Hawaii's Hottest Selling Timeshares - Resale 2015

Hilton Grand Vacation at Waikoloa Beach

Hilton Grand Vacation at Waikoloa Beach

Everyone loves lists. They can be funny, informative, or just entertaining. Just ask David Letterman: On September 18, 1985, the very first list, “The Top Ten Things That Almost Rhyme With Peas” was broadcast. His top ten lists have become legend!

Maybe not legendary but definitely more practical is a list of the hottest selling timeshares on the resale market for Hawaii as of April, 2015. Why would that be interesting to anyone? Do you own a timeshare in Hawaii? If so, you may someday be interested in selling it or renting it out and this list will give you an idea of what the best performing resorts are in Hawaii!

I’ll pick out a few of the islands and give you the top best sellers on each island to give you a more detailed look at Maui, Kauai, and the big island.


Bay Club at Waikoloa Resort – on the Big Island, this timeshare resort stands out – in my opinion – due to the location and ambience:  “The resort is within strolling distance to the white sands on Anaeho’omalu Bay” and “magnificently landscaped with waterfalls and tropical garden walkways throughout the property.” When you combine THAT kind of location with that sort of setting you get a vacation experience that people associate with paradise in the tropics!
Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club – When you get to Maui, there is one timeshare resort that always comes out as #1 in every category: Marriott Maui Ocean Club. People want this Marriott timeshare, they buy, they love it! Ka’anapali Beach is the back yard playground for Marriott Maui Ocean Club and it happens to be the considered the #1 beach vacation destination in the world. That’s according to every place you look at ratings!
Marriott's Kauai Beach Club

Marriott’s Kauai Beach Club

Marriott’s Kauai Beach Club – Situated on 51 acres of lush tropical landscaping, this timeshare features world-class swimming pool complex, two championship golf courses, tennis and a myriad of beach activities on the quarter mile of Kalapaki Beach.
That’s a lot of information to digest so I’ll let it go at that.
In the mean time, don’t just dream of your dream vacation, go get it!

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Las Vegas Polo Towers 16th Floor Steal of a Deal!

$2,500! That’s the asking price for this annual deeded week 49 just off the strip and convenient to the airport. While it is a studio unit, it still affords far more comfortable accommodations than your average or above average hotel room.

With a price like that it will not last long so bid on Polo Towers studio unit week 49 now!

Polo Towers Rooftop View

Polo Towers Rooftop View

So what about Polo Towers?

Polo Towers is part of the mega developer of timeshares inventory at Diamond Resorts International.

To start off with there are panoramic views of Las Vegas from your private balcony. Amenities at the resort include a state-of-the-art fitness center, a rooftop pool and spa for adults, and a family water park & play area. Massage and Spa Treatments and Studio Nails round out the offerings at the resort to help make your stay the perfect vacation get away location!

Grand Canyon from the South Rim of Hoover Dam

Grand Canyon from the South Rim of Hoover Dam

If you are looking beyond the bright lights of the big city there is more to amaze you nearby in the natural beauty of surrounding Southern Nevada. Spend a day out on Lake Mead with the family, or hike Red Rock Canyon for a magnificent view of the Las Vegas valley.

A scenic drive through Valley of Fire State Park is well worth your while! Here the rolling red-rock landscape epitomizes the cinematic beauty of the Southwest, as seen in Captain Kirk’s death scene from Star Trek: Generations and the Mars storyline in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Total Recall.

The Hoover Dam

Built during the 1930s Depression era, it was once the tallest dam of its kind in the entire world. Designed to control flooding on the mighty Colorado River, the Hoover Dam today generates power for over a million people. Take a tour and ride the underground elevators down to watch the giant turbines in action, or just take a walk across atop the dam, which straddles the Nevada/Arizona state line.

Grand Canyon

A five hour drive from the Strip, the Grand Canyon greets hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. 90% of all visitors head to the South Rim where the views are spectacular and have been amazing visitors for 90 years.

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How To Get The Timeshare Exchange You Want From RCI

Cozumel Palace Timeshare Resort

Cozumel Palace Timeshare Resort

Ever hear of a 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! RPMLS.com

Coconut Beach Resort Key West

Coconut Beach Resort Key West

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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Top Selling Wyndham Timeshares

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wyndham Fairfield Glade Timeshare Resort

Wyndham Resort at Fairfield Glade:

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

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

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Like a Genie in a Bottle: The Unexpected Offer


“Out of the blue, I got an email that said they had a Buyer For My Timeshare – Really?

