Timeshare VS Motel – You Make The Call

Today’s timeshare deal of the day on TimeshareLink.com highlights a huge reason why timeshares are a great choice for many people.

Just consider what you’d get with the Barefoot’n the Keys Old Town – Orlando.

Then compare it with a comparable motel in the same region. What you’d probably get is a SMALL room.

You would have just enough room to get more than one person in there but don’t plan on moving around. There’s just not much space. You’d have to open the door to change your mind.

SMALL.

The second most likely thing you would encounter would be a lack in maintenance. Just basically run down. Take the swimming pool for example. This is a real hotel pool photo from a hotel that was open for business:

My Summer Vacation!

I bet you have found that hotels or motels are not that cheap any more. Around Orlando FL for example, finding a motel for less than $100 a night would involve being willing to have your car jacked up and wheels stolen. Not worth it is it?

Then just think of other benefits you get from staying in a motel. Well, there aren’t any.

All you get is a bed to sleep on.

Turning the page – look at what you get with a timeshare for your vacation. The example I chose simply came from a featured timeshare on the front page of TimeshareLink.com:  Barefoot’n The Keys timeshare resort in Orlando, Florida. This one has just come available for sale for $999 and is a two bedroom annual use timeshare. Here’s a pic of that one:

Barefoot’n The Keys Timeshare Orlando

Notice a trend already?

How about the living area? How much room do you typically get with a timeshare?  What about the pool? Other amenities? You guessed it. You’d get a full kitchen, laundry facilities, well maintained facilities, nice landscaping, and a relaxed atmosphere to spend your vacation in.

So now you make the call. What makes sense? The timeshare: Comfortable, space, amenities, affordability, something you can count on.

You also have plenty of choices when you go with a timeshare. Whether you are looking in Orlando, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Mexico, Aruba, Colorado, Utah or anywhere else you can find Five Star timeshare resorts that are affordable and beautiful.

Barefoot'n The Keys Timeshare Pool Area

Barefoot’n The Keys Timeshare Pool Area

The timeshare market is still growing and gaining momentum as I write this. Having recovered from the Recession of a few years ago, timeshare resorts are ramping up sales, tours, and construction to meet the high demand for vacation ownership products (translated: timeshares). And despite the decades old reputation, timeshares are perceived as a new and smart product. Selling your timeshare is getting easier and buying a timeshare is getting more affordable as well.

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Rethinking How We Sell Our Timeshares – Experts Weigh In

Silverleaf The Villages For Sale By Owner

Having been dragged down for ages by bad a reputation and confusing product issues, timeshares need a complete overhaul when it comes to helping their owners sell their timeshares.

At least that’s how they see it at MotleyFool.com – one of my very favorite common sense investing websites. In fact they say, “Another reason is the old-fashioned model timeshare companies use to market their product – giving away free stays and major enticements and then paying hefty commissions to the sales staff . . . Timeshare companies need to quit thinking no one wants their product without a serious sales pitch.”

Timeshare owners are also quickly becoming the number one competitor with the resorts when it comes to timeshare sales. Eventually timeshare owners decide to sell their timeshare.  They all do. Circumstances change, maintenance fees become bothersome, or the owners just don’t use their timeshare like they used to.

“Resorts and timeshare companies are increasingly finding that they have to compete with timeshare owners to make sales. Yet few resort companies seem to recognize the threat that online timeshare resale outlets pose.”

So rather than fight against timeshare resales by attacking the industry’s reputation, joining the effort and giving timeshare owners a valid way to sell their timeshare would certainly be a better way.

Ready to sell your timeshare? Here are some basics:

  •  Research other time shares and hotels in the area and find something your time share has that other vacation options don’t.
  • Price competitively. Time shares in the same resort can be nearly identical. Check local ads for other time shares for sale in your building and price yours lower.
  • Time your sale. List your time share a month or two before the start of the vacation season, when the majority of potential buyers will be looking.

Watch out for resale companies that offer to “take the time share off your hands” or want large sums of money upfront – they’re likely scams. Compare prices with other resale companies and get everything in writing – including contract terms, marketing plans, refund policies and costs – before you agree to anything.

Silverleaf The Villages Timeshare Resort

Above all use the services of a timeshare resale broker. That way you will have the peace of mind you are using a professional whose credentials will keep them honest in all they do.

