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Villa_5Star_Windsor_Hills_ExteriorThinking About Buying a Home in Florida??

All you need to know about buying your home in the sun!     

Ready to find your dream home? Our agents are here to walk you through the process! Whether this is your first time or tenth time buying a home, our knowledgeable agents will make sure that they are there every step of the way. We are committed to finding you the perfect property and we will stop at nothing until you have found somewhere you can call home. Click below to find out more!

Welcome to Florida Link Properties in conjuction with ….
Signature Collection Realty!
We are a young, exciting company with the benefit of some of the most experienced and innovative brains in the business. Concentrating on YOU. Your buying, selling, investment and service needs and delivering with exceptional, friendly, and efficient service.   

We have a team of experienced Realtors who specialize in the purchase and sale of Vacation homes.  We ensure that your entire buying experience is as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Professional guidance is with you every step of the way! We have properties for sale and for rental in all the most popular areas of Central Florida including Orlando, Kissimmee, Davenport, Clermont and on some of the most popular resorts such as Windsor Island, Champions Gate and Storey Lake.  All in the renowned “Disney” area 

Upscale Residential and Investment Properties in Central Florida

We are in the heart of one of the prime investment and residential areas in Florida.  Close to Disney, Universal Studios, and the thriving Airbnb market in and around International Drive, Reunion, Champions Gate, Davenport, and Kissimmee.  Just minutes from the most sought-after residential areas of Lake Nona, Windermere, Dr Phillips, Celebration and Winter Garden.  Close to Orlando International Airport and both coasts.  The Orlando area is booming, attracting residents, tourists, and commercial investments from across the globe.  We know our market well and we are perfectly located to help you move or invest in this exciting area.

The Signature Approach – its all about YOU

We pride ourselves on our ability to couple high service standards with expertise and market knowledge. We apply all that we know to helping you find just the right home or investment.  We offer a range of vacation homes, short-term rental investments, and beautiful residential homes. It’s a busy marketplace and there are many solutions to your property needs.  We concentrate on finding the best investment solutions for you. It’s all about tailoring a plan to your requirements, harnessing any services you might need and helping you through the process from the contract to the closing table and beyond. 

Check out our Properties of the month!!
Then send us the ‘Find out More’ request.  

Your income producing home in the sun – Its easier to own than you might think!

Just imagine your very own home in Florida which you can use anytime you want and have an income from it when you are not using it?  Sounds like a good investment – it is!.

Buying a home in Florida is a different process to buying in the UK and Europe, in many ways it is much more straightforward.  That’s especially so when you have the experience of a qualified Realtor working on your behalf.  You will be guided through the whole process from strong negotiations on price through the purchase contract and inspection periods to the closing table when the home will become yours. 

Our number one goal is to provide you with the best possible customer home buying service. We suggest that you contact us.  One of our Realtors will help you find the home which is exactly tailored to your investment objectives.

Contact Wendy Karaffa by phone or email, Phone +1 (407) 908-0594,
email: wendycarr123@msm.com

An email all your contact details i.e. Full Name, Email address and Telephone number

And to qualify for a discounted Accommodation in Florida, please mention that you inquiry is as per Florida Link Properties website.

Inspection Trips

If you want to look at properties on your next visit we will partner you with a realtor now so that you have all the information you need and are ready to purchase or reserve a home when you meet.  Or, if you don’t have any upcoming visits planned, we can arrange an inspection trip for you.  You will have great accommodation and we will refund the cost of 5 days accommodation to you when you complete on your property purchase. We offer frequent departures through all major UK airports, and we will tailor the viewing trip to suit you, including picking you up at the airport if that is what you need!  A typical inspection trip will include working with your Realtor to draw up a shortlist homes to view, getting approval for financing if you need it, opening a bank account, registering for a tax number and introducing you to furniture and management companies if needed. 

Please note, your trip is ATOL protected, since we are agent forNorthern Holidays Limited which they hold an Air Travel Organizer’s License granted by the Civil Aviation Authority, Our ATOL number is 5139


Felipe Rodriguez
Phone: 07894 684165 UK Direct
Email: felipe@floridalinkproperties.com

Wendy Karaffa
Phone +1 (407) 908-0594 USA Direct 
email: wendycarr123@msm.com


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Step by Step – Here’s what you need to know…..

Find a Realtor and find your property
A Realtor is licensed and qualified to help you through the process. The Realtors we connect with in Florida are highly experienced in investment and vacation home transactions with buyers and sellers who usually live thousands of miles away from central Florida.  The best way to start is to provide a list of your investment’s objectives: price, location, home use, and you will then be sent a list of properties matching your criteria.
Unlike in the UK, where buyers will shop for homes around several Estate agents, in the US there is a buyers Realtor and a Sellers Realtor.  This really does simplify the search and buying process for you and the great news here is that generally the seller pays both Realtors which means that you are unlikely to incur any Realtor costs when you are buying.   

Place an offer
Once you have found the property you like your Realtor can help you decide what price to offer based on current market conditions, present the offer to the sellers Realtor and negotiate a price based on what you want to pay.  At this point you will need to provide proof of funds if you are paying cash or a mortgage preapproval.

Purchase and sale contract
Once the offer has been accepted there is a binding contract in place between you and the seller.  The house is taken off the market and you can continue through the purchase process knowing that you have secured the property


What to do the moment you are under contract to buy

  • Send a copy of the contract to your lender
  • Send a copy of the contract to the Title company – your Realtor can do this
  • Wire initial deposit, usually $5,000 to the Title company.
  • Arrange a home inspection. The contract you are under is contingent on a satisfactory home inspection.  Your Realtor will help you find a home inspector and help you with any repair requests you want to make
  • Contact a US tax accountant. You will need to obtain a tax number, it’s a simple process and your Realtor can suggest an accountant if you don’t have one.
  • Open a US bank account.
  • Start researching management companies. If you are going to rent the property out when you are not using it, you will need a management company who can efficiently look after your home as well as provide you with an income from bookings.

