Buying a vacation Property With Family and Friends Have you thought about getting a timeshare for your family vacation spot? Timeshares can be a great solution to those who are looking for a nice and simple way to vacation each year. Buying into these properties means that you will always know you have a place […]
Still Waiting To Buy A Timeshare? Stop Waiting!
Have you been thinking about buying a timeshare recently? Those who are looking for a smart way to vacation at their favorite destination each year would do well to consider some of the many benefits that timeshares are able to offer. Here are five of the top reasons that you might want to choose one of these properties.
Afford a Great Property
When you choose to buy into a timeshare, you are going to be able to afford a great property. It is going to be possible to find a property that has luxury amenities that you might not be able to afford otherwise. Buying the timeshare is going to be much less expensive than it would be if you were to buy a second vacation home that you are only going to be using for a week or two out of the year.
Feel at Home on Vacation
When you are on vacation, you want to feel as though you are at home. Coming back to a hotel room after a long day is not going to give you that feeling. However, if you have a timeshare that you use year after year, it is going to become your home. You will find that they are generally going to have quite a bit more in the way of amenities and features as well.
Lots of Wonderful Locations
You will have a number of different locations from which you are going to be able to choose when you buy a timeshare too. Whether you are looking for a beach vacation, a location in your favorite city, or a place to spend a couple of weeks in the mountains, you will be able to find it.
Save More Money
When you have a timeshare, you will find that it can help you save even more money on your vacation. You will be able to cook at your timeshare rather than eating out all of the time. This can save quite a bit of money!
Never Wonder Where You Will Stay
You never have to scramble at the last minute just so you can find a place to stay when you are going on vacation. You will always know that your timeshare is going to be ready for you when you arrive. Imagine just how disappointing it would be if you were to schedule your vacation, only to find out all the hotels were booked because of a convention in town! A timeshare ensures that will never happen.
We’ve gotten a few requests for more information about Interval International’s newest product, Club Interval Gold.
Club Interval Gold is a points-based exchange service for owners of fixed or floating-week timeshares. The progressive program combines all the membership benefits of Interval International and Interval Gold®, offering their most flexible vacation exchange experience yet.
So what exactly is Club Interval Gold, and how does it work? Interval’s chief operating officer Jeanette Marbert explains:
“Since 1994, Interval has offered members with points-based interests the ability to trade points for traditional weeks. More recently, Gold members have also been able to take advantage of ShortStay Exchange for as many vacations as their points allow,” said Marbert. “Now, Club Interval Gold offers week-owners the flexibility to convert theivr vacation time into points. They can use points to access resorts in our worldwide network, or redeem them to travel as they choose, from a weekend golf getaway to a weeklong family cruise.”
So there you have it, straight from the source. Club Interval Gold members can utilize their points to enhance their vacation exchange experiences in the following ways:
- Exchange throughout Interval’s worldwide network of approximately 2,600 resorts.
- Choose ShortStay ExchangeSM to take as many quick trips (from two to six nights each) as points allow.
- Select Interval Options® to apply points toward the purchase of a cruise, spa, or golf vacation.
- Combine deposits to increase the points balance and trade up to larger units and/or higher-season vacations.
Additional Club Interval Gold ownership benefits may include:
- Interval Travel® for rates often unavailable to the general public on cruises, hotel stays, rental cars and airline tickets.
- Attraction & Dining Discounts – Access to more than 75,000 premium discounts from Entertainment® at IntervalWorld.com.
- Getaway Discounts – $25 off the prices of all Getaway vacation rentals.
- VIP ConciergeSM – 24/7 personal concierge service.
- Hertz #1 Club Gold® – Complimentary membership that provides expedited car rentals at more than 1,000 locations in 23 countries.
“Club Interval Gold represents the ultimate in transaction flexibility and is a valuable sales tool that makes the vacation ownership product even more desirable to new purchasers and existing owners,” said David Gilbert, Interval’s executive vice president of resort sales and marketing.
Have you seen our Top Ten Timeshares of 2012 yet? We compiled a short list of our favorite timeshares for this upcoming year. Based on luxury, owner-satisfaction and location, we’re predicting great things for these properties.
Thinking about buying timeshare? Our top ten timeshares list is a great place to start! If you’re a timeshare owner who’s looking to sell, check your property against our list. If you own one of our top ten timeshares, chances are your property has great value on the timeshare resale market.
What do you think about our list? What properties would you like to see included in our list?
Will your timeshare save you even more this year? According to MSNBC, ConTech Construction and Travel & Leisure, 2012 may be the year of the timeshare makeover. Restoration projects by ConTech Construction are set to save owners at the Royal Floridian Resort in Ormond Beach, FL thousands in maintenance fees. The project was so successful, it was named the 2011 “Project of the Year” by the International Concrete Repair Institute; the first time a timeshare has ever won this award.
Perspective Magazine reports:
Since the renovation, the resort’s rental revenues have experienced a 22 percent increase generating $52,000 over budgeted revenues. The electricity consumption has decreased by 25 percent, corresponding to $40,000 savings in only 9-months. The association hospitality expenses (guest compensation for problems related to the resort amenities) have decreased by 50 percent compared to 2009. Maintenance payroll also decreased by 24%, due to fewer problems and service calls from guests.
In truth, it’s rare for maintenance fees to decrease while the quality of a resort increases – yet the success of the project and predictions by MSNBC and Travel & Leisure indicate that timeshare restorations are a viable and successful way to improve owners’ interests while helping them save money. Essentially, owners get improved accommodations for less money. It’s a win-win we hope to see flourish!
Fractional ownership, or shared ownership property, is fast becoming one of the most popular options in the vacation ownership industry. As the industry continues to grow, niche markets are beginning to emerge – forever changing the shape of the fractional model. Last fall, industry leaders gathered at the Fractional Summit USA to make some bold predictions for the future of frationals.
According to an article on RCIventures.com, consumers can expect to see some major changes to the traditional fractional model, most of which result in increased flexibility and affordability for the buyer or renter. Some major predictions about the future of fractional ownership included:
- Per night (rather than per week) valuations
- Smaller fractional sizes
- Increased emphasis on health and wellness facilities
- Increase in eco-friendly practices and environmental technologies
- Short-term ownership period products with a guaranteed exit strategy
With hotel rates predicted to rise up to 6.5% in 2012, this information about the budget-friendly changes to fractional ownership has never been more relevant. Read the full text of the article here, then contact us for more information about fractionals and fractional resales.