Sunday, July 27, 2014

Joe Patti's World Famous Seafood

Joe Patti's Seafood Market~
Take a trip to Pensacola's favorite seafood market!

Joe Patti's seafood is a Pensacola dinner party staple.  Mr. Joe Patti has been selling fresh Gulf Coast seafood in Pensacola since 1930.  With over 100 employees, Joe Patti's Seafood is the largest fish market in the Pensacola Bay area and supplies fresh seafood to many Gulf Coast restaurants.

Joe Patti's is located at 524 S. B. St. in Downtown Pensacola on Pensacola Bay.

Joe Patti's Seafood Market in Pensacola, FL 32502 ~ Gulf Coast's favorite seafood market!
Joe Patti's Seafood Market in Pensacola, FL 32502 ~
Gulf Coast's favorite seafood market!
Joe Patti's Seafood Market~
Joe Patti's Seafood Market~

Their fresh fish selection includes amberjack, catfish, flounder, grouper, snapper, mahi mahi, salmon, swordfish, tuna and tilapia.  You can have your fresh shrimp, crab, and lobster steamed in store. It is customary for vacationers to leave Pensacola with a full cooler of fresh, Gulf Coast seafood. And when they run out, many of them continue to order online!
In addition to the seafood market, Joe Patti's includes:
  • Amangiari's Deli and Specialty Food Market
  • Sushi Bar
  • Anna's Fine Wines
Joe Patti's serves fresh baked breads, has a selection of fine wines , meats, and cheeses, and offers some of the best gelato (Italian ice cream) in town. Because they carry local products, I usually pick up a stuffed chicken courtesy of Cajun Specialty Meats when I'm there! From garlic spread and lemon juice, to vegetables and sides, Joe Patti's has everything you need to host a fabulous seafood dinner party.
Joe Patti's along Pensacola Bay

Joe Patti's is open Monday through Saturday 7:30 am to 7 pm and Sunday 7:30 am to 6pm. 
For more information about Joe Patti's, call their store at (850) 432-3315 and visit them online.

Do you love Joe Patti's just as much as we do?  What's your favorite local fish?  Make sure to leave your suggestions below.

See you at Joe Patti's!
Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Property Management
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
Call us at (850) 473-3983

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Pensacola Parks: John Jones Athletic Park

Pensacola Parks: John R. Jones Athletic Park
Home of the Mitchell Homes Miracle League Park in Northeast Pensacola.

The John R. Jones Jr. Athletic park is located at 555 E. Nine Mile Rd., Pensacola, FL 32514.  This 70 acre park is home to several group sports including the Mitchell Homes Miracle League Park of Pensacola!
Parks in Pensacola, FL 32514
Tot Park Playground at John R. Jones Athletic Park

This park is the perfect place for an afternoon picnic and allows plenty of space for your children to run around and expend excess energy.  The John R. Jones Jr. park features:
  • Children's playground
  • Walking path
  • Covered pavilion
  • Picnic area with security lights
  • Tee ball, youth baseball, and adult softball 
  • Youth Football
Mitchell Homes Miracle League Park in Northeast Pensacola, FL 32514
Mitchell Homes Miracle League Park in Northeast Pensacola, FL 32514
Parks in Northeast Pensacola, FL 32514
One of the two playground areas at the John R. Jones Jr. Athletic Park in Pensacola, FL 32514

Miracle League Park Pensacola, FL
Entrance to Miracle League Park
This park partners with the following groups to host athletic events year round:
 Also, make sure to check out our articles on other Pensacola area parks including:

Pavilion and picnic area at John R. Jones Jr. Athletic Complex
Pavilion and picnic area at John R. Jones Jr. Athletic Complex

For more information on this park and other Escambia County Parks, contact Escambia County Parks and Recreation at (850) 475-5220, email them at or visit them online.
For more information on the Miracle League of Pensacola, visit their website.

Baseball and football fields at Athletic Complex
Baseball and football fields at Athletic Complex

We love our hometown and are happy to provide this Pensacola Bay area information for you. If you are looking for a home in Escambia or Santa Rosa Counties, please give us a call Monday through Saturday at (850) 473-3983 or search our website 
Do you frequent John R. Jones Athletic Park? Tell us about your experience. Comment below to share with our readers.
Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Property Management
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
Call us at (850) 473-3983
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Curb appeal puts your home in big demand

Curb appeal In a market where sellers are in competition to make the most out of their largest investment, improving your home's first impression is one of the best ways to set it apart from the rest of the pack.

When prospective buyers or renters drive through your neighborhood, what do they see? This is a really important question that you need to answer because it will help understand what your buyer is going to be looking for in a new home. Once you've answered this, ask yourself objectively if the front of your home is in keeping with the rest of the houses on your block. The first impression is critical in setting the mood for prospective agents and buyers. If your home's exterior looks like it needs work, then people immediately assume that it's a 'fixer-upper'. The opposite is true if your front yard is manicured, the roof is in good shape and the driveway is in good condition. Having a potential buyer walk into your front door in a positive mode can translate into big dollars for you.

Both Virginia Tech and the University of Guelph did studies in 2011 that measured the effect of landscaping on property values, and they both came to the same conclusion. To improve curb appeal, basic landscaping increased the home's value by 5%, but more extensive landscaping including decks and patios increased the homes value up to 15%.

So where do you spend the money?

Set your budget and be realistic about what you're trying to accomplish with it. Keep in mind that you are trying to create an excellent first impression to attract potential buyers. This isn't the opportunity for you to realize your landscaping dreams. Consider a new paint job using a color scheme that highlights the character of your home. Install a new front door or at least update your door's hardware. Even something as simple as full and healthy planters can make a favorable impact.

