Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pensacola Real Estate Market Update

Pensacola Real Estate Market Update
Home sales continues to increase in the Pensacola area.

According to Pensacola MLS statistics, the number of Pensacola homes rented this year fell slightly from previous years.  Inversely, the number of homes sold continues to increase. 

Economists predict home sales will continue to increase and forecast that fewer will rent. Other predictions include:
  • Increase in first time home buyers from millienials
  • Decrease in investor sales
  • Mortgage rates will gradually increase
  • Home sales and home prices will gradually increase
  • Increase in new home construction
If you have any questions or want more statistics about the Pensacola real estate area, contact our broker Pam Brantley (850) 232-2200 or email her at

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Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Rental Homes!
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poising
Tragic case of carbon monoxide poisoning claims the life of three Pensacola residents.

Pensacola residents are mourning the loss of three Pensacola area residents who passed away this week from carbon monoxide poisoning.  We are so sad for this family who suffered poisoning after using a propane heater without proper ventilation. Read more about this story here:

If you have a gas heater, hot water heater or stove, you could potentially be subject to carbon monoxide poisoning.  A gas leak can occur inside your home from your appliances or outside your home from the main gas line. Carbon monoxide poisoning can also be caused from burning charcoal or wood, This colorless, odorless, tasteless gas is extremely dangerous because it is so hard to detect without a carbon monoxide detector.

Plug in Carbon Monoxide Detector in Pensacola Home
Plug in Carbon Monoxide Detector in Pensacola Home
Protect Yourself

A carbon monoxide detector can be purchased for under $25 from online or at your local hardware or Walmart. If you have a multi-story home, you should have one on each level.

 There are two basic types of carbon monoxide detectors. 
  • Wall mounted, battery operated carbon monoxide detector (either just CO2 or combo CO2 & smoke detector)
  • Plug in (usually with battery back up) carbon monoxide detector
Carbon monoxide detectors expire after 10 years. Check the date on yours to ensure it's still effective.

Wall mounted CO2 detector in Pensacola Home
Wall mounted CO2 detector in Pensacola Home
Warning Signs of a Gas Leak:
  • Carbon monoxide detector alerts
  • You may hear a hissing, leaking or roaring sound
  • You may smell a foul odor
Early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:
  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomitting
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Chest pains
Tragically, serious cases of carbon monoxide poisoning lead to death.  It is important to recognize the grave dangers of a gas leak and to stay informed with the use of carbon monoxide detectors.

If you suspect a gas leak, immediately vacate your home! Call your gas company immediately and do not re-enter your home until it is safe to do so.  Pensacola Energy's emergency number is (850) 474-5300.

The Pensacola Police Department is holding a blanket drive now through December 22, 2014. Consider donating some new or used blankets to be distributed to those struggling to keep warm this winter.   Bring your donations to 711 N. Haynes St. in Pensacola or call

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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
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Saturday, December 6, 2014

The New Landlord: Basic Rental Laws

The New Landlord:  Basic Rental Laws
Zillow study shows renters & landlords don't understand basic rental laws.    

I found this research study completed this year by Zillow to be fascinating.  With over 100 million renters in the US, it appears that 1 in 2 renters lack a basic knowledge of landlord and tenant laws.  Surprisingly enough, even 50% of landlords lack the same basic knowledge!  

The study showed that both landlords and tenants have a hard time understanding:

  • Laws surrounding security deposits
  • Laws surrounding background checks and credit checks
  • Laws surrounding privacy and access rights
  • Laws surrounding early lease termination
As many as 82% of renters and 76% of landlords reportedly do not understand the laws surrounding security deposits and credit/ background checks.

How knowledgeable are you?
Take this fun 10 question Zillow Quiz designed to test your Landlord & Renter IQ. What did you score?

Whether you are a tenant or a landlord, it's imperative that you develop an understanding and abide by all regulations set forth by all the bodies and ordinances which govern landlord and tenant laws.  

