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Discussion in 'Buying, Selling & Renting Timeshares' started by TUGBrian, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. TUGBrian

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    how have I not seen this before?

    this page seems to imply that all the resorts that are "participating developers" have some sort of owner exit program available, most are the ones already known but I see some others that I had previously not known had deedback programs.

    if true, this is a fantastic boon for owners looking to exit many ownerships that have trouble selling on the resale market!

    https://responsibleexit.com/

    developers include:

    bluegreen
    capital resorts
    wyndham
    diamond
    HGVC
    HIVC
    Hyatt
    Margaritaville (wyndham)
    marriott
    shell
    sheraton
    vistana
    welk resorts
    westgate
    westin
    worldmark

    again, most of these have had surrender programs for awahile, but there are a few in there that ive never seen an official announcement for. would be worth a shot to reference this page for any owner trying to exit from the above and failing to do so in the resale market!
     
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    reading more into this page, i love the warning (and subsequent disclaimer so they dont anger the upfront fee companies that are still arda members)

    sooo...dont pay an upfront fee..thats a scam...unless the upfront fee is legitimate..then its cool!
     
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    It would be great if this is a real effort of the major timeshare companies to give member legitimate exits from ownership. The listed companies have links, some with more info then others, but still vague.

    This is stated within the frequently asked questions on the website,
    “There are no costs to the consultation service offered by ARDA-ROC or the referral service of the Coalition. Based on your particular situation, however, there may be reasonable fees associated with some of the exit solutions provided. These fees will be clearly disclosed to you during the review process of exiting your timeshare.” The big question is how much?
     
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    I think most of the well known systems already have divulged their prices...ranging from 0 for wyndham, to 900 or so with westgate, maybe more for others depending on whats being offered back.

    I would be interested to hear from folks who previously were denied deedbacks when asking (shell for instance, or capital resorts) if they would contact them again and reference this page.

    surely if the resort is listed as a participating member, they would be hard pressed to tell an owner no who wanted out if they said they found the info thru the ARDA page(assuming its paid off).

    its certainly worth a shot for any owner in that position!
     
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    Well with all these major TS companies now offering deed back programs, I guess it's in response to all these cancel/exit/rescue/relief/salvation companies. After all, in the end, these "cancel" companies just get the wheels rolling to get the timeshares back into the hands of the resorts (or the HOAs) by means of the Viking Ship, unwitting foreclosure, or negotiating of deed back methods.

    So now it appears that the TS companies are just saying to owners who want out "Here, just come to us and cut out the middle man."
     
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    it is certainly a major shift in the industry..one we had suggested many many years ago!

    now if the independent resorts begin to follow suit that would be a real game changer!
     
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    Another question will weeks that were purchased resale have a way out? For example Bluegreen takes over a community or another system like Festiva at a resort. Will the original fixed week owners have an exit with Bluegreen?
     
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    Very vague IMO. If the developers do not take back automatically any timeshare (and i doubt they do) it is IMHO just another form of scam. They take back the ones that have some value without paying anything for them and then they turn over and sell them again for tens of thousand of dollars. How compassionate!
     
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    that is a common reaction no doubt...

    but that solution is far better than offering zero help or options to owners who want out and are unable to even give their timeshares away!
     
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    And the middle men are responding by changing their process. They will approach an owner who is ignorant of deedback programs and charge him thousands of dollars just for filling out the paperwork. That's actually a somewhat-legitimate business (like engaging a lawyer to do the same thing). Certainly more ethical than taking a fee and doing no advertising, or running a Viking ship operation.

    Hmm...If I didn't already have a good retirement job.....

    Larry
     
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    I think that’s a great question. I think back to the thread on The a Manhattan Club and the outrageous MF’s/inability to book a room and wonder if BG will allow the mass exodus of owners from that resort.
     
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    What is a Viking ship operation?
     
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    I guess I'm a "glass half empty" guy. If the developers and ARDA really want to help owners get rid of their timeshares, why don't they mention Tug, Ebay, Redweek, etc. This is just a baloney way to say, "Come to us first, if you're thinking of abandoning your timeshare." At the bottom of the page, they have a disclaimer that says, "if you have a mortgage loan, you still owe the lender." How helpful.

    I don't think these guys jumped into this - they were pushed. ;)
     
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    Of course they were. They were pushed by their own actions of forcing people to keep their timeshares no matter the cost. It led to the Viking ship companies and the high fee, do nothing exit teams. They HAD to do something.
     
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    Let's say I were operating a VS operation. What I would do is go to owners and say, "Pay me $1000 and I will get you out of your timeshare." I would set up a limited liability corporation (LLC) that I am fully prepared to see go under. I would then take the TSs from my various clients and transfer ownership of these into my LLC. I would avoid paying the MFs. After letting all these TSs go without paying, I would let the LLC go bankrupt with possession of all these TSs.

    When it comes time to settle my assets, all these TSs would essentially be dumped onto the front door of the various resorts because no one else wants them.
     
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    Pretty much. But at least they are realizing that they have to do something about this now rather than callously say, "You bought it. You signed a contract. It's your responsibility."

    After all, how many desperate owners wanting to get out of their TSs come on to these boards asking about so-and-so exit/cancel/rescue company because they asked the resort if it will take the TS back but the resort responded with an emphatic "No!"?
     
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    I also think these companies are realizing by taking some of these back, they don’t have to invest in a new build. They just recycle in selling. We pay them a fee to give it to them and they sell it for thousands.
     
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    Brian, when I click on the Vistana link on the responsibleexit.com webpage, it directs to me to Marriott Resales, Marriott is now taking back Vistana Timeshares??? Would this include both mandatory and voluntary properties?? I am not interested in giving back my vistana timeshare, I am totally enjoying the ownership, but was curious to see what Vistana had to say about returns..........has anybody tried to return Vistana Timeshares lately???
     
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    im not sure, could be just a bad link on a new page...or could be related to the marriott/vistana merger?
     
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    Brian began this thread by asking "How have I not seen this before?"

    It appears to be relatively new. A superficial review of the WHOIS record for the domain responsibleexit.com indicates that it was registered for the first time in July, 2018.

    WHOIS data is not always accurate. And the record for this particular domain does not disclose the identity of the owner. But on the surface, the site appears to be legitimately built by ARDA.

    BMK
     
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    I guess it was more a rhetorical question =D

    I mean if those of us relatively "in tune" with the latest in the timeshare industry had no idea about this page or this new strategy/partnership...how would one expect any regular owner to discover it.
     
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    Bluegreen calls it "capital-light."
    As the old TV beer commercials used to say, "Capital Lite from Bluegreen. Everything you've always wanted in a timeshare project...and less!"
     
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    Brian, great discovery. :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:
    Brian, can you saved this as a sticky or add this to Timeshating 101 to help current owners or future timeshare owners.
     
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    Meanwhile I’m still trying to get SDO to take the $5.00 they put on my invoice and it’s always a 4-6 phone call experience each year
     

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