Pensacola Realty Masters Blog
Realty Masters is happy to present the following Pensacola area community and Pensacola real estate information!
We've compiled a comprehensive list of new construction home builders that are continuously building new homes in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties in Northwest Florida.
Builder: D.R. Horton (http://www.drhorton.com/)
Flynn Built- https://www.flynnbuilt.com/
Builder: Henry Homes (http://www.henrycompanyhomes.com/)
Builder: Adams Homes (https://www.adamshomes.com/communities/florida/pensacola)
Builder: Thomas Home Corporation (http://thomashomescorp.com/)
Builder: Holiday Builders (https://www.holidaybuilders.com/)
South Bay Construction - https://southbayconstructionfl.com/
Owens Custom Homes- https://www.owenshomeconstruction.com/
Kevin Russell Builders- http://www.kevinrussellhomes.com/
Mack Custom Homes- https://mackcustomhomes.com/
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.
We are happy to help lead you whether you have a lot picked out to design and build a home custom to you, or find a new construction home in a newly developed neighborhood. Pensacola is growing at exponential rates and the builder are working hard to meet the supply and demand levels. Give one of our agents a call today for assistance with your BRAND NEW DREAM HOME.
Pensacola is home to several military attractions and has a deep rooted military history.
The Pensacola Navy Yard, constructed in 1826, utilized local timber to build ships, and the base was home to the West Indies Squadron who were responsible for fighting piracy and the international slave trade. While the Navy Yard was later burned during the Civil War, this was the beginning of the military presence and of Naval Air Station Pensacola. Pensacola's most coveted bridge, often known as "The 3- Mile Bridge" is named after a native Pensacola hero and four-star General Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr.
With a military presence dating back to the 1800’s, Pensacola’s military culture is abundant as you’ll see with the following Pensacola area military attractions.
All of these attractions are ranked among the top 20 things to do in Pensacola according to TripAdvisor.
National Museum of Naval Aviation
National Museum of Naval Aviation- The world class National Museum of Naval Aviation offers FREE admission to indoor and outdoor exhibits and collections. The museum is located on NAS and is open from 9 am to 5 pm daily. Inside the museum, you will find over 150 restored Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard aircrafts. Enjoy 300,000 square feet of aircrafts and historical artifacts that will blow your mind and take you on a trip through time.
- Blue Angels Practice & Autograph- From March to November, the Blue Angels practice at NAS Pensacola and sign autographs for free on Wednesdays after the morning practice at the Naval Aviation Museum. The public is invited to watch the practice!
- IMAX- This is the area’s largest IMAX screen and theatre. IMAX films are shown daily and include history topics, nature films, and of course aviation films. Theater tickets are available for under $10, and of course they offer military discounts.
- Flight Simulators- The museum features both the Motion-Based Simulator and the Top Gun Air Combat Simulator. The flight simulators offer patrons of all ages a realistic air experience. Rides run constantly daily and can be bought in packages with the IMAX films
- National Flight Academy- Located next to the National Naval Aviation Museum is the National Flight Academy. This one-of-a-kind experience is offered for 7th through 12th graders interested in aviation. The National Flight Academy offers several programs including 1, 3, and 6 day experiences. They also host Stem Saturday's for 3rd through 8th graders. This facility offers state of the art, hands on flight simulators and an experience your children will never forget.
U.S. Navy Blue Angels
U.S. Navy Blue Angels- As you read above, you can easily find the famous Blue Angels practicing anytime from March through November in Pensacola skies. Twice a year, thousands come to Pensacola for the annual Pensacola Beach Air Show in July and the annual NAS Homecoming show at Pensacola’s Naval Aviation Museum in November.
Veteran's Memorial Park
Veteran's Memorial Park is located on Bayfront Parkway in downtown Pensacola, Florida 32502. This park was constructed in 1992 and pays homage to lives lost and thanks those who came home. The park borders overlooks Pensacola Bay and spans over 5 acres of memorials and monuments honoring those who served. Veteran's Memorial Park is home to several military monuments including the most notable Wall South, a one-half scale replica of the Memorial Wall located in Washington, D.C. honoring those who served in the Vietnam War. Across the street, there is a short pier that juts out into Pensacola Bay with a sculpture dedicated to the lost and orphaned children of war.
Fort Barrancas & Barrancas National Cemetery
Fort Barrancas is located on the grounds of NAS Pensacola, Florida 32508. While it is located on the grounds of NAS, It is operated by the National Park Service as part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. The original fort was built in 1698 under the name Fort San Carlos de Austria. The site of Fort Barrancas has an extensive history with several structures under many different rulers and with many different uses. The current fort was used by the Army until 1947, and in the 1980's it was restored so that visitors could appreciate it and learn more about local history. Barrancas National Cemetery also lies on the grounds near Fort Barrancas. Barrancas National Cemetery is for members of the armed forces and their families, and is also open for members of the public to pay their respects.
