Orlando Resale Opportunities

As we have mentioned before people sell their vacation homes in Orlando for one of 3 main reasons.

  1. They are not getting the bookings

2. They are trading up or down

3. They have a change of personal situation and no longer want or need the property.


Orlando Resale Opportunities

One of our clients is in category 3 and having enjoyed their home and associated rental income for several years they are now selling their vacation home. And it really has it all!

Orlando vacation home for saleConservation Privacy View

40 weeks a year in bookings.

5 bedroom villa with a large downstairs master and the exact master upstairs. Fantastic, 2 master suites.

It also has a loft area and a games room

We built this home for the seller and you know if its one of our homes that it is immaculate. Take a look at the pictures of this property. WOW, know you know why everyone wants to stay here. This is a great location and a great community.

Orlando vacation home for sale

Priced at $369,990 fully furnished and with lots of bookings in place this vacation home in Calabria is a great deal

For more photos and information, view this property on our rental site.

For more information about buying this home email us and mention Calabria resale opportunity in the title

Privacy lots and vacation homes

Privacy lots – Are they worth it? Privacy is something which we all try an enjoy. It is something we all would like to have and in today’s world having the money seems to be about the only way to achieve this without living in the middle of nowhere off a dirt track.

Privacy lots in very simple terms are lots which are not overlooked by the neighbors. They could be on the waterfront, facing preserves or even on a golf course.  Privacy  lots are typically the most in demand lots after waterfront lots.

Privacy lots and vacation homes continue this trend as highly sought after pieces of real estate. The owners will get to enjoy a degree of privacy when they are using the property. They will be able to advertise their rental property as being private and not overlooked, which can mean that they will be able to charge a little more per week than the neighbor who has a back to back property where you can see your neighbors splashing around in their pool and vice versa.

Is the added cost of privacy lots really worth it?

This will depend on how you intend to personally use the property. You need to acknowledge whether or not you can justify a few thousand more dollars. Should you be planning to use the property as a pure investment property, then perhaps it will make more financial sense to buy the cheaper property. As you can see, we cannot answer this question for you.

Over the last 3o something years we have realized that waterfront lots and privacy lots always seem to be sold first. The property could be brand new or it could be a resale, these lots will carry a premium of sorts. It could be a higher sales price or it could simply be that the property sells quicker.


As a future owner, you need to base your decision making on three primary criteria:

  • How much money are you willing or able to spend?
  • How do you intend to use the property?
  • Which property represents the best value for money, based on the other two criteria?


Orlando privacy lots and waterfront lots for saleBuy a waterfront or privacy lot

Currently we have access to a limited number of waterfront AND privacy lots on a brand new community very close to Disney which has been designed specifically for the rental vacation home market and comes with a huge array of excellent amenities and facilities.

These sophisticated new vacation pool homes range from $400,000 through to $550,000.

If you are ready to buy a new vacation home in Orlando and fancy a waterfront / privacy lot in a great community, you need to CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY while we still have availability.

James Mitchell

N.B/ Remember that as a buyer our services cost you nothing, as we are paid by the seller/developer

Waterfront vacation homes

Waterfront vacation homes have always been in demand and Orlando is no different. What could be better than relaxing in your pool whilst enjoying the perfect sunset over the lake?

Just this week we have closed on this lovely waterfront home which will be on the short term rental market within a matter of weeks.






Also over the weekend another British family decided that it was time for their very own fairytale as they purchased the following model

Orlando waterfront vacation homes

which will be constructed on this lot.

Orlando waterfront vacation homes

Just imagine starting and ending your day here!

You may ask how so many of our clients manage to buy waterfront vacation homes in Orlando and the answer is easy. When you have been in the business as long as I have, the developers know who to reach out to when these lots become available.

Guess what, they come to me first because I am in the privileged position of  always having clients, many of whom are referrals or happy owners purchasing a second or third property.

If you are seriously considering the purchase of a new vacation home in Orlando, you are more than welcome to get in contact with us. We will work harder than anyone else to find you your very own fairytale castle in the sun.

