Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Pensacola Flooding & Disaster Relief

Pensacola Flooding Insurance and Disaster Relief Information 
State of Emergency declared in Pensacola from flash floods and heavy rains.

Flood damage in Crescent Lake neighborhood off Michigan Ave.
Flood damage in Crescent Lake neighborhood off Michigan Ave.
Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa Counties are three of the 26 counties along the Gulf Coast that have been declared under a local state of emergency.

Pensacola received 17-24 inches of rain last night, causing flash flooding that officials say is the "worst they have seen in over 30 years."  A record number of lightning strikes caused severe damage and rising waters stunned residents.

Several roads have washed out completely including Scenic Hwy, which are elevated bluffs over Escambia & Pensacola Bay. Escambia County 911 dispatch reports over 4,000 calls in the last 24 hours alone.

We are saddened to see the severe damage to our local homes, non-profits, and businesses.  Many of us have suffered deep financial loss and even a life was lost during this storm. Here are some resources to help you with the flooding and damaging winds in Pensacola.

Gulf Breeze, FL 32561 home flooded from april 2014 flood
Flash Flooding caused devastating damage to Gulf Coast homes today including this Gulf Breeze, FL 32561 home.

Emergency Information:

To locate a Shelter -
Florida 511 Alerts-
List of Road Closures for all three counties:
Red Cross FL Disaster Guide-
Important Telephone #'s Be Ready Escambia-
Are you in a Flood Zone? Search FEMA Maps

Utility Information: 

Power Outage Map Search-
ECUA Water Boil Notices-
Report water or sewer main breaks by calling 850-476-0480 or after hours call 850-476-5110.

Financial Assistance: 
  • If you have immediate needs for food, water, basic supplies, and shelter, contact 1-800-RED-CROSS 
  • To contact the local Red Cross for disaster assistance, visit them at 222 N. Baylen Street, Pensacola, FL, 32502 or give them a call at 850-432-7601.  They can provide immediate disaster relief including possibly financial assistance and/or vouchers for essentials. 
  • You can contact the United Way & First Call for Help- call (850) 595-5905 or (850) 983-7200. 
  • Residents in Escambia County that need non-emergency assistance can call the Citizens Information Center at 850-471-6600.  The FL emergency operations chapter is only responding to people with severe circumstances (safety of children, water above electrical receptors in home, etc.) but can provide information on where to get assistance. 
  • Residents in Santa Rosa County can report flood damages online or by calling (850) 983-5360.  Santa Rosa County is offering to help with securing a grant or emergency assistance. 
  • Santa Rosa County Residents who have unmet needs such as housing, food, clothing or other essential services, are asked to contact the Citizen Information Center at call (850)  983-INFO (4636).
  • Residents who need volunteer assistance with their home repairs and cleanup:
    ·         Residents south of the Yellow River please call (850) 490-7399 or visit the Volunteer Reception Center located at the Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, Fairpoint Campus, 75 Fairpoint Drive in Gulf Breeze from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    ·         Residents north of the Yellow River please contact the United Way of Santa Rosa County at (850) 623-4507
    After 72 hours, the government will decide if this is a Federal disaster. If it is a Federal disaster, customers can call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or apply online at  You will need to furnish your social security number, annual gross income and any insurance information regarding the property. Once the initial claim has been set up then it will be determined if they qualify for a grant or a low interest loan. Grants do not have to be paid back, but low interest rate loans will have to be paid back. 
Giving & Receiving Donations & Volunteering
  • A facebook community Help Flood Victims in Pensacola is a great source of resources for volunteering, dropping off and picking up donated items.  They update daily with different volunteer efforts, churches handing out care packages, and more.

  • On Monday, May 5, 2014, Farm Share will provide foods and needed goods for Pensacola flood victims. Farm Share will partner with Representative Mike Hill for the emergency distribution.   The distribution will from 10 am to 1 pm at the Brownsville Assembly Church, 3100 W Desoto St, Pensacola, FL 32505.   The care package will have fresh foods, bottled waters, blankets and needed goods. Also, pasta meal kits will be provided and donated by Convoy of Hope. Local Farm Share volunteers will help hand out all giveaway items to the families devastated by the flood.
Help Cleaning Debris from your homee after the floods:

- Go to find out how to get volunteers to come help pull carpets, appliances, etc… out of your flooded house. They are also seeking volunteers age 18+ to go help clear debris from houses.
Financial Donations can be made at
Be sure to type FLOOD if giving online or write Flood on your check if by mail.

