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Hi all! I need help choosing my next Starwood property. I am looking at three options. I know my pros and cons, looking for yours. I appreciate any and all opinions. We figure have 15 to 20 years before we won't travel much, already have more than the kids want to take on.

1) Lagunamar studio, high season RTU until 2031. Buy in around $1000 (there is also a one bedroom every other year)
Pros: love Lagunamar, go yearly or every few years wouldn't have to worry about getting rid of it
Cons: only a studio, don't know how they trade, no SO

2) Sheraton Desert Oasis 2br lo, EOY, weeks 1-52, buy in $500
Pros: like the property, have had great trades with what I have already
Cons: Heirs have to get rid of it. No SO

3) Sheraton Vistana Villages, 97,000 SO, 2br lo, high season. Buy in $2000
Pros: has star options, I go to Florida every year or two, would expect good trades as I have done well with SVR trades
Cons: high maintenance fees, already own in Florida, heirs have to keep or get rid of
 

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It was not apparent from your post. Are you looking to primarily use or exchange the property you buy?

I think that's the first question you need to answer before deciding.
 

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I started time sharing with Westin and Sheraton. I don't have as good trades with Starwood now as before. If I am you, I will get a Marriott for trading purposes as Marriott has more properties and I can get ride of it easier
 

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Should ask this on SVO forum...

I agree with David. Ask a Mod to move the thread.

From your options, I would go with SDO or SVV with SOSs.
 
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I started time sharing with Westin and Sheraton. I don't have as good trades with Starwood now as before. If I am you, I will get a Marriott for trading purposes as Marriott has more properties and I can get ride of it easier
Marriott is good, in theory, for Marriott to Martiott trades. However, those are not as easy to get as they used to be unless you have a good trader and you want something equal or lower. YMMV.
 

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Marriott is good, in theory, for Marriott to Martiott trades. However, those are not as easy to get as they used to be unless you have a good trader and you want something equal or lower. YMMV.
At least through II, I don't think Starwood is any better. Perhaps worse. It seems that Starwood inventory in II has dried up more than Marriott. Now if the OP is wanting to use SOs, then it is probably a better option. Though buy-in cost is going to be higher.
 

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If you are going to use mainly In network for Westin or Sheraton resorts, SVV with SOs would be your best option.
 

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How do I ask a moderator to move this?

So far all my TS have been traded 80% of the time, this unit would probably be traded 50% of the time.

Tell me more about Marriott's for traders. I have one in Palm Springs, have not done a great job trading it... Only owned that for two years. What would be a good resale Trader?
 

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[1) You are responding to a post that is 8 mos. old.

2) The offer that you posted is not permitted in the discussion forum.]
 
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2) Sheraton Desert Oasis 2br lo, EOY, weeks 1-52, buy in $500
Pros: like the property, have had great trades with what I have already
Cons: Heirs have to get rid of it. No SO

I always have an exit plan in case of nuclear war. In this case, nuclear war is the entire timeshare industry collapses as the baby boomers die off and Vistana (Starwood) come after me to pay for my maintenance fees for my SDO weeks. Because all the delinquencies, the annual MF go to $7k/week and they threaten lawsuits if you don't pay.

In florida, real property is a recourse state. However, in Arizona, it is a no recourse state. Which means they can't sue you for a deficiency. I doubt SVO would sue but this added layer of protection (and to ensure my heirs don't inherit a mess) made SDO my choice (plus we like to travel to Arizona more than Florida).
 
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