So how do they know what timeshare I own anyway? Do they know the season, points, usage, or maintenance fees? This looks like a scam. Is it?”

Most likely this is a scam. Especially if they say they have it sold for more than you paid for it. Or even less.

Hundreds of thousands of emails have been sent to timeshare owners falsely claiming they have it “sold”. The catch is that you have to send them a deposit of anywhere from $500 to $3,000 to get it closed. What usually happens is that they take your money and run.

All across the EU this is being reported on a daily basis. Here in the US I have heard many reports of the same kind. There are several variations of this timeshare scam happening every day. Most eventually get caught and face the consequences. What usually does not happen is the victim getting their money back. It makes timeshare owners even more reluctant to trust any timeshare resale company with selling their timeshare. And the timeshare owner is still stuck in the same situation. They want to sell their timeshare. They do not want to keep paying timeshare maintenance fees for a timeshare they do not use. They are getting no help from their timeshare resort management company. Selling the timeshare on their own seems to be an impossible task.

Realtor TimeshareIt comes down to a matter of trust.

Whatever you do, know who you are dealing with. Be sure you know who is sending you the email or is on the other end of the phone. Ask for their license number if they say they are a Realtor, pin down their physical address, and ask about their terms and conditions before trusting them to sell your timeshare.

It is always a better idea to work with a Realtor when you sell your timeshare. Realtors are bound by a code of ethics and receive regular training. They are also accountable to state authorities for the use of their real estate license. Realtors are usually well known and respected in their communities and are involved in community activities. A Realtor is a person that you can feel comfortable doing business with.

Selling your timeshare? Use a Realtor. I’m talking about peace of mind.

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Hilton Las Vegas - Timeshare With Deep Discount!

Hilton Grand Vacation Club at Las Vegas

Hilton Grand Vacation Club at Las Vegas

HGV (Hilton Grand Vacation Club) at Las Vegas is a “force to be reckoned with” in Las Vegas. This timeshare resort has all the best features of the most desirable timeshares in Las Vegas, namely LOCATION!

Priced at $12,900, these 1600 HGV points gets you the ultimate timeshare resort experience of a life time in Las Vegas. Bid on it here.

Here are the accommodations as describe on their home page: “HGVC at the Las Vegas Hilton offers spacious studio, one, and two bedroom accommodations. One and two bedroom suites are complete with everything you would expect from a Hilton resort: a full kitchen, washer-dryer, high-speed wireless Internet access, air conditioning, and whirlpool jet tub in the master bathrooms. Studio units sleep two with a king-size bed; one-bedroom units sleep four with a king bed and queen sleeper sofa; two-bedroom units sleep eight six with king beds in both bedrooms, and a queen sleeper sofa.”

Much to the dismay of “trekkies” around the world, Star Trek – The Experience formerly located at the HGV Las Vegas closed a few years ago due to a contract problem and has no plans to return.

However, the timeshare resort continues to provide quality service and amenities that have been winning the accolade of owners and visitors alike for many years.

Hilton Grand Vacations timeshare resale

Hilton Grand Vacations – Las Vegas

More about Hilton Grand Vacation Club:

Hilton Grand Vacations Company, LLC, a division of Hilton Worldwide, manages and operates two innovative club membership programs: Hilton Grand Vacations Club® and The Hilton Club®, providing exclusive exchange, leisure travel, and reservation services for more than 150,000 Club Members.

“Club Member privileges include: exchanges throughout the Club system of resorts; enrollment in RCI, LLC, offering vacation exchange options at more than 3,700 resorts worldwide; and membership in the award-winning Hilton HHonors® guest reward program with access to more than 3,300 participating hotels worldwide.” (source)

More Hilton Grand Vacation Club timeshares for sale.

The top ten best selling timeshares in Las Vegas:

Notice that three of the top ten best selling timeshares on the resale market are Hilton Grand Vacation Club timeshare resorts? No accident. They are in demand from knowledgeable buyers!