James Mitchell

N.B/ Remember that as a buyer our services cost you nothing, as we are paid by the seller/developer


Orlando vacation home news

Orlando vacation home news.

Season is definitely upon us, as can be seen by the amount of closings currently going on. Just this last week, we have closed on three new build vacation homes.

We also closed on a resale home which we built five years ago, as the owner is upgrading to a larger vacation home. On top of all of that we wrote a contract for another of our vacation home owners who is now buying a residential property with us in Orlando.

As you can see, things are pretty hectic for us here in Orlando which is exactly how we like it. Each year we get to assist more and more national and overseas buyers in purchasing vacation homes in the Disney area. Each new property represents a new ‘Happy ever after’ chapter for both the new owners and ourselves.

Over the last 30 years or so we have helped many hundreds of families in buying vacation homes in the Disney area and all of these years later we still get a big smile on our faces when we deliver a great property which not only meet the given criteria but also hold the potential to outperform on the rental market.

We genuinely believe that being great at what we do, does not stop at selling a property, it means being around years later for our owners, so that they always have someone to call and assist. There are very few companies which have been around as long as we have and we intend to be around for a long time into the future.

If our kind of service is what you are looking for, then get in contact with us and allow us to assist in writing your very own ‘Happy ever after’ story in Orlando.


Minutes from Disney

How many minutes from Disney? This is an often heard question by both prospective buyers and family renters but when put into perspective does it really matter? Most families have traveled hundreds of miles and many have traveled thousands of miles just to get to Orlando. So what gives with the final few minutes?

It seems like a legacy question from decades ago when there was only the Disney theme park, yet as new parks were opened and continue to do so, the question is still asked on a very regular basis. Nowadays, there are close to 20 major theme park attractions in the Greater Orlando area and there is absolutely no way you can be minutes from all of them … or can you?

Minutes are much like miles and kilometers in that how they are perceived is very different across different cultures. A Brit who ‘nips to the corner shop’ may walk a few hundred yards in a couple of minutes, whilst a Canadian may travel by car 30-40 miles or more in an hour. Yet when everyone arrives in Orlando we still talk in minutes.

The Golden Triangle which includes Four Corners is, and to a degree still is, the primary choice for both vacation homeowners and renters as it offers excellent access to ALL OF THE THEME PARKS within a reasonable time-frame. Vacation homes within this area also offer excellent access to international shopping and world class dining, two things which are becoming equally as important to some nationalities as the theme parks themselves.

To try and put things into perspective being 5 minutes from Disney is great, as it also means that you are either 8 minutes or 13 minutes from Epcot, depending on which side of Disney you are on. You could be 5 minutes from Legoland and 30 minutes to Disney but also further from the best shopping and dining options. You could be 2 minutes from Restaurant Row in Dr Phillips, 13 minutes from Wet n’ Wild, 26 minutes from Animal Kingdom and over an hour from Legoland. How many minutes from Disney is quite simply the wrong question nowadays.

A better question would be “which location is most central as we plan to visit locations A, B, C and D?”

Let’s face it, everyone rents a car when they come to Orlando, so the key to finding the right vacation home to buy or rent ultimately comes down to the property itself, the community amenities and ultimately the price. With 66 million visitors to Orlando in 2015, pretty much anything will get rented out one way or another for a portion of the year.

Minutes to Disney

As a potential buyer who plans to rent out your property, what you need to know is which vacation homes in which communities are going to deliver the best bang for their buck and deliver the highest possible rental incomes based on how you wish to use the property.

Having sold vacation homes in the Disney catchment area for over 30 years, we have an enormous amount of insight as to what works and what doesn’t work as well.

If you are seriously interested in purchasing a vacation home in Orlando, allow us to assist you in finding the property which is right for you and your family. Just drop us a line and we will be in touch and perhaps you will become one of our many success stories.

Email us

Orlando :: +1 407 383 1051
Europe :: +34 647 952 268

MargaritaVillage Orlando

MargaritaVillage Resort in Orlando

MargaritaVillage Orlando

Parrotheads will be coming home to roost as of next year as MargaritaVillage gets launched with the first properties expected to be completed by the beginning of 2017.


