Wyndham To Convert Timeshare in Australia

THIRTY-FOUR apartments in the old Shoal Bay Resort and Spa will soon become timeshares with Wyndham Hotel Group after the company announced this week it had acquired the properties.

Shoal Bay Resort Australia

Shoal Bay Resort Australia

The news comes just weeks after resort owner Jay McPhee, whose family developed the site, announced it would lease one of its major sections, the hotel’s accommodation management rights to the Wyndham Group.

Wyndham has contracted to acquire 34 apartments at the newly named Ramada Resort Shoal Bay.

The apartments will be transferred into Wyndham’s vacation ownership club.

Shoal Bay is one of Australia’s most beautiful beach destinations, and is within easy driving distance of Sydney. This will be an outstanding addition to the Wyndham portfolio of luxury resort timeshare properties.

More about Wyndham:

As the world’s largest developer and marketer of flexible, points-based vacation ownership products, Wyndham Vacation Ownership has developed or acquired more than 185 vacation ownership resorts throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and the South Pacific that represent more than 23,000 individual vacation ownership units.

More than 900,000 owner families worldwide and an extensive and diverse portfolio of resorts make the company a vacation ownership powerhouse.

Shoal Bay Resort and Spa Australia

Shoal Bay Resort and Spa Australia

The best selling Wyndham timeshare units on the resale market include these:

In addition to Wyndham’s timeshare ownership, their corporation is making news elsewhere – chiefly in the highly competitive world of timeshare exchange.  RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands, won nine awards at the 2014 ARDA Awards Gala Dinner in Las Vegas April 9th. Among the three coveted ACE awards the company took home was the prized ACE Customer Service: Industry Partner award, which was presented to RCI for its commitment to delivering the best service to its customers around the world.
To receive top honors in the field of timeshare exchange customer service is an accomplishment. Congratulations to RCI.

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What Is The Best Way To Sell My Timeshare

Silverleaf Holiday Hills Timeshare For Sale

Silverleaf Holiday Hills Timeshare For Sale

There are a lot of ways you could go about selling your timeshare. But, who do you believe? With all the warnings about timeshare scams and news about the timeshare scam companies in places like Florida, who do you trust?

Let’s get the “How Not To Sell Your Timeshare” methods disposed of first.

If you have looked around on the web for some answers maybe you have seen timeshares for sale on eBay. Now that is a let down. Hundreds of timeshares for sale for pennies on the dollar – lots of them not even selling – and who knows if they even close on the sale once they start making a deal. When it comes to timeshares everything you see on sites like eBay is like a magic show. Just where did all that inventory come from? Do those deals ever really close? Do you really want to sell your timeshare for a dollar?

How about those telephone solicitors calling you to say they have a buyer for your timeshare and all you need to do is send them eight hundred, a thousand, or three thousand dollars? Do like they do on the Matrix – RUN!  Companies like that are getting busted weekly and those guys are off to jail.

Okay, run an ad in your local town newspaper. You start fielding calls from buyers who do not know what a timeshare is. They think they can buy a whole ownership condo on the beach for fifteen thousand. Next.

Next comes the “Google” approach. Try it. You’ll get 7.5 million results and tons of ads from faceless, cyber sales sites.

Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas Timeshare For Sale

Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas Timeshare For Sale

What you need is a person. A person with timeshare sales experience. Preferably with some sort of credentials and an address. Remember that? Sticks and bricks?

What I’m talking about is a Realtor that is also a timeshare resale specialist. Using a Realtor to sell your timeshare will work as long as they know exactly how to deal with the resorts, title companies, and navigate sales across state and international lines. Not many Realtors want to tackle that. Some do.

Timeshare-Resale-Broker.com is one such company. “We have a staff of REALTORS® and support personnel who are dedicated to assisting timeshare buyers and sellers and making the sales transaction as smooth and easy as possible.” Having been in business a long time and with credentials that are solid, they have been getting timeshares sold for a long long time.

Timeshare Resale Broker. I like the way that sounds.

 

 

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Growing Timeshare Sales With International Travel

**UPDATE** The trend has continued throughout 2014. Timeshare sales are still jumping, resort developers are restarting projects previously abandoned, banks are lending money to finance sales/construction, and so the list goes.

The Department of Commerce published this in April 2014, “U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker today announced that the United States can expect four percent average annual growth in tourism during the next five years, and that a record 72.2 million foreign travelers are projected to visit the United States in 2014 alone. The Spring 2014 Forecast for International Travel, released semi-annually by the U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration, predicts continued strong growth through 2018 following four consecutive years of record visitor volume.”

