HGV Elara - Timeshare at a Huge Discount!

Hilton Grand Vacations timeshare resale

Hilton Grand Vacations – Las Vegas

Opportunities for finding a steal of a deal on a timeshare abound on RPMLS.com!

Buying a timeshare on the resale market offers you a chance to receive a HUGE discount compared to what the resort developer would charge you.

Think about their markup. Their cost to market and sell one timeshare unit is roughly half of what the consumer pays to buy that interval. For example, they must pay for direct mail, phone call centers, tours on site, travel, rooms, food, tickets to shows, and a myriad of other marketing costs just to get someone to buy a timeshare.

That cost of marketing turns into a savings for you when you buy timeshare resale, or on the secondary market.

And it is not a “used” timeshare. Not like a used car where you get the previous owners’ cigarette burns, neglect, failure to do maintenance and the like. A resale timeshare is kept up just as if you were the original buyer. The unit itself is kept in pristine condition, the amenities are updated and improved, plus you usually get all the privileges associated with any normal vacation ownership.


Hilton Grand Vacation Club Elara Las Vegas

Having said that, this Hilton Grand Vacation timeshare resort, Elara, in Las Vegas is one of the premier resorts to be found anywhere!

Here’s what one TripAdvisor.com guest had to say in their review, “This is the second time my wife and I have stayed at this resort. It is just fabulous. The location is great. We had many really good options for food, plus the scene out of our room of the strip was the best we have had with over 40 times in Las Vegas. The room was huge. We also like it that it is not like a casino with the smoke odor and slot machines all over the place. I am sure that my wife and I will book this location again.”

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Should I Sell My Timeshare On "BobsList"?

Classified advertisingWant to sell your timeshare?

Want to do it yourself and avoid all those fees?

Why not sell it on one of those community based online sales formats?

Let’s just make up an online sales website as an example: “Bobslist”.

You write an ad describing your timeshare’s amenities, size, availability, and season. Maybe you attach a few snapshots you took when you were there. You might be a little unclear about what your deed describes but at least you know it is in Las Vegas.

Who is the resort management company?

How is the title transferred?

Coconut Beach Resort Key West

Coconut Beach Resort Key West

Do I use a title company?

Who do I notify at the resort about the transfer of ownership?

What is a “right of first refusal” and does my resort do that?

Who gets the next week’s usage?

What about my weeks in the bank? They are mine, aren’t they?

What if I get a maintenance fee bill while it is in closing?

What if I get a maintenance fee bill after closing?

If it is in another country, who can legally transfer the title and what paperwork is required?

Will I have to attend a closing?

How many people will call me off of my ad thinking I am selling a whole ownership condo for a very low price?

How many times will someone call me who does not even know what a timeshare is?

You can see the issues that come up when you run an ad to sell something like a timeshare for sale on any site. You have to be able to accurately describe what you are selling or the deal will most certainly fall through. And the closing process could take a long time especially if the timeshare is in Hawaii, Mexico, or Canada.

Here is the solution: use a timeshare resale broker. It is worth it to pay a professional to get the job done right the first time.



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Marriott Buys Starwood For How Much?

Westin Princeville Timeshare Resort

Westin Princeville Timeshare Resort

JW Marriott took out his checkbook and bought Starwood Hotels (Sheraton, Four Points, Westin) for $12.2 Billion!

This news comes on the heels of a few big events surrounding both Marriott and Starwood: spinning off their timeshare ops. About a year ago Marriott did a spin off of their Marriott Vacation Club and just very recently Starwood did the same with their timeshare division.

Right away came the news that Marriott is buying Starwood! Maybe because they could not afford both the hotels AND timeshare so they settled for the hotels. The hotels alone from Starwood consist of 1,722 hotels around the world.

Westin Princeville Timeshare Resort

Westin Princeville Timeshare Resort

Once the merge is complete Marriott and Starwood’s combined number of rooms will exceed 1 million making it the largest hotel chain in the world.

What does this mean to the timeshare owners?

Most likely: Marriott Vacation Club buys Starwood Resorts.

So is that a prediction? Will Marriott’s Vacation ownership buy Starwood? I’d say yes, and within the next year.

It has been reported that stockholders of Starwood would also be receiving consideration for the spinning off of the timeshare ops: “Starwood shareholders will separately receive consideration from the spin-off of the Starwood timeshare business and subsequent merger with Interval Leisure Group, which has an estimated value of approximately $1.3 billion to Starwood shareholders or approximately $7.80 per Starwood share. . .”(source)

What this means to both Marriott and Starwood timeshare owners is that you will be able to use each others’ facilities – greatly expanding your choices within your timeshare family system. This could potentially save you a bundle if you never have to join Interval International to trade timeshares. Staying within Marriott you’d have a huge number of excellent choices, top shelf resorts, and some of the most beautiful destinations in the world.



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Timeshare Steal of a Deal - Wyndham 308,000 Points

Wyndham resorts are a points based system. The more points you have the more you get!

308,000 Wyndham points being offered for sale here are a terrific value at $4,995.

The timeshare resort is listed as Williamsburg Kingsgate and is available annually. Of course, the Wyndham points gets you a huge variety of options with Wyndham’s 200+ timeshare resorts.

Williamsburg Kingsgate

Williamsburg Kingsgate

Ripley’s Believe it Or Not!, Powell House, and Pirates Cove Adventure Golf are all located close to the 456 room resort.