Transfer of property.
Your contact at the title company will work to transfer the title of the property and will remain in contact with you during this process.  The title company co-ordinates everything making sure that you receive loan documents from the lender and the closing documents ahead of closing.  If you are not present in Florida at this point the documents can emailed to you.  There is no need to be present in the US to complete the process.


 Generally, you will be required to put around 30% cash into the property and the remainder can be borrowed.  Most people use US lenders who have experience in dealing with foreign national buyers.  Your mortgage lender will be able to provide you with a summary of closing costs and provide you with the pre approval letter.  Builders tend to have preferred lenders, or, if you need suggestions for a lender, your Realtor will be able to help.

Call Us Today!

Felipe Rodriguez
Phone: 07894 684165 UK Direct
Email: felipe@floridalinkproperties.com

Wendy Karaffa
Phone: +1 (407) 908-0594 USA Direct 
email: wendycarr123@msm.com



Florida Link Properties
Felipe Rodriguez
Chairman & CEO.
Tel.: +1 (352) 432-3365       USA Direct
Tel.: +1 (352) 223-5027       USA Cell
Tel.: +44 (0) 7894 684165    UK Cell


Felipe Rodriguez is the founded/owner of Florida Link Properties, his first starting on the property development business in 1980, Felipe began the overseas property business with Madison Euro Properties with it was based in East London, Madison first starting building villas in the Costa del Sol, Spain on the early seventies, on the eighteen move to the Costa Brava, Spain. The business very successfully built and sold twenty townhouses on a new development, we also build and sold several villas within the same area of Costa Brava

Felipe also has been in the travel profession for over 38 years, first as a tour guide with West Midland Travel, then to Managing Director/Owner of Northern Holidays Ltd., one of the UK’s leading tour operator for the Coach market to Spain and one of Britain’s leading Coach Group operators, as Managing Director of Operations with the Travel Organization, the last 35 years as President and CEO of Northern Holiday Group. Over 40 years of his career have been involved with the Spanish Group Travel Market.


Florida Link Properties
Richard Rodriguez 
Company Director
Tel,: +44 (0) 7801 369451 UK Cell


Richard Rodriguez has been a travel profession for over 28 years, first as a Resort Representative in Spain (Costa Brava) with Northern Holidays Ltd., then to Company Secretary of Sun Ways Direct Ltd., one of the UK’s leading tour operator supplier to Spain for the Travel Trade, at the moment he hold the position as Director with Northern Holidays Ltd, which is one of Britain’s leading Coach Group operators and accommodation suppliers to the UK Tour Operators Market, for over 20 years of his career have been involved with the Spanish Group Travel Market.



Wendy Karaffa
Broker/Owner Signature Collection Realty
Phone: +1 (407) 908-0594 USA Direct 
email: wendycarr123@msm.com

Wendy is based in Florida and has worked in the real estate industry for the past 20 years, assisting clients from America, Canada, UK, Scandinavia, and mainland Europe. She has helped thousands of clients buy or sell their homes and is a true expert in her field.

“Most of my clients come to me because of recommendations from previous satisfied customers. Many just want to own their dream home in the sun. Others want to take advantage of the market and buy and sell at the right time. Some want to build a property portfolio which will provide long term gain. Whatever the reason for purchase, all receive the same care and attention and have the benefit of me being able to harness exactly the right ancillary services such as financing, home inspections, even remodeling and furniture purchase!”

Sales and Marketing have always been the focus of Wendy’s career. She studied marketing and graduated from Bournemouth University in the UK. Since then, she has worked for leading advertising agencies as well as several large financial service companies where she focused on marketing services and product development. She admits that she has found her true place in life; in Florida – selling and marketing houses to people she enjoys spending time with and having the satisfaction of truly helping people though the house purchase process.


Madeleine Karaffa,
Realtor, Signature Collection Realty
Phone: +1 (407) 729-0178 USA Direct
email: madeleinek1234@gmail.com

Madeleine is based in Florida and has recently graduated from the University of Central Florida where she studied business marketing. She was brought up in a Real Estate environment and helping people buy and sell homes is second nature to her. Madeleine’s career started whist she was still at college, qualifying as a Realtor at the end of her undergraduate year and actively selling homes during her final year. She is a hardworking, loyal, and dedicated professional and ready to assist you in your home search. She knows Central Florida well having spent all her life in the Disney area.


Buying Bank Properties

What you need to know about Bank Owned Properties (REP)

buyingbankownedWe have all heard the stories of how someone picked up a fantastic deal on a foreclosure home and figured if they can do it, so can I. Who doesn’t want an unbelievable deal on a house??? Well like everything else in life sometimes the offer sounds just too good to be true. You first need to know some facts and understand the difference between Foreclosure and REO (Real Estate Owned). A foreclosure sale starts with a minimum bid of the property that will include the current loan balance, interest on the loan, any attorney fees and other cost accrued with the foreclosure. Potential bidders of foreclosure properties MUST have a cashier check with them for the full amount of their bid price. Those whom are successful and win the bidding will receive the property in an “AS-IS” condition. This may include but not limited to tenants still in the property, liens or judgments held against the property. It is highly suggested that you have a title company conduct a lien search before you bid on any property. An REO property is one that fails to sell at a foreclosure auction and goes back to the lender / Mortgage Company. Most foreclosures do not result in a bid because what the bank is asking for in a bid price is often more than the property is worth. The property then reverts back to the bank where it becomes an REO or real estate owned property.

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