Are you in the market for an Orlando vacation home? It’s important to do your homework when choosing a real estate agent to help you find a property. Not all agents are the same. Here are a few tips to help you pick a real estate professional who will help you get the best property for the best price.
Find out how long the real estate agent has been in business. If it’s less than five years, they’re still learning the ropes. That doesn’t mean they won’t do a good job. But it’s in your best interest to find an agent who is actively engaged in a particular area and price range. This way the real estate agent can demonstrate what kind of market presence they have. An experienced agent will also have connections to mortgage lenders, title companies, property and termite inspectors to make sure your second home buying process goes smoothly.
When you are looking for a vacation home that will also provide rental income, it’s even more important to choose an agent who has experience working with absentee owners and property management companies. There are a lot of rules and regulations involving short-term rentals in Florida. A real estate agent with experience in vacation home rentals can help you connect with a reliable and recommended member of the Central Florida Vacation Rental Managers Association.
Most home buyers start their search on the Internet. So it’s in your best interests to make sure your real estate agent uses this tool effectively. Check out a prospective agent’s listings online. Do the listings contain the type of property you want to buy? Are there enough listings to indicate a healthy business, but not too many that you’d just be a number?
Central Florida attracts home buyers from all over the globe. If you live outside the U.S., you might feel more comfortable working with an agent who has lived overseas and understands the various cultures and customs. Team Donovan has both European and American-born agents who know how to easily communicate local purchase information to prospective buyers, so your transaction can be handled in an efficient, stress-free manner.
Most U.S. real estate agents who work at traditional brokerages are independent contractors. That means they have no salary and survive only on the commissions they generate. This model can create infighting among agents and erode efficiency. At Team Donovan, our agents and employees are all on the same team. We cooperate with each other and each team member works for ALL of our customers. Plus, we all share in the profits of our work.
As the leading Central Florida real estate firm specializing in the sale of vacation home properties, Team Donovan is dedicated to providing the best possible real estate buying and selling experience for our customers. If you’re in the market for a second home that you can use for a vacation, investment or both, contact us today at 407-705-2616.