- Call Liberty Church Blue Angel Campus at (850) 453-4318. Please leave a voicemail if no answer and your call will be returned.
To donate financially to these efforts, go to

Insurance Tips:

1. Unfortunately, regular renters insurance does not cover flood damages. Make sure your policy includes a separate policy for flood damages.

2. File a claim by calling your insurance company. It may be days before the adjuster can make it to the home so ask about what emergency precautions they can authorize. Ensure you have photos of any damage prior to removing carpet, tearing out walls, etc. Make sure to keep receipts for any emergency precautions.

3. Take detailed inventory of your damages and personal property. You must have a written list of every item in your home.  Also take photos.  Get serial numbers off damaged electronics and write brand information plus item descriptions prior to disposing of damaged property!

4.   Do not tarp your roof without your permission from your insurance company. Sometimes this causes a need for a full roof when only a repair would have sufficed.

5. Have you heard of Rebuild Northwest Florida?  Your home may be eligible for a grant to make energy saving upgrades to your home. Now may be a better time than ever to get that windstorm damaged garage door or back door replaced. Just look into it:

For more insurance tips including an insurance claim checklist and how to prepare for your insurance adjuster, visit Be Ready Escambia 

Getting Insurance 
If you do not have renters insurance or homeowners insurance, make sure you secure proper insurance prior to hurricane season.  Call your insurance agent immediately as many policies have a 30 day hold policy and will not write policies when storms are in the Gulf of Mexico. Renters insurance is so cheap- as low as $30 per month. To secure insurance, call our insurance friends at:
Septic Tanks Warning!
Due to the saturation of water, many septic tanks and sewer systems are malfunctioning. Please limit water usage at this time as flushing or water usage may cause a sewage backup into your home.

Of course, we want to thank our fire, EMS, police, 911, nurses, restoration companies, insurance agents, roofers, all emergency agencies and of course volunteers for your assistance in keeping everyone safe and healthy during this disaster.

Do you want to help?
You can help by donating to the local Bay Area Food Bank who is almost out of supply, as well as donate your time and resources to the local Red Cross.

Be safe Pensacola!
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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Free AC Tune up from Gulf Power!

Gulf Power's Check Me! Program 
Take advantage of your free AC Tune Up provided by Gulf Power

Take advantage of Gulf Power's Free
a/c tune up to keep your system
operating at peak efficiency! 
There are several reasons why your ac needs a tune up every few years. Gulf Power estimates that as much as half of the energy consumed in your home comes from your heating and cooling!  That's why they offer an incentive program to help homeowners improve the efficiency of their heating and cooling systems and save on their energy costs.

If you are a Gulf Power customer in a single family home with a heat pump or central air system that is more than 5 years old, you most likely qualify for this FREE service. 

A Gulf Power certified technician comes to your home to evaluate and test the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling systems.  In addition to assessing your system, they will:

  • Adjust your refrigerant charge
  • Clean your evaporator coil (in place, not removed)
  • Clean your outdoor condenser coil
  • Adjust your airflow
  • Inspect your ducts
  • Add a panhandle heat strip device when applicable

This a/c tune up service is valued up to $260 and is offered free to you, the customer, as Gulf Power reimburses the contractors. 

In addition to the tune up, Gulf Power will offer several EarthCents financial incentives to upgrade your energy systems including (but not limited to)

  • Incentives to upgrade to a new HVAC system or heat pump system
  • Incentive for new duct work & to seal existing duct work 
Of course, certain rules and regulations apply, so definitely contact a qualified Check Me! vendor or Gulf Power to verify rules and regulations. 

While there are several Gulf Power Certified contractors, we recommend:
  • Economy Appliance Heating & Air for Escambia County ~ (850) 944-9702.  View more information and register for the free a/c tune up on their website. 

If you are one of our clients, just contact your property manager or send me an email at to schedule your service! 

Do you have any questions or have you benefited from this service? Leave us a comment below! 

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Making Money in Pensacola Real Estate Market

Pensacola Real Estate Investment Market
Pensacola Investment Specialist Pam Brantley can you help you locate an income producing property 

Are you looking at Real Estate as a viable option for retirement?  Now is the time to invest in the Pensacola Real Estate Market.  With a strong rental market and increasing rents, it is now possible to earn 10-15% rate of return on your money in Real Estate. 

Listen to fellow real estate investor Pam Keen Brantley who discusses tools you can use to help locate profitable investments in Escambia & Santa Rosa Counties of Northwest Florida. 

