Orlando Timeshare Report - The Best in Sales So Far in 2014

One of the best known landmarks in the United States is Walt Disney World. Buying a timeshare in Orlando would be a wise thing to do if you plan on going to the Orlando/Kissimmee region often.  Why?  Over time, you would save thousands of dollars on lodging. In addition, your accommodations in a timeshare are much larger, nicer, and loaded with amenities that a hotel could never match.  Depending on the timeshare resort, you would have golf, swimming, entertainment, water sports, bus shuttles, and more. So it just makes sense. Plus, all the Disney attractions would be nearby.

Marriott Cypress Harbour Timeshare Sold

Marriott Cypress Harbour Timeshare Sold!

So far in 2014  Orlando timeshares continue to shine as some of the very best timeshares on the resale market. People still want to travel to Florida and stay in Orlando. And they want the convenience and savings that timeshares bring. The historic best selling Orlando timeshares still hold the top five spots. Based on current resales data from closed sales the top five best selling Orlando timeshares on the resale market are:

Sheraton, Orange Lake, Hilton, and Marriott once again dominate resales in Orlando. And why not? They have done so for several years. Buyers of timeshare seem to prefer top named resorts from well known developers. They trust the quality and security a big developer brings to the table. It also may indicate that their resale value may hold better through the years.
Sheraton Vistana Orlando Best Selling Timeshare Ever

Sheraton Vistana Orlando Best Selling Timeshare Ever

About Sheraton Vistana Orlando:Just one mile from Walt Disney World, Vistana is an oasis of fun, privacy and security in a relaxed, secluded setting. Amenities: 13 tennis courts, six pools, seven outdoor hot tubs, four recreation centers, a general store, and two restaurants. Also enjoy tanning beds, basketball, volleyball and other activities. And on the timeshare resale market they present an affordable price at 25 to 50 percent off the developers price. That’s a great deal on discount vacation lodging.
Yes, the Sheraton Vistana Orlando is the hottest selling timeshare of all time. The folks at RPMLS.com have sold every week, every type, every section multiple times over. If you own a Sheraton Vistana Orlando timeshare and want to get rid of it this is the time to sell. Now! Not only does this timeshare resort have high customer satisfaction, high accolades from their employees, and a sizzling resale record, you can sell your timeshare with confidence that this is the number one timeshare most often sold on the resale market – ever.

If you were to lump all the Marriott timeshare resorts into one, it would be number one. But, in single resort sales, the Sheraton Vistana Orlando is the number one best seller on the resale market.

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Florida West Coast Timeshare Deal of the Day!

Treasure Island Beach Club Timeshare For Sale

Treasure Island Beach Club Timeshare For Sale

The west coast of Florida has long been know as the best beaches in Florida. Key timeshare resort areas like Sanibel, Clearwater, Sarasota, Bradenton, and St Petersburg boast white sandy beaches, beautiful water on the Gulf of Mexico, awesome fishing, golf, and more. Today’s timeshare deal of the day is at Treasure Island Beach Club in Treasure Island, Florida (near St Pete Beach). This timeshare for sale is a 1 bedroom, annual week 42 and is being offered for the steeply discounted price of $3,000!

See other Treasure Island Beach Club ads.

Here’s the timeshare resort description for Treasure Island Beach Club: Treasure Island Beach Club timeshare is located amid a patchwork of sandy white beaches and blue Gulf of Mexico waters. Swim in the outdoor pool, relax in the sauna, then gear up for sightseeing at Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens and Tiki Gardens located within a 90-minute drive.

Find other Florida timeshares for sale. And consider all the other timeshare vacation possibilities in Florida: The state has many attractions, greater Miami is the only metropolitan area in the United States whose borders encompass two national parks. You can hike through pristine Everglades National Park or ride on glass-bottom boats across Biscayne National Park. Cape Canaveral is America’s launch pad for space flights. The largest lake in Florida is Lake Okeechobee and is known for its famous bass fishing. Fort Lauderdale is known as the Venice of America because the city has 185 miles of local waterways. Key Largo is known as the Dive Capital of the World. Venice is known as the Shark Tooth Capital of the World where visitors and residents collect prehistoric shark teeth. Disney World, Key West, Orlando, Daytona, and Destin are also among some of the most popular attractions.

Palm Beach Florida TimesharesFlorida is home to quite a few attractions. But the environment – miles of sandy white beaches, palm trees, warm weather – is what lures visitors, and has lured them for centuries. There is a healing and relaxing quality to the sounds of the surf, gentle breeze, and warm sun. It promotes a pace of life that is relaxing as well. Millions of people have retired to Florida for those reasons. Plus, it is still an affordable place to vacation or retire.

