If you can't sell it, can't give it away without paying a "FEE"
what other altrnative are there?
Can you just not pay the maintenace fee anymore?
And they will come and take it from you?
Why is it so easy for all these homeowners to walk away from there mortgages
but us timeshare holders are stuck forever?
It's just as easy to walk away from your timeshare as it is for those homeowners - it's just that you aren't willing to take the same credit hit.
If you still owe the developer, stop payment to them, and they will eventually take it back - of course, they might hit you with a judgement requiring you to still pay the loan off, but you're out from under the annual fees.
If you don't owe the developer, speak to the HOA, and see if they will take it. They may be able to find someone willing to pay the annual fees.
When people grouse about the ongoing fees, they need to remember that these are no different than the utilities they pay to live in their home. You've got property taxes, phone bills, electric, water, gas, oil, cable... plus you have to shovel the driveway, cut the grass, do all the cleaning... repair broken appliances, replace worn out furnishings...
I wouldn't be surprised to see a change in the travel industree in the not too distant future - we're already seeing it with some of the airlines, as they cut flights that are costing them money. For every flight or hotel room that we get below-cost, someone is paying an exhorbitant price. We may be heading to an era where the lower-middle class can't afford to fly regularly, which will mean a big change in vacation patterns. When that happens, we may see fewer rentals below the cost of maintenance fees - some will always exist, when people can't use their weeks, and are willing to settle for less.
I suspect when you purchased you did so because you saw some value in your ownership. That value is still there, you just need to figure out how to use it.