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This is hands down the most
frequently asked question we get on TUG, and we get it on a daily basis
so do not feel alone or disheartened that you dont know. The
VAST majority of timeshare owners simply dont have a clue as to what
they can expect when entering in the resale market for the first time,
and you have the added bonus of an entire industry making it as
difficult as possible for you to learn about it, after all if the
resale market were more mature, developers would be forced to make a
massive reduction in retail pricing!
highly suggest reading this
article carefully and completely as it will answer nearly every
question you have about how to sell your timeshare the right way, with
little or no cost to you and most importantly avoid being scammed in
the 2nd most frequently asked questions we get here on TUG, and
again...do not feel alone in the fact that you are unaware of how to do
this. It is extremely rare for a resort to inform an owner of
their ability to rent out their own units to other individuals in an
effort to at least recoup some or all of the annual maintenance fees for a
week not going to be used or exchanged! This advice article
titled "How to Rent your Timeshare"
was written as a guide for owners looking to rent out their own units
for the first time, learn how to do it the right way for free and
protect both you and the renter! How to Rent your Timeshare - Free Advice
likely paid significantly more money than you should have vs buying the
exact same property from an existing owner looking to sell.
Timeshare Resale market is the best kept secret in the timesharing
industry, and for good reason! THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A
TIMESHARE! This advice article discusses why you should
your contract now if you still have time, and potentially save
thousands of dollars or more in the resale market for the exact same
thing you just bought! Did I get a good deal on my new timeshare? -
Free Timeshare Advice Article
The short answer is "Yes", but there is
a catch (isnt there always with timeshares?).
is an extremely common question we get in this day and age with the
economy the way it is, this advice article was written to provide you
with as much information as possible to help you make an informed
decision on how to proceed with this particular process should it be
right for you! Can I donate my timeshare to charity and get
a tax deduction?
The short answer is "NO", there is
absolutely no requirement for you to convert your deeded week to a
question comes up alot with various points programs around the
Timeshare Industry, many people fall prey to the overwhelming pressure
and perhaps somewhat underhanded tactics by some companies to entice
weeks members to convert into points members all while usually charging
you a hefty fee to do so. This Advice Article provides some
world input on the subject: Do I have to convert my Deeded Week to
6: What is TUG? Answer:
The Timeshare Users Group (TUG) is a
website founded by
Bill Rogers and a group of other volunteer timeshare owners just like
yourself who have a common interest in vacation timeshare ownership.
For the full story of TUG's beginnings and history you can
this article: The History of the Timeshare Users Group -
7: I have read that this is a "not for profit" website. Why
is there a membership fee to join? Answer:
The membership fees pay for this site
and all the
associated costs of running TUG which include the 800 line, online
web hosting fees(extremely expensive since we migrated to numerous
dedicated servers to run all of TUGs sites), domain registrations,
etc....but absolutely zero labor costs as we are an all volunteer
organization. Once you join the group for the first time, if
contribute back to the community by referring other members, or
submitting resort reviews...there is no need to pay for membership ever
again as the credits you earn for doing those things can be exchanged
for membership extensions! For more detailed info on TUG
you can reference this post made by Founder Bill Rogers: TUG Finances
10: What is ROFR? Answer:
This term means simply, Right
of First Refusal and
describes a process used by some resorts to intervene in the sale of a
timeshare in the resale market. Read more here: What is ROFR?
What points system is the best for me? Answer:
question will have a different answer for each and every person who
asks it! With so many different point systems to choose from,
your best bet is to browse the TUGBBS forums and read existing posts from owners of
each of the individual point systems. You are also welcome to
questions about them to find out which one will be the best fit for
you! TUGBBS Forums
Question 20: Who is in Charge of my Timeshare/What is an HOA? Answer: In
US Deeded week Timeshares, an entity called the Homeowners association
is the actual legal owner of the resort and is responsible for all
decisions made regarding the operations of the Resort. The HOA is
made up of all owners at the resort, and is managed by an elected or
appointed group of individuals called the Board of Directors. The
following article describes this entity and your responsibility as a
part of it in greater detail! Who is in Charge of my Timeshare?
Question 21: Where do I find the best Timeshare Rentals? Answer: Many
individuals have no idea that you can rent a Timeshare from an existing
owner for some incredible rates! In fact some of these deals can
be the most economical way to vacation you can imagine! The
following article describes how to find these amazing deals on TUG, as
well as a variety of other locations that rent out Timeshares to the
general public! Where do I find Timeshare Rentals?
Question 32: Why cant I sell my Timeshare? Answer: The
number one reason we discover most individuals fail to sell their
Timeshare in todays resale market, is because it is priced at a
ridiculous amount! This article is an abrupt slap in the face to
try to bring some folks into the reality that is the current Timeshare
Resale Market.Why cant I sell my Timeshare?
Marriott/HGVC/Starwood/etc properties worth the extra cost? Answer:
Which is better, RCI or II? Answer:
How do I get the best exchanges? Answer:
have (any system) points that are about to expire. What
can/should I do with them? Answer:
it safe to buy a timeshare on Ebay or Craigslist? Answer:
How do I protect myself if I buy a timeshare on the Internet? Answer:
What is a timeshare and how many different types are there? Answer:
a timeshare an asset or a liability? Answer:
a new timeshare worth more than a used timeshare? Answer:
it ok to take timeshare tours for the gifts when you have no intention
of buying a timeshare? Answer:
I join II or RCI, can I trade my timeshare week for a week at any other
Question : If
I own a "floating week", am I guaranteed any week I want every year? Answer:
I own a "fixed week", can I just show up and check in on the
appropriate day? Answer:
I wont be using my unit, will my resort rent out my unit and send me
the money? Answer:
When I'm on vacation, am I required to attend the owner meetings? Answer:
just won a timeshare online, what is the next step in the process to
obtain ownership? Answer:
The Salesman told me that my purchase would be a good investment, is
that true? Answer:
The Salesman told me the developer would sell my unit at a profit in
the future if I ever wanted to sell, is that true? Answer:
The information I was told in my presentation does not match what I
learned here on TUG and by reading my contract. What can I do
to get my money back if my rescission period is over? Answer:
feel I am a victim of Timeshare Fraud, can the BBB or any government
agencies help? Answer:
Are there limits on how much my annual maint fees can increase? Answer:
Can the timeshare developer change the rules for exchanging whenever
they like? Answer:
Can the timeshare developer change the rules for reserving weeks
whenever they like? Answer:
42: What is the
difference between a
timeshare fixed and floating week and which is right for me? Answer:
Can I take my pet to my timeshare? Answer:
How do I find out the trading power of my timeshare? Answer:
Brian the coolest person you know? Answer:
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