We own a timeshare that we are trying to sell. My mother-in-law (who is now deceased) was an RCI member. We are not members. We have just gotten her statement from RCI and she has 14 weeks available for deposit. I have seen posts in these boards that say things in RCI can be transferred (for a fee). Is there any way we can get access to these weeks to help as an incentive to sell our current week? Thanks.
I believe what you are looking at is what she already has deposited. If we are only talking about one week of ownership, it is unlikely that she can deposit 14 weeks. Usually you can deposit the current year's usage (2015) and maybe next year's usage (2016.)
With the number 14, what's more likely is that she already has 14 TPU (trading power units) deposited and available for use in RCI. That is a small number of points - enough for an exchange for one week in an average resort. But you are not allowed to rent exchanges.
As far as depositing additional weeks - like 2015 and 2016, generally, it will be less
attractive to a buyer if you deposit the usage. In most case buyers want to use the week at the resort, and if you deposit it, they can't get it back.
However, at this point in the year, the 2015 usage may have little value, because in most cases we are past vacation season, and at many resorts, it's impossible to reserve a good date because they are booked solid for the rest of the year.
At some point you will want to deposit the 2015 week to salvage it, and perhaps use the deposit yourself, and start the new owner's usage in 2016.
What's important for you to know is exactly what the depositing rules are for this resort, and what your options are. It varies from resort to resort, so there is no hard and fast rule.