Westgate Timeshare Resorts and Timeshare Resales

Timeshare resales for Westgate Resorts are alive and well. Everything in the timeshare industry is bouncing back from a big drop in 2007 – 2010.  That is great news for both sales at the resort AND timeshare resales.

If you are contemplating selling your timeshare at a Westgate timeshare resort here is some information you need to know. Following is a list of the top ten best selling timeshares at Westgate Resorts. This sales data has been collected from closed sales of timeshares at Westgate Resorts. Hundreds of timeshare closings and their data produced this list. Can’t find this anywhere else!

So here they are, the top ten best selling Westgate timeshares:

Why would this matter to you? If you are planning on selling your timeshare and own a Westgate Vacation Villas, for example, you can be happy that it is the number one best selling timeshare on the resale market. Your chances appear better. Of course, this is no guarantee, but it’s all about the odds. Right?
More about Westgate Timeshare Resorts:
Westgate now encompasses more than 12,000 resort villas at 28 resorts throughout the United States in destinations such as Orlando, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Park City, Utah; Williamsburg, Virginia; Miami, Florida; Branson, Missouri; Mesa, Arizona; and Tunica Mississippi.
Westgate Vacation Villas, with the renowned location of Kissimmee, Florida, close to everything that fun that you can imagine. From there you have easy access to all the Disney Resort activities.  Just 1 mile to Walt Disney World Resort and minutes to Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando, Orange County Convention Center, downtown Orlando and the Orlando International Airport. Featuring fully equipped kitchens, onsite amenities include thirteen outdoor pools and hot tubs, fitness center, lakeside marina and dock, activities center, free scheduled transportation to theme parks, 24-hour business center, attraction tickets desk, and VIP services concierge.
It is no wonder that Westgate Vacation Villas timeshares are the best selling timeshares on the resale market for Westgate.
No stranger to the news, the “timeshare king” David Siegel, has built the Westgate brand to huge successes. It has had slow and treacherous periods as well (Lawsuit from 300 former employees in Myrtle Beach) but the timeshare sales business at Westgate resorts is cranking along faster than ever.
As they say, “Nothing succeeds like success!”

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Is It Cold Enough Yet To Be Dreaming Of A Maui Vacation?

It certainly is cold enough in some places. But it does not have to be cold to find a dream vacation in Maui!

Over a period of time, owning your vacation timeshare resort will save you a bundle of cash! Consider Maui.

Thousands of people have bought timeshares in Maui. From Japan to New York Maui attracts vacationers in ever growing numbers. As a matter of fact, timeshare related tourism in Hawaii is growing at a fast and steady rate. Meanwhile, no traditional hotels are being built, the occupancy rate of hotels is either flat or falling, and more timeshare resorts are being built as we speak.

The real money is betting on timeshare growth in Hawaii.

All the big players in the timeshare world are making big moves and investing in Hawaiian timeshare development. They see the upwards trend for Hawaii timeshares and are banking on it to continue.

Timeshare developers in Hawaii haven’t always been this popular. In the 1990′s timeshare was well established on the islands but nothing was growing. They were holding their own. But as tourism began to decline in Hawaii at the same time timeshare resort occupancy was climbing. As they say, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out.

Timeshare developers like Marriott, Hilton, Westin and others began investing hundreds of millions of dollars into building some of the most spectacular luxury resort destinations in the world. Top shelf golf resorts, world class restaurants, roomy updated accommodations, and well trained staff became the standard by which future timeshare developments would be measured. And all this was underway in Maui.

Sands of Kahana Timeshare Resort

Dozens of terrific resorts, unbeatable location, and a tropical paradise. These Maui time shares are available for sale at greatly reduced prices and the owners are ready to make a deal. Check these out at www.RPMLS.com :

Aston Kaanapali Shores Lahaina,  The Gardens at West Maui Kapalua,  Hale Kamaole Maui,  Hololani Resort Lahaina,  Hono Koa Resort Lahaina,  Kaanapali Beach Vacation Resort Lahaina,  Kaanapali Keys at Papakea Lahaina, Kahana Beach Resort Lahaina,  Kahana Falls Lahaina, Kahana Villa Vacation Club Lahaina, Kamaole Beach Club Kihei, Kapulanikai Vacation Suites Kihei, Kihei Kai Nani Kihei,  The Kuleana Club Lahaina,  Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club Lahaina,  Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club Lahaina and Napili Villas Lahaina,  Maui Banyan Vacation Club Kihei, Maui Beach Vacation Club Kihei, and  Maui Lea at Maui Hill Kihei.

With this many choices of timeshare resorts in Maui I think every traveler can be satisfied!

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Timeshare Stock Watch

The Timeshare Cash Cow!

This recent article on InvestorPlace.com entitled “3 Cash Cow Stocks To Buy: Timeshare Stocks” grabbed my attention for many reasons. It is not too often that you hear any stock market expert extoll the virtues of timeshares. But this is not from the aspect of owning the timeshare – they’re talking about owning shares of the timeshare developers. The big three they mentioned on InvestorPlace.com were Marriott (VAC), Interval Leisure Group (IILG), and Diamond Resorts International (DRII).

Several other timeshare company stocks are publicly traded including Starwood (STAR), Wyndham Worldwide (WYN), Hyatt Hotel Corp (H), and Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Inc (HLT).

Diamond’s IPO – On July 19, 2004 “The IPO for Diamond Resorts International, Inc. (NYSE: DRII) opened at $14.56 after pricing 15,500,000 shares of its common stock at a price of $14.00 per share. The company is selling 14,000,000 of these shares of common stock and a selling stockholder is selling the remaining 1,500,000 shares of common stock.”

