Top Ten Colorado Timeshares Sold

Just to say the word “Colorado” brings up visions of the Rocky Mountains and snow capped peaks, ski lifts, and a foot of fresh powder!

Grand Timber Lodge Pool Snow Timeshare Discount

Grand Timber Lodge Pool Timeshare Discount

Resorts in Colorado that feature ski lifts or cross country skiing are by far the most popular timeshare resorts in the state. But not all Colorado timeshares are selling on the resale market as well as others.

My list of the top ten best selling Colorado timeshares comes from real time “sold” data. This kind of data is hard to come by considering there is no MLS specifically for timeshares. Timeshares that have been advertised and sold through provided the data for this comparison.

Why is this important? When you get ready to sell your timeshare you will be curious how much in demand your timeshare is. The more demand, the faster it will sell – if priced right.

So here it is, the top ten best selling timeshares in Colorado:

Grand Timber Lodge Timeshare Ski Resort

Grand Timber Lodge Timeshare Ski Resort

The #1 best selling Colorado timeshare by far is Grand Timber Lodge. Why is that? It is large enough and old enough to have plenty of owners ready to sell their timeshare. Secondly, it is a magnificent timeshare resort.
Tucked between Peaks 8 and 9 of the Breckenridge Ski Resort and just a short distance from all of the best downtown Breckenridge has to offer, Grand Timber Lodge features timber-frame construction, well appointed interiors, luxurious amenities and the finest customer service available. Grand Timber Lodge accommodations range from studio units to 3 bedroom condominiums that sleep 10.”
Their amenities include Lodgepole Bar and Grill, the full service Refresh Spa, indoor/outdoor pools and hot tubs, fitness center with exercise classes, children’s playground, and arcade.
The timeshares of Grand Timber Lodge have been sold in huge numbers and will most likely continue that way. The advantage of buying a timeshare this way is that you can usually get a discount of anywhere from 50% to 75% off the retail price. That is a lot of money saved on a large purchase! Buying timeshare resale is the smart way to go!

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Hurricane Odile Batters Cabo San Lucas Resort Area


This video was just released from Cabo San Lucas’ Holiday Inn Express lobby. Newsmen were in the lobby during the eye of the storm when it was calm. Suddenly the storm winds returned but from the opposite direction. The video shows the dangers (flying couches!) of being exposed to this kind of storm.

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  “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 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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Top Ten California Timeshares Sold

Palm Springs VacationsIf you mention Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Newport Coast, or Carlsbad California images of great vacation moments come to mind. And that’s not just for residents of California. Vacations, travel, and tourism in California is a huge business. Total direct travel spending in California was $106.4 billion in 2012. Travel spending in California directly supported 917,000 jobs, with earnings of $32.3 billion. Luxury timeshare developments are still growing in their market share of tourism lodging for the state. In addition, timeshare resorts continue to report a higher occupancy rate and spending than hotels. By nature they always will! Timeshare owners have already paid for the privilege of staying at the resort and only have to keep maintenance fees up to date to use their timeshare. Once obligated by “owning a week” at a timeshare vacation travelers are more likely to use it.

Knowing which timeshare resorts are in demand in California does many things – especially for those who own timeshares in California. Most significantly it will let the timeshare owner know just how their timeshare ownership competes with others when it comes time to sell. Yes, everyone eventually parts with their timeshare one way or another. It is just a matter of time.

Not just another list, these ten timeshare resorts in California have proven themselves to be the best on the resales market. The list was generated from real sales data, not just “offers”. So here they are, California’s best timeshare resales based on number of units sold.

Marriott's Shadow Ridge Timeshare

Marriott’s Shadow Ridge Timeshare

Marriott’s Desert Springs Villas I and II – Surrounded by two 18 hole golf courses in Palm Desert, Marriott’s Desert Springs Villas timeshare sets the standard for quality, luxury, and great service.

Four Seasons Resort Aviara – Located in Carlsbad California, Four Seasons Aviara timeshare villas feature luxuriously appointed rooms, Arnold Palmer Championship Golf Course, breathtaking views, and unparalled service.

Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas - Newport Coast Villas timeshare is a beautiful resort situated on a majestic bluff overlooking Newport Beach and the Pacific Ocean. This timeshare resort is one of the top best sellers of all time!

Lawrence Welk Resort Villas – Famed for its golf and heritage Lawrence Welk Resort Villas timeshare is a year round vacation destination located in the heart of San Diego County.

Completing the list are Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort, Palm Canyon Resort and Spa, Hyatt Highlands Inn, San Luis Bay Inn, and Marriott’s Shadow Ridge.

Some of the most beautiful resort destinations on Earth are in California. Follow the links above for tons of photos and information about these great timeshares.

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Did You Finance Your Timeshare? You Need To Read This!

If you have ever financed a timeshare purchase chances are you are paying way more than you think!

