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April 26, 2016

5 Energy-Efficient Home Upgrades

Energy efficient lighting

Did you know that the energy used by homes in the U.S. accounts for almost one-quarter of the country’s overall energy consumption? Or that the average household spends upwards of $2,200 a month on utilities?

Improving your home’s energy efficiency can be accomplished in several ways, ranging from inexpensive upgrades to out-of-bounds costly overhauls.

“From whole-home energy audits to simply swapping out a water-guzzling toilet, there are dozens of ways homeowners can make their homes more energy-efficient,” says Mike Agugliaro, co-owner of New Jersey-based Gold Medal Service. “Even a few small changes can have a big impact on energy consumption, helping the Earth and helping to lower energy bills at the same time.”

He recommends homeowners start with these five upgrades:

1. Ceiling Fans – Installing ceiling fans in your home is a low-cost way to reduce energy consumption. On hot days, ceiling fans can cut cooling costs by up to 40 percent, and on colder days, they help circulate air, saving you up to 10 percent on heating costs.

2. LED Lights – Swap out incandescent light bulbs for ENERGY STAR®-qualified LED lights—you'll consume a whopping 75 percent less energy! LED lights also last up to 50 times longer than incandescent ones, and up to five times longer than fluorescent ones, saving you the expense of replacement.

3. Smart Thermostat – Programmable thermostats can instantly make your heating and cooling system more efficient. The latest models allow you to set temperatures for different times of day, so you aren't paying to heat or cool your home when no one is there.

4. Tankless Water Heater – Tankless water heaters—sometimes called “on-demand”—heat water as needed. ENERGY STAR® tankless water heaters can reduce your annual water costs by up to 30 percent. They last nearly 20 years—double the lifespan of a traditional hot water heater.

5. Whole-Home Energy System – The average home is hit with over 20 energy spikes each day. These can wreak havoc on your energy bills. Prevent them from occurring with a home energy management system with surge protection.

For those who want a hand improving the energy efficiency of their homes, an HVAC, plumbing and electrical professional can assess current energy usage and recommend ways to make the home more efficient.

Reprinted permission RISMedia. ©2016. All rights reserved.

Posted in Real Estate News
April 25, 2016

Ferry Service Coming to Pensacola

Pensacola Ferry Landing at Plaza De Luna

The Gulf Islands National Seashore master plan always included a ferry service. The city of Pensacola and Pensacola Beach will finally see the launch of the National Park Service, Pensacola Bay passenger ferry service in March of 2017. The ferry service will provide beach goers with a fun means of traveling to Pensacola Beach, the Gulf Islands National Seashore and also to Fort Pickens.

This service will also allow visitors to board in Pensacola Beach providing them a fun way access downtown Pensacola and all the restaurants, shops, pubs, the ballpark and other attractions that Pensacola's revitalized downtown offers. The Park Service estimated that over 65,000 passengers will annually use the ferry system. The ride is expected to take approximately 40 minutes for each leg of the journey. The ferry boats will have food and beverage service, restrooms, flat screen TVs and a sound system for onboard presentations provided by the Park Service Rangers.

The ferry service will operate between three landing, including Plaza de Luna at Palafox Pier, Fort Pickens, and Quietwater Beach at Pensacola Beach. The Quietwater Beach site is currently undergoing improvements to make the area more accommodating to passengers and will include a shaded platform for passengers to purchase tickets and wait for the next boat.

The double-decker boats will have a climate-controlled enclosed main deck and a shaded upper deck for observation. The boats will be fully accessible and will have bike racks and passenger storage for people wanting to explore the fort and Santa Rosa Island. The catamaran ferries will be operated by a private company under the direction of the National Park Service and will each service 150 passengers. Current plans are for the service to ferry passengers seasonally from mid-March through the end of October with reduced service during the winter season.

The National Park Service estimates the cost of a ticket to ride round trip will be $10 to $15 and will offer "hop on, hop off" privileges for the day.

Posted in Pensacola
April 24, 2016

Perdido Key Beach Colony East condo D7 for sale

Beach colony view of the Gulf in Perdido Key

You know you have arrived at Perdido Key's premier vacation destination the moment you drive through the gates.  The well-manicured grounds pave the way to the east tower, the newest building in this condominium complex. Beach Colony East Tower invites you in with a sophisticated seating arrangement on the ground level that leads to the elevators, the gym and of course to the beach. 7D is a direct gulf front three bedroom condo with views of the Gulf, the beach to the west and even views of the river from the kitchen and two of the bedrooms. When you enter this condo, you are immediately drawn to the oversize balcony and the terrific views it provides. This balcony is another room that allows you to stretch out, kick back and enjoy the day.

