Tips On Buying Timeshare

Posted by | November 12, 2009 | Vacation Ownership

Red Week, White Week or Blue Week?

Did you know that owning a blue week sometimes has more advantages that a red week? Well it’s true.

What I am about to tell you is not something you will hear of at any Timeshare Resort. I should know, I spend over 20 years selling timeshares. You hear of people complaining that Timeshares are a ripoff or they simply don’t work. Those are the people who just don’t know how they work or bought at some undesirable location. If you had the choice in 2 locations for your vacations, which would you choose, Hawaii or Manitoba?

If you’re happy and comfortable in a $29 motel, then Timeshare might not be for you. I’m sure that if you are a family of 4, that a 2 bedroom condo with full kitchen and amenities would suit you better. What do you think that kind of accommodations cost per night? Not $29, more like $299++. In that case timeshare would not only save you money, but also allow you to stay at 4 and 5 star resorts worldwide.

I Personally own 2 timeshare weeks at different resorts. Because I have a flexible schedule, I purchased blue weeks. I know, nobody at the resort offered you blue weeks. You see blue weeks are at the bottom of the resort inventory, thus much cheaper.

So here is the simple trick I advise my friends looking to buy a Timeshare week. Listen up.
“Buy a blue week of the smallest unit available”. In other words if the resort is selling 3,2,1 bedrooms or studios, then studios would be the smallest unit. Now if you were a family of 4 and you could be available to take your vacation on short notice (42 days) then your choice should be a blue week in a 2 bedroom unit.

If a red week at a particular resort are selling at $20,000 per week, then a blue week would be selling around $3-$5K.

The other advantage is exchanges. When I use RCI, I use Flex-change. Under the Flex-change terms, you can take what is available regardless of the time (blue week) or the size of the unit you own.

Most of the time that I request a Flex-change I usually end up with a 2 or 3 bedroom unit. I basically use my weeks for skiing and island vacations. I must say that I am more than satisfied with all the exchanges up to date. It sure helps have 20+ years in the industry.

Daniel D. Roy

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