Major timeshare developers that are still privately held include Westgate and Bluegreen. Both have been around a very long time, have a steady profitable business, and no one can foresee either of them going public.

Investors like what they see in the timeshare sales world. Sales are significantly stronger over previous years and there is room for growth. Not only are sales growing, but the financing being offered by the timeshare developers is far stronger than in years past. Plus, the sales prices are far higher than in previous years. There also seems to be a huge pent up demand for timeshare products from baby boomers who meet the exact profile of timeshare buyers.

All this bodes well for those investing in the timeshare companies.

Timeshare developers with significant purchasing, construction, or renovation projection projects underway include:

Disney Resorts: Renovation of the Polynesian Resort to include timeshares. Renovations also underway at Caribbean Beach, Wilderness Lodge Pools, Beach Club Villas.

The Grandview at Las Vegas timeshare resort

Marriott – Marriott Vacation Club announces the start of construction on the third tower at Marriott’s Grand Chateau. It will be 37 stories tall!

The Hilton Grand Vacations unit of Hilton Hotels &Resorts purchased 300 units at the Trump International Hotel to add to its luxury timeshare portfolio.

Construction of a new tower at Grandview at Las Vegas, near South Point, taking it from 1,556 units to 1,856.

Construction has resumed on the Desert Blue timeshare, planned at 281 units, after a four-year hiatus. Wyndham Worldwide sold the project to another developer in June for $117 million.

 

 

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Travel, Tourism, Mexico, and the State Department

Do people planning their vacations heed the warnings of their government? Not really.

Recent studies are showing that this may be a case of our government “crying wolf” too often. If you were to read the State Department’s travel advisories you would find stern warnings about 35 different countries. Granted not too many folks are inclined to schedule a family vacation to Syria or Iran. But they don’t have to consult the State Department to figure that out. Daily news and warnings accomplish that.

Not The Image You Want For Vacation

A recent CNN story, “Do You Check Government Travel Warnings. . .” mentioned that one of the State Department’s most grim warnings is about Mexico. Yet an astounding number of people holiday or vacation in Mexico year after year. “The United States has had a travel warning in place for Mexico since April 2011. It states that “crime and violence are serious problems throughout the country and can occur anywhere. U.S. citizens have fallen victim to TCO (Transnational Criminal Organizations) activity, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking and highway robbery.”  The warnings haven’t stopped Americans from pouring into Mexico. In 2012, 20 million Americans visited Mexico.”

Travel to Mexico is an excellent study in this issue. For timeshare owners who live in the US and have timeshares in Mexico they need to stay familiar with local hot spots of violence and steer clear. As a timeshare owner in a foreign country you want to have the peace of mind that the property or lease you own at a beautiful resort will not be caught in the crossfire of warring factions of governments, civil war, or drug cartel battles.

Most of those kinds of actions have been focused away from the popular timeshare resort locations in Mexico. “Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime that is reported in the border region and in areas along major trafficking routes.” (State Department) Occasionally there will be violence that hits the news near your timeshare. Consider how much violence hits your city or state. Just keep it all in perspective.

The Mexico Vacation You Envision

Many major timeshare resorts are located in southern Baja. Cabo san Lucas is home to many fantastic timeshare resorts and according to the State Department’s website “Baja California (South): Cabo San Lucas and La Paz are major cities/travel destinations in the state of Southern Baja California -  No advisory is in effect. ”

Timeshare resorts in Baja California Mexico are some of the most luxurious and affordable vacation condos in the timeshare world. Most notably are the timeshare resorts Pueblo Bonito Rose Resort, Hacienda del Mar, Pueblo Bonito Resort Los Cabos, Club Regina Los Cabos, Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach, Villa Del Palmar Cabo, Playa Grande Resort, Finisterra Club and Resort, Club Cascadas de Baja, and Fiesta Americana Vacation Club at Cabo del Sol.

The bottom line for most timeshare owners is to know that you will not have to have the specter of violence or civil war hanging over your head while you are on vacation. The mere notion of potential kidnappings, assassinations, or gun violence will deter many from using their timeshare in Mexico and they will exchange theirs for a safer location. It is a matter of personal confidence and comfort with your surroundings.

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Hurricane Odile Batters Cabo San Lucas Resort Area

Winds reaching 135 mph lashed the coast of Baja Mexico yesterday bring damaging surf and tidal surge. Hurricane Odile was rated a Category 4 hurricane when it struck the peninsula. The resort heavy area of Cabo San Lucas took a direct hit from the storm and reports are just starting to come in about damages to the area.

You can expect widespread power outages, downed utility lines, and structural damage to buildings at the least. Timeshare resorts in the area are yet to report the extent of the damages to their facilities but you can be sure they will be back in business as soon as they can. The fall tourist season is starting and everything is being done to expedite repairs and restoration of roads, utilities, and services.

Hotel in Cabo San Lucas After The Storm

Timeshare resorts in the direct path of the storm include:

Here’s more details from weather.com:  “About 30,000 tourists were being put up in temporary shelters in hotels and Los Cabos International Airport was closed. Emergency officials reported that 135 people were treated for minor injuries from flying glass or falling objects, but there were no serious injuries or deaths so far.

In Colonia Unidad Real, a neighborhood that sprang up years ago in a former creek bed, hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed with debris scattered everywhere.

Odile made landfall near Cabo San Lucas late Sunday night as a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds gusting over 100 mph.”

More updates from weather.com on timeshare resorts in the path of the storm: “At luxury hotels in Cabo San Lucas, windows were blown out, structures were destroyed and lower floors were flooded, while entire neighborhoods were leveled and trees and power lines were toppled across Los Cabos.”

Yes timeshare owners should be concerned. If you have vacations scheduled in the near future (six months) try searching forums or message boards for property owners at your resort who are talking about the status of the resort. Phone lines and other communication will be down for a while.

