A New Rental Manager for Homes And Villas by Marriott International

Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa

This year has been far from normal, so we think it’s safe to say we could all use a vacation. Or even an escape from reality. Here is your opportunity!

We are a real estate and rental management company located in Fort Myers, Florida. We manage short-term vacation and seasonal rentals. As a family-owned and operated business, we specialize in customer service, paying great attention to detail and maximizing the comfort of each of our guests.  We are so excited to be able to offer even more rental opportunities with some very exciting news. 

We are honored to announce that on October 23rd we were selected to be a new rental manager with Homes & Villas by Marriott International!  Most of our properties are now listed on the Homes & Villas website.

“We’re excited to be one of only a few property management companies in Southwest Florida chosen to be part of this amazing program. It really gives travelers the best of both worlds – they can stick with a travel brand that they trust while getting the convenience and space of a larger unit.”

– Scott Lodde, President of Accord Real Estate and Vacation Rentals

Plenty of space for family and friends is one of the most desirable aspects in a vacation rental property. That way you can unwind on your vacation, and you can do it in the presence of your loved ones. 

Homes & Villas by Marriott Background

Want to know more about Homes & Villas by Marriott? In May 2019, Homes & Villas by Marriott International launched Marriott International’s entrance into the home rental space. They are now offering travelers access to 12,000+ premium and luxury homes located in over 225 destinations throughout the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America. These homes are perfect for travelers to connect to thousands of rental properties around the world. They offer travelers treasured moments such as home-cooked dinners, romantic getaways, or celebrating a special event like a birthday or anniversary.

Homes & Villas offers premium home rentals to their more than 140 million members in its travel program, Marriott Bonvoy.  These amazing options are included among its 30 hotel brands and more than 12,000+ home rental properties. If you want to know more about Homes & Villas, check out their website to read everything from reward opportunities, FAQs, to new sanitary protocols implemented in all of the rental properties. 

Homes & Villas by Marriott Features

The Homes & Villa’s trusted team has vetted our properties to make sure we are up to Marriott’s standards including management, quality, service, and safety. Some of the hallmarks of Homes & Villas program and properties, which will be adopted by us include:

  • Fully equipped kitchens
  • Consistent Safety Standards
  • 24/7 support and check-in
  • Contactless check-in
  • Superior cleaning protocols
  • Premium bed linens and towels 
  • Premium bath amenities
  • Child-friendly items upon request, such as highchairs and travel cribs

These amenities will give our travelers options in order to have the most comfortable, rewarding vacation. It is our desire that you will experience luxury through our vacation rentals and count down the days until you can unwind again here in Southwest Florida.

How Can I Start Planning?   

Want to plan your next vacation after this stressful year? Southwest Florida is a great destination for the perfect vacation. We can connect you with the best property rental based on your vacation wishes. Get in touch with us to learn more about how we can help you book your beach vacation. We are so excited for this next chapter in expanding with Homes & Villas by Marriott International. 

5 Reasons You Need A Beach Vacation

Are you looking for ways to use up that vacation time this year? Maybe you are one of those people that always say “next year” when it comes to taking a vacation you want. 

But if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that you never know what might happen. Next year might not look like you expect it to. So why wait? It’s time to invest in your well-being and take a much-needed vacation. 

If you still need convincing, here’s 5 reasons you need a beach vacation:

  1. It’s good for your mental health. 

There is a reason that vacation time is built into salaries. We aren’t meant to be workaholics! The longer we work without taking a break, the more our mental health suffers. We need time off to unplug, de-stress, and disconnect from the stresses of daily life. 

And where is a better place to do that than the beach? The beach is the perfect place to rest and recharge. You get sunshine, waves, spotty cell phone service, nothing to do but lounge around. Sounds pretty good, right?

  1. It’s good for your physical health. 

Fresh, salty sea air is exactly what you need after being cooped up in your house for months on end. Humans are not meant to live indoors all of the time. We need fresh air and sunlight. We need to move our bodies and stay active. Our immune systems need all of these elements to thrive and to fight off illness.