Florida is a vacation destination that everyone should visit at least once in their life. Timeshares make it possible to do so for less expense.

 

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Miami Timeshares - Beaches Nightlife on a Budget

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

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

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

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

That’s the way I like it!

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

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

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

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

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The Word is "NOW" If You're Talking Timeshare

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 NowSell 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 timeshare-resale-broker.com.

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

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Timeshare Points - Erosion of Timeshare Value

Erosion Of Value Timeshare Points“A nickel ain’t worth a dime any more”

A while back, Smugglers’ Notch converted 40 of its 300 units to Wyndham Points. Wyndham timeshare points have been around for quite a while now. But, for those who are used to owning a set week each year, things are changing.

RCI and others have been converting timeshare weeks to points for years. They convince the week owners that it is much more flexible and useful to have the points so they can use them on a variety of services. Services like discount on airfare, hotels, other timeshares, and so on are what they offer with points instead of a deeded week.

On the surface this sounds like a great deal. But who determines what the points are worth? The exchange company or developer like Wyndham, Starwood, Disney, or II for example?

As you use these points, you end up with scraps of the value of a week of vacation. “You can not get a week for the points you have left.”  That is what you will hear when you try to use your leftover points to book a timeshare.

What are your timeshare points worth today?

What are your timeshare points worth today?

Imagine you are given twenty dollars to buy your gas for a week. How far do you think that will get you when gas goes over four dollars a gallon? And you are still stuck with only twenty dollars a week?

The same with points, you will have to buy more timeshare points over time to keep up with the inflation that is built in to points systems. Plus there is the possibility of impulse buying with your timeshare points:  Spending a small portion of your points to get a small discount, then realizing you don’t have enough points to take a vacation.

I’d say, keep the deeded week if you have a choice. Tell the big guys to keep their points. Typically a timeshare deed will have a week number mentioned somewhere in the text of the deed or sales paperwork. Sometimes the numbered week can actually be a “floating week”. That is to say that you’re not guaranteed that week but you are guaranteed “a” week. The numbering of weeks in timeshare deed is occasionally more for the sake of inventory control than conveying a specific calender week to the timeshare buyer. Either way, keep the week. At least you know it is worth 6 nights!

Just my two cents.

The timeshare resale market of the future.

Timeshare Consumer Advice.

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I Just Inherited A Timeshare. What Should I Do With It?

I Just Inherited A Timeshare. What Should I Do With It?

Inherited timeshare what to do

What to do with an inherited timeshare?

That depends on you! Are you in a position that you would be able to vacation each year? Can you plan your vacations at least six months in advance? Can you afford the annual maintenance fee?

If you answered “yes” to all the questions above the answer is – keep the timeshare. If you decide to keep the timeshare you should also decide if you like the timeshare’s location and would be willing to vacation there each year. If not, you would need to decide whether or not you can afford being a member of an exchange company, that, for a fee, will exchange you week for another in a different location. You should also learn how to make best use any exchange program or points exchange program available to you as a timeshare owner. Banking your week as far in advance as possible preserves the value of the week you bank. Banking it later diminishes its value. Getting what you want in exchange for your banked week hinges on several criteria.

First you should make your request as far in advance as possible. Six months is okay, but nine months in advance is better. Your choice of destination should be varied so that the exchange company has more ways to fill your request. Your desired check in date should also be as flexible as possible. Try to make your request so that several different check in dates will work.

All these tips should help you be more successful in exchanging your timeshare week.

If you have decided NOT to keep the timeshare you have a few options.

You can donate your timeshare. Just be careful that the recipient knows what comes with timeshare ownership: annual maintenance fees!

Southern California Beach Club Timeshare For Sale

Southern California Beach Club Timeshare For Sale

You can sell your timeshare. Selling your timeshare can be done several ways. Research has shown that using a timeshare realtor or broker is the proven way to get your timeshare sold, closed, deed transferred, etc, etc. There are even places you can advertise your timeshare for sale where timeshare realtors and brokers network with each other to see timeshare inventory. One such place is RPMLS.com.  At RPMLS.com they have several options for you the timeshare seller. You can sell it yourself and pay no commissions, or you can use a timeshare broker’s assistance and pay a commission.

Which ever way you dispose of your timeshare remember the cost of selling it will always be far less than paying annual maintenance fees into eternity.

Just do the math. It is worth is to get the timeshare sold and get it done right the first time.

