveyed said they chose the Pensacola area for our beautiful, white sand beaches.  According to studies done by Visit Pensacola, vacationers from Atlanta, Detroit, New Orleans, Birmingham, Nashville, Dallas, Gulfpot-Biloxi, Baton Rouge, and St. Louis flock to the Pensacola Beach area in large numbers during spring and summer.  One of our favorite sayings in the state of Florida is that we live where others vacation.  

Check out this video from Visit Pensacola on the value of tourism in our community. 

To plan your vacation to Pensacola Beach, check out Visit Pensacola online

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originally posted 03-20-2017

Selling your Single-Family, Tenant Occupied Rental Property
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Landlords
06-24-2020

As the real estate market in Pensacola is improving, more hesitant or forced landlords are seeking to sell their tenant occupied rental properties in the Pensacola area. For the first time in years, accidental landlords are able to sell their properties. You may be looking at capital gains taxes and running out of the timeline allowed to sell. Check with your accountant for advice on this. 

If you are a landlord of a duplex, apartment, or lower end property, it is most likely advantageous to sell your property with a tenant who has an existing lease so this advice does not necessarily apply to you. Investors looking to purchase properties want a property with a current tenant in place so keep that in mind! Most of the properties in our rental portfolio will only be marketable to home owners looking to purchase an owner occupied residence. 

If you dislike being a landlord or are in the financial position where selling your property is a necessity for you, this advice is for you. 

If you are considering selling, consider our best practices for selling your rental property before making a move to list your home. 

1. Approach your tenants first!

  • You may already have a ready, willing and able buyer. We just closed on a property this week for a landlord whose tenant purchased the home at fair market value and have another duplex under contract with current occupants. 

2. Consider putting the property for rent or for sale when you place it on the rental market.

  • Unsure whether you want to try to lease or sell? Let us put it on the market for rent or for sale when your tenants give notice to vacate.

  • Consider the average time on the market for Pensacola homes for sale is approximately 90 days whereas the average time on the rental market is about 30 days. If you are really anxious to sell, it’s best to list it a month on the sales market prior to listing it for rent. While your home being on the sales market may turn away a few renters, it will not keep your house from selling and may even entice a buyer to act faster.

3. Review your lease agreement.

  • Does your tenant's’ lease agreement address the sale of your property? Remember, Florida Landlord Tenant Law does not cancel your lease agreement upon the sale of your property and the new owner is bound to fulfill this lease agreement unless your lease states otherwise.

  • Luckily, our lease agreement says that tenants can be given a 60 day notice to vacate and terminate their lease once the property is under contract for sale. Consider the tenants required notice period as well as the time it will take them to vacate before listing your rental property for sale.

  • If your tenant is in a lease agreement, it will be necessary to give your tenant proper notice to vacate. The law can be confusing in this area and largely depends on what your lease agreement says so if you are homeowner in the state of Florida without a Realty Masters lease, consult your lease agreement and Florida Landlord Tenant Law.

4. Consider your tenants lease expiration date.

  • Don’t put the property on the market for sale when tenants have just moved in or renewed their lease. They will be mad and a scorned tenant is not in your best interest. Think of how much effort is required to move, much less all the extra cost involved in moving. Your tenant will not be cooperative, happy, or good to your property during the time they reside in your home.

  • We find one of the best times to list your property is 2-4 months prior to your tenants move out date.

5. Consider deadlines for the sale and communicate a plan of action to your tenant.

  • If you do have interest in selling and don’t want a vacancy, the best course of action is to set a timeline up front to the tenant. It’s best to approach your tenants to explain your desire and necessity to sell and learn their intentions at the end of the lease renewal. Once knowing if they want to stay or are going to move regardless, you can plan an appropriate course of action. If they want to stay, set the expectations and timelines upfront.

  • For example, you could list the property 90 days prior to the lease expiration and remove it from the sales markes if it doesn’t sell within 60 days.

  • Be sure you communicate a plan you will agree to stick to prior to talking with your tenants. 

6. Consider an incentive for the tenant.

  • Don’t expect your tenants to be as interested in selling your property as you are! Incentivize them to do so. For example, we have seen owners offer a slightly reduced monthly rent and a full return of the deposit even when repairs are necessary as a financial incentive for showings. We recommend offering an incentive to your tenant if you want a smooth sale.

  • One of the biggest hurdles when selling your tenant occupied home is delayed access to the property.  Florida Landlord Tenant Law require reasonable notice as defined as 12 hours.  Our company policy is to require next day notice in order to meet the threshold the law defines. Real estate sales happen in real time and don’t always provide advanced notice. You must realize your home will miss showings to qualified buyers due to this time delay. Renters become disheartened by the number of showings and feel their quality of life is decreased when their home is being marketed for sale. This can cause a tenant to be uncooperative in showings or inspections, vacate your property or even attempt to break their lease early.

  • Tenants have never sold a property and don’t understand the process. Showing your home to multiple sets of buyers repeatedly causes inconveniences and can be seen as an intrusion in privacy. Offering them a financial incentive leads to tenant buy in and will help you achieve your goal of selling your property. 

7. Your rental home probably needs some sprucing up to be competitive in a real estate market with owner occupied homes.

  • Your tenants don’t necessary want your home to sell and most likely hope it does not sell! With competing interests, your property will be harder to sell than a normal owner occupied Pensacola area home.

  • Renters may not necessarily keep in the home in show ready condition. You can avoid negative showing feedback if you have a Realtor walk through your home prior to listing it. Listen to their feedback and make any cost effective changes possible prior to listing your house on the market for sale.

  • Consider a home inspection prior to the sale so you can address issues that be present in your inspection. If your windows are fogging, roof has less than 5 years age, or your siding has a lot of wood rot, this will cause problems. Items like these are common and can be expensive repairs that may prevent you from selling your property to an FHA or VA buyer due to lending restrictions.  It’s better to know and address as many items upfront to be sure your ready, willing, and able buyer will be able to purchase your home. 

Are you interested in a market anaylsis for your rental property? Reach out to our sales team or email me!

Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate

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originally posted 03-04-2017

Pensacola Real Estate Market Statistics and Update!
05-15-2019
David Keen
Real Estate Market
06-24-2020

The Pensacola Real Estate Market is strong! 

We are taking a look back at 2016 Real Estate Statistics.  The Florida Real Estate market, which was known to be hard hit by the recession, is showing continual signs of improvement.  This is great news for homeowners and landlords but not necessarily great news for tenants. 

Let David Keen, Realtor, give you a rundown of some of the highlights of the 2016 Pensacola Real Estate Market.


Here's a summary of what David Keen, Realtor, has to say.

Pensacola Real Estate Market 

  • Home Sale Prices in the Pensacola Area were up about 5% over 2015 Home Sale Prices
  • Inventory is down and supply is limited
  • New Construction makes up a large percentage of inventory
  • Foreclosures and Short Sales are now only about 3% of active sales inventory
  • Average time on the market for properties for sale in Pensacola is sitting at approximately 90 days

With days on the market down along with inventory and supply, sales prices are likely to continue to increase in the Pensacola area.  As David mentioned, the distressed inventory made up nearly 29% of our active inventory just two January's ago and now the distressed inventory is down to about 3% of active inventory. Because so many of the sales comparables were distressed properties, it kept the market and appraisal values down. In comparison, today in 2017, nearly 1/3 of the active inventory are new construction, or brand new, homes.

As we are expecting an increase in interest rates in the coming months, many buyers are using this opportunity to purchase a larger home and sell their old home or deciding to make the leap from renter to homeowner. 

Pensacola Rental Market

average Pensacola area Rental Rates

  • Rental Rates have increased about 3% over 2015 rental rates. While this is not as strong as the improvement for the sales market, we expect tighter inventory to continue to drive rental rates up!
  • The average rental rate in Pensacola is up to approximately $1,100 
  • Rental Supply is limited with nearly 1,000 fewer units on the single-family rental market than five years ago.

What do these statistics mean? The shrinking inventory of Pensacola area rental properties comes from forced landlords who previously could not sell their homes. These hesitant landlords leased their homes, condos, and townhomes out of necessity, not out of desire.  Because of the improving real estate sales market, hestitant landlords are choosing to sell their properties rather then releasing when their tenants vacate.  This trend began in 2013 but ramped up in 2016.  

The increase in rental supply in 2014 comes from a huge increase in investor purchases as prices were down and distressed inventory was high.  Now that it's harder to find affordable investments in the Pensacola area, the investor sales have finally leveled off although demand has not.  We expect even more landlords to sell their rental properties this year further tightening the rental inventory.  Because of these factors, rental prices will continue to increase over the coming years. This lack of inventory and increase in prices is forcing some renters to make the leap to homeownership earlier than they had desired! Pensacola Rental Market supply and demand

Are you interested in building a rental portfolio? We have owners ready to sell their rental properties and know where you can find the best deals on auction sites, with tax deed sales, and with existing foreclosure inventory.

Do you have questions about the Pensacola rental market or the sales market? Reach out to our team for answers! 

David Keen, Realtor

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originally posted 03-02-2017

The Right and Wrong Landlord Mindset
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Landlords
07-16-2019

Do you have the right mindset to be a landlord

It's important to have the right mindset in order to be a successful landlord. 

Recently, I have seen several stories online relating to violence between landlords and tenants. A tenant was stabbed in the Bronx; a landlord was killed in her house in Clearwater, Florida. It can be hard being a landlord, but it shouldn’t land you in a hospital, a jail, or a morgue.

