Turtle Season Starts Today!

 

In addition to Florida being a great place to enjoy the sun and surf, Florida's beaches are important nesting areas for sea turtles, and the sand dunes are home to many unique plants and animals.

During a visit, please help protect Florida's sea turtles, other wildlife and the coastal habitats upon which they depend. The sea turtle nesting season in Florida starts now and runs through October. Please remember a few simple things to help protect these magnificent creatures during Turtle Season:It is against the law to touch or disturb nesting sea turtles, hatchlings, or their nests. Sea turtles are protected by both the Federal Endangered Species Act and the Florida Marine Protection Act.

  • If you see a dead or injured turtle,  please contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 1-888-404-FWCC (3922) or *FWC from your cell phone. Be prepared to answer the following questions: What is the exact location of the animal? Is the turtle alive or dead? What is the approximate size of the turtle? Is the turtle marked with spray paint? (This indicates that the turtle has been documented.) What is the location of the closest access point to the turtle?

  • Avoid going to the beach at night. If you must be on the beach at night, limit your walking and do not use flashlights or flash photography. The light may cause the female to abort the nesting process, or other sea turtles nearby may be discouraged from nesting if there are lights on the beach.

  • Turn off outside patio lights and shield indoor lights from shining directly onto the beach by closing the drapes at night. Lights disturb nesting sea turtles and hatchlings. Many coastal counties and cities have lighting ordinances that help reduce beachfront lighting. Please make sure your beachfront lights are in compliance with the law.

  • While enjoying the beautiful beaches during the day, avoid disturbing marked sea turtle nests, and please take your trash with when you leave the beach.

  • When crossing a dune, please use designated cross overs and walk ways. Please do not climb over the dunes or disturb the dune vegetation.

 

Holiday Home Safety Tips

It’s hard to believe, that each year, fires occurring during the holiday season claim the lives of more than 400 Americans, injure 1,650 more, and cause more than $990 million in damage. There are more startling statistics in the post I read, Holiday Accidents and Injuries By the Numbers

By taking simple steps, we have an opportunity to help change these statistics together. Committing a minute to safety can be as quick and easy as testing your smoke alarm, checking candles left burning, not letting the Christmas tree get dry or leaving a small child left alone even for a moment – which could have life-changing consequences. When it comes to holiday dangers, the numbers are more startling than you might think.

Also came across this short video by Home Depot that I encourage you to watch:

Please, I urge you, be safe this holiday season. Make sure you check your smoke detectors today!!

Getting rid of fleas naturally

Everyone with pets at one time or another gets exposed to the aggravation of fleas. I found the following YouTube video, How to get rid of fleas

I also came across this post, Into the Garden: Prevent fleas in the yard naturally that claims, One preventative measure that keeps coming up from several sources is the use of diatomaceous earth. Made from the finely ground fossils of prehistoric freshwater diatoms, it kills common household and garden pests like roaches, ants, fleas, beetles, silverfish, slugs and other crawling insects within 48 hours of contact. A long-lasting control, it’s sprinkled into cracks and crevices where bugs hide. Insects cannot develop resistance, as there is no buildup of chemical immunity.

According to Yahoo.com, the fine powder absorbs lipids from the waxy outer layer of insects’ exoskeletons, causing them to dehydrate.

Diatomaceous earth can be found at Green’s Feed and Seed, Lowe’s, Home Depot and other garden stores. It runs $10 to $12 for a couple of pounds. For dry application, use a duster and cover the entire plant, and apply to both top and bottom of leaf. For young plants, as little as 2 pounds per acre may be adequate. For larger plants, 5 pounds per acre is probably sufficient. DE will need reapplication after a rain. It applies best when there is dew or after a light rain. 

I found even more at eHow, Natural Way to Get Rid of Fleas on Animals, I am sure one or all of these remedies will prevent and cure ailments with fleas.

My Team and I Manage Property As if It’s Our Own

Managing property requires knowledge, experience and a network of professionals to keep investment properties in top condition. If you’re one of our owners then you are already familiar with the quality of how we maintain the properties we manage.

If you’re one of our tenants than you can attest our maintenance department is quick to respond to service calls, even on week-ends. It’s the long time relationships we have with our vendors and trades who help keep our tenants happy and make sure properties maintain their values.

We do much more then collect rent. Our inspector conducts regular inspections to assure properties are being maintained and make certain everything is in proper working order. Our job is to always keep the highest property value and desirability to rent.

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Short Sales and Foreclosures Shift Rental Market

All of the short sales and foreclosures taking place leave people in need of a home to rent, making it a great time for investors to purchase investment properties, not just in Brevard County, FL, but anywhere in the sunshine state. The post The New Growth Business; Becoming a Landlord states, “Investors from Warren Buffett to mega financiers like GTIS Partners to small-time wholesalers are looking to cash in on the U.S. Housing market.”

Typically investors worry about vacancy rate, but the distressed property real estate market has created a huge demand for rental properties which is likely to be in place for the next 10 years. At that time the market will rally back to stability, making it an ideal time to sell, perhaps to the tenants who are renting the property.

Buying investment property still requires expertise of what will be most rentable for the long haul and saleable in the future. There are constants in real estate investing that are timeless, meaning buying property because it’s cheap, doesn’t always provide the greatest rate of return.

The shift in the rental market makes it an ideal time to invest. Drop us a reply below to get a list of the ideal investment properties to purchase in Brevard County, FL.