The infamous timeshare deal

The worst possible situation to make a large purchasing decision is during the “timeshare presentation”. Think about all the cards stacked against you. You have been having the time of your life, you have enjoyed wonderful accommodations, great meals, and now the pitch. And if $19,000 is too much to pay on the spot (the average cost of a timeshare) then they can finance it for you. You have financed a car before, right? It likely does not work the same way with a timeshare.

Many of the top timeshare developers like Marriott, Hilton, and Bluegreen use major credit card companies to finance their timeshare sales. The first typical six months of payments are okay. However the interest rates jack up later and make the timeshare harder for the buyer to afford.

Meanwhile, the timeshare developers are deferring their taxes and stretching out their tax on sales over several years. By doing that they save millions in taxes.

I am no accountant. But it looks like this business model is set up to benefit the shareholders. The timeshare owners? Not as much.

Timeshare owners then have the experience of increasing monthly payments, annual maintenance fees, and the unwelcome surprise special assessments when hurricanes roll by.

What is a timeshare owners to do? You do have a few choices. Sometimes you can refinance the timeshare through your Credit Union or bank. They could possibly give you a better deal than what the timeshare resort developer has done. That would save you a considerable amount of money in interest payments alone.

By then, some timeshare owners are getting so frustrated and annoyed by the whole deal that they let the timeshare get foreclosed on. Bad idea – for all the reasons you can imagine.

Now You Can Relax!

On the other hand if you had a timeshare resales specialist working for you to find a buyer for your timeshare, maybe you could get your timeshare sold for enough to pay off the loan.

There is a market for timeshares on the resale market. Buyers are looking for deals. Sometimes they give ridiculously low offers and nothing comes of it. But some timeshare buyers realize the discount they are getting compared to the timeshare developer and make the deal. NOT paying retail price is a good thing!

If you are in a bind with your timeshare, sell it. Once it is done you will be glad you did.


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Timeshare Exchange Guarantee

Is this what you got on your last timeshare exchange?

Timeshare Exchange with a guarantee of getting what you want? The truth is that does not happen very often. The success that is. You will hear sales people tell you that you can exchange timeshare for any place and any time.

What they timeshare salesman did not tell you was that you have to be able to plan your vacation six months in advance, be flexible on each of your choices, and request different times to raise the likelihood of getting an actual exchange that works.

So who among us timeshare owners can predict three different weeks that we can get off work for a vacation?  Just what I thought. Just about nobody.

The best chance of getting what you want in a timeshare exchange through RCI or Interval International is to plan as far in advance as possible. Request your vacation time as soon as possible. It also means that if you want for example a ski vacation do not just request your favorite place like Park City. Spread your request over several areas like Park City, Breckenridge, and Lake Tahoe. And for each location request a different week on the calendar like weeks 6, 7, and 8. Those variables will greatly increase your chance of getting a week in exchange for what you banked.

If you value the timeshare you purchased and the maintenance fee you pay each year you owe it to yourself to get the benefit of owning a timeshare. So don’t let the week rot away in the RCI or II bank. They will be glad to rent out that week for themselves.

Work the system, get your timeshare exchange, and get the well deserved vacation you need!

Don’t Let It Get To This Point!

However, if your inability to exchange your timeshare for what you want (and deserve!) has frustrated you to the boiling point there is a solution: Sell your timeshare. Maybe you’ve considered that option or even attempted to sell it yourself. But if you have continued to pay maintenance fees for a timeshare that you can never get, for a vacation you never take, or for good times you’ve paid for in advance but aren’t having any fun then sell the timeshare.

There is no mystery or secret to selling your timeshare. It is just a matter of getting the right help and setting the price so that a buyer finds it an attractive purchase. You will not have the advantage of a pressurized sales pitch but what you will have is negotiating help when you use a timeshare resale specialist.

That’s money in the bank. A real bank.


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Jamaica Approves Timeshare Vacations Bill

Jamaica SurfingTimeshare resorts are finally on the way to Jamaica!

The House of Representatives passed the Timeshare Vacations Bill this week. It was developed by the Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr Wykeham McNeill. Having reviewed the research showing timeshare or vacation ownership to be one of the fastest growing sectors of the global hospitality industry, he pushed forward to make it a permanent part of Jamaica’s tourism economy.

Dr McNeill said, “prospective investors have shown an interest in developing timeshare in Jamaica, and this can be of particular benefit as it includes a mix of accommodation such as integrated leisure resort facilities with luxury condo resorts.” Additionally, “It has the potential of further fueling the dynamic growth which Jamaica’s tourism sector is currently enjoying,” the minister added, noting that timeshare schemes also provide employment and can readily inject funds into multipurpose projects.” (Jamaica Gleaner)

ritz carlton jamaica

Ritz Carlton Jamaica

A side benefit of the timeshare ownership industry coming to Jamaica is reducing the seasonality they experience in the sector of lodging and accommodations. It will also increase the quality of facilities, heighten the level of occupancy, and attract some of the best known brands in the world.

The bill that was passed contains two main sections: giving recognition to right-to-use agreements through contracts and deeds, and regulating the marketing, promotion, and sales of timeshares. A Timeshare Vacations Registry will be established through the Jamaica Real Estate Board.

