Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The New Landlord: Occupancy Restrictions in FL~

The New Landlord:  Occupancy Restrictions in FL
Make sure you are in compliance with Fair Housing laws including occupancy restrictions!

We all know the Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, or familial status regarding the sale, rental, financing or advertising of real estate. This law is very specific and concrete.  
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However, much confusion still arises today over occupancy restrictions with rental properties and in those communities that have active condo and homeowner associations. 

Department of Housing and US Development sets forth basic guidelines in regards to occupancy restrictions. This rule is typically defined as the "two-plus-one rule" which outlines the following:
  • Occupants may be restricted to 2 per bedroom
  • This does not apply if a child is under the age of two or if there is a pregnant women
When reviewing Fair Housing cases, HUD does tend to take into consideration a few factors including:
  • Size & Number of Bedrooms
  • Age of Children - especially when children present are infants
  • Configuration of home or apartment
  • Local & State Laws
The state of FL's landlord tenant laws do not provide specific occupancy restrictions and rather refer to those rules outlined by the Department of Housing and Development. Of course, with any law or rule, it could be affected by your local county and state ordinances, so make sure to check the rules present in your state. 

 As a landlord, you are not able to dictate that two children shouldn't sleep in the same room, regardless of the children's age or sex. Fair Housing Act rules apply to you, the landlord, when leasing or selling your home. Make sure to comply with all regulations to avoid a problem with Fair Housing! 

For more information, contact the Fair Housing Council or contact the Department of Housing and US Development or your attorney. 

This is the fourth article of our new blog series "The New Landlord: Tips & Tricks for the Profitable Landlord."  Make sure to follow our blog for more advice on how to be an effective landlord!  

Contact us with your Pensacola Property Management Questions
Contact us with your Pensacola Property Management Questions
Do you have any questions for us? Feel free to ask us your Pensacola Property Management Questions!  Email them to Nicoles@PensacolaRealtyMasters.com or give our office a call at (850) 473-3983

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Monday, October 28, 2013

PCS'ing to Pensacola?

Are you PCS'ing to Pensacola?
Let our former military, real estate experts help you make the move to Pensacola Naval Air Station.

Watch this quick video as Realtor Bob Supinger takes you on a tour of a few a neighborhoods off Gulf Beach Hwy, just minutes away from the entrance of the back gate of Naval Air Station in Pensacola, FL 32507.

These neighborhoods include:
  • Grande Lagoon- Waterfront community overlooking Big Lagoon. 
  • Vizcaya- Newer neighborhood, smaller community. 
  • Chevalier- Beautiful homes with an easy walk to Perdido Kids Park! 
  • Seaglades-  Affordable community with waterfront park, picnic area and fishing dock.
  • Chandelle- Stucco, South Florida style luxury homes. 

Amenities near NAS Pensacola Back Gate 
This area is highly desired due to the proximity from the back gate.  This area is also home to several local & state parks including the following:
  • Perdido Kids Park- located off Gulf Beach Hwy less than 2 miles from NAS Pensacola Back Gate
  • Big Lagoon State Park-  Located halfway between NAS Pensacola back gate and Perdido Key Beaches.  Admission fees apply.
  • Perdido Key Beaches-  Perdido Key beaches offer free public access and rank among the top sunsets in the US! 
Military Friendly Real Estate Company 
Making the move to a new duty station can be stressful, especially when there is little time to prepare and research your new hometown.  Calling a realty company with realtors who are former military and understand the PCS move can ease the stress a little.  If you are researching neighborhoods near Naval Air Station Pensacola, Whiting Field or even Hurlburt AFB, call upon our military real estate experts!

If you are looking to buy or lease a home near the back gate of Naval Air Station, call on our Pensacola Real Estate experts at Realty Masters at (850) 473-3983 or reach out to one of our on staff veterans:
  • Bob Supinger (850) 207-0912. Former Navy Chief, Realtor, 2012 Navy Housing Volunteer of the Year  
  • Rick Puckett (850) 473-3983. Rick@pensacolarealtymasters.com 


  • We look forward to helping your family find a new place to call home in the Pensacola area.

    Thanks and have a great day,
    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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    Tuesday, October 22, 2013

    Welcome back Blue Angels!

    US Navy Blue Angels announced 2014 seasons! 
    Pensacolians are thrilled to see the Blue Angels fly in 2014. 

    Home to the Blue Angels, the US Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, Pensacola is proud of our hometown heroes. We are happier than ever to see Pensacola's name appear twice on the the 2014 Blue Angels Flight Schedule.  

    The annual air shows are something local have taken for granted until earlier this year when the 2013 Season was cancelled in April. After the 2013 season cancellation, local fans are more anxious than ever to support the Blue Angels in their 2014 season right here at home!  