Once your timeshare is sold, the maintenance fees will finally be gone along with the headache of wondering what to do with the “family timeshare”.

 

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How To Sell Your Timeshare – Expert Advice

Expert advice is what you need when you need to sell your timeshare. No pressure, no hassles, no grilling by salesmen.

If you are ready to sell your timeshare here is how to do it.

If you are stuck on not paying an “upfront fee” consider your options. Sell it yourself. That’s it. Advertise, negotiate, hope you represent your property correctly, field all the tire kicker calls, and fish around for a title company that can close your timeshare sale.

The fee you pay a timeshare specialist will be well worth it in the end when your timeshare is sold and you no longer have to pay a maintenance fee. How much are those annual maintenance fees? Easily $500 to $1,000 and growing every year. Yet year after year unhappy timeshare owners keep paying the fee, not using the timeshare, and cursing the system.

Sold Another Timeshare

Sold Another Timeshare!

Get it done. Get it done right! Hire a timeshare resales specialist to get your timeshare sold for you. Use a timeshare resales company with a track record of successful sales. Deals closed. Timeshares sold. Don’t fall for a timeshare resales company pitch that simply says we have millions of web visits on our website. Ask them to prove the sales, not the visits.

Huge numbers of visits on your website often indicates one important detail: Good Search Engine Optimization. It does not compute to sales. People searching the internet looking for information on how to sell or buy a timeshare behave like every one else. They are more likely to click on the first Google result than all the others. Again that does not always result in the best solution. It always is the result of effective web page design and key word optimizing. Web page design and key word optimizing can be bought for a price.

Timeshare Family Vacation at the Beach

Expert advice is priceless. Especially if you want to avoid the frustration of dead ends, missed opportunities, inexperienced or absent negotiating skills, and so the list goes. Experience is also priceless. Especially when it comes to timeshare resales. Imagine the huge number of ways state laws, international laws, resort by-laws, and closing rules exist when it comes to selling a timeshare. Very few can navigate all the details to get these timeshare deals closed.  Even fewer have the personality and personal skills to do this task without putting pressure on anyone.

With over $100 million in closed timeshare sales timesharelink.com timeshare resales professionals can get it done. Proven results.

That’s money well spent. Do the numbers.

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My Timeshare Is Like My Three Legged Cat

my cat with three legs loves life

His name is Kit Kat

Yes I have a timeshare.

And I have a three legged cat.

I have photos to prove both.

Owning a timeshare is easier to believe than having a cat with three legs. So I posted a pic of my cat. I obviously love my cat and intend to keep him as long as I can. That’s a good thing because looking the way he does now, not many would want him. The surgery to remove his badly broken leg nearly cost me and arm and a . . . well you get the idea. My timeshare is another story.

My timeshare is less desirable than a three legged cat. I can’t seem to get rid of it. I have tried to sell it myself many times. Most people who call off my ads think it is a condo they can live in all year long. When they see my rock bottom asking price they think they’re getting a steal of a deal on a Daytona Beach two bedroom condo.

They usually don’t even know what a timeshare is.

This method was not working.

Then I asked a timeshare resale broker to help. They were able to understand all the details of what I owned, and tailor make an ad for my red season and week number 15 – complete with photos.

It took longer than I hoped for, but I started getting offers for my timeshare.

The timeshare resale broker I worked with was able to facilitate the whole deal until the sale closed.

I’m grateful I no longer have the timeshare. Someone else wanted it. They were hard to find but I left it to the professionals to do it for me. They got the job done.

my happy and smiling Golden Retriever

At least my dog looked happy.my thinking impaired cat

My cat with severe brain injuries is never very cheerful anyway.

I also have a one legged duck that swims in circles. But that’s another story.

As for me? I am thrilled to be done with the timeshare experience. I had been paying maintenance fees for several years without using the timeshare. I felt like I was throwing away my money. Now that the timeshare is sold I feel more free to do different things for my vacation than go to Daytona Beach. I was never able to get a good trade for my timeshare through RCI. I couldn’t plan vary far in the future to make the right request so my timeshare exchange never worked out.

My advice? Use a timeshare resale broker to sell your timeshare. You will be glad you did.

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How To Sell Your Timeshare – Experts Weigh In With Advice

Expert advice is what you need when you need to sell your timeshare. No pressure, no hassles, no grilling by salesmen.

If you are ready to sell your timeshare here is how to do it.

