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Timeshare 101

Becoming familiar with the timeshare concepts and the language that is used will ensure that you make the right decision. Click on the links below for a thorough look at the basics. BuyATimeshare.com has organized several terms and questions into user-friendly explanations. Find everything you need to know about using a timeshare.

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A timeshare is when a group of people buy into a resort for a specific time period, usually in weekly intervals. The most common types of timeshare are a condominium or hotel-style developments.

Most timeshares are also sold in Annual or Biennial usage. What does this mean to you? Annual means you will get to use the resort each year on the week you purchased. Biennial means you get the resort every other year. You will also hear the terms odd or even years.

After the initial purchase price, timeshare owners are required pay an annual maintenance fee.

Most first time buyers to the timeshare market purchase their ownership directly from the resort on the retail market, and will typically pay a higher price. These resorts often use high-pressure and deceptive sales tactics when selling timeshares, and will make many promises to the timeshare buyer about what they can expect from the ownership of their timeshare.

Timeshares are usually sold in weeks either yearly or every other year. There are many different programs that dictate how you can use your timeshare. We are going to discuss these topics. Fixed weeks, floating weeks, rotating weeks, deeded and right to use, we'll help you make the informed decisions.

The biggest difference between Deeded and Right to use is the ownership of the property. Deeded means you physically own a fraction of the property.

A Vacation Club is membership within a timeshare or a resort developer. Membership in a vacation club allows the owner the right to stay at a resort in the developer's inventory.

Instead of selling timeshare interests by the week, many developers will opt for points that can be exchanged for time at a resort. One of the main benefits of a points-based system is that an owner can vacation more than once a year while paying a single maintenance fee.

One feature associated with timesharing is the ability to exchange your vacation property with someone else's. This allows you to obtain vacation accommodations in locations throughout the world. There are typically 3 ways you can exchange your timeshare.

When buying a timeshare it is important to consider which season you are buying. Most timeshare resorts have times of the year, which are higher in demand than others.

Timeshare closing costs typically range from $300 to $500 for a comprehensive transfer of a timeshare and closing. This fee covers the services of the closing company but do not include additional recoding fees or taxes. The recording fees are set by the state.

Additional Resources

Best Timeshare Companies Buy/Sell Timeshares by Owner Buy a Timeshare
Guide to Timeshare Brokers BuyaTimeshare.com Reviews BuyaTimeshare.com BBB
Sell a Timeshare How to Sell Your Timeshare Timeshare FAQ
Timeshare Scams Timeshare Resellers Timeshare Seller FAQ

Timeshare closing costs typically range from $300 to $500 for a comprehensive transfer of a time share and closing. These fee cover the services of the closing company, but do not include additional recoding fees or taxes. The recording fees are set by the state.

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