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British businesses decided to go one step further and divide a resort room into 1/50th ownership, have two weeks each year for repairs and upgrades, and charge a maintenance fee to each owner. It took almost a decade for timeshares in Europe to evolve into a smoothly run, successful business venture.




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The contract was simple and straightforward: The company, CIC, promised to maintain and provide the specified accommodation type (a studio, one bedroom, or two bedroom unit) for use by the "license owner" for a period of 25 years (from 1974 to 1999, for example) in the specified season and number of weeks agreed upon, with only two extra charges: a $15.00 per diem (per night) rate, frozen at that cost for the life of the contract, and a $25.00 switching fee, should the licensee decide to use their time at one of the other resorts. The contract was based on the fact that the cost of the license, and the small per diem, compared with the projected increase in the cost of hotel rates over 25 years to over $100.00 per night, would save the license owner many vacation dollars over the span of the license agreement. Between 1974 and 1999, in the United States, inflation boosted the current cost of the per diem to $52.00, validating the cost savings assumption. The license owner was allowed to rent, or give their week away as a gift in any particular year. The only stipulation was that the $15.00 per diem must be paid every year whether the unit was occupied or not. This "must be paid yearly fee" would become the roots of what is known today as "maintenance fees", once the Florida Department of Real Estate became involved in regulating timeshares.


To make the new regulations applicable to any person or entity that provides timeshares, the definition of a timeshare service provider was substantially extended and clarified. If the timeshare provider does not follow the rules decreed in NOM, the consequences may be substantial, and may include financial penalties that can range from $50 to $200,000.


Due to the promise of exchange, timeshares often sell regardless of the location of their deeded resort. What is not often disclosed is the difference in trading power depending on the location, and season of the ownership. If a resort is in a prime vacation region, it will exchange extremely well depending on the season and week that is assigned to the particular unit trying to make an exchange. However, timeshares in highly desirable locations and high season time slots are the most expensive in the world, subject to demand typical of any heavily trafficked vacation area. An individual who owns a timeshare in the American desert community of Palm Springs, California, in the middle of July or August will possess a much reduced ability to exchange time, because fewer come to a resort at a time when the temperatures are in excess of 110 F (43 C).


Deeds with no resale restrictions may carry some resale value, depending on the location, season, unit size, or the allotted points value. For example, large units in mountain resorts during ski season and large penthouse units in popular destinations will have some resale value. Likewise, small units in destinations saturated by timeshares, or with expensive maintenance fees compared to the value of offered points in their respective system, will have no resale value at all.


The United States Federal Trade Commission provides consumers with information regarding timeshare pricing and other related information.[21] Also known as Universal Lease Programs (ULPs), timeshares are considered to be securities under the law.


Timeshare developers contend that pricing compared to staying at hotels in the long term is projected to be lower to the timeshare owner. However, a hotel guest does not have a monthly vacation mortgage payment, upfront cost, fixed schedule, maintenance fees, and preset vacation locations. Many owners also complain that the increasing cost of timeshares and accompanying maintenance and exchange fees are rising faster than hotel rates in the same areas.[23][24]


Many owners are happy with their purchases and routinely vacation in their time-shares during their given weeks. But the industry has long been dogged by a reputation for unscrupulous sales practices. And owners often encounter unforeseen challenges. Along with being responsible for annual maintenance fees, they may be saddled with an asset (essentially, the right to use a condo for one specific week of the year) that has little resale value. Often, time-share companies are unwilling to buy back sold units, and reselling a time-share can be difficult.


The fraud emerged around 2009 and took off in 2011, when complaints flooded the Federal Trade Commission. "They just took advantage of a very lucrative time, when people were desperate to dump their time-shares," says Michael J. Stevens, a detective with the Orlando Police Department. During those years, the scam outfits were brazen, opening large call centers in and around Orlando. "They would pose as real businesses," Stevens says. "They'd incorporate online; they'd get telemarketing licenses."


One reason the frauds continue is that it is relatively easy for scammers to get the names of time-share owners. "Time-share deeds are usually public records. Resale scammers mine public records to find consumers with low-value time-shares," says Olha Rybakoff, senior counsel in the Tennessee attorney general's Consumer Advocate and Protection Division.


"Buying a time-share seems to put you on a list," agrees Hilary Bledsoe, an Orlando Police detective who, along with Stevens, investigates financial crimes. "The list is sold repeatedly back and forth between people, because there are only so many time-shares that are out there.... We have people who have been victims of probably seven or eight different companies."


Nancy Adams knows about being a repeat victim. Last year, she got a call from a firm claiming to be able to rent her time-share. Adams paid it almost $1,500 and never heard from it again. But then her luck changed. Her original scammer went to prison, the state has reimbursed her for most of what she lost in that fraud, and the resort has bought her unit back. Finally, she says, the good and bad of time-shares are behind her.


