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5 Reasons to Clean Up After your Pets
01-18-2022
Nicole St. Aubin
Tenant Education
04-18-2022

5 reasons to clean up after your pet

It's easy to let your dog out and forget about the waste they leave behind when you are not looking. Pet waste is a huge nuisance and one that is often not tended to in the way it should. So here's 5 really good reasons why you should scoop the poop regularly.

1. One dog can excrete an average of .75 pounds per day. Over the course of 2 months, your dog, on average, will have deposited over 45 pounds of waste in your backyard.

2. You might say, it's waste and it will eventually decompose. Based on the time of year and weather conditions, it could take several months for a single pile of dog waste to decompose.

3. The EPA defines dog waste as an environmental pollutant in the same category as pesticides. It is dangerous to your family. Parasites like worms, coccidia, and giardia are prevalent in dog waste as well as bacteria and viruses that can harm you and your family. These can all be transmitted to other pets and some even to humans.

4. It attracts insects and pests like fleas and maggots. These insects themselves carry additional diseases.

5. When you mow your yard, these particles spread throughout the yard, onto plants, and you inhale into your lungs. It can leech into your groundwater and affect local water sources causing environmental dangers to local marine life.

For these reasons and more, add picking up dog waste to your weekly chore list for a healthier 2022. 

What is Renter's Insurance and How Much Does it Cost?
02-17-2020
Nicole St. Aubin
Tenant Education
04-21-2022

what is renters insurance

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!

Rental Scams Still Prevalent
01-27-2020
Nicole St. Aubin
Tenant Education
04-21-2022

rental scams still prevalent

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.

3 Reasons to Get Renters Insurance
09-10-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Tenant Education
04-22-2022

three reasons to get 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.

Renters Insurance

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. 

Increasing Rents in Downtown Pensacola
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Tenant Education
04-21-2022
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. 

originally posted 02-02-2019

Rent & Utility Assistance Hardship Funds in Pensacola area
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Tenant Education
05-03-2022

Pensacola rent and utility assistance

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.

originally posted 01-31-2019

Safety Tips & Crime Prevention from the Escambia County Sheriff's Office
05-15-2019
Nicole St. Aubin
Community
05-03-2022

safety tips and crime prevention

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/ 

originally posted 08-08-2018


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