Timeshares Guide - Timeshares Reviews and Advice
This hub is a compilation of all of my different Timeshare hubs. It's broken up into two sections -- the first is general articles about timesharing, with hints and tips on how to get the best deals on buying a timeshare, what to wary about when it is time to sell your timeshare and how to get value out of your timeshare on your vacations
Section two covers the different timeshare systems. So whether you are looking at buying a Marriott timeshare, Disney Vacation Club or another big resort company such as Sheraton or Hyatt, I can provide you an overview of each company's timeshare program.
I'll be doing more hubs on timeshares over the next couple of months so I thought it would be useful to have one page that points to each of them, and this hub will be updated as new ones are created.
My Timeshare Guides on Hubpages
I first became interested in timeshares on a trip to Florida with my parents back when I was still in high school. We'd gone on a timeshare presentation in order to get some Disney tickets and I fell in love with the idea of timeshares then. Fortunately, my parents completely ignored my please to buy right there and then, saving them a hell of a lot of money.
Now that I'm older and wiser, I'd think twice about buying from a developer, though I did choose to buy directly from Disney a few years ago (and have not regretted doing so). My second timeshare though, at Royal Holiday Club, was bought on Ebay for the princely sum of $100 plus closing costs.
These articles are all based upon my own experiences and research into the timeshares industry. Hopefully they'll help you decide whether timesharing is right for you and if so, they'll help you get the best prices for whatever type of timeshare you decide to buy.
- Timeshare auctions
Ready to find a great deal on a Timeshare? The listings on my site include auctions that will be ending within the next day or so and the list is constantly updating with the latest Timeshare deals on Ebay.
How Do Timeshares Work
- Surviving a Timeshare Presentation
Timeshare presentations can be fun if you approach them with the right mindset. They're a good introduction to a property and usually you can pick up some decent free gifts for your time. Just make sure not to buy while at the presentation!
- How to Rescind a Timeshare Purchase
This hub is ideal of anyone who has just bought a timeshare at a presentation and is currently panicking now that they are having second thoughts. It outlines what you need to do in order to rescind your contract agreement.
- Buying a Timeshare on Ebay
One of the best places to get a great price on a timeshare is on Ebay. This hub is my guide to how to find the bargains and what hazards to watch out for when bidding.
- How to Sell Your Timeshare
If you are planning to sell a timeshare you own, take a look at my tips for getting it done first, especially if you are planning on having a real estate agency sell it for you.
- Florida Timeshares
Timeshares in Florida, particularly in Orlando, are some of the best timeshare bargains on Ebay. But you need to think twice before you buy one for a couple of differen reasons which I outline in my hub.
Timesharing has changed a great deal over the years and one of the biggest changes has got to be the decision by most of the major hotel chains to get involved in interval vacation ownership. So now there are timeshares owned and/or operated by Marriott, Sheraton, Hyatt, and Hilton.
Between these companies and Disney Vacation Club, I think they've done a great deal to increase both the popularity of timesharing and owner satisfaction. Of course, you get what you pay for and all of these hotel chains (plus DVC) tend to be rather pricey at developer's prices, but you can find better deals on resale if you are patient and willing to wait.
My plan is to create a hub for each of the major companies or conglomerates involved in the timeshare industry and I'll update this page with their info as I get to them.
One of the other big changes is the move away from fixed week timeshares to points and mini-systems. I think programs like Worldmark, RCI Points, and Bluegreen, etc. have really made timesharing much more flexible than it ever was, especially for those of us who like to vacation for a few days here and there or who don't make plans 12 months in advance. I'll be covering these types of resorts as well.
And finally, if you are looking for a good value in timeshares, you might want to look at buying a Wyndham timeshare. Wydham recently took over Fairfield so they have one of the largest inventories of timeshare resorts to pick from -- and Wyndham points are available very cheaply on the resale market.
Timeshare Vacation Clubs and Resorts
- Disney Vacation Club
I'm a proud owner at DVC and I outline the Disney difference in my hub Disney's timeshare program, the Disney Vacation Club.
- Marriott Vacation Club Timeshares
The Marriott Vacation Club is considered one of the premium brands in the timeshare industry and many of their properties live up to the chain's reputation quite well. You'll pay for that privilege though.
- Royal Holiday Club Timeshares
Royal Holiday Club is another timeshare that I own. It is another points-based membership with multiple properties in the US, Mexico and other countries. I picked it up very cheap on Ebay.
- Sheraton Timeshares
Sheraton is another big hotel company that has gotten into the timeshare business. I've been on some of their sales presentations and they do have some very nice properties, particularly in Orlando.
More by this Author
Timeshare promotions are the incentives used to get you on a timeshare tour. Some of the different offers I've taken advantage of include gift cards, free theme park tickets, & discounted hotel stays.
Timeshare presentations can be a great way to get free or discounted tickets in places like Orlando and Las Vegas, but you'll need these tips to get through that presentation with your wallet intact!
You can get gift cards at CVS for all kinds of places. Here's a sampling of what's available on the racks.