First Name: Kelly Last Name: K May 2021
The Community You Bought or Sold in: Windsor Hills Resort:
Who was your Agent?: Alan
Thank you Alan for all of your help through the home buying process. This was our first time buying property near Disney and your experience made it so easy. I really appreciate that you were so responsive even off hours and really knew the area to make decisions easy for us. Even for out of state buyers, the process was seamless and we trusted your advice. Thanks for helping us find our perfect Disney rental!
We used Alan to purchased our home and he was outstanding. Before choosing a real estate agent, Jay and I conducted a lot of research to see who would be the best choice based on the investment they make into selling the property (time and effort, not necessarily financially) and how they promote their listings. Alan stood out as the best the Orlando area has to offer: his website is excellent with lots of helpful advice and very easy to navigate, his social media presence was strong, and we could tell puts a lot of personal dedication and attention to detail to his work. We spoke with Alan several times from Los Angeles and then met with him on our trip to Orlando to purchase a home/investment property. He spent hours answering our questions, providing objective data regarding the many homes listed and he sells, how long his listings typically stay on the market, and providing tons of info on comps in the area. We were concerned that our trip to Orlando would be in vain and we would not find a home to purchase however Alan made the process incredibly easy and took extra steps many other Realtors don't (but should). Alan’s hard work and knowledge of what it takes to purchase a home really paid off – we found our home the first day with Alan and strategically placed an offer ahead of the competition and prevented a bidding war. Our house went under contract 2 days after we put in the offer. Alan was incredibly friendly and helpful and walked us through every step of the closing process. It couldn't have been a more pleasant experience. I've recommended Alan to everyone I know. He's a true professional and a genuinely nice guy. I realize it won't always be this easy to purchase and sell your home, but I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a better Realtor.
Jay and Ken Closed April 2021 Emerald Island Resort
We have purchased a few homes in Orlando over the years and having Alan as our Realtor made the process so much easier and enjoyable every time. It was such a great experience that our friends bought a home next one of ours.My husband found him a few years back via the Internet searching for pool homes near Disney. We went with Alan because of his quick response, but we love working with him because of his professionalism, knowledge, helpfulness, friendliness, honesty, and his availability; he usually answered our emails quickly every time my (and my husband emailed him a lot!) The first time we used Alan was for a 3 bedroom condo purchase in Windsor Palms Resort. He was and is very good at explaining how the vacation rental process worked when we bought the condo, so good we just closed on our 4th home ( a 6 bedroom ) with Alan in Windsor Palms we're sure it will do as well as our other 3 have been doing. We have both highly recommended Alan to people whenever we have heard that someone is purchasing a home near Disney for vacation rental purposes. We've even suggested to people to give him a call even if they are already working with someone esle, because we're confident they'll get better service with Alan as he is so detailed, and they'll have a better, more knowledgable experience going through him. If we buy a 5th home without a doubt Alan is our Realtor.
Sorry it took our 4th home to write this, thank you Alan Susan
Windsor Palms Resort: Closed September 2018
Alan is a consummate professional. He is quick and eager to help. I highly recommend him. He would be my first call if I decide to buy another investment property. I asked him for a very specific type of home, the pool needed to be South Facing because we are sun deprived living in Maine, the home had to be in a gated community with no homes behind it and he made it happen in Formosa Gardens. When we come down in January 6 months from now it will be the 1st time we will get to stay in our new 2nd home.
Thanks for putting our house on your rental site as well, you are the man, thanks Alan
Bob and Terri from Bangor ME
Formosa Gardens : Closed Aug 2018
We can’t say enough good things about our experience with Alan and his wife Jane. From the beginning Alan carefully explained us how vacation rental homes work, what to expect and guided us in order to make the best possible choices. Alan made the experience pleasant, easy, and gratifying. He is an outstanding Realtor and we were impressed by 'how on top of it' he was. From start to finish he exceeded our expectations, and we would highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy a house near Disney. He went out of his way and made our experience comfortable and easier than we could have imagined. He did all the leg work, so it was stress-free for us. Overall, I would 100% do business with Mickey Homes again, and highly recommend Alan.... Big Thumbs Up! Thanks Alan, we now have a place near Disney we will use a lot!!! Robert & Jennifer L...
Rolling Hills: Closed Aug 2018
Alan was extremely helpful with answer to questions while walking me through the entire home buying process. He always made sure I had all my documents together, prompted me through every step and always ahead of the next step. He was very thorough and because of his work up front we were able to close on time. Alan is straight forward, no fluff and a true person. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to buy a home in Kissimmee.
