Thank you for making a small dream of our families come true.
Our road started 4 years ago when we stayed in a vacation home in Reunion-that is when the gears started turning on the kind of opportunity vacation homes could provide to our family.
We found you on the internet by chance (well, lets be honest, you are all over the internet, so you are very easy to find!), and from the first phone call you never told us what to do, but you were the best sounding board to help lead us down the right road to make sure everything from where we built, to whom we built with, to who managed our property was designed perfectly for us and what we wanted to get out of this opportunity for personal use and for rental. Trust me, we talked to many realtors and builders, you are a true vacation home specialist. We had a lot of ideas, you took us all around Orlando, you helped us decide the size and location of the house based on what was best for us.
We are so glad this road took so long, because it was necessary for us to take it to get the end result. We are so thankful for your patience, and drive to make sure that when all was said and done the house we built was everything we could have dreamed of. Building a home from afar is not easy, but between your updates, aerial photos, and the long video walk troughs of the progress on the house you helped make it like we were there the whole time. We stayed in it for the first time last month.
We have had friends and associates stay in it as well. All of them, including us, didn’t want to leave the house, and instead of doing all things in Orlando, we all didn’t even want to leave the house! We couldn’t have done this without you, and after it is all said and done, we are happy to call you our friend. Thank you for helping us create the house we love to call “Morlando!”
We look forward to you stopping by and enjoying a Guinness next time we are down there!
Brad and Lisa
Reunion and Minnesota Golden Gophers
The Jerry Barker Group are one of the most responsive and professional teams we have ever worked with.
Right from the beginning we were met with true enthusiasm and dedication. The factual yet friendly approach assisted us in making key decisions and made what we thought would be a complicated project from afar one of ease and excitement to manage. We’re not usually over enthusiastic with testimonials but on this occasion it would be a shame to not give praise where praise is due.
We’ve made good friends with the Jerry and his family over the past year and cannot thank them enough for sharing with us a vision and journey to build a truly fabulous property.
Matt and Alison Beech
Isle of Man and Reunion
We first met Jerry at the Place in the Sun expo in Manchester 2015 and at the time we had been looking to purchase a property in Spain. We came away from the show thinking that Spain might not be the right place for us and that Florida may be a better option having holidayed there many many times. We met a number of realtors at the show but Jerry stood out from the rest not just because of his knowledge of the Orlando property market but because of his friendly non invasive manor and dry sense of humor.
We finally got to make a trip out to Florida in June 2016 prior to which we had exchanged many emails and calls with Jerry to put a plan together. We had decided that we wanted a short term rental property (STR) so his knowledge was invaluable. We would email property details and Jerry would come back straight away as to whether the property was an STR or if there was any other factor we should be aware of. During the trip Jerry took us to see many properties and although we weren’t successful he did help us clarify exactly what we were looking for.
We returned to Orlando in March this year having narrowed our search down to 2 properties. Jerry made sure that we had viewings set up and he had background information on the properties. Having facilitated our final deliberations and smooth purchase we are now the proud owners of our perfect villa in the Emerald Island Resort.
Thanks for everything Jerry, including the many amusing stories on our trips around the Orlando area. We would recommend your services 110%!
David & Nikki
Emerald Island & Manchester UK.
Our search for a vacation home started by throwing a broad net over the state of Florida. After a year of research we started focusing on Central Florida and by luck, landed on The Jerry Barker Group website. We used his site for quite a few days before picking up the phone to meet the man that was about to become our mentor. Jerry generously gave us his time to talk through our questions, concerns and goals, which eventually led to our first visit to the area.
Traveling from a distance, Jerry was sensitive to the fact that our time was limited and worked with us ahead of time to ensure we maximized that first visit. He helped us narrow down our search by throwing out targeted questions and strategically responding to the answers we provided him. By the time we arrived in Orlando, Jerry had a very good understanding of what we were looking for and graciously spent the day giving us a comprehensive tour of the area.