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Krystal Resorts Puerto Vallarta Gold Crowned

Krystal International Puerto Vallarta Timeshare Resort

Krystal International Puerto Vallarta Timeshare Resort

For the fifth year in a row now, Krystal Resorts Puerto Vallarta timeshare was awarded the Gold Crown designation by Resort Condominiums International.  The Gold Crown award is an honor for excellent service and its standing as an outstanding and unforgettable part of the community. (source)

Krystal Resorts timeshares can be found in Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Ixtapa, and another in Cancun, the Krystal Grand Punta Cancun. They are all inclusive timeshare resorts with a long list of benefits that come with the all inclusive deal: Breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet, dinner during operational hours, dinner at the Mexican specialty restaurant, Hacienda el Mortero, with house wine by the glass, drinks during bar operational hours. Domestic and selected international brands of the KRYSTAL ALL INCLUSIVE PROGRAM, bottles of water in the room (restocked daily), snacks from 12 to 5 pm by the pool area, aquatic sports available at the hotel’s marina, inclusive bracelet, free use of the gym (Massages 20% off), room service 24 hours (light snacks from 11 pm to 6 am), recreational activities during the day,  and all tips and taxes included.

Krystal International Puerto Vallarta Timeshare Resort

Krystal International Puerto Vallarta Timeshare Resort

Cancun is also host to quite a lineup of top shelf timeshare resorts including luxury resorts like Hotel y Villas Solaris Cancun, Club Internacional de Cancun, Club Regina Cancun at Westin, Royal Sands, Royal Caribbean, Royal Mayan and others.

So just what does the Gold Crown designation mean and what does it do for the timeshare resort?

Right off the bat I can tell you that timeshare owners are glad when the timeshare they own is rated “Gold Crown”. It gives them some hope that they have a better chance of exchanging their timeshare and getting what they want and possibly a higher resale value. And if not a higher value, at least a better shot of getting their timeshare sold.

The three rankings are Gold Crown, Silver Crown, and Hospitality Award. The criteria for a timeshare resort making the Gold Crown “cut” includes: meeting or exceeding specific standards in the areas of unit housekeeping, unit maintenance, hospitality and check-in/check-out procedures, and an evaluation of resort facilities, amenities and services.

RCI depends heavily on the timeshare owners’ feedback to give them insight into how the specific resorts are performing. This gives the resort more incentive to the very best they can for their guests.

So congratulations to Krystal Resorts’ Puerto Vallarta for their fifth straight year of achieving their Gold Crown rating!


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Buy The Timeshare - It IS The Right Thing For You

Club Regina Los Cabos

Club Regina Los Cabos

Despite the naysayers, the warnings, the complaining timeshare owners, and other negative attitudes, there are times and/or situations where buying a timeshare and using it for your annual vacation just makes sense.

Now, “How?” you ask?

It is affordable. Consider the average cost to own or maintain a timeshare. There is an annual maintenance fee you pay that averages around $600. What can you get that is comparable to a 2 bedroom luxury condo in a resort setting with all the amenities that costs $600? Two words: You can’t.

Mayan Palace Acapulco

Mayan Palace Acapulco

It also makes sense from a financial standpoint when you buy your timeshare on the resale market from the owner. Perhaps it was advertised by or facilitated by another party or resale company. However you obtain the timeshare, be sure you do not pay the going retail rate. If you do you will lose thousands of dollars from the outset. That would take several years of vacations to make up for. What kind of savings are we talking about? Normally 25% to 50% or more! Factor that out over years of vacations and you have a vacation deal that will beat the socks off of any other option.

Buying a timeshare also makes sense when you can plan your vacations in advance. Six months in advance usually works. Advance planning for a vacation does several things for everyone involved. You can plan better activities, coordinate with more family and friends, and enjoy having a great vacation to look forward to.

Now let’s talk about what you get when you buy a timeshare. Specifically look at the size of the condo you’d be staying in. It will be much much larger than anything else the same money could buy. It would almost be like comparing a two bed studio motel with the two bedroom, two bath, kitchen, laundry luxury timeshare.  There’s really no comparison there.

Do you like to trim costs by eating your breakfasts or an occasional lunch in your own vacation condo? Then the timeshare is the solution there as well. A fully equipped kitchen is standard for timeshares. There’s no need to bring dishes, glasses, silverware, stove, or anything else a standard kitchen would have. It will all be there clean and good as new waiting for you when you check in!

Having a washer and dryer in your vacation lodging also makes sense when you are staying for a week or more. That way you don’t have to pack a ton of clothes because you can plan on doing your own laundry whenever you need to. Fewer things to bring =  less luggage to lug around.

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Can I Get Much For My Timeshare?

Active in timeshare forums lately is the question of “What is my timeshare worth?”