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California Timeshare Report - The Best in Sales!

Marriott Newport Coast Villas Timeshare For Sale

Marriott Newport Coast Villas Timeshare For Sale

If 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.

Grand Pacific timeshare resorts have been in the industry for quite a long time. Focusing their resort development mainly in California and Hawaii, they grown to approximately 45,000 owners. At a recent ARDA convention they walked away with four of the top awards ARDA can give: General Management, Rental Management, Assistant General Manager, and Maintenance Management. The timeshare resorts that Grand Pacific manages includes Grand Pacific Palisades, Carlsbad Seapointe Resort, and several others in Carlsbad and Coronado.

The timeshare owners at Grand Pacific Resort Timeshares tend to be very loyal and hang on to their timeshares for quite some time. But some timeshare owners do want to sell their Grand Pacific Timeshares. Check them out here for great deals.

Grand Pacific Resort Management is one of the oldest and largest vacation ownership companies based in California. Servicing over 45,000 owner-families every year, it manages over 1,000 units in California and Hawaii. For more information visit http://www.gprmgt.com.

Marriott Four Seasons Timeshare Resort California

Marriott Four Seasons Timeshare Resort California

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.

 

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What is a Timeshare Postcard Company?

Not too long ago the Wall Street Journal posted a short story about discussions going on at the annual ARDA meeting. ARDA (American Resort Developers Association) hosted a discussion about the “threat” of timeshare postcard companies.

Timeshare Postcard Hook

Timeshare Postcard Hook and Lure

The short answer to the question “What is a timeshare postcard company?” is this: a company either cold calls you or mails you a postcard asking you to come to a meeting or an online webinar. At this meeting they convince you to pay them a fee to get the timeshare title transferred out of your name. The fee they ask for is usually between $1,800 and $3,500. In return they guarantee to get the timeshare deed out of your name and make your maintenance fees go away.

The down side for the consumer is that sometimes the company is a scam. They have no intention of transferring your timeshare and vanish with your money after a few months. Most of these companies come and go like mushrooms after a thunderstorm.

However, there are a few who legitimately dispose of timeshares for the owners. This saves the owner a huge amount of time and eventually money. The downside is that you as the owner lose any and all “equity” you have in the timeshare. Industry wide, this has cost millions of dollars to timeshare owners.

What is ARDA’s solution? They proposed several, none of which sound good to anyone. They discussed increasing transfer fees, making the estoppel procedure more complicated, and even adopting the up front fee model used by many timeshare resales companies. They also discussed finding ways for a timeshare owner to give the timeshare back to the resort or having the property owners’ association take it over.

Timeshare Presentation Lure

Timeshare Presentation Lure

What is the solution? ARDA only makes recommendations. If the timeshare developers put more obstacles in the way of an owners right to sell their timeshare they will be in for a big fight with the owners.

Let the legitimate timeshare resales companies help. They have been around quite a long time and know how to get the job done. If the timeshare resale company can show evidence of completed timeshare closings what would their objection be?

Here’s what www.RPMLS.com can do for you: Market and advertise your timeshare, provide  reliable broker to network with, get the deal closed, and get you paid. Isn’t that what you want to do in the first place? Sell your timeshare and be confident that a professional is working on your behalf.

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Government Travel Warnings and Timeshare Travel Tourism

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

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

Not The Image You Want For Vacation

Today, CNN’s story, “Do You Check Government Travel Warnings. . .” mentioned that one of the State Department’s most grim warnings is about Mexico. Yet an astounding number of people holiday or vacation in Mexico year after year. “The United States has had a travel warning in place for Mexico since April 2011. It states that “crime and violence are serious problems throughout the country and can occur anywhere. U.S. citizens have fallen victim to TCO (Transnational Criminal Organizations) activity, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking and highway robbery.”  The warnings haven’t stopped Americans from pouring into Mexico. In 2011, 20.1 million Americans visited Mexico.”

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

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

Pueblo Bonito Rose Resort Timeshare Mexico

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

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

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

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Timeshare Resale Scam vs Real Timeshare Resales

Wyndham Seawatch Plantation timeshare for sale by owner

Wyndham Seawatch Plantation Timeshare Resort

Timeshare news is constantly inundated by bad news about timeshare scams (usually from somewhere in Florida). Unfortunately the reporters always use the words “Timeshare Resale” with scam, rather than simply “Telemarketing Scam”. The fraudsters running these telemarketing schemes also use their boiler room phone shops to sell credit repair, phony telephone plans, and who knows what else!  The Federal Trade Commission is putting the bad guys in jail. That is good news.