Reports are also coming in that the government has sent in troops to secure the area to protect from looting and further losses.

 

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Wyndham Timeshares Best Resales

A lot of factors go into what makes any timeshare perform well on the secondary resales market. The supply and demand comes to mind first. If there are a large number of timeshare owners that are willing to sell and a strong demand to buy timeshares resale then that makes for a good timeshare resales market. Data from realtime timeshare sales that are closed and transferred are what produced this latest list. Wyndham timeshares are in demand for a number of reasons. Most Wyndham timeshare buyers I have spoken with over the years are interested in the points and less interested in the home resort location. So here are the top five best selling Wyndham Timeshares Resales:

Wyndham Cypress Palm is presently the number one best selling Wyndham timeshare on the resales market. Today you can buy anywhere from 77,000 points to half a million or more points at Wyndham Cypress Palm timeshare resort. And with prices starting from as low as $3,500 there is a Wyndham points deal to suit everyone’s needs.

Wyndham Cypress Palms is located in the heart of Florida’s popular attractions, a short distance from Walt Disney World(R) parks, River Country, Typhoon Lagoon, Water Mania, Arabian Knights, and Medieval Times. Universal Studios, SeaWorld, and Wet ‘n Wild are a 20-minute drive away. Old Towne Square and surrounding gift shops are just a few of the places avid shoppers can visit. The Kissimmee area has an abundance of things to do for every member of the family.

Wyndham Kingsgate comes in second among top selling Wyndham timeshare resales. Ranging from studio to spacious 3 bedroom units, the Wyndham Kingsgate offers variety in its selection. About Wyndham Kingsgate: A living heritage, Williamsburg offers a glimpse of 18th-century culture, commerce and cuisine. Costumed guides lead tours through historic homes, shopkeepers demonstrate crafts of the period, and uniformed militia men recreate military drills.

Wyndham Pagosa is located in South West Colorado and is bordered by 2.3 million acres of the San Juan National Forest. This resort is a complete recreational community offering tennis courts, two golf courses and a family complex featuring on Olympic-size pool, a weight room, game room and racquetball courts. Experience downhill skiing at nearby Wolf Creek, or cross-country on-site.

Wyndham Westwinds at Myrtle Beach comes in at number four in the best Wyndham timeshare resales race. The resort is just minutes away from Barefoot Landing which includes a fine selection of restaurants and shopping. Visit famous attractions at Brookgreen Gardens and in the evening enjoy great entertainment in one of America’s premiere vacation destinations.

Wyndham Fairfield Glade Timeshare Resort

Wyndham Resort at Fairfield Glade:

Nestled beautifully within the Lush Cumberland Plateau region between Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga at the base of the Appalachian Mountains is a Vacation Oasis that never ends…. this Timeshare Vacation property with Wyndham Resort at Fairfield Glade is home to a 36-hole golf course and three 18-hole courses, including Stonehenge, among Golf Digest’s 75 best resort courses in America. Offering 11 lakes, 2 marinas with beaches, fishing, boat rentals, indoor and outdoor tennis, outdoor pool, bike rentals and much more this 12,500-acre outdoor playground offers extraordinary golf, miniature golf, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, and an outdoor pool. Include fishing, boating and swimming at any of the 12 no-wake lakes.

Many other Wyndham timeshare resorts perform well on the timeshare sales secondary market. Timeshare resales are gaining momentum now and are selling every day.

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Snowing in September - Skiing Anyone?

Headline from ABC News:

Rare Snowstorm Slams Rockies States

Early snow means more than just getting the trucks and plows ready early. It also means getting the ski slopes ready for skiing. The recent snow storm dropped up to 20 inches in parts of Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana and Colorado. No it was not an isolated flake or two. It was enough snow to force the public to recon with it.

Every fall skiers around the world eagerly anticipate the first snow. Especially if they plan on taking an early vacation so they can ski.

Early snow is not that common, especially for September. Sometimes in October (like last year) you’ll get enough snow so that the ski lifts will open early.  This year? Who knows. We have an early start in Wyoming, Dakotas, Montana, and parts of Colorado. Forecasts are saying more cold weather and snow is possible.

Not too long ago I posted this photo of how hot it was where I live:  It hasn’t cooled off much yet and I’m still thinking about the mountains – snow – snowboarding and more.

Recent Snowfall – Weather.com

Timeshare resorts in ski areas experience some of the highest occupancy ratings in the timeshare industry. They not only provide great access to ski slopes and lifts, but also terrific summer vacations, fall, and spring vacations as well.  The last time I was in Estes Park, Co, (during the summer) I noticed signs advertising lifts for extreme mountain biking. There’s an incredible idea! Mountain biking down ski trails.

Situated in the mountains these timeshare resorts are host to a great venue for family outings, hiking, biking, fishing, and more. In fact, some of the ski timeshare resorts are some of the best selling of all time on the resale market. Timeshare resales are a great way to buy timeshare at an affordable rate and enjoy all the amenities that goes with it. Timeshare ski resorts are located in New Hampshire, Vermont, California, Utah, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Virginia, Wyoming, and so on.

Here are some of the best ski timeshare resorts on the resale market:

Sheraton’s Mountain Vista in Avon Colorado, Fairmont Vacation Villas located in British Columbia, The Ridge Tahoe, Sandstone Creek Club Vail Colorado, Skiers Lodge Park City Utah, Smugglers’ Notch Resort Jeffersonville Vermont, Poste Montane at Beaver Creek and many many more.

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Timeshare Tax Hike In Hawaii

Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Club Timeshares For Sale

Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club Timeshares For Sale

From the news on ARDA’s website: “The city and county of Honolulu, Hawaii have proposed an ordinance (Bill 43) that would change how timeshare property is categorized for real property tax rate purposes.”