Timeshare Sales GrowthToday I am going to make a prediction on timeshare sales that timeshare owners should consider: Timeshares for sale by owner are about to make a significant gain in sales activity!

Here’s why.

Let’s put together a couple of pieces of recent economic and travel news.

First consider news from Wyndham Worldwide. In today’s WSJ and Reuters online they reported increased earnings for the fourth quarter. The strength of the company is partly attributed to their rebounding timeshare division. Last year their timeshare sales grew 9% compared to a 21% decline a year earlier. Also, 80% of the overall revenue for Wyndham Worldwide (including Ramada, Howard Johnson and Days Inn hotels) comes from their timeshare business.

Next consider these remarks made by the Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke on February 1st:

“Travel and tourism continues to be one of the bright spots in the U.S. economy.  The first 11 months of 2013 showed a $28.3 billion trade surplus for travel and tourism.

Total tourism-related employment rose two percent in the third quarter of 2013, and we are continuing to see increases in the number of travelers and in the amount that they are spending while they’re here.

Today, I’m happy to announce the new international visitation data, prepared by our Office of Travel and Tourism.  During the first 11 months of 2013, 11.4 million more visitors than year before.

While international visitation increased 10 percent for the first 11 months of 2013, international visitor spending increased by 11 percent to a solid $122.7 billion.”

Within the Department of Commerce they are proposing an increase in the number of international visas granted annually to increase travel revenue:

“Based on the most recent annual travel receipts, we know that increasing the number of visas issued to legitimate travelers from Brazil by 3 percent would provide the United States with $99.5 million more in economic benefit.

Increase travelers from India by three percent – that’s $77.3 million.

Increase travelers from China by three percent – that’s $82.7million.”

Also from the Department of Commerce was a report late last year that showed a significant trend in growing travel and tourism. Last September international travelers spent nearly $12 billion in the U.S.  Here’s the graphic for that:

With the combination of recent sales growth and profit at one of the largest timeshare developers in the world, the reports of increasing travel to the U.S., increased international travel spending in the U.S., and the perception of the world public of safe travel in our country, the conclusion to me is that the increasing demand for timeshares will be passed on to timeshare owners who want to sell their timeshare.

All they need is a network of timeshare experts to facilitate these transactions. That’s where the depth of experience of those at www.rpmls.com comes into play. Having sold timeshare properties all over the world and closed over $100 million in sales, they have the size, experience, and systems to get the job done.

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My Timeshare - What Do You Think It Is Worth?

Wyndham Smoky Mountains at Governor's Crossing Timeshare For Sale

Wyndham Smoky Mountains at Governor’s Crossing Timeshare For Sale

How much could you sell your timeshare for?

What is your timeshare worth? The answer to those questions depends on several things.

Do you own a timeshare that is available every year or every other year? How high are your maintenance fees? Are you facing a special assessment fee? Where is your “home resort” located?

Think of supply and demand. If what you own is in an overbuilt area then you may get less. If what you own is in a building controlled area you may fare better. Also, two bedroom units are in great demand. That will also influence your sales price.

When timeshare owners decide to sell, they frequently discover they have a distorted perception of the value of their property. Even though, most timeshare sale documents include statements such as “the value of a timeshare is in the use” that point is seldom driven home at the new sales table.

Obtaining an appraisal on a timeshare is also a tricky proposition. Comparable sales data for timeshares are not the same a sales data for residential homes. You can’t compare the two processes. When a home is sold it is almost always tracked through a local MLS. So the data is easily available to create a brokers opinion on price or value.

Timeshares are most often not sold through MLS listings.

So what is your timeshare worth? As a rule of thumb anywhere from 50% to 75% of today’s resort pricing. Buyers on the timeshare resale market drive the price. They want a discount compared to what they would have to pay at the timeshare resort. Plus, “today’s resort pricing” is a moving target. Prices go up and down depending on how hard the sales people close you on a sale.

GrandView At Las Vegas Timeshare For Sale

GrandView At Las Vegas Timeshare For Sale

The key to pricing your timeshare is to set the price so it will sell. Don’t just play with the notion of selling it, set the price aggressively. Remember, price the property below developer pricing because you are now competing with the developer for the family that wants to enjoy years of wonderful vacations as you hopefully have. Today, with the rising cost of development, the ever increasing new sales price, and the rapidly growing second market, more and more developers are dealing in timeshare resales. Usually their involvement is in right of first refusal buy backs and not a resale program for their owners.

Wherever the price ends up, it is worth selling your timeshare if you are not using it. Paying annual maintenance fees for something you never use turns a timeshare into something worse than a depreciating asset.