In most cases, your tenants will rarely take as good of care of your property as you would. Your renters will not pay for maintenance costs willingly and they will most likely not properly prepare your property for the next resident. Your rental is going to have vacancy time and it will cost you money. It is very likely that you will have to pay for a very expensive repair at some point. These are the risks and challenges you accept when becoming a landlord.

When becoming a landlord you must have the right mindset to be accepting of these truths or the entire experience of being a landlord could drive you crazy.

If you go into being a landlord thinking, “I can find the over-achiever, grade A tenants every time!” you will probably be disappointed. 

Another idea new landlords have is, “I just want my property to look like it did when I lived there”, but this is not a realistic long-term approach to being a landlord unless you contribute to keeping it that way. You must put forth effort, money, and energy into maintaining or improving your properties. Landlord Tenant Law does not allow landlords to charge tenants for every cost required to turn over a property for a new tenant.  The majority of tenants will not do routine maintenance tasks such as pressure washing, small interior maintenance, or keeping up with the yard. 

Instead, realize that your tenants are not going to put forth the same effort you may have and incentivize them to do more by equally contributing to routine and preventative maintenance.

Be very appreciative of your excellent tenants.

  • The ones who pay rent on time, keep your place immaculate, plant flowers, and don’t complain or ask for a lot.
  • Send them a thank you card or mail them a small gift during the holidays. 
  • Thank them for preserving your property like you would have and for increasing the property value while they did.

Be appreciative of your good tenants.

  • The ones who paid a week late that one time when their car died, that don’t plant flowers, but that mow the yard timely.
  • The ones that don’t clean right when they move and the walls need a little touch up but everything is intact and well cared for. 
  • By occupying your rental property, they are helping you to gain equity, to keep your credit score up, and to save for retirement.

You can even be appreciative of the bad tenants.

  • Appreciate the ones who call every month with some new major issue because they’re not letting your house fall apart.
  • Appreciate the ones who move in the middle of the lease because they paid rent timely and voluntarily turned over keys so no eviction was necessary.
  • Be appreciative of the ones that stayed for five years even though they were so messy and Florida Landlord Tenant Law says you can’t charge them for fresh paint and new carpet.  Appreciate them because they have saved you months of vacancy costs over the years.

Look at being a landlord as being a small business owner. With revenue comes expeses. 

Routine and preventative maintenance is important for your rental investment and increases the value of your real estate asset. Properties with up-to-date features and in overall better condition will yield higher rents, be easier to maintain, and have less vacancy costs.  

  • Don’t be upset when your tenant calls in routine maintenance, be appreciative of the opportunity to increase the value of your long-term asset in smaller increments over time.
  • It will be a relief when the A/C repair only costs you $350 because it didn’t require a brand new inside and outside unit.
  • Be appreciative when the plumbing emergency doesn’t happen on a Sunday or a holiday and that it didn’t flood your downstairs.

Landlords who invest in real estate with the wrong mindset will constantly be disappointed with their tenants actions and will never appreciate the fact that another person is paying down their mortgage and helping them to build wealth with a real estate investment.

Do you have questions about becoming a landlord in the Pensacola, Florida area? Reach out to our team for honest advice on being a landlord.

Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate

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originally posted 03-01-2017

2034 Juno Circle Home for Rent in Pensacola, Florida 32526
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Pensacola Rental Homes
06-24-2020

Welcome to 2034 Juno Circle in the Beulah area of Pensacola, Florida 32526.  

This four bedroom three bathroom executive home is located in the Creekwood Community in Northwest Pensacola in Escambia County. It features over 2,734 square feet, a 3 car garage, and best of all, a screened in-ground pool overlooking the fenced in backyard. This home now has new carpets, fresh paint, and is available for move in immediately. 

Take a quick video tour here:

The rental rate of $2,150 includes professional pool service. View more photos and apply online on our website. Then call us for your personal tour! 

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originally posted 02-23-2017

New School Construction to impact north Escambia County schools
05-15-2019
Chuntell Patterson
Beulah Middle School Construction
07-16-2019

The Escambia County School District approved the purchase of 32 acres of land in 2015 for the construction of a new middle school in Beulah.

This middle school is part of a larger plan that includes a new elementary school and other renovations to relieve overcrowding issues for the north Escambia schools. 

New Beulah Middle School in Pensacola, Florida 32526

The groundbreaking ceremony was held October 28, 2016 for the new Beulah Middle School located at 6000 West Nine Mile Road, which was previously the Coastal Airport.

The plans for the school estimate the cost to be $45 to $48 million and will have the capacity of around 1,100 to 1,300 students.  The current students from Woodham Middle and some from the overcrowded Ransom Middle School will be relocated to the New Beulah Middle School.

The new elementary school, Kingsfield Elementary, will cost around $25 million and be able to hold 800 students. It will be built on 10 to 12 acres of land next to Ransom Middle School that the district already owns. This will allow some students to be relocated from Beulah Elementary and Pine Meadow Elementary since they are having overcrowding issues as well.

In addition to new school construction, the district has plans for renovating the current Woodham Middle facilities to accommodate moving West Florida High School. The $3 to $5 million renovations are an effort to prepare Woodham Middle to be a high school and to provide improved athletic facilities to future students.

1/2 Cent Sales Tax in Escambia County, Florida building new schools

Both of these newly constructed schools hope to be ready by the start of the 2018-2019 school years and are funded from the half-cent sales tax. The half-cent sales tax funds the construction of new schools, school improvements, and updates to school technology. Although it will be several months until the completion of Beulah Middle School and Kingsfield Elementary School, it is awesome to check out the progress and see the half-cent sales tax funds be put into motion.

The renovations and new construction plans are the response from Escambia County School District to alleviate crowding issues in schools and prepare for projected growth in the Beulah, Cantonment, and north Escambia areas. Much of this growth is fueled by the creation of nearly 10,000 jobs as Navy Federal Credit Union Headquarters in Beulah.

Take a look at this drone aerial footage of the ongoing new Beulah Middle School construction

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gJ2tv0Fux4&list=PLui_BEPB2xdF3RtQsocDed_6c9YExjcMJ

 

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originally posted 02-22-2017

Fire Prevention Tips from Complete DKI in Pensacola, Florida
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Safety Tips
06-24-2020

As Realtors, we take safety and security at your home very seriously. That's why we reached out to Ashlee Carpenter, Vice President of Complete DKI, one of the leading property restoration companies in town, to bring you these Fire Prevention Tips. Watch Ashlee as she gives us several fire prevention tips to consider.

Ashlee warns us that statistics show 1 in 5 people will experience a house fire in their lifetime.  Her quick tips today include:

1. Set a loud timer on your cell phone while you are cooking. Do not rely on your stove timer.

2. Check your holiday lights every year before using them. Make sure to read the safety instructions.

3. Keep atleast a 3 foot buffer around any space heaters you may be using. Do not let space heaters run while you are not home!

4. Have a fire safety plan and emergency plan for your family in the event you have a fire.

5. Inspect your smoke detectors every month! Make sure they are not expired (as they expire after 10 years) and that the batteries are working properly. We recommend upgrading to a 10 year tamper proof detector for maximum protection. 

Complete DKI For more information on Complete DKI, visit their website at http://www.CompleteDKI for more prevention tips and to learn about their restoration services. 

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originally posted 02-09-2017

Tour of Fort Pickens, Pensacola Beach, Florida
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Things to Do
06-24-2020

Plan your Visit to Historic Fort Pickens 

Fort Pickens is located at the end of Fort Pickens Rd on Pensacola Beach in the Gulf Islands National Seashore

 area and is part of the National Park Service. This historic site was completed in 1834 and was used for 113 years as a military fort. 

Fort Pickens has a rich history and is open to the public for exploration.  Fort Pickens offers both guided and self-assisted tours of the different sections of the fort and several batteries.  Fort Pickens area of Gulf Islands National Seashore offers miles of beaches along the Gulf of Mexico and offers views of Pensacola Bay.

You can even see Pensacola Naval Air Station and the Pensacola Lighthouse in the distance across the bay. From snorkeling to hiking to boating, Fort Pickens has recreational opportunities for families of all ages. 

Fort-Pickens-Pensacola-Beach-Florida-historic-fort-toursBest Fishing piers in Pensacola area

 

Beaches on Fort Pickens in Northwest Florida

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fort Pickens offers the following amenities and entertainment:

  • Historic Fort Tours
  • Swimming
  • Beaches
  • Camping 
  • Fishing Pier
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  • cuba Diving
  • Snorkeling Reef
  • Birdwatching 
  • Hiking Trails
  • Biking Trails
  • Boat Launches
  • Boating

 Lifeguards are present on Langdon Beach during the summer from 9:30- 5:30. 

Fort Pickens area is a favorite among nature enthusiasts! You can explore nature in my ways especially during shore bird nesting season, turtle nesting season, and during the butterfly migration. It is also one of our favorite places to watch the sunset along the Gulf Coast.

Watch a quick video tour of some of the highlights Fort Pickens on Pensacola Beach, Florida has to offer:

Sunset Pensacola Beach Fort Pickens
Entrance fees apply.  The current 2017 rate is $7 per person, $10 per motorcycle or $15 per private vehicle which allows entrance onto all ares of the Gulf Islands National Seashore (including Johnson's Beach in Perdido Key) for one to seven days. Gulf Islands National Seashore also offers an annual pass for up to four individuals for only $30. Fort Pickens and Gulf Islands National Seashore also offer camping for nominal fees. 