Yankee Candle Company, the Governors Palace, Colonial Williamsburg, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg Walking Tours, and Historic Jamestowne are just a few of the myriad of things to do and places to explore in Williamsburg.

Williamsburg Kingsgate Lake

Williamsburg Kingsgate Lake

Some of the hottest selling Wyndham timeshares include Wyndham Cypress Palm, Wyndham Kingsgate, Wyndham Pagosa, Wyndham Westwinds, Wyndham Resort at Fairfield Glade, Wyndham Branson, Wyndham Ocean Ridge, Wyndham Grand Desert, Wyndham Sea Gardens,  and Wyndham Star Island Resort.

About Wyndham Vacation Ownership:

As the world’s largest developer and marketer of points-based vacation ownership products, Wyndham Vacation Ownership has developed or acquired more than 200 timeshare resorts throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and the South Pacific.


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New Timeshare Resort for Aruba!

La Cabana Beach Resort Aruba

La Cabana Beach Resort Aruba

Aruba Development Corporation VBA has begun selling timeshares at the Tropicana Aruba Resort & Casino.  A multi-million dollar renovation is underway for phase one and will be completed by the end of the year.  The 74 unit building is seeing upgrades to every section of the facility including their two restaurants, all the units, full service spa, multi level pool, and many more areas.

Located just a few miles from Aruba’s capital city, Oranjestad, the Tropicana Aruba Resort and Casino is poised for significant sales at a time when timeshare sales in the Caribbean are hot!

In addition, they have chosen Interval International as their exclusive exchange and member services/management provider. With many years of experience and as many accolades, Interval International will bring marketing and sales expertise to the development.

Marriott Aruba Surf Club

Marriott Aruba Surf Club

Aruba has been a long standing favorite in the Caribbean for discriminating travelers and vacationers.

In fact, for 2015 Aruba took first and second place out of the top ten best restaurants in the Caribbean according to 2015’s Travelers Choice Awards.

Other timeshare resorts in Aruba with outstanding sales and resales for owners include Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club, La Cabana Beach Resort, Costa Linda Beach Resort,  Renaissance Aruba Resort, Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club, Playa Linda Beach Resort, Casa Del Mar Beach Resort, Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort, Paradise Beach Villas, Caribbean Palm Village.

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Interval Leisure - Buying Starwood Timeshare Resorts

Sheraton Mission Hills

Westin Mission Hills

Earlier this year on thestreet.com they said this about Starwood: “Starwood Hotels & Resorts is poised to surpass its 5% gains this year, analysts say, benefiting from the spinoff of its time-share business and speculation it may acquire a competitor or be bought out.”

Today, at a value of about 1 – 1.5 billion dollars, Interval Leisure is negotiating to buy Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide’s timeshare resort operations. Starwood’s big names include Sheraton, Westin, and others. At this moment more then 230 properties are managed by Interval Leisure and this addition would add 22 more.

This plan would take the place of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide’s plan to spin off their timeshare division as Marriott did with their timeshares a few years ago. The Starwood group of timeshares include Sheraton’s Vistana Orlando, Sheratons Desert Oasis, Westin Mission Hills Resort Villas, Sheraton’s Mountain Vista, Buganvilias Resort, Sheraton Broadway Plantation, Lakeside Terrace@Vail Valley, Sheraton’s PGA Vacation Resort,  Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, and Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas and others.

Starwood’s total revenue last year was $5.98 billion. Of that, timeshares accounted for less than $1 billion.

Sheraton Desert Oasis

Sheraton Desert Oasis

About Interval Leisure Group:

Interval Leisure Group (ILG) is a leading global provider of non-traditional lodging, encompassing a portfolio of leisure businesses from exchange and vacation rental to vacation ownership. In its exchange and rental segment, Interval International and Trading Places International (TPI) offer vacation exchange and travel-related products to more than 2 million member families worldwide, while Hyatt Residence Club provides exchanges among its branded resorts in addition to its participation in the Interval Network. (source)

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Timeshare Fee Management - How Hard Could It Be?

Timeshare Fee Management – How Hard Could It Be?  At first it seems like a simple task: Collect maintenance fees from the owners and pay the bills.

balance sheetBUT when you factor in an owners’ management board who can exempt themselves from those fees, let out contracts without bids, and award themselves compensation or bonuses without oversight you set yourself up for problems.

Those problems are multiplied when these property owners management boards can make the rules.

The majority of the time board members have the property owners’ best interests as their first priority. Yet, the temptation to steal from the “cookie jar” is too much for some to resist. Generally, any business that has a group of people or person making decisions on how much money to allocate towards projects, will have a financial company or an accounting firm to provide oversight, guidance and/or approval.

THAT is the missing piece: Accounting or financial oversight.

Newport Bay Club

Newport Bay Club

Lots of older timeshare resorts are not part of large development companies. Smaller timeshare resorts often do not have the advantage of an established business model of financial accountability. Some do. But those that do not have set themselves up for problems.

The Newport Bay Club in Rhode Island is one such case. Originally built in 1835, the building is a National Historic Landmark. The former manager of the board for Newport Bay Club had been charged with embezzlement. The board itself had initiated having charges filed. But their former manager was exonerated in criminal court and he counter sued. Now he is speaking out and producing evidence of what could be described as reckless spending and non competitive bid contracts by the board members.

Owners should take note: one of the board members (an attorney) had been performing foreclosures on timeshare owners without attempting to collect delinquent fees.