Emerald Island Resort Closed June 2018
Jason and Kim
I've bought and sold multiple homes throughout the years and have never met someone like Alan. He's incredibly thorough and knows all the nuts and bolts of vacation rental homes, how it works, why one neighborhood rents better to vacationers than other ones, what to do to increase my ROI as well as who to interview for property managers and contractors. He has a way of making you feel at ease throughout the home buying process and in spite, of it being such an intimidating process from far away, he handled it with such ease. I hope to buy more homes near Disney if this one works out and I will only work with Alan, he's our guy for all my Orlando real estate needs!"
Windsor at West Resort : Closed April 2018
We recently closed on our 2nd home, a 5 bedroom 4 bathroom pool home in Calabay Parc in Davenport FL, not far from Disney World. Alan LaFrance was recommended to us by a family we met on a cruise, and he certainly lived up to his reputation, the process was smooth and there were no hiccups. We closed nine days early, Alan helped us set up our utilities, interview property managers, he set up a photogragher for pictures to be taken for vacation rental purposes and he got us our 1st booking through his and his wife's rental company.
You're the best.
Closed April 2018
Daniel & Tory
Alan LaFrance is the Best Realtor I ever worked with; from the moment I spoke with him I felt a sense of trust, he was friendly, knowledgeable and completely honest about what to expect through the entire process. I was nervous about working with someone I did not know in an area I'm not familiar with based on my past experiences locally, but Alan was honest and patient with me from the beginning, and made me feel comfortable about asking questions about the entire process, even if I asked more than once. Once we found the home of our dreams and our offer was accepted he kept the process moving along smoothly completed in the timeframe promised. He explained everything thoroughly and always called me back promptly.
Best customer service we've
ever experienced, Alan made buying a 2nd home thousand miles away worry free as he walked us through every step of the process; all details of the transaction, what we needed to do next , he made us feel like his truly valued customers
We will recommend him to every person we know thinking about buying a 2nd home in Orlando.
Thank you Alan, we can't wait until our next trip.
Windsor Hills Resort: Closed March 2018
Laura & Ben
Alan you were great.
I can't begin to tell you how happy I am with the impeccable service I received from Alan LaFrance. His efficiency on time spent to ensure a seamless process was amazing from beginning to end. He had attention to detail, follow up and desire to go above and beyond making him the best broker I have ever met. My daughter and I will be forever grateful to him for helping find the perfect home just outside Walt Disney's Gates. Thank you Alan!
Closed Feb 2018 Indian Creek
Melodye & John
Alan found us the perfect home when 2 other agents we conversed with over a year couldn't because they didn't listen!! I would highly recommend Alan. He is very knowledgeable, personable and helpful from begining to end.
Closed January 2018
Dennis & Margie
My husband and I purchased our home in January in Emerald Island next to Disney. Alan made the buying process feel simple for us and we were both extremely impressed by his knowledge. He got
us a great home after searching many resorts and I feel like he was always on top of things. No long waits. No headaches. He always answered our calls. He even went above and beyond to help us get a great rate on our homeowner's
insurance. If you are looking for someone to help you find the perfect 2nd home, I recommend Alan to be your first and last stop.
Thank you Alan and will see you next trip.
-Kaily Jan 2018
What a lovely thought, the e-card is lovely, thank you!
Is that Brendan and I on our cruise with the Queen?
So thoughtful of you and we are very grateful to you for your time, professionalism, patience and at times dogged determination with our delightful sellers to help make this happen.
You made this process a lot easier than we anticipated and for two normally very cautious individuals to have purchased an unseen property with such confidence, is testament to the complete trust that we developed in you, knowing that you would do a superb job!
It's a little uncanny, but I'm just finishing a run of producing/directing The Lion King JR Production with over 300 children aged 4-11, who perform alongside school staff. When I found out the villa was called Hakuna Matata, I thought it was great! It's the children's favourite number and now mine too! My staff and I went to the see the West End Production and they bought me a plaque with Hakuna Matata on it. I'm not normally superstitious, but do believe in fate and think this was meant to be!
We cannot wait to see our new US base, thank you again!
Donna in Jersey Channel Islands
Pam & Darrell Rixon
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Myself and my husband as first time buyers to the US, can't thank Alan from Mickey Homes for his help in this process. he was so very patient and went beyond expected in helping us find and setup a wonderful vacation home. He was there to guide us through the buying process as we were very uneducated to the US real estate area, it was our first purchase, and then he also helped us connect with the proper people that we needed to deal with such as pool and lawn maintenance etc. Alan made the buying process a breeze. Thanks again for your continual service to us.
