The first six months of sales of Disney Vacation Club have been slower than in 2014 but still carrying on. In this period 6,153 deeds and 761,959 points were sold. And the “Lion’s Share” (no pun intended) were at Animal Kingdom. In January through May of 2015 roughly 8,200 DVC deeded timeshares were sold. That represents a lot of money. What it does not represent is a possible shift towards more points being sold than deeded weeks. That is possible. Disney doesn’t publish points sales numbers for 2010 and older. (source)
Don’t forget that the DVC points cost and value bounces around like cocoa beans on the commodities market. An interesting note is on their chart, a disclaimer if you will:
- The month indicated is the month in which the deed has be recorded by the county. There may be a delay of 30 days or longer from the date of purchase to the recording of the deed
- Number of points purchased are not represented by these statistics
- These figures represent direct purchases only–there are no resale transactions included
- Figures included purchases at Walt Disney World-based resorts, Disney’s Hilton Head Island resort, the Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and the Aulani resort in Hawaii.
I especially like this one: “These figures represent direct purchases only – no resale transactions included.” Wow. Was that Disney actually noting that a timeshare resale market exists for their product? You betcha . . .
Do you wonder why no resales numbers are included? Mainly because Disney, and the other timeshare developers, do not want to acknowledge the timeshare resale market. They fear they might lend credibility to the resales market. However, the timeshare resales market is the fastest growing market for timeshares and will be for a very long time. In particular, timeshare owners tend to be the most frequently buyers of timeshares. They like them, they want more, and they do not go to the resort to buy them. Why would they? They would have to pay a high premium to buy them that way. They just buy timeshares from the owners through a reputable timeshare resale broker and save a ton of money. DVC timeshare purchases are a big ticket item and savvy timeshare folks will shop around to find a good deal.
That’s where a reputable timeshare resale company comes in to play. They can give both the buyer and seller the assurance they are getting a professionally negotiated and closed deal. Plus there’s no pressure or hype to make it unpleasant. Plus the sales are completed from home via email, fax, and so on.
So, DVC, as they say, “Don’t look back, someone might be gaining on you!” And it is not a lion from Animal Kingdom.