Fort Pickens is located at the end of Pensacola Beach, Florida 32561. Owned and operated by the National Park Service, Fort Pickens serves as a major attraction in Gulf Islands National Seashore on Santa Rosa Island. Its unique location provided a defense There are park entrance fees to access Fort Pickens. In addition to a rich history, the area offers several walking and biking trails, beautiful public beaches, wildlife viewing, a popular fishing pier, and fort tours. The Fort itself, built in the year 1834, can be explored by the whole family! Take a guided or self-directed tour and learn about Fort Pickens extensive history and use. This is a great spot to appreciate history, architecture, and the outdoors and can provide a full day of entertainment for all.
Pensacola Lighthouse and Maritime Museum
The Pensacola Lighthouse and Maritime Museum is located on NAS Pensacola, Florida 32508 and can be accessed through the base’s back gate off of Blue Angel Pkwy. This lighthouse is said to be one of the most haunted places in the country. As such, there are regular ghost tours through the building! Additionally, as the lighthouse is the perfect spot to view the Blue Angels practice they offer special viewing times with reservations. The museum area gives you a history of lighthouses and the Pensacola area. In fact, the Pensacola Lighthouse was the first lighthouse built on the Florida Coast by the U.S. Government! Climb the 150 steps to the top and enjoy the view over Big Lagoon and Gulf of Mexico.
New to the Pensacola area or not sure where to go for Pensacola area information? We've compiled a list of Pensacola area resources for homeowners to assist with finding solutions to common questions and situations in our community. From a lost dog to a gas leak, the links below will help you. Reach out to the resources below for more information.
Escambia County Resources
Santa Rosa County Resources
Wildlife And Other Resources
You've probably seen by now that Gulf Power was bought out by Florida Power and Light! Here's a rundown of what has changed for Pensacola's new electricity provider.
- The rates have increased and you should expect an increased amount in your next utility bill. This is also due to a state rate increase.
- You can manage your account online and track usage. There are some nice features on the account including the ability to pay online and to receive projected bills based off your usage throughout the month. If you had an account before with Gulf Power, your username nd password will still work but the Gulf Power mobile app does not work any longer. Customers already set up on autopay do not need to take any action.
- Your payments are now made to Florida Power and Light.
Based off some extremely high energy bills we've been hearing about, we recommend your practice some energy efficiency during the peak of winter.
Here's a few things you can try to reduce your energy consumption:
- Use rugs on wood and tile floors
- Let natural sunlight in during the day and draw blinds and curtains at night
- Unplug unused electronics and appliances
- Change your a/c filter
- Make sure your fan is set for winter to run in reverse or for summer as desired
A large majority of your electricity bill comes from heating and cooling costs. It is recommended that you keep your heating system set to 68 degrees in the winter. For every degree above 68, you can increase your energy bill as much as 8%.
Community Resources for the Holidays
We can all use a little help sometime! As the holidays approach, we are finding more Pensacola area residents struggling with staying on top of their bills as the price of everything seems to continue to increase. We are here to help! We've compiled a list of community resources to help you this Holiday Season.
Children's Toys for the Holidays
The USMC Toys for Tots program supplies families with kids under 14 with a toy for the holiday season. Families can sign up at: https://pensacola-fl.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/local-toy-request-single-form.aspx, registration closes December 1st.
The Watson Family Foundation provides a Gift Giving Drive to provide toys for area youth. Check the website and submit a form to request aid here: https://www.watsonfamilyfoundation.com
Food and Meal Donations
Food costs are rising at a record pace. While we face supply chain disruptions, labor shortages and inflation, you can expect food prices to continue to increase. As the holidays approach, local non-profits ramp up their meal and food giveaways. Check out some of the events below.
These community partners are providing Thanksgiving meals to all.
The Watson Family Foundation- Community advocate and local attorney Aaron Watson's foundation is hosting a Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner- Drive Up Giveaway. This event is taking place on Monday, November 22, 2021 at 10 AM in Town & Country Plaza at 3300 N Pace Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32505.
Magic 106.1 Magic of Thanksgiving- Thanksgiving Dinner at Favor Flavor Seafood Restaurant on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 starting at 10:30 AM. Free meal whether dine in or to go and is located at 2005 W. Jordan St.
Waterfront Rescue Mission- Will serve Thanksgiving meals at a variety of centers on November 25th and at Opening Doors on November 23rd.