First Name: James
Last Name: Shepherd
The Community You Sold in: Providence
Who was your Agent?: Alan
Your Experience: I have had a four year association with Alan LaFrance, while he managed my property in Providence, and recently he took over the sale of my property. The sale had been stagnating for over twelve months and Alan sold it within six weeks of his appointment. There was no fuss, just good down to earth advice and a very satisfactory conclusion. I cannot recommend Alan too highly and would use his expertise every time to either buy or sell my property. James and Julie Shepherd - Cheshire, UK June 2015
First Name: Ben
Last Name: Kpogho From London England
The Community You Bought 2 in: Providence
Who was your Agent?: Alan
Your Experience: Alan understands our requirements and was prompt at dealing with issues arising in the course of our purchase and chased up matters in a professional and efficient manner. I would highly recommend him as an agent.
First Name: EJ
Last Name: Povinelli From NYC
The Community You Bought in: Windsor Palms
Who was your Agent?: Alan
Your Experience: Our expierience with Mickey Homes was outstanding. Alan and Jane were both terrific. Alan helped educate my wife and I about the Kissimee area and the developments around Disney. He helped us choose a wonderful property in Windsor Palms and got us a great deal. Our closing process took close to a year. Alan never gave up and was instrumental in helping us close the deal. His opion and ideas have always led us in the right direction. And we consider Alan a good friend.
A google search for "real estate agent near Disney World" directed me to www.mickeyhomesflorida.com. I placed a call and immediately was speaking to Alan LaFrance. I was looking for a vacation home with short term rental potential and I had no idea what I was getting into. Alan took the time to explain everything to me and was brutally honest but also quiet and not pushy at all. My wife and I took a trip to Kissimmee and spent a day with Alan looking at numerous properties. We really liked the first one he showed us but returned home (1000 miles away) to "think about it". Six weeks passed before we decided to make an offer. Alan was extremely helpful throughout the process. We were pushing to get to settlement quickly because we had a trip scheduled and wanted to be able to stay in the house. Alan made it happen. We flew into Orlando and Alan met us at the house with the door open and the lights on! After the sale, Alan continues to be a huge help always ready to answer one of my numerous questions. Alan is a true professional that will help you find the right home especially if you are looking near Disney. I highly recommend him. Give him a call.
Thank you Alan,
Phil & Debbie Ceresini
Name: John Stacey From Toronto Canada
The Community You Bought in: Davenport Lakes
Who was your Agent?: Alan
I met Alan LaFrance by accident while he was checking a house across the street. He showed me through. I noticed how quiet he was in contrast to other agents. Not desperately and endlessly talking or high-pressuring me. In fact, Al hardly spoke at all, unless answering a question. To which I would always get a good and informed answer. I later purchased that house through Al. And later sold by own home through Al. He handled the conveyancing details flawlessly. All my future real estate transactions will be with assistance of Al. Also (provided Al has not rubbed her fur the wrong way that day:) I get to enjoy the added benefit of assistance of Al's wife Jane, a very competant estate agent in her own right. Thus I get the services of a skilled team. Though I am constantly flooded with unsolicited service offers of many local estate agents, I can safely ignore them all, knowing that I am in good hands with Al and Jane.
First Name: Tony
Last Name: S From Mid-West USA
The Community You Bought in: Sunset Lakes
Who was your Agent?: Alan
Your Experience: Alan helped us find our wonderful vacation home in Kissimmee last year. We live in the Midwest and Alan was so helpful sharing potential homes to see, and setting up the appointments within our tight schedule as we flew back into Orlando. Alan was so easy to work with, the process of purchasing a home from another state went smoothly with his expertise. I highly recommend Alan, he is a great realtor. Tony S
First Name: Jan & Lee
Last Name: Hingley from England
The Community You Bought in: Legacy Park
Who was your Agent?: Alan
SIMPLY FANTASTIC SERVICE.
We first contacted Alan back in 2013 when he helped us purchase our first Florida home. Since then we have kept in touch and are now looking to purchase a second property. Alan is a wonderful realtor and has all the contacts needed to make your dream of a Florida home a reality. He is very knowledgeable friendly and his service is simply the best.
If you are looking to purchase in the Disney area, we GAURANTEE you won’t find a better agent to represent you. Thanks Alan
First Name: Nancy
Last Name: Nickels from New Jersey
The Community You Bought and Sold in: Emerald Island Resort
Bought and still own in Windsor Hills
Who was your Agent?: Alan
Your Experience: I am very happy with Alan and Jane. I purchased two homes and sold one home through Mickey Homes. Alan has been there to assist me every step of the way. He is very accommodating and is always available to lend a helping hand. I would definitely recommend and have recommended them to anyone. Thank you again Alan and Jane for all you have done.
