Friday, February 28, 2014

Pensacola ~ Dial 311 for assistance

Dial 311 to request City of Pensacola Services~
List of local numbers to call for assistance.

Do you live in the City of Pensacola limits and need to report non-emergency issues?  The City of Pensacola has improved their non-emergency reporting system.  Pensacola 311 is designed to report non-emergency issues or to request service from the City of Pensacola. 
City of Pensacola 311 Reporting Service

Dial 3-1-1 for common city issues such as:
  • Clogged Storm Drains
  • Sidewalks, Crosswalks & Street issues
  • Parking Issues
  • Potholes
  • Parks & Recreations
  • Trash problems
You can enter a description of your issue and even attach photo through their website.  By entering your contact information, the city can easily follow up with you in regards to your questions or issues.

For more information or to submit your service request, visit the City of Pensacola online, download their app, or simply dial 311. 

Health & Human Services
Escambia County & Santa Rosa County work in conjunction with the United Way to off Health & Human Services 24/7 call center you can access by dialing 211.

This system includes assistance for:
  • Animal Control
  • Assisted Living
  • Disaster Relief Services
  • Employment resources
  • Criminal Justice
  • Health Care
  • Mental Health
  • Volunteer Services
They also work with the EscaRosa Coalition for the homeless to provide resources for the homeless.
You can access Pensacola 211 by dialing 211 or visiting the Escambia County 211 Website.

Call before you Dig 811
And one last number to remember while you are at it- Call before you Dig!  Atleast 24 hours prior to digging in your yard, call 811 and a representative from local energy companies will come out, free of charge, to mark your utility lines.

Thanks and have a great day,
Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Rental Homes!

Nicoles@PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
Call us at (850) 473-3983
Over 45 Pensacola Rental Homes at www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Rent vs. Own Analysis & Homebuyer Seminar

Rent vs. Own Analysis~ 
David Dickson with Cornerstone Mortgage Solutions speaking about the decision to rent vs. own!

Listen to David Dickson, mortgage broker with Cornerstone Mortgage, speak about the perks of homeownership during our short Rent vs. Buy video.



Join Realty Masters and Cornerstone Mortgage for a jam packed hour of educational information on how to make the transition to home ownership in Escambia & Santa Rosa Counties of NW FL.

Our Free Homebuyer Seminar will be held on March 13, 2014 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the Gull Point Community Center located at 7000 Spanish Trail Rd., Pensacola, FL 32504.

Feel free to come to our home buyer seminar or call us with your questions. Cornerstone Mortgage (850) 473-6641 or email David@Choosecornerstone.com http://www.Choosecornerstone.com or call Sheri Harris, Realtor with Realty Masters at (850) 473-3983 or email Floridasharris@yahoo.com http://www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com

We look forward to seeing you there and will be handing our Free Future Home Owner Tool Kits so swing by to pick yours up. See you then!

Thanks and have a great day,
Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Rental Homes!

Nicoles@PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
Call us at (850) 473-3983
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Five ways to build a better shower



(BPT) - The shower is a place to unwind from a stressful day, where you can forget your worries and pamper yourself. Remodeling the shower is extremely popular because it allows homeowners to create a spa-like experience in their own home, not to mention it's a good investment and can increase resale value. Before you start your remodel, here are five ways to create a shower that will give you some well-deserved peace and quiet.



1. Spacious shower



If you're gutting your bathroom, think about opening up the space to expand the size of your shower. Typically, showers are 36 inches wide by 36 inches deep; but now, luxury-style showers measure at least 48 inches by 96 inches. You can also create more shower space by selecting certain types of shower doors. Sliding glass doors can be a hassle to clean, as dirt can get into every little crevice. Hinged, glass doors, or if you have the space, a larger opening with no shower door at all, are better options for creating a modern, streamlined look.



2. Bring in the light



Do you have a small bathroom and don't have room for a spacious shower? Not to worry - make the shower look bigger with lighting. Adding a skylight above the shower will make it feel larger in size and give a sense of being in a high-end resort. The materials you use on the door can also brighten things up. Choosing a glass door lets more light fill the space while showing off a fancy showerhead or tile. The glass can be frosted for added privacy.



3. Showerheads in all shapes and sizes



Showerheads come in a wide variety of styles to add the desired look - and functionality - to your bathroom. From rainshowers to traditional showerheads and body sprays, the combinations are almost endless.