Once again, the beach is the perfect place to get all of these things. A long walk on the beach might just be the remedy your body needs!

  1. It’s good for your relationships

Vacations don’t just benefit your mental and physical health, but also your relational health. Taking time off and time away with your family and loved ones allows you to reconnect with them. It allows you to create lasting memories and make one another a priority without all of the distractions of daily life. 

A beach vacation allows you to do all of those things by tucking you away from the hustle and bustle of jobs, school, events, etc. to simply focus on each other. You’ll never regret the time spent with the ones you love. 

  1. It’s the best choice for R&R

Let’s be honest, there are a lot of vacations that aren’t very restful or relaxing. Have you ever felt like you needed a vacation from your vacation? It’s easy to plan high-intensity trips with lots of activities and every going a million miles a minute the whole time. Which can be fun, but also exhausting. If the goal is to rest and relax, you want to choose a destination that makes sense. 

The beach is like a homing beacon for rest and relaxation. But it also offers plenty of fun activities for when you do want to mix it up a bit. It’s the best of both worlds! 

  1. It’s the best way to fight excuses. 

Taking the plunge and booking a beach vacation is the best way to fight all of the excuses you come up with as to why “right now isn’t the best time” or “next year would be better”. Take a cue from this year and make memories while you are healthy and able to make them. 

Spend time focusing on what really matters most. Invest in yourself and your well-being. Take a step to improve your mental, physical, and relational health. Use that vacation time instead of letting it rollover. Go somewhere special with your loved ones instead of doing another staycation. You won’t regret it! 
Your next step is to find the perfect destination and vacation rental for your beach vacation. That’s where we come in! Visit our website to learn more about how we can help you book your beach vacation.

10 Must-Have Items to Pack for Your Beach Vacation

Are you wondering what beach essentials you’ll need for your upcoming beach vacation? We are here to help!

The last thing you want is to show up at the beach without having packed essential items. At the same time, you don’t necessarily want to overpack either. It’s all about the balance!

We’ve compiled a list of 10 must-have items for your beach vacation to help you achieve that perfect balance:

1. Sunscreen

Hopefully, this is an obvious one! You don’t want to ruin your beach vacation by forgetting to lather up on your first day. You will most definitely pay for that for the rest of the trip. Protect your skin and your fun and pack plenty of sunscreen.

2. Multiple Swimsuits

If you’re taking a beach vacation, and not simply a day trip to the beach, it’s best to pack several swimsuits. We wouldn’t recommend trying to get by with just one for the whole trip. There’s nothing worse than getting dressed for the day and realizing your only suit is still damp and sandy from the day before. 

3. Beach Bag

A good beach bag is a must! You will have things (like sunscreen) that you will need to carry out to the beach each day, and you’ll want to have a designated beach bag for that. Preferably one that is waterproof and sand-resistant. 

4. Cover-ups 

Cover-ups are also a must because there will be times when you need more coverage than your swimsuit, but you don’t want to change completely yet. Cover-ups are also a great option for throwing on when you feel like your skin needs a break from the sun but you aren’t ready to leave the beach. 

5. Refillable Water Bottle

It’s extremely important to stay hydrated at the beach, so we encourage you to pack a refillable water bottle. That way you can stay hydrated, fill up water at a local spot, and save the sea turtles by reducing waste. It’s a win-win!

6. Sunglasses

Your eyes need protection from the sun as well as your skin. The best way to do that is to wear a good pair of polarizing sunglasses. And just trust us, it’ll make your trip more fun overall. It’s something you don’t want to go without!

7. Beach Towel

Hopefully, this is a given as well, but a good beach towel is a must! Beach towels are not all created equal so it’s an item we recommend spending a little extra to get a quality towel. Or check to see if your vacation rental provides towels for you. It might be one less thing you have to pack!

