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Our Story - Why Southwestfloridarentals.com ?

As a dedicated real estate agent, home builder and vacation rental specialist I opened my first office back in 1984.  I can now help my clients with over 35 years experience  in all questions related to Real Estate in Germany and in Florida, I am qualified to guide you in buying, selling and renting a home. I believe in using my skills in finance, contracts, negotiation and marketing to your best advantage. I promise a smooth and exciting experience you will love to tell your friends about 

Before buying a home in the Sunshine State, most people come to visit first. That’s when they get the right feeling for the country and they often fall in love with the homes they rent. This means  renting a home for a vacation trip is one of the most important transactions in the lives of many people even if they don’t know it yet. Because of that, it is important that you work with someone you trust and feel is a market expert with integrity. Home owners for example trust me with their most valuable asset – their homes! It’s a responsibility I take very seriously. I know that if you like your home you will come back again. No matter as a tenant or a buyer. I will be here for you again.

I offer local expertise in a home and rental market tailored to meet your needs. As a local professional, I know the neighborhoods and everything associated with each property. I will make the process as pleasurable and stress-free an experience for you as I can. I will anwer all your questions at any time, even if you never puchase a home.  I know it takes time to establish trust to work with a Realtor and I will therefore keep my distance, but I will be present whenever you need anything.  

I don’t measure my success through awards received or achievements, but through the satisfaction of my clients. Whether you are looking to buy, sell or rent a home, I will provide sound and trustworthy advice to help you achieve your real estate goals. 

Many guests get extremely excited about the area and the style of our homes. They like to have a piece of paradise themselves and they are interested to buy their own luxury home. No matter if you are an investor or if you are looking for your own luxury ( pool ) home in sunny Florida. We are here to help. Thanks to the  very attractive exchange rate between the Dollar / Euro, Dollar / Franken, many Europeans keep looking to buy a home. We have heard from people checking out hundreds of different websites to find homes.  

I have a powerful software to do all this for you and it’s even completely free. No matter if you are looking for a dream home in the millions or an investment property below $100.000. This software gives you access to everything. No catch. Just try!  

Michael Schaefer

I was introduced to the industry in Germany back in 1984 selling life insurances and investments.  With up to 50 employee’s  I had time to focus on what’s best for my clients. Since I was in contact with customers looking to buy a home nearly every day, it was a natural step to get involved in Real Estate.  
I learned how hard it is to find the right home for each customer. In Germany there was no regulation in this industry.  Homes  were sold overpriced and often in bad condition.  Buyers couldn’t do much about it.
Therefore I decided to become a home builder offering brand new homes. Between 1995 and 2004 I’ve built hundreds of homes from single family over Duplexes up to multi family homes with  hundreds of Condos per complex.  But working 24/7 was no fun! In 2004 my wife and I decided to retire in sunny Florida, which we knew from several vacations before.  
And here I am: Pretty soon I found out doing nothing is not what I was looking for. I love to work – just a few hours less than before.  A 60 hour work week leaves plenty of room to enjoy the Sunshine State.  I’m still working 7 days a week. on my customers behalf So if you are looking for a reliable Real Estate agent having you the client at heart first – stop looking. No matter if you are interested to buy or rent. Give me a call and decide for yourself. Speaking fluent English and German has helped many of my clients to start the process to become a proud owner of a home in the Sunshine State.