If you are interested in purchasing income producing property including single & multi-family properties in the Pensacola, Florida area, email or give her a call at (850) 232-2200.  Pam specializes in investment real estate and assisting clients with purchasing income producing real estate investments. 

If you are in need of professional property management services in Escambia or Santa Rosa Counties in Florida- email or give us a call at (850) 473-3983. For more information about our property management services, visit our website at With over 750 homes managed, Realty Masters is the largest property management company in the Pensacola area and we are happy to help with your investment needs. 

Happy Investing! 
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Five modern bathroom design ideas

Would you say your overall design style is sleek and chic? Do you enjoy the true architecture of a space with its linear simplicity rather than an overly adorned and accessorized space? If you'd like to translate your modern vision into your Master Bath here are a few design ideas to help get you started.

1. Cabinetry - When it comes time to selecting the design of your cabinetry lean toward clean, crisp and streamlined furniture. To create a lighter and sleek bathroom environment consider cantilevered cabinetry secured to the wall creating a minimal look to the vanity piece.Create some drama with strip lighting added to the bottom side of the cabinet which will cast a warm glow to the floor below. Provide additional built in wall-to-wall storage elsewhere in the bathroom to compensate for the reduced storage in the vanity area. Deep dark rich woods evoke a sense of warmth to the clean lines of contemporary design.

2. Fixtures - Crisp clean and sleek white fixtures speak to the contemporary/modern design. If space allows introduce one of the hottest trends - a free-standing bathtub. They are available in all shapes and sizes, and nothing creates a more dramatic focal point in the bathroom than an exquisite free-standing tub. Simply position it in front of a spectacular picture window with a breathtaking view as the backdrop.

3. Surfaces and Materials - Utilize solid surfaces for countertops, whether quartz, limestone, granite, concrete or glass to give it a clean contemporary look. Keep the edges simple and square for easy maintenance and sophisticated style. Always introduce an interesting backsplash material in contrast to the counter top color and material. Whatever the surface I like to apply it on all walls from floor to ceiling. It creates instant architecture and adds great detail and drama to the space. Glass tile, mosaic, stone or ceramic details are just a few of the highly decorative backsplash products out on the market today that create a sense of modern style. Keep geometry in mind when selecting the material for your contemporary backsplash. Consider tile shapes that are rectangular, oversized, or small mosaics to create detail in the pattern of the application. If the tile is oversized and rectilinear install it in a brick pattern. If it's shape is longer and thinner then stacking the tile creates a very interesting modern vibe. Stay away from the common square tile in any size.

4. Luxurious Shower - Create a steam shower with multiple rain heads, and body sprays. If your budget allows, add chromatherapy and aromatherapy to your master bath wish list as well. These fittings represent the epitome of modern luxury design. Don't forget a built in bench and access panel to hide the steam system. Design a full seamless glass enclosure from floor to ceiling and finish the interior with complimentary mosaics or stone tile to set it apart from the rest of the space. This glass enclosure creates a more visually open space within the overall space.

5. Accessories - Remember to keep clutter and display to a minimum. - Accessorize with towels in a bright color for punch or stainless steel and woods. Keep everything to a minimum and clutter free. Select chrome, nickel or silver toned drawer/door pulls, towel bars, towel hooks and paper holders for sparkle. Frame vanity mirrors in woods or silver tones in similar finishes to the other accessories adorning your modern bath.

Draw the bath and enjoy the modern luxuries of your new space.

by: Lori Gilder

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

PCS Tips for Summer Moving

PCS Tips for Summer Moving
Helpful videos to assist you with your PCS Summer Move!

We are entering military PCS (permanent change of station) moving season. The majority of PCS moves with families occur during the peak summer months between May 15th through the 15th of August.  With over 520,000 PCS moves during the year, over half (reported at about 225,000 PCS moves) take place during this time.

Because this is peak move season, we often find a shortage of rental homes in the Pensacola area convenient to military bases and service members often find a lag in delivery of house hold and personal goods.  

Here's a few video tips from Military Benefits to help you with your summer PCS.

For other articles on PCSing to Naval Air Station Pensacola see:
If you are looking to rent a home in Pensacola near Naval Air Station, make sure to visit our website to view available rentals at or give our agents a call at (850) 473 3983. Availability in the

Also feel free to email us your moving questions to

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

The New Landlord: Importance of Property Managers

The New Landlord:  Importance of Property Managers
Pam Brantley interviewed by Small Business Trendsetters.