So in anticipation of this approval, all eyes are turning towards Hilton Grand Vacations Club, Marriott, Sheraton, or even perhaps Disney Vacation Club to invest in property for development, construction, or retooling from hotel to timeshare.  Although it is unlikely that hotels will be adequate for the quality timeshare owners and developers demand from their “product”. Timeshares are normally high end properties with a long list of amenities and luxuries that are seldom found in a simple hotel.

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What Do Timeshares Do For The Economy?

Polo Towers Timeshare Las Vegas

Polo Towers Timeshare Las Vegas

What sort of impact do you think the timeshare industry has on the economy in the US? Does it matter? Of course. This vacation oriented industry creates jobs, contributes taxes, and generates economic activity that helps to keep the economy moving along. It can also be an indicator of how the nation’s economy is doing. Timeshare sales typically decline along with the economy and can be a predictor of growth and recovery as well.

“The U.S timeshare industry contributed an estimated $68.7 billion in consumer and business spending to the national economy in 2013, according to a study conducted by Ernst & Young for the American Resort Development Association (ARDA). That includes a total of 473,000 jobs with $23.6 billion in income, the study reports.” This quote from Travel Agent Central’s website confirms just what we in the timeshare industry all know: timeshares are a valid and valued service and product that the public wants.

Continuing on from the study by Ernst & Young: “Combined direct, indirect, and fiscal impacts in 2013 by the U.S. timeshare industry included $68.7 billion in consumer and business spending, 473,000 full- and part-time jobs, $23.6 billion in salaries and wages, and $8.5 billion in tax revenue.”

Renewed construction of timeshare towers and other interval related projects have continued to grow along with sales of already existing timeshare resorts.

Some resorts are reporting selling fewer units but with higher sales prices. As a result their dollar sales volume has increased while the numbers of closed sales has in fact fallen. But sales have not fallen enough to make a negative impact on profit. Those who trade stock in timeshare resort companies are rating quite a few timeshare companies as a “buy” or at least a “hold”. That is a much better rating than ” run away, run away! ”

Sedona Summit Timeshare Resort

Sedona Summit Timeshare Resort

With all the research and study of the resorts’ success in selling timeshare, what about the timeshare resale industry? Those numbers are hard to find. Timeshare resales by individuals and Realtors are very hard to find data for. However estimates are that timeshare resales are the fastest growing sector of timeshare sales. The advantage is that the asking prices from the owners will depend on the individual owners. They will not have to make an additional 50% to cover marketing and “advertising and promotion. Marketing costs are responsible for a significant portion of the final timeshare price accounting for at least 43 per cent and in most cases in excess of 50 per cent to the timeshare price. Compare this figure with Procter and Gamble, the global manufacturer of consumer products, whose worldwide television, print and electronic media costs amounted to 10 per cent of the sales. ”  Journal of Retail and Leisure Property

The timeshare industry adds jobs, pumps billions of dollars into the economy, and pays taxes. Timeshares make a huge impact on the economy – wherever they are.





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Hotel VS Timeshare - Space Value Luxury

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

Just consider what you’d get with Universal Vacation Club at Villa del Palmar.

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

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


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

My Summer Vacation!

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

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

All you get is a bed to sleep on.

Turning the page – look at what you get with a timeshare for your vacation. The example I chose simply came from a featured timeshare on the front page of  Universal Vacation Club at Villa del Palmar, Mexico. This one has just come available for sale for $5,995 and is a two bedroom annual use timeshare. Here’s a pic of that one:

Notice a trend already?

Universal Vacation Club at Villa del Palmar

Universal Vacation Club at Villa del Palmar

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

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

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

Universal Vacation Club at Villa del Palmar

Universal Vacation Club at Villa del Palmar

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

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Enjoy Miami On a Budget

Marriott Ocean Pointe Resort Timeshare Resort

Marriott Ocean Pointe Resort Timeshare Resort

Even though it is a delightful fall season of beautiful autumn colors and cool relief from the summer – it won’t be long before winter storms begin.

With winter storms on the way, is anyone thinking of escaping to Miami, Florida? I would be!

Remember this storm: Winter Storm Janus?

Winter Storm Janus ForecastWinter Storm Janus Forecast: Wind-Driven Northeast Snowstorm from Washington to Boston

So what about this Miami idea? The Kansas City Star ran an article on frugal travel to Miami. But they left one big savings option out: Timeshare!

Buying or renting a timeshare will give you finer luxury accommodations, greater amenities, and more options at an affordable price. If you want to stay at South Beach be prepared to pay top dollar for hotels there. If you rent a timeshare there you will pay less than half the going rack rate.

If you own a timeshare in Miami you will save hundreds on every trip. If you buy a timeshare in Miami on the resale market you will pay at least 25 percent to 50 percent less than the retail price.

Here are some other great tips for cheap or free stuff in Miami:

Activities: The Miami Beach Botanical Garden provides a free tropical oasis in the heart of South Beach totaling more than four acres. More of an art fan? The Miami Art Museum offers free admission on the second Saturday of each month. Exercise enthusiasts on the other hand, will want to visit Bayfront Park, which hosts free outdoor yoga classes on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m., and Saturdays at 9 a.m.

