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My wife and I are looking to buy our first timeshare. Fortunately we found the resale market before we followed through with purchasing direct. Are there any major "don'ts" when it comes to buying resale?

So far it appears that Hilton properties seem to work best in the resale market. Is this an accurate statement or am I missing anything negative about buying Hilton resale?

If we were to buy a two bedroom in the gold schedule, would I be able to use my points to try and book a one bedroom during a platinum week?

Because we live in Tampa, we are looking to buy in Orlando so that we will have easy access to the property. Is the Tuscany a better purchase over the Sea World resort?

Thanks in advance,
Shon
 

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The maintenance fees at SeaWorld are substantially less than at Tuscany. HGVC will have some special relationhips starting this year between Seaworld the theme park and HGVC at SeaWorld.
 

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Wish I had known about the resale market when I bought from Hilton years ago. Much as I like the club, I overpaid. The only disadvantage to the resale market is that you can't accumulate HGVC points toward elite status. That does open up some additional offerings for you, like the Grand Mayan, but is otherwise not worthwhile.
 

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Wish I had known about the resale market when I bought from Hilton years ago. Much as I like the club, I overpaid. The only disadvantage to the resale market is that you can't accumulate HGVC points toward elite status. That does open up some additional offerings for you, like the Grand Mayan, but is otherwise not worthwhile.

It is reassuring to hear positive things about resale from some that bought direct. If it is any consolation (which I doubt it is :ponder: ) I will try to learn from your experience. :whoopie:

I am still trying to figure out if I buy points on a gold season property if I could use them to book a property during platinum, given I have enough points???

Most of the gold season would work for us, but there are some places (like Colorado) that appear to be in platinum season almost year round.
 
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linsj

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Points are points with Hilton. As long as you have enough, you may book whatever is available nine months in advance.

The only advantage of owning where you want to go is to book the exact size/type of unit on your deed 12 months in advance. On paper, I own a two-bedroom, two-bath unit for one week. In reality, I usually book three + weeks in a studio.

Also with Hilton, you may borrow points from the next year, so you may get a larger unit that costs more points than you have now.
 

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Points are points with Hilton. As long as you have enough, you may book whatever is available nine months in advance.

On paper, I own a two-bedroom, two-bath unit for one week. In reality, I usually book three + weeks in a studio.

Thanks linsj...this is exactly what I needed to know. Our family is still pretty small, so we are looking to do that exact same thing you are doing. Own a two bedroom, but book studios.

Thanks again. :cheer:
 

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Paboshon, Hilton is a great system and treats resale buyers much better than other timeshare brands. MFs are cheaper in Vegas and Orlando; I don't know which properties are currently lowest.
 
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