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February 13, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 148

Is A Timeshare Really For You?

So, you want to buy a timeshare vacation home. But have you considered all of your options? It could be that you'd be better off with an alternate vacation method to a timeshare home. The following are issues that consumers frequently run into with timeshares, from scams to fees, and a different route you can go to avoid the stress involved with those disasters.

The Growing Threat Of Timeshare Scams

As timeshares increase in popularity, so does the frequency with which people are being ripped off buying them. There are cons lurking deep within the timeshare industry, and they only use those raving about how great timeshares are to their benefit. Innocent shoppers are robbed year after year of their cash after being lured in by irresistible prices, only to have their seller disappear on them as soon as they pay a large brokerage fee.

Exorbitant Fees On Timeshares

Because of the discount consumers earn on timeshares, the price seems excitingly low when only looking at the deed. But what many people don't realize is that while the property may be a great deal, the cost of maintenance upkeep and other fees, like property taxes, insurance, and electricity bills, can start to rack up. These are the charges that pay for the property to be properly taken care of, because if it were simply left to timeshare owners, the premises would soon look a mess. So while the money is for a good cause, it is your money nonetheless.

Anticipating Your Maintenance Fee

It's very important that you have a fixed budget when shopping for a timeshare. But to do this, you have to be able to anticipate the fees that you will more than likely be paying on your property. Here's an example: if you're to be paying $2000 monthly for your timeshare, expect your maintenance costs to be half of that. This is a reality you need to be prepared for if you're really going to rent out a timeshare.

Consider A Resort Club Instead

Finding yourself a timeshare can be downright frightening. There's an easier option, though: you can just a resort club, and receive cost discounts and extra accommodations with the signing of a single document or two. Your membership will bring you exclusivity all through the Global Resorts Network, and for a much cheaper price than what you would be spending. Your average timeshare property will cost you anywhere between $15,000 and $35,000, but a Platinum Plan with the GRN would only about $3,000. You get to choose whether you'd prefer to be in a hotel, apartment, or even a cottage. They provide discounted car fare, cruises - a week vacation could end up being as low as $300!

Robyn Parson is the creator of the Buy Timeshare website. She developed the website as a one-stop-shop for people in need of information on Where Will Your Timeshare Be?.

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