No matter what style or the number of sprays you choose, make sure to include a hand shower. It makes cleaning the shower a breeze, will help with washing the family pet, and gets all those hard to reach places during your daily shower. Moen now offers both multi- and single-function hand showers. The multi-function hand shower features four settings: a focused rinse, full spray, massage and combination full spray and massage. The new single-function hand shower is available with a slide bar, allowing everyone in your family to adjust it to the perfect height. Best of all, both use up to 20 percent less water than the industry standard 2.5 gallons-per-minute models. You can now install and use a hand shower as your primary showerhead, without a major remodel, thanks to Moen's new, shower arm cradle. Instead of attaching a bracket to the wall, the shower arm cradle easily installs onto the existing shower arm.



4. A place to sit and relax



Shower benches and seats are becoming an essential component for rest and relaxation. It's a great way to add a spa-like element to your shower but also provides extra safety for your family. You can build a bench into the shower or attach one that folds up against the wall. Different styles and materials are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. Teak is a popular choice in the shower as it withstands different temperatures, is resistant to bugs and humidity and is also easy to clean.



5. Storage in the shower



Finally, build niches in the shower wall to fit all the bottles used on a daily basis. Creating several built-in areas will eliminate reaching for bottles on the shower floor and make it easier for the family to stay organized. Make sure the shelves slope toward the shower to keep the areas from getting moldy or full of soap scum. If you aren't putting in new shower walls, you can also create more storage with a sturdy, corner shelf. Choose one with at least three shelves so Mom, Dad and the kids can each have their own shelf.



With these few key upgrades, you'll soon have the spa-like shower you've always desired. For more information about Moen products, visit moen.com or call 800-BUY-MOEN (800-289-6636).



Courtesy of BPT



Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Riding your Bike in Pensacola!

Bicycling & Cycling Trails in Pensacola
Great resource to find the best places to ride your bike in Pensacola.

With the transition from winter to spring in full force, we're starting to enjoy comfortable weekends with abundant sunshine and temperatures in the 60's! 

As you may know, Pensacola is not very amenable to bicycles as we have narrow bike lanes.  Many roads were not constructed with bikers in mind. 

Great news though~ I found this awesome website that outlines some of the Pensacola area's best cycling trails and the best places to ride your bike in Pensacola. Check it out:  http://www.mapmyride.com/us/pensacola-fl/

Biking in Pensacola, FL
My friend Sarah & I biking at UWF!
My favorite place to ride my bicycle is at University of West Florida!  On Sundays, you can ride on the road as most of the campus is shut down. They also have several nature biking trails at the University.  Due to the number of hills at the UWF campus, this is a slightly more challenging course! 

Many beginners find the best place to ride is at Pensacola Beach as Pensacola Beach offers beautiful scenery, a wide bike path, and plenty of flat terrain to enjoy.

Do you like to bike? Where do you ride your bicycle in Escambia or Santa Rosa Counties?

Be safe and always wear a helmet!

Thanks and have a great day,
Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Rental Homes!

Nicoles@PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
Call us at (850) 473-3983
Over 45 Pensacola Rental Homes at www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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Saturday, February 15, 2014

The New Landlord: Rent Metrics Rental Comps

The New Landlord:  Easy tool to value rental rates
Quick glance, free website to evaluate overall rental prices.

I discovered this awesome website, Rent Metrics, which provides free, basic rental comparable information for homes all across the United States. 

If you are an investor evaluating investment real estate properties, you will enjoy how easily it is to determine an overall rental rates for areas with three easy steps using this tool.

1.  Simply visit the Rent Metrics website http:///www.rentmetrics.com
2.  Type in an address
3.  Choose the number of bedrooms

Instantly, a comprehensive report generates with average estimated monthly rental rates. Rent Metrics offers several valuable metrics including:
  • Average rental rate with low and high rental ranges
  • Average price per square footage
My favorite features is the Rent Metrics map which shows detailed data including addresses and rental rates of recently rented homes and apartments in the area.

Rent Metrics Sample Screen Shot~

I must say, Zillow also has a feature like this, but I find the average rental rates on Rent Metrics more accurate than those posted on Zillow's Zestimate.