    Blue Angels perform at Pensacola Naval Air Station
    Blue Angels perform at Pensacola Naval Air Station
    As always, Pensacola is proud to sponsor two annual US Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstrations including:

    • Pensacola Beach Air Show - Saturday, July 12, 2014
    • Pensacola NAS Homecoming Show - Friday & Saturday, November 7 & 8, 2014
    The season kicks off in March 2014 and continues through the homecoming show at Pensacola NAS in November. To view the full schedule, visit the Blue Angels website here.

    Blue Angels flying over Pensacola NAS ~
    Blue Angels flying over Pensacola NAS ~
    To view more photos, video, and information about the US Navy Blue Angels, read one of our articles on the Blue Angels here :

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    Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Property Management
    4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
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    Saturday, October 19, 2013

    Pensacola Parks: Mallory Heights Park

    Pensacola Parks:  Mallory Heights Park
    Yet another City of Pensacola Park to enjoy! 

    With over 90 parks in the City of Pensacola, we are lucky to live in a community that values outdoor community recreation space.  As local Pensacola area experts, we are happy to showcase Pensacola area parks.

    The Mallory Heights Park is located in East Pensacola off Summit Blvd. near Scenic Hwy.  It is divided into three different park areas. The main Mallory Heights park is located at 3000 Rothschild Drive in Pensacola, FL 32503 with an additional 6 acres of recreation land located at 6200 Goya Drive and 7 acres of passive land located at 2600 Scenic Hwy.


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    Playground Equipment at Rothschild Park in Pensacola, FL
    Playground Equipment at Rothschild Park in Pensacola, FL 
    If you are interested in hosting your own community sport league or just looking for a public park to take your children, this park is for you! 

    Amenities at the Mallory Heights Park include:
    • Playground Equipment
    • Baseball / Softball Fields
    • Kickball Field
    • Basketball Goals
    • Picnic areas
    • Swings
    • Jungle Gym & Monkey Bars
    Pensacola Park ~ Kickball, softball, baseball
    Large space to run and play or play kickball! 
    The Mallory Heights Park is pet friendly as long as you pick up after your pet!  Bags are provided on site but it is a always a good idea to bring your own in case they are out. 
    Mallory Heights Park off Summit and Goya Dr. in Pensacola
    Mallory Heights Park in East Pensacola, FL 32503 ~ City of Pensacola Parks! 

    The Mallory Heights Park is one of the older parks in town, so doesn't have the newest playground equipment. It does, however, have tons of space for your kids to run free and wear themselves out.

    Grab a few friends and host a kickball game here- this park is perfect for it. 



    Also, make sure to check out our articles on other Pensacola area parks including:
    Pensacola area parks
    Monkey Bars & Picnic area at Mallory Heights Playground
    Swings & Monkey bars at Mallory Heights Playground in Pensacola
    Swings at Mallory Heights Playground in Pensacola~
    For more information on this park and other City of Pensacola parks, please contact the City of Pensacola Parks & Recreation division or call them at (850) 436-5670.

    We love our hometown Pensacola and are happy to provide this information for you. If you are in need of a Pensacola rental home or home for sale, give us a call at (850) 473-3983.

    What's your favorite park in the Pensacola area? 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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    Thursday, October 17, 2013

    Family fun: Corn Mazes & Pumpkin Patches

    Corn Mazes & Pumpkin Patches in Santa Rosa County~
    Milton, FL offers several pumpkin patches and corn mazes!

    I love Fall! The weather is perfect for a seasonal trip to a local Pensacola area corn maze or pumpkin patch. With less than 2 weeks until Halloween, it's time to start enjoying the season.

    When purchasing your holiday pumpkins this year, consider visiting a local farm! Buying local supports our hometown farms and community members. Choosing your own pumpkin is fun! Not only does it create a more memorable experience for your family, it improves the sustainability of our community.

    Pumpkin Patch in Milton, FL
    Visit a local Pumpkin Patch this year! 
    While some local schools and churches sell pumpkins, the only large pumpkin patches and corn mazes in the Pensacola area are in Northern Santa Rosa County in Milton or Pace, FL. Make sure to visit one of these local farms before the first week of November to enjoy this seasonal family fun activity. 

    Sweet Seasons Farm Corn Maze

    Sweet Seasons Farm Fall Fun Festival Milton, FL
    Pony Rides at Sweet Seasons Farm Fall Fun Festival
    A bunch of our agents visited Sweet Seasons Farm last weekend.  We had such a great time! 

    We navigated through the Corn Maze which took around 30 minutes.  They also offer a Kiddie Maze should your smaller children want to take an easier and shorter path. 