The trade-off between a locally owned and managed timeshare and a “developer” built timeshare is pretty obvious. The big developers will provide a large infrastructure to manage and control the facilities and finance management. The “one resort” owners’ managed timeshare will have much more control over how their facility is managed, improved, and maintained.

Historic buildings like the one in Newport, R.I. deserve local knowledge and historic appreciation.

Most likely Newport Bay Club will succeed. All they need now (if they haven’t already done it) is professional and objective financial oversight.


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New Braunfels TX Timeshare - New Interval For Sale!

New Braunfuls TubingThis Inverness at New Braunfels timeshare has just come on the market for sale at a terrific price! This 2 bedroom timeshare is available every year and is a deeded week 38 – priced to sell fast at $6,250.

This timeshare resort is located right on the Guadalupe River and less than one mile from Schlitterbahn Waterpark!

Here’s a little about Schlitterbahn (my favorite waterpark in the world!):

Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort in New Braunfels originally opened in 1979 with four water slides. It is built along the cool spring-fed waters of the Comal River. Bob and Billye Henry purchased 40 acres on the Comal River called Landa Resort in the 1930s. They slowly added the water recreation park that is now known as Schlitterbahn West. In 1991, the Henrys bought another 25-acre piece of property known as Camp Warnecke and transformed it into Schlitterbahn East. The two parts of the park are separated by several city blocks with free parking available at both locations. A free tram runs between the two areas.

schlitterbahnSchlitterbahn West, also known as the Original Schlitterbahn, or simply the Old park (to locals), is home to the park’s signature German-inspired tower. This section of the park has a decidedly German theme, paying homage to its German ancestors. The most popular rides in this section are the spring-fed tube chutes like the Raging River Tube Chute, the Hillside Tube Chute, and Whitewater Tube Chute.

Schlitterbahn East is sub-divided into two themed areas; Surfenburg, built in 1991, and Blastenhoff, built in 1996. In 1994, Schlitterbahn opened the first uphill water ride, known as the Dragon Blaster (at the time). Since then, several other uphill water coasters have been added, as well as the Master Blaster and the now removed Family Blaster. The Master Blaster has been voted as the best water ride in the world by several travel publications and was mentioned on the Travel Channel as such. Blastenhoff is home to the large Tower-like structure that houses the Black Knight, Wolf Pack, and the Master Blaster. It is located on a central island that is surrounded by a tidal wave river known as the Torrent.

In addition to these water coasters, the New Braunfels park now boasts over 3 miles of inner tube rides, 7 water playgrounds for children, 17 water slides, 9 tube chutes, and the world’s first surfing machine (Boogie Bahn, which is used by both professionals and casual visitors).

Here’s more about New Braunfels Texas:

The town holds a German-style festival, Wurstfest (“sausage festival”), every November to celebrate the city’s German heritage. Every December the town celebrates wassal fest.

New Braunfels draws a fair amount of tourists from across the state and the nation, particularly because of the cold-spring rivers that run through the city. Many generations of families still return during the summer to tube down the Guadalupe River and Comal River. New Braunfels is the site of the water park, Schlitterbahn WaterPark Resort. Ernest Eikel Skate Park attracts many skate board enthusiasts.

Check out more timeshares for sale at Inverness at New Braunfels. Inverness at South Padre timeshares for sale. Inverness by the Sea timeshares for sale.

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Cabo San Lucas Timeshare Price Reduction!

This Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach timeshare in Cabo is ready to go! Priced to sell fast at $3,595, it is a three bedroom and is available every year. Here’s more from the website: “FABULOUS GOLD CROWN RESORT IN PARADISE!!! Premium property overlooking the Pacific Ocean offering a plethora of amenities and activities including private beach, award-winning spa, six swimming pools, gourmet restaurants, tennis, marina, golf and much more. Accommodations feature kitchenette, balcony or patio, high-speed Internet, satellite TV and lush comfy furnishing just to name a few. Upgrades and all-inclusive packages are available.”

Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Timeshare CaboBid on this timeshare now!

The Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach timeshare is in the top ten best resale timeshares for Mexico. The location is top notch, the amenities can’t be beat, and the price is right.

Here are the top ten best selling timeshares ( resale ) in Mexico:

Allow me to use the timeshare for sale information above to show you why it so important to use a timeshare resales specialist when you buy timeshare. Consider this recent story out of Cabo San Lucas and one of their premier resorts, Grand Solmar Timeshare Condominiums. Here’s the headline:

Grand Solmar Timeshare Condominiums Increase Prices 40% to Meet Ownership Demands

Sunset Beach - Pueblo Bonito TimeshareIs there something that makes you scratch your head in that headline? It sure did for me. And just in case I may have misunderstood I kept reading and found this: ” . . . received a lot of positive feedback and interest on the original 6 phases, so much so that there has been a 40 percent increase in the selling price. These condominium units are the definition of luxury vacation and with their amazing location and affordable pricing, travelers are purchasing ownership options as fast as they are being offered.”

So how does increasing the sales price meet ownership demands? Are the prospective timeshare buyers demanding that they pay 40% more than the already jacked up price? I don’t think so.

But, alas, that is just how the timeshare developers think. Since they have a great product (yes they do) and buyers are rapidly buying, they inflate the price to help their profits. Every sale at the new price will be 40% more pure profit for the developer. I still don’t get how Grand Solmar thinks this is a benefit to a timeshare buyer. Maybe because they can build more timeshare buildings? Perhaps.