Our broker Pam Brantley appeared in Small Business Trendsetters April column.

The article, entitled, Pensacola Realtor Pam Brantley Discusses The Importance Of Having An Experienced Property Manager, summarizes Pam's history in Pensacola Real Estate and also highlights some of the main reasons it's important to hire a professional property manager.  

Pensacola Property Management Pam Brantley Realty Masters
Pam Brantley, Realty Masters Broker & USNR
 According to Pam, experience is key in successfully managing your home and your tenants. According to the article, "She has been in the business for 35 years now, and has probably encountered every imaginable scenario and has put policies in place."

To summary the article, other key factors when managing your investment property include:

  • Tenant screening
  • Landlord Tenant Law knowledge
  • Home Values
  • Maintenance & Repair knowledge
  • Connections with reputable vendors

For more information on Pensacola Property Management Services, contact Pam Brantley at (850) 473-3983 with Realty Masters or read the entire property management article here

This is the seventh article of our 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!  

See our past articles including: 

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

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Seaglades near NAS Pensacola, FL 32507

Neighborhood Profile: Seaglades Subdivision
Newly developed community in SW Pensacola near NAS Pensacola. 

The Seaglades community is located off of Gulf Beach Hwy between Blue Angel Pkwy & Perdido Key Dr., just minutes from the back gate of Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL 32507. 

Seaglades & Seaglades North Community in Pensacola, FL 32507 near NAS Pensacola Back Gate
Seaglades & Seaglades North in Pensacola, FL 32507 near NAS Pensacola Back Gate 

Located in Southwest Pensacola, FL, 32507 just minutes from Perdido Key Beaches & Naval Air Station Pensacola, this waterfront community is a favorite among military families.

The Seaglades community is located off of Gulf Beach Hwy, just minutes from the back gate of Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL 32507.  This community features three phases (Sealgades, Seaglades North, and Seaglades East) with over 200 homes with some homes in Seaglades featuring waterfront and water view lots overlooking Big Lagoon. 

Beautiful Neighborhood Photo of Seaglades by Dee Horton Images (Thanks Dee!)
The original Seaglades community was constructed in the 1970's, however, the majority of homes located in Seaglades Subdivisions are newer brick homes. Seaglades North was developed in the 1990's while Seaglades East was developed in the early 2000s.  

They range in square footage from about 1,400 square feet to 3,500 square feet and feature either front or side entry double car garages.  

Street names in the Seaglades Subdivision include:

Waterfront Homes in Seaglades Community, Pensacola, FL 32507
Waterfront Homes in Seaglades Community, Pensacola, FL 32507
Basla Ct., Bartram Ln., Cacao Ln., Catskill Ln., Ferdinand Dr., Flamingo St., Glades Ln., Mako St., Manatee Dr., Nassau St., Sandcliff Dr., Sea Oats Dr., and Seaglades Dr.

Neighborhood Amenities for Seaglades
  • Waterfront community picnic area 
  • Dock for fishing! 
  • Underground Utilities
Perdido Kids Park, Pensacola, FL 32507
Perdido Kids Park- just a few miles away! 
Seaglades Pensacola, FL 32507
Please note: There is an awesome waterfront park on Seaglades Dr. but is only accessible to residents of the original Seaglades, not Seaglades North or East. 

Proximity to Major Employers & Attractions
School Districts for Seaglades in Pensacola, FL 32507
Buses for each school run at different times. For more information, visit the Escambia County School District website! 

Seaglades Homeowners Association 
As with most newer construction communities, there is an active Homeowners Association in this community and mandatory dues that were $35 for 2013. Prior to renting or purchasing a home in this community, please familiarize yourself with the covenants and restrictions which govern the neighborhood. 

Seaglades Subdivision Homes for Sale 
Four homes sold during 2013 ranging in price from $105,000 to $260,000 with an average sales price of $160,000.  As of today's date, there are three homes for sale in Seaglades Subdivision priced between $110,000 for a foreclosed home through $200,000 for an updated home with an in-ground pool.  

For a current listing of homes for sale in Seaglades, email Pam Keen Brantley at or call her at (850) 232-2200. You can also browse for homes for sale on our website at 

Seaglades Subdivision in Pensacola, FL 32507
Seaglades Subdivision in Pensacola, FL 32507 ~ Sea Oats Dr. & Balsa Ct. 
Homes in Seaglades Subdivision for Rent
In 2013, twelve homes rented in Seaglades ranging in monthly rental rates from $975 for one of the older homes in the subdivision to $1975 for a waterfront 2,500 square foot home with an average rental rate of $1,250.   

