Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Manna Food Drive Contest!

Manna Food Pantries, devastated by floods, needs donations!
Pensacola Association of Realtors teams up for the annual food drive.
 
Enter for your chance to win one of four $25 Gift Cards and give back to your community. Realty Masters is teaming up with the Pensacola Association of Realtors to help restock Manna Food Pantry! The Manna Food Pantry was one of the many casualties of the April 29th floods and is in desperate need of non-perishable food donations. Can you help? Details below.


Manna Food Pantries, who feeds more than 162 people a day,
many of which are families with children, lost more than one hundred thousand pounds food, all that it had in storage to feed these families. Last year the Manna Food Pantries helped 42,116 people in our area.

Realty Masters is asking for your help to restock the Pantry shelves and restore their daily distribution of food.

Please help us by dropping off non-perishable items at our office located at 4400 Bayou Blvd. Suite 58-B Pensacola, FL. 32503 between today and August 30, 2014.

Most needed items:

· Grains: flavored pasta, flavored rice, breakfast cereal, jiffy mix, oatmeal, grits, ramen noodles

· Vegetables-Canned: green beans, corn, English peas, tomatoes, squash, sweet potatoes, soups with meat or veggies and soups Cream of Broth

· Fruits: canned, juice, fruit snacks, dry fruits, raisins

· Dairy: Powdered milk

· Protein: Peanut butter, canned dinners, canned tuna, canned chicken, etc.

Please bring smaller serving cans 12-16 ounces. These fit in the bags that the Food Pantry distributes and prevents the distributers from having to break larger containers up into smaller portions, using more resources.

If you provide a donation to Manna Food Pantry, you will be entered into a gift card drawing to take place on August 30, 2014 where we will choose three winners at random.

Please email us back with any questions you may have. Follow Manna Food Pantries and Realty Masters on Facebook.

You can also donate money to help the Food Pantry buy supplies, such as fresh produce to distribute to those in need by visiting their web site, http://www.mannafoodpantries.org/index.html


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

Over 45 Pensacola Rental Homes at www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Go-big upgrades that can help a lingering home sell at last



(BPT) - Everyone knows spring and summer are the best months in which to sell a home. If your house has lingered on the market, you may be eager to find ways to freshen its appeal for potential buyers. Perhaps you're even ready to go big and invest in upgrades that will improve the home's value, curb appeal and interior allure so much that potential buyers just won't be able to walk away from it.



If you're at that point, first figure out how much you can reasonably invest. Will the improvement increase your home value enough to allow you to recoup its cost? Maybe not, but if your priority is a faster sale, return on investment might have a different meaning for you.



Next, look at areas of your home where improvements will have the biggest impact - spots that are the least appealing or those that have the most appeal. Upgrading a less-than-great room can bring it up to snuff, but upgrading a good room could make it absolutely smashing. For example, painting a small bathroom in a bright color could make that cramped space feel bigger. Adding a skylight to your kitchen, bath, or other area in your home however, will really make a splash with abundant natural light and fresh air.



Here's a room-by-room game plan for high-impact upgrades that could make buyers fall in love with your home:



Anywhere



Buyers are, universally, looking for beauty and value. Any improvement that gives both can directly impact your ability to sell your home. Adding a skylight is a great way to enhance a home's visual appeal, livability and energy efficiency while improving indoor air quality by introducing much needed fresh air into the home.



Natural light can make a small room look bigger and brighter, and create a more healthful environment. Adding a traditional or tubular skylight to any room in the house brings more natural light into your home. Plus, Energy Star-qualified, solar-powered fresh-air skylights, like those made by Velux America, can provide fresh air through cost-efficient passive ventilation to reduce humidity and stale air, and heating, cooling and lighting costs. Add remote-controlled, solar powered blinds, and you can boost a skylight's energy efficiency by 39 percent, Velux states.



Finally, this is one high impact investment that can actually put cash back in your pocket. Installation of energy-efficient no leak solar powered fresh air skylights and blinds can qualify you for up to a 30 percent federal tax credit on the -products and installation costs. Visit www.veluxusa.com to learn more and calculate your tax credit for new or replacement skylights.



