There is no doubt that attending a timeshare presentation is not on the top of anyone’s “Fun To-Do” List. That’s why we felt like a “How to Survive a Timeshare Presentation” guide was necessary.  A lot of people get roped into attending presentations because they failed to read the fine print before they signed on the dotted line. Others make a sport of it because of the freebies that sales agents offer.

A lot of the presentations offer fantastic discounts on resort stays, free weekend trips, shows to events, televisions, and even extra cash. Who could turn these down? Below are a few tips that will help you get through a timeshare presentation painlessly while also getting what you want.

1. Ask how long the timeshare presentation will last.

Before you attend, make sure you know the time allotted for the timeshare presentation. It’s easy to call ahead and double-check on the time frame or look online. Make sure that you don’t have anything planned even a few hours after the presentation, however. The presentations have a history of going over on time, which unfortunately could take up a good part of your day.

2. Make sure you are aware of what the timeshare presentation offers.

Additionally, before you even start the presentation, make sure you confirm what is being offered at the end. The last thing you want is to attend this presentation for a few hours and then not even receive what you expected. Make sure you give your salesperson the full time allotted to present the product to you. Also, definitely ask questions along the way. This will also allow the salesperson to address any issues you may have.

3. Set expectations for your timeshare sales agent.

Even if you are planning on buying a timeshare, maybe you don’t necessarily want to be a target at the presentation. Before it even starts, be upfront with your sales agent and let them know that you expect the same in return. This way, you are getting the most out of the presentation without wasting anyone’s time. During the “Getting to Know You” stage they can better assess what your needs are. Make sure to give off the “If I like it, I’ll get it” vibe in order to keep from feeling pressured. If you don’t plan on buying, you don’t need to give the illusion that you are.

Obviously, most timeshare presentations aren’t meant to make you feel trapped or like you need to have a survival guide. You can definitely find legitimate deals that follow through on great vacation experiences. You just have to be smart about the sales tactics. There may be times where you feel confused or unsure, but make sure to take your time and get the best deal possible. You won’t regret it!



Ryan Pittman is the Vice President of Marketing at Timeshares Only, Fidelity Real Estate, and Clearshare with responsibility for marketing programs, brand management, and corporate sponsorships. Prior to his current role, he worked in SEO, Network Engineering, Omnichannel Marketing, and Sales at several companies, and served as Cyberspace Information Technology and Information Systems Management positions for the United States Navy. Ryan’s greatest strengths are his intelligence, creativity, drive and leadership. In 2010 Ryan was recognized with the Letter of Appreciation by Commander A. G. Myers, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet for outstanding achievement, extraordinary dedication and professionalism. He lives in Orlando, Florida and loves to travel the world. Some of his favorite destinations are: The Caribbean, Israel, San Diego, Chicago, Austin and New York. In his free time, he likes to work on projects around the house, entertain guests, and you can generally find him on the water.

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