Stripes Pub & Grill in Navarre- Dine in or to go free cooked Thanksgiving Meal Thursday, November 25th from 12 PM to 3 PM.
Upcoming Grocery & Food Giveaways
These events are open to all with no documentation needed and are drive through sites!
Waterfront Rescue Mission in Pensacola- Farm to City Food Giveaway on November 23, 2021 from 10 AM to 12 PM. Car line up begins on 8 AM first come, first serve. The event is located at 348 W Herman St. in Pensacola.
Farm to City at Milton Community Center- Distribution begins on November 23, 2021 from 10 AM to 12 PM. Car line up begins at 8 AM and the event is first come, first serve. The address is 5629 Byrom St., Milton, FL 32570.
Local Food Pantries
The best way to receive access to a full list of food pantries and donation sites is to contact United Way of West Florida. Give them a call at 2-1-1, text your zip code to 898-211, or visit www.211nwfl.org
Manna Food Pantries is helping to stock the local, smaller food pantries in the community and not giving direct support to community members. Both 211 and Feeding the Gulf Coast have a director of food pantry, child meal sites, and more on their websites.
Community Resources and Non-Profits
- United Way provides 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.
- 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.
- The Watson Family Foundation offers a variety of hardship relief programs including financial relief, mentorship, school readiness support, and faith based outreach. Visit their website to request assistance.
- 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.
- 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.
- Florida Veteran's Support Line - Special support is available for military or veteran members. Give them a call at (844)-693-5838 or visit them online.
Happy Holidays to everyone!
Are you looking for some family friendly Pensacola fall activities? We've got quite the list for you and your family to explore.
Best Corn Mazes and Pumpkin Patches
Sweet Season Farms
2260 Horn Rd., Milton, FL 32570
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 $12.50 to $14.00. Pumpkins range from $2 - $25 each. Learn more on their website https://www.sweetseasonfarms.com
2055 Homer Holland Rd., Milton, FL 32570
Holland Farms is open for the season! They're open from 8-6 M-Sat. and 8-6 Sun. $14 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
Other Pensacola area Fall Family Friendly Activities
2021 Fall Food Truck Fest
You don't want to miss out on all the great food trucks in our area. The event will be held downtown at community maritime park with a $2 admission fee. They are currently looking for judges so check out the website if you are interested.
Ballet Pensacola will be performing Dracula at the Pensacola Little Theatre from October 29 through the 31st. For more information and tickets check out the website.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos
The Pensacola Blue Wahoos are hosting a Halloween celebration at the stadium Friday, October 29th. They will have trick-or-treating, a movie, and a fireworks show. For tickets and more information check out the Website
Pensacola Interstate Fair
This 11-day event is a local favorite. The Pensacola Interstate Fair will take place October 21st through the 31st 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.
Hadji Haunted House
The popular haunted house is back and ready to scare the boots off you. They are also looking for volunteers if you are looking to scare instead of being scared. They will be open for several weekends leading up to Halloween.
This will be the 3rd annual Beach-O-Ween which is a family-friendly event on Pensacola Beach. There will be decorated booths and games for all ages. This is a free event on October 22 from 4-9 PM.
Halloween at The Park at OWA
The Foley park has a jam-packed schedule for October from Terror in the Park, Kid-Friendly Halloween in Downtown, to Island Movie Nights. See the schedule and get more information on your website.
It feels like no matter where you go in Pensacola these days, you are bound to end up in traffic from the road construction or a wreck. Especially with school starting again this week in both Escambia and Santa Rosa County, it’s always best to leave a few minutes early in case you do hit traffic.
We have found some resources to help you see where the traffic is currently as well as all the current road construction projects going on.
- Current Road Construction Projects: https://nwflroads.com/currentprojects
- Escambia County Road Conditions Map: https://myescambia.com/our-services/publicworks/road-issues/road-issues-map
- Santa Rosa County Road & Bridge Closures: https://www.santarosa.fl.gov/293/Current-Road-Bridge-Closures
- Live Traffic Map for Pensacola: https://www.localconditions.com/weather-pensacola-florida/32501/traffic.php
Here’s a few tips on how to combat traffic:
- Map out alternative routes
- Experiment with timing
- Use a GPS device with live traffic updates
- Consider a toll road as they usually have less traffic that non-toll roads
Pensacola is full of life in the summer and you can never run out of things to do. There is something for everyone from the adventure seekers to those that like the calm and relaxing activity. Here is a shortlist of some of our summer activities here in the Pensacola area.