I think something was lost in the translation.


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Best Las Vegas Shows - Best Timeshare Resorts in Vegas

It is so hard to choose just ten shows for this list. Las Vegas has tons of quality entertainment. Dozens of shows deserve recognition but I can’t list them all here. I’ll give it a shot though. If you think I should add or replace one of these let me know!

Planet Hollywood Timeshare Las Vegas

Planet Hollywood Timeshare Las Vegas

10. Celine Deion– All I can say here is be sure to buy your tickets well in advance!

9. Shania Twain – Twain has won 5 Grammy Awards and 27 BMI Songwriter awards. She has had three albums certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America and is the second best-selling artist in Canada, behind Céline Dion, with three of her studio albums certified double diamond by the Canadian Recording Industry Association.

8. Human Nature – Human Nature are an Australian pop vocal group. The group was originally formed as a doo-wop band in 1989 while the current members were at school together in Sydney. So far, the band has had 17 Top 40 hits

7. David Copperfield – David Copperfield is an American illusionist, and has been described by Forbes as the most commercially successful magician in history. Copperfield’s television specials have won 21 Emmy Awards of a total 38 nominations.

6. Barry Manilow – Barry Manilow is an American singer-songwriter and producer. He is best known for such recordings as “Mandy”, “Can’t Smile Without You”, and “Copacabana”.  Between 1974 and 1983 Manilow had three No. 1 singles and 25 that reached the top 40.

5. Cher – Cher has won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival, among several other honors.

4. Blue Man Group – In one word, “Drums”. To elaborate: Blue Man Group is best known for its wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts that combine music, comedy and multimedia theatrics to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. The blissful party atmosphere created at the live events has become the trademark of a Blue Man Group experience.

3. Carrot Top – The award-winning comedy of Scott “Carrot Top” Thompson, also titled “Entertainer of the Year!” and “Comedian of the Year,” keeps his audience in stitches as he unpacks trunk loads of crazy props and wacky inventions.

Grandview Las Vegas Timeshare Resort

Grandview Las Vegas Timeshare Resort

2. La Reve – The Dream – (Cirque) – Le Reve – The Dream welcomes you into a warm, romantic and mysterious world in an intimate Aqua Theater-in-the round. You have to see it to believe it! Beautiful.

1. Cirque du Soleil – They host several shows in Las Vegas: Zarkana, Beatles Love, Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour, Criss Angel Believe, O, Michael Jackson ONE, Mystere, Zumanity I suppose this list is typical for a guy my age. Some of the entertainers experienced the height of their popularity a decade or more ago. As an honorable mention, I would suggest any one of the Beatles tribute shows. They are all top notch!

So, where do you stay on this Las Vegas entertainment Mecca? In a luxury resort timeshare of course! Here they are my top ten choices for timeshares (to rent, or own) in Las Vegas:

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Aruba Timeshare Resort Reviews

Tucked away in the far southeast corner of the Caribbean Sea is an island known as Aruba. It is so far south in fact that it is nearly a stone’s throw from Venezuela.  Over the years several timeshare resorts have established themselves as the best in Aruba. Some have “famous” names, and some don’t. What they do have in common is a heavenly location, superb service, and quality for even the most demanding traveler.

So here’s my pick of the best timeshare resorts in Aruba. In no particular order.

Aruba Beach Club – Aruba Beach Club is situated right on the beach overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean. This Resort of International Distinction is a great getaway with gorgeous beaches, European flavor and is a diver’s paradise. Onsite amenities and activities include private beach, Olympic-sized swimming pool, children’s pool, tennis, whirlpool, restaurant, casino gambling and more. Other activities within minutes of the resort include golf and horseback riding.

This photo of Casa Del Mar Beach Resort is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Casa Del Mar Beach Resort – This lovely Gold Crown resort offers a Caribbean vacation with a European flair on the delightful island of Aruba in the Netherlands Antilles with it’s seven miles of pristine beaches and popular resorts.

La Cabana Beach Resort – This resort is set on the sandy shore of Eagle Beach. On-site amenities include tennis, racquetball, badminton, two pools, and private beach cabanas. Guests will enjoy shopping the boutiques in the expansive bazaar, dining in classic restaurants, dancing in the disco, and the casinos.

Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club – Separated from the magnificent Caribbean Sea by a lovely white, sandy beach, this Five Star property offers the ultimate in luxury vacations. Accommodations range from one to two bedroom villas that are elegantly appointed with full kitchen, kitchenette, formal living and dining areas, whirlpool spa in master bath, private balcony with ocean view, laundry facilities and more.

Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club – Eagle Beach – This family-friendly timeshare resort offers a home away from home with its fully equipped, spacious villas, and some key places to unplug: the Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club expanse of Palm Beach, and its winding lazy river. More aquatic fun can be had at the pool areas, while activities specific to younger guests, including arts and crafts and video games, are available as well.

This photo of Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Occidental Grand Aruba – This all-inclusive Gold Crown resort is situated on fabulous white sandy Palm Beach and offers a myriad of water sports including scuba diving, snorkeling, water skiing and much more. A variety of ocean view and pool view accommodations are available including standard guestrooms, studios, one, two and three bedroom villas.

