The Everything Family Guide to Timeshares is your comprehensive handbook for choosing, purchasing, using, and selling the "perfect" timeshare. You'll learn how to:
- Separate the deals from the scams
- Choose the right timeshare location for their needs
- Negotiate a successful contract
- Swap timeshares with other owners
This all-inclusive guide includes information on exchange companies, free timeshare vacations, top properties, and unique timeshare opportunities such as yachts and recreational vehicles. Whether you're looking for ideas on where to buy your first timeshare or tips on selling or trading up, The Everything Family Guide to Timeshares
is just what you need!
Kim Kavin is an award-winning writer, editor, and photographer, working at everything from newspapers to luxury lifestyle magazines.
Top ten things you can do at timeshare resorts -- Introduction -- What is timeshare? -- History of timeshares -- The early days -- Modern-day timeshares -- Exchange companies -- Brand-name developers -- Smaller exchange companies -- Is timeshare right for you? -- The ideal timeshare owner -- What you're buying -- Beyond the sales pitch -- Types of timeshares -- Fractional ownership programs -- What's not included -- What kind of property suits your needs? -- Consider the location and amenities -- Beachfront timeshare resorts -- Golf course timeshare resorts -- Skiing timeshare resorts -- Spa timeshare resorts -- Wilderness timeshare resorts -- Theme park timeshare resorts -- Urban timeshare resorts -- Other timeshare resorts -- Typical timeshare unit layouts -- What do timeshares cost? -- General prices -- Key cost factors -- High vs. low season -- Official resort ranking -- Un-official resort reputation -- Remember those extra fees -- Long-term cost factors -- Buying in the United States -- Hot regions -- Top properties in the Northeast -- Top properties in the Southeast -- Top properties in the Midwest -- Top properties in the South -- Top properties in the West -- Top properties in Puerto Rico and Hawaii -- Buying outside the United States -- Understanding the worldwide marketplace -- Finding international timeshares -- The Caribbean -- The Bahamas/Bermuda -- Mexico -- Western Mediterranean -- Eastern Mediterranean -- More exotic locations -- Your timeshare contract -- The cold, hard facts -- Your single most important question -- Sweat the small stuff -- Addendums and other documents -- Differences from state to state -- Free timeshare vacations -- The pitch -- Are they scams? -- What happens when you get there -- How to protect yourself in advance -- How to protect yourself during the sales pitch -- If you want to buy -- Buying from a developer -- What's a developer? -- The pros -- The cons -- How to find units -- Buying a resale timeshare -- Buying new vs. buying used -- The pros -- The cons -- How to find resale units -- Maintenance/ownership issues -- Developers and management companies -- Homeowner associations -- Maintenance fees -- Unit by unit -- Special assessments -- Your home resort unit -- Using your time share -- Making an exchange -- Other exchange company services -- Additional exchange options -- Working without the exchange company -- Potential pitfalls -- Travel insurance -- Renting out your time share -- Market demand -- Setting your price -- Advertising -- Rental agreements -- Potential pitfalls -- Selling your time share -- When to sell -- Realistic vs. unrealistic expectations -- How to set your price -- Advertising -- Using a resale broker -- Timeshare scams -- It can happen to you -- Top 10 danger signs -- Protecting yourself -- If you think you're a victim -- When you just can't sell -- How many timeshares are "unsellable"? -- Rethink your price -- Use auctions -- Donate your unit to charity -- Return your unit to the developer -- Arrange a permanent swap -- Give your unit away -- How to recover from a loss -- Unique, non-property timeshares -- You have options: beyond resorts -- Boats -- Campground and recreational vehicle sites -- Recreational vehicles -- If they had it to do again -- Buying new timeshares -- Buying resale timeshares -- Using timeshares -- Exchanging timeshares -- Renting timeshares -- Selling timeshares -- The bottom line -- Consumer groups and additional research options -- United States-based consumer groups -- United Kingdom-based consumer groups -- Industry organizations -- State and federal government organizations -- The Better Business Bureau -- Chambers of Commerce -- Appendix A: Timeshare developers, exchange companies, and resale brokers -- Appendix B: Vacation calendars.