Kitchen and bathroom



Any Realtor will tell you great kitchens and bathrooms can sell a house. If yours are only so-so, they could be what's standing in the way of getting an offer. If you've already done the basics - cleaning and decluttering, repainting and replacing dated cabinet hardware - it may be time to pull out the big guns.



New appliances and fixtures will cost you a few thousand, but can go a long way toward wooing buyers. New appliances look great, are more energy-efficient, and provide buyers the peace of mind knowing they won't face repair or replacement costs any time soon. New fixtures such as rainfall shower heads and touch-free faucets add an element of luxury to the most common bathroom.



Adding a tile backsplash or new wood-look laminate flooring in the kitchen, and new tile floor in the bath can also create a big impact - and for less money if you do the work yourself. Replacing lower-quality or older countertops is also an eye-catching upgrade. The trick is to find the improvement that will have the biggest visual impact in your space.



Living room/family



When buyers enter your home, chances are the living room or family room will be one of the first rooms they see. Their impression of that room can set the tone for how they perceive the rest of the house. Again, assuming you've done the basics - painting, window treatments and accessories - a major upgrade in this room can have a winning impact.



If your home already has a fireplace, take a close look at it. What can you do to make it more appealing? Does it need a new facade? Larger gas logs or a better blower? Can you upgrade the mantel? If your home lacks a fireplace, adding one can be a great selling point. It's possible to add a gas fireplace for less than $5,000 in most homes. Adding a gas insert to a wood-burning fireplace is even cheaper.



Sunday, July 27, 2014

Joe Patti's World Famous Seafood

Joe Patti's Seafood Market~
Take a trip to Pensacola's favorite seafood market!

Joe Patti's seafood is a Pensacola dinner party staple.  Mr. Joe Patti has been selling fresh Gulf Coast seafood in Pensacola since 1930.  With over 100 employees, Joe Patti's Seafood is the largest fish market in the Pensacola Bay area and supplies fresh seafood to many Gulf Coast restaurants.

Joe Patti's is located at 524 S. B. St. in Downtown Pensacola on Pensacola Bay.


Joe Patti's Seafood Market in Pensacola, FL 32502 ~ Gulf Coast's favorite seafood market!
Joe Patti's Seafood Market in Pensacola, FL 32502 ~
Gulf Coast's favorite seafood market!
 
Joe Patti's Seafood Market~
Joe Patti's Seafood Market~

Their fresh fish selection includes amberjack, catfish, flounder, grouper, snapper, mahi mahi, salmon, swordfish, tuna and tilapia.  You can have your fresh shrimp, crab, and lobster steamed in store. It is customary for vacationers to leave Pensacola with a full cooler of fresh, Gulf Coast seafood. And when they run out, many of them continue to order online!
 
In addition to the seafood market, Joe Patti's includes:
  • Amangiari's Deli and Specialty Food Market
  • Sushi Bar
  • Anna's Fine Wines
Joe Patti's serves fresh baked breads, has a selection of fine wines , meats, and cheeses, and offers some of the best gelato (Italian ice cream) in town. Because they carry local products, I usually pick up a stuffed chicken courtesy of Cajun Specialty Meats when I'm there! From garlic spread and lemon juice, to vegetables and sides, Joe Patti's has everything you need to host a fabulous seafood dinner party.
Joe Patti's along Pensacola Bay

Joe Patti's is open Monday through Saturday 7:30 am to 7 pm and Sunday 7:30 am to 6pm. 
For more information about Joe Patti's, call their store at (850) 432-3315 and visit them online.

Do you love Joe Patti's just as much as we do?  What's your favorite local fish?  Make sure to leave your suggestions below.

See you at Joe Patti's!
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

Over 45 Pensacola Rental Homes at www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Pensacola Parks: John Jones Athletic Park

Pensacola Parks: John R. Jones Athletic Park
Home of the Mitchell Homes Miracle League Park in Northeast Pensacola.