If you are stuck on not paying an “upfront fee” consider your options. Sell it yourself. That’s it. Advertise, negotiate, hope you represent your property correctly, field all the tire kicker calls, and fish around for a title company that can close your timeshare sale.

The fee you pay a timeshare specialist will be well worth it in the end when your timeshare is sold and you no longer have to pay a maintenance fee. How much are those annual maintenance fees? Easily $500 to $1,000 and growing every year. Yet year after year unhappy timeshare owners keep paying the fee, not using the timeshare, and cursing the system.

Sold Another Timeshare

Get it done. Get it done right! Hire a timeshare resales specialist to get your timeshare sold for you. Use a timeshare resales company with a track record of successful sales. Deals closed. Timeshares sold. Don’t fall for a timeshare resales company pitch that simply says we have millions of web visits on our website. Ask them to prove the sales, not the visits.

Huge numbers of visits on your website often indicates one important detail: Good Search Engine Optimization. It does not compute to sales. People searching the internet looking for information on how to sell or buy a timeshare behave like every one else. They are more likely to click on the first Google result than all the others. Again that does not always result in the best solution. It always is the result of effective web page design and key word optimizing. Web page design and key word optimizing can be bought for a price.

Timeshare Family Vacation at the Beach

Expert advice is priceless. Especially if you want to avoid the frustration of dead ends, missed opportunities, inexperienced or absent negotiating skills, and so the list goes. Experience is also priceless. Especially when it comes to timeshare resales. Imagine the huge number of ways state laws, international laws, resort by-laws, and closing rules exist when it comes to selling a timeshare. Very few can navigate all the details to get these timeshare deals closed.  Even fewer have the personality and personal skills to do this task without putting pressure on anyone.

With over $100 million in closed timeshare sales timesharelink.com timeshare resales professionals can get it done. Proven results.

That’s money well spent. Do the numbers.

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“Fee Recovery” Service – For a Fee – Newest Timeshare Alert

timeshare telemarketing call fee recover scam

If You Answer This Call They Will Ask You For Money

Just as you sit down to dinner, the phone rings. The person on the other end of the line says “Congratulations”. We can recover any fees you have paid a timeshare resales company or fees to “transfer” your timeshare.”

At first you may think this is good news. You would not believe how many people have paid thousands of dollars in fees in an effort to unload their timeshare, only to experience no success. Fees were paid, and you are still holding the deed to your timeshare and paying the annual maintenance fees.

So this caller says, “For just $ XX we can recover all the fees you have paid to anyone to sell or transfer your timeshare”.  Now you are hopeful that you will at least get your money back. After paying the new fee, you never hear from them again.

Wait! Isn’t that what you were trying to avoid?

Still, the newest timeshare scam on the block could be the same company you paid one of those fees to in the first place. Just now they have a new company name, are claiming to have the ability to get your money back, and hit you again for more money – for nothing!

State Attorney Generals across the nation are getting complaint calls about this very scenario. Fraudulent timeshare resale companies that have been shut down are now taking those same names, calling them back, and hitting them again from a different angle.

Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Assuming you still want to unload your timeshare you should know that it is still possible. The problem is that your first experience or two were with companies or individuals who had no experience selling timeshares or who never had any intention of ever selling a timeshare.

Lifetime of Vacations Grand Lake reduced price

Lifetime of Vacations Grand Lake Just Reduced!

The timeshare resale market is the fastest growing sector of timeshare sales. There are both new timeshare buyers and buyers who already own timeshares buying more of them. The market now is far better than the last several years, so now is the time to do it. Don’t let a negative experience poison the well for you. Get your timeshare sold and be done with the whole ordeal.

Find a timeshare resales company  you can trust. Check them out. Make sure they or their network of associated companies have succeeded in selling timeshares. Nothing speaks better about reputation than the successful sale of a timeshare.

 

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Selling Timeshares Resale is Vital For Timeshare Owners – Here’s Why

Success in selling timeshares on the resale market is of vital importance for timeshare owners. Timeshare owners need a way out. And they need to be able to trust those trying to help them do it.

The big fly in the ointment for timeshare resales companies who are reputable is the obvious scam artists who are fleecing America – one timeshare owner at a time.

Here’s one big case that speaks to the point:

“A man who was convicted in a nationwide telemarketing scam has been sentenced to 40 months in federal prison for victimizing at least 54 Southern Illinois residents.