First Name: Pedro
Last Name: Carvalho
The Community You Bought in: Formosa Gadens
Who was your Agent?: Alan
Your Experience: We can say in few words and from the bottom of our hearts that Alan LaFrance is our "professional guardian angel" because he resolves all kind of matter that concern when you are buying a house. And it is not only a house, it is your future home: the place you are having the most high expectation in being happy with your family. Everybody must know Alan and Jane, for us the most qualified realtors in Florida. Pedro and Marisa Carvalho - Sao Paulo - Brazil -
Alan is truly the BEST realtor that you can find! We have both purchased and sold with Alan as our realtor. Alan always kept us up-to-date on all details and is always available to answer questions. In our absence, Alan coordinated staging, listing, selling, AND PACKING AND STORING of our belongings for the sale of our property. Unbelievable, but he did! There isn't anyone else with that level of commitment to their clients! The real estate terms can be quite different, yet Alan always finds the best people for the task. He put us in touch with top notch accountants that specialize in Canadians who need to file for IRS, as well as Title holder for the legal portion. Alan is truly amazing in all real estate transactions. He is positive, calm, knowledgeable and delivers on his word! We can't say thank you enough!! Imagine being able to hand over all of the details in your absence and for you to have 110% comfort and confidence in doing that? We did! With 110% satisfaction!
Nancy and Jarett McInenly Alberta Canada
"We could not praise Alan's expertise and professionalism more highly ...... Although living in the UK, we decided that Kissimmee was where we would like to spend our retirement. We made the boldest decision of our marriage to date and proceeded to find a property and Alan via the internet. We knew nothing of the process, the legislation, the property or even Alan. However, he was amazing.... and once we introduced ourselves via the telephone and email he guided and helped us to understand the formal documentation and complete our purchase. All was completed in six weeks. A month after taking ownership, we flew to meet Alan and see our newly purchased home for the first time.... both were absolutely perfect and we could not be more delighted. As we endeavour to put our own style on the property, Alan continues to be invaluable, with his local knowledge of services and tradesmen. Our modus operandi on this occasion may have seemed a tad unorthodox, but anyone who has been fortunate to have dealt with or met Alan and Jane, knows they have found an exceptional professional couple." - Michael and Elaine Proud - UK -
"My wife and I were introduced to Alan LaFrance after they worked with him on a house purchase. Although we never met Alan until after we bought our vacation home, we were extremely please with his knowledge, speedy communication, and expertise in the Florida vacation home market. He went to innumerable homes, and took pictures and measurements for us-- he was our eyes and ears in Florida. While we knew the area, this was the second time we bought a home in the US, sight unseen--we were not disappointed with the result. Thanks Alan for all your care, help and expertise. We would highly recommend Alan for those looking in the Greater Orlando area for a home. Many thanks!" - Stephen and Lisa Miller - Nova Scotia, Canada -
"We were referred to Alan by one of our friends who used Alan to purchase a vacation home. We talked to Alan and told him EXACTLY what we wanted. We flew down on a Friday and met Alan on a Saturday and spent the entire day looking at furnished townhomes. We found one Saturday, wrote a contract on Sunday and flew home Sunday night! We were able to close 30 days later. We now have a great Vacation home right outside of Disney. Alan was great to work with when we were looking for our home and he checks in on the house weekly for us since we live so far away. He has been fabulous to work with and the service is second to none!" - Frank and Christina Minkewicz - Virginia Beach, VA -
"I would like to thank Alan and his team for dealing with the quick smooth sale of our home in Emerald Island Kissimmee Florida. It was a pleasure in dealing with Alan who held our hand all the way. We have bought and sold many homes over the last few years in Kissimmee FL. and i can truly say that this time was the easiest. He dealt with every issue quickly and constantly informed us of the progress. We would defenatley use Alan and Mickey Homes again" - Mark Gardner - Sheffield, UK -
"Alan came highly recommended to me by a friend who has purchased several homes in Orlando through Alan. She spoke so highly of Alan I did not hesitate in contacting him. Well from the beginning he was great to work with. Since 2009 I have purchased a condo and a home in Orlando, Allan has been there every step of the way going above and beyond to assist me in purchasing my property. Alan is professional, friendly, supportive, and accommodating he was and is always there to answer any questions I may have. I have and will continue to recommend Alan to anyone who is looking to buy a home in Florida. I feel he is one of the best in his field of work. Thanks again Alan." - Sheila Miller - St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
