Saturday, December 29, 2012


Realty Masters, The One Warm Coat Organization, and the EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless would like to thank all those who helped our coat drive to be so successful. Together we collected more than two hundred and twenty coats to give out to those in need of warm clothing this winter. Becky Jones, a property manager at Realty Masters, brought in eighty coats with the help of her friends, family, and church members. Many caring tenants of Realty Masters also donated coats, as well as local vendors and contractors such as Mark Laughlin, owner of Floor World, and concerned citizens that were in search of a way to give back to the community, and for that we thank you! The Realty Masters blog was a great help in spreading the word about our coat drive, and a big thanks is owed to Nicole St. Aubin, Marketing Director at Realty Masters, for her diligent and tireless work on keeping our blog and web site updated, helping to keep Realty Masters the number one property management company in Pensacola. If you are interested in assisting in a coat drive or starting your own, you can find more information about it at www.onewarmcoat.org or contact Keven Ard at the Realty Masters office, 850-473-3975. We at Realty Masters look forward to future involvement in community efforts to help those in need.

For more information on our company or buying, selling, and leasing property please visit our web site, www.pensacolarealtymasters.com

Or come in to the office located at:    4400 Bayou Blvd. Suite 58-B Pensacola, Fl. 32503

Friday, December 28, 2012

Pensacola ranked among "Improving Markets"

Pensacola Ranks among Improving Housing Markets~
National Home Builders Association/ First American releases December's list and we're on it!

Our hometown, Pensacola, Florida has been named an Improving Market by the NAHB/ First American for December 2012.

The list represents metros that are showing overall signs of economic improvement including:
  • Employment Growth
  • Housing Price Appreciation
  • Increase in single family housing permits
Pensacola ranks among improving Housing Markets
Map showing America's Improving Markets Index~
For more information and to view specific cities on the IMI, visit their website here.

Do you have questions about the Pensacola area real estate market? Email them to our expert ~ Northwest Florida Real Estate Broker Pam Keen Brantley at Pam@PensacolaRealtyMasters.com

Thanks and have a great day,
Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Property Management!
(850) 473-3983 Office
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
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Friday, December 21, 2012

Cook up a whole new look for your kitchen


How to Think Like a Buyer When Getting Your Property Ready to Sell


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Curb Appeal is everything!
Learn to think like a buyer!


 
Curb Appeal Is Everything!
  • Pay special attention to the landscaping and keep the grass cut and trimmed while your house is for sale. If you are selling during the summer months, extra watering may be needed to keep the lawn in tip top shape.
  • Give your yard a manicured look. It will really pay off to spend a few dollars to have the plants neatly trimmed, the planting beds weeded, and fresh mulch put down. A great touch is to put brightly colored flowers near the front of the house. You might even want to add a couple of pots of flowers at or near the front door well give it an extra touch. Be sure to pick plants that don't need daily watering.
  •  All your windows should be sparkling clean on the exterior as well as the interior.
  •  Take a good look at your front door. Does it need a fresh coat of paint or maybe just a good cleaning?
  • Spend a few dollars and replace your old mailbox and add some attractive house numbers. These simple things will give your house a polished look.
Make sure your deck or patio in the back yard is neat and inviting. You want your buyers to be able to imagine entertaining or just relaxing in this space at the end of the day. A power washer can be rented for about $40-$50 dollars if heavy duty cleaning is needed. Go ahead and power-wash any siding on your house at the same time.
  •  Store all of garden equipment and trash containers out of sight.
  • Look at the interior of the house through "buyer's eyes"
  • Have a professional do a thorough house cleaning when the house is finished paying special attention to the kitchen and the bathrooms. Remember these are the rooms that sell houses!
  • Make sure all floors have been cleaned and are in good condition. This also applies to any carpet that hasn't been replaced.
  • Give the house the "sniff test". Does it smell good?
  • Buyers don't want to have to paint before moving in, so be sure the house is painted in neutral colors. Painting the trim a crisp white makes the home look modern and inviting.
  • Home staging always pays big dividends! Consider doing some simple home staging so that prospective buyers can imagine what the home will look like with furniture in it.
  • Does the basement have a "musty" smell? Figure out what the problem is and correct it.
  • Does everything in the house function properly? Make sure all the light bulbs are working, and all of the cabinet handles and doorknobs are securely attached. Walk through the house and give it the same scrutiny that a buyer will, double checking the smallest details in the home.
  • Be sure to change the furnace filter. If the furnace hasn't been replaced during the rehab, have it professionally cleaned and inspected.
 