People are considering their timeshare value if they want to sell their timeshare, give it away, assess their net worth, declare bankruptcy, get a divorce and so on. Before assigning a dollar value to a timeshare, be sure to consider what it costs to own it. There are maintenance fees, special assessments from time to time, taxes, and depreciation. Wait! Depreciation? Yes. Timeshares typically do not go up in value over the years. In fact, if you sell your timeshare you will likely get anywhere from 50% to 75% of what you paid for it. That’s the widely known industry standard.

SoldSo what is YOUR timeshare worth? It depends. More than anything else, it depends on supply and demand. How “in demand” is your timeshare? Is your timeshare in a location that is not saturated with thousands or tens of thousands of timeshare unit weeks?

There are a few free tools out there to help you figure out what your timeshare is worth and if it worth selling. The best news about selling a timeshare is getting rid of those maintenance fees. Sort of like the two happiest days of a sailboat owner’s life: the day you buy your sailboat, and the day you sell your sailboat.

You were probably very happy the day you bought your timeshare. I will bet you will be even more happy when you sell it. Most timeshare owners eventually get to that point. They sell and are happy to do so.

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Should I Take Government Warnings and Vacation Travel Seriously?

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.

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

Puerto Vallarta and Beautiful Shoreline

Puerto Vallarta and Beautiful Shoreline

In 2014 25.4 million visitors from the US went to Mexico!
This is a huge increase from just a few years ago and represents just a piece of Mexico’s rising tourism traffic. More US citizens took their vacations in Mexico than in any other country.

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.

Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas

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.

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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Buy Timeshare Resale Not Retail!

Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch Timeshare For Sale

Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch Timeshare For Sale

Whether you buy a car, home, or timeshare, you can save a huge amount of money when you buy it from the owner. Buying resale always beats paying retail prices! Beyond the cost savings of buying a timeshare on the resales market here are five benefits of buying a timeshare.

By owning a timeshare property instead of a second home, or vacation home, you, the owner are not responsible for upkeep, repairs, home owner’s dues, or any of these types of expense related obligations. Do note however, you will be required to pay maintenance fees or membership dues to some resorts as a way to fund the continual development and upkeep of the resort. Selecting a timeshare property as an alternative to a second home or vacation home will net significant savings due to the fact you will only use a few weeks a year.

Though some people enjoy a new destination each year for vacationing or for getting away from it all, there are those who do visit the same destination year after year. There are many reasons for this trend in vacationing and some of them are specific to scheduling, travel distance and availability while others simply fall in love with a location and return every chance.

Would you believe that some hard working people may go years without taking a vacation? Would you believe that some people take one or more vacations every year?  Unfortunately, one of the primary reasons people do not take a vacation is because of a lack of planning. As unfortunate as this may seem, the remedy is as simple as setting a date, choosing a location and preparing financially. When you own a timeshare property, in a way, you become committed to a vacation each year.

Plantation Beach Club at Indian River Timeshare For Sale

Plantation Beach Club at Indian River Timeshare For Sale

Superb Lodging:

Lodging is superb at timeshare properties because of the features and amenities that related to the comfort of your stay where the difference is less like a hotel, and more like an apartment. Some units have kitchens stocked with tableware and cooking utensils and one or more bedrooms to make your stay feel very much comfortable and convenient.  And providing how much you demand of your timeshare property, the sky is the limit on what features and amenities you can request.

Lifestyle Enhancement:

When you begin your research into the timeshare market, you will undoubtedly encounter the phrase lifestyle enhancement or lifestyle improvement. This is a selling point for many of the resorts, and though it tolls aristocratically, it is accompanied by a tone of truth. By becoming committed to vacationing, you are doing something grand for yourself. A reward that you deserve. A chance to improve the quality of your life by squeezing in a well earned break for yourself and your family each year.

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The All Inclusive Timeshare - What Does It Cost?

The cost of an all inclusive timeshare? It doesn’t cost much to buy one. In fact, it is usually the least expensive timeshare deal on the market. Whether you are “buying” a weekend in Cabo or buying 30 years of week long stays it can be much less than standard “deeded week” timeshares like you’d find in the US.

The cost of the maintenance fee on average runs a little less than the normal type of timeshare.

The cost you have to pay attention to are the “all inclusive” daily fees that have minimum days required, minimum participants based on the number of bedrooms versus number of people actually there, and a high price tag by most peoples’ standards.

BUT, they can be a great deal if you consider what you get, what you pay, and the convenience of their all inclusive program. And if you plan to simply spend your days at the resort, not go out exploring the area, and take all your meals at the timeshare, it might just be a better way to go for you.