Robert Thomas, 36 of Lakeworth, Fla., worked for Universal Marketing Solutions and Creative Vacation Solutions, companies that promised to help people sell timeshare vacation properties for a fee.

According to U.S. District Attorney Stephen Wigginton, the companies collected the fees but didn’t sell a single timeshare for its customers while in business from October 2007 through January of 2010.

Nationwide, the companies are blamed for defrauding 22,000 people of about $30 million.

Thomas pleaded guilty in July to a felony charge of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

According to Wigginton, Thomas told customers he had buyers for their timeshare properties and promised to close the deals in 60-90 days. He asked customers for several thousand dollars in closing costs with the promise that the money would be returned when the deal was completed. But Wigginton said there was never a buyer interested in the properties and the fees were simply pocketed.

So far 30 people have been charged in relation to the scam. Jennifer Kirk, former chief executive officer of the two companies, pleaded guilty in 2011 and was sentenced to 16 years in prison.”  (source: BND.com)
22,000 people trusted that these folks were telling the truth. They weren’t. $30 million dollars later in bogus fees, the timeshare owners still owned their timeshare. Not one single timeshare was sold by this company. Not One!
Initially the timeshare owners were told there was a buyer for their timeshare and they needed to pay several thousand dollars to get the deal closed. Plus they were told the fees they paid were going to refunded at closing.
No buyers were ever there.
Wyndham Kona Hawaiian Resort

Wyndham Kona Hawaiian Resort – Newest Timeshare On The Market For Sale!

The timeshare resales market is very active with real buyers and real timeshare resale specialists. In fact, one company stands above all the rest with over $100 million in closed timeshare sales – find them at RPMLS.com.
That kind of experience counts for a lot! You know they have sold tons of timeshares and have the experience needed to get the job done. No surprises. Just a closing check in the mailbox.
If you’ve been thinking about selling your timeshare, you can breathe a sigh of relief. There are some good guys out there!

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Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort Timeshare – New On The Market For Sale!

Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort Timeshare New For Sale!

Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort Timeshare New For Sale!

This Westgate Smoky Mountain timeshare has just been made available for sale!  It is a Platinum, odd year, one bedroom unit – $5,995.

This fabulous Five Star resort is a rustic mountain retreat next to the Great Smoky Mountain National Forest. The serenity of this mountain community has long been a favorite for vacationers. Amenities include fully-equipped kitchens, fireplaces, spa garden tub, and washer/dryer. Every cabin has either a mountainside or riverside view. Play golf or tennis, go hiking or whitewater rafting.

Browse more Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort Timeshares for sale.

More about Westgate Resorts

Founded in 1982, Westgate Resorts has evolved into the largest privately held corporation in the Central Florida area. Starting with its original 16-unit resort at Westgate Vacation Villas in Kissimmee, Florida, Westgate Resorts now encompasses more than 10,000 guestrooms at 28 full-service resorts in travel destinations throughout the United States including Orlando, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Park City, Utah; Williamsburg, Virginia; Miami, Florida; Branson, Missouri; Mesa, Arizona; Tunica, Mississippi; and more.

Westgate timeshare resorts and units for sale include Branson Yacht Club Rock Lane, Newport Beachside Resort,Planet Hollywood Towers by Westgate, Westgate at South Beach , Westgate Lakes Resort, Westgate Miami Beach, Westgate Blue Tree Resort, Westgate Branson Woods, Westgate Leisure Orlando, Westgate Town Center, Westgate Painted Mountain Golf Resort, Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort, and Westgate Towers.

More about Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Gatlinburg is an important tourism destination in Tennessee, with many man-made attractions, and it borders the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Ober Gatlinburg is the only ski resort in Tennessee. It has eight ski trails and three chair lifts, and is accessible via roads and a gondola from the city strip. The Gatlinburg Trolley, a privately funded public transit system, caters to area tourists.

Gatlinburg Tennessee in the Fall

Gatlinburg Tennessee in the Fall

Another popular attraction is Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies which also features special exhibits covering subjects such as the Titanic, pirates and more recently the planet Mars. Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country, which are both named for Dolly Parton, are amusement parks located in nearby Pigeon Forge.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

From their website:  Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America’s most visited national park.

