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Florida COVID-19 Rent & Utility Assistance
07-30-2020
Nicole St. Aubin
COVID-19 rent assistance
07-30-2020

rent assistance funds with coin jar

We received good news this week in regards to housing assistance for those who have faced hardship due to COVID-19 income changes.

Florida governor Ron DeSantis has announced hardship funds for housing and utilities coming available to assist Pensacola area residents. As these funds will be limited, we are in communications with both Escambia and Santa Rosa County to be informed on how you can apply to receive these funds. The state is working on implementing an application process and has not yet finalized this process. Our local Pensacola area counties have received more than $2.5 million dollars for this sole purpose to assist residents with rent, mortgage, and utility bill payments.

  • Escambia County-  While you cannot yet apply, you can call 850-595-0872 and join the waiting list. All you have to do is leave a message with your name and phone number and they will reach out to you once the application is available.  
  • Santa Rosa County- Santa Rosa County is a little further along in the process. They are available to speak with you and answer questions you may have. You may move forward to complete a phone questionnaire and join the waiting list. Call Santa Rosa County at 850-981-7092 to speak with a representative in regards to the application process.
  • Okaloosa County- Okaloosa County has funds too! View the information here.

Unfortunately, we are not sure when these funds will be available but anticipate the funds to be released to them within the week to begin distributing. We have been told that they will help reimburse for past month’s rent and/or help with future payments through December so you do not fall behind on rent due to COVID-19 related income changes. Please note, they will require proof of income changes due to COVID-19 so begin working on gathering this documentation now. Please reach out to the county to begin the process and reach out to us if you have any questions.

These funds are available for both renters and home owners in the state of Florida! 

If you are facing financial difficulty, please know that you are not alone. If you rent from us, we are here to help as much as possible, and we want to work with you. If you are behind on payments or having difficulty making payments, please contact your property manager to discuss. 

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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Most Missed Items At Move Out
07-08-2020
Lindsay Scapecchi
Cleaning at Move Out
07-30-2020

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

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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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 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.

Realty Masters of FL

4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
(850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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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
(850) 473-3983 www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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originally posted 01-26-2018

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

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.

‚Äčoriginally posted 03-01-2016


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