Sell it. You’ll be glad you did.

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New Timeshare Scam Lurking

timeshare telemarketing call fee recover scam

If You Answer This Call They Will Ask You For Money

Just as you sit down to dinner, the phone rings. The person on the other end of the line says “Congratulations”. We can recover any fees you have paid a timeshare resales company or fees to “transfer” your timeshare.”

At first you may think this is good news. You would not believe how many people have paid thousands of dollars in fees in an effort to unload their timeshare, only to experience no success. Fees were paid, and you are still holding the deed to your timeshare and paying the annual maintenance fees.

So this caller says, “For just $ XX we can recover all the fees you have paid to anyone to sell or transfer your timeshare”.  Now you are hopeful that you will at least get your money back. After paying the new fee, you never hear from them again.

Wait! Isn’t that what you were trying to avoid?

Still, the newest timeshare scam on the block could be the same company you paid one of those fees to in the first place. Just now they have a new company name, are claiming to have the ability to get your money back, and hit you again for more money – for nothing!

State Attorney Generals across the nation are getting complaint calls about this very scenario. Fraudulent timeshare resale companies that have been shut down are now taking those same names, calling them back, and hitting them again from a different angle.

Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Assuming you still want to unload your timeshare you should know that it is still possible. The problem is that your first experience or two were with companies or individuals who had no experience selling timeshares or who never had any intention of ever selling a timeshare.

The timeshare resale market is the fastest growing sector of timeshare sales. There are both new timeshare buyers and buyers who already own timeshares buying more of them. The market now is far better than the last several years, so now is the time to do it. Don’t let a negative experience poison the well for you. get your timeshare sold and be done with the whole ordeal.

Find a timeshare resales company you can trust. Check them out. Make sure they or their network of associated companies have succeeded in selling timeshares. Nothing speaks better about reputation than the successful sale of a timeshare.

 

 

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Pet Friendly Timeshares - Some Are, Some Are Not

Ready to go on vacation with your pets?  Wondering if your timeshare resort is pet friendly?

Here’s a short guide to traveling well with your pets to keep both of you happy plus a list of pet friendly timeshares!

Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terrier – “Bonnie” age – 16!

1.  Take Stock of Your Pet – Assess whether or not your pet is okay for travel. If you have never taken your pet on a long trip before, try them out on a short weekend trip first. Also, if your pet is very young, old, ill, pregnant, or recovering from surgery, now may not be the best time to take your pet on vacation.

2. Schedule a Visit with the Vet – Make sure their shots are all up to date. Inquire with the vet if the area you are traveling to is at risk for diseases or pests that your pet needs to be prepared for.  Consider having your pet microchipped. If you become separated from your pet in unfamiliar surroundings they would be much harder to find. If you are traveling by air, you may have to have a copy of their current rabies and other vaccinations.

3. A Secure Pet Carrier – Make sure you have a sturdy, well ventilated pet carrier. Mark the carrier with your name, address, and phone number.  Have water and food available and clear out any entangling items.

4.  Plan Your Trip – Be sure to bring along your pets’ favorite toys, food, medications, plenty of water, nail clippers, brush, bedding, and everything else you might need to make them comfortable, well, and safe.

5. Other Tips – Never take your pet on an escalator unless held or in their crate. Their paws, fur, or leash might get entangled and injure them. Obey all leash laws, clean up after them, and most of all, have a good time!

“Take me on vacation!”

6. Pet Friendly Timeshares – Always call your timeshare resort before finalizing your plans. Their rules may have changed since you last stayed there, and this list of pet friendly timeshare resorts may not be 100% accurate.  But, at the time of writing this, here is a sample of pet friendly timeshares:

Scottsdale Resort Club, Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara, The Plaza Resort and Spa, The Inn at Silver Creek, Orlando Breeze Resort, Grand Seas Resort, Celebration World Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Villas, Disney’s Boardwalk Villas, Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Westgate River Ranch, Caribe Beach Resort, Apple Mountain Resort, Rangeley Lake Resort, Lucayan, Saint Tropez Condominium, Sandy Square, The Bay Club, The Pointe on the Bay, The Waves, Atlantic Resorts, Vacation Village in the Berkshires, Oak ‘n Spruce Resort, Lodges at Fox Hollow, Surrey Vacation Resort, Surrey Grand Crowne Resort, Villas at Lantern Bay, Kimberling Inn Resort, Executive Timbers Resort and Golf Club, Chateau Rouge Lodge, Yellowstone Village, Mountain Edge Resort, Rancho Ruidoso Condominiums, and Westgate Historic Williamsburg.

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

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