Few realize that personal vacation homes can be carefully structured to not only pay for themselves but also to produce substantial revenue for their owners. We offer owners a review of their villa properties whether existing, new ownership's, or planned construction, and make careful suggestions to improve rental revenues. Utilizing our signature property formula, we consult upon methods for successfully creating marketable villa properties that will offer owners financial security from their real estate investments.
Marketing and Public Relation Services for Real Estate Investors Our in-house team of photographers, art directors and graphic designers are available to owners of villa properties to develop quality brochures and marketing and advertising materials, as well as careful planning of marketing programs. Overseas Connection has been featured in all of the finest travel and luxury magazines, as well as prominent newspapers (see Masthead). We target specific quality properties to top travel writers, editors and publications and organize all visual and data materials for the frequent editorial coverage our properties receive.
Overseas connection offers a hand picked selection of the finest quality properties for rental. All services are provided for and organized by our company from maids to masseuse, chefs to child care, Business services to festivities we specialize in the best properties in each resort location and service an upscale, discerning clientele. We keep detailed files on our accounts and apply the information regarding client requirements to multiply vacation opportunities. We have ongoing, long term accounts which rely upon our judgment and services to bring them, their guests and family to properties of excellence that will not disappoint, are problem free and pleasure assured. Our personalized attention to detail has distinguished us in the villa rental field for 14 years.
International Brokerage Service/Network of Resort Properties
We offer Americans and Europeans the unusual service of brokering a portfolio of the top quality villas in all of the major resort areas. We have a distinguished network of on site brokers with whom we have had business relationships for many years. We can offer clients the convenience and timesaving methods of reviewing properties and locations via e-mail, Internet, or hard copy portfolio of properties in order that clients may preview options prior to traveling on site to personally view their options and selected choice.
Overseas Connection can refer you to specific locations and local agents who can work with you on site. We also offer the unique service of "villa shopping" in which one of our agents makes full arrangements for charter flights, accommodations, dining and transport, and accompanies and guides clients to multiple Caribbean and European villa locations with an agenda of on site villa viewing and organized agent assistance. This is particularly interesting if clients are not settled on one destination and have multiple locations in mind for possible purchase.
Mr. Merat writes:
First and to recap, since 1984 I have been involved in the short term Vacation Rental Industry around the world. A new trend that is becoming increasingly popular for families and groups of friends, wanting to experience a destination for a week or more, who would rather enjoy the privacy and comfort of a villa as oppose to a loud lobby and a small hotel suite.
Over the years we have been working with larger and larger properties, Private Islands, castles, mansions, estates etc. We have learned to know what our upscale clients expect when they rent a villa and what the properties must have in order to succeed and enjoy high occupancy. We have also learned how to maximize getting the top rental rates available.
We are experienced with the entire Villa rental market, location, location, location is key of course but also service, staff, the flow of the villa, the proximity to transportation, beaches and point of interests, are also key factors as well. We have dealt with all aspects from brokerage to developments sales, villa consultation with property developers, such as Sonesta Corporation, property owners in need of assistance with expansions, adjustments, marketing services and also developing a client base.
I have often done many modifications to a villa just to get it to where it is suppose to be. Thus making it possible for us to send some of our most important clients there. Even the most largest and lavish of villas needed so much work to bring it along to perfection.
This year, I am now affiliated with Prudential Douglas Elliman, a $14 Billion real estate company with 4000 agents, 63 offices from New York City to Montauk. I think I am now better positioned to truly make a difference. I am able to assist any developer with my expert services, as well assist in the sale, rental and marketing activities, which are crucial pieces for any project.
In the development stages, I think often the rental activity is put on the "back-burner" by the architects, designers and even perhaps developers, when in fact rental activity is a crucial factor. When someone is buying a second or third vacation home nowadays, it must be rentable, enjoyable, and well conceived as a rental income producing property, first and foremost, so it enjoys strong occupancy (32 to 40 weeks per year), good repeat business, thus satisfying the needs of the buyer and pleasing the rental client.
This is a new era where people are buying a vacation villa or resort property, wanting to see a return to offset the cost of ownership. It must be income producing or else it will not be as interesting. So upon working on a good, strong development plan, using the land and property to its best capabilities, in or order to obtain maximum return and the largest number of lots or units, I think the developer should have on his team someone like me, who would be able analyze the units, the rooms, the bathrooms, the bedrooms and common areas, terraces, views, windows, bed positioning, bathrooms, etc., as these factors are crucial for a rental client and ultimately for the owner as well.
In the past owners would build their dream villa only just to find out later that no one wanted to stay in them other than their friends whom of course stayed there for free and raved about it. Then the owners would contact us and often wondered why they have not gotten much other rentals. They would say, "I have a large master bedroom, with master bath, marble baths and 5 other smaller bedrooms, with 3 baths and it is not renting", while comparing his to the villa next door which only has 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, all the same size, but also has the additional french door versus sliding door, nice furnishing versus sporadic and weird furnishings. Basically this is why they got rented consistently and at a higher rate.
The key here is simple, one must have a professional eye and understand this rental business to the "T ". a proper property assessment is a must, review of plans, renderings, fixtures, staff needs, client needs etc., this can not be overlooked or even done at a later stage any longer, as it will be costly to the developer.
In working with my company, I would bring to any developers, hotel groups or investors considering a project or even an important acquisition, the elimination of any risk factors, through consulting with me. Anyone who is thinking of building rental villas on their grounds should consult with someone like me first. My expertise can be beneficial not only with the property, but with its layout and needs, along with it's future rental program or rental pool systems, staff, service operating expenses, contracts, local representation and or management and increase chances of success.
In addition, I can also offer my strong affiliation with Prudential Douglas Elliman, as well as my broker contacts and clients around the world. This is truly a real package deal, a double or triple or even a home run, 3 services in one, a real marketing machine.
I am also able to look at any rental program or property that is struggling, any development that is not selling and perhaps help with its reorganization, marketing, rental program review, splits, commissions, brokerage participation etc..
I look forward to hearing from you and do feel free to call with any questions you may have.