One of the easiest ways to improve curb appeal is to have a clean and tidy front yard with a manicured lawn. Maybe this is the opportunity to invest in some new tools to help do the job properly. The best part about this type of investment is that not only will your plants and lawn look better with edging, pruning and cutting, you also get to take your new tools with you once you've sold your home.

The technology for landscaping tools has made the purchasing task much easier as well. Now you can get a hedge trimmer, string trimmer or sweeper & vac all in one system. With the Black & Decker 36V Lithium system, for example, you can use the same battery and charger for all three of those tools. A quick prune of the shrubs with the hedge trimmer, followed by a 'one-around' with the string trimmer and then tidying up with the sweeper will help you to maintain the front yard as short as 10 minutes per day.

The goal is to create an emotional connection at the first glance of any prospective buyer, so before you put that sign on the lawn, be sure to spend enough time at the curb.

Courtesy of Newscanada

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Importance of Property Managers

The Importance of Property Managers
Property Managers serve a critical role in maintain your income producing investment.

Whenever you purchase a rental property, there are a lot of different factors that go into determining whether you can properly manage it. This is why lots of people choose to hire property managers, since that eases the burden on you and ensures that your rental property is in the best condition possible.

Pensacola Property Management
Ask any rental expert today and they will tell you that the best way to ensure that the property is in good running condition is by making sure that everything is in working order and by properly managing the tenants.
A property manager has education and experience in managing rental properties, which is one of the major reasons why so many rental property owners choose to hire property managers. In order to have your investment property managed in the right manner, you need to hire the right property manager, preferably someone who you can trust and have good communication with.

To pinpoint the importance of a property manager for rental property owners, here are some of the main things that a property manager can help you with:

·         Screening of tenants

·         Knowledge of the Landlord & Tenant law

·          Home values, local rental market and proper rent pricing

·         Knowledge about Property Maintenance and Repair

·         Solid connections with respected vendors

All the above mentioned incentives that a property manager provides you will not only ease the burden on you, but also ensure that you get the most out of your rental property today and in the future.
The Role of a Property Manager

A property manager is someone who you will have to rely on and trust in order to make things run smoothly. The manager will screen all the tenants who are looking to rent your property, and you should be sure they choose the best possible tenants based on their past rental history and references, credit and criminal background, and current verifiable income sources. 

Screening and finding the best tenants will minimize problems or trouble for you down the line. They may not, however, use subjective criteria such as appearance, nor violate any fair housing laws in choosing your tenants.

They will also be required to know the law regarding tenants and the landlords, so that they can properly handle any imaginable scenario that may occur over the course of time. They will also know the rental value of the homes in the Pensacola area and will therefore be highly beneficial to you when it comes to setting the monthly rent for the investment property.

You want to get the most you can, but you don’t want to price it too high as vacancy costs money.  Trying to get $50 more than market can cost you a lot more than $50 if your property sits vacant while potential renters chose another home. If you live in the Pensacola area and want a free fair market evaluation of rental potential from a home, visit our price evaluator.
AC Systems are one of the most costly in your home!
Your manager will also have knowledge about the maintenance and repairing of the property, which will become a huge advantage for you. Maintaining a rental property is not as easy as it seems and you will be required to make repairs from time to time.

A good property manager is highly efficient and knows all about keeping proper maintenance on the property, and the right times to make repairs to the property to keep it in proper working order and preserve the property value, as well as keep your tenants happy so they will want to stay in the property, which will reduce turnover costs.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       When the time comes to remodel your investment property, a property manager may become invaluable, since they tend to have solid connections with reputable vendors in the area. This may end up saving you thousands of dollars. 

Thinking about selling your investment? 

Your property manager is likely a licensed real estate agent that can advise you about recent sales and property values in the area.  They may be able to help you price and sell the home, possibly while your tenant is still in place, as they can coordinate appointments for prospective buyers with your tenants and meet prospective buyers at the property, as well as share the information about the repairs and improvements that have been made.
Pam Brantley, Broker
Realty Masters of Florida is a full service real estate brokerage that manages over 800 properties in the Pensacola area.  We specialize in assisting investors with buying, leasing and renting their investments. Give us a call at 850-473-3983 if you need help with buying, selling or renting a home.

Pam Brantley, Broker/ Owner
Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Rental Homes!
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Hilarious Real Estate Blog

Hilarious Real Estate Blogs~ 
We can't stop laughing at these hilarious real estate blogs. 

This one is from Pensacola MLS this year!
As our office real estate photographer, I absolutely love the sense of humor and premise behind both of these real estate blogs!   Give them a quick look and I promise you will laugh out loud. 

Terrible Real Estate Agent Photos
"Inexplicably bad property photographs. It's that simple."  Follow them on twitter @BadRealtyPhotos 

This real estate blog went viral after posting horrible MLS photos that other real estate agents took and published online when listing homes for lease and sale.  Readers can submit their own photos and it's updated weekly! It is absolutely hilarious. 
Poor Bear! This one didn't make it online. 

Ugly House Photos
"Phoenix Area Homes with Clutter, Ugly Decor, and Bad Taste"

Equally hilarious, this older that showcases ugly homes in Phoenix.  Check out the "Hall of Fame" to see the ugliest photos.  As a Florida realtor, I'm glad to see we face some of the same design and decoration challenges across the country! 

We've attached a few ugly and odd photos that we've encountered through the years.  Do you have a terrible real estate or ugly house photo? Feel free to post it below! 

Nice art work on the walls~ ?!?

Ugly House Photos
We call this one "Creepy Chairs by the bathroom"
Landlord says it's "Ready to Rent"

Happy Real Estate! 
Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola area Property Management
(850) 473-3983