New homes at MargaritaVillage will range from the $300,000’s through to around $2 million


Update: Margaritavillage is now officially called Margaritaville Resort Orlando


The Jimmy Buffett brand of wealthy beach bums, kicking back with a beer or a chilled margarita may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but then not everyone has been to a Jimmy Buffett concert. The Parrotheads and Parakeets which make up the crowd range from bank managers to CEO’s, Yale and Harvard graduates, dentists, lawyers, shop keepers, carpenters, plumbers, sailors and their kids (the parakeets). All have one thing in common and that is having a good time, enjoying a drink, listening to, – let me correct that, singing along to – and wearing REALLY colorful Hawaiian shirts, shorts, flip-flops and strangely, hats. Not just normal hats, but shark fins, cheeseburgers and parrot feathers.
A Jimmy Buffett concert encompasses a heartfelt yearning for a simpler life, one where everyone gets along regardless of who or what you are. Even the less ardent supporters come out of concerts wondering why they have a cheesy smile on their face and why on earth are they wearing one of those silly hats.

Not your typical introduction to a new resort community in Orlando, but as a lover of Hawaiian shirts, shorts, flip flops and laid back music …


Parrotheads at MargaritaVillage Resort in Orlando


“OK I admit it, I am a parrothead! Happy now?” –


Consider this

MargaritaVillage is located 5 miles from Animal Kingdom, 8 miles from Disney and Epcot. You can wear the kids out during the daytime and when they are tired you can put some Buffett in their heads and convert them into ‘keets’ by morning.
The fantasy which Jimmy Buffet brings to his concerts can be lived out on daily basis for owners and visitors at MargaritaVillage. It is this fantasy which we feel will attract a continuous stream of visitors looking to rent the MargaritaVillage lifestyle for a week or two and make this one of the resorts with the highest occupancy rates in the Disney area.

Ok, I agree that MargaritaVillage is not going to be for everyone, but give it a chance and perhaps you will be converted! Outside of the U.S. Jimmy Buffett is pretty much an unknown phenomenon, but one which is easy to enjoy appreciate for first timers.

The tropical backdrops of MargaritaVillage, the calypso vibes, island style, easy going nature and, if previous ventures are anything to go by, excellent value for money on offer will be more than enough to entice several hundred new parrothead owners to set up nest at MargaritaVillage in Orlando.


On a more serious note

MargaritaVillage has the potential to dominate the new vacation resort arena in Orlando, as it merges the extraordinary Jimmy Buffett brand of island escapism fantasy for grownups with the extremely well regarded and experienced developers of Encore Development.

MargaritaVillage will include a 12 acre water park on the 305 acre resort which will become home to 500-600 vacation homes plus residential condos, a 175 room hotel plus timeshare units. An arcade, a fishing school, paddle boarding and kayaking, a central 3 acre freshwater lake, a Planetarium and a Spa, a wedding pavilion plus 170,000 sq.ft of retail space are all elements which will be integrated into the MargaritaVillage concept.

Put all of this next door to a dozen or more world class theme parks, in a city which attracts over 62 million visitors each year, add the enormously dedicated fan base of parrotheads (over 75% of the U.S population is aware of the Margaritaville brand) and we believe that Margaritaville Village holds the potential to be huge.

MargaritaVillage overview so far will include:

Margarita Village Kissimmee Orlando

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  • A 12 acre water park on the 305 acre resort
  • 500-600 vacation homes
  • 400 condos
  • A 175 room hotel
  • Plus timeshare units
  • An arcade
  • A fishing school
  • Paddle boarding and kayaking
  • 3 acre freshwater lake
  • A Planetarium
  • A Spa
  • A Wedding pavilion
  • 170,000 sq.ft of retail space


Early Bird Opportunity

If you would like to be one of the first ‘Nest Owners’ at MargaritaVillage Resort simply email me at [email protected]

A Place in the Sun

We had a great weekend at the A Place in the Sun Exhibition in Birmingham, UK this past weekend.

Many of our owners stopped by to say hello and tell us how well their vacation homes are doing on the rental market; several even bought another vacation home, as we had put together some great deals with our builders.