Remember, the National Park Service offers free entrance for certain holidays including often Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Weekends of the National Park Week, National Park Service Birthday, National Public Lands Day, and Veterans Day weekend. Check their calendar for a list of free dates here

For more information, visit their website or follow them on facebook.

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originally posted 02-02-2017

Hiring a Property Condition Assessor
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Realty Masters Team
07-16-2019

We are now hiring in the Pensacola, Florida area for a full-time property condition assessor to join our team!  

Realty Masters of FL is seeking a full time, motivated, hardworking property condition assessor for a fast paced real estate property management company in Pensacola, Florida. Realty Masters manages nearly 1,000 rental properties.

Skills Required

  • Self-starters, good with time management and organized
  • The ability to use technology including cameras, ipads, and basic computer skills are required
  • Customer service skills are a must as the employee will be interacting with tenants and property owners
  • Must have basic knowledge of home systems and/ or general maintenance knowledge or be capable of learning basic acceptable conditions for the interior and exterior of properties  
  • Must have a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record and your own reliable vehicle although company vehicle is available for frequent use
  • Have a great attitude regardless of where the day takes them or what they walk into

We are now hiring a property condition assessor

Description of Property Condition Assessor Job

The property condition assessor will visit multiple properties per day in Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties.   Property condition assessors spend the majority of their day out in the field, checking the condition of single and multi-family properties.  The condition assessor is responsible for taking photos and completing a report of vacant and occupied properties to thoroughly document of the condition of each property. Reports include but are not limited to move in condition reports, new property reports, move out reports, 90 day reports, and renewal reports of occupied properties. 

Other duties in the field include taking advertising photos, collecting room sizes, putting up and taking down rental and sales signs and key lockboxes, posting notices, following up on work completed by vendors, reporting all findings to team, and working with the property managers. 

Secondary duties include:  Answering incoming phone calls, sitting front desk, responding to rental inquiries via phone and email, scanning and filing documents weekly, assisting property managers and supervisors with overflow work, maintaining client databases, assembling move in cups and folders, and completing any other duties assigned to the employee as needed. While the primary job duties of the condition report team involve out of the office work, employee is expected to provide value to the team when in the office.

This is a full time position with 40 hours weekly. Monday- Friday 8:30 to 5 pm at our Cordova Square location. Employer offers insurance assistance and four paid holidays a year. Hiring range is $10-$12 per hour depending on qualifications and experience.

 Realty Masters of FL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant or employee because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or military or veteran status in accordance with federal law.  In addition, Realty Masters of FL complies with applicable state and local laws governing non‑discrimination in employment in every jurisdiction in which it maintains facilities.  Realty Masters of FL also provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with applicable laws.

For more details on this position, please contact Nicole St. Aubin at Realty Masters. 

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originally posted 12-22-2016

Furniture and Household Item Donation in Pensacola
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Item Donations
07-16-2019

Are you moving, doing some serious holiday cleaning, or just need to get rid of some items?

There is an alternative if you're not into online marketplaces or don't think you have enough stuff for a good garage sale. How about donating your items to a local Pensacola area charity!

There are four main organizations in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties that support item donations and offer free pick up for these items! Goodwill Industries, Habitat for Humanity Restore, Salvation Army, and the Waterfront Rescue Mission.

Goodwill Industries

Goodwill Industries offers local drop off and pick up from several bargain centers in the Pensacola area including one in Pace, Milton, and Gulf Breeze. Goodwill has 6 locations in the Pensacola area including 15 E Brent Lane, 5998 Mobile Hwy, 600 E Cervantes St., 4081 Olive Rd., 2 E Nine Mile Rd., and 2155 W Nine Mile Rd. Find the closest one to your home. They also just opened a new megastore at 1751 E. Olive Rd. in Pensacola, FL 32514. 

  • What they accept: Household items, furniture, clothing, blankets, and much more!
  • What they don't accept: Items in non working condition with missing parts, items that are stained and torn, and items that have been recalled, banned, or do not meet safety standards. 
  • What they do: Help people in our community build skills and find employment. 

Habitat for Humanity Restore

Local pick up and drop off for Pensacola items offered! Pensacola's Habitat for Humanity Resale Store location for drop off is 5810 North Palafox Place, Pensacola, FL 32503.

How to schedule a Pick up for Habitat for Humanity Restore: Call them at 850-476-0001 or schedule pick up online. 

  • What they accept: Appliances no older than ten years, building materials of all kind, lighting, cabinetry, windows,  hardware, furniture (no mattresses or stained,tears or pet damage), toys, musical instruments, filing cabinets, area rugs, cars, books, and other household items.
  • What they don't accept: Anything that doesn't work, needs a replacement part, is torn, has pet damage, or is soiled, and the following: Appliances more than 10 years old, dishwashers manufactured, microwaves over 5 years old, Automobile parts/ accessories, Baby items, Clothing/linens/bedding/drapes/bed pillows
  • Computers, printers, desks, Electronics, Fireplaces, Exercise equipment, Hazardous chemicals, Hospital Beds, Metal or plastic window blinds, Mirrored Doors or glass, 
  • Pianos, Upholstered items with rips, stains, tears, and/or pet odors, Used Paint, Waterbeds, Water Heaters manufactured before Jan. 2014
  • What they do: Sell items to fund homeownership for hundreds in our local community! 

Salvation Army

Local pick up and drop off for Pensacola items offered! Pensacola's Salvation Army location is 3780 N. Davis Hwy, Pensacola, FL 32514.  Call them at (850) 432-1943. 

  • What they accept: Used matteresses with frame only. Clothes, vehicles, household items, appliances and furniture.
  • What they don't accept: Tube tvs or anything stained, ripped or damaged in any way. 
  • What they do: Items are sold at Salvation Army Family Stores and help fund rehabilitation services. 

Waterfront Rescue Mission

Local pick up and drop off for Pensacola items offered! Pensacola's has several area Waterfront Rescue Mission Bargain Stores including one in Cantonment, Milton, and West Pensacola. The Pensacola Waterfront Rescue Mission recycling and donation center location is 388 West Herman St., Pensacola, FL 32505.  Call them at (850) 607-8340 or schedule pick up online at http://www.pickupmydonation.com  

  • What they accept: household items in good condition including clothing, furniture (no mattresses), appliances, lighting, lawn equipment, musical instruments, home decor, electronics (no tube TV’s of computer monitors), tools, toys, books, recyclable materials, and much more. 
  • What they don't accept: Mattresses, water beds, tube tv's, non-working tv's or computers/monitors, expired foods, hot tubs, and furniture that is not safe or too heavy for their crew.
  • What they do: Provide resources and meals for  homeless men, women, and children in the Pensacola area. 

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originally posted 12-05-2016

We have over 50 Rental Homes & Apartments in the Pensacola area for rent!
05-15-2019
Realty Masters
Pensacola Rental homes
06-24-2020

It was a hard summer for Pensacola rentals!  We experienced the lowest inventory we've had in years and saw rental prices increase nearly 5%.  Typically, summer is the preferred season for renters to move due to school aged children and PCS Season. Because so many people prefer to move in summer, as a renter you face a huge disadvantage due to competition and the laws of supply and demand. 

Now that school has started and the holidays are in full swing, we are seeing a huge influx in rental inventory and seeing reduced rental rates. So why move in summer? Now is the time to move. 

Fall and winter are the best times to move in Pensacola! 

1) There are more options to choose from! There are nearly 200 more rental properties on the Pensacola market today than there was in July. In summer, we had residents give move out notices only to retract those notices because they could not find a suitable property to rent. Why move when everyone else is trying to move?

2) There is less competition. All summer we had two and three applications on each rental property. Not anymore! Take your time browsing and find the home that is right for you. 

3) Rental rates are lower. When there is limited supply, rental rates increase. When there is an increased supply (like now!), rental rates decrease. 

Here's Mitch giving you a quick glance at over 50 rental properties in the Pensacola area while explaining some reasons to make your move this fall. 

So basically, you can get a nicer house, for less money, and enjoy a less stressful  house hunting experience. We have over 50 rental properties available, check our list to find a cozy home to move in to this fall! 

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originally posted 11-01-2016

5 Easy Appliance Care Tips
05-15-2019
Realty Masters
Maintenance Tips
06-24-2020

Our friends at Nelson's Appliance helped us with some quick appliance maintenance tips to keep your appliances running efficiently to kick off our new web series "One Minute Maintenance Tips."  Take a minute and learn how to keep your appliances running smoother for longer. 

The appliance maintenance tips are:

1. Use jet dry in your dishwasher. 

2. Always wash your dishes. 

3. Run your dishwasher twice a month. 

4. Clean refigerator coils. 

5. Use garbage disposal twice weekly. 

If you have any appliance issues in the Pensacola area, contact Nelson's Appliance at (850) 572-5102 or visit them online at www.nelsonsappliancerepair.com 

Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate

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originally posted 11-01-2016

Realty Masters Team at NARPM
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
NARPM
06-24-2020

The team at Realty Masters of FL traveled to Tampa for the 2016 Florida State NARPM Convention! Here's a quick wrap up video of our time at the Florida State NARPM Conference. 

The National Association of Residential Property Managers is the premier professional association for residential property managers.  We are proud NARPM Members and are anxiously awaiting future educational opportunities to better serve our Pensacola area property owners and renters. To find out more about NARPM, visit their website http://www.narpm.org/ or contact me directly if you are interested in becoming involved in the Pensacola Chapter of NARPM.  

Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate

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originally posted 09-27-2016

Pensacola Welcome's UWF Football
05-15-2019
David Keen
Things to Do
07-16-2019

Oh what a time to live in the great city of Pensacola! 