Royal Solaris Los Cabos All Inclusive Timeshare Resort

Royal Solaris Los Cabos All Inclusive Timeshare Resort

Here’s an example of the fine print of a timeshare lease contract at the Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa: typical of what you’ll find with the Mexico all inclusive resorts:

Depending on the week of the year, the all inclusive fee here ranges from the low season daily rate of $60 up to the highest rate of $160! That’s per day per person. This includes all meals, alcohol, beverages, mini bar, 24 hr room service and a variety of other amenities like the pools, spa, activities, water sports, etc. Every timeshare resort is a little different and may charge extra for airport shuttle, bus service, and other types of activities that may involve a rental of some sort.

Sunscape Pacifico Dorado All Inclusive Timeshare Resort Mexico

Sunscape Pacifico Dorado All Inclusive Timeshare Resort Mexico

PLUS, every room has a minimum number of people they will charge you for. If your one bedroom unit is rated for a maximum of 4 people occupancy you will be charged 4 times the daily all inclusive fee. NO MATTER HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE IN YOUR ROOM! The total inclusive fee for the week in a low season for two people in a one bedroom would be 4 x 60 x 7=$1,680. The week of New Years? $4,480! Happy New Year.

There are several things here I should point out.

The all inclusive timeshare can work out for you if  (1) you stay in the smallest size unit you can be comfortable in. If there are only two in your party, stay in a studio, not the one bedroom. (2) Take all your meals at the timeshare, not out in town. (3) If you want a fixed price vacation. (4) If you don’t want to worry about the cost of each meal or each drink. (5) If you don’t plan on extras like tours or massages.

That’s about the size of it!

And always remember to read the FINE PRINT!

And also – as always – my top ten picks for timeshares in Mexico (some are all inclusive): Paradise Village Spa and Resort, 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, Playa Del Sol Costa Sur


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You NEED A Vacation!

Sell Your Sheraton Vistana Orlando

The Sheraton Vistana Orlando – Stress Relief!

Already feeling the stress of 2015?  You just might – especially if you decided not to take a vacation last year.  Even the health experts are starting to chime in with their advice: “Studies show that there are undisputed, long-term benefits associated with taking regular vacations that contribute to better health, relationships and job performance.” And that’s a quote from www.HealthNewsDigest.com.

Let’s go even further. I think once you see the benefits of taking a vacation (without your Iphone or computer) you will be a believer!

Sheraton Vistana Orlando timeshare for sale

Sheraton Vistana Orlando

From Psychology Today: “In a 2009 study, Canadian researchers Joudrey and Wallace reported that “active” leisure pursuits (such as golf!) and taking vacations helped to buffer or ameliorate the job stress among a sample of almost 900 lawyers. British researcher Scott McCabe noted that vacations’ “personal benefits have been found to include: rest and recuperation from work; provision of new experiences leading to a broadening of horizons and the opportunity for learning and intercultural communication; promotion of peace and understanding; personal and social development; visiting friends and relatives; religious pilgrimage and health; and, subjective wellbeing”.

Because of economic pressures, escalating costs of living, and so on many people did not take their vacation time in 2014.  A few days ago I was promoting the idea of making a vacation in 2015 a priority as opposed to others saying delete vacations from your planning or taking the now famous “staycation”. Depending on your writing software, the word “staycation” gets a red underline. That means it is not a word. And it should not be. A staycation will do little to reduce your stress and will definitely not get you away from your usual routine.

Whether you like to ski, golf, hike, cycle, swim, fish, or just sit by the pool you can find great deals on travel and lodging. The travel industry is starting to offer more attractive deals as the price of oil settles down. Plus, if you rent or buy a timeshare from an owner, you can get a great deal. Even HealthNewsDigest.com recommends using a timeshare to assist you in committing to an annual vacation. You can get a five star gold crown resort for up to 50% less or better through the sales pros at www.rpmls.com .

For example, check out these deals for the Sheraton’s Vistana Orlando timeshares!

Again I’d say, go on vacation – you will feel better for it!

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Half A Million Wyndham Waikiki Timeshare Points

Wyndham Waikiki Beach Walk Timeshare

Wyndham Waikiki Beach Walk Timeshare

Brand new on the market are a half million Wyndham Timeshare points. Bid on it now!

This is a great chance to buy 500,000 Wyndham timeshare points all at once. Plus, they’re at the Wyndham Waikiki Beach Walk in Hawaii.