Depending on the language in your contract, there are usually three routes to go to get rid of your timeshare. The first is to try to sell your timeshare to somebody else, although this is almost guaranteed to be a financial loss if you bought your timeshare new. The second is to try and negotiate with the timeshare company to break the contract. but this may come with costs and fees. Finally, if your contract has a "cooling-off" or rescission period and you are still in it, you can often return your contract without penalty. You may need to hire a lawyer specialized in timeshares to go over your contract terms. If all else fails, you can try to gift your timeshare to a friend or family member who is willing to pick up the ongoing maintenance costs."}},"@type": "Question","name": "How Do You Sell a Timeshare?","acceptedAnswer": "@type": "Answer","text": "If you own a timeshare and want to sell it, there are now several websites that you can use to list yours. You can also seek out a timeshare broker to help find a new buyer. As mentioned, the resale price of a timeshare is almost always a great deal lower than the initial purchase price.","@type": "Question","name": "How Do I Find Out What My Timeshare Is Worth?","acceptedAnswer": "@type": "Answer","text": "Timeshares will have values that depend on several factors such as size and amenities, location, and how easy it is to swap or exchange your location for others. Your timeshare's value is then determined by comparing the offered prices of similar timeshares being advertised for sale and rent on various online platforms.","@type": "Question","name": "How Can I Buy a Timeshare Cheaply?","acceptedAnswer": "@type": "Answer","text": "Buying a "second-hand" timeshare will typically be the most cost-effective route. Be sure to pay attention to ongoing fees and costs such as maintenance and change fees in addition to the purchase price.","@type": "Question","name": "How Do I Get Rid of My Timeshare Without Ruining My Credit?","acceptedAnswer": "@type": "Answer","text": "If you simply stop paying your timeshare fees and charges, they can report this delinquency to credit agencies and you can see a ding to your credit score. If you can no longer afford the timeshare, you should sell it or renegotiate your contract with the timeshare company in order to preserve your credit."]}]}] Investing Stocks Bonds Fixed Income Mutual Funds ETFs Options 401(k) Roth IRA Fundamental Analysis Technical Analysis Markets View All Simulator Login / Portfolio Trade Research My Games Leaderboard Economy Government Policy Monetary Policy Fiscal Policy View All Personal Finance Financial Literacy Retirement Budgeting Saving Taxes Home Ownership View All News Markets Companies Earnings Economy Crypto Personal Finance Government View All Reviews Best Online Brokers Best Life Insurance Companies Best CD Rates Best Savings Accounts Best Personal Loans Best Credit Repair Companies Best Mortgage Rates Best Auto Loan Rates Best Credit Cards View All Academy Investing for Beginners Trading for Beginners Become a Day Trader Technical Analysis All Investing Courses All Trading Courses View All TradeSearchSearchPlease fill out this field.SearchSearchPlease fill out this field.InvestingInvesting Stocks Bonds Fixed Income Mutual Funds ETFs Options 401(k) Roth IRA Fundamental Analysis Technical Analysis Markets View All SimulatorSimulator Login / Portfolio Trade Research My Games Leaderboard EconomyEconomy Government Policy Monetary Policy Fiscal Policy View All Personal FinancePersonal Finance Financial Literacy Retirement Budgeting Saving Taxes Home Ownership View All NewsNews Markets Companies Earnings Economy Crypto Personal Finance Government View All ReviewsReviews Best Online Brokers Best Life Insurance Companies Best CD Rates Best Savings Accounts Best Personal Loans Best Credit Repair Companies Best Mortgage Rates Best Auto Loan Rates Best Credit Cards View All AcademyAcademy Investing for Beginners Trading for Beginners Become a Day Trader Technical Analysis All Investing Courses All Trading Courses View All Financial Terms Newsletter About Us Follow Us Facebook Instagram LinkedIn TikTok Twitter YouTube Table of ContentsExpandTable of ContentsWhat Is a Timeshare?How a Timeshare WorksTypes of Timeshare OwnershipTimeshares vs. AirbnbPros and ConsSpecial ConsiderationsRenting a TimeshareTimeshare FAQsAlternative InvestmentsReal Estate InvestingTimeshare: What It Is, How It Works, Types of OwnershipByElvis Picardo Full Bio LinkedIn Elvis Picardo is a regular contributor to Investopedia and has 25+ years of experience as a portfolio manager with diverse capital markets experience.Learn about our editorial policiesUpdated June 01, 2022Reviewed byDoretha Clemon Reviewed byDoretha ClemonFull Bio LinkedIn Doretha Clemons, Ph.D., MBA, PMP, has been a corporate IT executive and professor for 34 years. She is an adjunct professor at Connecticut State Colleges & Universities, Maryville University, and Indiana Wesleyan University. She is a Real Estate Investor and principal at Bruised Reed Housing Real Estate Trust, and a State of Connecticut Home Improvement License holder.Learn about our Financial Review BoardFact checked bySuzanne Kvilhaug Fact checked bySuzanne KvilhaugFull BioSuzanne is a content marketer, writer, and fact-checker. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance degree from Bridgewater State University and helps develop content strategies for financial brands.Learn about our editorial policies What Is a Timeshare? A timeshare is a shared ownership model of vacation real estate in which multiple purchasers own allotments of usage, typically in one-week increments, in the same property. The timeshare model can be applied to many different types of properties, such as vacation resorts, condominiums, apartments, and campgrounds. 041b061a72


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