The problem this causes is that the legitimate Timeshare Resales companies, brokers, and title companies get the same label with the bad guys – no matter what their credentials or success rate is. One of the most often searched for terms on Google and Yahoo regarding timeshare is “timeshare scam” or “timeshare resale scam”. That is likely because so many of the fraudulent telemarketers of timeshare “sales” are ripping people off every day.

“The presence of fraud in one industry does not make all the industry a fraud.” That’s my quote but taken from a Latin phrase that has been lingering somewhere in my mind for several decades.

Just because there are bad guys purporting to be able to or have already sold your timeshare, does not mean that those who actually sell timeshares are fraudulent. If that were true then the thousands of timeshare owners whose timeshares have been successfully sold by timeshare resales professionals would not exist.

The timeshare resales industry is not a fraud. Nor is the entire timeshare industry. Just the bad guys make the news and that is unfortunate.

Kona Coast Timeshare Resort for sale by owner

Kona Coast Timeshare Resort

In fact, the fastest growing segment of timeshare buyers is current timeshare owners! People who own timeshares are buying more. If the experience of timeshare owners was as uniformly terrible as the press would have you to believe NO ONE would ever buy a second, third, or fourth timeshare. They would run.

Yet the fact remains. Thousands of happy timeshare owners buy more timeshares. Usually they buy them from other timeshare owners, not the timeshare resort. After all, would you rather pay a full retail price or buy on the resale market? Only if you want to save money and lots of it!

The good news is that there are Timeshare Resale Brokers, Timeshare Advertising Specialists, and others who have experience and systems to get timeshares sold every day. Yes, there are good guys out there. But no one wants to write about good news, only the bad.

Thank you to those who have standards, ethics, and ability to get the job done.

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The 10 Most Haunted Places in America - Part 3

Riddle House Palm Beach Florida

Riddle House Palm Beach Florida

Riddle House, Florida

The Riddle House in Royal Palm Beach is reportedly haunted by the spirit of Joseph, a former employee of the original owner Karl Riddle, who hanged himself in the attic after being falsely accused of a crime. Moved from its original location in West Palm Beach, the house was featured on the TV series Ghost Adventures.

 Palm Beach Shores Resort timeshares Marriott’s Ocean Pointe Marriott’s BeachPlace Towers Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort HGVClub at South Beach Wyndham Sea Gardens Golden Strand Ocean Villa Newport Beachside Resort Canada House Beach Club Wyndham Palm Aire Vacation Village @ Bonaventure

Las Vegas, NV

The Madame Tussauds wax museum in Las Vegas is said to haunted by famous celebrities. The Travel Channel’s Zack Bagans conducted a scientific survey of the wax museum. What did he find? In an interview with BestOfVegas.com he revealed:“The result was very interesting, and we also captured some EVP’s (Electronic Voice Phenomena). We haven’t fully reviewed all of our audio and video evidence yet, but we did in fact capture what appears to be a couple of mist-like anomalies in the downstairs Viva Las Vegas rooms.  The most fascinating findings, which we believe the staff there has also seen through our interviews with them, an apparition in ‘70’s attire walking around near where the old Copa Room was. We strong believe, by using a communication device designed by leading scientist Bill Chappell, that we communicated with this spirit.”

La Palazza Mansion Las Vegas

La Palazza Mansion Las Vegas

La Palazza Mansion (1700 Bannie Avenue) in Las Vegas is reported to be haunted by spirits that were rumored to be sacrificed or killed by the mafia. The home was featured on Ghost Adventures. It’s believed that the house was a former mob house. There are a lot of secret rooms in the mansion. There is one room that the former owner discovered by accident. It was a steel door with two golden swan towel racks on each side. The doorway led to a room where it appeared that many people had been murdered there. That’s a good reason to suspect a haunting!

There are tons of choices for hotels and luxury accommodations in Las Vegas. If you want to combine luxury with affordability then you want to rent or buy a timeshare for your haunted vacation tours. Of course, you can always just enjoy all the other nightlife Las Vegas has to offer at these resorts:

HGVClub at Flamingo Las Vegas HGV at Las Vegas Hilton Polo Towers Jockey Club Summer Bay at Las Vegas Desert Club Marriott’s Grand Chateau HGVClub on Las Vegas Strip Wyndham Grand Desert Tahiti Village Consolidated Club de Soleil

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The 10 Most Haunted Places in America - Part 2

New Orleans

Now here’s the most famously haunted city in America! The city also conducts vampire tours, haunted tours, and voodoo tours.

