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Want more options and want to buy a resale but confused!!

jramat

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I own a week at Vistanna Villages, Key West, which I understand is a Mandatory resort. We have 95,700 options for our 2br/LO. We bought from the developer while at Kierland a couple of years ago. I want more options and don't want to buy from the devleoper. I want to get up to around 150,000 total options so we can into more locations with 2 bedrooms. This whole resale thing is confusing as to will my new options count just like my original ones, etc. I don't care about II because I can trade my original 95,700 when I want to do that. I just want to get to more Starwood resorts with 2 br capability. I'm trying to keep all this simple, but I get very confused. All help is greatly appreciated.
 

LisaRex

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The only way you'll get StarOptions with a resale unit is to buy a mandatory resort. StarOptions work the same no matter how you procure them. Starwood used to not let resale owners combine StarOptions, but they've reversed that decision and will now allow it.

So you'll need another 52,400 additional StarOptions to get to 148,100, which will get you into any 2 bdrm within SVN. There's a myriad of ways you can get to there. For instance, you can get a 2 bdrm l/o at Westin Kierland during silver season OR a 1 bdrm platinum at Westin Kaanapali.

Do some research to see what will give you the biggest bang for your buck in terms of purchase price + MFs to get to your desired result. I imagine a 1 bdrm platinum would probably be your best bet because MFs are based on square footage, not season.
 

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There is a list of mandatory resorts in the FAQ at the top of the board and you can see the Staroptions for various seasons and units in Owner Resources under Staroptions. Also, please see the link to Maintenance Fees vs. Staroptions listed under Buying and Selling. WKV has the best ratio of Staroptions to MF.
 

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One thing I would caution you about is that the combining of resale staroptions JUST got "allowed" by Starwood this year. Before then, you could not combine resale SOs to reserve a larger unit or a better season. This rule apparently changed overnight in our favor BUT it could change back overnight too with no notice whatsoever.

So no matter what you do, buy a mandatory unit that has enough SOs to make you happen if and when they take this rule back. For example, I would not recommend buying a unit for less than 81,000 SOs since that number will get you a larger 1BR in peak season just about anywhere.

Katherine
 
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