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Hilton Grand Vacation Timeshares – New Resorts in Park City and Waikiki

Sunrise Lodge Timeshare Park City

Sunrise Lodge Timeshare Park City

Park City Utah

Last November, Hilton Grand Vacations added the Sunrise Lodge’s 83 units of one, two, three, and four bedroom units to their collection in Park City, Utah. Currently Park City has lots of timeshare choices but by adding these to the Hilton collection, owners of Hilton Grand Vacations timeshares have even more and better choices for ski vacations, as well as family vacations for all four seasons.

The Sunrise Lodge timeshare units are located within the Canyons Resort at the base of the Sunrise Lift. Great location!

For those who already own a Hilton timeshare and want to sell it, check this out: “If you own property at a Hilton Grand Vacation Club, our timeshare specialists can help you sell timeshare or you may be interested in our timeshare rental services. By registering your Hilton Grand Vacation Club timeshare with Timeshare Resale Broker you will gain exposure for your Hilton timeshare through Timeshare Resale Broker’s massive national and international print, direct mail and Internet advertising campaigns.”

Waikiki

Hokulani Waikiki Hilton Timeshare Resort

Hokulani Waikiki Hilton Timeshare Resort

Timeshare resorts in Hawaii are the fastest growing segment of the tourism industry on the islands. They consistently outperform hotels in occupancy rates and additional sales.

Hilton Grand Vacations has developed a timeshare resort at Waikiki. Completed in 2013, the Hokulani Waikiki features 143 one bedroom suites with a living room, boutique kitchen and spacious bathrooms.

From hotelnewsresource.com: ”

According to Bryan Klum, executive vice president of Hilton Grand Vacations-Asia/Pacific, Hokulani Waikiki was created with the sophisticated and active traveler in mind.

“We deliver a guest experience that is contemporary, vibrant and fun,” Klum said. “We have incorporated a number of features and design elements that distinctively set Hokulani Waikiki apart from other timeshare resorts in Hawaii. It is the perfect choice for the traveler who wants to be in the center of Waikiki and is looking for an exciting, action-packed vacation. Hokulani Waikiki is a great complement to our timeshare properties at the nearby Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort.”

Other timeshares in the area include HGVClub at the Kalia Tower, Grand Waikikian by Hilton Grand Vacations Club, Outrigger Reef on the Beach, Royal Aloha Vacation Club, Wyndham Waikiki Beach Walk, Waikiki Banyan, Celebrity Resorts White Sands Waikiki, and many more.

 

 

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The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner – A Timeshare Owners’ Lamentation

The byline should be: “Sorry I Bought A Timeshare”.

Now you know where I’m going with this.

Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Gustave More

Gustave More’s depiction of the Rime of the Ancient Mariner

From time to time I still enjoy reading literary classics. Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” has deep and meaningful messages throughout. Those truths apply just as much today as they did around 1798 when it was published.

From this classic we get the phrases “albatross around my neck”, “water, water, every where, nor any drop to drink”.

At the heart of the story is the ancient mariner who wore an albatross around his neck to remind everyone of a bad choice he had made.

Ever make a bad choice? I know I have. But bad choices are compounded when something remains to remind you of that bad choice.

There are circumstances where your decision to buy a timeshare may have been a bad choice. Maybe it seemed the right choice at the time but circumstances have changed. Now you have this timeshare and the fees that go with it hanging around your neck that you just can not get rid of.

It has become a curse: paying annual fees for something y0u do not and will never use. Adding insult to injury, you have tried to sell your timeshare with no success. Even paying fees with promises that were to good to be true.

The good news is that a timeshare need not be your “albatross”.

Park Regency Park City Utah new on the market for sale by owner

Park Regency Park City Utah new on the market for sale by owner

 

Consult a timeshare resales broker with experience and ethics. Get your timeshare sold and be done with it.

Understanding the process of selling your timeshare is critical. Take the time to educate yourself about it before you decide to sell. Guides to Selling Timeshare are available through www.timesharelink.com. There are FAQ sections, loads of information and people you can call if you need help.

The most common myth about selling your timeshare is the misconception that a timeshare is a good investment. The seeds for this notion likely came from the salesperson who sold you your timeshare. The value of a timeshare is found only when you use it. It has no true intrinsic value on its own. Plus, if you do not use your timeshare and still pay the annual maintenance fees it is near to impossible to place a value on it. In fact, some accountants may consider it a liability instead of an asset.

TimeshareLink.com

 

 

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