This is a popular area and homes do not last on the market long Availability changes daily, so make sure to email me if you are interested in renting a home in the Seaglades Community or in nearby neighborhoods near the back gate of Naval Air Station Pensacola. 
SW Pensacola Rental homes near NAS
SW Pensacola Rental homes near NAS

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pensacola NAS History Video~

Quick video history of NAS Pensacola 
The Birth of Naval Air Station Pensacola video by the Naval Air Museum.

Thanks to NAS Pensacola, Pensacola is proudly known as the Cradle of Naval Aviation.

NAS Pensacola was established in 1914 and is celebrating its 100th birthday this year.  To help celebrate, the National Museum of Naval Aviation (located here in Pensacola) is working on a series of short videos describing Pensacola Naval Air Station's history. Watch The Birth of Naval Air Station Pensacola below.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tips to protect your pet - and your home - from fleas and ticks

(BPT) - Fleas and ticks are on every pet owner's radar when warm weather flourishes. This is the season when both pets and people are itching to get outside, but without proper protection, four-legged friends can end up itching even more. However, if fleas and ticks take hold, and an infestation starts, this seasonal concern can turn into a year-round headache. That's why many veterinarians advocate parasite prevention all year long.

Taking precautionary measures will protect your pet from much more than a few bites. Ticks and fleas can spread a range of ailments and diseases - from Lyme disease and tapeworm, to flea-bite anemia.- While several are downright uncomfortable, some can be very severe for your pet, and even you.

Fleas and ticks are so tiny that, if they get into your home they can easily hide in carpet, furniture, and other nooks and crannies. In the warm environment of your home, they can survive year round, no matter where you live, leaving you and your pets exposed to irritation and disease.

"Protecting your pet from these pests is as good as protecting your home," says veterinarian Dr. Liz Hanson of the Corona del Mar Animal Hospital in Newport Beach, Calif. "When you have a healthy pet, it's more likely that you'll have a healthy household. Luckily, setting a protective barrier against fleas and ticks is quick and simple."

Follow these tips from Hanson to ensure that your pets are effectively shielded from fleas, ticks and other pests:

* Don't assume that you have to spend a lot of money. If you're weighing the costs of medication versus infestation, look for lower-cost options that are still highly effective. VetGuard Plus ( is a triple action formula that is effective at killing, preventing and repelling pests such as fleas, ticks, lice and mosquitoes. VetGuard Plus exceeds the pest-control claims of similar medications, but is available at significant cost savings.

* Choose what's right for your pet. Cats and dogs have different tolerances, so choose a medication that is appropriate for the species and size of your pet. VetGuard Plus is a vet-grade quality product available for small, medium, large and extra-large dogs. In addition, VetGuard is also available for cats.

* Apply medication properly. Topical flea and tick treatment should be applied directly on the skin in one or several spots along the top of the neck or back, and in areas your pet cannot reach by mouth. Be sure your dog or cat is completely dry before applying and do not bathe for several days after the application.

-"Keeping your pet and your home flea and tick free should be a year-round priority, and if you shop smart, you can save on quality flea and tick control for your pet," Hanson adds.

Courtesy of BPT

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Pool Homes for rent in Pensacola, FL

Pool Homes in Pensacola~
Find your own backyard oasis with in-ground pool in Northwest Florida! 

With an average of 343 days of sunshine per year, the Pensacola area is blessed with a sub tropical climate that creates the perfect environment for a private backyard oasis! That's why so many homeowners install in-ground pools in their backyards. 

Maintaining Your Pool
Before you lease a pool home, make sure you inquire about pool maintenance.  Many times, our owners provide professional pool services included in the monthly rent. This often includes a once a month service in the fall and winter months and a bi-weekly service in spring and summer. 

Homes in Pensacola for rent with Pools
Inground Pool at Pensacola, FL 32506 Rental Home
Even with professional pool maintenance to distribute chemicals and care for the Ph of your backyard pool, you still have routine pool maintenance responsibilities.  These include:

  • Emptying leaves and other yard debris from the pool
  • Ensuring debris doesn't get into the pump or skimmer
  • Filling the pool with water as needed
  • Ensuring the pump and all pool parts are operating continually

In addition to some TLC, your pool will increase your water and electricity bills, so make sure to budget accordingly.