"Alan was referred by friends in Halifax who worked with them to purchase a property in Orlando. We had a great experience and would certainly recommend him to others. He is organized, responsive and intuitive - all of the traits you need in a great agent!" - Phil and Heather Otto - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
"We have never owned a vacation home, let alone a rental property out of state. At the recommendation of a co-worker, who worked with Alan a couple of years ago to acquire a home, I called Alan. Alan spent an entire day with us on our vacation in April showing us different communities and different house styles and decorating styles within those areas. He answered no less than 1,000 different emails from us as we were unfamiliar with the entire process and had a lot of questions as we tried to look at properties through pictures and his personal visits. When I returned to Florida a few weeks later, Alan had narrowed down a list that he thought I'd find interesting and we found three different homes we really liked. After losing the first home due to not taking Alan's advice (and my stubornness) we settled on our second choice. The process could not have been any easier and we just closed on our home in July and recently visited and stayed in the home for the first time. Not only has Alan been a tremendous agent in helping us find a home but he has been a great asset for questions on how/where to rent, furniture and decorating styles, property management companies, contractors to use to make renovations, etc. He has really made this whole experience great and we could not have done it without him." - Mike and Deanna Keane - New York
"Alan is a great professional and he did everything to assist us to find and buy our house in Encantada Resort (http://encantadaresortflorida.com). He also helped us to find a bank to provide us a mortgage. I have no words to describe Alan’s dedication to us. I HIGHLY recommend him to any people." - Jose-Roberto Barros - Quebec, Canada
"We sold 3 homes with Alan & Jane. They do everything they say they will do and on time, which is worth everything. They are so experienced that they are able to predict problems well in advance and take steps to put them right before they can go wrong, they have worked tirelessly marketing and holding Open Houses and have sold all three homes between February and June, now that's what I call selling!!! You can't ask for anymore than that." - Dave Griffiths - UK
"Alan made the process of buying a vacation home in Florida run smoothly. Alan is knowledgeable, responsive, professional and honest. We were pleased and have since recommended Alan to friends. Thank you!" - Kevin and Kerry-Ann Stoddart - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
"We are very happy that our Canadian friends referred us to Alan for the purchase of our Florida home. Alan was very responsive and made the whole process run smoother than we had anticipated. He doesnt believe in the hard sale and had our interests in mind. We recommend him." - Mike Bagnall - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
"My wife Carol did 99% of the leg work looking for a home in the Orlando/Disney area. I was involved only by telephone a thousand miles away. Alan was instrumental in advising us on pricing and "correct properties". Alan proved to be not only an excellent realtor who really does have a pulse on what is happening in his territory, but was an assuring partner to the transaction. Alan not only proved to be a good realtor, but he has also remained in contact with us providing continuing help with our property. His knowledge of local workmen and "how things are done" have proved to be very valuable. Laid back not pushy. My kind of realtor." - Paul and Carol Surprenant - Manchester, NH USA
"Alan went above and beyond what we could have ever begun to expect in a real estate agent. He met with us when we would fly down to Orlando and was ready with many appropriate houses to view. He found our house for us and it could not have been more perfect. We still call Alan when we visit our Florida home as we now consider him a friend. Words cannot express our appreciation for all of his help and his friendship." - Candace Johnson - Middleville, MI
"We have been working with Alan since 2009. We have purchased and sold a few properties with his help and continue to play the Real Estate game. We appreciate Alan's no nonsense approach and true, realistic opinion as we are in Eastern Canada and rely totally on his eyes and gut. Pictures only tell a certain part of the story and Alan has been great to work with. We continue to use his services and have recommended him to our friends! Thanks Alan!" - Sylvianne and Jeff Forbes - Nova Scotia, Canada
so lucky to have met Alan!! Alan has smoothly and efficiently helped us purchase and sell a home with us being thousands of miles away!! All the best, Alan!!! P.S. You can also look at my review from when we bought and see that in 4 years, Alan has continued to be true to his dedication and amazing service!! Never a doubt!!
