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This page provides you with all the information you could ever need about Timesharing!  Get answers to any and all Timeshare questions including those about Buying Timeshares, Selling Timeshares, Renting Timeshares and Exchanging Timeshares!  These articles are written by Timeshare experts and owners Just like you!!!!

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TUG'S FREE TIMESHARE ADVICE ARTICLES
 
hands down the most frequently asked question we get in email is "how do I sell my timeshare"  This page provides a comprehensive article describing this process and is a must read for any potential timeshare seller!  

HOW TO SELL YOUR TIMESHARE & AVOID BEING SCAMMED! 


General Timeshare Advice

Have a specific question not answered here?  Visit the Related TUGBBS online forum - Newbies Help for personal assistance!

  • TUG most frequently asked timesharing questions answered
      • A living document providing detailed answers to the most common questions we get here at TUG and the TUGBBS forums, this page serves as an addendum to the original Timeshare FAQ by Mark Perry Above.  You can also submit questions to TUG for answering here!
  • Stephen J. Nelson's Timesharing 101 Class
      • Written by Stephen Nelson, This article is an extremely detailed article describing and defining almost all the concepts of Timeshares and Timesharing.  A must read for any timeshare newbie!
  • Timeshare Scams and Other Fairy Tales
      • Written by Dave McClintock, This article describes some of the more common Scams in the Timeshare industry.  Please read this as the more you know about these scams, the less likely you are to become a victim of one!  We get phone calls and emails EVERY SINGLE DAY from victims of these scams that could have saved hundreds if not thousands of dollars by reading this article first!
  • What is an Estoppel Letter?
      • An Estoppel Letter is a very common document when dealing with buying a timeshare on the resale market, thus this is a frequently asked question on the TUGBBS forums and we provide the answer here!
  • What is a Timeshare Shill?
      • This article describes what a Timeshare Shill is, and why they exist in this industry to dupe unsuspecting owners!
  • Income Taxes and Timeshares
      • Written by Dave McClintock (CPA), This is THE NUMBER ONE reference guide on the Internet for understanding what you can and cannot do tax-wise with your timeshares.
  • Full Time-Timesharing
      • Written by Ray and Darlene Harper, This is their story of traveling the country for YEARS doing nothing but staying in discounted timeshare vacations through RCI AND II weeks!  This really shows what sort of amazing discounts you can get with timesharing!
  • Disability and Timesharing
      • Written by Carol Chaveas, This article describes information about Traveling and Timesharing for those who are Disabled or Handicapped!
  • Is this Timeshare Company Legitimate?
      • Quickly becoming the most frequently asked question on TUG!  XYZ timeshare company contacted you out of the blue about your timeshare, and you want to know if they are legitimate.
  • Who is in Charge of my Timeshare?
      • Most owners at Deeded Timeshares simply don't know who is responsible for making the decisions in how their Resort is run and maintained, this article describes what a Homeowners Association is, and your responsibility as part of it being an owner!





Buying & Selling Timeshares

Have a specific question not answered here?  Visit the Related TUGBBS online forum - Buying Selling and Renting for personal assistance! 


  • How to Sell Your Timeshare
      • The most viewed page on TUG!  This is a MUST read for any potential timeshare owner considering selling their timeshare.  This is a step by step instructional guide for how to sell your timeshare YOURSELF for little or no cost to you, and how to avoid getting scammed! 
  • Why you can't Sell your Timeshare
      • Frustrated that you are unable to sell your Timeshare for near what you paid for it originally?  Read this article for a slap in the face as to why!

  • What does ROFR Mean?
      • This article defines the commonly used, but uncommonly understood term in relation to Timeshare Resales!
  • Timeshare Buying Tips 
      • Written by DeniseM, This article provides some wonderful tips to consider before purchasing your first timeshare!
  • How to Buy a Timeshare
      • Written by Dick Conklin, this article is a great read for those interested in buying on the resale market!
  • Tips on Timesharing
      • Written by Mario Collura of Tri-West, This article provides some insightful tips on the subject of buying and selling timeshares

  • Timeshare Closing requirements by US State
      • Written by Dave H of PCS Closings, this document lists the closing document requirements for each US state as applicable to selling/buying Timeshares.
  • What if I stop paying for my Timeshare?
      • This question is becoming more and more common on TUG, we hope this article describes what you can expect if you are considering defaulting on your Timeshare fees.
  • What is a Viking Ship LLC?
      • This entity is making many waves in the Timeshare Industry today, this article defines what this entity is, and why its important for you to know the real truth in case you encounter such a situation.  Written by Tom Tubbs of Island Consulting Realty!
  • Timeshare Appraisals
      • Written by Scott Hakala, This article describes what you need to know about appraisals prior to buying or selling a timeshare
 






 

Renting Timeshares

Have a specific question not answered here?  