As it stands now, timeshares are classified as hotel and resort real property. What that means is that timeshares are taxed at the same rate as hotels. The new ordinance would create a new category of taxes specifically for timeshares. What does this mean for you as an Oahu based timeshare owner? Higher taxes are in your future!

Here’s how they see it in the news article: “Higher property taxes would harm timeshare owners who own on Oahu and Oahu-based HOAs in many ways.

1. Hawaii property tax assessments are already among the highest of any jurisdiction in the United States.

2. Timeshare owners, when compared to other property tax payers, would bear a disproportionate tax burden.

3.  Owners would see an even more substantial increase in annual maintenance fees since maintenance fees would not only include the increase in property taxes but also a higher overall General Excise Tax and Transient Accommodations Tax assessment.

Those that would be effected by the higher tax (timeshare owners and HOA’s) are being notified and need to work hard to prevent the ordinance from passing.

HGV Club at Lagoon Tower

HGV Club at Lagoon Tower

Are your timeshare taxes, maintenance fees, and special assessments driving you crazy? You are not alone. Those fees are one of the most often cited reasons for timeshare owners deciding to sell their timeshare. But when you decide to sell your timeshare, the resorts and states are not much help. In fact, they use scare tactics and misinformation to dissuade you from selling your timeshare.

In most cases all the same rights transfer to the new owner when you sell your timeshare. Be sure to check out the details before conveying that to a prospective buyer. But most of the time they’ll get everything you did when you bought your timeshare. Including the bill!

That’s good news for most timeshare owners. They just want to see the fees go away for a timeshare they no longer can or want to use.

Now your best bet for selling your timeshare is to use a timeshare resales specialist / broker to facilitate the sale. That way you will have the peace of mind that a timeshare professional who has ethics, training, and experience will handle the advertising and closing for you.

In the end you will have a closing check in your mailbox instead of a tax – maintenance fee – assessment bill.

There’s the good news in this story!

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Capital Loss On My Timeshare Sale

“I just sold my timeshare at a huge loss. Can I claim a capital loss on my taxes?”

If I had a nickle for every time I heard that question I could buy a Westin St John timeshare!

In June and August 2013 CNN money online ran two articles about selling your timeshare and the tax implications it brings. According to CNN you cannot claim a capital loss when you sell your timeshare. That seems to be the consensus among all those who give tax advice and is the bottom line. When you sell your timeshare you will most likely sell it for less than what you paid for it. Much less. And you will not be able to deduct that loss from your taxes.

Why?

For essentially the same reason you could not claim a capital loss when you sold your Corvette for less than what you paid. It is a personal asset.

For just that reason many timeshare owners are angry at the timeshare developers who sold them on the notion that a timeshare was a good investment. Bad choice of words! A timeshare may be a hedge against future inflated vacation costs but in no way is a timeshare an investment.

The New York Attorney General’s website puts it this way, “Timeshares should be purchased for personal recreational use and not for profit or investment.” (source)

So now that you have come to grips with the fact that you cannot claim a loss for tax reasons do you still decide to sell?

Consider the long term cost of owning the timeshare. Year after year you must pay annual maintenance fees, taxes, and any special assessments that may come along. If you are not using the timeshare you are losing money and compounding the cost of your vacations. It quickly becomes a money pit at that point.

Kenny Rogers’ sage advice applies very well here, “You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em,. Know when to walk away, know when to run.” There comes a point when you have to cut your losses and future losses and sell your timeshare. It is inevitable.

With all that being said the best time to sell your timeshare is now. The longer you wait the more you lose. Waiting for markets or the economy to turn in a more favorable direction falls into the category of reading tea leaves. Not very reliable. What is reliable is the annual fees that will not end. The solution is to sell your timeshare. Find a reputable timeshare resale broker to get the job done, pay the commissions, fees, closing costs and get it done.

Your timeshare will not sell itself.

How to find out what your timeshare is worth.

 

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Caribbean Growing Fast in Timeshare Sales

Marriotts Aruba Surf Club

Marriotts Aruba Surf Club

All the elements are in place for the Caribbean to see a surge in timeshare sales and development. As the leading destination for US travel the Caribbean and their timeshare resorts are already experiencing greater sales than most.

One possible reason for that is the bad publicity coming from Mexico and the dangers the drug cartels have brought to the region. The Caribbean offers the same climate, quality resorts, and the perception of being a safer place to travel.

Recently the Jamaica Observer published a story that followed the study published by Interval International. It said “early one out of every four (23.2 per cent) of the US resident members interested in acquiring additional vacation time cite a preference to make a purchase at a resort located in the Caribbean.” (source)

Westin St John Timeshare Resort Poolside

Westin St John Timeshare Resort Poolside

St Kitts and St Marteen are already experiencing significant growth in tourism. Plus, there is room in the Caribbean for more development – resorts, unit weeks, travel, tourism, and money! Mexico’s loss in tourism is the Caribbean’s gain.

The Caribbean has long been a leader in timeshare resales. The top performing timeshares on the resales market there include:

Those timeshare top sellers are listed in order of most sales on the resale market. Those were not just inquiries but actual timeshares sold, closed, and the owner paid. Real data.

What does this mean to you if you own a timeshare in the Caribbean? It means that if and when you are ready to sell your timeshare there is a good buyers’ market for it. Timeshares in the Caribbean are gaining in popularity for many reasons as stated earlier.

Plus, more and more vacationers are understanding the value of owning their vacation as opposed to renting it. They can also buy their timeshare condo from an owner (like you) and not have to face the hype and pressure of the timeshare sales presentation. The timeshare sale can be negotiated over the phone, contracts can be faxed or emailed, the title company can complete the deal for you and all you have to do is go to your mailbox to get the closing check.