Touted as the largest resort development in Waikiki, this timeshare vacation resort offers tropical luxury at an affordable price. You’d be within a short distance of all the things that Hawaii and Waikiki are famous for: beaches, dining, nightlife, and so much more.

Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach

Here’s more about Waikiki from GoHawaii.com: “Located on the south shore of Honolulu, the world-famous neighborhood of Waikiki was once a playground for Hawaiian royalty. Known in Hawaiian as “spouting waters,” Waikiki was introduced to the world when its first hotel, the Moana Surfrider, was built on its shores in 1901. Today, Waikiki is Oahu’s main hotel and resort area and a vibrant gathering place for visitors from around the world. Along the main strip of Kalakaua Avenue you’ll find world-class shopping, dining, entertainment, activities and resorts.

Waikiki is most famous for its beaches and every room is just two or three blocks away from the sea. With Leahi (Diamond Head) as your backdrop, the calm waters of Waikiki are perfect for a surfing lesson. In fact, legendary Hawaiian waterman Duke Kahanamoku grew up surfing the waves of Waikiki. This Olympic gold medalist in swimming actually taught visitors how to surf at the turn of the century and was later known as “The father of modern surfing.” Today, the Waikiki Beach Boys perpetuate Duke’s legacy by teaching visitors how to surf and canoe and the Duke Kahanamoku Statue has become an iconic symbol of Waikiki.”

Check out these other Wyndham Waikiki Beach Walk timeshares for sale – Top selling Waikiki Hawaii timeshares for sale by ownerMarriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club, Imperial Hawaii Vacation Club, HGVClub at the Lagoon Tower, RAVC Waikiki, Lifetime in Hawaii, Hawaiian Princess Makaha Beach, Waikiki Banyan, Royal Kuhio, Wyndham Waikiki Beach Walk, Sweetwater at Waikiki.

The best selling Wyndham timeshares of all time.


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Utah Timeshares - Skiing Is Not The Only Show In Town

Marriott Summit Watch Park City Utah

Marriott Summit Watch Park City Utah

Summertime is a great time for vacations. Some go to the beach, some go to foreign countries. One of the hottest new trends is mountain biking on ski trails!

Recently I went to Winter Park Colorado. As I was driving through I saw bikes on ski lifts! Asking about what was going on I was told that the resorts sell lift tickets for ski trails so mountain bikers can ride down the ski trails. Talk about extreme mountain biking!?!

Utah is home to numerous excellent ski resorts. Now ski resorts are not just for wintertime skiing. Activities like hiking, rafting, fishing, sight seeing, and mountain biking are awesome in the summer. Cool nights, not too hot days, and plenty of fun for the family.

View from Marriott Summit Watch

View from Marriott Summit Watch

Timeshare resorts in Utah are plentiful and at a good price. Some of the top timeshare developers in the world have built fine timeshare resorts in Utah. Names like Marriott, Westgate, Bluegreen, and Diamond can be easily found there.

If you are thinking of selling your Utah timeshare or buying timeshare on the resale market take a look at these – the top ten best selling timeshares in Utah. This list comes from real time sales data from the largest timeshare selling network available:

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A Broker For Timeshares - Right Idea

Silverleaf Fox River ResortNow THIS is an excellent article in the Wall Street Journal about the timeshare resales business.

Here’s a great quote from the article “While onsite brokers have access to a captive buyer market and promote consistent pricing, this monopolization of resale inventory may actually deter resales by limiting the overall marketing of the property.

Kona Coast Resort timeshare for sale

Kona Coast Timeshare Resort

For example, at Calini Beach Resort in Sarasota, an onsite broker holds the majority of resale listings. Owners there are faced with a 35% broker commission requirement and marketing that appears to be limited to a single website and onsite flyers which target existing owners and renters.”

In fact, Marriott timeshares also do some resales for the owners. BUT, they charge huge commissions and have a strange system of offering the resales of timeshares.

Timeshare Professionals

It’s All About The Timeshare Network

From the top timeshare resales networking site: “Once you decide to sell your timeshare property, our team of professionals and affiliated licensed timeshare resale resorts specialists, all using our exclusive computer system and matching software, begin the process of selling your timeshare to potential buyers or renters data based in our system. We match to their specific resale needs. Our experienced timeshare resale specialists can handle the transaction from start to finish unless you want to do it yourself and save the money.”

But the peace of mind you gain by using a Timeshare Resale Broker is priceless. You would be astounded to hear how many timeshare owners are at the end of their rope with their timeshare. Life’s circumstances change for everyone. But sometimes when they do, there is no room left for the timeshare, the payments, or to vacation the same week each year.