The A Place in the Sun show brought in around 8,000 people who were looking to buy a holiday home in the sun and even though the Florida Pavilion was by no means the largest, it seems as though many of the attendees preferred the idea of being close to Disney, as against traditional Mediterranean destinations. The sun may beat down in many locations, but the rental incomes in Orlando simply out-perform every other market place, plus you get to use the property yourself; and you don’t have to worry about whether there is going to be a government coup.

We met lots of new ‘owners to be’, some of whom are just fact finding and dipping their toes in the market, plus a host who already had a very clear idea of what they want.

We want to say a huge thank you to Joelle from Park Square Homes who worked her tush off for our clients, helping them get the best deals possible.

Also a big shout out to Sue and Alan Harding who were on hand to assist our clients with everything tax orientated. If you are looking at buying a property in Orlando and need sensible advice about taxes, this husband and wife team have over 16 years experience with owners of Orlando real estate from around the world as well as U.S owners.

Brian from MoneyCorp stood in for Kelly Cutchin and worked extremely hard for us and our clients, we just put up with the fact that he is not as pretty as Kelly, but we are sure some of the ladies didn’t mind too much.

Finally a huge thank you to all of the people who turned out to see us, especially with so much sport going on and the great weather we had.










If you didn’t make it to the show, check out our properties on the main site and see if we can tantalize you with some of the most attractive and highest yielding vacation homes in the world.

We have a huge selection of new construction vacation homes and are currently awaiting the launch of one or two new vacation communities which will be offering new floor plans and great prices.

Orlando Low HOA fees

One of the largest denominators in reducing rental income for overseas buyers and even for locals trying to control a monthly budget is the HOA fee. HOA fees can run to several thousand dollars each year and regardless of income, that can hurt.

We explain to our clients that the more amenities a community has, the higher the HOA fee is likely to be. It really is this simple!

So, for example, if you are reliant on rental income perhaps you are often better off in the long run to forgo some of the luxury amenities, therefore reducing your monthly outgoings. If you are planning on spending a great deal of time in the property with your family, then perhaps a couple of hundred dollars extra each month is worth the convenience for you.

When it comes down to the numbers though, allowing for slightly lower purchase price and lower rental rates in a community with fewer amenities, it typically provides a higher net profit than going with all of the bells and whistles. It boils down to how you want to use the property. You have to decide and let us know as we can only give you the facts and offer the best options based on your criteria.

One local developer is currently launching a new resort community across the street from Championsgate. Instead of competing with fantastic amenities and excellent golf courses, they have decided to go in the opposite direction by keeping amenities to a bare minimum and reflecting this choice in the home prices. With 4 bedroom pool villas starting from the low $200,000’s and low HOA fees at ridiculous levels, Laurel Estates is already proving to be extremely popular with some of our clients; and they developer has only just begun moving the dirt.

Good things come to those who wait, but those who get in early get a great deal!

Orlando Rental Guarantees

Orlando rental guarantees have long been a hit and miss affair. Over the years I have seen numerous resort communities and management companies offering elusive rental guarantees which have never really cut the mustard, let alone delivered.

Earlier this year however, a new community in Providence called Rosemont Woods was brought to our attention and for the first time in over 3 decades I actually like what I see. The resort will be managed by an established property management company who have agreements with Virgin Holidays. As Virgin is for delivering on its products and is responsible for delivering tens of thousands of families to Orlando each, we feel that this opportunity, really is an opportunity.

With prices starting from $329,000 and including all of the furniture and furnishings Rosemont Woods allows prospective owners to see exactly what it will cost them to buy and they will know upfront how much they can expect in rental income.

The monthly rental income is fixed for 5 years, with an option to extend the agreement for 5 more years. For overseas buyers and out-of-state owners, this guaranteed income is not going to let you retire early, and you can get a higher return in a more conventional rental scenario, but it lets you sleep at night. With prices increasing in the short term rental arena, several of our clients have chosen to buy Rosemont Woods, with a view that in 5 years they can either renew the rental agreement or cash in on equity growth and purchase a property which better suits their future/ current requirements.