The growth our city has seen in the past few years has been nothing short of phenomenal. No area has seen a shift in popularity quite like the Downtown Pensacola area. The area has gone from a few businesses and restaurants, to a haven for entertainment, nightlife, and now best of all, home town sports. The shift began on Palafox with the addition of multiple bars and restaurants, to surround the already rich historical area that the street sits on and continued to slowly expand outward. With the growth of that area came opportunity.

Blue Wahoos Stadium

Luckily, the University of West Florida, The Studer Group, and former Mayor Vince Whibbs saw this growth potential and decided to expand on it. After years of planning and approval, they formed what is now Maritime Park and the site of the Blue Wahoo’s Stadium.

This site consists of a 3,200-seat "multi-use" stadium. Pensacola finally had a team to cheer for a stadium to cherish, and a new cymbal of the emergence of our great community.

For years this stadium was used for local events, food and beverage festivals, and Pensacola Pelicans games. After 2011, the team made the transition from the Pelicans, to the Pensacola Wahoos. This new team would play in the Southern League and would operate as the Class Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds Major League Baseball team. Since the transition, the team has become a beloved Pensacola treasure and even managed to win organization of the year following the inaugural season.

UWF has always flirted with the idea of adding their own twist to this beautiful stadium. Well ladies and gentleman, that day has finally come to fruition. Saturday, August 3, 2016 marked the kick off of the inaugural season for the University of West Florida Argos football team.

The team opened up the season with a bang and energized fans hours away in dominating fashion by beating Ave Maria University 45-0 on their home field near Naples FL. This marked the start of an amazing tradition of UWF Football and gave a jolt of energy to this program for the season ahead. Now, just a day away, we countdown the hours until the Argos march into Blue Wahoo’s stadium for a sellout crowd. In a typical sell out, Blue Wahoo’s Stadium would only hold 5,038 for a baseball game. However, UWF athletic officials said Wednesday, that it in the future it will be expanded to hold 6,238 for football games, with standing room, and temporary bleachers.

The team will face off against Missouri S&T in what is sure to be landmark day for the city and the University of West Florida. Now, in the buildup of the first home game, the team has also managed to gain another huge boost to the program in the form of a 1 million dollar contribution from Pen Air Federal Credit Union. The money will go a long way to spark a budding team and fund any football endeavors they may have. To honor the donation, the turf will bear the name Pen Air Field.

Although the game is sold out, there will multiple options for the avid fan to catch this historical game.

  • The game will be broadcasted on WPNN 103.7 FM and 790 AM, with a simulcast on Blab TV (WFDB).
  • A very limited number of tickets do still remain for the final four home games at Blue Wahoo’s Stadium. Those tickets can be purchased online at www.goargos.com.
  • The final four games will also be available on multiple outlets as well. The games will be featured on television or webcast through Blab-TV (three games) or American Sports Network (one game) or ESPN3 (Oct. 22 vs. Shorter).

On Saturday the stadium areas and the surrounding park will open its doors at 12 for tailgating, while the game itself will kick off at 6 PM. Then, just like many Wahoo’s games, this game will end with a bang by putting on a water front fireworks show to cap off a monumental night. We hope to see everyone come out there to support the Argos and the next big step for the City of Pensacola!

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originally posted 09-09-2016

Warning for Residents about Heavy Rain / Potential Flooding
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Safety Tips
06-18-2020

Please be aware there is some serious upcoming weather headed to our area this week. Review the information we have compiled below to prepare for the heavy rains / potential flooding coming our way.

Weather Information Article
FloridaDisaster - Florida Division of Emergency Management
Florida Disaster Website

08/06/16 - Florida Gulf Coast Residents and Visitors Urged To Prepare For Heavy Rain; Potential Flooding Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) officials are urging residents, visitors and businesses from Tampa to Pensacola to prepare for heavy rainfall and potential flooding as the National Weather Service monitors a developing weather system along the Gulf Coast.

FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon said, "The National Weather Service expects this to be a slow moving heavy rain event which could last through Thursday. We’re urging everyone along the Gulf Coast to prepare for increased flooding potential as rainfall totals accumulate throughout the week."

Potential impacts include:

  • The National Weather Service forecasts a large swath of rain currently extending from the Big Bend to the Tampa area to remain through Sunday before shifting west, placing portions of the Big Bend and Panhandle under a risk for heavy rain Monday through Thursday of next week.

  • Locations from Tampa to Pensacola will have the potential for heavy rain and flooding.

  • The current National Weather Service forecast calls for 10-15 inches of rain in locations from Tampa to Pensacola through the next 5 days.

  • Isolated areas could receive rainfall amounts in excess of 18 inches over  the next week.

  • Rivers and creeks near the coast could also be susceptible to flooding

  • Flash flooding could occur in areas that receive rain amounts in excess of 3 inches in a short period of time.

  • The National Weather Service has issued Flood Watches for Taylor, Dixie, Levy, Citrus, Hernando and Pasco Counties and may issue additional watches as conditions merit.

Plan for severe weather and follow these important safety tips:

  • Turn Around,  Don’t DrownNEVER drive through flooded roadways as road beds may be washed out under flood waters, and less than one foot of fast-moving water can move most cars off the road. If you see a flooded roadway, turn around and take another route.

  • Avoid areas known to floodFlash floods can occur near streams, drainage channels, culverts and other low-lying areas with little or no warning.

  • Be aware of flash flooding: If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.

  • If thunder roars, go indoors: If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning and should seek shelter.

  • Turn on your weather radio: Ensure it is programmed for your area or stay tuned to a trusted local media outlet for the most current weather situation.

  • Check your emergency supply  kit: Make sure all of your emergency supplies are updated and accessible.

  • If a tornado warning is issuedSeek shelter immediately in an interior room away from any windows.

  • Know Your Zone: Know where you are located, and prepare to follow all instructions from local officials.

*The Florida Division of Emergency Management is the state agency charged with preparing for all types of disasters in Florida. The Division is the state's disaster liaison with federal and local agencies, and is the lead consequence management agency for the State Emergency Response Team (SERT). The Division maintains the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee and the State Warning Point, the 24-hour communications and command center for response coordination.

Residents Encouraged to Monitor Weather
MyEscambia webpage with helpful information and details on how to be prepared.
MyEscambia - Inclement weather - Flood

The National Weather Service in Mobile is forecasting an extended period of heavy rain, with rainfalls in our area up to 15 inches, Tuesday through Saturday. At this time, the greatest threats to our area are minor to moderate flooding along area rivers, creeks and low lying areas that typically have poor drainage and possible flash flooding of roadways.  Escambia County Emergency Management staff are continuing to monitor the system.

At this time Residents are encouraged to:

  • Monitor the weather forecast daily as conditions can change quickly.

  • Remember that sand and sand bags are available at local home improvement stores for purchase.

  • Clear your yard of any debris that might clog stormwater drains when washed to the street by rain such as leaves or limbs.

  • Turn off any automatic sprinkler systems and do not water your lawn until after the storm passes.

  • Remember heavy rain may quickly flood low-lying areas including roads and bridges.  Standing water creates a serious road hazard, even when only a portion of the roadway is flooded. Most deaths from flooding in the United States are due to people driving their cars into flooded areas - “Turn around, don’t drown.”

*For the latest updates on this storm system or other issues impacting our county, sign up to receive news via email at myescambia.com by clicking the subscribe button and selecting “Emergency Updates” or follow them on their Facebook page here.

SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County

What you can do until help arrives
Water Tips - After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?

  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.

  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!​

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.

  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.

  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.

  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.

  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.

  • Gather loose items from floors.​

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.

  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.

  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.

  • Don't use television or other household appliances.

Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

*SERVPRO of Santa Rosa County
"Like It Never Even Happened"
850-939-4700 NAVARRE, 850-932-2488 GULF BREEZE, 850-983-0091 MILTON, 850-994-0320 PACE, 850-939-5995 FAX, 850-232-5866 CELL
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originally posted 08-10-2016

Landlords access to property
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Landlords
06-04-2020
  • What does Florida Landlord Tenant Law say about owners visiting their properties while the home is tenant occupied?

As a local landlord with or without a professional property manager, you may be required to visit your rental property regularly for inspections, maintenance, and showings. You may also just be in the area and inclined to drive by and check up on your tenants.  Before you do that, make sure you know and understand your state’s landlord tenant laws. 

For those Florida landlords who live close by their rental properties, here are the 2016 Florida Landlord and Tenant Statutes to consider.

“83.53 Landlord’s access to dwelling unit.—

(1) The tenant shall not unreasonably withhold consent to the landlord to enter the dwelling unit from time to time in order to inspect the premises; make necessary or agreed repairs, decorations, alterations, or improvements; supply agreed services; or exhibit the dwelling unit to prospective or actual purchasers, mortgagees, tenants, workers, or contractors.

(2) The landlord may enter the dwelling unit at any time for the protection or preservation of the premises. The landlord may enter the dwelling unit upon reasonable notice to the tenant and at a reasonable time for the purpose of repair of the premises. “Reasonable notice” for the purpose of repair is notice given at least 12 hours prior to the entry, and reasonable time for the purpose of repair shall be between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. The landlord may enter the dwelling unit when necessary for the further purposes set forth in subsection (1) under any of the following circumstances:

(a) With the consent of the tenant;

(b) In case of emergency;

 

5 Tips to Prevent Bed Bug Infestation
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Bed Bugs
07-16-2019
5 TIPS TO PREVENT BED BUG INFESTATION
 
Five tips to help you prevent a bedbug infestation in your home:
 
1) Don't buy used furniture!  
 