Sultans Palace New Orleans Haunted House

Sultans Palace New Orleans Haunted House

The Sultan’s Palace

The house at 716 Dauphine Street is a classic French Quarter beauty with classic wrought-iron balconies and a large courtyard. But in the 1800s, this residence was a house of horrors for the Sultan, a wealthy man with a depraved lifestyle, multiple wives and children and a harem of women and young boys held against their will. Neighbors complained about the mysterious habits of this man who had a predilection for partying, opium and torture. But the greatest mystery in the house was the Sultan’s demise when he was buried alive in the courtyard after his family and harem were hacked to pieces in a bloodbath by an unknown perpetrator. Today, his angry spirit is thought to be responsible for the unusual noises, loud music and strong incense smells that waft from the home.

Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar

Voodoo queen Marie Laveau and sadistic killer Marie Delphine LaLaurie could find some fellow ghostly company at this old Bourbon Street bar, supposedly haunted by pirate Jean Lafitte. Opened in 1772, the bar was rumored to be a front for Lafitte’s smuggling operation and the hiding place for his stolen booty. Many believe his treasure is still somewhere beneath the charred ash and brick and that Lafitte—whose red eyes glow from behind the downstairs fireplace—remains to protect it. Some staff and guests even claim to have seen the ghost of Lafitte himself staring at them from the bar’s dark corners, only to vanish seconds later, leaving the faint trace of a tobacco smell behind as a warning to those who go in search of the bounty of his past pillaging.

Delphine LaLaurie

Delphine LaLaurie

The LaLaurie Mansion

While Madame Delphine LaLaurie played the perfect host, throwing lavish parties in her French Quarter house, her slaves suffered—chained, tortured, and mutilated in a hidden room upstairs. It was only when a kitchen fire broke out and neighbors tried to help evacuate the house that LaLaurie’s horrific secret was discovered. She fled, and the angry mob destroyed the house, which lay in ruins for years before it became a high school, a bar, an apartment building, and, briefly, the residence of actor Nicolas Cage. Signs of hauntings include the sound of screams from the empty house and the ghost of a young girl fleeing across the roof.

New Orleans timeshare resorts also have a storied past, but not as terrifying as those mentioned above! The Quarter House Club La Pension Wyndham Avenue Plaza Hotel and Spa Hotel de L’Eau Vive Chateau Orleans Hotel de la Monnaie Mardi Gras Manor I Leisure Club New Orleans North Harbor III Jean Lafitte House

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The 10 Most Haunted Places In America

What better time to talk about haunted houses, towns, hotels, asylums, and other spooky places than before Halloween?!

Plus as you know this blog throws in the best lodging advice on the web for your vacation travels. Renting or buying a timeshare is definitely the way to go and all these places have excellent timeshare choices to stay in.

Take a deep breath – here we go through the top ten most haunted places in America!

Jerome Arizona

Jerome Arizona – Haunted Hotel

Jerome, Arizona

Not too far from Sedona, Arizona is the little town of Jerome. Jerome, AZ is a former copper mining town with a strongly paranormal past. In the height of its history it had 15,000 residents. Today just 400 occupy the town. Legend has it that many more occupy the town, they’re just not living. One well known spirit is the working girl Sammie Dean, a prostitute who was strangled by a customer in the old Crib District. Her beautiful spirit roams the alleys looking for her killer who was never found.

Resort accommodations in nearby Sedona, Az include: Sedona Vacation Club at Los Abrigados Sedona Summit Arroyo Roble Resort Hyatt Pinon Pointe Ridge on Sedona Golf Resort Villas at Poco Diablo Sedona Springs Villas of Sedona Sedona Pines Resort Wyndham Sedona

Flagstaff, Arizona

The Hotel Monte Vista has been welcoming guests since 1926, and some have chosen not to check out. Among the ghostly residents: a bank robber who was shot and stopped at the hotel bar for a drink (he died before he could finish it); two prostitutes who met their end in room 306; and a long-term boarder with a penchant for hanging raw meat from his chandelier who died in room 220. A ghostly bellboy rings at room 210, calling, “Room service” and disappearing when the door is opened, and guests and staff have reported hearing phantom music and disembodied voices. The Route 66 hotel has hosted Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper, and John Wayne, who reported his own ghost encounter.

Flagstaff is home to several terrific timeshare resorts. Notably Wyndham Flagstaff Resort and Wyndham Flagstaff at Ridgewood.