"As like many others, we met Alan at an open house. At that point we had already bought one home in the Kissimmee area but were looking for another. Our requirements were a little tougher as we wanted all our homes in the same location. But true to other testimonials, Alan and Jane looked after our needs and we now have three homes in the same resort!! Alan and Jane are not just realtors but friends. It's comforting to know you have someone you can trust, especially in another country." - Elaine and Bill Reid - Newfoundland, Canada
"Your home search is truly a one-stop experience with Alan LaFrance! Alan was referred to us in May 2010 by a colleague. Her description of him and his services was just sliver of the extremely positive experience we have had with him. Alan is Reliable, Prompt, Knowledgeable, Honest, and most of all filled with Patience. All of our questions and requests were answered within the same day, and if he did not have the answer immediately he would make the right connections to get the information we needed. This was an emotional charged transaction for us, and Alan understood this, never forcing us to make decisions or swaying us in a particular direction. Alan just simply presents the facts and provides us with the information we need to make informed decisions and choices. We are now the proud owners of a lovely home in Kissimmee. The purchase of this house was completed while we were at home in Canada and the reason for this is the trust and confidence we have in Alan. Alan continues to support us in anyway he can as we transition to Florida homeownership! Thank you Alan, you are an exceptional professional and trustworthy realtor. If you want an excellent buying experience, work with Alan and his team." - Zena, Crystal and Nassor Samuels - Canada
"FANTASTIC, CARING, HONEST, PROFESSIONAL REAL ESTATE AGENT. These are just a few of the words that come to mind when talking about our experience with Alan. We found Alan on the internet and decided that if he could help people from Europe find a house in Florida and earn such great testimonials then he surely could help in our search. This was the best decision we could have made. He is the most knowledgeable and dependable agent we have ever worked with, and we have had many real estate transactions. He was always quick to return calls, even when he was on vacation. When we were unable to find a suitable property during our visit, he agreed to preview homes and give his insights to us back home. We bought our house sight unseen just on his recommendation. It was everything he had said and more. The amount of time and effort he put into our search goes above and beyond any expectations we had. We truly cannot say enough glowing words about the whole process. He is absolutely the best real estate agent you will ever come across. If you are looking to buy property in Florida you can not go wrong with Alan and his team." - Linda and Bill Petryk - Washington State, USA
"Dear, Alan, We can't even begin to explain how completely thrilled we are with our Florida purchase. You have been the the utmost professional throughout the entire process. You have raised the bar for what clients should expect from a realtor. Your communication skills are top notch every step of the way. No detail is too small and we were always well informed. You went so far above and beyond the call of duty with making arrangements, ensuring every base was covered.With your kind and friendly help we were able to have all of the trades people lined up in a very short time period. All of your time spent on our purchase is so appreciated. You are continuing to follow up with us even after closing, just to see that we are content and looked after. We truly feel that we have an ally and guide in Florida that is protecting our interests! As well, you take great care to hand pick any trades or service people that you recommend which makes it such a stress-free process for us. Doing renovations in a new city can be very intimidating and you really helped ease our anxiety. Alan provides supreme customer service right down to every detail and query we have. We really liked how Alan took digital photos to record any work done when we were not present. It is very rare to find people that keep their word and follow up as you do. We feel like we have had the royal treatment right from our very first meeting over 18 months ago. We immediately felt confident and trusting that Mickey Homes was a great fit for us. Throughout the hunt for our property you were extremely knowledgeable of the area and the buying process. We never felt pressured to purchase and you were very patient in letting us take the time to make the right decision-you really do want what is best for your clients, unlike some realtors who will push a sale just to benefit themselves. To attest to this, we trusted your unbiased and gentle advice to steer away from a property we had originally considered as you felt there was another one that was more suitable for us. You were 1000% correct and we are completely satisfied with our purchase. We purchased this home based on photos and recomendations from you and we have a perfect fit. If anyone is looking to buy property in the states, we would 'demand' that they call you first. Recently there was some negative press for Canadians buying properties in the states in regards to improper handling of foreclosure properties by the US banks. Alan assured us that we were covered in the process and attended to every detail,explaining the process and Florida laws.He is truly a man of his word and contacted the parties that needed to be on our behalf. There could be a lot of problems with real estate transactions, if you don't have the right people handling them. Not a worry with Alan. We were pleased that the emails kept coming and we were never forgotten about, even when it seemed we were dragging our heels. At the same time, no pressure, just providing information to educate us in the process. Alan is full of integrity and was always in touch whether we were at home or in Florida. He even kept in touch with us and followed up when he was away on a personal trip. Outstanding-more than we could ever expect. We truly appreciate the fantastic service! From our initial consultations to providing examples of how to furnish our home, it has been a true pleasure to work with Alan. Our only wish is that we could be there on all of the cold winter days here!We plan to keep in touch! A perfect gold star for the handling of our purchase-thank you so much." - Nancy and Jarett - Alberta Canada