Bedbugs don't build nests like typical pests; they prefer to live in furniture. While mattresses are the preferred hiding spot for bedbugs, they can hide and live in couches, chairs, rugs, luggage, purses, clothing, inside books and even picture frames! 
 
Because of this, you must be careful when purchasing used furniture as a few bugs can lead to an infestation. Fully inspect all crevices of any furniture before purchasing anything used. 
 
Bedbugs are hard to kill and expensive to treat. We've seen bedbug treatments cost anywhere from $350- $1,000. Plus, treatment will include throwing away any affected items. Why take the risk? 
 
2) Be cautious while traveling. 
 
Google pictures of bedbugs and bedbug infestations. It grosses me out so I can't post them here.  Be aware and take precautions!  Here's some good information from the EPA on bedbugs: http://www.epa.gov/bedbugs 
 
Check prior to your departure to see if your hotel appears on any of these bedbug registry websites: http://www.bedbugreports.com/  and http://registry.bedbugs.net/ 
 
Whenever traveling, ensure you check all beds in your hotel room prior to unpacking any luggage. Pull off the sheets and check on the undersides of the mattresses as well as in all four corners. Look for any live bugs, bloodstains, and fecal matter or residue. 
 
It's also best practice not to put your purse or luggage on any carpeting when you are traveling.  Many people pick up bedbugs at a hotel without ever knowing it because they don't take precautionary measures.  
 
3)  Use mattress covers for all beds in the household.
 
A mattress cover is totally worth the costs, especially if you just googled bedbug infestations.  A mattress cover can protect your mattress from bugs trying to make it home.  Experts suggest purchasing a white or light colored mattress protector so it's easier to spot any critters. 
 
4) Routinely check your bedroom for bedbugs.
 
Be sure to check your entire bedroom and any furniture surrounding the bed, including the edge of carpeting, in nightstands, lamps, and in your clock radio.  They like to be close to possible hosts. Bedbugs feed during the night and often go unnoticed for long periods of time.  Because they are nocturnal and feed while you are sleeping, bedbugs most commonly live in mattresses.  
 
The bite of a bedbug is painless and causes a small red itchy irritation on your skin.  They can often be confused as flea or mosquito bites. Bedbugs are said to feed every 5 to 10 days but can sustain for several months without feeding! 
 
 
5) Act Fast if you suspect a bedbug situation.
 
You can have a casual encounter with a bedbug and walk away unscathed if you act fast. Be aware, do your research, and stay vigilant especially when traveling or visiting others homes.  If you suspect you have encountered bedbugs, notify the appropriate parties.  It's best to isolate any items that may have been exposed. Wash all clothing dry on high heat.  Put shoes, stuffed animals, and purses in dryer on high heat. Throw away items that cannot be dried that may be affected such as luggage.  
 
Contact a pest control person immediately for further advice and examination. Not all pest control companies are experienced in eliminating bedbugs. We recommend locally Florida Pest Control at (850) 432-4103 or Ensec at (850) 474-4000. 


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originally posted 07-06-2016

Summer Heat Safety
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Safety Tips
07-16-2019

Summer is here! With that, comes constant rain storms and sometimes unbearable heat. As with snow, you have to prepare for the heat accordingly. 

The Pensacola Fire Department shared this information on hot car safety regarding your pets on their facebook this week. With lows in the 90's all month, it's imperative you make plans for your pets accordingly. 

You may not realize how much higher temperatures are inside your vehicle. 

Cracking the windows or leaving them down does not decrease the temperature enough to be safe. 

Summer Pet Safety Hot Car

This is also the time of the year where accidentally locking or leaving a child in your car can be fatal. Some recommend leaving one of your shoes in the backseat. Older siblings can easily accidentally lock a child in a car.  Do not allow your other children possession of your keys. 

With such high temperatures, it only takes a few minutes for one to succomb to heat exhaustion. If you are working outside or in the heat, be sure to take short breaks often, properly hydrate, and follow safety protcolls! 

For more safety tips, follow the Pensacola Fire Department on Facebook

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originally posted 06-30-2016

Moving out of a Realty Masters Rental Property
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Moving out
06-24-2020

Moving out of a Realty Masters Rental Property 

We want all of our residents to receive a full security deposit return! We also want our residents to leave the house ready for the next resident.

Watch this video for tips on how you can receive a full security deposit refund in 15 days. Moving is hard- it takes a lot of time and proper planning. We understand how stressful the moving process! 

 Because we typically have residents moving in right after you vacate, it's important to plan your move and ensure you leave plenty of time to clean, have the carpets professionally cleaned, and have the lawn manicured. Florida Landlord Tenant Law and your lease agreement require these items to be done by the resident. If not completed, the law allows the owner to hire workers to complete the work and make a claim against your security deposit if we have proper documentation to support the claim.  

Please consider how you would like to find a home when you are moving in and understand that if you do not leave the home in white glove clean condition, we will have to hire a cleaning service and make a charge against your deposit which can delay the return of your security deposit up to 45 days! Most residents do not clean as thoroughly as thoroughly as they would expect a home to be cleaned upon their move in. Because of this, we suggest hiring a cleaning service upon move out to ensure your deposit is not tied up due to minor cleaning charges.  

Give us a call or email us with any questions you may have about moving out of a Realty Masters rental property in the greater Pensacola, Florida area. We are happy to explain the move out process and answer any questions you may have. 

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originally posted 06-08-2016

Useful A/C Tips for the Hot Weather Season
05-15-2019
Carlin Symmes
Maintenance Tips
07-16-2019

Here you are staring at the thermostat with the display showing the A/C is set at the lowest setting possible. You expect the house to feel like the inside of your freezer, but the house still feels warm. Some may find this statement all too familiar: "My house won't cool below 68 degrees and I've been running it all day!" In Florida, the days between early May - late August are hot!

The spring and summer seasons provide some of the most enjoyable weather Florida has to offer, but residents would enjoy a reprieve from the heat in their own homes.

The next time you are questioning your A/C - Try out these helpful tips to have a more comfortable, energy efficient Spring and Summer season.

The First Step is to know your Climate

The average humidity in most areas of Florida will be above ~70%. All the constant moisture in the air is going to make the outside temperature feel hotter than it would otherwise be. Your A/C may constantly fight the high outside temperatures to keep the inside of your home cool. Gulf Power recommends keeping your thermostat set on 78 in the spring and summer. One of the reasons for this is that most a/c units simply will not cool below 15-20 degrees of the outside temperature.

Let Gulf Power help with your energy cost 

Gulf Power has established a program called Budget Billing to help out cosumers with their higher bills in the spring and summer. With Budget Billing, you will pay approximately the same amount each month based on an average of your previous 12 months' electrical usage. For more information and see if this would work for you; Click here.

Put the Personal Touches on your A/C

Do you have a programmable thermostat? There are low-cost thermostats that allow you to control when your A/C will run. If you are away from home for several hours during the day, it is best practice to set your A/C around your schedule. Gulf Power offers a program called Energy Select that will install a free programmable thermostat in your home. For more information and to see if you qualify; Click Here

Perform Maintenance Regularly

  • Change the A/C filter once a month to allow optimal air flow.  Especially if you have pets, the 3 month filters do not last 3 months. We recommend the 1 month filters only for improved a/c efficiency. 
  • You should plan on flushing the condensation drain line at least once a year. Pour 1 cup of bleach followed by 2 cups of water the next day. There are specific bacterial solutions to clean HVAC condensation lines, but bleach works as well.

Your A/C needs maintenance when:

  • It is leaking water outside the unit
  • There is frost buidup
  • Unit blowing warm air
  • Unit is not blowing any air at all​

Contact your Property Manager if any of these problems occur and we will gladly send a technician.

If your A/C is set below 72 degrees, your A/C may run all day and not reach the desired temperature due to the heat/humidity of outside; however, that does not mean your unit is not working. Keep in mind, if the technician is sent and no problem is found, you may be billed for a service fee. 

Other things you can do to make your home feel cooler

  • A good way to beat the heat is to dress for the occasion. Avoid dark color clothes that will absorb heat and try to wear light, natural fabric that will keep you cool.
  • Run any ceiling fans around your home that will make it feel cooler than it is. Make sure your ceiling fans are switched for summer.
  • Check the doors and windows around your home to ensure hot air is not coming in. Notify us if you find any issues that need to be corrected.
  • Make sure all blind/curtains are closed to block sunlight heating up your home. 

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4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
#1 in Pensacola Rental Houses & Apartments
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originally posted 05-24-2016

Annual Food Drive to Benefit Manna Food Pantries
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Community Involvement
06-24-2020

Realty Masters is hosting our annual Manna Food Drive and Gift Card Giveaway May 1 through June 30, 2016. Enter by bringing non-perishable food items when you come to either of our offices or by leaving your tagged food items on your counter during your regularly scheduled inspection.  Thank you for your donation! 

Manna Food Pantries provides emergency food assistance in both Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties in Northwest Florida including the Pensacola area and serves children, families, and seniors. They are especially in need of food items during the summer time when children are more likely to be hungry.  Visit their website for more information and ways you can help. http://www.mannafoodpantries.org/

3 Easy Ways to Give

1) Drop by either Realty Masters office locations (4400 Bayou Blvd 58B, Pensacola, FL 32503 or 6800 W Hwy 98, Pensacola, Florida 32503) with non-perishable food items.