Pensacola Property Management and Rental Market Experts
Many times, investors want to know the average rental rates of potential homes prior to writing offers.   This is a great tool to provide just that.  However, if you are looking for a more concrete evaluation of the Pensacola rental market, make sure you let our professional local realtors help you determine the fair market rental value of your home.

Pensacola Rental Market Experts! Pensacola Property Management~
Pensacola Rental Market Experts! Pensacola Property Management~

Realty Masters professionally manages over 700 rental homes and apartments in the Pensacola area. If you are looking for a Pensacola Property Manager who will work hard to monitor and improve your investment property, please give us a chance to earn your business. 

Allow us to provide you this free service, Rental Price Evaluatorto determine the fair market rental value of your Pensacola property's current market rental rate. 

One of our brokers will evaluate your Pensacola area property based on the information you provide, the tax rolls, and the multiple listing service.  We will be happy to email you a comprehensive market anaylsis on your rental property as soon as possible at no charge to you!  Please make sure to include any improvements your home may have.

This is the sixth 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!  
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.

Thanks and have a great day,
Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Rental Homes!

Nicoles@PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
Call us at (850) 473-3983
Over 45 Pensacola Rental Homes at www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Pensacola, FL Snow Storm!

Pensacola, FL Snow Storm 2014!
Snow, sleet and ice brought real winter weather to the Pensacola area. 


Plants all over the Pensacola area froze
during winter storm Leon!
For the first time since 1993, the Pensacola area saw a light coating of snow, sleet, and ice! With temperatures as low as 15 degrees, winter storm Leon brought arctic air to the Florida panhandle.  

Pipes burst, roads were iced, and all businesses and schools shut down. In fact, Escambia & Santa Rosa County used 3 snow days.  A local state of emergency was declared.  All of the country, Northerner's laughed at our inability to handle a little icy weather. 

Without snow plows and salt for the roads, most local bridges were closed for days including I-10 Bridge connecting Pensacola & Milton, Hwy 90 bridge connecting Pensacola and Pace, the 3 Mile Bridge connecting Pensacola to Gulf Breeze and both bridges to Pensacola Beach & Perdido Key! 

We asked our residents to share their icy photos with us. Here are a few of our favorites.


Snow in a Pensacola, FL Neighborhood
Snow in a Pensacola, FL Neighborhood

Ice in a Pensacola, FL Neighborhood
Ice covering cars, houses and roads all over Pensacola! 

Icy lawn in Pensacola, FL covered with Ice Crystals
Icy lawn in Pensacola, FL covered with Ice Crystals 
Flower covered in ice in Pensacola, FL winter storm
Flower covered in Ice in Pensacola, FL Winter Storm 
And of course, we had a little photoshop fun to transform East Hill's 12th Ave tree tunnel into the perfect backdrop for a staff photo immersed in a winter wonderland.


Realty Masters Staff freezing in Florida~  Pensacola Property Management
Realty Masters Staff freezing in Florida~ 
Thanks and have a great day,
Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Rental Homes!

Nicoles@PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
Call us at (850) 473-3983
Over 45 Pensacola Rental Homes at www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Macus Pointe Golf Course Home for Rent!

Marcus Pointe Golf Course Home~
Now available for lease in this popular, centrally located Pensacola neighborhood. 

3011 Oak Pointe Drive in Pensacola, FL 32505 is the Golfers Dream! 

Marcus Pointe Golf Course is one of the most popular golf courses in the area.  On any day in this Pensacola neighborhood, you will find avid outdoor enthusiasts including joggers, bikers, and of course golfers! Located off Hwy 29, this is a very convenient Pensacola location for many with easy access to I-10 and several major employers. 

This home offers a small, private backyard but opens up to the 16th green of the Marcus Pointe Golf Course.  With 3 bedrooms 2 baths and over 1,900 square feet, you have plenty of space for the entire family.  This home also features a side entry, 2 car garage and a heated and cooled Florida room overlooking the yard and Golf Course. Take a quick video tour with us:


This home will not be available long so make sure to call or email today to request your showing.  To find your Pensacola rental home, give us a call Monday through Saturday at (850) 473-3983 or search our website http://www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com 

Thanks and have a great day,
Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Rental Homes!

Nicoles@PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
Call us at (850) 473-3983
Over 45 Pensacola Rental Homes at www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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