Transportation: As any local can tell you, parking in Miami isn’t usually cheap. That makes the Metromover, downtown Miami’s above-ground rail system a popular choice for visitors and locals alike. The Metromover is free for anyone to ride, and stops at all major downtown destinations. Boarding times are convenient, with cars arriving every ninety seconds during rush hours, and every three minutes during off-peak times.

In December: Art Basel Miami Beach, Design Miami. February: Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival. This is a huge event! Expect traffic and reservations hard to get. Also in the Fall – Junior Orange Bowl Festival, Columbus Day Regatta, South Miami Art Festival, Miami Book Fair International, Harvest Festival, Ford Championship Weekend – NASCAR, and White Party.

Marriott Ocean Pointe Resort Timeshare Resort Miami

Marriott Ocean Pointe Resort Timeshare Resort Miami

You can find anything in Miami! Professional football, basketball, NASCAR, international fishing tournaments, arts festivals, music festivals, cultural events from a myriad of choices, and the hottest night life in the world!

Right in Miami Beach!

Do it right. Rent 0r buy a timeshare and save your serious coins for other things to do in Miami.

Marriott’s Ocean Pointe Timeshare Resort is one great place for a vacation. Located on Palm Beach Shores and offers three swimming pools with whirlpool spas, tennis courts, health club, convenience store, and a children’s playground. Each unit includes an oceanfront or ocean side view, whirlpool spa in master bath, full kitchen, living and dining areas, and washer/dryer. Nearby is an abundance of golf and water sports as well as fabulous shopping on Palm Beach’s legendary Worth Avenue.

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Why Las Vegas Timeshare Sales Point To A Rebounding Las Vegas!

Since 2008 very little expansion has happened with timeshare resorts. In fact, nearly zero. Sales of timeshare had dropped in a dramatic fashion and the “paper” associated with timeshare financing became a hard thing to sell. So timeshare development and construction came to a halt.

In 2013 several major players restarted or started construction projects for timeshares in Las Vegas. Hilton, Marriott, Westgate, and Wyndham have jump started projects and are building again.

GrandView Las Vegas Timeshare for sale

GrandView Las Vegas Timeshare


■ Construction of a new tower at Grandview at Las Vegas, near South Point, taking it from 1,556 units to 1,856, according to the LVCVA survey. Completion is projected for early next year;

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

Marriott Vacations Worldwide last month topped the third 37-floor tower of its off-Strip Grand Chateau. This will add 223 units to the property;

■ 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, including only $3 million for the unfinished building itself and $114 million of the timeshare units available to sell. As part of the transaction, Wyndham has committed to repurchasing the project for $309 million at an unspecified date unless a different buyer steps in, according to Wyndham regulatory filings.”

There are additional reports that Westgate Flamingo Bay had the best sales year ever in 2012. Hilton Grand Vacations, Marriott, Wyndham, and Westgate have all reported that timeshare resales in 2013 were far better than the previous 4 years and the growth is already being seen in 2014.

Now lets translate that into something a timeshare owner could put to good use. With the renewed timeshare sales and tours at timeshare resorts comes huge numbers of potential timeshare buyers. Yet these buyers are reluctant to buy their timeshare from the resort itself.

Marriott Grand Chateau timeshares for sale by owner

Marriott Grand Chateau

Why? Maybe they had a bad experience with the first timeshare they bought. Or maybe they just don’t want to pay the going retail price. Either way they are wanting to buy timeshares in greater numbers and if you are ready to sell your timeshare this could be the time to sell your timeshare. There is no better time to sell your timeshare than when the demand is high. Evidence of the high demand is seen in the renewed construction and development activities by the resorts. They would never take that kind of risk if they were not confident there was a market for their product.

If there is a market for the new sales of timeshares, there is an even greater market for timeshare resales. People are always looking for ways to save money on big purchases. Buying a timeshare on the resale market is a way to do just that.

Sales of timeshares are hot and getting hotter! Now is the time to sell your timeshare.

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Answer These Three Questions First!

Marriott Grand Chateau Las Vegas Timeshare 3

Marriott Grand Chateau Las Vegas Timeshare

I have been searching for a while for information about selling my timeshare. I began with a basic inquiry to my timeshare resort to see if they would sell it for me. No luck there. All they seem interested in is collecting my maintenance fees every year.

Next I did a Google search for “sell my timeshare” and got 14 billion results. Somebody want to wade through all those results for me?

Then I called on my local Realtor in California to help me out. He had no idea what timeshares were.

Then I recalled I had an old friend that worked in the timeshare resales business and I called him.

He suggested that before enlisting the help of any timeshare resales company that I ask them these three questions:

Sold1. How many timeshares has your brokerage sold?  That trips up quite a few from the start. That is because so many companies that claim to help you sell your timeshare never actually do any selling. They’d have no clue what to do with a timeshare sales contract if they got one. Nothing sells like experience – especially when a real property is involved. Without that specific kind of experience you’d be taking a huge risk of that person leaving out a key step in getting your timeshare OUT of your name and IN to the buyer’s.

