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I've got an extra week to rent during a popular event (jazz fest). What's the best method to get top dollar for it?

Can I use eBay? Or is that only for professional renters? Just looking for tips. Thanks!
 

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You might also want to consider www.Craigslist.com, advertising in the location of the unit (New Orleans?) using the title "Jazz Fest".

But Craigslist attracts a lot of spammers and scammers. If you go that route, be extra cautious in screening inquiries and consider getting a throw-away email address so you don't continue to get spam when you are finished with this project (Craigslist gives you an anonymous replay address when you post, but when you respond to an inquiry, the person gets your real email address, which you may not want).
 

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I've got an extra week to rent during a popular event (jazz fest). What's the best method to get top dollar for it?

Can I use eBay? Or is that only for professional renters? Just looking for tips. Thanks!

Craigs list is my only advertising vehicle for my timeshare rentals...I rented my jazz week on Craigs list last week. I got several inquires.

You will almost certainly be contacted by scammers, but they are easy to spot (they dont seem to have read the ad, and agree to want to rent without regard for price, want a list of info from you and are usually from europe, and they promise a certified check to be sent from their wife's employer) Just ignore them. I always want a phone conversation with my prospective renter and I get paid via paypal

Folks dont seem interested in the mid week dates, or more to the point, the folks that need a full week, or all ten days of jazz fest have probably already made their reservations...My inquires were for one or the other of the weekends. Depending on the size and location of your unit, expect $250 -350 a night. My tenant told me that there were units available at La Belle Maison available at $300 (I asked $250 and got his business)

Good Luck
 
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Craigs list is my only advertising vehicle for my timeshare rentals...I rented my jazz week on Craigs list last week. I got several inquires.

You will almost certainly be contacted by scammers, but they are easy to spot (they dont seem to have read the ad, and agree to want rent without regard for price, want a list of info from you and are usually from europe, and they promise a certified check to be sent from their wife's employer) Just ignore them. I always want a phone conversation with my prospective renter and I get paid via paypal

Folks dont seem interested in the mid week dates, or more to the point, the folks that need a full week, or all ten days of jazz fest have probably already made their reservations...My inquires were for one or the other of the weekends. Depending on the size and location of your unit, expect $250 -350 a night. My tenant told me that there were units available at La Belle Maison available at $300 (I asked $250 and got his business)

Good Luck

Thanks Ron!
 
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I would not use ebay - their fees are high, and you will get bottom dollar.

Right now, a lot of people are trying to rent their timeshares, so you want to price your week competitively, market it well, and make sure you have a lot of traffic - because you have a lot of competition. If you really want to rent it, it's worth spending a few dollars to list it on several websites, so more people see your Ad.

I personally use these cheap or free websites to post my Ads:

TUG Timeshare Marketplace - http://tug2.com/timesharemarketplace/
1 year Membership - $15
Ads - free up to 25

www.craigslist.org (free)

www.redweek.com
Membership - $14.99 for 12 months
Timeshare Rental Ads - $24.99/ea for 6 Months
Timeshare Resale Ads - $59.99/ea for 12 Months

www.myresortnetwork.com
Membership - free
Timeshare Rental Ads - $19.95 ($24.95 - floating weeks)
Timeshare Resale Ads - $34.95

There is also a list of resale websites at the top of the Buying, Selling, Renting, board that you may want to take a look at.

On Craigslist, you need to create a Craigslist Acct., and every 3 days, you can renew your Ads with the click of a button. You don't have to rewrite the Ads - if you create an Acct. they will be saved in your Acct. and you can just use the "renew" function, to renew the oldest Ad every 3 days, which will bring it to the top of the listings.

Good luck!
 

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Thank you all for the information! I decided to try Craigslist for the first month. We'll see how it goes...
 

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Thank you all for the information! I decided to try Craigslist for the first month. We'll see how it goes...

TUG is completely free as well.
 

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stay on topic...cleaning up this thread

also, for our free advice article on how to rent your timeshare...can go here:

How to Rent your Timeshare
 

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I've got an extra week to rent during a popular event (jazz fest). What's the best method to get top dollar for it?

Can I use eBay? Or is that only for professional renters? Just looking for tips. Thanks!

If it were a name brand place I'd say with out a doubt Redweek.com. Its worth the few dollars it costs to place an ad IMHO. i've rented more than 70 Marriott weeks without fail through RW.

If its not a name brand it seems to me that Craig's List works the best but that is not first hand experience just info "overheard" on TUG.
 

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I have put some ads before when I could not use the dates I booked for myself or my sister, mostly from RHC club points. I have to plan too far in advance for TS and something things do not work with my schedule when it changes.

1. TUG - Last minute board
Had some for rents a couple of years ago on regular rental marketplace but no real interest for them.
LM board is good if it is close in and within 45 days and your schedule changed. Some less expansive unit at popular location works best for this. I think I rented out 2 Powell Place studios booked via RHC when dates end up not working or schedule changed. One was to private individual and another was to a broker who paid $500 for the week before paypal fees. I have also rented from some owners twice HGVC Seaworld for conference and once for London. When I tried to find another HVC owner via a posting in distressed/sightings board to swap reservation later in the year with me for my Hyatt reservation, some inquiry by PM from people wanted distressed LM rental.

2. Redweek
This is the route I would recommend if it is a higher end place with a higher price per night.
I recently put up my Hyatt Highlands Inn for 3 days for rent due to schedule changes. I put the price originally as proportional guestimate of my MF with reservation and ad costs and likely paypal fee. The first guestimate was a few 10s of dollar higher since I quickly ballparked it then do detailed calculations. Found someone who was interested and agreed on something slightly less than asking that covered the majority of my proportional MF and I am eating the costs.
Have a serious interest in one of the 2 Paris weeks I booked, and the preference was for the date less preferred by an univerisity friend I invited to join me. My sister was conceptually interested in the other week originally but reality struck that she have 2 kids to support in university starting fall plus 2 mortgages.

3. Myresortnetwork
No serious inquiries from several attemps.

4. craiglist
A couple of decent interests that did not pan out but several scammers emails..
 

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I've got an extra week to rent during a popular event (jazz fest). What's the best method to get top dollar for it?

Can I use eBay? Or is that only for professional renters? Just looking for tips. Thanks!

I mostly use eBay when I'm desperate, i.e., when I have a fixed week that isn't selling and I'm just trying to get something so it's not a total wipe out.
 
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