Playa Linda Beach Resort – Located on Aruba’s famed Palm Beach – one of the finest beaches in the Caribbean – the resort offers a wide variety facilities and amenities, including a spectacular free-form swimming pool with waterfall, full service Health Spa, lighted tennis courts, a variety of shops & boutiques, mini-market, fitness room, kids club, business center and a variety of restaurants and bars. Spacious and elegant Studios and 1-Bedroom Apartment Suites, feature bright Caribbean decor and fully equipped kitchens, cable TV and a private balcony.

Renaissance Aruba Resort – Boasting the only private beaches on Aruba, the Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino wows visitors to its tropical location with amazing views and onsite amenities. Guests can choose from two resort options, the Marina Hotel with Renaissance Mall for adults, or the family-oriented Ocean Suites.


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Lake Tahoe Best Timeshare Deals

Diamond Resorts Lake Tahoe

Diamond Resorts Lake Tahoe

So besides the obvious, snow skiing, what is there to do in Lake Tahoe in the winter?

From TripAdvisor’s tips on Lake Tahoe: “Whether you choose to go snowboarding at Heavenly Valley or Kirkwood Mountain or prefer cross-country skiing at Spooner Lake, a South Lake Tahoe vacation will put you close to it all. If you want to enjoy the nightlife or gambling on the Nevada side, choose to stay in town. Take a break from the slopes to ride the Gondola to the top of Heavenly or take a romantic sleigh ride in the snow.

With a backdrop of pristine Lake Tahoe, the town of South Lake Tahoe is an idyllic place to visit anytime of year. Go boating, kayaking or jet skiing on the lake’s South Shore. Or take a cruise over to Emerald Bay on the North Shore. Or stay on dry land with a hike or bike ride along the Tahoe Rim Trail for jaw-dropping views. If you want to try your luck, walk or drive the few blocks to Nevada and visit one of the area’s casinos.”

The best timeshare resorts in Lake Tahoe include:

Marriott's Timber Lodge

Marriott’s Timber Lodge

Marriott’s Timber LodgeMarriott’s Timber Lodge is located at the base of  Heavenly Ski Area, adjacent to the Heavenly Aerial Tram. Amenities include a courtyard pool and spa, on-site restaurant, convenience store, fitness center, ski storage, valet and children’s activity center. The resort offers one and two bedroom villas with a fireplace, private balcony or terrace, fully equipped kitchens, color televisions in living area and bedroom.

Hyatt High Sierra Lodge This Five Star resort is situated on Lake Tahoe’s north shore in the heart of Incline Village. These two bedroom/two bath units with fireplace are just steps away from the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort and Casino.

Ridge Tahoe Nestled on a spectacular Sierra Nevada ridge above Lake Tahoe, and overlooking the breathtaking and beautiful Carson Valley, this 11 acre hotel resort offers year-round vacations with panoramic views and luxurious accommodations.  Health Club, Indoor Sports Complex, Indoor/Outdoor Swimming Pools and Jacuzzis, Restaurant, Deli, Market, Full Service Spa and more are all on-site.

Ridge Sierra Timeshare ResortYour private deck at The Ridge Sierra overlooks a breathtaking panorama of the Carson Valley and the Sierra Nevadas. Next door, Heavenly Valley North offers nonstop winter skiing and guests have full access to the Ridge Club offering weight room, racquetball, tennis, steam room, spa and indoor/outdoor swimming pools.

Diamond Resorts Lake Tahoe (Formerly Embassy Vacation Resort) – Within two miles of the resort, enjoy cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, and snow-boarding at Heavenly Ski Resort, horseback riding, world known casinos, fishing and boating, mountain biking, restaurants, and live entertainment.

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Cancun Jazz Festival 2015

cancunbeachThis Labor Day weekend Cancun Mexico will see some of the finest Jazz artists in the world converge in this tropical setting.

Top artists for the September 3-6 event include Dave Koz, Rick Braun, and Kenny Lattimore; Brian Culbertson, Will Downing, Norman Brown, Richard Elliot, Peter White, Paul Taylor, Jessy J, Tim Bowman, Olivia Rox, and many others.

SmoothJazzGlobal.com, along with Hard Rock Riviera Maya and Jazzit Magazine are sponsoring this star studded event.

Tickets to the event may be purchased at www.cancunjazzfest.com.

The hottest places to stay at the best rates?

jazz trumpetCancun timeshares of course!

Just a sample would include these top resorts:


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Successful Timeshare Sales Testimonials

Sold“Don’t confuse efforts with results.” Ever hear that quote before? I have. I first heard it from a Marine Gunnery Sergeant.

And when it comes to selling your timeshare, the same rule applies. What you want is results. Sales. A closing check.

Sure, lots of fly by night timeshare resales companies can take a fee, run an ad, but how many timeshares have they sold? Some have sold none. Some have sold a few. The experts at www.RPMLS.com have sold well over $100 million of timeshares. That is the results you need.

