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

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Thanks and have a great day,
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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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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Provide Meals for RMHC

Ronald McDonald House Charities of NW FL
Realty Masters team volunteers yearly to provide meals for Ronald McDonald House

As members of the Pensacola Association of Realtors, the community relations committee organizes meals bi-weekly for Pensacola's newly built Ronald McDonald House Charities of NW FL.

We love helping this caring organization who provides a temporary home away from home for families while loved ones receive medical care.  This 26 room facility not only provides a hot meal and a clean room for families undergoing medical treatments, they also provide supplies to those families in need.

We are honored to volunteer with the Pensacola Association of Realtors to provide dinner for these families. Here are a few pictures from our event last week. Isn't the RHMC kitchen gorgeous?
Provide a meal for Ronald McDonald House Charities of NW FL
March 2014 Ronald McDonald House dinner  purchased and prepared by Realty Masters team
Ways you can help the Ronald McDonald House of Northwest Florida:
Ronald McDonald House of NW FL Volunteers
Realty Masters at RMHC of NW FL in 2013

  • Donate money or supplies
  • Provide a meal
  • Purchase items off wish list
  • Bring your pop-tops for recycling 
  • Baby shower in a bag
  • Donate your vehicle

  • For more information and ways to help, visit their website 
We challenge your family or business to get involved with a community non profit and give back to our community!

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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