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"What to Buy" Questions for Newbies

Discussion in 'New to Timesharing? Look Here!' started by DeniseM, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. DeniseM

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    Here are some questions you can answer to focus your timeshare wants/needs.

    Suggestion - copy the questions below, and start a new thread entitled "My Survey" or "What should I buy?," or something similar, and answer the questions in a NEW thread.

    1) Is there a vacation destination you wish to visit most of the time or on a regular basis? if so where?

    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?

    3) What are your 5 top trade destinations?

    4) How many people do you usually travel with?

    5) Can you travel any time, or are you locked into the school schedule?

    6) Can you make firm plans 12 or more mos. in advance?

    7) Can you vacation for a full week at a time?

    8) What level of accommodations do you prefer on a scale of 1 to 5 stars?

    9) How much can you afford to spend upfront, without financing?

    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?

    11) Are you a detail oriented planner?

    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?
     
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    quoting the text above and answering the questions will let us move your conversation to its own post below so more folks can assist you with your Timeshare purchase!

    simply click HERE to start your new thread!
     
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    Sorry about that, apparently I missed a few of these to move into their own threads for help!
     
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    Do I need a paid membership on Tugbbs?

    Should I, or do I need to become a full paid member of tugbbs to receive replies to resale timeshares I am interested in purchasing posted on here?
     
  5. DeniseM

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    No - you don't have to be a member, but it's only $15, and it gives you access to the member's only areas, which are very helpful.

    And it won't hurt your TUG "Street Cred" ;)

    MORE INFO: http://www.tug2.net/tug-pr.html
     
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    Ok, thanks, I'm gonna hoin. Lots of good info here I wish I had seen before. Tks
     
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    Better off renting?

    Beginning to wonder if we are better off renting from owners. Seems like there are plenty of deals to be had, especially within 60 days.
     
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  8. DeniseM

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    For many people it is better, especially if you aren't a detail oriented planner.

    If you are flexible, there are wonderful last minute deals available - have you looked at our Last Minute Rental Forum?
     
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    renting

    Yes I have and that is where I started getting the idea. Will keep doing the research though.
     
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    I have searched this forum for information but truthfully remain confused. What is the best timeshare system?? I kinda looked at getting a timeshare as investing in my vacation futures and give me incentive to go on them. I thought is would also help financially but right now I m not so sure people keep saying you can rent just as much or cheaper on your own

    [Here are Solski's survey responses: http://www.tugbbs.com/forums/showthread.php?t=239442]


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    If you start a new thread and answer the questions Denise has posed, many here will give you some ideas. There is no "best" for everybody so knowing a little about your expectations will help us help you.
     
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    What should I buy? TIA ;o)

    Moved to a "New Thread" as instructed above. Oops!
     
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    Is the $15 membership paid annually?
     
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    Yes, annually

    sent from my cell phone...
     
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    There are ways to get free extensions. The most popular is to rate resorts when you visit to get extensions.

    Another is to refer other people to become paid members.

    I joined a few years ago and have not had to pay a renewal.
     
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    Great price on resales

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    We have rented from owners for over 10 years now. If you travel within 60 days it is usually less expensive unless as long as there is availability and the renter gets the platinum discount. However we have found that often last minute bookings end up being a few reservations pieced together. We are taking the plunge and purchasing resale now as our mortgage is paid and we can commit to the yearly maintenance fees.
     
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    My husband and I have been timeshare owners at Vidanta for 15 years. Originally, it was called the Mayan Palace, then Grand Mayan, then they added the Grand Bliss and Grand Luxxe and needed to re-brand everything under one moniker: Vidanta.

    The properties are AMAZING, but owning there is way too expensive and their practices are downright unethical. Every year, they try to upgrade us. We were manipulated into upgrades three times, cancelled twice and now in an epic battle over the most recent upgrade. They are ruthless and relentless.

    If you want to visit a Vidanta property (which I would highly recommend because they are fabulous) rent a week from E-Bay or another timeshare rental group. Whatever you do, DON'T go for a presentation even if they offer a free breakfast, room credit, tours, golf, whatever. I promise you, it's not worth the stress and the time. Enjoy your vacation and avoid sale at all costs.
     
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    I am not sure where and how to start a new thread for my survey for condos
    1) Is there a vacation destination you wish to visit most of the time or on a regular basis? if so where?

    Great Smokies mt the one with the waterpark, we have little kids


    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? yes


    3) What are your 5 top trade destinations?

    Orlando, destin, vegas, California and dells

    4) How many people do you usually travel with? 6


    5) Can you travel any time, or are you locked into the school schedule? School schedule


    6) Can you make firm plans 12 or more mos. in advance?

    yes

    7) Can you vacation for a full week at a time?

    Only in the summer

    8) What level of accommodations do you prefer on a scale of 1 to 5 stars?

    Three or more stars

    9) How much can you afford to spend upfront, without financing?

    $2,500

    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? $200


    11) Are you a detail oriented planner? yes


    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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    We have never owned a timeshare and have not heard many favorable things about them so we have not researched them and their details. We do own several condos in Galveston and Destin outright that we use for personal use and rent out as well. Since we live in Houston they are easily accessable to us. However, we love Key West and would like a regular place to stay. But we know that we can only get there once a year so a full ownership there would be pointless and extremly expensive. Therefore, a timeshare there is now a consideration.

    1) Is there a vacation destination you wish to visit most of the time or on a regular basis? if so where?

    Ans. Key West, FL


    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?

    Ans. Visit at least half the time or more


    3) What are your 5 top trade destinations?

    Ans. Really not too interested in trading unless within Key West or at same resort for different weeks.


    4) How many people do you usually travel with?

    Ans. 2-6 qty adults


    5) Can you travel any time, or are you locked into the school schedule?

    Ans. Anytime but prefer certain weeks such as 22, 26, 43, and 51.


    6) Can you make firm plans 12 or more mos. in advance?

    Ans. Yes, we are planners, but also last minute as we own full ownership properties in Galveston and Destin.


    7) Can you vacation for a full week at a time?

    Ans. This is questionable at times. Ideally would like to be able to trade unused days if needed. IE 4 and 3 night stays vs a full 7.


    8) What level of accommodations do you prefer on a scale of 1 to 5 stars?

    Ans. Of course 4-5 but in a timeshare we dint expect that in KW. More historical property preferred.


    9) How much can you afford to spend upfront, without financing?

    Ans. 100% cash


    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?

    Ans. Prefer no more than $1,500/property but less is best of course


    11) Are you a detail oriented planner?

    Ans. Very much so.


    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?

    Ans. Yes, therefore a popular place such as KW is preferred as is a reasonable purchase price. Would want it to be transferrable to our children too.
     
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    I will definitely become a paid member of TUG for $15 because they just saved me from buying $15k TS.
     
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