These happy former timeshare owners sent these comments in after receiving their closing check:

“The Professionals who worked at Your company showed their Expertise and Professionalism. These Professionals were very courteous as well as warm and friendly. All of My questions and concerns were always answered promptly. ”
– A. Wright
“Their politeness, and accuracy.”
– J. DeSzily
“The agent knew the property value well”
– D. Marks
“I had seen negative press on the web regarding timeshare resales. Therefore, I felt little reluctant. However, my experience with your company has been extremely positive. Thanks.”
– A. Khachatryan
“We were kept up to date on what was happening and were treated with respect. On sort of a different note, we liked dealing with Kelly Robinson at Quality Timeshare Closings.”
– Keeler Living Trust
“the personal contact the efficient, timely manner in handling the sale”
– D. Heeke
“good service”
“No hassle, not too much contact, only what was needed. I liked everyone I talked with.”
– R. Helms
“Debbie Taylor worked on my behalf to find a timeshare week of the specific week and location I was seeking. She also facilitated satisfactory price negotiations between buyer and seller. ”
– R. Garrett
“simple process, quick”
– T. Klein
“Ease of communication”
– S. Karman
“The fact that everything was handled efficiently and in a timely manner.”
– F. Fontz Jr.
“Answered my questions and returned my calls promptly”
– R. Avezzano
“They did what they said they would do. I was skeptical at first, but with each step realized that all was being taken care of. If they would like to contact me again about selling another of my time shares I would consider it!”
– V. Schuster
“the communication and availability”
– T. White Trust
“Great service!!!”
– R. Yingling
“Things they liked most: Knowledge and help of Ms. Rodgers”
– M. Groten
“Karri always kept in contact.”
– J. Kaye
“Professional and kept in touch through the process.”
– C. Stoopack
“They got the timeshare sold!”
– M. Mayfield
“You were able to sell and unsellable time share in this economy. Timely communications and professionalism. Ralph”
– R. Langham
“Friendly and competent staff who went out of their way to assist me in the sale of my condo.”
“The efficient way they handled the sale of my timeshare.”
– D. Suliteanu
“Ease of finding properties and the sales reps. Everything was great.”
– Better Timeshare Brokers
“What I liked the most was that I was kept in the loop when it came to the process as it happened via emails.”
– D. Garcia
“Speed and professionalism.”
– G. Vaysblat
“Very impressed with Kita”
– J. Haddow
“We were able to sell our timeshare”
– R. Busick

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Downhill Skiing Timeshares - Snow Deals!

It is hot here in Texas. Too hot! On days like this I’m daydreaming about being in Colorado or Utah or Vermont or anywhere it is not over 100 degrees! NOW is the time to buy a ski timeshare.

Is it hot enough for you? Taken August 2015 in Montgomery County Texas.

Often early in October snows in Colorado and Utah will get the juices flowing for those who love to ski. I can promise you that as soon as the November snow hits Colorado, Utah, Vermont, or New Hampshire avid skiers and snowboarders will be planning their first outing for the slopes.

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.

Grand Timber Lodge Timeshare Ski Resort

Grand Timber Lodge Timeshare Ski Resort

Other advantages of owning a timeshare for a ski vacation are the amenities. You get special rates on lift tickets, equipment, shuttles to other lifts and areas, classes of instruction, and a resort that is focused on downhill skiing! Combine that with plenty of like minded individuals to enjoy your vacation with and you have a good time on your hands.

The best way to get your hands on a ski timeshare is to buy one on the resale market. That way you get the best deal, the lowest price, and all the benefits of owning a top shelf ski resort property. And the size of the accommodations will give your whole family or group plenty of space at the end of the day.

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Gurney's Inn - Long Island - Will Drop Their Timeshare Model

Change is on the way on Long Island. Gurney’s Inn, the iconic timeshare resort on Long Island’s eastern tip at Montauk, has been purchased by developers who plan to cancel the timeshare model of ownership there. “The new owners will buy out timeshare holders’ leases and shares within the next five years. The timeshare owners were given three options for selling their shares, according to documents they received.” (NewsDay.com)

The buyout of the timeshare owners may not be as expensive as you’d think. Reports are that two thirds of the resort is empty (without fee paying owners) and that has contributed to the never ending problem of funds for the Gurney’s Inn. The new owners  have already opened a new beach club with local DJs and a new menu.

Gurney's Inn Beach

Relaxing at Gurney’s Inn Beach

These older timeshare resorts are scattered all over our country. They tend to be smaller and have fewer maintenance fee paying owners. Over the years timeshare weeks have been foreclosed on with no one to take their place. Timeshare buyers tend to go for the more modern and flashy timeshare vacation resorts. I would expect to see several more of these fail the older timeshare model in the next few years. The timeshare owners will be compensated something and give up their deeded week of timeshare.

Hopefully, timeshare resorts in the Northeast will thrive and continue their proud traditions. It is up to the owners’ associations to run an efficient resort and stay afloat. Lake Placid Club Lodges timeshare resort, Village Green at Stowe Vermont, the infamous Trapp Family Lodge, Smugglers’ Notch, and others have been around a long time and I hope they’re there for my children’s children to enjoy.

Stowe Vermont Timeshare Resort

Mountainside at Stowe Vermont Timeshare

On the other hand, I think it’s time for these older resorts to reach out to today’s 30, 40, and 50 “somethings” and get them involved in owning a wonderful vacation! Yes there are advantages to buying and owning a timeshare resort that was not built just yesterday. Often the scenery alone is inspiring enough to convince a lover of nature to purchase a timeshare in the Green Mountains for example.

So Gurney’s Inn is transforming out of the old timeshare model and into something more flashy. At least the timeshare owners will be compensated. That’s better than how some timeshare owners end their relationship with their timeshare deed.

If you think it is time to get out of your timeshare now is the time to sell it. Sales are bouncing back from the lows of the 2007 – 2010 era. Many timeshare buyers are looking to buy timeshare – just not from the resort developer. They, like us all, want to save money and will look for YOU, the timeshare owners who want to sell.