Author: Sharon Vornholt
 
Sharon's Website: http://LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog.com
 
 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Naval Live Oaks~ Gulf Islands National Seashore

Sunset at Naval Live Oaks Area
Wind, waves, and trees at the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

With less than week until Christmas, it is easy to get stressed!  Take 90 seconds and watch this video filmed at our very own Gulf Islands National Seashore in Gulf Breeze Pkwy. This video footage showcases the Naval Live Oaks area on the North side of Hwy 98 near Gulf Breeze Pkwy.

This is one of the most beautiful places to watch the sunset in the Florida Panhandle. Enjoy!



Thanks and have a great day,
Realty Masters of FL ~ #1 in Pensacola Rental homes!
(850) 473-3873 office/ (850) 232-2200 cell
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
Over 45 apartments and homes for rent in the Pensacola area. http://www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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Monday, December 17, 2012

Pensacola Property Manager of the Year~

Realty Masters' Becky Jones is Property Manager of the Year!
The Pensacola Association of Realtors votes Becky Jones 2012 Property Manager of the Year.

We are so proud of our senior Property Manager, Becky Jones, who received the 2012 Pensacola area Property Manager of the Year award from the Pensacola Association of Realtors.


Thank you to everyone at the Pensacola Association of Realtors for recognizing the hard work and accomplishments Becky has achieved! We are so proud of you Becky.

If you are in need of property management services in the Pensacola area, give Becky a call at (850) 473 3983 or email her directly at Becky@PensacolaRealtyMasters.com

For rental homes in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, visit our website at www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com to view over 45 Pensacola area homes for rent and for sale.

Thanks and have a great day,
Realty Masters of FL ~ #1 in Pensacola Rental homes!
(850) 473-3873 office/ (850) 232-2200 cell
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
Over 45 apartments and homes for rent in the Pensacola area. http://www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Sensory Overload at The Fresh Market~

The Fresh Market~ Now open on Airport Blvd. in Pensacola
Beware of Sensory Overload
Pensacola's newest whole foods store is a hit!

Pensacola welcomes its very own whole foods store, The Fresh Market!  Large crowds of Pensacolians joined together for the much anticipated grand opening of the Pensacola Fresh Market yesterday, December 12, 2012.

The Fresh Market is located at 1650 Airport Blvd. in the Cordova Commons Shopping Center next to the new Ulta and Marshalls.

View of produce inside Pensacola's new whole foods store: The Fresh Market!
The Fresh Market is known for its selection of fresh premium quality organic and whole foods. They also feature free samples daily of many of their products. This European style market features several departments including:
  • Produce
  • Floral & Gift baskets
  • Grocery
  • Dairy
  • Butcher Shop & Fish Market
  • Prepared Foods
  • Soup & Salad Bar
  • Deli & Cheese
  • Fresh Sushi
  • Beer & Wine
  • Coffee & Teas
With so much in store, we suggest not going on an empty stomach!  In addition to providing raw and prepared foods, the Fresh Market has created approximately 90 new jobs in the Pensacola area.


Prepared foods at the Fresh Market in Pensacola~ Ask for free samples!


The Fresh Market~ Bakery in Pensacola, FL with cupcakes, pastries, breads, cakes, and more!~
Prepared foods at Fresh Market off Airport Blvd. in Pensacola~
The Fresh Market is open Monday- Saturday from 9 am to 9 pm and Sunday from 11am to 8pm. 

Make sure to join their email list to receive weekly specials and ads.

For more information, contact the Pensacola Fresh Market at (850) 479-0886 or visit their website.  
See you at The Fresh Market!
Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL ~ #1 in Pensacola Rentals
(850) 473-3983 Office
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
Over 45 apartments and homes for rent http://www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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Monday, December 10, 2012

Let Your Tenants Send Your Kids to College

Make Money with Investment Real Estate~
And let Your Tenants Send Your Kids to College

Most people have lots of things to save for but not always enough discretionary income after the family essentials have been met.

A relatively small investment in a rental home can control a good home that will easily rent, generate positive cash flows and pay for itself. The borrowed funds create leverage that earn a return on the total value of the home and not just the amount of cash you have invested.

The strategy is simple. Find a slightly below average priced home that will rent well. It will appeal to a larger group of people while it's rented and when it's ready to be sold.
Rent the home and maintain its condition over the years. As the loan amortizes and the value increases, the equity will grow.