When we were ready to submit an offer, we saw the other side of his skill set. The former owner of our property resided in a foreign country, which presented a few bumps that we had never experienced before. Throughout the process, Jerry kept us informed of any red flags that caught his attention and the potential impact to our closing. It was a nail-biting experience for us and one we would have walked away from if we did not have a “friend” helping us along the way.
This testimonial has a very happy ending and we now own that vacation home in Florida. Jerry continues to reach out from time to time to check on us and continues to help us out with questions or resource referrals. If you are reading this to decide if The Jerry Barker Group is a fit for you, I encourage you to give him a call and talk through your goals like we did. You won’t be disappointed and I guarantee you will enjoy that first conversation (he is a lot of fun too!).
Doug and Darlene Glaze
Missouri and Championsgate
Read Darlene’s Blog on Vacation Home Buying.
We were referred to Jerry by our good friends who told us “You have to use this guy”.
Of course without any reservation we contacted Jerry and from there on it was the best decision we could have made to suit our purpose. Jerry was very knowledgeable about the real estate market in Florida.
More importantly we found him to be very honest and genuine in his advice on property selection for our needs.
During the entire process from selection of property to closing, Jerry became our eyes, hands and feet in Florida as we were many miles away.
The level of trust we had in him was invaluable and we greatly appreciated his professionalism coupled with genuine care for his clients. We would recommend Jerry to anyone, hands down!
Camille & Alexie
Canada and Windsor at Westside
Jim and I want to thank you for all you’ve done and are still doing to help us acquire and furnish our new vacation home in Orlando.
As we’re from the Boston area, and this being a new complex under construction, and an exchange purchase, your expertise and guidance was invaluable. You we’re always available and had the answers to our many questions.
From finding the property, the purchase and sale agreement , the walk through, the many pictures you sent to keep us updated, the closing, and the referrals of the management company and of course our decorator who we adore. We feel at this point you are not just our realtor but a friend, I would advise anyone who is thinking about acquiring property in Orlando to seek your guidance. We have never purchased vacation property before and you made it seem so easy.
Thank You Karen & Jim Smith
Boston and Windsor at Westside
We have been holidaying in Orlando for the past 17 years and had been thinking about buying our own villa in the Westhaven area for many years. We were always a bit apprehensive as we didn’t know what was involved. We wish we had known about Jerry sooner.
We are now the proud owners of a 4 bedroom villa in The Sanctuary and it is all thanks to Jerry.
He made it so easy for us. He answered all of our questions – even the daft ones!
He gave us his honest opinion at all times and kept us right at every step along the way.
He took a video of the property at the start as we weren’t able to travel to Florida.
Jerry has so many reliable contacts. Every single person he put us in touch with has been absolutely superb. He only deals with the best in class whether it is interior designers, accountants, bank advisers, management company or insurance experts.
So thank you, Jerry. And if you are not sure whether you should go ahead with your dream purchase in Orlando then contact Jerry.
That dream, like ours, will become a reality.
Bryan & Julie Chalmers
Scotland and West Haven
Our dream has been to own a home in the Orlando area and use it as an investment toward our future. When that dream became a financial feasibility we found the Barker Group and Alyssa Barker who woke us up and made the dream a reality.
Beginning with a website that thoroughly addresses the business of personal home hospitality to our close and beyond, Alyssa was there to help. The information packed website addressed many of the questions that we had including that all important question, “Will I make money on this?”
If you don’t buy a house through Jerry and Alyssa you owe it to yourself to open every page of their website and learn how to make the best of your home in Florida. Of course, the website made us aware of just how important it is to have the Barker’s with us when we went shopping.
Alyssa showed us what we wanted to see, walking us through many homes and communities. Throughout our search Alyssa advised us on market forces that we could not see from our vantage point but she could from her experience in the market. Then she guided us through the process of negotiating and purchasing our dream. If you are buying a home in central Florida, Alyssa knows her business and her market.
