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My Survey

Discussion in 'New to Timesharing? Look Here!' started by gryphynkit, Nov 23, 2018.

  1. gryphynkit

    gryphynkit Guest

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    Still in the just dreaming mode, and learning, and dreaming more...but here's my survey...

    1) Is there a vacation destination you wish to visit most of the time or on a regular basis? if so where?
    Disney, Washington state, Wales (I wish), probably more in North America until retiring
    2) Do you want to visit your home resort at least half the time, or do you want to trade more than half the time?
    probably trade
    3) What are your 5 top trade destinations?
    Disney, Seattle/Pacific NW, potential cruises (? does that count), mountains and coast (not necessarily beach), travel in general for retirement
    4) How many people do you usually travel with?
    2-3
    5) Can you travel any time, or are you locked into the school schedule?
    school schedule for the next 6 years
    6) Can you make firm plans 12 or more mos. in advance?
    yes
    7) Can you vacation for a full week at a time?
    yes, in school off seasons currently
    8) What level of accommodations do you prefer on a scale of 1 to 5 stars?
    wife will want the 4 star or better, and I admit to liking luxury
    9) How much can you afford to spend upfront, without financing?
    still dreaming, maybe in a year or two
    10) How much can you afford to spend every year for a maintenance fee that will come due right after Christmas, and increase each year?
    1200?
    11) Are you a detail oriented planner?
    yes, and a little obsessive on details and learning all I can
    12) Do you understand that once you buy a timeshare, it may be very difficult to sell or give away, and you are responsible for all fees, until you do?
    yes
     
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    presley TUG Review Crew: Expert TUG Member

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    It sounds like you want a high end place to stay, to visit Disney often and to visit the Pacific Northwest often.

    I'd actually steer you to looking at buying DVC for the Disney vacations and renting for the other locations. It's usually not worth it to trade DVC for something else.

    If you really want high end places to stay, I would recommend just renting. It's not a good value to trade a timeshare week for a cruise. You can nearly always get cruises for far less money by just paying cash.

    I don't know of any high end timeshares in the Pacific Northwest and would recommend staying in a full service hotel rather than a timeshare if you really want to stay somewhere nice. Otherwise, Worldmark has a lot of locations in those areas.
     
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    Panina TUG Review Crew: Expert TUG Member

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    Without answering #9, how much you can afford, whether it is today or in a year or two, we really can’t answer what could work.
     
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    If you want 4 Star or higher, then you are looking at the Hotel affiliated systems: Vistana (Westin/Sheraton), Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton.

    Are you talking Disney Orlando, or Disney Anaheim? There are lots of timeshares near Disney, that are far less expensive to own than Disney Vacation Club.

    When you trade your timeshare for a cruise, you have to give up your week plus pay additional cash which is almost as much as a discount cruise rate. The best use of a timeshare is for timesharing.
     
  5. gryphynkit

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    I've been looking at the DVC side, it's actually how I found this forum...I research just a tad bit. I enjoy the WDW side of things, never been out to DL, although I'd like to drag the family out sometime.

    I guess I'm unsure on what is high end or star ratings, I haven't run across that yet in my reading. My ILs own at Massanutten, and we go every year for t'giving, and they're ok, but not oh my word good, nor in a location that I would probably choose to visit if it wasn't a family gather. Mostly like the whirlpool tub when it's clean, the amenities, and the kitchen. I will want to rent wherever I think about buying before I buy, that's a definite. My wife has had bad experiences with cleanliness, therefore she's a bit more towards the higher end when we can do it.
     
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    I suppose at this point I'm mostly researching how much I would need to save up to get what I would like to have...:smiles:
     
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    Mostly Disney Orlando, I think, although as I mentioned in the other reply, I'd probably like to go out to DL at least once.

    Understood on the cruising, and that's what I thought, but didn't know if there's a better way. I've been reading all I can, so wanted to check.
     
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    Since the only specific destination you mention is Disney in Orlando and your budget is $1200 a year in MFs, you might consider an inexpensive trader in the Marriott system unless you can identify a location you want to visit regularly. You can easily exchange into Orlando or buy cheap Getaways through Interval so no need to own in Orlando except if you have a very specific requirement. Some people like the mandatory Vistana Orlando properties in order to use StarOptions to visit other locations so that is something else that you might explore. In order to own at Disney Vacation Club in Orlando, you will need a large upfront investment and a higher annual MF. I love DVC though and if you really want the onsite Disney experience, then DVC is the way to go.
     
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    Heh, I'm thinking what all of the comments are telling me is that I need to save up more money and such, and it will take a few more years, but it's still fun reading all the forums and researching, even if I never use the info...but then, I am of the opinion that no research is useless research
     

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