Living area at Beach Colony 7D

With access to both the living room and the master bedroom, you may decide to grab a book and do just that while sending the kids off to the beach and the pool with your spouse. These three bedrooms condos are spacious, so it is easy to see why they rent so well. The split floor plan allows for privacy, whether you have kids or friends that are vacationing with you. You come for a week long getaway to enjoy the sun and fun and the ocean breeze, but you leave knowing you will be back.

Contact Miriam Rowland with Emerald Coast Realty to arrange a personal tour at 850-437-5618.

Posted in Perdido Key
April 24, 2016

Beach Colony East Condo 2B for Sale

View from Beach Colony East condo

Perdido Key's Beach Colony Condominium is everything that beach living is meant to be. The Three Towers are in a well maintained gated community surrounded by lush flowering plants and palm trees. You can feel your worries melt away when you approach the Porte Cochere and see the beach beckoning.  Perhaps you take a minute at the covered lounge just to relax and take it all in. A quick trip upstairs in the East Tower leads you to condo 2B with its Southeasterly views and Gulf front balcony.

 Swimming pool at Beach Colony in Perdido Key

The balcony overlooks the water but also has great views of the pool. Beach Colony truly has one of the prettiest pools you will ever see and to have the Gulf just steps beyond is breathtaking. Unit 2B has three bedrooms, three baths, is well appointed and pretty, however it is the beach views that really grab you. Inside you will find three generous sized bedrooms rooms with a split floor plan divided by the living room, dining area, and kitchen. There are lovely views from every bedroom and plenty of space for everyone to settle in. The master bedroom is an oasis of peace and quiet, and it has access to the Gulf front balcony. Experience the tropical island ambiance from the privacy of your own beach home.

To make an appointment to view this condo contact Kim Gibbons at Emerald Coast Realty, 850-437-5618,

Posted in Perdido Key
April 22, 2016

Portofino Condo 1408 in Tower 5 is for sale

View from Portofino condo 1408 balcony

Portofino Island Resort is a premier Pensacola Beach destination offering a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Some of the many luxuries include multiple indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, a full-service spa, a workout center with state of the art equipment, many planned activities for both the gulf and sound, restaurants, shopping and more.

This spectacular 14th-floor condo in Tower Five that is available for sale is beautifully furnished and has fantastic panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico. Some of the features include 9-foot ceilings, floor to ceiling windows and sliding glass doors, granite countertops, his and her closets and gulf front balcony access from every room. This unit sells fully furnished, so it is ready for you to occupy or rent.

View of the Gulf from a Portofino Condominium

Portofino is a highly desired resort complex and has an established rental history. Visitors come from all over the world to vacation here at our world famous award winning beaches. Do not miss out on this fabulous investment opportunity on Pensacola Beach.

Call Miriam Rowland at Emerald Coast Realty to schedule an appointment, 850-437-5618.

Posted in Pensacola Beach
April 22, 2016

821 Sterling Way House for Sale - West Pensacola

Master bedroom at Sterling Way, Pensacola

There is so much to love about this well maintained home it is hard to know where to begin. The great room concept of this home offers a spacious and airy living room, dining room, kitchen and breakfast area that flow but are still well defined. The living room offers vaulted ceilings, a fireplace, ceiling fan and tile floors. The dining room is cozy and family friendly yet polished enough to impress any discriminating buyer. The kitchen features granite countertops, a center island and an overhead pot rack with lighting. The split floor plan allows privacy, and the master suite is truly an oasis for the homeowner.

Living room at Crown Point subdivision

This listing has sold. The three additional bedrooms are well proportioned and offer plenty of storage space. The entire home has custom painting and shows a tremendous pride of ownership. This Sterling Way home is on a corner lot on with plenty of room for a pool in the large backyard. Crown Point is a well cared for and quiet West Pensacola neighborhood. A beautiful home in a great area makes for the perfect combo.

For more information call Kim Gibbons, 850-437-5618 Emerald Coast Realty, Pensacola.

Posted in West Pensacola
April 21, 2016

Sunchase Condo L7 for Sale

View of Santa Rosa Sound from Sunchase condosBoasting some of the best views of Santa Rosa Sound, Sunchase Condominium offers waterfront living just across the bridge from Pensacola Beach. This top floor unit has balconies on both the east and west side of the condo offering sound views from sunrise to sunset.  Sunchase L7 has a bright open floor plan, high ceilings, laundry inside, and features two spacious bedrooms with two full bathrooms. Each unit has a two car tandem garage space and a private storage room.

