Vacationing is definitely one of the best parts of life, and owning a timeshare can make it even better. If you’re looking to get the most out of your travel, you may be wondering how to buy timeshare, who buys them, and if you should. So, here is our take on how to buy a timeshare.
I Want To Buy A Timeshare
Wanting to buy a timeshare? Before making a purchase, we recommend doing your research first. Talk to your friends and family. Google it. And, be sure to read our other blogs for news, tips and updates. The timeshare industry is wide and there is definitely a lot to know.
There are over 5,000 resorts in the world and a little over 200 publicly and privately owned timeshare developers. With that in mind, you can rest assured you will have options in your ownership. Not to mention, there are over 9.6 million owners in the United States alone, so you’ll be in good company, too.
Is Timeshare Worth It?
We want you to know that buying a timeshare is not an investment, and will not appreciate over time. A timeshare is, however, a great way to secure your vacation for years to come, and a way to join a vacation club that specializes in great vacations.
Resale Or Retail?
Buying timeshare resale or retail is a heavily debated topic for both current and potential owners. While no one can tell you which is the right decision, we can offer some insight so you can buy confidently.
Generally, resale properties cost less money, which is an incentive for some people. Since resale properties are technically “used” they are not sold at retail prices. The good news is that a timeshare on the secondary market does not mean it won’t be nice or luxurious. Unquestionably, developers work hard to maintain their resorts through maintenance fees and yearly renovations, so no timeshare is truly ever second-rate.
However, there are some vacation clubs that reserve some perks for owners who purchased retail. Disney Vacation Club is an example of this. There are some benefits through DVC that you can only get through buying retail. But, with vacation exchange networks you can enjoy the benefits of trading your timeshare weeks and points for vacations elsewhere.
As we mentioned before, there are a ton of options when it comes to picking your timeshare. Below are a few of the top-rated and best timeshare brands in the industry. They all offer something a little different, so no matter your taste, you’re sure to find a great brand you want to join. Additionally, they are all well known for producing fun, luxurious and accommodating vacations, so you’ll leave your getaway feeling more relaxed than when you came.
Disney Vacation Club
The magic of Disney can be seen in their incredible timeshare membership program, Disney Vacation Club. Timeshares with DVC are all points-based. An important thing to decide when purchasing a timeshare with Disney resale or retail is that some resorts are located near theme parks and some are not. Additionally, your ability to travel to different resorts in the brand is a bit more restricted when buying resale compared to retail. However, there are some cases where an RCI or II membership can help mitigate this. With 16 resorts to choose from, this may be the perfect ownership if you’re a huge Disney fan.
With more than 200 resorts in 100 countries, Wyndham takes vacationing very seriously. Luxurious, stylish and family-friendly accommodations are standard at resorts in the Wyndham Destinations brand. More than 500,000 families own a timeshare with Wyndham and for good reason. They have locations from Orlando to California and beyond. Not to mention, they are part of the RCI network, so you can exchange your ownership with others to travel even more!
Did you know Marriott was one of the pioneers of the timeshare industry? Marriott is a recognizable and trusted timeshare brand and has over 400,000 owners in its network. With great customer service and bragworthy destinations, many owners are happy to call Marriott “home-away-from-home.” The Ritz-Carlton, Sheraton Vistana, St. Regis, Westin and Hyatt are all brands that are operated through Marriott, so you’ll have plenty of options when choosing your timeshare. Each brand specializes in a different type of luxury and atmosphere, so be sure to choose the one you love most.
Holiday Inn Club
Holiday Inn Club Vacations is an RCI affiliated timeshare brand. The timeshares offered with HICV are points-based and designed for family-fun and luxury. Located in perfect destinations for beach days, day trips and outdoor adventures, there is a Holiday Inn Club timeshare for everyone.
Hilton Grand Vacations
Known for delivering top-rated vacations at incredible locations, Hilton Grand Vacations takes you to a whole new level of luxury. The HGVC is Hilton’s points-based membership program for owners in the brand. Additionally, members enjoy perks like priority booking and internal exchange opportunities. Therefore, if you love locations like Las Vegas, Orlando and Colorado (just to name a few), Hilton may be for you.
Diamond Resorts are located near some of the best beaches and most lively cities. If you love one-of-a-kind experiences, Diamond is a great choice. They host world-famous singers, musicians, and acts through their Diamond Events series. What’s more, Diamond Resorts are located in over 35 countries so you’ll be able to cure your wanderlust with ease. Taking dream vacations you will remember for a lifetime is possible with Diamond Resorts.
Undoubtedly, Bluegreen is best known for delivering great outdoors experiences in beautiful destinations throughout the United States. What started in Massachusetts as a residential renovation company has grown to a well-regarded timeshare brand that cares for over 200,000 owners. This points-based timeshare brand is perfect if you love adventure as much as you love relaxing.
This family-owned timeshare brand has four gorgeous resorts located in Colorado. In fact, if you prefer skiing and mountains to beaches, Breck is a great choice. Not to mention, the well-appointed resorts are incredibly accommodating for family-friendly vacations.
Buy Timeshare Resale
The great thing about shopping online for a timeshare resale is that there are no high-pressure situations, and you can see all of the options available to you, not just the ones that need out of inventory. You can browse our postings and make an offer whenever you’re ready.
Thinking about buying now? Check out our postings available. Additionally, we also have a ton of content on our blog about brands, resorts, vacation tips and destinations for your convenience. So, that way, you can make sure you have all the information you need upfront to buy a timeshare confidently!
For more travel tips, read these blogs:
- Vacation with Aruba Timeshare Rentals
- Best Places to Travel Alone
- Vacationing With Pets
- City Travel Tips
- Vacation Exchange Secrets