8. Wireless speaker

A beach vacation is only enhanced by listening to your favorite tunes while relaxing in the sand. So don’t forget to pack a wireless speaker or some way to listen to music. It’s one of the things you’ll regret if you don’t!

9. Sun Hat

A good sun hat is another must! A wide-brimmed straw hat or a baseball cap will do the trick. Whatever your style, it helps to have another option to protect your eyes and face from the sun, giving you even more time to spend on the beach. 

10. Camera 

Most people’s cameras are built into their phones these days, which works fine! But if you prefer a “point-and-shoot” camera, you won’t want to leave it behind. One way or another, be sure to commemorate your beach vacation with lots of great pictures!

For more beach vacation tips and information on vacation rentals, visit our website today!

10 Tips For A Beach Vacation With Kids

Are you planning a family trip to the beach? It’s a great way to spend quality time as a family and make lasting memories. 

We understand that family trips can sometimes be stressful, though. Especially when you add in sand, waves, and sunburns. But it doesn’t have to be!

If you follow these 10 tips, you’re sure to keep the stress to a minimum to make way for fun family time:

1. Plan fun activities

Kids want to be active on the beach. They don’t want to lounge around and get a tan. So plan fun activities to keep them entertained. The options are limitless – jet skis, paddle boarding, kite-boarding, parasailing, and so much more!

2. Go with friends

Your kids will have more fun if they have other kids to play with on vacation. And you will have more fun hanging with your friends and not having to entertain your kids constantly. 

3. Pack beach toys

Everyone loves beach toys! They are simple, inexpensive, and they provide hours and hours of fun. Bury each other in the sand or have a sand-castle contest. 

4. Prepare for snacking

There is something about the sand and the sunshine that makes you ravenous. Plan ahead and pack plenty of food and drinks, with multiple snack options. No one wants to deal with hangry kids on the beach. 

5. Lather on sunscreen

Nothing will kill vacation vibes quite like a bad sunburn on the first day. Make sure you protect your kids’ skin so they don’t develop painful, uncomfortable sunburns. 

6. Choose the right vacation rental

The right vacation rental will make or break the whole vibe of the trip. You want to choose a place that fits all of your vacation wants and needs and contributes to the overall success of your beach vacation. 

7. Discuss safety

It is wise to educate yourself on the particular area you will be visiting, to learn about any potential safety hazards such as riptides or dangerous wildlife. Also, discuss general water safety and sun safety ahead of time so everyone is prepared. 

8. Have a backup plan

The tough thing about beach vacations is that they are dependent on the ever-changing weather. Research the surrounding area and have a list of backup ideas in case the weather keeps you from the beach. Disappointment doesn’t last long when there’s something else to be excited about!

9. Pack an umbrella

Trust me, you will want one. Sometimes you need a break from the sun, and the shade provided by a large beach umbrella is the perfect option. Kids especially need a cooler, shadier place to retreat throughout a day on the beach. 

10. Have an extra change of clothes

Kids often reach a point when they get tired of their wet swimsuit and immediately want to change out of them. Avoid a meltdown by planning ahead and packing a dry change of clothes. That way you also have the option to stop for dinner or ice cream on the way back to the rental without sitting in soggy clothes. 
We hope you try these ten tips for a successful family trip to the beach! At The Accord Real Estate Group, we want to help make your vacation the very best it can be. Contact us today to discuss how we can turn your dreams into reality.

Tips For A Romantic Beach Getaway

Are you planning a romantic trip for you and your partner? Look no further than a romantic beach getaway!

Honestly, is there anything more romantic than a sunset stroll on the beach? Or relaxing together, hand-in-hand, to the hypnotic sound of ocean waves? 

Sounds like perfection. 

We hope that your romantic beach getaway is everything you dream of and more. Which is why we want to offer a few tips to consider when planning your trip:

Go Without Kids 

Hopefully, this goes without saying, but in case you need permission, leave your kids with the family and get away for a few days. Just the two of you. Give yourselves the much needed time to connect and recharge. Prioritizing one-on-one time is one of the most romantic gestures you can make to your significant other. Let them know you only want to be with them. 