When your student is ready to start college, you'll actually have several options.
  • You can sell the property; pay the tax on the gain at the reduced capital gains rate and fund the education.
  • Another option would be to refinance and take the proceeds to pay for the tuition. This would allow you to continue to own the asset but would free your equity and under current tax laws is a non-taxable event.
Regardless of whether you're trying to plan for your children's education or your own retirement, rental property offers many solid investment opportunities. There are several profitable investment properties for sale in the Pensacola area- Contact me if you want more information.

Pam Keen Brantley, Certified Residential Specialist; USN Retired, Broker
Realty Masters of FL ~ #1 in Pensacola Rental homes!
(850) 473-3873 office/ (850) 232-2200 cell
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
Over 45 apartments and homes for rent in the Pensacola area. http://www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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Friday, December 7, 2012

How to Change your Address Online!

Change your Address Online!
Moving? Here's how to avoid long holiday lines at the Post Office.

To ensure your moving process goes smoothly, you should properly submit your change of address form with USPS, the United States Postal Service.

How to change your address with the United States Postal Service~
There are a few ways to complete a temporary or permanent change of address:

1. Online at their website using this link.
Please note, the USPS requires a valid email address and a credit card to complete this process online. There is a $1.00 verification charge for this process.

2. File your change of address form using the telephone. Call 1-800-275-8777 to change your address. There is a $1.00 verification charge for this process as well.

3. By visiting your local post office branch and completing a valid change of address form- PS Form 3575. There is no charge for this service at your post office. There are over 2 dozen post offices in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. To find the Pensacola area post office most convenient for you, use this link.

Better yet- Save yourself a step and print the necessary form here. Once completed and signed, you can hand this to your mail carrier or drop it in any USPS box!

Remember- The USPS suggests that you put in your change of address 2 weeks prior to moving.

Happy Moving! Remmber, if you are looking for a rental home in the Pensacola area, give us a call at (850) 473-3983 and visit our website at http://www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com to view more than 45 available rental homes and apartments!

Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL ~ #1 in Pensacola Rental homes!
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
Over 45 apartments and homes for rent in the Pensacola area. http://www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Realty Masters Annual Staff Cruise!

Realty Masters Annual Staff Cruise!
Property Management Staff Celebrate in Key West & Bahamas.
Realty Master Staff on Carnival Cruise~

Every year, our boss Pam Keen Brantley takes the senior staff members on a short vacation to celebrate our success in Pensacola area real estate and property management throughout the year.

This year, six of our senior staff members celebrated with a Carnival Cruise to Key West & Bahamas leaving from Jacksonville, Florida.

With two days in port, we made the best of the trip with a 2 hour bike tour in Key West and a paddleboarding and snorkeling excursion in the Bahamas.

While we had a ton of fun visiting our neighbors to the south, we can't help but notice how beautiful our hometown of Pensacola Beach compares to these popular cruise destinations.

Pensacola Beach

It's true that the beautiful white beaches of the Florida Panhandle and the Florida Gulf Coast are some of the most beautiful in the world!

We are so thankful to live, every day, in paradise! We are even more thankful to work for a company that allows us to spend this valuable time together.

Thanks again, Pam! 
Realty Masters staff relaxing in Bahamas!
Thanks and have a great day,
Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL ~ #1 in Pensacola Rental homes!
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
Over 45 apartments and homes for rent in the Pensacola area. http://www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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Monday, December 3, 2012

FHA Financing to Cost Borrowers More!

New Changes to FHA Financing~
FHA Financing to Cost Borrowers More!

FHA has announced a major change to its loan program which allows borrowers to cancel the mortgage insurance premium (MIP) when their unpaid balance reaches 78% of the original purchase price. While no specific date has been set for the change, sometime in 2013, new FHA loans will require the mortgage insurance for the life of the loan.

At existing rates, the monthly MIP on a $168,875 mortgage is $178.99 per month. Under the current rule with normal amortization, the MIP would no longer be required in 9 years and 9 months. However, under the new rule, it would last for the entire 30 year term.

They also announced that the annual MIP will also be increased from 1.25% to 1.35% at some point in the near future. HUD, the parent agency for FHA, is making the changes to restore the capital reserves of the program that are needed to fund failed loans.

People that can close a FHA loan before the change takes place will fall under the old rules for canceling MIP and the lower rates. Since no date was announced, it is not known exactly when the changes will take effect.

While this information will probably not make the evening news, it will have a big impact on borrowers planning to use an FHA loan. Please pass it on to anyone you know who might be considering purchasing or refinancing with a FHA loan.

Realty Masters of FL ~ #1 in Pensacola Rental homes!
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
Over 45 apartments and homes for rent in the Pensacola area. http://www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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