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Disney Vacation Club Sales - First Half of 2015

DVC Animal Kingdom - Disney's Best Seller

DVC Animal Kingdom – Disney’s Best Seller

The first six months of sales of Disney Vacation Club have been slower than in 2014 but still carrying on. In this period 6,153 deeds and 761,959 points were sold. And the “Lion’s Share” (no pun intended) were at Animal Kingdom. In January through May of 2015 roughly 8,200 DVC deeded timeshares were sold. That represents a lot of money. What it does not represent is a possible shift towards more points being sold than deeded weeks. That is possible. Disney doesn’t publish points sales numbers for 2010 and older. (source)

Don’t forget that the DVC points cost and value bounces around like cocoa beans on the commodities market. An interesting note is on their chart, a disclaimer if you will:

  • The month indicated is the month in which the deed has be recorded by the county. There may be a delay of 30 days or longer from the date of purchase to the recording of the deed
  • Number of points purchased are not represented by these statistics
  • These figures represent direct purchases only–there are no resale transactions included
  • Figures included purchases at Walt Disney World-based resorts, Disney’s Hilton Head Island resort, the Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and the Aulani resort in Hawaii.

I especially like this one: “These figures represent direct purchases only – no resale transactions included.” Wow. Was that Disney actually noting that a timeshare resale market exists for their product? You betcha . . .

Sales Pitch Not The Way To Do It

Is this the way you want to buy your next timeshare?

Do you wonder why no resales numbers are included? Mainly because Disney, and the other timeshare developers, do not want to acknowledge the timeshare resale market. They fear they might lend credibility to the resales market. However, the timeshare resales market is the fastest growing market for timeshares and will be for a very long time. In particular, timeshare owners tend to be the most frequently buyers of timeshares. They like them, they want more, and they do not go to the resort to buy them. Why would they? They would have to pay a high premium to buy them that way. They just buy timeshares from the owners through a reputable timeshare resale broker and save a ton of money. DVC timeshare purchases are a big ticket item and savvy timeshare folks will shop around to find a good deal.

That’s where a reputable timeshare resale company comes in to play. They can give both the buyer and seller the assurance they are getting a professionally negotiated and closed deal. Plus there’s no pressure or hype to make it unpleasant. Plus the sales are completed from home via email, fax, and so on.

So, DVC, as they say, “Don’t look back, someone might be gaining on you!” And it is not a lion from Animal Kingdom.


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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!

Natal Brazil - Timeshare Developing

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.

Staying on top of the timeshare news at RPMLS.com





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Hawaii Timeshare Report - Sales, Tourism, and More for 2015

Kona Coast Resort Timeshare For Sale

Kona Coast Resort Timeshare For Sale

I often visit the www.cnn.com/travel website to see their ideas about travel, exciting vacations, and new deals being offered for the budget minded traveler. A very recent article there “Where the Travel Deals Are” highlighted places like Iceland, London, South Africa, and Hawaii. Their Hawaii section captured my attention the most when they described how generous and affordable they are making hotels and airfare.

For example, you can find a five star timeshare resort with magnificent amenities, two bedrooms, totally furnished and with a brand name like Marriott or Westin for less than $1,000 a week.  That’s less than $150 a day for a condo – lots of room and loaded with quality and luxury. Some of the top timeshare resorts we have rented out in Hawaii include Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club, Wyndham Waikiki Beach Walk, Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas, Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club, and more.

Almost 3.4 million Americans have traveled to Hawaii this year, putting the Aloha State’s tourism industry on pace for a record-setting year, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

More than 1.2 million Californians have visited Hawaii so far this year, along with 320,000 Washington State residents. All told, visitors from the West Coast spent $4.7 billion during their trips to Hawaii in 2014, more than visitors from any other region.

Poipu Point Vacation Resort Timeshare For Sale

Poipu Point Vacation Resort Timeshare For Sale

2015 will be a record year for tourism in Hawaii. It will also be a record year for spending by tourists – bringing in several billion more than last year. 2014 saw tremendous growth in tourism as Hawaii was rebounding from the “bad” years of 2008 – 2009.

Even with the huge growth Hawaii is experiencing with tourism the REVPar is not all that impressive. Neither is the hotel occupancy rate. How do you account for that? Timeshares. The timeshare market is clobbering hotels across the islands of Hawaii! Their occupancy rate is always over 90% and they keep selling more of them!

The “powers to be” in the tourism world seem to think Hawaii has peaked for now and cannot keep up the growth in tourism. Perhaps. At least they have seen the growth. Can Las Vegas, Orlando, or other vacation destinations say the same? I don’t think so.

Hawaii has one thing going for it that will never change: Location. The good news about that? It is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The bad news? Air fare.  It costs quite a bit to get to Hawaii and you cannot just drive there.  You must travel by air. Air travel prices will never go much lower than they are today, unless they can use sea water for fuel. Not happening.

I’d say, go ahead and take the plunge: Go to Hawaii, rent a timeshare vacation condo, save a lot of money, and have the vacation of your life.

As usual, I’ll wrap up my comments on Hawaii Tourism 2015 with my top timeshare choices for Hawaii.

Kona Coast Resort II – On the big island, great facilities, reasonably priced timeshares available for sale, and beautiful.

Marriott Maui Ocean Club – Combine Maui with a Marriott resort and you get timeshare paradise!

Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas – Ocean views, exotic luxurious landscaping, and Westin quality are common here.