Sunchase unit L7 for sale

The location is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast and is conveniently next door to the Santa Rosa Yacht and Boat Club.  You can take a dip in the pool, fish off of the dock or relax in the steam room.  Boaters have access to the waters of the Intracoastal waterway and can utilize the public docking, refueling station and storage facilities next door. Sunchase offers a sandy beach that leads over to the Naval Live Oaks; perfect for an evening stroll.  Dining and shopping are close by in both Gulf Breeze Proper and Pensacola Beach locations. Enjoy the amenities of Pensacola Beach without the additional cost associated with living there.

Posted in Gulf Breeze
April 21, 2016

San Souci Condo Unit 604 for Sale

View from San Souci unit 604balcony

Want to get a lot of bang for your buck on the Gulf of Mexico? You need to see this fabulous unit at Sans Souci Condominiums located directly on the Gulf in Pensacola Beach.

The complex features a pool, hot tub, underground parking, laundry facility, and storage rooms are available. This unit has two over-sized bedrooms, two full baths and a huge living room and dining room combination. There is plenty of room to relax and enjoy the views of the beach below. 

The master bedroom features a king size bed and the second bedroom a queen. The kitchen is fully equipped and opens up into the large living area. The balcony is the perfect place to sit and watch the dolphins play, or you could relax listening to the waves while enjoying a good book.

Living room in San Souci 604

This condo comes fully furnished and has no short-term rental restrictions. It has an excellent rental history and would make a great investment. You are just a short drive to great schools, community activities, local art galleries and more. Enjoy the breathtaking direct gulf views from your sixth floor within walking distance to fabulous restaurants, shopping and more.

There are very few direct gulf front condos in Pensacola Beach available at this price on the Gulf of Mexico. Call Kim Gibbons at Emerald Coast Realty to schedule your showing or to gather more information, 850-437-5618.

Posted in Pensacola Beach
April 21, 2016

212 Craft St. Pensacola Home for Sale

Home at 212 Craft St. in Pensacola for Sale

Holsberry Estates is a quaint little community in Pensacola with curbed streets, sidewalks, a family friendly atmosphere, and has everything you need in the perfect location.

The interior has been freshly painted and features an open floor plan with four bedrooms including a large master suite with separate shower and garden tub. The three remaining bedrooms all have ceiling fans, large closets and easy access to the main bath. The kitchen offers a large pantry, ample counter and cabinet space and is open to the large formal dining area to enjoy family dinners.

Great room at 212 Craft St, Pensacola, FL

Lots of light flows in from the sliding glass door entry to the private backyard and patio just off the dining room. Off the kitchen sits a large laundry room and entry to the two car garage with utility sink and storage room.

With over 1,800 square feet of living space, a fantastic neighborhood for family and close distance to shops and dining. Give Kim Gibbons at Emerald Coast Realty a call to set up your private showing.

See listing detail page for 212 Craft St. Pensacola, FL 32534.

Posted in Pensacola
April 17, 2016

Preparation for Real Estate Showings

Home ready for real estate showing

Comprehensive home cleaning - your house should be free of dirt: Clean the walls, appliances, counters, floors, carpets, ceiling fans, bathroom fixtures and windows. At times cleaning alone is not enough and painting or replacement of items may be necessary.

De-clutter all rooms - Most people recognize that boxes, stacks of books, ironing boards, and baskets of clothes are clutter. But many people do not think of clutter in bathrooms and the kitchen. The key is to keep counters clear of as many items as possible.

Remove excess furniture and large personal items - For excess personal items and furniture many sellers may need to use a public storage facility to store these things. Removing these item makes your home look roomier and more inviting.

  • Remove treadmills and exercise equipment
  • Remove excess furniture

Depersonalize - We all have items we want to display and enjoy that are close to our hearts. However, these things can be counterproductive to selling your home. We want buyers to imagine themselves living in your home which is more difficult for them do this went there are too many personal items.

  • Remove magnets and photos from the refrigerator door
  • Remove excess family photos

Improve Lighting - The brighter the lighting, the better your property shows. Adequate lighting makes your home look bigger, cleaner and cheerier. 

  • Replace all bad light bulbs - Dead light bulbs not only look bad they convey a feeling of deferred maintenance, not to mention they make rooms darker.
  • Consider increasing the all light bulbs with higher wattage - This can make a big difference in how your home looks.

Pet, Smoke and cooking smells - Every home has a unique smell but some are more pleasant and inviting that others. These smells can be a big turnoff to some homebuyers and need to be address.

  • Have carpets professionally cleaned
  • Use odor neutralizers and plugin deodorizers for a fresh smell

The whole idea is to present your home is the best possible light to improve the salability of your property and to fetch the best price possible. These steps will go a long way to achieving both of these goals.