Manhattan Bistro Haunted

Manhattan Bistro Haunted

New York, New York

You may get more than you planned for at dinner at the Manhattan Bistro (129 Spring Street), a French restaurant with a notable ghost. Juliana Elmore Sands was killed in this building in 1799 when she was thrown into a well in the basement. According to some ghost stories, her spirit, often called the Ghost of Spring Street, manifests itself as vapor rising from the kitchen floor and causes front-of-house mischief with flying ashtrays and shattered dishes.

Where else to stay in New York but the Manhattan Club!

 

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Timeshare Deals - Tahoe Seasons and Marriott Grande Vista

Tahoe Seasons Resort Timeshare For Sale

Tahoe Seasons Resort Timeshare For Sale

Tahoe Seasons Resort Timeshare Price Reduced! Must Sell Soon

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

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

Check out these other Tahoe Seasons Resort timeshares for sale.

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

Marriott Grande Vista Timeshare For Sale

Marriott Grande Vista Timeshare For Sale

Marriott Platinum Odd Years 2 Bedroom Timeshare Price Slashed!

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

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

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

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

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

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Sell My Timeshare Now?

Flamingo Beach Resort Timeshare St Maarten

Flamingo Beach Resort Timeshare St Maarten

Running a marathon always starts with the first step. Selling your timeshare may not be as hard as running a marathon, but it does take persistence and patience.

The answer to the question of “Is now the best time to sell my timeshare?” is best answered by another question “Do you want to keep paying maintenance fees for a timeshare you never use?”.  If the answer to that question is “YES” then now is the time to get your timeshare on the market for sale and get it done once and for all.

Some timeshare owners get stuck in neutral in their decision to sell their timeshare. What will it cost? What will it sell for? Is the economy right?

There is a buyer for every timeshare. You bought it and others wanted to buy but walked away. Most still like the idea of timesharing but did not want to pay a retail price.

In overdeveloped areas like Orlando/Kissimmee there are far more timeshare units available than the demand for them. Just as it is with any commodity for example, the more supply and less demand there is for something the less the buyer will have to pay.

Other areas of the country are not as over developed. Take the western coast of Florida for example. Few new resorts have been built there, the timeshare owners seldom want to part with their timeshare in those locations and the demand is very high.

Yes the demand for vacation condos like timeshares is strong in Orlando but the supply is out of control huge! And more timeshare developments are breaking ground.

The best way to go about buying a timeshare in a market like this is to use a timeshare resale specialist that has a network of other professionals like brokers, title companies, escrow, attorneys, and so on. Plus make sure they have a track record of closing deals on timeshare sales. Some timeshare sales are tricky and take special expertise to get the job done. Ask a lot of questions. A timeshare resale pro will be happy to tell you about the timeshares they have sold, their most recent sale, and what the prospects are for finding you just what you want.

Grand View LasV egas Timeshare

Better Than A Hotel Room – Yes?

So whether you are searching for a high end Marriott, Westin, or other timeshare resort or just a small town “lazy river” kind of place there are plenty of timeshare owners ready to sell you their timeshare at a huge discount!

There is a buyer for every timeshare. You bought it and others wanted to buy but walked away. Most still like the idea of timesharing but did not want to pay a retail price.

No matter what the economy is doing there will always be people ready to spend money on luxury items like boats, sports cars, and luxury vacation condos. Timeshares fit the bill for those who do not want to pay for and maintain a second home, a lake house, or other type of whole ownership.

Now is the best time to sell your timeshare. If you don’t get the process started now when will you do it?

 

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New Timeshares On The Market - Owner's Say "SELL!"

Hot new timeshares for sale!

These timeshares have just hit the resale market and are ready to go! Follow the links, check out the details, make an offer online. Or call to get the best deal you can.

With plenty of timeshares to be found, you are sure to find your dream vacation offered for sale at RPMLS.com.

Decades of experience, over $100 million in sales.

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Price Reductions for timeshares for sale by owner:

 

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RPMLS.com is a popular timeshare resale website specifically dedicated to the Secondary Market of the timeshare buying and selling community, and we take it seriously. Sellers have the confidence that their timeshare ads will receive maximum exposure to buyers and will be handled by professional sales staff experienced in timesharing as well as the advertising and marketing services required to get the properties sold.

RPMLS.com is easily accessed 24/7 by timeshare buyers or renters who are seeking a vacation getaway the most cost effective and expedient way possible. Timeshare Brokers also come to the site in search of timeshares for sale to satisfy the vacation needs of their buyer clients.

This is a user-friendly site that has an excellent selection of timeshare ads to meet the criteria of just about any savvy timeshare buyer or renter worldwide — in quality, style, size, location, price, or time of year (red week timeshares, etc.) It’s easy. Properties can be searched by resort name or location.