Book the perfect spot

The vacation rental you choose will make or break the romantic atmosphere. That’s why it’s important to book the perfect spot to meet your needs and wants. Each couple’s ideal spot is unique to them, so it helps to use a rental manager that can match you with your specific list of desires.  

Dine at a fancy restaurant

There’s something about fine-dining that exudes romance. Maybe it’s the attire or the dim lighting. Whatever it is, it’s sure to increase your romance and help you connect through shared experience, exquisite food, and intimate conversation. If you’re dining in the Fort Myers/Sanibel area, try Angelina’s Ristorante or Mad Hatter.

Get a couple’s massage. 

Treat yourselves to a luxurious full-body, Swedish massage. Feel your stress melt away and set the tone for a relaxing, fun, unplugged weekend together. 

These are simply a few tips to help you plan a romantic trip. Whether you utilize these tips or not, we hope you get to experience the perfect beach getaway with your significant other. You deserve it! And there’s no better way to recharge and reconnect with your loved one.

10 Must-Eat Places In Fort Myers

We all know that the best part of vacation is the food, right? Many people even plan their entire trip around the places they want to eat. It’s always fun to explore a new place and discover the local cuisine. It usually makes for some great meals and memories. 

That’s why we’ve put together a list of 10 must-eat places in Ft. Myers. Trust us, you don’t want to miss out on these. 

1. Fancy’s Southern Cafe

If you love southern comfort food, great service, and stylish decor then be sure to visit Fancy’s. Be sure to try their deep-fried cheese grits appetizer to start, and their homemade red velvet cake for dessert. 

2. Wisteria Tea Room & Cafe

Wisteria is all things quaint and charming. Located in the beautiful downtown area of Fort Myers, it’s a great place for lunch, or simply decadent tea and scones. 

3. Love Boat Ice Cream

This local favorite is top of the list for must-eat places in Fort Myers for good reason. Their creamy custard and endless flavor options are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

4. Daruma Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi

If you love the experience and taste of hibachi, then you have to eat at Daruma. Fort Myer is home to several great Japanese Steakhouses, but nothing beats Daruma’s quality or yum yum sauce.

5. Crave

Crave is a local favorite spot for breakfast or lunch! Every single item is delicious, but if you go for breakfast, you have to try their famously delicious blueberry pancakes. 

6. Pizza Fusion

Pizza places are a dime a dozen and Fort Myers is no exception. Pizza Fusion, however, has found a niche market with healthy and tasty pizza. They cook with pure, quality ingredients, and offer all of the substitutions for the vegans and vegetarians. 

7. Connors Steak and Seafood

If you’re looking for a fine-dining option or upscale steakhouse, Connors is the way to go. They are known for delicious cuisine and excellent service. 

8. La Trattoria Cafe Napoli (Gloria’s Place)

This unique local favorite is a hidden gem. They serve European style cuisine, in a cozy, bistro-style atmosphere. Whether you go for lunch or dinner, you won’t leave disappointed. 

9. Mr. Mee’s Sushi and Fine Asian Dining

Mr. Mees may not be a typical stop for tourists, but it’s the best place to find fresh, delicious sushi. It’s not usually crowded either, making it a perfect spot for a nice, quiet dinner. 

10. Ford’s Garage

Ford’s Garage is the best place for a great, All-American meal. They are known for their mouth-watering burgers and fun atmosphere. 

Wherever you choose to eat, we hope you enjoy the local cuisine in Fort Myers. We hope you embrace your full inner foodie and enjoy your vacation to the fullest. For other great tips for your Fort Myers vacation, visit our blog

3 Ingredients For The Perfect Vacation

There’s nothing like looking forward to a vacation, is there? Vacations represent a lot of excitement, anticipation, and expectation. They are usually well-deserved breaks from normal life and the pressure of our daily responsibilities. So how do you ensure that your vacation lives up to the expectations?