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Roller Coaster Vacations - Best Places to Stay

There are many many lists of roller coasters that tout outstanding features like Fastest Roller Coaster, Tallest Roller Coaster and so on. What about “Roller Coasters for Timeshare Owners”?: The top list of Roller Coasters close to timeshare resorts. After all, you could exchange for one of these locations or just stay there if you already own a timeshare there.

The roller coasters in my list are found in:

Las Vegas (HGVClub at Flamingo Las Vegas, HGV at Las Vegas Hilton, Polo Towers, Jockey Club, Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Desert Club Resort, Marriott’s Grand Chateau, HGVClub on Las Vegas Strip, Wyndham Grand Desert, Tahiti Village, Consolidated Club de Soleil)

Pigeon Forge TN, (Bluegreen’s Mountain Loft, Laurel Crest Resort, Gatlinburg Town Square Resort, Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort, Tree Tops of Gatlinburg, Oakmont Resort, Peppertree at Laurel Point, Wyndham Smoky Mountains at Governor’s Crossing, Mountain Meadows Resort, Sunrise Ridge Resort)

Kraken at Sea World Orlando Timeshare Vacations

Kraken at Sea World Orlando Timeshare Vacations

Orlando (Sheraton’s Vistana Orlando, Orange Lake Country Club Holiday Inn Club Vacations, HGVClub at Sea World Orlando, Marriott’s Cypress Harbour, Marriott’s Grande Vista Resort, Westgate Vacation Villas, Sheraton’s Vistana Villages, Wyndham Cypress Palm, Vacation Villas @Fantasy World, Cypress Pointe Resort)

Williamsburg (Powhatan Plantation Resort, Marriott’s Manor Club at Ford’s Colony, Wyndham Kingsgate, Beach Quarters@Clarion Resort, Summit at Massanutten, Massanutten’s Mountainside, Wyndham Patriot Place, Eagle Trace @ Massanutten, Greensprings Plantation Resort, Turtle Cay Resort)

Tampa  (Grand Shores West, Coral Reef Beach Resort, Redington Ambassador, All Seasons Vacation Resort, Camelot by the Sea, Tierra Verde Resort, Voyager Beach Club, Sand Pebble Resort, Shawnee’s Island Gulf Resort, Hideaway Sands Resort)

Missing from the list are the outstanding roller coasters in Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, California, and many others. There just wasn’t enough room to work them in.

from CNN.com:

El Loco – Adventuredome at Circus Circus, Las Vegas

Living up to its name, this hair-raising new coaster that opened February 18 has a turn that banks to the outside, an unheard of gravity-defying feature, even among coaster collectors.

Bells and whistles:
Length: 1,300 feet
Speed: 45 mph
Height: 90 feet
Insanity: It banks outside at a 45-degree angle, about 44 degrees further than the average comfort zone.

FireChaser Express – Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Dolly Parton herself was there to cut the ribbon on this new coaster that debuted March 22.

Although it’s classified in coaster parlance as a “family ride” — and indeed riders need only be 39 inches tall to board the splashy red fire trucks — this innovative new ride includes explosions, fireworks, more twists than an Agatha Christie novel and enough special effects that it could get nominated for that category in next year’s Oscars. dollywood.com

Bells and whistles:
Length: 2,427 feet
Speed: 34.5 mph
Height: 12 stories
Insanity: Once Big Bertha explodes, you ride backwards all the way to the station.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – Walk Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

You might be tempted to sniff at the stats (it IS, after all, an all-ages coaster), but this new steel coaster at Disney World’s New Fantasyland does a lot more than defy Newton’s laws.

According to Disney Imagineer Dave Minichiello, the ride’s creative director, this roller coaster-plus has music and interactive elements, goes outside through a forest and inside through the dwarf’s mine and is unlike any ride Disney World has ever seen. disneyworld.disney.go.com

Bells and whistles:
Vultures: 2
Dwarfs: 7
Jewels: Diamonds, emeralds, rubies and more
Insanity: The car’s platform rocks back and forth.

from Time.com:

Apollo’s Chariot, Busch Gardens Williamsburg (Williamsburg, Virginia)

Apollo’s Chariot is at the Busch Gardens Williamsburg theme park in James City County, Virginia. The ride was the first Hyper Coaster designed by Swiss firm Bolliger & Mabillard. It officially opened to the public on March 30, 1999.

The 4,882-foot-long ride is characterized by eight air-time hills, with heights ranging between 49 and 131 feet. Riders ascend 170 feet on the chain lift hill before dropping 210 feet at an angle of 65°. Apollo’s Chariot is generally well received with it consistently rating highly in industry rankings.

SheiKra, Busch Gardens Tampa

SheiKra was the first Dive Coaster to be constructed in North America: its track includes a splashdown and an Immelmann loop, both a first for its kind. It broke the records for the world’s longest, tallest, and fastest Dive Coaster, but lost these records when Griffon in Williamsburg, Virginia, and Dive Coaster at Chime-Long Paradise in Guangzhou, China opened.

Kraken, SeaWorld Orlando

Kraken is a floorless roller coaster located at SeaWorld Orlando. Manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard, the ride features a total of seven inversions including two vertical loops, a dive loop, a zero-g roll, a cobra roll and a corkscrew. Kraken opened on June 1, 2000.

Expedition Everest at Disney Animal Kingdom
Careen through the Himalayan mountains on a speeding train while avoiding the clutches of the mythic Abominable Snowman.

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