2. What type of license do you hold to do business? And where can I verify that? You wouldn’t believe how many times I got a dial tone after asking that question. If they are a reputable company they should hold a real estate license, a broker license, or at least belong to a professional association that validates their credentials. Along the same lines would be asking for a street address. Where is their office located? Are they members of a Chamber of Commerce or Business Association?

3. What fees are involved in selling my timeshare? They should disclose everything from the beginning. They should address things like: Who will pay the closing costs? Who will pay next year’s maintenance fees and taxes? What is the name of the title company you have used before? What are the title company and escrow fees? Who pays those fees? What is the sales commission?

If a timeshare resales company can satisfy me on all three questions I have a better chance of getting my timeshare sold without any surprises or crises.

It is worth the time it takes to ask these questions before getting wrapped up in the emotions of selling your timeshare.


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Top Ten Beach Timeshares

Whether you are looking for surfing, diving, playing on the beach, or just soaking in the sun, here’s my totally unscientific top ten picks for beach resort timeshares:

cabobeaches10. 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.

9. The Royal Mayan Cancun, Mexico. Guests will love this fabulous Five Star resort just a few minutes from a Mayan archaeological site and a championship golf course.

8. Marriott’s Kauai Beach Club – On the southern coast of Kauai, 51 tropical acres provide the garden setting for Marriott’s Kauai Beach Club. The one and two bedroom vacation ownership villas and luxury hotel offer two restaurants, world-class swimming pool complex, two championship golf courses, tennis and a myriad of beach activities on the quarter mile of Kalapaki Beach.

7. Mayan Palace Nuevo Vallarta – Situated on the beach, 15 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, Mayan Palace Nuevo Vallarta is a retreat for recreational water activities. When the sun goes down, explore the exciting nightlife, designer shops, and the international restaurants of Puerto Vallarta.

6. Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas – Accommodations feature lanai with ocean view, stone flooring and distinctive Hawaiian themed decor. Activities and amenities include two spas, waterslide, steam room, swimming pool, gameroom, poolside bar, sauna, fitness center, tennis,washer and dryer in both portions of the lockout units and more.

5. Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club – My top choice for Maui, located on one of the world’s most famous beaches is Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club. Amenities include golf, tennis, watersports, lavish swimming pools, waterfalls, live entertainment, health club, shopping, restaurants, children’s activity center and much more. Suite amenities include private balconies, separate living and dining areas, and kitchenette. Don’t miss historic Lahaina only minutes away.

4. Pueblo Bonito Rose Resort – This awesome resort is located in the mystical, desert landscape of the southern Baja California peninsula. Situated at Land’s End, Pueblo Bonito Rose is surrounded by beautiful coastline, magnificent sea life, and the majestic nature of Los Cabos.

3. Charter Club of Marco Beach – One of the best of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands, Marco Island will delight water lovers, sightseers, and sun worshipers. A beachfront location allows guests to be right in the midsts of one of the world’s best shelling areas.

2. Vidafel Mayan Palace-Acapulco – This fabulous tropical paradise is in the new Acapulco Diamente Zone and offers beautiful lakes and gardens thoughout the property. Amenities include golf, tennis, restaurants, beach, live entertainment, playground, and the largest swimming pool in the world.

1. Harborside Resort at Atlantis – My number 1 choice. Surrounded by the beautiful Caribbean and pure-white beaches, Harborside Resort at Atlantis is ideally situated in the perfect spot for relaxing and adventure. These luxurious villas feature full kitchens, formal living and dining areas, whirlpool bath and private terraces.

So that’s my top ten. Let me know if you would nominate others for this list!

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New on the Timeshare Market - Grandview at Las Vegas Week 46

Fresh on the timeshare resale market is this 1 bedroom week 46 at Grandview Las Vegas! It is priced at $11,100 and the owner is ready to get it sold!

If you want to bid on this Grandview Las Vegas condo just follow the link.

Grandview at Las Vegas Timeshare For Sale!

Grandview at Las Vegas Timeshare For Sale!

More about the Grandview at Las Vegas:

Vacationing at The Grandview at Las Vegas affords you and your family the ultimate in entertainment. From spine-tingling volcanic eruptions to pirate battle reenactments, the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding area offer entertainment opportunities for one and all. Las Vegas is unsurpassed when it comes to spellbinding stage shows and extraordinary entertainment, too. And there are slot machines, high stakes table games, blackjack, craps, roulette and even the very latest in reel and video gaming, too.

Resort and room amenities include:  Professionally decorated in a desert sunset motif, Spacious one- and two-bedroom floor plans, Kitchen, living room and dining room integrated for entertaining and enjoyment, Ceramic tile in living areas, Washer and dryer in every unit, Fully appointed kitchen equipped with dishwasher, range, coffee maker, toaster, ice maker, full-size refrigerator and microwave oven, Wireless Internet available in every room at a charge, Entertainment center complete with 36″ television, and compact disc stereo system, All linens and bath towels provided, 27″ color television in bedroom, Weekly maid service (daily service available upon request for minimal fee), and King-sized bed and queen-sized sofa bed.