Here are three ingredients for the perfect vacation:

1. A Great Destination

The perfect vacation begins with the perfect location. Everything rises and falls on the destination, doesn’t it? It determines where you can go and what you can do. What the atmosphere will be, and what kind of excursions you can enjoy. 

You want to find a place that offers a diversity of experience and has amazing places to visit and to eat. Spend some time thinking about what kind of vacation you’d like to have, and then which destination could provide that for you. The last thing you want is to be limited by your choice of destination. 

2. A Great Vacation Rental

Now that you have your destination in mind, the next step is finding the perfect vacation rental. The place you stay has a huge impact on the success of your vacation. Things to consider: is it centrally located to activities and places you want to enjoy? How will it affect your mood and general feeling while staying there? Does it have the amenities you desire? 

Your vacation rental should add to the overall feel and vibe of your desired vacation, not detract from it. The last thing you want is to show up to your rental and feel disappointed in your choice; or worse, experience all kinds of issues while staying there.

3. Great Company

You can even overcome difficulties due to the choice of destination and rental if you’re with the right people. Who you spend your vacation with ultimately determines the success of your time away. Think about the type of vacation you want to have and the people that would make that a reality.

Are you looking for a relaxing beach vacation and therefore decide you should go on a solo trip with her husband instead of a family trip with kids? Are you hoping for a fun, social trip that would be best with a friend? Do you want to avoid family drama by not inviting extended family? Whatever you hope for in a vacation, remember that the company you take will either make or break the dream. 

At the Accord Real Estate Group, we can at least help you with the first two key ingredients. The Fort Myers area is a great destination for the perfect vacation, and we can help you discover why. We can also connect you with the perfect vacation rental based on your wants and needs. We know just how precious and important your vacation time is, and we want to help you make it the best possible experience it can be!

Sand and Sunshine: The Ultimate Stress Cure

The whole point of taking a vacation is to relax, right? It’s considered a successful vacation if you return feeling rested and significantly less stressed. 

But have you ever needed a vacation from your vacation?

Unfortunately, vacations are often stressful in and of themselves. Navigating the traffic in the city, finding ways to keep the kids occupied, getting everyone to agree on what they want to do, etc. You may come back more stressed than ever, wondering why you went in the first place.

That’s why you need a beach vacation for your next trip! Sand and sunshine are the ultimate cure for stress and the recipe for a relaxing vacation. Here’s why:

No Shirt. No shoes. No problem.

We’ve all heard the saying before, and it’s true! The beach has a magical quality to it that melts away your stress. Your only job when you’re at the beach is to stick your toes in the sand, lay back, and enjoy the sound of crashing waves. There’s a reason that every sound machine in the world has an “ocean” setting. It’s so peaceful! 

You need to unplug from everyday life in to reduce stress. The beach is the perfect place to do that because it’s so removed from day-to-day responsibilities. 

There’s something for everyone. 

A beach vacation also means you won’t have the stress of everyone arguing about which activity they want. There’s something for everyone at the beach! You can lay on the beach and soak up the sun, or go for a walk. You could rent jet skis or go parasailing. You could search for seashells or even build a sandcastle. The beach is the perfect destination for everyone!

Sunshine has endless benefits. 

Scientific research proves that sunshine has so many benefits. Sunshine boosts your mood, supports your immune system, lowers your risk of developing cancer, and supports bone health, to name a few. Most importantly though, it reduces stress!

This is especially important to consider if you live in an area that doesn’t get much sunshine. Individuals who live in areas with less sunshine are actually at risk for developing Seasonal Affective Disorder, a seasonal form of depression. A trip to the beach might just be the mood booster you need right now!

So whatever it is that’s causing you stress right now, consider the ultimate cure. A little sunshine and some sand between your toes go a long way in helping you unplug and de-stress. 

For more information on the perfect beach getaway, visit our website to see the amazing vacation rental properties we have available!