In our home purchase, Alyssa negotiated a fantastic price for our home, kept us updated through the construction process, arranged interviews with good, qualified professionals for all of our home and hospitality investment including our mortgage, property management, and a decorator, while giving us much needed perspective for purchasing a home from a distance.
Today, we own the dream!
Thank you, Alyssa Barker and the Barker Group.
George Stephens The Retreat at Championsgate
Jerry was referred to us by a friend who had previously worked with him.
Before deciding whether or not to buy a house in Orlando, we had many questions and concerns and Jerry was able to answer all of them in detail and timely manner.
Jerry was friendly and professional and we trusted him from the beginning, and felt very comfortable working with him during the whole process. We got to meet Jerry in person after the project was finished and the contract was signed and we were very happy with the results.
Jerry understood all our needs and made the whole process a lot easier, by helping us also with his network of vendors. Everyone Jerry recommended was professional and efficient. We would recommend Jerry to anyone considering buying a house in Florida. He and his team have all it takes, no need to look further.
P. and E.
Toronto and Rosemont, Providence
In 2013 we purchased a 4 Bedroom Townhome @ Paradise Palms Resort and thought we couldn’t of been happier.
During Easter break of 2014 we had been vacationing at our townhome @ Paradise Palms Resort and decided to visit Lennar’s new communities @ Champions Gate.
We fell in love with the new community and the amenities that the community is offering. The value of our townhome had gone up in just 1 year, which made it possible for us to entertain the idea of selling and moving into Champions Gate for pretty much the same price. If we sold our property in PPR we would be going from a 4 bedroom townhome in a rental community to a 4 bedroom home in a private community, this was an opportunity we had to take advantage of.
There were a lot of hurtles we would need to get through if we were going to actually make this move. We are self employed and it took us almost 5 years to get the first mortgage for our property in PPR, so selling would be very risky. We needed someone to help us make sure that we did not sell our property in PPR that we absolutely loved and then be in a position that we ended up with nothing.
In new construction there is also time frames that have to be met and we needed someone to sell our property in a short time frame in order to keep within the contract with the new property. This meant we needed a cash buyer that could close quickly. PPR is a rental community but we did not rent out our property. We had furnished the property and did not want to include the furnishings with the sale of the property. Typically properties that sell in PPR include the furnishings so this was going to be another hurtle to get over. Lastly, sales had been slow in PPR at that time.
The road was not going to be an easy road but we wanted to take advantage of this opportunity so we went to our trusted Lennar Home Consultant and asked her who she would recommend for us to trust with our unique situation and that’s when she recommended that we contacted the Jerry Barker Group.
We had reached out the Jerry Barker Group and was contacted by Alyssa Barker and couldn’t of been happier. Alyssa is the wife of Jerry Barker so we knew right away we were in good hands. As business owners ourselves we knew she would be able to relate to our situation and guide us.
Alyssa completely understood the risk we were taking and made us feel confident that she would do everything to minimize our risks along the way. After several long conversations with Alyssa we started the process. Alyssa did not keep us in the dark about anything. At all times Alyssa kept us posted about what was going on what could happen and what might not happen.
Anytime we were at risk she would make us well aware of the situation in order to help us make the right decision for ourselves. She always kept us posted when people were viewing our townhome @ PPR and updated us on the outcome of those viewing so we could learn what the potential buyers were thinking, looking for etc…Alyssa went above and beyond to get us though this enormous challenge.
Alyssa was literally there for us 24/7, at one point during the process she was out of the country and that did not change any of our communications at all. Alyssa was able to get us through every hurtle and we were able to accomplish our goal. We could of never done it without her and we are so thankful that she was there for us. This process could of fell apart for us at any time along the way but with Alyssa looking out for us at all times during the process she was able to get us through.
We are now so happy with our new home in The County Club @ Champions Gate.
Christa & Michael Granit
The Country Club at Championsgate
Our family had been going to Florida for over 10 years when we finally decided it was time to purchase a vacation home. Although we knew the Florida market quite well we thought we should speak with a professional Realtor.