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Silverleaf Timeshare Resorts - Texas and More

Silverleaf's Hill Country Resort

Silverleaf’s Hill Country Resort

Silverleaf Piney Shores, Silverleaf’s Holly Lake Ranch, Silverleaf’s Hill Country Resort, Silverleaf’s Seaside Resort, Silverleaf’s President’s Villas at Hill Country Resort, and Silverleaf’s The Villages are all found in the Lone Star State. As host to six Silverleaf timeshare resorts, Texas has had much to do with setting the theme and flavor of these Silverleaf Resorts.

While these timeshare resorts may be located in the not as well known towns of Conroe, Big Sandy, Canyon Lake, Galveston, and Flint, they are all near large urban areas like Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio.

Silverleaf's Piney Shores Resort Lake Conroe

Silverleaf’s Piney Shores Resort Lake Conroe

The top three Silverleaf timeshare resorts in time share resales are also found in Texas. The best sellers from the Silverleaf family are Silverleaf’s Piney Shores, Silverleaf Hill Country Resort, Silverleaf’s The Villages, Silverleaf’s Holiday Hills, Silverleaf’s Ozark Mtn Resort, Silverleaf’s Holly Lake Ranch, Silverleaf’s Fox River Resort, Silverleaf Presidents Fairway, Silverleaf’s Lake O’ The Woods,  and Orlando Breeze Resort Club.

In today’s timeshare sales environment Piney Shores, Hill Country, and The Villages dominate all new sales from Silverleaf. That’s also why they are the top three in resales. Simply because there are so many units that have been sold from these resorts.

From their website, Silverleaf states “Joining Silverleaf offers you easy and affordable getaways, close to home and throughout the year. From annual vacations to weekends to day trips, Silverleaf membership means more opportunities for fun, more time to connect, and more moments that matter.”

In that statement they describe all the top things that drives their sales: sell to people nearby, keep price affordable, emphasize weekend use and day trips. As I talk to Silverleaf owners they all talk about their motivation to buy based on proximity to where they live. “We bought because we wanted to use the lake and park facilities for weekends and day trips.” If i had a nickel for every time I heard that statement . . .

The downside of this is that day trips and weekend use of a timeshare resort never seems to work out for the owners like they thought it would. Buyers’ remorse and anger sets in and there you have a mad and bitter timeshare owner.

Don’t let that happen to you. Overcome the things that keep you from setting aside time for you and your family to use the property on weekends. If you can’t then sell your timeshare. You shouldn’t keep it around if it is causing so much anxiety for you and your loved ones. (Plus the cost!)

Selling your timeshare then becomes finding a timeshare resale broker with experience who can handle it for you.


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Great Vacation Destinations and Timeshares

Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch Golf Timeshare For Sale

Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch Golf Timeshare For Sale

If you are searching for a timeshare for sale by owner at a specific destination here is the best way to do it. The links that follow will take you to timeshares for sale at very reasonable prices. In fact, many of them are a steal of a deal. Especially when you compare what the timeshare resort would charge you for the same timeshare unit.

Buying a timeshare on the resale market makes sense. The idea behind timeshare in the first place is to pay for tomorrow’s vacation with today’s dollars. Plus, when you can buy the timeshare at a huge discount in the first place you save even more money. That’s the idea!

Planet Hollywood Timeshare Las Vegas

Planet Hollywood Timeshare Las Vegas

So to help you in that search, I have compiled a list of the top destinations for vacations with timeshares for sale. Locations like Cancun, Cabo, Las Vegas, Orlando, Branson, Ixtapa, Destin, Acapulco and more are there for your research.

You can even bid on timeshare properties for sale by owner on that website. It is a one stop shopping experience for buying a timeshare with no hassles from pushy sales people.

Awesome timeshare vacation destinations at affordable prices:

The next question lots of people ask is: What are the most popular vacation destinations where I can use my timeshare? In the US the answer groups the places into three states: Florida, California, and South Carolina.

Florida is the most popular destination by far. The Orlando/Kissimmee region is the top spot. Following that would be the West Coast/Gulf Coast of Florida and then South Florida.

In California think warm. Palm Desert and Palm Springs tend to be the “hottest” spots for timeshare vacations. Golf, mild temps, and plenty of sunshine are the attractions that draw millions of tourists each year.