Be sure to take a look at these other Grandview at Las Vegas timeshares for sale.

Grandview at Las Vegas Timeshare For Sale Now

Grandview at Las Vegas Timeshare For Sale Now

Las Vegas timeshares continue to be a terrific value. Several hundred thousand people own timeshares in Las Vegas and on any given day several thousand want to sell. That’s where you come in if you want to buy. You can get a huge discount when you buy timeshare on the secondary, or resale market. Usually between 25%  to 50% off the resort developers’ pricing. That is a lot of money!

For those who are considering selling their Las Vegas timeshare now is the time to do it. Consumer confidence is being proven daily with increased resort tours and sales through traditional methods. People are definitely buying today and yours could be next. As a bonus, you’ll never pay a maintenance fee again once your timeshare is sold! And, by the way, that’s the number one reason people sell their timeshares  – the maintenance fee. Sell it. You’ll be glad you did.

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New England Timeshare Ski Resorts - Vermont and New Hampshire

While it may be home, I think it is just too hot here in Texas! My ancestors helped settle this part of the country – But was it this hot? Or am I just getting soft?

Once you’ve experienced a snowy vacation or magnificent fall  in the mountains of New England you find your mind drifting there back from time to time.

It is not too early to begin planning your next New England ski trip! In fact, this is the perfect time to book your timeshare week and make your plans. In this article I will be highlighting timeshare ski resorts in Vermont and New Hampshire. Some of the most desirable ski resorts are timeshare resorts – convenient to the metro areas of New York, Boston, Philadelphia and others.

Orange Lake Ascutney Mountain Timeshare Resort

Vermont, the Green Mountain State, features four seasons of family activities with facilities and lodging for every price range. Lincoln, North Conway, Bartlett, Stowe, Smuggler’s Notch, and Killington are some of the most popular destinations for avid skiers and for family vacations. Timeshare resorts in these areas include Smugglers’ Notch Resort, Mountainside Resort at Stowe, Crafts Inn, Trapp Family Lodge, Cedarbrook. Vermont timeshares are often held on to by family members for lots of reasons. The annual vacation to the mountains is a wonderful tradition. Now is a great time to negotiate a great deal on a timeshare in Vermont and get it on the calendar for your fall or winter vacation.

From the New website, “There’s nothing like New Hampshire’s legendary big mountains to get alpine skiers and snowboarders dreaming and there are wonderful family size mountains, too.  New Hampshire’s 19 alpine ski areas offer something for every skier or rider- regardless of your ability!” Their link to the 19 alpine ski areas is an awesome way to check on your favorite New Hampshire ski areas. Timeshare resorts in New Hampshire are convenient to fabulous slopes and are accommodating to all kinds of activities! And just for many of the same reasons as owners of Vermont timeshares, New Hampshire timeshare owners find themselves going back to the same place year after year.

Highlights for New Hampshire timeshare ski resorts include Attitash Mountain Village, Inn Season at Pollard Brook, Village of Loon Mountain, Cathedral Ledge Resort, Summit at Four Seasons, Cold Spring Properties, Steele Hill Resort, Forest Glen Inn, The Windrifter, Eastern Slope, Inn.

Inn Season Pollard Brook Timeshare

I wonder how hot it will be when I get in my car this afternoon?




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Signs The Economy Is Turning Around - Diamond Resorts Timeshare Sales

Diamond Resorts Ridge on Sedona

In financial news this week Diamond Resorts International issued $30,990,000 of its timeshare loan backed notes. So what does that mean?

Several things. It indicates that Diamond Resorts has sold roughly $30 million in timeshare and are holding the loans on them. More importantly when Credit Suisse and Mountcliff Funding, LLC assisted in putting the deal together it showed that the financial industry is showing confidence in the quality of the loans Diamond Resorts is selling. Not too long ago this type of security, a timeshare backed loan, was considered a poor investment and no one would touch it.

Things have turned around in the timeshare market. Sales are surging, and the major timeshare developers are taking big steps to invest, build, add on, or complete projects that had been left idle for several years.

Plus lets not forget the timeshare buyers. People who buy timeshares are showing confidence in the economy when making this kind of purchase. They are also reflecting stability in their own personal financial situation. All these are signs of better economic days ahead. Especially for the fractional, timeshare, or condo interval industry.

Diamond Resorts International is one of the largest timeshare developers in the world. Their collection of timeshare resorts include more than 300 vacation destinations located in 33 countries throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. From their website  “Diamond Resorts Corporation and its subsidiaries own, operate and manage vacation ownership resorts and, through resort and partner affiliation agreements, provide members and owners with access to 89 managed resorts, 163 affiliated resorts, 48 affiliated hotels and four cruise itineraries through THE Club® at Diamond Resorts International®.”