Visit the Related TUGBBS online forum - Buying Selling and Renting for personal assistance!


  •  How to Rent your Timeshare
      • The 2nd most viewed page on TUG!  This is a MUST read for any potential timeshare owner considering renting their timeshare.  This is a step by step instructional guide for how to rent your timeshare YOURSELF for little or no cost to you, and how to avoid getting scammed! 
  • Rental Tips
    • Written by Viccie Mac, This page provides some Timeshare Rental tips and guidelines!
 

 

Exchanging

Have a specific question not answered here?  Visit the Related TUGBBS online forum - Exchanging for personal assistance!

  • Free Timeshare Exchanges with TUG
      • The TUG Timeshare Marketplace provides all TUGGERS with the ability to list their Timeshares for exchange, and swap with other TUGGERS absolutely free!
  • "Ask Dial an Exchange - DAE" (TUGBBS online forum)
      • Staffed by DAE representatives, this forum provides a place for current and potential DAE customers to get information and support directly from DAE!
  • "Ask Trading Places International - TPI"   (TUGBBS online forum)
      • Staffed by TPI representatives, this forum provides a place for current and potential TPI customers to get information and support directly from TPI!
  • "Ask Platinum Interchange"   (TUGBBS online forum)
      • Staffed by Platinum representatives, this forum provides a place for current and potential Platinum customers to get information and support directly from Platinum!
  • RCI Points FAQ
      • A quick FAQ and advice article written by Larry Hayden on the RCI Points system.
  • RCI - Online vs Ongoing Search
      • A Timeshare Advice article that defines these two terms and why they are important to you as a timeshare owner wanting to exchange with RCI!
  • RCI Management
      • Written by John Collister, this article describes an RCI venture into managing resorts.


Timeshare Resort Information

Have a specific question not answered here?  Visit the Related TUGBBS online forums - Timeshare Resort Systems for personal assistance!

Club Intrawest


Disney Vacation Club - DVC


Diamond / Sunterra


Destination Clubs / Non Traditional ownership



Hilton Grand Vacations Club / Hilton


Hyatt Vacation Club


Hapimag Concept


Marriott Vacation Club


Monarch Grand Vacation Club


Resort Development International / RDI


Royal Resorts


Raintree Vacations / Whiski Jack / Club Regina


Shell Vacations Club - SVC


Starwood Vacation Network - SVN


Vacation Internationale


World Class Resort Club


World Wide Vacation Club


Wyndham - including Fairfield , Worldmark , Pahio, Trendwest and Equivest


Other





Archives - (old threads and articles for reference)

  • Timesharing: Most Frequently Asked Questions
      • Written by Mark Perry, This article answers some of the most commonly asked questions about timeshare ownership and other aspects about the subject of timeshares and timesharing!  A perfect primer for some common timeshare facts!
  • What's a resale timeshare worth?
      • This is a snapshot of some Sales History data from Tri-West Timeshare from Sept 2000, you can also view current Sales History data within the TUG ratings and Reviews database!
  • Timeshare Ownership Cost Comparison Spreadsheet (65 kb file)
      • Provided by Aaron Coldiron, This is a fantastic interactive spreadsheet allowing you to factor in the ACTUAL cost of your timeshare!  Input items like purchase price, maint fees, resale price, length of ownership, etc.  It will give you a net cost per night!
 




Disclaimer

Important: TUG Advice Page disclaimer statement. Please Read!
The Timeshare Users Group (TUG) makes no representations or warranties with respect to the content or use of the information contained in the TUG advice pages. TUG makes no representations with respect accuracy therein. The Timeshare Users Group, shall not be liable for any damage or loss of any type arising from such use or content of information obtained here. TUG reserves the right to remove or modify any listings on these pages.  For advice topics not covered here, or for specific questions be sure to visit the TUG Bulletin Board online forums here:  http://www.tugbbs.com  Registration is free and you can interact with over 65,000 other timeshare owners just like you for answers to any and all timeshare related questions!




If you are in the timeshare business or can provide expert information and would like to submit an article to our advice section, just email your copy to tug@tug2.net.  We are looking for articles on any topic you feel would be worth sharing with fellow timeshare owners

Why become a TUG member?

There is an extended TUG resort reviews database here on this web site available only to TUG members. There are over 4000 resorts covered by this database now and growing weekly. The reviews also include pictures of the resorts, general resort information and a list of owners' email addresses who are willing to answer additional questions regarding the resorts not covered by the detailed reviews.   This is a quick way to see how our members rate the resorts which they have actually stayed at. It has become a valuable source of information to use when planning for exchanges.
 

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