"We have just "closed" on our property in Windsor Palms. We like so many other people here, found Alan from looking at one of his open houses on Emerald Island (ballons and sign following). If your after the Number 1 realtor in the U.S, then you have just found them in Mickey Homes. We are from the U.k and knew nothing of the U.S house buying system. Through the whole buying process Alan was informative throughout. He kept us in the loop at all times,assisted us in filling out the endless forms, returned calls and emails promptly and fought our corner every step of the way. When you need a realtor you can trust and depend upon then Alan and his company are the ones for you. We would be happy to recommend him directly, just contact him for our email address." - Dan and Joe Ennis - Chatham, UK
"When we decided to begin a search for a vacation rental property in Orlando, my wife and I were given a recommendation to work with Alan at MickeyHomes. We are definitely glad we did. We made one trip to Orlando and Alan gave us a great selection of options to look at, all while providing the information we had to have but otherwise letting us come to our own conclusions. Most of the work was done while we are at home in Canada, with Alan checking out places on our behalf we knew we could trust his opinion and advice. We appreciate how responsive Alan was during this process. We never felt any pressure after placing bids on, multiple properties over an extended period. Just great service overall and we highly recommend him. Thanks Gary and Ellen Milligan" - Gary and Ellen Milligan - Canada
This is the first testimonial that we have ever written but the service that we have received from Mickey Homes has been amazing. We researched all the British companies and local Realtors (Estate Agents) who specialise in the Orlando area. If you want to wait days / weeks for a reply to your enquiry then by all means use them. If on the other hand you would like a response the same day and all your questions answered then I urge you use Alan and Jane LaFrance at Mickey Homes. Alan is the most unlikely Realtor that we have ever met (He’s really nice, not like any of the Estate Agents that we have ever dealt with). He is intelligent, friendly and will go way beyond his remit as a Realtor to help you out. We didn’t know the first thing about buying a home in Florida and whilst we didn’t have a million dollar budget we certainly received a million dollar service. Alan helped us from start to finish and he understands that as UK clients we didn’t have a clue how the US home buying system works. He patiently answered all our questions (and trust me there were many) and didn’t make us feel like idiots. Alan sent many properties for us to look at by e-mail that fitted our requirements and budget before we travelled to Florida. He answered all our questions about bank accounts, deposits, rental zones and explained about short sales (don’t go there!), bank owned and resale properties. When we arrived in Florida he showed us lots of different properties and areas until we found the perfect home for us. He was still working for us when he and Jane went on holiday (vacation) and I would like to thank Jane for putting up with us and apologise for interrupting their break. Alan has additionally gone way beyond finding us a home, he has helped us to open a bank account, set up the utilities, find a tax consultant, find a management company, find an air conditioning engineer (he even went to our house to let him in), find furniture and even bailed me out when I forgot to add the $20 bank fee when I wired the money so that we could close on time. What kind of Realtor do you know that would do all that? Please consider using Mickey Homes if you want to buy a home in Florida. Alan and Jane are American so they know their own market and they have both spent time in the UK so they understand their UK clients. There is no hard sale and the decision to buy a property is left completely up to you. Thank you Alan and Jane, Lyn & Alan" - Lyn Stewart and Alan Jones - Scotland
"We met Alan and Jane during an open house. We had a good long chat with them about wanting to buy a house in Florida but were unsure whether we wanted to buy a new build or an older property. Right there and then Alan made a few telephone calls, and arranged for us viewings and gave up his time to show us all the new and old properties. One of the sites he took us to was Windsor Hills Reserve, where we fell in love with a new build Brentwood 6 bed, 4 bath with a pool home. As we were not in the States during the selection, purchase and build process Alan's service was much more than we have expected. We only chose the style of the house, colours, tiles and carpets. Alan did all the rest for us: he liaised between us and our builder to purchase the appropriate lot. In our name Alan had meetings with the builder making sure that our wishes were understood by them. Alan has even visited the site to photograph the build process for us, and he was the one who inspected the finished product. Alan has guided us step by step and was a phone call and an email away to answer all our questions. We feel very fortunate to have found in him, a patient helpful, and supportive guide during our first U.S. house purchase. Patient, toward our lack of understanding the way real estate system works in the U.S. and patient toward our particular ways of ensuring that everyone involved is on the same page. Helpful, especially during the handover process when he was standing in for us, doing the walk-through inspecting the finished house and making sure that it is up to standard including ensuring that the utilities were all working. Alan has eased our stress during the house building process but most importantly over the last 9 months we have learned that Alan can be counted on and trusted. Alan is our No 1 U.S. Realtor! We would highly recommend him to all our friends in the U.K. and anyone who may also be looking to purchase a home in the U.S. We wish Alan and Jane all the best and are looking forward to spending time with them on our upcoming visit in few weeks time." - Josie and Maurice Mendez UK