Just a few of the regulatory bodies you must consider when leasing your home! 
Professional Property Managers
As a professional property management company, our job is to continually monitor, learn, and comply with all national, state, and local laws that affect the housing market. Because we are not attorneys, we have a team of real estate attorneys on retainer to help us when we are unsure of how to interpret the lengthy laws. 

Are you a Florida landlord or interested in becoming one? 
Make sure to follow our blog series "The New Landlord: Tips & Tricks for the Profitable Landlord" for more advice on how to be an effective landlord!   See our past articles including:

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
Call us at (850) 473-3983
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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Homes for Heroes

Homes for Heroes
Do you qualify as a local hero to take advantage of this home buying program?

Pam Brantley, broker of Realty Masters, is now a registered Homes for Heroes Realtor! As Pam is a retired navy nurse, she is very excited to help community heroes take advantage of the Homes for Heroes program.

Through Homes for Heroes, Pam works with a preferred group to honor special community heroes. All participating companies, including the realtor, offer significant discounts and rebates to help ease the upfront costs associated with buying or selling a home.

This program thanks:

  • Active duty military
  • Veterans
  • Educators
  • Firefighters and EMT
  • Police Officers
  • Medical Field 
The Homes for Heroes website quotes an average savings of $2,000 for these groups! 

Learn more here:

Realty Masters is happy to participate in this program by giving a percentage of her commission back to Homes for Heroes to help pay your closing costs whether you are buying or selling a home.

Do you qualify?
To learn more about this valuable program and to find out if you qualify, email or call her at Realty Masters at (850) 473-3983.

Thanks and have a great day,
Pam Keen, Broker, CRS, USNR
Realty Masters of FL ~

(850) 473 3983
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

New Restaurants thriving in Downtown Pensacola

New Restaurants thriving in Downtown Pensacola~ 
Pensacola area residents enjoy new dining choices on Palafox.

Long gone are the days of choosing pizza or a hamburger when dining in Downtown Pensacola. Just a few years ago, residents had few choices for dining in the heart of Downtown Pensacola.  With staples like New York Nicks, Hopjacks, and later Tin Cow, Palafox has seen several new restaurants like The Wine Bar on Palafox, Beef O Brady's, Jacos, Carmens Lunch Bar, and even al Fresco.

One of the most popular new restaurants thriving in downtown Pensacola is Khon's on Palafox. Their slogan is "Authentic Southeast Asian Cuisine, Sushi, and Fine Sake."

Khon's is located at 34 Palafox Pl., and is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11 to 2 pm and for dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 10 pm.  View their menu which includes a wide variety of sushi, tapas, fried rice and noodle bowls here:

Downtown Pensacola Restaurants
Khon's Southeast Asian Cuisine is a new restaurant thriving on Palafox St. in Downtown Pensacola~ 

Following the success of Khon's, a second sushi restaurant opened on Palafox, Nom Sushi Izakaya, Nom has received 5 star reviews since it opened in October.  Nom is located at 410 S. Palafox St. near the intersection of Main St. in the SOGO district of Downtown Pensacola.

Also new in the SOGO district is So Chopped, located inside of the Bodacious Brew at 407 S. Palafox St.  This salad bar style restaurant is the first of its type in the Pensacola area. So Chopped offers over 40 different salad bar toppings including a variety of greens, vegetables, fruits, nuts, meats, and cheeses.  So Chopped is open Monday through Friday for lunch between 10:30 to 5:30 pm and open on Saturdays from 10:30 to 2:30 pm.

Cars line Palafox St. at dinner time! 
V. Paul's Italian Restaurant has also been popular with Pensacolians since it opened this summer.   V. Paul's Italian Restaurant is located at 29 Palafox Pl. In addition to a fancy restaurant with a full bar and a banquet space available for lease.

V. Paul's offers fine Italian cuisine with seafood, duck, veal, chicken, steak and vegetarian options.  You can view their menu here:

What are your favorite restaurants Downtown?
Want to know more about new real estate developments in Downtown Pensacola?  Read this:

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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