After speaking with a number of Realtors we eventually found the right one – Jerry Barker immediately stood out from the rest. Jerry listens to people. Jerry has a tremendous amount of knowledge and readily shares this with you. Understanding your purchase criteria and applying his knowledge of the market, he is able to assist you in coming up with a solid purchase strategy.
Working with Jerry Barker allowed us to approach our purchase on a much more strategic basis. Jerry listened to our criteria and then suggested a strategy which worked for us. It is rare these days to have an experience with a product or service that exceeds your expectations – in Jerry’s case we can sincerely say that he is exceeded our expectations. Jerry Barker is personable, knowledgeable and highly professional.
In addition, Jerry has a fantastic support network of other skilled professionals (lawyers, accountants, inspectors etc.) who also helped to make the purchase process very easy for us and there was not a point in the transaction where we were uncomfortable. Jerry Barker’s reputation as an Orlando vacation home specialist speaks for itself, and we would highly recommend Jerry Barker to anyone contemplating an Orlando vacation home purchase.
Gary and Anita Ostir
Winnipeg and Solterra
We would like to take this opportunity to express our deep satisfaction and appreciation for the manner in which Jerry Barker handled our search for a vacation home in the short time we spent with him.
Through his casual and friendly approach combined with clear frankness, sincerity and honesty that do not undermine a shrewd sales approach, Jerry showed us multiple resorts that suited our model of our investment and vacation home. It has been over a year and we are very happy with our purchase at the Paradise Palms Resort that we have now just purchased another property thru Jerry at Championsgate Florida.
Thank you Jerry for you Professionalism.
We will always contact you for all of our real estate needs in the Central Florida Area. Best regards.
Gurm & Sandy Sehmbi Ontario,
Paradise Palms and Championsgate
In common with many people who have taken holidays in Florida we found ourselves sitting poolside and thinking casually about the prospect of buying a holiday home in the sun. But those initial casual thoughts are a long long way from the reality and cold light of day when starting the search in earnest for your first home abroad. It is a daunting prospect and it means committing real money to a real home in a far flung and distant place …. It’s hard enough successfully negotiating all the buying pitfalls in this country, let alone doing it half way round the world. This is where Jerry Barker steps in – him and all his army!
Looking back it is hard to imagine what we would have done had we not fortuitously met Jerry, but from the first moment you do meet him you will instantly feel that this is a man you can work with. He tuned in to our needs very quickly and with minimum fuss. With Jerry it is all about the personal service – you want Jerry, you get Jerry. It’s not just his name above the door.
His comprehensive and encyclopedic knowledge of the Orlando vacation home market was invaluable, he provided us with his undivided time and attention, taking us to multiple locations and homes, progressively refining the search and helping us to identify what it was that we actually wanted! (Which incidentally was not what we first thought we wanted!)
At no time did we feel pressurized, and at no time did we feel that Jerry was giving us the big sell. Once we had decided which of the many properties we had seen with Jerry we wanted to buy, he then kicked into another gear, steering us through the offer process, organizing surveys, liaising with management companies, arranging for bank accounts, providing advice on utilities to be switched to our name, recommending and introducing us to a property management company to represent us and our needs…. in short pretty much everything to complete a hassle free purchase. We ended up buying in Reunion, and in fact we were so impressed with Reunion that having brought ourselves a really great base to enjoy now, we are also looking with Jerry’s assistance for a Lot on which to build our real dream home in the hopefully not too distant future!
The best bit of all is that as a buyer, Jerry’s service is free!
We are now looking forward to spending time in our new home in Reunion, and when the time comes to sell this property and build our new home, there will be one man we will be speaking to – Jerry Barker!
Chris and Irene,
England and Reunion
When we first started to look into buying a vacation home in Florida it seemed like a lot of paperwork and procedures. We live in Canada and both of us are employed in management roles that take up a lot of our time so we were not making progress with our search for a vacation home. Then a friend of ours introduced us to Jerry Barker.
Jerry took the time to understand what we were looking for in a vacation home. He connected us with his team of professionals and they walked us through the entire process. It was extremely smooth and stress free.