2) Leave your tagged items on your counter during your routine scheduled inspection.

3) Drop by a few dollars or donate directly to Manna on their website! 

Manna Food Pantries, with the help of our community, has helped over 15,645 families in the last year.  Over
22% of those who received assistance last year were seniors. 36% of the donations went directly to children
under the age of 18. Manna Food Pantries assists so many people in our community that your help is needed. 

 

Thank you for your participation! 

Update as of July 1, 2016, we were able to collect 100 pounds of food for the community thanks to our staff and clients.

Realty Masters of FL~ (850) 473-3983
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
#1 in Pensacola Rental Houses & Apartments
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originally posted 04-30-2016

Realty Masters Team at Escape on Palafox
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Realty Masters Team
07-16-2019

The Realty Masters team spent the afternoon at downtown Pensacola's first live escape game, Escape on Palafox, and it was a blast! Escape on Palafox is a group activity and is well suited for groups of friends, family, and coworkers of all ages. The premise of the game is to work together to uncover clues and solve a mystery within 60 minutes to "escape" the room. 

Our staff broke into three groups and attempted to escape the "Secret Agent Room." Our last group escaped with 9 minutes to spare while our first two groups got hung up on the last clue. Everyone had a great time! 

Two additional rooms will be opening in the coming months including The Museum Robbery Room and the Haunted Room and we plan on visiting with our team again.   

We highly recommend this event as a fun weekend activity with your family or as a team building experience! To learn more about Escape on Palafox, visit their website http://www.escapeonpalafox.com/ or ask us your questions below. 

Escape on Palafox in Pensacola, FL

Team 3: Christine, Lacey, Celia, Sheri, Chuntell, Carlin and David Escaped with 9 minutes to spare! — at Escape on Palafox.

Realty Masters Team at Escape on Palafox in Pensacola

Team 2: Brandon, Marie, Nicole, Fern, Becky, Pam, Patty, and Jay — at Escape on Palafox.

Realty Masters Team at Escape on Palafox in Pensacola

Team 1: Bob, Rick, Kathy, Crystal, Erica, Krissy and Mitch almost escaped! — at Escape on Palafox.

Realty Masters of FL~ (850) 473-3983
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
#1 in Pensacola Rental Houses & Apartments
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originally posted 04-20-2016

Conducting a Proper Move In Inspection
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Managing Rental Properties
06-24-2020

Conducting routine, consistent inspections at your rental property is one of the most important ways you can monitor your home during the leasing process.

Here is Carlin Symmes, lead inspector at Realty Masters, discussing the importance of a move in inspection.  

We document the condition of the property one to two days prior to a tenants move in for many reasons. 

  • Most importantly, to ensure the home is ready for move in and that all necessary repairs were completed. 
  • Secondly, to have documentation needed in case there are damages beyond normal wear and tear when the tenant moves out. Photos and a written form are completed during every inspection. It is also important to note that you should have photos of the home in good condition also and not just photos of any discrepancies found. 

Not conducting routine inspections before, during, and after the tenants move out is one of the most common mistakes rookie landlords and inexperienced property managers make. 

A move in inspection is also valuable to a tenant.  Each of our clients are given a move in inspection to complete within 72 hours of move in. Make sure if you are moving into a new property, you document any issues with the home in writing and submit to your landlord upon move in. This protects you at move out! 

Let us know if you have any questions about the move in inspection process.

Realty Masters of FL~ (850) 473-3983
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
#1 in Pensacola Rental Houses & Apartments
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originally posted 03-12-2016

 

5 Tips for Renters in a Competitive Market
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
rental market
06-24-2020

5 Tips for Pensacola Renters:  Finding a home in a competitive market

  • Do your research! Look up school districts, view all photos, walk down with street view on google maps, do a sex offender search. Read our blog here for more tips and websites to do research. If there is a real deal breaker, know about it in advance and don't waste everyone's time. Remember, a lot of the homes on the market are occupied so an appointment has to be arranged with a property manager and a current resident! 
  • Don't be so picky. I know, you want a fabulous house for as little as possible, we all do! With low availability, you can't be picky about 
    • Not all homes are brand new or just remodeled. If that's what you require, you will have a harder time finding a place and will have to act fast.
    • Sure, East Hill is a great place to live but with only 5 rentals available in the area and a median price of $1,000 per month, it's nearly impossible to find a 3 bedroom 2 bath affordable rental in the area. Downtown is similar with very few available and the majority being smaller, older homes in outlying areas of Downtown. 
    • Gulf Breeze schools are among the highest rated; that's why there's less than 20 properties for rent in the area with only four rentals in Gulf Breeze Proper and nothing available on Pensacola Beach. The average rental rate in Gulf Breeze is currently $1,700. 
    • As we approach PCS season, we see limited availability especially nearby the back gate of Naval Air Station. Expand your search area.
  • Come prepared!  We see great applicants miss out on homes every day as we are getting multiple applications on the most desirable properties. Be flexible and available for open houses and showings. Be sure you have your deposit ready when you apply. 
    • Have a folder with the following documents ready for when you find the right house! 
      • Driver's license copy for all adults over 18 residing in the property
      • Pay stubs or income verification for at least one month. Have all forms of income available and documented for each adult.
      • Photos of any pets you may have
      • Previous landlord information including phone and email address. Better yet, ask your current landlord for a letter of recommendation stating your rental rate, dates of residency, and contact information.
  • Be weary of scams.  Unfortunately, people like to take advantage of others when inventory is low. Never send your personal information via email or send money overseas without verifying. Craigslist scams are common and scammers are smart about their scams. They even create email addresses to mirror the actual owners name. This happens all the time so please be careful when leasing from owner, especially from out of state. 
  • Consider Purchasing.  In 2011,the average rental rate was $960 per month. The average Pensacola rental is now over $120 more expensive per month representing a 13% increase in rents over the last four years. Interest rates are low. Talk to us about your options to own your own home! Unsure about whether you have the funds required to purchase? Look into first time home buyer bond and grant programs. If you want more information, contact our office or email me here.

originally posted 03-01-2016

Pensacola Rental Market Shortage
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
rental market
07-16-2019

Pensacola Rental Market Shortage 

We are into peak rental season with below average inventory in the Pensacola rental market. The Pensacola rental market picks up drastically in February and March and peaks in July and August.  The market slows drastically over winter with the slowest month of the year being December. 

Rental rates have been increasing since 2011 and have increased on average $120 per month over the last four years from $960 per month to an average rental rate of $1,080 per month. 

  • The average list price for a 3 bedroom 2 bath in the Pensacola metro area is $1,144. 
  • 3% are over $1,000 a month (179) and 47% of those under $1,000 per month (158) .
  • The least expensive 3 bedroom 2 bath home is $750 and the most expensive is $2,295. 
We have less than a one months supply of rental inventory in Pensacola. 
  • There are 338 rental properties on Pensacola MLS. This is just at one month's inventory for a typical March.
  • 221 properties are located in Escambia County (Pensacola, Cantonment, Perdido Key, and Pensacola Beach) and 106 in Santa Rosa County (Pace, Milton, Gulf Breeze, and Navarre) 
  • Of these, 237 are single family homes, 19 are condos, 68 are town homes or duplexes/apartments, and 8 are mobile/manufactured homes.

Last week, areas of Northeast Pensacola and Milton were affected by tornadoes in the Pensacola area. The week before, a tornado devastated the town of Century in Northern Escambia County, Florida.  The Pensacola News Journal reported over 170 houses with "major damage."  A lot of these renters and homeowners have been misplaced. This puts further stress on the Pensacola real estate market, especially the rental market as these misplaced homeowners seek a rental property. Supply and demand always affects pricing and of cousre, home prices typically peak in the summer months as competition is more intense.

It will be hard summer to nail down your "perfect dream home" whether you are looking to rent or purchase! Make sure to sign up for new rental alerts and enlist the help of a real estate agent if you hope to purchase a home. 

Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate

Realty Masters of FL~ (850) 473-3983
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
#1 in Pensacola Rental Houses & Apartments
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originally posted 03-01-2016

Pensacola Real Estate Market Analysis
05-09-2019
Realty Masters
Pensacola Real Estate Market
09-10-2019

originally posted 09-02-2016

Pensacola Real Estate Market, in a nutshell!

If you are interested in buying, selling or investing in Real Estate, it is extremely important to have good, up to the minute information on that market.  So here it is…Pensacola Real Estate market, in a nutshell!

Since it is the end of August, the numbers are not quite all in yet.  At the end of July 2016, there were 3058 active listings.  In July 2016, there were 739 completed Sales in the Greater Pensacola area.  Median Sales price was $162,775 and the Average Sales price was $193,856.  Homes listed on the MLS were available on the market an average of 96 days.  These numbers may appear to be disappointing considering national averages, but considering how bad the Florida market was after the collapse of 2008, things are starting to look really good in the Pensacola area.

Last month, the Pensacola market posted unemployment figures of 5.3 percent, compared to the national average of 5.5.5 percent. No more than a year ago, Pensacola’s unemployment rate was at 6.4 percent. These numbers alone would be promising, but they have also led the way for job growth. The one year growth rate of 3.4 percent is greater than the national average of 2.1 percent. With unemployment numbers declining and more jobs being created, this has led the way to a growing economy. This boost to the economy has led to a slight demand for housing. This is represented by an average one month increase in new building permits. The number of new housing is down over the last twelve months, but it appears that the market has hit the bottom and is on the way up.  Great time to sell!

