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About Us

The Element Story

Element Vacation Homes came into existence with the signing of our very first property. The co-founders, Matthew and Heidi Deal, had previously established and operated ParamountVR, a property management company located in South Lake Tahoe, California. At its peak, Paramount managed a flourishing portfolio of 45 properties. However, a significant hurdle emerged when Measure T was introduced. This proposed ordinance aimed to outlaw rentals in the area, a challenge that Paramount had to face head-on. Despite efforts to combat it, Measure T was eventually passed.

In the face of this challenge, Matt and Heidi collaborated with a consultant to strategize the best path forward for their business. Ultimately, they made the decision to entertain offers for the purchase of ParamountVR. A few years later, Matt and Heidi had relocated to Central Florida. At this point, a former Paramount owner reached out to them with a unique proposition: selling one of their Tahoe properties and using a 1031 exchange to invest in a property in Florida. The sale of a 3-bedroom property in California led to the acquisition of 24 bedrooms’ worth of homes in Florida – a 14-bedroom property in Solterra and a 10-bedroom property in Encore. These two acquisitions laid the foundation for what would eventually become Element Vacation Homes.

With a history of trust established over time, the homeowner was confident in the Deal’s vision, even though Element Vacation Homes was not yet fully established. This faith served as motivation to build something exceptional. News spread that Matt and Heidi were once again making their mark, and within a short span of 4.5 months, Element had grown to 18 properties. During this period, we temporarily paused all growth as we diligently focused on making all properties ready for guests. It’s important to note that each of our properties underwent significant theming, demanding extensive design and project management efforts. Notably, our smallest property was 8 bedrooms.

As time went on, Element Vacation Homes underwent evolution, yet we remained committed to our boutique approach with a focus on expanding our portfolio of large, distinctive, and themed vacation rentals that are conveniently located near Walt Disney World and other local attractions. Through our journey, we have maintained our dedication to providing exceptional experiences for our guests.

Meet The Team



Managing Director

Favorite Restaurant: Enzo’s Hideaway @ Disney Springs

Favorite Character: Swedish Chef

Favorite Attraction: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey @ Universal's Islands of Adventure, next level ride technology

Local Tip: Swim with manatees in Crystal River and be sure to look east on launch days to watch rockets head to outer space



Director of Revenue

Favorite Restaurant: Sci-Fi Dine In

Favorite Character: Pluto

Favorite Attraction: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train @ Magic Kingdom

Local Tip: Character dining is available at many park and hotel restaurants to avoid waiting in LONG lines at the parks for photos and autographs



Operations Coordinator Lead

Favorite Restaurant: Avocado Mexican Grill

Favorite Character: Wall-E

Favorite Attraction: All of Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Local Tip: I highly recommend exploring the quaint but modern town of Celebration. There is a tiny pizza shop on Market Street that has the best pizza in Orlando - Upper Crust



Lead Vacation Planner

Favorite Restaurant: The Leaky Cauldron and Voodoo Doughnuts

Favorite Character: Buzz Lightyear

Favorite Attraction: Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure @ Universal's Islands of Adventure

Local Tip: For a full Harry Potter experience, make sure to ride the Hogwarts Express. This will get from one park to another where you'll see Hogwarts Castle and Diagon Alley


Heriberto "JR"

Operations Coordinator

Favorite Restaurant: Capa @ Four Seasons Orlando

Favorite Character: Emperor Kuzco

Favorite Attraction: Guardians of the Galaxy at Epcot

Local Tip: Kayaking in Blue Springs



Vacation Planner

Favorite Restaurant: Teppan Edo @ EPCOT

Favorite Character: Simba

Favorite Attraction: TRON Lightcycle Run @ Magic Kingdom

Local Tip: If you're traveling with friends and you want some physical activities like zipline, trekking and outdoor obstacle courses, don't miss the Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park


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Our Team Has Worked With Some Of The Best Hospitality Companies

Our Approach Is Simple – Happy Owners And Happy Guests.

We’re able to deliver on this by focusing on three primary things – the owner experience, the guest experience, and marketing. We’ve broken down the entire process and rebuilt it with consistency in mind. We are not a traditional, stagnant management company. We’re constantly seeking new, more effective ways to produce greater results and make us better. We concentrate on the often-forgotten basics such as being available for our owners and guests when they need us, having a genuine care for the properties we manage and displaying a true passion for hospitality.

About Us

Promise // Happy Owners, Happy Guests

Mission // To keep our owners and guests happy by consistently delivering what we promise while doing work that matters.

Vision // To become the preeminent provider of high-quality short-term vacation homes in Central Florida.

Core Values // People First // Experience Driven // Unwavering Integrity // Contagious Happiness // Passionately Focused // Progress Everyday // Teamwork Always // Keep It Simple.

Element Cares

We’re busy but never too busy to stop caring! This is just the beginning as we believe in giving back wherever we can with an emphasis on the local community, its people and environment.

Volunteer Work
Give Kids The World
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Various special events

Environmental Efforts
Green cleaning supplies
Proper waste disposal

Speaking out against anti STR legislation
Supporting owner’s property rights


What Our Owners Are Saying


Owner, The Floridian



Owner, Magic Moments



Owner, The Holiday House

Element Vacation Homes is top notch and arguably the greatest management company that has ever existed. They go above and beyond for all our guests, are completely transparent with the financials and most importantly care as much about the owners as they do guests. They took the time to get to know the way I operate; consequently, I never question their decisions on day-to-day operations which means less headaches for us. We are more than happy with Element Vacation Homes. I give them my highest recommendation to everybody. Matt and Heidi are simply fabulous!


Owner, The Oasis

In the competitive landscape of Orlando, Matt and his team at Element Vacation Homes have been our beacon. Their expert management, foresight in market trends, and commitment to excellence have ensured our properties consistently outshine the competition. Every property owner hopes for a partner like them; we're fortunate to have found ours.

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