We are very happy with our vacation home in Paradise Palms, and are very grateful to have met Jerry Barker.
Ranjit and Palwinder Gill
Canada and Paradise Palms
My wife and I have visited the Kissimmee area many times. After our last visit in Feb. 2012 in which we rented a home for 5 weeks in Windsor Hills, we decided it was time to purchase a home of our own.
We began our search by looking at properties on the internet. We saw some houses that peaked our interest and saw the Jerry Barker Group and made an inquiry. Almost immediately we heard from Alyssa Barker. She asked us a few questions regarding the type of home and price range etc. She began looking for us right away and we were receiving through email pictures of homes that we might be interested in within our price range. We traveled to Florida in May of 2013 and met with Alyssa.
We were familiar with the Kissimmee area as we are big Disney fans and visited often with our children (now grown) and still do with our grand kids. Alyssa had put together a portfolio of homes for us to see and we began the adventure of house hunting. Alyssa assured us that we didn’t need to rush into buying right away that she was only interested that we find the right home for us.
One of the first homes we looked at was in Windsor Palms (the sister to Windsor Hills). We were really impressed with the home that she showed us but continued throughout the day looking at other homes. We just couldn’t get the Windsor Palms home out of our minds and the next day asked Alyssa to take us back for a second look. Alyssa was so patient with us—never rushed us or tried to sway us one way or the other on any of the properties. We decided to move ahead in purchasing this home and Alyssa gave us so much advice on bidding and the procedure to secure the property. We live in the Chicago area and Alyssa kept us informed constantly on the status of the proceedings with our home. She contacted a home inspector for us and got back to us as to his findings.
We closed in July but our relationship with Alyssa did not end. She was so helpful in getting us in touch with contractors who did the work to renovate our home. We visited our newly renovated home in Sept and we met with Alyssa for lunch. We so appreciate Alyssa for really caring about her clients in finding the right home for them.
We not only found a great realtor who has our best interests at heart but also a great friend. I can’t count how many times we email her with questions even now and she always responds back promptly and with concern. We would highly recommend the Jerry Barker Group. They are really concerned about finding the right home for you.
Chuck and Susan Wicks
Chicago and Windsor Palms
Jerry provided outstanding service and counsel when we purchased our vacation / investment home in Orlando.
He is patient, professional, an exemplary Realtor and a great advocate for his clients.
Bill & Michelle
England and Reunion
I was keen to buy a holiday home in Florida to take advantage of the favorable market conditions. As a UK resident I had never bought a property overseas.
I did a fair amount of research of various agents and for me Jerry’s group was my standout preference. I took great comfort from the fact that many of Jerry’s clients are UK residents in a similar position to me. Furthermore, I wouldn’t engage anyone with seeing solid testimonials first, which Jerry’s group had in abundance. Once I instructed Jerry and his team I wasn’t disappointed. They were attentive and provided all the information I needed, including post completion support such as helping me organize the refurbishment of the property through their various contacts. The whole process was trouble free and I’m delighted with the purchase. I hope to buy additional properties in Florida in time to come and will definitely look to Jerry and his team to help me again. Highly recommended.
England and West Haven
Like a lot of people we started our search for a home in Florida by trawling the internet.
On a cold, wet Friday in March 2012 we e-mailed a number of companies requesting information. The next afternoon, as we were at home watching 6 Nations rugby on TV, the phone rang and it was Jerry. Almost instantly he understood the type of property we were interested in and said he would conduct a search and e-mail the results. True to his word on Sunday morning the information was there.
It is that level of responsiveness that sets Jerry Barker head and shoulders above other Realtors (that, and the fact that he is quite tall!) We corresponded for a couple of months and when we met in June, Jerry not only showed us some excellent properties, but also helped with introductions to banks, accountants, currency brokers, interior designers and even provided accurate pro-formas on running costs etc so that we had a complete picture of what was involved.. We decided on a new build in Watersong and Jerry acted as our eyes and ears during the six month process sending us video updates whenever requested.