That is definitely good news for a timeshare owner – especially if their circumstances have changed such that they can no longer use their timeshare. If that is the case it is time to sell your timeshare.

No more reasons not to sell your timeshare!

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Orlando Tourism Rising - Good News For Timeshare Resales 2014

Westgate Lakes Timeshare Resort for sale by owner

Westgate Lakes Timeshare Resort

The Orlando Kissimmee Florida region is seeing a rise in tourism so far in 2014. The first quarter of 2014 saw a rise of 2.8% in travel spending. Tax receipts for the area also increased.

The Orlando timeshare resale market is also showing an increase in the number in offers for timeshares for sale. Orlando is the center of the universe when it comes to timeshare “mass”. The largest resorts, the most timeshare resorts in one area, and the most sales of all time keep the timeshare industry and timeshare resales in the forefront of Orlando and Florida’s economic development. Just ask Disney.

If you are ready to sell your timeshare this news is a good indication that this would be the best time to take the plunge and get your timeshare available for sale. The most common reason for selling timeshare is that you no longer use it like you thought you would and do not want to pay any more maintenance fees. So, get it done. Sell your timeshare and be done with it.

You will want to use a trusted timeshare resales specialist to advertise your timeshare. One with many years of experience and the systems in place to get the job finished. www.RPMLS.com is just that timeshare resales company you can trust.

Sheraton Vistana Orlando Timeshare for Sale

Browse Sheraton Vistana Orlando Timeshares For Sale

For more information about timeshare resale vacation buying trends review this study. A huge amount of research over thousands of timeshare transactions provided the data for this report.

About RPMLS.com

“Through RPMLS.com, sellers have a practical means to successfully market their timeshares for sale or rent; and buyers and renters can be like “kids in a candy store”  browsing a great selection of quality resorts and terrific vacation destinations — with resale prices typically lower than what the resorts offer at the retail price. Great vacations don’t have to be associated with great expenses. Take a look at the individually-owned timeshare properties advertised here, and stretch your vacation dollar. Remember this rule of thumb — resale beats retail! You have come to the right place to find that special vacation condo that meets the needs of you and your family!”

The timeshare resale market is the hottest its been in five or six years. Overall timeshare sales were down through the mid 2000′s. The last two years have seen a surge in timeshare intervals sold – especially on the resale market. The buyers have returned – and they are looking for the deals on the resale market. They know that there is no reason to pay the full retail price when a timeshare can be purchased for less. Sometimes far less.

 

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Timeshare Deals - Tahoe Seasons and Marriott Grande Vista

Tahoe Seasons Resort Timeshare For Sale

Tahoe Seasons Resort Timeshare For Sale

Tahoe Seasons Resort Timeshare Price Reduced! Must Sell Soon

This is a one bedroom Chalet, Prime season timeshare at the Tahoe Seasons Resort. The owner is asking to sell their timeshare ASAP and asking $7,000.  It is located on the shore of Lake Tahoe, with the slopes of Heavenly Valley, one of the largest ski areas, on-site. Bid on this timeshare here.

More about Tahoe Seasons Resort timeshare on Lake Tahoe: Ski lifts, a swimming pool, tennis courts, a health club, restaurants, lounges, and shops are also on the premises.

Check out these other Tahoe Seasons Resort timeshares for sale.

Here are some other Tahoe area timeshares for sale at the top ten best selling timeshare resorts:

Marriott Grande Vista Timeshare For Sale

Marriott Grande Vista Timeshare For Sale

Marriott Platinum Odd Years 2 Bedroom Timeshare Price Slashed!

The timeshare owner is ready to move on and get this Marriott Grande Vista Resort timeshare sold!

It is a two bedroom lockout odd year use platinum timeshare in Orlando Florida! Price: $6,900.

More about the Marriott Grande Vista Resort: This magnificent Five Star resort is the ultimate in leisure offering a plethora of activities and amenities for everyone. This luxurious villa features fully-equipped kitchen and kitchenette, separate living and dining areas, washer/dryer and more. Fabulous shopping, fine dining, championship golf and theme parks are just a few attractions that are just minutes away from your doorstep. Onsite amenities include restaurant, 9-hole golf course, 4 heated swimming pools, children’s pool, fitness center, 4 whirlpools, tennis courts, bar/lounge, activities program and much more. Guests may obtain tickets for local attractions at the full service concierge desk.

Check out these other timeshare deals at Marriott Grande Vista Resort.

Orlando timeshare deals are here! Great selection and prices far below the going retail rate. Don’t pay retail! Buy timeshares on the resale market and save a fortune.

Sell Timeshare at RPMLS.com and get results fast!

We sell timeshare and rent vacation condos every single day! RPMLS.com is a market place for individually-owned timeshares that have been placed up for resale or rental. The centralized database provides access to those looking to buy a timeshare resale for their own use. Our website also attracts hundreds of timeshare brokers seeking to fulfill the vacation needs of their clients.

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New Hampshire and Park City Utah - Two Awesome Timeshare Ski Resort Destinations!

New Hampshire Ski Resort timeshare

Somewhere in New Hampshire at my favorite Ski Resort

New Hampshire

New Hampshire features year ’round four seasons of amazing opportunities for vacations. Mild summers, amazingly beautiful fall seasons, terrific ski slopes, and spring seasons for just about anything you want. The timeshare resorts in New Hampshire are not just about skiing. While they have fantastic slopes and abundant snow, family vacations in the mountains of New Hampshire are memorable all year long.

