HOW TO IDENTIFY THE RIGHT VILLA RENTAL AGENT AND VILLA FOR YOU
Refer to the questions (by Conde’ Nast Traveler) below to make sure that the agent you contact has a comprehensive understanding of your needs, interests, and tastes.
1. How many villas do you represent?
Sometimes less is more. A smaller portfolio may indicate a more selective rental agent. A larger one gives you more options but is no indication that the agent is likely to match you with the best one.
2. How many of these villas have you personally inspected?
The correct answer is “All of them.” However, you’re better off with someone who has seen only half of his inventory but has visited the villa of your dreams repeatedly than you are with someone who has seen every home in his portfolio only once.
3. Do you write the villa descriptions that I read on your Web site? If not, who does, and did that person actually visit the properties?
Some Web and brochure write-ups are penned in glowing language by a marketing person who has never seen the villas. Some agencies even filch information from other agencies’ Web sites.