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Orlando, Kissimmee, Davenport, Clermont - Disney Area Investment Real Estate, Second Homes & Vacation Homes

Vacation Homes & Second Homes

We know the directions and we have the connections!

We have been asked time and time again, is Orlando still a great place to own a vacation home or second home? With all the market ups and downs we have seen during our 14 years of selling properties almost exclusively in this area, we can still say yes!

The Central Florida area was built on tourism - OK, orange groves too, but today, those old orange groves are disappearing and guess what is taking their place? That's right - vacation homes!

Our area is growing daily. Why? Because of Orlando's sunny weather, two international airports, the world's largest theme parks, (such as Disney, Universal Studios, Sea World, to name just a few), our night time entertainment showcases, our beaches, golf courses and record size shopping malls. More and more companies are moving into Orlando, which is fast becoming known for high tech business. All of these factors make the Central Florida area the fastest growing area in the entire State!

Orlando and Kissimmee have become one of the top tourist destinations in the world and should remain so. The major theme parks think so and that is why millions of dollars are continually being spent on additional attractions and updating the roads.  In June 2013, Visit Orlando published an article stating that Orlando has set yet another record with 57 million visitors in 2012, cementing Orlando's standing as the most visited destination in the USA.  CLICK HERE TO READ THAT ARTICLE.    

At the time of updating this article (January 2014), we STILL have problems showing Disney area short term rental properties to potential buyers during the various vacation seasons, especially March spring break, Easter, school break in the summer, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. During this time, most of the short term rental properties that are listed for sale have tourists in them and we are rarely allowed to show properties when they are booked. While this is bad for us Realtors, it is good news for anyone who owns a vacation home for short term rentals, because it shows that the tourist business in Orlando is still thriving.

Compared to other countries in Western Europe and to other cities in the USA, we still get more property for the money here. In addition, the lifestyle is very easy and enjoyable. Since Orlando is the tourism capital of the world, no matter where you are from, you'll feel at home here. You can find many available, inexpensive flights to Orlando. For those from Europe, although the flight is much longer than say, popping over to Spain, once you are relaxing here, the jet lag is soon forgotten!

Let's say there are three to seven people traveling in your party. A 4 bedroom, private pool vacation home would be the ideal way you can spend quality time together and still have the comfort and privacy of your own rooms. More people? There are bigger houses available here. It's simple, you cannot get the same feeling of peaceful enjoyment, togetherness, spaciousness, functionality or value for money in any hotel room!

Let's look at price - to accommodate 10 people in a 4 bedroom rental home with private pool would cost an average of $110 per night. To accommodate these same 10 people in 5 medium priced hotel rooms would cost around $500 per night.

Our professional expertise will guide you in making the decision on the right type of vacation or second home for you. Most times we like to encourage you to think of a vacation home as a business investment and will carefully guide you through the selection and purchase process. Be aware that there are pitfalls and false dreams that can lead you to failure! Rarely does owning a vacation home bring you a great income, but with some "hands-on" effort and treating your short term rental as a little business, you can expect to have rental income cover your expenses and mortgage payments. Even if full involvement is not for you, at least you can still receive some rental income to offset your expenses. In addition, you will have the pleasure of personal use of your home. In the end, it is the anticipated property value increase which will give you your return on investment.

You need a company like Dolby Properties Inc. that is not obligated to any seller or builder and will work only in your interest to guide you into a sound investment! This may be the vacation capital of the world, but it is also OUR HOMETOWN and we know it well!

Our Broker, Lesley Dolby, holds the Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS) designation. She and two of her associates also hold the prestigious Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation, so who better to help you buy your next vacation or second home than Dolby Properties?                     


Of course, you may have no intention of renting out your property. That's actually the ideal situation, because then you have a much larger choice of property type and location. In other words, you are not restricted to an area which is properly zoned for short term rentals.

More and more people these days are looking to escape to their own place away from home, whether for a short weekend break, or for several months. You may even have plans to buy a home now, ready for retirement in a few years. Deciding to invest in a second home allows you to customize your surroundings to your own taste and comfort, with no worries about dealing with renters, booking schedules, extra wear and tear on the property, etc.

Whether your personal taste is to be out in the country, in the heart of the city, by a lake, or by a golf course, we can help you find the ideal second home.

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