 

 

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“Red Hot 25″ Timeshare Resorts in 2014

Costa Linda Beach Resort Timeshare Aruba

Costa Linda Beach Resort Timeshare Aruba

According to who? Let’s just call them blueweek.com. They have this timeshare top list every year at “blueweek.com” for rentals and sales. Their list is accumulated from “Top 25 ranking was determined by the e-mail alert preferences of the site’s more than 1.5 million registered users.” They even say “actual results may differ from those reflected in these results”. Their rankings are based not on what people actually get, but what they want. So it should be entitled “The Top 25 Most Requested Timeshare Rentals”. Just because it is requested, does not mean it is the most rented out timeshare.

The email alert is just a reflection of what people want and usually cannot get. Supply and demand. The information is good to know if you own a timeshare there. Timeshare owners who also want to exchange into those resorts would also benefit by knowing that the top 25 would be very hard to exchange into. Maybe that’s why these 25 timeshares are on the request list. Nobody wants to bank their week there, and zillions of people want it.

Too bad, RCI and Interval International would say. I also wonder if RCI and II are renting out any of those timeshare weeks banked there! Probably. Those are in so much demand they could command any price they want to rent it out.

Things that make you wonder who is looking out for who . . . .

Anyway, here’s their list:

Harborside Resort Atlantis Timeshares for Rent or Sale

Harborside Resort Atlantis Timeshares for Rent or Sale

1. Disney’s Beach Club Villas – Lake Buena Vista, Florida
2. Disney’s BoardWalk Villas – Lake Buena Vista, Florida
3. Harborside Resort at Atlantis – Paradise Island, Bahamas
4. The Manhattan Club – New York City, New York
5. Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club – Lahaina, Hawaii
6. Costa Linda Beach Resort – Oranjestad, Aruba
7. HGVC at Hilton Hawaiian Village – Honolulu, Hawaii
8. Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Lake Buena Vista, Florida
9. Disney’s Old Key West Resort – Lake Buena Vista, Florida
10. Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club – Kapolei, Hawaii
11. Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club – Palm Beach, Aruba
12. The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas – Lahaina, Hawaii
13. Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club – Palm Beach, Aruba
14. Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas – Newport Coast, California
15. The Royal Sands – Cancun, Mexico
16. Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club – Koloa, Hawaii
17. Playa Linda Beach Resort – Palm Beach, Aruba
18. Marriott’s Grande Ocean – Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
19. Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort: West Village – Kissimmee, Florida
20. Marriott’s Ocean Pointe – Palm Beach Shores, Florida
21. Kaanapali Beach Club – Lahaina, Hawaii
22. The Westin St. John - Virgin Grand Villas – St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
23. Aruba Beach Club – Oranjestad, Aruba
24. Sheraton Vistana Resort – Orlando, Florida
25. The Galleon Resort – Key West, Florida

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Of All The Ways You Could Dispose Of Your Timeshare This One Works

“What is the best way to sell my timeshare?” I get asked that question a lot. You do have a lot of options but most of them are not very effective. For example: You could ask the timeshare resort for help selling your timeshare. Unfortunately about 58% of all US resorts offer no resales help. If they do, often they charge extremely high commissions, like up to 40% That does not sound like the best way to sell your time share.

Westin Kierland Villas timeshare for sale

You could always advertise it yourself. However, these days, the prospects of advertising on Craigslist have scared some people away. Prices on EBay are rock bottom and while you may get a large amount of exposure, you may not want to deal with “bottom feeder” price offers. The kind of advertising you’d need to do to attract the largest possible buyer pool would be quite expensive. Try pricing an ad in USA Today! Too expensive. That doesn’t sound like the best way to sell your timeshare either!

Another possibility is placing an ad in your local classified ads. I’d say don’t waste your time with that idea. Think about it. Who will you reach:  Probably a relatively small group of people, buyers who are not sure exactly what a timeshare is, inquiries from people who may not have the money or financing ability to buy your timeshare, or people who want to pay one dollar for your timeshare.

You could always respond to one of those unsolicited nameless emails that proclaim they already have a buyer for your timeshare. If it sounds too good to be true, it is definitely not true.  Their next move is to ask you to wire them 3 or 4 thousand dollars so they can sell your timeshare for you. Something sounds backwards in this sales proposition.

