Posted by: justnaturallyme | October 17, 2013

Timeshare: Is it right for you?

Timeshare: Is it right for me

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel to a luxury destination like Mexico City or Monte Carlo and stay in a homelike setting? Or perhaps, you have one favorite place  like Sanibel Island, Florida and would love to have a winter home there but cannot afford that condo with a beach view. 

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My cabin at Westgate River Ranch

There is another way you might consider. a timeshare. Timeshares come in all sizes and flavors. You can buy a timeshare that provides you one or more days or weeks at one favorite spot or choose a timeshares with multiple destinations.  You could spend one vacation in Fiji and the next in Alaska. The choices are endless. Some timeshares are rustic like Westgate River Ranch near Lake Wales, Florida’s largest dude ranch. Been there, done that and I can tell you it is a lot of fun. Others exude elegance like Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club in Hawaii that bills itself “the garden of Paradise.” Can’t afford that one but it looks wonderful.

Basically the way timeshare ownership works –and in most cases you do establish ownership– is that you purchase points and they are redeemable for a given period of time  at whichever location your timeshare offers.

Usually, when a timeshare first opens its doors and begins to sell shares, they are at  a premium. As time passes, many owners either have changes in their finances or their lifestyles. Then these timeshares end up offered for resale. The beauty of this for you as a buyer is that they are usually offered at bargain prices compared to the original cost.

Even if you are not ready to take the plunge and purchase a timeshare, there is another way you can take advantage of the system. There is lots of information about renting a timeshare at places like VacationResellers. If that owner who wants or more important needs to sell his timeshare and no buyers are forthcoming, he can rent it. For other timeshare owners, they may love their timeshare and want to keep it but for some reason, cannot use their time one particular year. Again they offer it as a rental. Here is a way you can experience the timeshare with no permanent commitment.  You many never want to commit but you may enjoy the vacation so much you may want to rent another one the next year. Some of  you may fall in love with one particular timeshare of the whole concept and decide to buy your own.

Whatever category you fall in, timeshareing is a concept worth looking into.

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