The John R. Jones Jr. Athletic park is located at 555 E. Nine Mile Rd., Pensacola, FL 32514.  This 70 acre park is home to several group sports including the Mitchell Homes Miracle League Park of Pensacola!
Parks in Pensacola, FL 32514
Tot Park Playground at John R. Jones Athletic Park

This park is the perfect place for an afternoon picnic and allows plenty of space for your children to run around and expend excess energy.  The John R. Jones Jr. park features:
  • Children's playground
  • Walking path
  • Covered pavilion
  • Picnic area with security lights
  • Tee ball, youth baseball, and adult softball 
  • Youth Football
Mitchell Homes Miracle League Park in Northeast Pensacola, FL 32514
Mitchell Homes Miracle League Park in Northeast Pensacola, FL 32514
Parks in Northeast Pensacola, FL 32514
One of the two playground areas at the John R. Jones Jr. Athletic Park in Pensacola, FL 32514


Miracle League Park Pensacola, FL
Entrance to Miracle League Park
This park partners with the following groups to host athletic events year round:
 Also, make sure to check out our articles on other Pensacola area parks including:

Pavilion and picnic area at John R. Jones Jr. Athletic Complex
Pavilion and picnic area at John R. Jones Jr. Athletic Complex

For more information on this park and other Escambia County Parks, contact Escambia County Parks and Recreation at (850) 475-5220, email them at recreation@myescambia.com or visit them online.
 
For more information on the Miracle League of Pensacola, visit their website.

Baseball and football fields at Athletic Complex
Baseball and football fields at Athletic Complex

We love our hometown and are happy to provide this Pensacola Bay area information for you. If you are looking for a home in Escambia or Santa Rosa Counties, please give us a call Monday through Saturday at (850) 473-3983 or search our website http://www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com 
Do you frequent John R. Jones Athletic Park? Tell us about your experience. 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
Over 45 Pensacola Rental Homes at www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Curb appeal puts your home in big demand



Curb appeal In a market where sellers are in competition to make the most out of their largest investment, improving your home's first impression is one of the best ways to set it apart from the rest of the pack.



When prospective buyers or renters drive through your neighborhood, what do they see? This is a really important question that you need to answer because it will help understand what your buyer is going to be looking for in a new home. Once you've answered this, ask yourself objectively if the front of your home is in keeping with the rest of the houses on your block. The first impression is critical in setting the mood for prospective agents and buyers. If your home's exterior looks like it needs work, then people immediately assume that it's a 'fixer-upper'. The opposite is true if your front yard is manicured, the roof is in good shape and the driveway is in good condition. Having a potential buyer walk into your front door in a positive mode can translate into big dollars for you.



Both Virginia Tech and the University of Guelph did studies in 2011 that measured the effect of landscaping on property values, and they both came to the same conclusion. To improve curb appeal, basic landscaping increased the home's value by 5%, but more extensive landscaping including decks and patios increased the homes value up to 15%.



So where do you spend the money?



Set your budget and be realistic about what you're trying to accomplish with it. Keep in mind that you are trying to create an excellent first impression to attract potential buyers. This isn't the opportunity for you to realize your landscaping dreams. Consider a new paint job using a color scheme that highlights the character of your home. Install a new front door or at least update your door's hardware. Even something as simple as full and healthy planters can make a favorable impact.



One of the easiest ways to improve curb appeal is to have a clean and tidy front yard with a manicured lawn. Maybe this is the opportunity to invest in some new tools to help do the job properly. The best part about this type of investment is that not only will your plants and lawn look better with edging, pruning and cutting, you also get to take your new tools with you once you've sold your home.



The technology for landscaping tools has made the purchasing task much easier as well. Now you can get a hedge trimmer, string trimmer or sweeper & vac all in one system. With the Black & Decker 36V Lithium system, for example, you can use the same battery and charger for all three of those tools. A quick prune of the shrubs with the hedge trimmer, followed by a 'one-around' with the string trimmer and then tidying up with the sweeper will help you to maintain the front yard as short as 10 minutes per day.



The goal is to create an emotional connection at the first glance of any prospective buyer, so before you put that sign on the lawn, be sure to spend enough time at the curb.



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