Timeshare Realtor BrokerLots of people prefer to use a Timeshare Resale Broker. They specialize in timeshare resales and can do all the negotiating and contract work for you. Most of the time, you will have to pay a commission, but it would be worth it to not have to deal with the hassles. Now that sounds like the best way to sell your timeshare. And now is a good time to sell your timeshare. Buyers are looking for deals and the resorts are not selling them like they used to. Studies estimate that there are 9.2 million US households thinking of buying a timeshare in the next 2 years.

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What is the Best Way to Sell my Timeshare?

“What is the best way to sell my timeshare?” I get asked that question a lot. You do have a lot of options but most of them are not very effective. For example: You could ask the timeshare resort for help selling your timeshare. Unfortunately about 58% of all US resorts offer no resales help. If they do, often they charge extremely high commissions, like up to 40% That does not sound like the best way to sell your time share.

Westin Kierland Villas timeshare for sasle

Westin Kierland Villas Timeshare Resort

You could always advertise it yourself. However, these days, the prospects of advertising on Craigslist have scared some people away. Prices on EBay are rock bottom and while you may get a large amount of exposure, you may not want to deal with “bottom feeder” price offers. The kind of advertising you’d need to do to attract the largest possible buyer pool would be quite expensive. Try pricing an ad in USA Today! Too expensive. That doesn’t sound like the best way to sell your timeshare either!

Another possibility is placing an ad in your local classified ads. I’d say don’t waste your time with that idea. Think about it. Who will you reach:  Probably a relatively small group of people, buyers who are not sure exactly what a timeshare is, inquiries from people who may not have the money or financing ability to buy your timeshare, or people who want to pay one dollar for your timeshare.

You could always respond to one of those unsolicited nameless emails that proclaim they already have a buyer for your timeshare. If it sounds too good to be true, it is definitely not true.  Their next move is to ask you to wire them 3 or 4 thousand dollars so they can sell your timeshare for you. Something sounds backwards in this sales proposition.

Timeshare Realtor BrokerLots of people prefer to use a Timeshare Resale Broker. They specialize in timeshare resales and can do all the negotiating and contract work for you. Most of the time, you will have to pay a commission, but it would be worth it to not have to deal with the hassles. Now that sounds like the best way to sell your timeshare. And now is a good time to sell your timeshare. Buyers are looking for deals and the resorts are not selling them like they used to. Studies estimate that there are 9.2 million US households thinking of buying a timeshare in the next 2 years.

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Huge Marriott Timeshare Discounts

Marriott timeshares on the timeshare resale market are a great value.  They carry the same benefits but often at half the cost when you buy resale! For example if you wanted to buy a Marriott timeshare from the developer, maybe you’d be paying $24,000 to well over $30,000. Would you like to save 25%  to 50% or more off your timeshare purchase?

Here’s how to buy a Marriott timeshare.

Use a timeshare resale broker – a Realtor who specializes in Marriott timeshare resales. They can locate the property you need, finalize all the terms, and get it closed for far less than you’d pay elsewhere.

So far in 2014 the top five best selling Marriott timeshares are:

Marriott Newport Coast Villas timeshare for sale by owner1. Buy Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas-  Description from their home page: “spacious two-bedroom Newport Coast villas offer Tuscan-inspired living/dining areas and full kitchens. Enjoy four outdoor pools, three whirlpool spas, tennis facilities, and a state-of-the-art fitness center and activity center.  Perched atop a bluff offering sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean & Catalina Island.” A fantastic location like this is not enough by itself to rank number one among Marriott timeshare resales. This resort also boasts one of the finest reputations in customer satisfaction and return visitors.

2. Buy Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club – Just thirty minutes from Honolulu, this timeshare resort is located on 640 acres of lush tropical landscaping. There you’ll find crystal clear lagoons, waterfalls, and all the things you’d expect from your not so typical tropical paradise! When you add in Ko Olina Golf Club, an exclusive beach club, spectacular attention to detail, and a discount price you have all the makings for a stress free island vacation.

3. Buy Marriott’s Ocean Point – Golf! Yes, in one word, Golf. Over 147 golf courses are nearby this Palm Beach Shores vacation destination.

4. Buy Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club – Just take a look at the photo to the left.

Marriott Waiohai Beach Club Timeshare for sale by owner

5. Buy Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club – The Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club is one of the most sought after timeshares in history. You combine the location with Marriott’s reputation and you get a sure fire combination. Couple that with buying the timeshare on the resale market for a great discount and you will come out ahead every time.

Be sure to check out the excellent deals on these Marriott timeshares and more at www.RPMLS.com. You’ll love the selection, professional staff, and price.

Marriott Timeshares – more value than just the price. A valued memory to treasure for a lifetime.

 

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