Vacation Homes For Sale in the Orlando Area

Thinking About Buying a Vacation Home In The Orlando Area?

Are you planning to buy a vacation home in the Orlando area, near Disney World and the other attractions? Maybe you’re looking for a peaceful lakefront home instead? Or is a villa on a golf course more your style?

Whatever it is, you will find what you’re looking for here on this page and throughout our website. From here, you can view all of the vacation properties for sale near Disney World and the rest of Orlando’s theme parks and attractions. You will also find some frequently asked questions (FAQs) that other vacation home buyers have.

If you have a question or want to see a home person, please let us know.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Vacation Home Buying Questions

Since 2003, our team gets this question over and over. For us to be able to answer this question, we will need to know what’s most important to you. To get you started, take a look at our featured vacation communities list. Each of our featured communities offers something special. As we know more about your interests we can offer more specific recommendations. Please contact us when you are ready.

No. To use a home as a vacation property it will need to be zoned properly. Typically you will be looking for a home that is zoned for short-term rentals.

In many cases, you can, but each community is different. The Homeowners’ Association (HOA) manager will provide you with a set of by-laws that will detail what can and cannot be done in the community. HOA by-laws can change over time. It would be best to verify that the rules fit your needs during your due diligence (home inspection period).

In addition, if you plan to hire a rental manager to handle the day-to-day management of the property, they might have restrictions on self-bookings since double-booking can occur when two parties are booking the same property. In many cases, rental managers will provide an online rental portal that you can use to verify the property’s availability before booking. Communication is the key here. Before you decide on a rental manager, determine if their system works for your needs.

When looking through listings of vacation homes for sale, you may notice that HOA fees vary significantly. Your first instinct might be to bypass communities with higher HOA fees for communities with lower fees. While this may seem like your best move, the opposite might be true.

Typically, the communities with higher HOA fees offer better amenities and take care of items usually paid for by the owner. Items like lawn care, even pool care may be covered in some HOA fees.

Therefore, you are better off looking at what’s included in the HOA fee rather than the HOA fee alone. Knowing what’s covered in the HOA fee will allow you to make the best decision for your needs.

Additionally, if you select a home with the lowest fee possible, you will likely be in a community with below-average amenities, which will probably hurt rental income, if that’s important to you. Not to mention, you will likely be responsible for more of the property’s upkeep, which you will pay elsewhere.

Vacation home buyers often ask us what income and expenses can be expected with owning a vacation home in the Orlando, Florida area. To better answer this question we created our Vacation Home Income & Expense Estimator. Here is a link to the form:

Vacation Home Income & Expense Estimator

Vacation home buyers often ask us what income and expenses can be expected with owning a vacation home in the Orlando, Florida area. Since this data may be difficult or impossible to obtain early in the process, waiting for this information can cause you to miss out on opportunities as the market moves along without you.

In addition, not all homes are rented out, so there may be no information available. It is not uncommon for some owners to forgo renting out their property to keep their homes ready and available for personal use only. 

While we understand your need to know the numbers before buying a property, trying to acquire this information too early may frustrate you while putting your real estate agent in an impossible situation.

Typically, the historical rental income and expense records are collected during the due diligence (inspection) period outlined in the purchase agreement (typically 7 to 15days).

Therefore, the best way to educate yourself on the expected income and expenses is to start collecting general numbers and adjusting the numbers to your actual situation and findings. To help you do this more efficiently, we have created our:

Vacation Home Income & Expense Estimator

The Tourist Development Tax, also known as the Occupancy or Rental tax charge for Osceola County is currently 6%. You can view the Osceola County Tax Collector’s website here for more details.

In most cases, this fee is passed on to the guest and is collected by the rental manager.

Search Orlando Vacation Homes For Sale Listings

Vacation Home Communities — If you are looking for a list or map of some of the best vacation communities, try our list and map links below. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.  We are here to help.

Vacation Homes by Price Range — If you’re looking for listings of Orlando vacation homes for sale, you can use the orange buttons above to search vacation homes for sale at different price ranges.

Information and Showing Requests

When you see a property that interests you, make sure you save it for later. You can also Ask a Question or Schedule a Showing Tour by using the buttons on each listing.

We Offer Virtual Showings — If you are not in the area, or prefer a virtual viewing of the property, please let us know.

We Are Your Vacation Home Experts

We value our customers from around the world, and we understand that you might not be familiar with all that is available in the Orlando Vacation Home market.  We constantly work with out-of-town buyers and sellers and specialize in smooth transactions, no matter the distance involved.  Our agents are familiar with all aspects of the vacation home industry and will continue to be your resource long after your purchase.  Whatever your dreams may be, we are here to support you and help you make the best decision possible.

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Do you need help finding the best vacation home course communities and the best vacation homes in the Orlando, Florida area? We are here to help. When you have questions, you can contact us for help with anything related to purchasing a vacation home in Orlando or the Central Florida area. If you want help finding the perfect vacation home, use our FREE Home Finder Service. We would love to help you make your golf home dreams a reality.