Diamond Resorts Lake Tahoe timeshare for salePoints ownership with THE Club at Diamond enable the timeshare owners to choose resort stays, airline tickets, rental cars and even cruises. And resort stays are not limited to the usual 6 nights. You can use your points to set up a 2 day stay or book a whole week. This gives THE Club members a huge amount of flexibility when it comes to planing their vacation.

Here’s a few Diamond Resort timeshares for sale just to give you an idea of what is available:

Diamond Resorts Lake Tahoe – 10,500 points, annual use, annual maintenance fee approx $1,100.

Kaanapali Beach Vacation Resort – Diamond Resort Hawaii Collection, 23,500 points, annual use, can get a 2 bedroom for 2 weeks with these points.

Ridge on Sedona – 10,000 points, annual use.


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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.” (

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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When it comes to Timeshare, The word is NOW!

Buy Timeshare Now

Buy Timeshare Now

Buy timeshare now.

An article from a Minnesota paper highlighted the negative but neglected the positive. The article expounded on why timeshares are haunting owners. It is true that there a lot of timeshares on the market. What the story did not say was that this is the absolute best time to buy a timeshare. Just do not buy it from the resort. If you were to buy timeshare at the resort today you would pay top dollar. Anywhere from $15,000 to $40,000 and more.

You can buy a timeshare through a timeshare broker for half price or less and get the same timeshare amenities. About 35 years ago people started to buy timeshare and now many of them are retiring, finding the nest empty, getting divorced, or just trying to simplify their lives. So they are ready to sell their timeshare. In fact, it is estimated that in the US alone there are nearly 8 million timeshare owners. On any given day I bet 10% of them would be willing to part with their timeshare for the right price, or even for any price.

The timeshare sales market is filled with opportunities to scoop up any timeshare resort for 50% to 75% of developers’ price – or less! The best bet would be to go through a timeshare resale broker who can get the deal closed, title transferred, banked weeks transferred, and so on.

If you are ready to buy timeshare, NOW is the time to take advantage of this timeshare buyers market!

Sell Timeshare Now

Sell Timeshare Now

Sell timeshare now.

If you have been waiting for a sign that this is the right time to sell your timeshare, that time has arrived.

Numerous timeshare developers are investing in new construction, hiring, and picking up the pace in giving timeshare tours. The timeshare resorts are selling in greater numbers and there is an optimism spreading across the industry.

I interpret that to mean that this is a growth season for timeshare resales. Here’s why.

More timeshare tours at the resorts means more sales. It also means many more touring timeshare resorts, hearing all the reasons why they should buy, but not buying because of the price. This is where timeshare resales comes in. Timeshare buyers are increasingly aware of the deals they can find on the timeshare resale market. They know they can save a large amount compared to what they would pay at the resort. Typically timeshares sell from 25% to 50% off the retail price on the resale market.

The logical conclusion is that there are more and more timeshare buyers looking for a deal. That is when they search for timeshares for sale by owner. If you were to Google search the phrase “timeshare resale broker” you’d find the number one best selling timeshare broker in the business.

Your best bet to sell your timeshare is to go with the one who has sold more timeshares this way than any other. That would be

Now is the time to sell your timeshare. No doubt about it!

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Marriott Vacations Worldwide - Seeking New Locations To Build More Timeshare Resorts

Marriott Timber Lodge Timeshare For Sale By Owner

Marriott Timber Lodge Timeshare For Sale By Owner

Marriott Vacations Worldwide announced they will be looking to expand their presence in Asia and North America. They are looking to build resorts in areas where they presently have none.

Marriott Vacations Worldwide (timeshares) has a market cap of $1.573 billion and a P/E ratio of 31.38. Their stock has been recently raised to “Outperform” by Zacks, and six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating.

When Marriott first announced that it was going to spin off the timeshare division it was like a mother hen pushing the runt out of the litter. Marriott timeshares were not doing as well at the time – but then no timeshares were. Now that all the “recession era” timeshare inventory is quickly selling off they need more new timeshares to sell.

One true clear sign of a rebounding economy is growing luxury sales. I’m willing to bet that sales of RV’s, boats, and sports cars are rebounding as well. I’ll prove the point: “BMW Group posted its highest ever sales for July, with a total of 152,349 vehicles delivered worldwide, an increase of 12.3% over the same month last year (prev. yr. 135,613). Worldwide sales year-to-date also reached an all-time high with 1,106,876 vehicles sold, an increase of 6.8% over the same period in 2012 (1,036,179). ” Or this from (Recreational Vehicle Industry Association)  “RV shipments are projected to grow 7.5% in 2013 to 307,300 units, according to Dr. Richard Curtin, Director, Surveys of Consumers at the University of Michigan. January shipments totaled 24,379 units — 30.5% more than the same month in 2012.” Or from “Purchases of powerboats — which include yachts, pontoons and fishing vessels — rose 18.9 percent in July from a year earlier, according to figures from Statistical Surveys Inc., a research company based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.”