South Carolina? One word: GOLF! In Hilton Head SC there are more holes of golf concentrated in one area than any other place on planet Earth.

The rest of the world finds the most popular vacation destinations with timeshares available in Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, the Caribbean, and Spain (Spanish Riviera).

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Summer Bay Timeshare Resort Sale - 3 Bedrooms

Summer Bay Timeshare Resort

Summer Bay Timeshare Resort

I put the size of the timeshare unit in the title because that is the beauty of timeshares! Especially those that are as large as a 3 bedroom at Summer Bay timeshare resort. Two years ago I stayed at the Summer Bay resort and totally enjoyed it. We were very close to the Disney attractions, all our favorite activities in Orlando/Kissimmee and had tons of space.

My observation of  The Summer Bay timeshare resort: Well maintained, great attention paid to the guests by concierge, housekeeping, and the entire staff, and the place is beautiful. Playgrounds, a large lake, and tropical palm trees keep you in that vacation state of mind.

Timeshare Vacation Resort

Summer Bay Timeshare Vacation Resort

So what have others said about Summer Bay? On TripAdvisor after over 2,000 reviews it received 4 out of 5 stars in every category. Here’s a review posted yesterday that sums it up for almost everyone: “Summer Bay spacious living room and privacy are the highlights of this resort! The kitchen is equipped with everything you may possibly need. Neighborhood has many restaurants, supermarkets and pharmacy. ”

What about other timeshare resorts in the area? What about them. They’re all over the place and they are just about the same: Small, overpriced, and not kept up.  BUT, here’s some of the outstanding samples of timeshares nearby that would be perfect: Liki Tiki Village Resort, Palisades Resort, Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orange Lake (one of my favorites for me and the family), and Emerald Island Resort Villas.

When you consider how much you pay for a cheesy hotel room in Orlando or Kissimmee and how little you get in return, a timeshare just makes sense. A timeshare with 3 bedrooms is huge! Plus you have a full furnished kitchen, large clean modern bathrooms, and space to stretch out. I will never stay in a hotel again when on vacation. I will stay in a timeshare, save money compared to a hotel, and get ten times the luxury amenities, space, and attention to detail. It just makes sense.


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Renting a Timeshare For Your Next Vacation!

Starr Pass Arizona Desert

Starr Pass Arizona Desert

Even if you do not own a timeshare, you can rent one for about the same price as a maintenance fee and get all the same luxuries that come with ownership – without having to take the 90 minute tour!

Plus, when you rent a timeshare you will get a much larger room, a kitchen, probably your own laundry facilities in the unit, and all the amenities that come with the luxury of a timeshare resort. Family activities, pools, tropical settings, beautiful mountains, exotic locations are all within your reach when you rent a timeshare. Ever considered Hawaii, California, Colorado, Canada, Mexico, or the Bahamas? All are available when you just rent it!

Vail Avon Beaver Creek Ski Vacation

Sheraton Mountain Vista Ski Timeshare Resort

The obvious advantage is in not having to “own” a timeshare. Owning a timeshare includes paying the annual maintenance fee whether you use the timeshare or not. So that if any year you do not use your week you will lose your week of timeshare. That is unless you bank the week (more fees), exchange the week (more fees), and actually get the week you want when in reality it can be a long shot at best.

Owning a timeshare also has some disadvantages that some folks would just as soon avoid. Here’s a big one that comes up from time to time in cyclical fashion: the Special Assessment Fee.  Oftentimes  timeshare owners are caught off guard by this fee. It will tend to come up when hurricanes damage the timeshare resort, major renovations are done, or other times when parts of the timeshare need to be upgraded.

While the subject of Special Assessments needs its own series of articles on this blog, let me just insert some of the timeshare contract language that repels lots of timeshare owners: “the Annual Use Fee shall be increased annually by such percentages as may be necessary to offset any increase in Operating Costs and Replacement Reserves over such costs for the  calendar year and in no event shall be increased more than ten percent (10%) per year cumulatively.”

The fly in the ointment is just what defines an “operating cost” and why aren’t repairs covered by the requirement for capital reserve investment for such occasions.

Back to renting versus owning a timeshare condo for your next vacation and avoid all the owners’ issues.

How do you do it? Search the best timeshare rental inventory make an offer, get it booked, and make your plans to take a great vacation!

For example a simple search for Las Vegas turned up great deals at Grandview at Las Vegas, The Jockey Club, and Tahiti Village. Some priced as low as $800 for the week! That is an awesome deal!

Rent a timeshare vacation condo!

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