Many questions come up when listing, or buying your home in The Villages. The biggest and most requested question we receive is "When I buy my home in The Villages, do I need a Realtor, or a Properties of The Villages Agent?"
Here are the differences of each.
Realtors belong to the local MLS (Multiple Listing Service) RALSC (Realtor Association of Lake, Sumter County). This means you can find the homes you want to see on well-known sites including Zillow, Realtor.com, Trulia, Brand Brokerages like RE/MAX Freedom, ERA, Coldwell Banker, Keller Williams, as well as mom and pop brokerages around the nation. Our homes our found globally through syndications from our MLS to diverse websites around the world.
The Properties of The Villages Agents are not allowed to show their listings on these sites because they do not belong to The National Association of Realtors (NAR), or the Local Realtor Association (RALSC) and do not co-broke (share in the sale) with any outside Real Estate Agencies (Brokerages like RE/MAX, ERA, Coldwell Banker, Sally Love, Realty Executives, Keller Williams, etc.). Properties of The Villages Agents work for the developer. The Properties of The Villages is also the only "Developing Company" of its kind to sell pre-owned properties where the buyer has no representation. The Properties of The Villages Agents are not transaction agents, or brokers. They are Real Estate Agents, but not Realtors and can only show pre-owned homes they have listed on the VLS (Villages Listing Service). The Villages Listing Service lists homes the developer has in their inventory and can only be found if you know about their website. The Villages Agents cannot show homes that are on the MLS, listed by the big Brands like RE/MAX, Realty Executives, Next Home, etc. And Realtors cannot show homes listed on the VLS.
So what is the best way to see all pre-owned homes The Villages has to offer? We recommend getting a Realtor, and a Property of The Villages Agent. This way you are able to see the entire pre-owned inventory in The Villages, FL. We hate to loose business by sending a client to The Properties of The Villages, but we want to do what is right for our clients. Our goal is to find the right home for our buyers regardless of whether they use our services or not. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (352) 559-0911, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.