Housing affordability in this area is an indicator of the economy and housing market. One of the trends to look at when dissecting affordability is the monthly mortgage payment to income number. Pensacola homeowners spend an average of 8.1 percent of their income on monthly mortgage obligations. The national average is closer to 14 percent. This indicates that Pensacola homeowners have more reserves and higher disposable income. Those should reduce the number of future foreclosures and increase the growth of local economy. Pensacola is historically strong in regards to affordability, and price to income ratio. Growth may be moving slowly, but there are driving forces that show it can be sustainable. Great time to buy!

Numbers, Number, Numbers….What does all this mean to you?  Let me show you.

 

Baby boomers chart new direction in housing
05-09-2019
Realty Masters
Baby Boomers
09-10-2019

originally posted 08-24-2016

Since we are not all psychic, there is no way to predict the future of the real estate/housing market.   The “Baby Boomer” generation is a great indicator of financial trends, as their spending habits have been researched quite heavily over the years.  Americans over the age of 55 are veering from previous generations, opting not to retire, but instead launching 2nd or even 3rd careers.  They are shunning the traditional patterns of retirement, and that could have a big impact on their housing choices, thereby affecting the entire housing market.

Baby boomers are defined as “Americans born during the demographic post–World War II baby boom, approximately between the years 1946 and 1964.” They make up 1/4 of the population of the US and control about 2/3 of the single-family home equity in the nation!  See why they are so important? Sixty-five-year olds who, on average purchased a home 35 years ago now tend to have a home value that is likely 3.7 times the purchase price.

Nearly 1/4 of baby boomers recently surveyed by Freddie Mac say they need major renovations in their current home in order to stay there as they age – and many say they face financial constraints to take on those remodels.  The financial costs of outfitting their home with age-in-place features average $25,000-$50, 000.  

As a result, about 18 million homeowners over the age of 55 may be shopping for another house in the next few years, according to the Insights Report.  Unlike earlier generations, however, baby boomers' main reasons to move aren't due to downsizing.  Instead, the survey showed the key influences making these generations move are: affordability of the community, the need for retirement amenities and a home with less maintenance.

Bottom line, the 55-plus population is likely to be an active part of the housing economy for years to come, and that is a great thing!  If you are reading this and you or anyone else you know is ready, willing and able to purchase a new home/condo in the Pensacola area, please feel free to call/text or email me and I will be more than happy to assist you through the process.  

Make it a great day!

 

 

Pensacola Waterfront Home for Sale
05-09-2019
Pam Keen Brantley
Waterfront real estate
06-24-2020

originally posted 07-02-2016

We are offering this gorgeous waterfront estate for sale! This property features over 3,000 square feet of living area plus 1,000 square feet of deck overlooking Pensacola's Escambia Bay. Take a quick tour of this waterfront property for sale 

Address:  106 Cypress Point East, Pensacola, Florida 32514
Bedrooms: 4  Bathrooms: 2.5   Square Feet: 3,118   Garage:  3 Car

Located in Northeast Pensacola off Scenic Hwy near Olive Rd., this home is convenient to I-10,hospitals, employment, schools and more.  A lot of Scenic Hwy is plagued by railroad tracks, higher elevation and loud noise. Not this area of Scenic! Enjoy tranquility from your backyard with one-of-a-kind sunrises and sunsets daily. No mowing, your backyard is sand and a beach! The small community association upkeeps a dock for the neighborhood so you can fish or build a boat slip. 

The home was built in 1987 and has been extensively remodeled inside and updated with a new flooring, new kitchen cabinets, counters, and appliances, and new bathrooms! Call or email us if you are interested in a personal viewing.

Pam Brantley, Broker, CRS, Retired Navy Captain (850) 473-3983 office
Pam@PensacolaRealtyMasters.com 

Phases of a New Construction Home Build
05-09-2019
Mitch Adcox
New Construction
07-16-2019

originally posted 05-31-2016

The Phases of a New Construction Home Build

  1. Prepare site and pour foundation
  2. Complete rough framing
  3. Complete rough plumbing, electrical, and HVAC
  4. Install insulation
  5. Complete drywall, interior fixtures; start exterior finishes
  6. Finish interior trim; install exterior driveways and walkways
  7. Install hard surface flooring and countertops; complete exterior grading
  8. Finish mechanical trims; install bathroom fixtures
  9. Install mirrors, shower doors, and finish flooring; finish landscaping
  10. Final walkthrough!
  • Depending on your timeline, you have a few options for buying or building your brand new construction home!
  1. You can purchase a newly constructed home already built and close within 60 days.  
  2.  You can have a home built on a cleared lot with the option to pick your builder, floor plan, and upgrades which takes between four and six months.
  3.  You can also have a home built on a lot that hasn’t been cleared which can take upwards of a year to complete.

If you want to explore your options to purchase new construction, the best thing to do is contact a new construction specialist like myself, so an experienced realtor can guide you through the home buying process. As a buyer, there is no cost to you to have a realtor represent you in your new construction purchase! 

Don’t make the mistake of going to the model home in the neighborhood. You may end up making the mistake of writing a contract in the first subdivision you visited without exploring your options.

Mitch Adcox, Realtor (210) 232-5791 cell / (850) 473-3983 office
Mitch@PensacolaRealtyMasters.com 

New Construction Builders in Pensacola
05-09-2019
Mitch Adcox
New Construction
07-16-2019

originally posted 05-26-2016

We've compiled a comprehensive list of new construction home builders that are continously building new homes in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties in Northwest Florida. 

Area:

Subdivision(s):

Price of Home(s):

Pensacola

Vintage Creek, Chasefield - Express, Berkshire Estates & Arbogate

(Coming Summer 2016), $142k, $191k, & $426k

Pace

Heritage Estates, Terra Bella, Wynfield, Ashley Plantation, Spencer’s Ridge,& Abernathy

(Coming soon), $155k, $170k, $187k, $190k, & $233k

Milton

Magnolia Bend & Whisper Creek

$137k & $155k

Navarre

Reserve Point & By the Sea

$161k & $422k

Gulf Breeze

Waterford Sound

$206k

Crestview

Autumn Woods, Redstone Commons, & Partridge Hills

$180k, $185k, & $185k

Cantonment

Robert’s Ridge & Lakes of Carrington

$183k & $209k

Berkshire Estates, New construction in Pensacola, Florida

 

 

Builder: Mitchell Homes (http://www.mitchellhomes.com/)  

Area:

Subdivision(s):

Price of Home(s):

Cantonment

Bentley Oaks

$180K

Milton

Bonview

$140K

Pace

Willow Glen

Low $130K


Builders: Paragon Custom Home Group (http://www.paragonpensacola.com/)

Area:

Subdivision(s):

Price of Home(s):

Pensacola

Airway Oaks, Madison Place, Nature Trail, Robinsons Mill, Weavers Run, & Woodlyn Meadows

$162k, $153k, $237k, $323k, $191k, $226k

Pace/Milton

Avalon Estates, Foxboro, & Stonechase

$148k, $377k, & $191k

 

Paragon Custom Homes, New Construction homes in Beulah Florida Nature Trail


Builder: Henry Homes (http://www.henrycompanyhomes.com/)

Area:

Subdivision(s):

Price of Home(s):

Pensacola

Lost Creek & Maple Oaks

$140-185K & $125-160K

Cantonment

Quail Ridge

$160-195K

Milton

Harvest Point & Millers Bluff

$180-206K & $210-255K

Pace

Pace Mill Creek & Woodlands

$206-250K & $150-175K

Navarre

East Navarre & Holley by the Sea

$170-250K & $260-290K


Builder: Adams Homes (http://www.adamshomes.com/community/location/homes-for-sale-in-florida/)

Area:

Subdivision(s):

Price of Home(s):

Pensacola

Saverna Park, Cove Garden, Twin Pines Phase II, Huntington, Providence Manor, Robin’s Ridge, Weatherstone, & Logan Place

$160k, Mid $130k, $203k, $160k, $148k, $178k $137k, & $158k

Milton/Pace

Thousand Oaks, Tiburon East, Berry Place, Ventura Estates, Ashley Place, North Hills, Whisper Creek, Twelve Oaks Plantation, & Monticello Estates

$160k, $180k, $150k, $130k, $130k, $150k, $180k, $160k, & $120k

Gulf Breeze/Navarre

Bay Ridge Park, The Village at Grand Ridge, Savannah Plantation, Holley by the Sea, & Woodlawn Heights

$200k, $190k, $260k, $230k, & $210k

Crestview

Alicia Place, Old Bethel Estates, Silver Creek Estate, & Nanterre

$190k, $160k, $170k, & $190k

New Construction Homes for Sale in Pace, FL


Builder: Thomas Home Corporation (http://thomashomescorp.com/)

Area:

Subdivision(s):

Price of Home(s):

Cantonment

Windsong & Jaxson Estates  

$290-305K & $138-160K

Milton

Holley Cliff & Nichols Creek

$185-215K & $200-220K

Pace

Parkwood Commons

$168-230K

Jay

Stafford Farms

$200-215K

Crestview

Fox Valley II & Homewood Estates

$260-280K & $260-290K

Baker

Mossy Oaks Plantation

$240-260K


Builder: Holiday Builders (https://holidaybuilders.com/regions/gulf)

Area:

Subdivision(s):

Price of Home(s):

Pensacola

Daniels Grove, Forage Estates, & Nature Trail

$214k, $194k, & $241k

Milton

Bon View & Taryn Estates

$138k & $147k

Gulf Breeze

Soundside Shores

$360k

Navarre

Holley by the Sea

$189k

Holiday Builders- Soundside Shores in Gulf Breeze, Florida

With so much new commercial and residential new construction in the area, the plethora of options involved in the new construction building process can be overwhelming for a prospective home buyer! We are here to help.