You can find these New Hampshire timeshare resorts in North Conway, Bartlett, Lincoln, and other spots around the state. Timeshare resorts can be had for a fraction of the developers’ cost when you buy this way. Places like Attitash Mountain Village, Inn Season at Pollard Brook, Steele Hill Resort, or Eastern Slope Inn are just a few of the ones available at huge discounts.

The best selling timeshare on the resale market in New Hampshire is Inn Season at Pollard Brook. This resort is set high above New Hampshire’s number one scenic byway just across from the state’s most popular ski mountain, Loon Mountain. On-site amenities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, outdoor whirlpool, sauna, tennis courts, exercise room, game room, and playground. All units have a fireplace, deck, kitchen, VCR and mountain views.

The New Hampshire timeshare that places second in the state for most sold is Attitash Mountain Village. Attitash Mountain Village is an all-season resort located at the base of Attitash Mountain recreation area. The resort has indoor and outdoor pools and whirlpools. There is an alpine slide, triple water slide, and horseback riding for summer guests, and excellent snow skiing in winter.

Park City, Utah

Park City is a terrific place for winter sports! Great facilities, hotels, resorts, lifts, mountains, and all the snow you could need. Although it is just September, it is not too early to make plans for your ski vacation!

 

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Park City Utah – Skiiers’ Paradise!

Here are some of the terrific deals on discounted timeshares in and around Park City:

Marriott’s Mountainside, The Park Regency, Park Plaza, Westgate at the Canyons, Marriott’s Summit Watch, Skier’s Lodge, Sweetwater at Park City.

Here’s a few notes about the number one best selling timeshare on the resale market in Park City: Marriott’s Summit Watch. Located at the base of historic Main Street, Marriott’s Summit Watch is steps away from the town ski lift, in the heart of beautiful Park City. While the area boasts of having “the greatest snow on Earth” for skiers, it also offers outstanding year-round recreational opportunities including great golf, tennis, mountain biking, fishing, and hiking, as well as cultural events, shopping, and fine dining. The resort features elegantly appointed villas, whirlpool spas, swimming pool, and exercise facilities.

 

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Miami Timeshares - Beaches Nightlife on a Budget

Miami, South Beach, and Palm Beach have long been considered some of the hottest spots on earth for their beaches and nightlife. Movies have been made there, television series are filmed there, and some of the worlds hottest actors and actresses live there.

When you are driving through the area it is not unusual to see an Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Porsche, or Rolls Royce driving beside you. The entire area is geared around excitement and opulence.

Tourists in the area also have to pay a premium to stay in hotels in the area. So if you want to save your money to spend on something like renting a Lamborghini then consider renting a timeshare for a week! Don’t you have to attend a 90 minute “presentation”? No. Not if you are a renter or owner. And the biggest advantage of using a timeshare in Miami or Palm Beach is the price. You will likely save up to 75% off the going rate compared to a luxury hotel. The five star timeshare resorts in the area boast such luxury and attention to detail as many of the hotels you encounter.

Even better, buy a Miami or Palm Beach timeshare for pennies on the dollar through a timeshare resale specialist. You will save time, money, hassle, and no pressure!

That’s the way I like it!

Buying a timeshare this way bypasses the long presentations, arguments, demeaning conversations about your “need” to buy, and so on. When you buy a timeshare through an established firm there is absolutely no pressure. Negotiations are handled over the phone, contracts are emailed or faxed back and forth, escrow is held by a reputable institution, closing is done by a title company specializing in timeshare, and you get your deed! it is as simple as that.

Miami Timeshares for sale by ownerPlus, you will save money! A lot of it. You can buy a luxury top of the line timeshare or fractional this way for pennies on the dollar. Plus you will likely get all the privileges and amenities due to the real owner.

There are tons of timeshares available for sale in the area. But, as you know, not all timeshares are created equal. So I have gathered a few select outstanding Miami area timeshares to check out.

Here’s some of the top timeshare resorts in and around Miami:  Marriott’s Ocean Pointe, Marriott’s BeachPlace Towers, HGVClub at South Beach, and Newport Beachside Resort are just a few of the great selections of timeshares at Miami Beach.

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Timeshare Fees - Airline Fees - Who Wins the Most Fees Award

Discount Rates! (small print = increased fees)

With a timeshare the fees are typical to any resort stay over a weeks time. For a week at a timeshare you will usually encounter a cleanup fee, tips, maintenance fee, the occasional special assessment fee, taxes, and just a few other nuisance fees.

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Lately the major airlines are boasting and advertising their Discount Air Fare Rates! Wow! Right now Southwest Airlines is offering super discount fees starting at $59 one way and major discounts on dozens of destinations. Southwest had a huge increase of traffic in June of 7.5 percent and has become a true darling of Wall Street.

What about fees? On the normal ticket you will find a take-off and landing tax. What if you did not take off and just used the freeway to taxi to your destination? Let’s try that next time. What about the infamous “airport-assessed passenger facility fee (PFC) of up to $9″? ?  How about the $5 9.11 Security fee?

On to other airlines who have the same fees plus: Extra legroom fee of $79 – I remember when they used to ask for volunteers to sit on the emergency exit row. Plus you were responsible for making sure the emergency door was opened in case of emergency landings, crashes, etc. What if you checked bag is one pound overweight? That will be an extra fee of $100? Wow! The pound limit set by the ??? is 70 pounds and this one was 51 pounds – one pound over their self imposed limit of $50! Soda and peanuts, that is extra too. Want a comfy tiny blanket and pillow the size of an envelope? That will cost you too. What is next? Charging to use the bathroom!?! Pet aboard fee, the unaccompanied minor fee, carry on bag fee, Wi-Fi fee, headset fee, the $8 for airplane food fee (some have actually eaten that stuff?), the select your seat fee, and the all so popular ticket hold fee. I think the airlines wins the “Most Fees Award”! The prize? A raspberry. And I don’t mean the kind you eat.