"In May we went over to Florida to have a holiday and perhaps look at buying property whilst we were there. We didn't understand the buying process or the way the Estate Agency or Real Estate system works. Unlike the UK, where a town/city might have 10 Estate Agents marketing 100 properties each, in Florida a Realtor has a small number of his/her own properties but has access to everybody else's on the local list (called the MLS). In this way, the agent becomes 'your' agent and can show you a multitude of properties dependent upon your own desires. We happened upon Alan's Open House sign with his blue balloons on the junction of Formosa Gardens Boulevard and Highway 192 and followed the trail of boards and balloons to a property that he was doing an Open House in on the Rolling Hills Estate. Out of curiosity we had a look around the house and casually got into conversation with Alan. The next morning he picked us up from our Hotel and we went to through our likes/dislikes/budget etc. Between us we created a list of a dozen or so properties that we would like to view, which he then took us around. We did the same the following day with further houses and then visited the shortlist one more time, finally picking the house that we now own. Throughout this whole period (and in 90 degree heat) Alan left us entirely at ease and did not try to impose his own thoughts - he let the properties speak for themselves - we felt under no pressure to decide whether we bought or we didn't; he was so totally unlike many UK Agents and didn't push anything. Alan handled the entire sale from the offer to the closing with consummate professionalism and the only pain we had was paying for the house!! In the last year we have been back to our home in Kissimmee three times and on each occasion have met up with Alan both on his own and together with Jane several times and now count them as our friends. It was a quirk of fate maybe, brought about by a trail of blue balloons but we couldn't have wished to have found a more honest, professional, unflappable but most importantly a nicer guy than Alan and would wholeheartedly recommend both him and Jane to help you in what is, at the end of the day, a potentially very traumatic and 'strange' process for ourselves, particularly given the geographic and procedural divide!" - Chris and George Bernard ENGLAND
"Alan - you were brilliant! Living in England and this being our first experience of buying in Florida, we could not believe how helpful and supportive you were. We only had a long weekend in which to find a property and yet you were quick to understand our needs and find the perfect property for us, patiently standing by whilst we revisited our final choice four times in the space of a couple of days!! You then held our hand via phone, fax and e-mail and guided us through every step of the process - we couldn't have wished for anyone more helpful, friendly and above all, totally professional. Thanks again for all your help and best wishes for your future success. Hope to see you when we visit our new home." - Jill and Barrie Gunter England
"Thanks Alan for your hard work and never ending patience in finding us our holiday home in Disney, your friendly attitude and no hard sell really made a difference. We will recommend your service with confidence. Thanks again Lesley, Andy, Ellie & Scott from Scotland" - Andrew and Lesley Campbell Scotland
"Alan- Your the best all the patience and care you gave us when looking to find the perfect home for us. We thought it was not going to happen but you did it... The professional service was just topping on the cake! Thanks for everything." - Terri and Frank Kiernan NY NY
"Dear Alan, Please accept our deepest heartfelt thanks for the assistance you gave us regarding the purchase of our house in Davenport. Your patience and constant contact with us during the process made a very scary venture seem easy. Being in Connecticut and trying to shop long distance would have been impossible had we not had an agent that we could trust completely. Your continuous emails of available homes and information regarding anything from homeowners associations to tax issues was something we could never have done without. After dragging you through so many houses in the space of two days, you developed a real sense of what we were looking for, and when you finally found THE one, you were on it right away. Knowing that you had the integrity to show us only the best possibilities gave us the confidence to make an offer on our beautiful home after only seeing a few pictures. Imagine our absolute joy when, seeing the home for the first time(on the day of closing) it was actually better than we'd hoped for! You went above and beyond our expectations. When we begin our search to relocate to Florida, Barbara and I know that you will be our real estate agent. Again, thanks for everything." - Barbara and Dennis Taylor Conneticut USA
"Buying a home is always a stressful time but buying abroad in a foreign country is even more worrying. To contemplate the process of buying a home 4000miles from the UK involving strangers is full of potential pitfalls. However, we both took to Alan immediately not pushy not overbearing but on hand if we wanted his advice or opinion. He was always available even when he went on vacation snowboarding(so he says) he still contacted us to make sure everything was progressing well. Yes I would definitely recommended Alan LaFrance and his team to anyone who wanted independent advice and help in buying a property in Florida. It was more straight forward than purchasing in England. Guess what the customer comes first not the solicitor or the estate agent!!!!" - Kevin and Ann Aldread UK
"You have been so patient and so warm thoughout the house-hunting process. We can`t imagine our luck in finding the perfect guide for us. Thank you so much for your professionalism and expertise, and your friendship and kindness. All the best in every way." - Paul and Crystal Choice UK
"Dear Alan, Thanks for all your help in finding the perfect vacation house for us in Kissimmee. We had almost given up on finding a house with all the features we needed at a price we could afford, but you never did. Thanks for all your time and patience in helping us through the home-buying process. We are looking forward to many happy vacations in our new home and wish you the best of luck. Keep in touch." - Laurel, Steve and JEN Cohen Mass. USA