Stop With The Spin.Just Stop
May 25, 2017
Lately, there´s been some truly laughable advice about timeshares; buying, owning and selling that certain people and certain organizations have been able to get through to the media.
I´m tired of this, so here´s my thoughts:
1) ARDA-ROC has positioned itself as ´an alliance of over one million timeshare owners.
It´s not really ´an alliance of over one million timeshare owners´ when not a single one of them votes, advises or even participates in anything that they do.
2) Timeshare is a usage product and not something that should be purchased as an investment, but rather as something you buy to save money on vacations.
True on the first two points. Usually false on the third. If you buy a timeshare from the developer then add maintenance fees, reservation fees, usage fees, etc., the average person does not save money.
Usage or not, any purchase for $20K should have some residual value after 5 or 10 years, assuming it´s been maintained. Not so with timeshare. Listings abound for $100 or less.
3) You should call your resort to see if they have a take back program
Hysterical. Why a take back program and not a buyback program? Go ahead, call and let me know what you find out. I have close to 1,600 emails from owners who want out.
4) Work with a broker
Another funny. Did you know that there´s at least one major developer whose product will not be handled by any of the brokers in the LTRBA? Did you also know that the residual value of the majority of the timeshares for sale is so low that if a broker were able to sell it, the original owner would end up paying money for the privilege of getting rid of it? Doubt me? Check Sharket.com
5) It´s the ´mom and pop drive-inn on the Jersey Shore that have little to no value.´
None of the 1,600 emails I gave from owners wanting out own at a one of those resorts. They own at Bluegreen, Wyndham, Festiva and Diamond for the most part. There´s hundreds more who are members of FB groups. Oh, and although they´re geographically close, you may want to check out The Manhattan Club saga.
GOLDEN. This comes from a spokesperson for an online listing platform that charges both a membership fee and a listing fee that has thousands of listings for $1. This is also the same platform that willingly takes listings from Diamond properties when they know that Diamond does not allow listings in third party platforms and will take punitive action if they are caught.
You had better be very careful who you trust with your money and your decisions concerning buying, using and selling timeshare. Question everything. Trust no one blindly. Verify everything. Don´t believe something just because it was on the Internet.
Most of all, follow the money.
Last week, the American Resort Development Association released "Shifting Historic Industry Perception with Owner Data" in which they, along with the ARDA International Foundation, attempted to clear up 6 myths.
It was "myth 6" that caught my eye:
Myth #6: All timeshare owners disliked the buying experience.
Fact: More than seven out of 10 recent purchasers (71%) found their buying experience to be excellent or good.
Now, I don´t know what "recent" means, nor do I know if the people surveyed purchased at a resort or on the secondary market.
However, I do know that the overwhelming percentage of timeshare complaints that I receive on a daily basis have to do with the buying experience a/k/a the sales pitch.
So, let´s hear from you, my readers. Agree, disagree with these findings? Feel free to divulge as much information as you´d like.