Vacation travel is hassle enough without the airlines adding in fees like this. In fact TheAtlantic.com reported in June that income from airline fees in 2013 hit $5.7 Billion. BILLION!!!!!!!

Now you should not feel so bad about paying a maintenance fee for a luxurious timeshare resort. Even though the fee seems to up as fast as the space shuttle, at least you are getting something for it.

If you are tired of paying the maintenance fee, just sell the @%&*!?! timeshare.  Now. Get it done. Here’s where to sell your timeshare. No hassles, licensed staff, a long history, and credentials that would impress anyone.

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Best Selling Texas Timeshares

If you are looking to buy or sell your timeshare in Texas, this list will give you some valuable insight. This list was generated from hundreds of closed resales of timeshares in Texas.  The state of Texas provides a wide variety of vacation destinations represented in this list. Whether you want a taste of the old West, beautiful beaches, or the fabulous Texas Hill Country they are all here! So here they are – the top ten best selling timeshares in Texas:

The number one best selling timeshare in Texas is Silverleaf’s The Villages. It is situated among the sparkling shores of Lake Palestine, one of the largest and most beautiful water-sports playgrounds in the Southwest. The lake’s 100 miles of shoreline and miles of waterways offer an unending selection of water-oriented activities. Nearby Tyler, the rose capital of Texas, is home to the Caldwell Zoo and Tyler”s Municipal Rose Garden.

Coming in second is Silverleaf’s Piney Shores Resort. Piney Shores Resort is a year-round resort set on a 22,000 acre man-made lake just north of Houston, Texas. No matter what the season, the resort offers peaceful relaxation in rustic log cabins with all the modern conveniences.

Silverleaf claimed the number three spot with Silverleaf’s Hill Country Resort. Silverleaf”s Hill Country Resort is located between Austin and San Antonio and is deep in the famed Hill Country of South Central Texas. This recreational community offers superb boating and fishing. Nearby, vacationers can go tubing on the Guadalupe River. Schlitterbahn Water Park is located in nearby New Braunfels.

Royale Beach and Tennis Club

Royale Beach and Tennis Club

Inverness at South Padre is the fourth best selling Texas timeshare.  Located right on the South Padre Island Beach, guests will enjoy the panoramic view from their private balcony. The 11 story resort features an outdoor pool and whirlpool on the third floor. Water sports and miles of beach make this resort a year round paradise.

The rest of the list includes Silverleaf’s Holly Lake Ranch, Inverness by the Sea on Galveston Island, First Fairway at WaldenThe Landing at Seven Coves, Royale Beach and Tennis Club at South Padre Island, and Inverness at Walden Phase 2.

Here’s a little more about my favorite part of the state and the timeshare resorts there – The Texas Hill Country!

“The New York Times Travel section says the Hill Country is “Texas at its finest — is like nowhere else in the world”.

The Texas Hill Country may not be this world’s most spectacularly scenic place– after all, famous local landmarks like Packsaddle Mountain and Enchanted Rock rise only a few hundred feet above the canyons and streams that punctuate the valleys around them. But the rocky terrain has a rugged beauty all its own, and among the beautiful hills are scattered some amazing natural treasures. We who are privileged to live in this very special corner of God’s creation consider it “the best part of the best state in the greatest nation on earth!”

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IF You Buy a Timeshare, Do It Like This!

There are a few ways to buy a timeshare. The most common way most timeshares have been sold is at a sales presentation at the timeshare resort while you are on vacation. You remember the scene: the tour, the 90 minute presentation, the offer of a huge discount if you buy today, or the sales person asking the manager to come over to lean on you to make his sale.

If you were lucky, did your homework, and knew what you were getting into you may have had a good buying experience. If you have yet to do it this way, it would be wise to follow this advice.  A few simple pointers for helping you buy a timeshare if you buy it at the resort.

Read the timeshare Sales Contract

Read the Timeshare Sales Contract

1. Compare the costs of buying and maintaining a timeshare with renting a similar property. Perhaps rent a unit from a current owner first to make sure you like the complex.

2. Evaluate the location and quality of the resort by visiting the facility and talking to current owners about their experience.  Check for complaints about the seller, developer and management company with the State Attorney General’s Office, local consumer protection agencies and the Better Business Bureau.

3. Make sure all promises made by the sales agent are contained in the contract. If it is not in writing, it was not said.

4. Don’t act on impulse or be swayed by high-pressure sales tactics. If possible, ask a lawyer or real estate professional to review the contract before signing.

5. Get the name and contact information of a company representative who can answer your questions before, during and after the sales presentation, and after your purchase.

6. Ask about your ability to cancel the contract (sometimes called “right of rescission”). Many states guarantee your right of rescission, but cancellation periods vary. If the law doesn’t require a right-of-rescission or cooling-off period where you’re buying, ask that one be included in your contract.

7. Use an escrow account if you’re buying into a property that’s not yet completed to protect you if the developer defaults.

8. Be wary of timeshares in foreign countries, since you won’t be protected by U.S. laws.

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Buy timeshare for half the price!

NOW having said all of that, I would never recommend buying a timeshare that way! I recommend buying a timeshare on the resale market – or a “used” timeshare. Essentially all timeshares are used by other people on other weeks. Why buy a timeshare this way? Saving Money.

You will save a huge amount of money when buying a timeshare resale. Anywhere from a 25% discount to 50% or more. That is a huge amount of money!

Next question: What is the most reliable way to buy a timeshare from the current owner? I say, ” a Timeshare Resales Specialist”.  A timeshare specialist will have all the experience and contacts they need to get the job done right the first time.