As your realtor, I can help you identify home builders in a specific area you want to live in and can help you narrow down this huge list of new construction builders to helpl you find the perfect Pensacola builder to construct your dream home.  Give me a call or email me today! 

Mitch Adcox, Realtor (210) 232-5791 cell / (850) 473-3983 office
Mitch@PensacolaRealtyMasters.com 

What are closing costs in a real estate sale?
05-09-2019
Realty Masters Sales
Closing Costs in Real Estate Sales
06-24-2020

originally posted 05-18-2016

What are Closing Costs when buying or selling your home?

Rick Puckett, Realtor is here to give you an introduction on a short series of videos by Realty Masters to explain what closing cosst are.

 
Closing costs are an important point in a real estate transaction that may confuse home buyers and sellers. He will highlight some of the things that contribute to closing cost as well as some opportunities open to buyers and sellers alike to lower or eliminate them altogether.
 
Stay tuned for more information on closing costs! In the meantime, contact Rick directly with your questions about closing costs. 
 
Rick Puckett, Realtor   (850) 324-0523 cell /  (850) 473-3983 office
Rick@PensacolaRealtyMasters.com 
New Construction Homes in Pensacola and Surrounding Areas
05-09-2019
Pam Keen Brantley
New Construction
09-10-2019

originally posted 05-17-2016

Get started Designing/Customizing your new construction home now

According to Trulia, twice as many people would rather live in a new construction home rather than an existing home! What's better than being the first family to live under a new roof and being the first ones to use everything in the home!? Take advantage of the opportunity to find newly constructed homes at reasonable prices. Nothing beats the feeling of a new home. 

New construction in the Panhandle area has been growing at a rapid pace. There was a total of 1,263 new construction properties built in 2015. We are on track to double the amount of new construction properties built 2015. So far in 2016, there have already been 634 new construction properties built in Pensacola and the surrounding areas. Now is the time to look to owning the new home you always dreamed of.

The table below shows the # of new construction properties built in Pensacola and surrounding areas.  

Area:

Number of Homes Built:

Pensacola

146

Beulah and Cantonment

71

Pace

156

Milton

132

Navarre

53

Gulf Breeze

57

New Construction homes are my passion. I am excited to help new home buyers go through all the options to choose from. I look forward to working with you and can not wait to see you in your brand new home!

Mitch Adcox, Realtor (210) 232-5791 cell / (850) 473-3983 office
Mitch@PensacolaRealtyMasters.com 

Windsor Villas, 55 Community
05-09-2019
Realty Masters Sales
Senior Housing Communities
06-24-2020

originally posted 05-13-2016 

Winsor Villas, Milton, FL 32583 55 Housing Community 
Quick tour of this 55 Senior Housing Community.

Sheri Harris, realtor, has the scoop on 55 senior housing communities in the Pensacola, Florida area and takes you on a quick tour of Windsor Villas in Milton, Florida 32583. 

Windsor Villas is a gated senior 55 community in northern Santa Rosa County, Florida. This neighborhood is a covenant enhanced community with new construction and resale opportunities designed for 55 home owners.  The neighborhood offers a community pool, community activities, lawn maintenance and more through the homeowners association!

In 2015 and 2016, home prices in Windsor Villas ranged from $134,900 to $197,500.   It is very rare for properties in this neighborhood to be offered for lease.  

Development began in Windsor Villas in 1999, with the majority of homes built in the community early 2000's. There are still a few lots available for new construction opportunities in the community. Let me know if you are interested in purchasing a lot or building a house in this neighborhood as I can help! 

Windsor Villas 55  Housing Community near Pensacola, Florida

Street names in Windsor Villas include Windsor Castle Blvd. and Throne Court and the community is located in Milton, Florida 32583 off Garcon Point Blvd near I-10. 

Give us a call at (850) 453-9220 to learn more about 55 housing communities in the greater Pensacola area.

Realty Masters of Florida  / (850) 453-9220 office
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First Time Home Buyer Bond Program
05-09-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
first time home buyers
06-24-2020

originally posted 05-12-2016

Escambia County Finance Authority Bond Program

Did you know about the first time home buyer program available in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties?  The Escambia County Finance Authority offers up to $7,500 towards your down payment and closing costs.  Here's our friend Rachael Springfield at Caliber Home Loans explaining some more details about this first time home buyer program available in the Pensacola, Florida area. 

 

We are happy to help you make the transition from renting to purchasing! Let us know what questions you have.  

Search here for Pensacola area homes for sale. 

Nicole St. Aubin, Realtor  (850) 473-3983 office
Nicoles@PensacolaRealtyMasters.com 

New Construction Homes in Greater Pensacola area
05-09-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
New Construction
07-16-2019

originally posted 05-12-2016

Pensacola Real Estate New Construction Homes Infographic 
A snapshot showing 2016 New Construction homes in the Pensacola area.

In recent years, distressed inventory represented a significant portion of the Pensacola area rental market and new construction was minimal. That has officially changed!

Distressed homes, including short sale and foreclosed homes, currently represent about 7% of the active homes for sale in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties while new construction homes for sale now represent approximately 18% of the sales market. 

What's better than a brand new home?  Here's a fun infographic breaking down the new construction being built in the Greater Pensacola area! 

New Construction in the Pensacola, Florida area

There's approximately 550 new construction homes being built with 44% under construction, 27% newly completed, and the other 30% to be built.  

The top areas for new construction include Pace in Santa Rosa County and the Beulah (32526 zip code) and the Cantonment (32533 zip code) area in Pensacola with Southwest Pensacola's 32507 zip code falling behind. 

If you want a list of new construction builders and neighborhoods in the Pensacola area, give our agents a call.  Email Nicoles@PensacolaRealtyMasters.com and we'll send you a full list! 

Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL~ (850) 473-3983
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New Construction Home Purchase vs Existing Home
05-09-2019
Mitch Adcox
New Construction
06-24-2020

originally posted 05-10-2016

Comparing a New Construction Home Purchase versus Existing Home Purchase
Mitch discusses the benefits of purchasing a new construction home in the Pensacola area.

Pensacola Realtor Mitch Adcox compares buying a New Construction Home in the Pensacola area versus buying an existing residential home.  

There's nothing like that new home feel! Mitch is a new construction specialist and can help you navigate the many options new construction has to offer.  

1. New construction is booming! 18% of active homes for sale in the Pensacola area are newly constructed or under construction. 

2. Purchasing a new construction home translates to a smoother home buying experience with no fear of failing inspections or causing financing to be denied.

3. New construction means lower maintenance costs.

4. New commercial buildings, parks, and other projects often follow new construction. 

5. It's easier to sell as the original owner later.

6. New construction offers you limitless options.  

7. You can customize your new home and many builders offer to pay a portion of your closing costs!

New Construction is booming- have you thought about building your very own new home? Let Mitch help. Contact Mitch to learn more about new subdivisions in Escambia County and Santa Rosa Counties, new home builders,  and tour the newest homes in the Pensacola and surrounding areas.  

Mitch Adcox, Realtor (210) 232-5791 cell / (850) 473-3983 office
Mitch@PensacolaRealtyMasters.com 

 

When is the right time to sell your home?
05-09-2019
David Keen
Selling your home
06-24-2020

originally posted 05-09-2016

When is the right time to sell your home?
David discusses seasonal Pensacola Real Estate Market Trends.

Realtor, David Keen, discusses the best time to sell your home. Statistically, April through July are the best time to sell your home in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.  

There are many reasons that real estate is more active in the late spring and early summer months, especially in the Pensacola area.

1) It's easier for families to move while school is out!
Imagine the stress of a cross country move with three young children during the school year.  Many families prefer June and July to move because school aged children are on summer break. 

2) The majority of Military PCS relocations are done during this time. 
Especially in Northwest Florida, we have a lot of military families that move, on average, every three years. Pensacola is home to Naval Air Station Pensacola and several smaller bases including Corry Station and Whiting Field in Milton, Florida. The majority of these PCS military relocations take place between April 15th and August 15th each year.  With so many military service members relocating during this time, the summer Pensacola real estate market heats up. 

Because of these reasons, more people also rent homes in April through July. We are seeing extremely low rental inventory in the Pensacola area. Coupled with rising rents, more renters are choosing to buy instead. 

With more home buyers searching for properties,sellers benefit from higher sales prices and fewer days on the market. If you have questions about selling your home in the greater Pensacola area, give me a call or email me today. 

David Keen, Realtor (850) 375-7529 cell / (850) 473-3983 office
David@PensacolaRealtyMasters.com 

 

 

To Do List for First Time Home Buyers
05-09-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Buying a Home
07-16-2019

originally posted 05-09-2016

First Time Home Buyer To Do List

If you are interested in purchasing your first home and are unsure where to start, this To Do List is for you! Provided by the Florida Realtors, this checklist gives you a good idea of the steps to purchasing a home. 

First Time Home Buyer To Do List

The first steps are critical- saving money for your down payment and improving your credit score so you can get a better interest rate.  If you need help with tips on how to improve your credit, check out this article

Of course, you need a great Realtor, so if you are ready to get more information about buying your first home in the Pensacola, Florida area, give Pam or David a call at Realty Masters (850) 473-3983 or email David@PensacolaRealtyMasters.com with your list of questions! We look forward to working wth you. 

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