Our children were so excited to get each installment with Jerry’s “unique” voice over commentary. His attention to detail is remarkable and he worked tirelessly to make sure we were 100% happy with the results. Trust is a vital factor and, with Jerry, we felt very comfortable letting him guide and advise us through to the conclusion of the project. It is with complete confidence that we would recommend Jerry and his team (we must mention the indefatigable Roger Hutchins at this point) to any prospective purchaser.
To anyone who feels, as we did back in March, that they may be missing out in some way by not consulting other Realtors our advice is “ Don’t worry about the rest…Jerry Barkers the best!”
Peter & Geraldine Caldwell
Northern Ireland & Watersong
A distant country, a foreign language, a mortgage, completely different procedures and documents, the fear of a “leap in the dark” and a thousand daily tasks to combine…There were just all the ingredients to define it a mission impossible!
But, luckily, we found Jerry and Alyssa Barker. The first impression from the website: well done, clear and with lots of useful information. And most of all, once activated the first contact, a perfect mix of professionalism and sensitivity.
We never felt alone or left a prey to doubts and the ups and downs of this almost five months long process. A quick and clear answer for each of our many questions, a solution for every problem. And an efficient network of partners and contacts for each of the many aspects of the sale and ownership of a house in Florida.
Jerry and Alyssa also perfectly organized the few days we could go to Orlando to define the purchase and the mortgage. And once we met them, we had the final confirmation: they are not only top professionals, but also great people.
Francesca and Andrea, Fabrizio and Simona Rome,
Italy and High Grove
La serietà, la passione, la dedizione e la preparazione di questo gruppo di splendide persone ci hanno consentito di perseguire il nostro sogno tramite un percorso che sembrava molto difficile da raggiungere. Siamo stati letteralmente “coccolati” e assistiti in modo assolutamente impeccabile. E’ cosa rara trovare professionisti di questo genere. A loro un ringraziamento infinito.
Fabrizio Mancia Rome and High Grove
When my husband and I started our search for a vacation home in Kissimmee, Florida, we were looking for a resource that provided a comparison of the top 5 resorts that offered vacation homes for sale. During our search, we came across Jerry Barker’s website. The website pretty much summed it up. Not only did Jerry’s website list most of the resorts, it was well designed, easy to navigate and most importantly it had videos of the resorts and chock full of information well targeted to our search criteria. As a web developer, this was very important me. This proved that he took his business seriously which made me feel very confident that he was the real estate agent quite capable of making our dream possible without the stress component.
Not only was Jerry’s website professional, so was his communication. Jerry never missed a beat. He made himself available to us 100% and he was extremely prompt, night or day!. We were totally impressed. He shared very valuable information that would assist us in making this very important decision. After a series of email discussions, Jerry was able to quickly extract exactly what we wanted, which made our decision easier. In a couple of weeks we finally met and we were not disappointed. Jerry is very professional, knowledgeable, honest, personable and has a great sense of humor. Although we were 90% sure where we wanted our vacation home, he still showed us several properties in different resorts and gated communities. This ultimately solidified our decision.
When we returned to Canada, we continued our communication virtually. Jerry posted a professional video tour of vacation home. We then made the leap and purchased a property as recommended at the beautiful resort Paradise Palms. During the transaction from making the offer to the closing, Jerry made the entire process very smooth and through it all he was very positive. To add icing on the cake, Jerry graciously gave us a recommendation that saved us thousands of dollars in this transaction, a piece of information that we are eternally grateful for. After the purchase, Jerry introduced us to all the players in the vacation home business and I must say they all are very professional.
Jerry went over and beyond in taking care of us. He is a true top notch vacation specialist and real estate agent. Hands down! I would recommend Jerry to anyone who is interested in purchasing a home in Florida whether it is for personal or investment use. Jerry has earned 5 stars in our book and we have earned a great Florida real estate agent!
Egon & Lisa
Ontario Canada, Paradise Palms and Championsgate