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Buying a vacation home in Florida....

   For over 25 years, we owned a static caravan in Shaldon (North Devon). To partially cover maintenance, site rent & the inevitable replacement ( statutory after 10 years) we let it during the summer months - at best, it 'broke even'....
The last one reached the "end of it's life" (according to the site owners) in 2001 & as we were unable to agree a long-term contract with them due to their age & the likelihood of the site being sold we began looking for alternatives....

    We had visited Florida quite a few times from '86, had leafed through the "properties for sale" booklets picked up at the same time as the discount voucher booklets from Wal-Mart, Publix & etc...& noted the relatively - to England - low prices of property in Florida.
In 2002, a tentative approach by email was made to a selection of "realtors" (estate agents) in the 'Disney' area......
Most came back with a spiel about how we could just sit back & enjoy the massive profits we could expect from owning a rental property in Florida !!
    Only one company, ( Dolby Properties), run by Lesley & Steve Dolby stood out by being more attuned to U.K potential clients & were up-front in pointing out the essential caveats:- The property would have to be in an area designated for short-term rentals, relatively close to the "attractions" & be equipped with a pool. IF these conditions were met they said we might expect a modest return.
    An on-going correspondence ensued during which Lesley initially sent us details of suggested properties &, after we decided to proceed with a Florida home, led us through the necessary steps including arranging a potential mortgage, setting up an American bank account & introducing us to potential villa management companies.
After we had whittled the many & varied properties she sent us down to a shortlist, we visited Florida during December 2002 with the intention of actually buying somewhere.....
Lesley & Steve patiently assisted our viewing of the homes on our shortlist, notably without any "hard sell"....
One villa ticked all our boxes, we signed a contract that week & by mid-January were the proud owners of 8620, Primrose Drive.....

11 years later !!!! We still have our "home from home" & can heartily recommend that anyone considering the purchase of property make contact with Lesley Dolby ................

Martin & Sue Smith.