    They offer a Fall Fun Festival on the weekends with pony rides, kiddie rides, a sunflower field, hay ride, cow train, and more with activities for children of all ages.  
    Sweet Season Farm- Fall Fun Festival, Corn Maze, and Pumpkin Patch in Milton, FL

    Pumpkin Patches & Mazes in Pensacola area

    While we had a great time at Sweet Season Farm, there are a few options for your family in the Pensacola area. Check them out here- and if you know of any others, please comment below! 
    Pumpkin Patch & Corn Mazes in Milton FL
    Kiddie Corn Maze in Milton, FL at Sweet Season Farm~

    Haystackular- Hay Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Pace, FL

    Holland Farms- Pumpkin Patch in Milton, FL 

    Sonshine Family Farms- Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Milton, FL 

    Sweet Season Farm-  Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Milton, FL * (photos here are of Sweet Seasons Farm which my family visited last weekend!)

    Happy Fall!

    Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
    Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Rental Homes!
    4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
    Call us at (850) 473-3983

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    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

    Pensacola Real Estate Waterfront Opportunities

    Pensacola Real Estate Waterfront Opportunities
    Waterfront property in the Pensacola area is abundant~

    Pensacola Waterfront condos for sale
    So many different types of Waterfront Homes available in the Pensacola area!
    One of the reasons I love my hometown so much is because I live in a waterfront community.

    As a real estate agent, my favorite type of Pensacola area real estate is waterfront real estate!

    What is not to love about a sunrise beach walk, an afternoon boat ride, or a fishing in your own backyard?

    The Pensacola real estate market entails a large amount of waterfront property as we have several smaller and larger bodies of water. With bayous, lagoons, rivers, bays, and even the Gulf of Mexico, you can pick the waterfront you love the most.

    Pensacola Florida 32507 Waterfront home
    Waterfront Pensacola home on it's own little slice of paradise~ 
    In addition to waterfront areas on Pensacola and Pensacola Beach, the surrounding communities of Gulf Breeze, Navarre, Perdido Key, and even Pace and Milton offer unique waterfront opportunities.

    There are over 450 waterfront properties in Escambia & Santa Rosa Counties in Northwest Florida.  From condos on the Bayou to luxury beachfront properties on the Gulf of Mexico, there is a Pensacola waterfront property waiting for you.

    Watch our quick video tour on Pensacola area waterfront opportunities.


    For a list of all the best deals on waterfront homes and condos in the Pensacola Beach area, email our Waterfront Pensacola expert Pam Brantley at Pam@PensacolaRealtyMasters.com or Nicole St. Aubin at Nicoles@PensacolaRealtyMasters.com or just call us now at (850) 473 3983.

    In the meantime, search our website here to find the view for you.  You pick the view, and we'll find the house for you!

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    4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
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    Wednesday, October 9, 2013

    Pensacola named Top 25 Hidden Gem Rental Markets~

    Pensacola named Top 25 Hidden Gem Rental Markets~
    RealtyTrac & Rent Range names Escambia & Santa Rosa County as 2 of Top 25 Single Family Rental Markets. 

    Listen to Keven Ard explain how the counties in the Pensacola, FL area were named 2 of the top Single Family Rental Market Hidden Gems!  




    These markets were chosen because investor yields are high and the number of institutional investors are low, making it a great place for investors like you and I who are tired of gambling with the stock market and investment accounts. 

    Institutional investors have dominated the investment real estate market in larger Florida cities like Tampa and Gainesville making it difficult and aggravating to secure an income producing rental property.  While we have private investors purchasing Pensacola, FL real estate investment properties, we still have a surplus of affordable, single family homes for sale that will make great rental properties. 
    Pensacola FL Investment real estate
    Pensacola named 17 & 18 on Top 25 Hidden Gem
    Single Family Rental Markets~ 

    Escambia County encompasses the cities of Pensacola, Perdido Key, and Cantonment as well as a the northern areas of the county including McDavid, Century, and Walnut Hill.  Santa Rosa County consists of Gulf Breeze, Navarre, Milton, and Pace, FL.  Great real estate investment opportunities exist across both counties with median market value and rental rates slightly higher in Santa Rosa County. 

    With four major military installations

    • Whiting Field Naval Air Station
    • Pensacola Naval Air Station
    • Eglin Air Force Base
    • Hulrburt Field Air Force Base 
    and several higher learning institutions
    • University of West Florida
    • Pensacola State College
    • Pensacola Christian College
    • Okaloosa Walton College 
    There is never a shortage of potential renters in the area.  


    With over 750 single family rental properties managed, Realty Masters is the leader in Property Management and Real Estate Investment services in the Pensacola area.  Our agents have the most extensive rental market knowledge in the Pensacola area.  If you are looking to purchase investment real estate, let real estate veterans Pam Brantley and Keven Ard find a money making investment for you!  Email Keven@PensacolaRealtyMasters.com or Pam@PensacolaRealtyMasters.com with your investment needs and we will get right back to you with a list of potential Pensacola area investment properties for purchase or just give us a call now at (850) 473-3983. 

    Keven Ard, Broker Associate 
    850-304-5236 Direct ~   850-473-3983 Office
    Realty Masters of FL ~ #1 in Pensacola Rental homes! 
    4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
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