- Blue Angles- We have very proud of our hometown Blue Angles and always love to see them on Pensacola Beach for the Red, White, and Blues show. This year the shows are July 9th with a full dress Rehearsal and July 10th for the Air Show. https://visitpensacolabeach.com/whats-happening-blue-angels/
- For the adventure seekers that are looking for high in the sky obstacle courses, zip-lining, dives, or deep sea fishing trips we have it all. https://www.visitpensacola.com/things-to-do/outdoors/adventures/
- For those looking to soak up the amazing history, Pensacola has to offer there are several activities for you as well. Our favorite is Fort Pickens on Pensacola Beach. Here you are able to walk through the fort and explore the history up close with some amazing views of the sound. https://www.visitpensacola.com/blog/post/5-historic-hikes-in-pensacola/
- Pensacola Blue Wahoos- A local favorite here so if they have a home game we highly recommend checking it out. This is a great family-friendly park that overlooks Pensacola Bay offering the most beautiful sunsets over the park as the sunsets. https://www.milb.com/pensacola
After all that adventure you will probably want to check out some of the amazing restaurants and bars Pensacola has to offer. From Food trucks to fine dining you will find something to meet your expectations here. https://www.visitpensacola.com/restaurants/
There is no doubt about it- we are in a seller’s market. Inventory is down as much as 50%, and prices are up, which makes finding a home to purchase more challenging. It is not uncommon for Pensacola area sellers to get 10 or 15 offers upon putting their home on the market. Especially now, buyer’s need a little more than good luck to secure a nice home. Buyers (and us Realtors, too) are easily frustrated over the process of trying to secure a home. With the help of a good realtor and a lot of persistence, you can still find your dream home in the Pensacola area!
Here’s David explaining 5 quick tips for homebuyers to help navigate the seller’s market and get their offer accepted.
- Get a realtor who can communicate well with the other listing agent. This can help to find out what is important to the seller and strengthen you offer for negotiations.
- Consider an escalation clause to step above other offers.
- Consider what the offer will net and come with your own closing costs.
- Simplify the contract! Remove contingencies, consider a shorter inspection period, and limit repairs.
- Get a strong pre-approval and shop within your budget.
Reach out to David for help finding yours at (850) 375-7529 or email him David@PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
You can search Pensacola area homes for sale on our website here https://www.pensacola-gulfbreezehomes.com/
After a rough year for many business and people due to Covid-19, it has become hard to find the positives for the year 2020. However, landlords and home owners can rejoice, because the real estate market has been absolutely exploding with growth. The market for Pensacola and the surrounding areas in general has been performing at all-time highs in many areas and all the positive indicators of a sellers’ market can currently be seen.
The area is experience a housing shortage like many areas, but this shortage has only been magnified by the recent coming of Hurricane Sally. This unique situation is causing prices to soar, as options for buyers are limited.
- First of all, the inventory we are experiencing is significantly lower than 2019. This time last year, the MLS had a total of 2,361 active listing for buyers to choose from. Today, the MLS currently has only 1134 homes that are actively for sale. The drop in supply is over 50% from 2019-2020 and this is causing prices to go up as buyers are working against multiple offers the first week the home goes on the market, in many instances.
- To put things into perspective, the average sales price of homes in our area has gone up a whopping $46,000 from this time last year. Even the medium sales price has gone up $30,000 from last year at this time.
- Not only are the prices going up, but even the average days on the market for sales has gone down significantly. Last year, the average time on the market before a home sold was 58 days. That number today, is down to just 41 days.
Homes are truly selling for historically high prices, while closing in record time. All these factors make for a perfect opportunity for home owners to capitalize on their investments. If you have considered selling your home in the past, now may be the best time to capitalize on the market conditions. Even if you are just curious how much your home could sell for, we would be happy to give you our opinion on the value, while also, helping you weigh the pros and cons of selling. Give our sales office a call today to take advantage of the market today, before it’s too late.
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.
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.
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
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
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 Sailing, Pensacola 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!
originally posted 02-08-2019
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.
originally posted 02-02-2019
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/
For additional security tips from the Escambia County Sheriff's office, visit this page: http://www.escambiaso.com/home-safety/
originally posted 08-08-2018
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!
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originally posted 04-04-2018
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
- 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.
originally posted 01-10-2018
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.
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.
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 tank
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
- 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
originally posted 05-22-2017
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
- 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!
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!
originally posted 03-02-2017
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.
originally posted 03-01-2017
As Realtors, we take safety and security at your home very seriously. That's why we reached out to Ashlee Carpenter, Vice President of 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.
originally posted 02-09-2017
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.
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!
originally posted 09-09-2016
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.
originally posted 06-08-2016
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 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.
originally posted 04-30-2016
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.
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