Pensacola Pool Homes
It's Springtime and we are hearing a lot of requests for Pool Homes in Pensacola! Luckily, we have a few pool homes currently available for rent.  Pool homes in the Pensacola area generally range in rental rates between $1,000 to $2,000 a month depending on size and location.
Pool at 4610 Bridgedale Home

  • 4610 Bridgedale Rd., Pensacola, FL 32505- This 3 bedroom 2 bath smaller home features a private circular pool and rents for $895 with pool service. 
  • 1200 St. James Pl., Pensacola, FL 32506.  This 3 bedroom 2 bath is located near the back gate of Naval Air Station Pensacola off Fairfield Dr.  This home also includes pool service at a monthly rate of $1200.
    Pool homes for rent in Northeast Pensacola
    4165 Kingsberry~ In-ground backyard pool!
  • 4165 Kingsberry Dr., Pensacola, FL 32514  (Now Rented!)  This 3 bedroom 2 bath home in Northeast Pensacola features over 2,000 square feet and a beautiful in-ground pool. The rental rate is $1450 per month with a $1400 deposit and includes professional pool service!
  • 11555 Belize Dr., Pensacola, FL 32506.  This executive, newly built home is located near the back gate of Naval Air Station and features a beautiful in-ground, salt water pool. This sprawling home boasts over 2,950 square feet and rents for $1775 with professional pool service.
Pool homes for rent near NAS Pensacola, FL 32506
Salt Water Pool in Osprey Place home
Of course, pool homes rent fast so visit our Pensacola Real Estate Website to view current listings of Pensacola area homes for rent or sale. 

Pensacola also has several luxury subdivisions with community pools including Herons Forest near NAS Pensacola and Nature Trail near Beulah's Navy Federal Credit Union as well as condo complexes that feature community pools. 
Community Pool at Nature Trail, Pensacola, FL 32526
Community Pool at Nature Trail, Pensacola, FL 32526

Relocating to Pensacola?
Here a few articles to assist you with your move:

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tips on How to Purchase Foreclosures

Tips on Bidding on Foreclosed Homes
Want to get the house? Our broker gives you tips to get the bank to accept your offer!

Distressed properties include short sales and bank owned foreclosures.  These homes represent a large portion of the sales in the Pensacola real estate market and often offer an opportunity to purchase a home below market value.  Because many foreclosures and short sales are bargains, first time home buyers and investors alike are bidding on foreclosures.

Our broker Pam Keen Brantley offers a few tips on how to make an offer on a Foreclosure or Short Sale:

1. These properties are already priced below market, so when making an offer, be reasonable. A general rule of thumb is that banks price these listings to sell in 30 days or less at or near the asking price. If you really like the property do not be afraid to offer the asking price and if there are multiple offers you may need to come in above the asking price to get the house.  

2. Banks often give preference to cash buyers. In order to be considered, you must have a pre-approval letter, at least $1,000 earnest money deposit in certified funds, and proof of funds for the down payment and closing costs in order to submit an offer.  For a smooth transaction, make sure to have these items on hand before viewing homes. 

Bank owned homes tips Pensacola FL
Erosion under foundation at bank owned home a problem
for lenders! 
3. These properties typically must be purchased “as is” with the right of inspection, which means you can inspect the house and back out or renegotiate because of the results, but the seller does not want to fix anything. Be prepared to fix minor repairs yourself. 

If this isn't an option or major work is necessary, you may not be able to obtain a loan on a home.  If a home needs a new roof, is missing flooring, has termites, etc., your home may not pass the appraisal.  Keep that in mind while looking at homes. 

4. These things take time to get answers, and they often have more than one offer so you need to have some patience. 

Bank owned properties will give you an answer typically in 7 days or less.  Short sale offers take an average of 60-90 days, sometimes more, to get an answer.  Of course, the answer could be no.   If you have a lease coming up for expiration and want to buy a short sale, you should ask the owner or manager if they will allow you to go month-to-month.

5. If you like it, do not wait to make an offer, do it that day! These properties sell fast! There may be a lot of competition when the house is priced right and in good condition.

If you are looking to purchase a bank owned home in Pensacola, FL, give Pam a call or shoot her an email with your needs 

Pam Keen Brantley is a Pensacola real estate (and military) veteran, with over 30 years experience in the Pensacola real estate market.  She works with investors who purchase single and multi-family investment properties in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties of Northwest Florida.  

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
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