Marriott Newport Coast Villas Timeshares For Sale

Marriott Newport Coast Villas Timeshares For Sale

So are you a believer yet? Sales of timeshares are bouncing back. All the major timeshare developers are getting busy building, buying, and renovating anything they can market as a timeshare. It makes good sense now.

How can you take advantage of this surge? This is the best time to sell your timeshare or buy a timeshare.  Selling a timeshare is easier because the demand is obviously there. A huge demand. That is the main signal that your odds of selling your timeshare have gone up.

Buying a timeshare is also in the cards for you if you are ready. There are thousands of timeshare owners who are ready to sell their timeshare and need you to buy it. 2013 will be the year you get your dream vacation timeshare at a great discount price!


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Avila Beach California Timeshare Sale! New On The Market

Avila Beach California Timeshare Sale! New On The Market


San Luis Bay Inn Timeshare For Sale

San Luis Bay Inn Timeshare For Sale

Fresh on the timeshare resale market as of yesterday is this California Timeshare. San Luis Obispo Bay, located on the California coastline roughly between San Jose and Santa Barbara, is home to San Luis Bay Inn timeshare resort. Being offered for sale by the owner, it is a one bedroom Regal unit available every year – floating red season. Click on the above link to make an offer.

Avila Beach offers a beautiful beach in the heart of down town Avila. There you’ll find kayak and stand up paddle board rentals, lessons adventure tours, kayak and paddle board sales. Other beaches include Olde Port Beach and Fisherman’s Beach.

Avila Hot Springs features not only a heated pool but a natural hot mineral pool. Swim classes, arcades, private parties, movie nights, and water slides are all available there as well. Avila Hot Springs also offers tent camping, RV camping, and cabins all throughout the year.

Central Coast Aquarium and Central Coast Charters round out some of the water activities in Avila Beach. There you can charter sunset sails, custom charters, afternoon sails and more.

The Avila Beach Golf Resort is nearby. Being situated right on the Pacific Ocean the smells and sounds of the ocean will accompany you through 18 holes of golf. Other sports like hiking, biking, sport fishing, pier and surf fishing give something interesting for anyone who visits there.

The San Luis Bay Inn, a Diamond Resort, is elegantly situated feet from the Pacific Ocean.

San Luis Bay Inn Timeshare New On The Market

San Luis Bay Inn Timeshare New On The Market

Renovations were completed in 2014 including:

– Room renovations on second floor of B Wing.
– Room renovations on third floor of B Wing.
– Elevator upgrade.

Renovations always mean that the timeshare resort is not only concerned about maintenance and upkeep, but is a financially sound resort. Not a small fact considering what happens to some timeshare owners when their timeshare fails to maintain sound financial policies.

Check out these other San Luis Bay Inn timeshares for sale.

California timeshares for sale.



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Focus On Puerto Vallarta Beach Timeshare Resorts

Recently an online travel magazine rated their best beach timeshare resorts in Puerto Vallarta. I did not much care for their selections – I guess I am partial to my favorite timeshare resorts in Puerto and Nuevo Vallarta. So here are MY selections for the best timeshare beach resorts in Puerto Vallarta!

My number one choice of a timeshare resort in Puerto Vallarta/Nuevo Vallarta is Paradise Village Spa & Resort. The timeshares at Paradise Village have resale prices ranging from $3,000 to $30,000. You can buy a timeshare at Paradise Village for a great price and these days affordability is a big factor in making your timeshare purchase a smart one. Price is not the only reason Paradise Village is my #1 choice. The real reason is the setting. Seriously!

Quite a few reviews of Paradise Village Spa and Resort reflect the same thing. Not everyone will have the same experience. Many complain of poor facilities, worn carpets, rusted vending machines and so on. Plus you’ve got to remember people will bad news seem to spread it twice as much. Happy customers don’t spread their views as much as unhappy. That’s just the way it is.

Puerto Vallarta has so much to offer those on vacation. Whale watching, theater, the arts, music festivals, holiday festivals, shopping, night life, and the list goes on. Vallarta usually celebrates important dates with large public concerts involving famous artists of national and international importance. These concerts normally take place in the outdoor theater “Aquiles Serdán” (Los Arcos del Malecón) and in el “Caballito”.

Great Location for a Great Vacation!

There are tons of beach timeshare resorts to choose from in Mexico, but Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta take the prize. Cabo san Lucas comes in second and should be mentioned for certain. Cabo is host to international fishing tournaments, the sight of extreme water sports, and features some of the most exotic and beautiful beaches in the world. Year after year Cabo draws millions of tourists who delight in the atmosphere as well as the affordability of a Mexico vacation.

Anyway, happy planning on your next beach vacation! I’d say consider this place in your plans either to exchange, rent, or buy resale.

Here are some other top choices for beach timeshares in the area: Mayan Palace Nuevo Vallarta, Club Regina Puerto Vallarta, Universal Vacation Club at Villa del Palmar, Villa Del Palmar, Mayan Palace Puerto Vallarta, Buganvilias Resort, Sea Garden Marina Vallarta, Club Velas Vallarta, Rancho Banderas Villas.


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