Pensacola Realty Masters Blog
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Are you planning a military move to the Pensacola area or moving from base housing?
Timing is important.
If you are planning a move within 30 days, it’s time to get serious. Click here to view a current listing of our available rentals. Our office is open Monday - Saturday to assist you in your Pensacola area home search! Many active rentals available now, and you will need to start a lease within 2 weeks of being approved for the property. Since COVID, less landlords and management companies are preleasing properties while tenants are in place. Ensure that the availability date posted on the available rentals matches your needs within that time frame.
If you’re planning to move more than 60 days from now, it’s likely too early to lock in a single-family rental in the area as most renters only give 30 to 60 days’ notice. However, many apartment complexes do lease 60-90 days in advance so if you are looking to lease an apartment, you will need to start earlier to secure one.
Are you attending school at both Whiting Field & NAS?
Many military officers attend flight school at both Pensacola NAS in Southwest Pensacola and at Whiting Field in Milton. The bases are about an hour drive from each other. We suggest renting something in between the two locations to avoid having to move twice. Recommended areas include Central/Northeast Pensacola, and Pace. Your commute time will be about the same being 1/2 way between bases and you'll save lots of time and fuel while stationed here.
PCSing from out of the area and need to rent a house sight unseen?
If you are relocating from out of the area and need to secure a rental "sight unseen", let us help you. It’s always our recommendation to have a proxy who can view the property for you in your absence. This can be a friend, family member, or coworker who can physically travel to the property and view the home for you to provide a recommendation on the location and the property itself. We are able to complete video tours for military transferring into the property to give you a better idea of condition and location, however, there is no substitute for seeing the property in person. Because of this, some companies do not offer sight unseen leasing. We are happy to work with you to lease a property from afar. The entire application and leasing process is convenient and can be done online!
Please understand, our licenses do restrict us from classifying or offering any personal opinions on any area or home as a “good” or “safe” or “bad or “unsafe” area. Visit our page on Moving to Pensacola for valuable information to help plan your move. We ask you to do some research including checking with the local Escambia or Santa Rosa County Sheriff's office website's crime map, community links, Pensacola area zip code information, and school district information as these are great resources in your move.
Options for TDY Moves
If you are coming for a temporary duty move, it’s best to find alternative housing or stay on base. Single family housing is hard to come by in the Pensacola area, and turnover between tenants is costly to landlords. Many families with children move in peak PCS season when housing is scarce. We recommend looking for an apartment complex and being up front about the time you will be staying in Pensacola.
Keep in mind that Florida Statutes Chapter 83.662 do outline the procedures for the termination of a rental agreement by a service member. Be sure that your landlord offers a military clause with your lease agreement, and that it aligns with Florida Statutes procedures.
More Military Resources
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Pensacola area Military Information Local Military Bases & Attractions
Reach out and let us know how our team can help you with your PCS move to Pensacola.
Every year we find ourselves accumulating things in drawers and cabinets that we never use and even forget we own. This new year, make one of your resolutions to get rid of items in your home that you do not use, are broken, or do not bring you happiness. Having a lot of clutter in your home can make things feel messy and drain your energy; donating items is a great way to get rid of your unwanted but usable items without feeling wasteful.
Shrink your bills by going green.
Trying a more Eco-Friendly way of living does not have to mean expensive purchases like solar panels. You can try these simple and inexpensive changes to your home life to try to lower your carbon footprint as well as save on your bills!
Switch off all lights before leaving your home. (This one seems like a little thing, but can make a big difference!)
Switch to LED lights. LED lights use much less energy than the normal light bulb, have a longer lifespan, and are more cost-effective.
Clean and replace air filters regularly. If your air filter is dirty, your AC is more than likely working twice as hard to keep your home cool or warm, almost doubling your electric bill and also damaging your AC unit. A greener and more cost efficient option for the normal air filters is getting a washable air filter instead. Eco Plus makes affordable washable air filters and can be found in various sizes at your local Home Depot.
Work out a cleaning system to keep your home tidy.
We all love the feeling of a clean home, but working up the energy to clean a messy home is hard! Trying to put together a set daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning schedule can make cleaning your home so much easier and less tedious. Here is a link that can help you to create the ideal cleaning schedule for you.
The Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns has made life difficult for everyone. We understand this has been a very trying time, especially for our tenants, and we would like to ease the financial burden that has weighed down our tenants over the last two years. If you are in need of financial assistance to help pay rent and utility bills, we have good news for you.
OUR Florida is a program of the Florida Department of Children and Families, and is providing rental assistance to those in need. Funding is provided by the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program, and all tenants are free to apply to see if they qualify for financial help. You can view all the necessary steps and required documentation at OUR Florida Supports Renters | Our Florida, where you can also find help and answers to any questions you may have about the application process. We hope this aid will help all those who need it as we continue to move forward to a return to normalcy and away from the shutdowns and financial strain of the last two years.
Please reach out to your property manager or landlord if you have additional questions.
Evictions are a hot topic right now. As many tenants have been delinquent through the COVID-19 pandemic, and the legislation preventing evictions is expiring, many landlords are calling us about evictions.
As your property manager, we handle several aspects of your property management as allowed under our management agreement and Florida law. These roles have us property managers wearing several hats- Realtor, leasing agent, private investigator, maintenance coordinator, bill collector, bookkeeper, interior designer, and the list goes on. One of the roles we cannot assume, is that of a lawyer.
The Florida Supreme Court does allow for Florida property managers to handle evictions for property owners but only in a limited scope and only in certain instances. They give us the authority to:
- With the help of our attorney, draft and serve a 3-Day Notice
- With the help of our local county court, draft and file a Complaint for Eviction and Motion for Default
- With the help of our local Sherriff’s Office, obtain a Final Judgment and Writ of Possession
- Prepare eviction forms approved by the Florida Supreme Court
Your Florida Property Manager may be able to file and proceed with an eviction if:
- The eviction is for non-payment of rent
- The eviction is uncontested by the tenant
- We have written authorization from the property owner to evict the tenant
Unfortunately, if your tenant fails to move at the end of the lease, an eviction is necessary, but your Florida property manager may not be authorized to file this on your behalf. Additionally, if your tenant violates a lease term and is served a 7-day notice of non-compliance, we can serve the notice, gather the documentation, but cannot file the eviction on your behalf. Additionally, if we know your tenant will contest the eviction and that they have any ground to stand on, we will not be able to file any eviction on behalf of the property owner.
Why? Well, because the Florida Supreme Court does not want Realtors practicing law. Unfortunately, at a certain point, the eviction process can turn into such. This can be frustrating for property owners as the eviction process can be a little intimidating to navigate. The good news is that many owners, with a little guidance, are able to file and carry through the eviction with no problem. It may require an in-person or a conference call hearing. In many instances, hiring an attorney to handle the process is the best choice for many.
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.
- 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.
- Bathrooms- Bathrooms need to be thoroughly cleaned.
- Exhaust Fan- wiped down and free of dust
- Toilet- tank, bowl and base scrubbed. (please make sure the water in the bowl is clean)
- Tub/Showers- Scrubbed and free of soap scum and mildew.
- Baseboards- All baseboards should be wiped down and be free of dust or grime.
- Kitchen- This is where the majority of the issues we see are.
- 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.
- Stove- Clean thoroughly including the outside, inside, racks, underneath and drawers. The drip pans should be replaced as well.
- 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.
- A/C- Change air filter and make sure the door frame in HVAC closet is free of dust.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
originally posted 03-15-2019
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
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.
originally posted 01-29-2018
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
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.
- Have a folder with the following documents ready for when you find the right house!
- 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
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