THAT is the way to do it!

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Hurricane Norbert Leaves Cabo San Lucas

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Here’s the hurricane news update from Cabo San Lucas: “Hurricane Norbert dumped heavy rains and prompted evacuations as it marched up the coast of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula on Friday. Forecasters said the storm may help bring weekend precipitation to the parched U.S. Southwest.” ABC news
Towns in the areas most frequented by U.S. vacationers are still closed and law enforcement personnel have been sent to the evacuated locations to prevent looting.  Schools and ports were closed, and most government services were to be closed or restricted, according to Mexican officials.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said last night that Norbert strengthened with winds near 100 mph and centered 60 miles south of Cabo San Lazaro.
Further up the Pacific Coast in California preparations are being made for larger than normal surf, dangerous rip currents, and torrential rain.
Hurricane Norbert Cabo
Baja Mexico is situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of California. The Baja peninsula is home to numerous luxury timeshare resorts that deserve to be mentioned. Plus, later I’ll clue you in on the best selling resale timeshares for sale by owner in Los Cabos. Great information!
Cabo San Lucas is famous for many things. Cabo is known for its sandy beaches, world-class scuba diving locations, balnearios, the distinctive sea arch El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, and abundant marine life. In addition, Cabo San Lucas has the largest marlin tournament in the world. In the winter, pods of whales can be observed in the area. They bear their calves in the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez after completing their six-thousand-mile migration from Alaska and Siberia.
If you are looking for a great vacation in a tropical paradise, you need not break the bank to do it! By owning a timeshare there you can vacation there for a fraction of the cost. Renting a timeshare there is a good option as well.
The following is a list of the best selling timeshares in Cabo. These timeshares were sold by the owners through timeshare resales specialists:

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Brazil Timeshare - The Future Model of Timeshare Development?

Looks Like a Great Place to Build a Resort!

Out of the 700+ articles I have written about the timeshare industry how many times have I said “Never consider a timeshare as an investment!” ?

At least a hundred. Maybe more.

That’s why timeshare news out of Brazil caught my eye. Check out this quote from a story last month: “rewards are there to be reaped – 16% per year in our case, as well as a guaranteed buy-back so you don’t need to think about exit strategies.”

Wow! That really got my attention. How do they do it? In a joint venture with RCI, UV10 (the developer) builds and sells a completed three bedroom home on an upmarket resort in northeast Brazil. The timeshare buyer’s contract can last from four to twelve years, pays out 8% per year, and at the end of the contract you get back your initial investment plus an additional 8% – at least that’s how I understand it.

Five years ago they sold 1,500 of these deals. By 2012 the number of buyers skyrocketed to over 25,000!

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Natal Brazil – Northeast Coast

It took me a little while to figure out this setup and why any company would so such a thing. But then, math was not my strong suit in college. I think what this boils down to is this: At the end of the buyer’s contract the developer will own those 3 bedroom luxury homes free and clear. The timeshare buyers fronted them the money to finance this and RCI/UV10 pays them back interest only till the end of the term with a balloon payment at the end.

Is this a “win win” situation? I still need to think about this some more. What do you think the long term projected income from these properties be? Heck, what will the short term income be while the developer rents out these homes one week at a time? It is a cash cow – all by using financing from someone else.

I wish I thought of that first! But then I still think there will be unanticipated problems with this model of timeshare development and sales. I just don’t know what they are. If this was such a good construct for a timeshare venture why has it not been tried in the US? And if RCI is in on this deal why have they not done this in the US? Would it even be legal in the United States?

So many questions. I have got to think about this more.

Time for coffee.

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What is the Best Way to Sell or Buy Marriott's Kauai Beach Club?

Marriott Kauai Beach Club Timeshare Resort

Marriott Kauai Beach Club Timeshare Resort

The first rule of any large buying decision is to determine what will give the best value for the money.  So the decision to sell or buy timeshare has the same concern: what will give me the best value?  If you want to buy Marriott’s Kauai Beach Club Hawaii timeshare leave your checkbook at home when you first visit the resort.  Otherwise you will find yourself paying far more than you should if you buy at the resort. The hardest thing to do is to walk away when someone offers you what sounds like “the best deal if you buy NOW!”.  The reality is that the best deal is to buy from someone who owns the timeshare condo you want without the pressure of on site sales people.  So how do I go about finding someone who wants to sell their Marriott timeshare?

Marriott Kauai Beach Club Timeshare HawaiiThe Marriott’s Kauai Beach Club may offer to sell you a “product” that was previously owned by someone else, but will likely offer no serious discounts. A timeshare resales broker is equipped to find you the timeshare you want, negotiate the price, and follow through with the closing:  Significant savings of thousands of dollars with the same timeshare deed.  The only thing that would not transfer would be their Honored Guest Awards.  Honored Guest Awards work like this:  you give up your week every other year and receive points in exchange.  These points may be used to discount car rentals, airfare, and hotels.  And no, you would not be reimbursed the maintenance fee you paid for the week you give back to Marriott (which they would rent out for a hefty rate).  So if you can buy a Marriott Kauai Beach Club Hawaii timeshare and save thousands of dollars it is the better deal.

Hawaii timeshare and Marriott timeshare are in demand for good reasons.  The quality of a Marriott timeshare is hard to beat and a Hawaii timeshare will be in one of the most sought after locations in the world. In fact, the Hawaii timeshare resort construction pace has sped up recently. NO HOTELS are being built. Timeshare resorts are being built as quickly as the permitting process allows. If you are thinking about owning a piece of paradise in Hawaii, then think timeshare. You won’t even have to make repairs as you would on a second home. Think about it!

As always, buy resale, not retail!

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