How Property Managers Can Reduce Your Stress As An Owner

Being a property owner has its advantages and disadvantages. There tends to be any number of issues that can arise on any given day. Those issues can quickly become overwhelming considering daily responsibilities you already have to worry about. This is especially true when you own multiple properties at once!

Managing a property, or multiple properties, takes time, talent, energy, and resources. That’s why so many property owners opt for hiring a skilled property manager. The right property manager can reduce your level of stress significantly! And who doesn’t want that, right?

Here are a few ways that a property manager can reduce your stress:

Save your time and effort. 

Probably THE biggest benefit of hiring a property manager is the time and effort they will save you. Instead of having to handle every issue that arises, your property manager will handle it for you! Whether it’s a booking request, a maintenance issue, a request from a renter, or some other issue, they will take care of it all. You can choose to be updated as much or as little as you want as well! 

This is especially beneficial if you do not live physically close to the rental properties you own. You will need someone close by to handle issues promptly. 

Manage relationships on your behalf. 

Another major benefit of hiring a property manager is that they will manage your relationships for you. Property managers typically have a list of vendors they work with and have built a good rapport with already. They can leverage these relationships to help manage, maintain and repair your property. It is also their role to connect with resources in the community and build relationships with tenants and renters. A good reputation in the community and good rapport with renters is an invaluable asset!

Organize maintenance for the best upkeep. 

The single biggest source of stress for a property owner is maintenance and upkeep. This is one of those issues that can quickly become overwhelming, especially the more properties you own. A property manager, however, will stay on top of repairs and updates, as well as general upkeep so that nothing becomes overwhelming or unmanageable. They are also available to renters when a maintenance issue arises and requires immediate attention. Poor maintenance means unhappy tenants, unhappy tenants means poor reviews, and poor reviews mean poor business. 

A property manager can save you the headache, as well as keep tenants happy! Do yourself a favor, and look into hiring a property manager today. After all, you have enough stress as it is!

 For more information on how a property manager can benefit you, check out our management page on the Accord Real Estate Group’s website. We would love to talk to you about managing your property!

Beach Activities: A Guide to A Fun Summer Vacation

One of the greatest parts about a summer beach vacation is the list of fun activities that are available. Not everyone loves simply sitting on the beach and sunbathing, some people like being super active on their vacations. Fortunately, the beach offers the best of both worlds!

For those of you that are looking forward to a lot of activA list of fun, adventure-packed beach activities you’ll want to do on summer beach vacation.ity for your summer beach vacation, add these fun activities to your list:


Parasailing is one of those activities that you can’t just do anywhere. It is unique to the beach, and it’s one of the greatest memories you can make. Floating high above the ocean, and seeing miles of beautiful shoreline. It’s definitely one of those things you have to do at least once!

Jet Skiing 

Renting jet skis and riding on the open oceans is one of the most thrilling things you can do on your summer beach vacation. Speed, jumping waves, wind in your hair; what more could you want?

Paddle Boarding and/or Kayaking

Explore the back channels and little islands off the Gulf Coast, while practicing your balancing skills on a paddleboard, or cruising along in a kayak. Enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of nature and get a great workout at the same time. If you love nature and wildlife, this is a must!

Deep-Sea Fishing 

Travel miles off of the coast to truly explore the open ocean, and try your hand at being an angler for a day! Whether you reel something in or not, you’re sure to return with great memories and probably even a few funny stories. 


For the true adventure seekers out there, you could take a kite-boarding lesson. Learn to harness the power of the wind to propel you across the water, and create an unforgettable experience. 


If you’re an avid runner, then you definitely want to carve in time to run along the beach. Fresh salty air, cool ocean breeze, and beautiful blue water create the scene for an amazing run. Not to mention, running in the sand increases the intensity, and makes for a great full-body workout. 

The beach isn’t just for relaxing and soaking up the sun; it’s also a place to pack in a ton of adventure and activity. Make sure to try one or all of these activities on your summer beach vacation. Contact the Accord Real Estate Group to find the best vacation rental for your ideal beach vacation!

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