Fractional Timeshares

July 11, 2018 at 11:15 am

You may have heard about fractional properties and you thought they are basically the same as a traditional timeshare. While both traditional timeshares and fractional timeshares are great investments, you should also know that there are major differences between the two. Fractional timeshares and traditional timeshares have many differences and you can learn more about their differences by reading below.

  • Yearly Use and Ownership Numbers

Approximately fifty-two owners share one unit with a traditional timeshare, and this is designed so that each timeshare owner can have one or two weeks at the property each year. Approximately four to sixteen owners share a unit with a fractional property. With a fractional timeshare membership, you will get to use the unit more times each year than a traditional timeshare. Typically, the fractional owners can spend anywhere from three to twelve weeks each year at the property for their vacations. If you feel like you don’t get enough vacations in a year, then a fractional ownership could be a great investment for you.

  • Maintenance and Wear and Tear

One important difference that exists between fractional ownership and timeshare ownership is the wear and tear that occurs at the property. It is important to know that with a traditional timeshare ownership there can be up to fifty-two owners for one single unit. There will be a new family arriving each and every week at the property, which means the traditional timeshare will receive a lot of traffic. The traditional timeshare property will have a lot of wear and tear due to the sheer volume of visitors it receives, which means that the property will likely become older more quickly. Due to the large amount of traffic the property receives each week, that usually results in more damages, too. Fractional properties have less owners and there isn’t a big turnover either. The staff knows all of the guests and each vacation experience for fractional owners is a great one. Fractional properties have well-built construction for each unit and the décor is upgraded. Only high end fixtures are used at the fractional properties and you can expect to have more amenities and the best services when compared to traditional timeshare properties.

  • Required Income

The required income needed to qualify to be an owner with the fractional ownership versus the traditional timeshare is a noteworthy difference. To be qualified for a traditional timeshare ownership, the minimum income required will start off at $75,000. To be qualified for a fractional ownership, you will have to make at least $150,000. With the large income discrepancy required for a traditional timeshare ownership and fractional ownership means that the clientele will tend to be at a higher level for fractional owners. Fractional owners are used to living a higher standard and they expect the best amenities and service from the staff, too.

  • Second Home Connection

Usually, traditional timeshare developments are very large and they often have hundreds of units. Fractional properties are much smaller and there are usually only fifty units, which provides a more exclusive environment that some people are looking for when it comes to selecting their vacation destination. Traditional timeshare owners are not as connected to their unit and property because they only spend seven days at the property each year. For a fractional property owners, they often consider their unit and property as their second home. One similarity between traditional timeshare ownership and fractional ownership properties is the ability of spend your vacation time at another property that is within the network of the resort. Fractional property owners can use their weeks at another resort property just like the traditional timeshare owners do as long as the resort is within the resort group’s exchange network.

There are many differences between fractional timeshares and traditional timeshare ownerships. Knowing the differences between them will allow you to know which one is best for you. Do you want to invest in a traditional timeshare ownership or a fractional timeshare ownership?

 

Timeshare Consultants – Beware of Fake Companies!

June 19, 2018 at 10:15 am

There are numerous legitimate choices of timeshare companies in Mexico if you want to become a timeshare owner. There are many happy timeshare owners that have had no problems with their timeshare purchase, and they are thrilled that they can enjoy luxurious vacations at many different beautiful resorts in Mexico. However, there are a handful of fake companies and scammers who try to take advantage of innocent timeshare owners and they will say and do anything to make timeshare owners believe that they are a legitimate consulting timeshare company. You can protect yourself from becoming a victim. Be alert and cautious of timeshare consultants. Beware of fake companies. Read below how you can be safe and enjoy your timeshare investment.

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Timeshare Consultants and Timeshare Scams

The majority of all of the timeshare scams in the past related to fake timeshare companies that were selling timeshares that never existed. Today, timeshare scammers are taking a new approach to scam innocent people of their money. The scammers are now targeting timeshare owners by offering to help cancel or resell their timeshare. The timeshare consultants and timeshare scams are even offering timeshare owners an upgraded timeshare through their company. The timeshare consultants will tell timeshare owners that they already have an interested buyer to purchase their old timeshare so you can upgrade to a new, improved timeshare. The warning sign that you are dealing with a scammer is when the timeshare consultant requires you to pay an upfront fee so they can start the process for you. Beware of fake timeshare consultant and timeshare scams so you and your timeshare will be protected.

Timeshare Consultants – Beware of Fake Companies!

Beware of fake companies and timeshare consultants. There was an advisory warning that was recently released by the American Resort Development Association (ARDA), which revealed that some timeshare scammers and consultants have inaccurately claimed to work with their association. In particular, there is one scammer company operating under the name of “Resort Consulting Advocates”. The advisory warning claims that several timeshare owners have already been scammed by “Resort Consulting Advocates” when they were that interested buyers wanted to purchase their timeshare membership. These fake timeshare consultants even created a fake sales contract and they included in the sales contract a “100% Satisfaction Guarantee” to appear genuine. The fake scammers did in fact not have a buyer, and they charged the timeshare owner victims an upfront fee, then they suddenly disappeared.

Beware of Fraudulent Resellers

Timeshare owners should beware of fraudulent resellers like “Resort Consulting Advocates”. Unfortunately, this is only one of many fraudulent resellers and timeshare scamming companies out there pretending to be a genuine company so that innocent timeshare owners will trust them and use their services. These type of companies will change their company name often to avoid any prosecution by the authorities. Timeshare owners don’t really know who they are working with, and they become a victim of their timeshare scams inadvertently. Timeshare owners should beware of fraudulent resellers, cancellation companies, and rental companies. These are the type of companies that are wanting to scam timeshare owners and they should be avoided completely. One way to protect yourself and your timeshare investment is to avoid the fraudulent companies by only communicating with the timeshare company where you have purchased your timeshare membership from. There will be a trained staff member ready to assist you with any concerns or complaints you may have. You should never talk to a third party company who is just trying to scam you.

Help! I Believe I’ve Been Scammed

If a timeshare scammer has contacted you or you have paid an upfront fee to a scamming company, then you need to contact the timeshare company where you purchased your timeshare from and let them know what happened to you. When you do this you are actually helping genuine timeshare companies to warn their timeshare members so they will not be scammed, too. The local authorities, state attorney general, and the Better Business Bureau should be contacted so you can file a formal complaint. If you want to prevent other timeshare owners from being scammed, then you should file a complaint.

An Upfront Fee Should Not Be Paid

If you are asked to pay an upfront fee from a third party company, then you are likely going to be scammed. Any company that offers timeshare assistance services should be researched thoroughly, because sadly, these type of companies are mostly scammers that are looking to take your money from you. If you are unsure, you should contact the timeshare company that you purchased your timeshare from as all third party companies are probably trying to scam you.

You can protect yourself, your timeshare membership, and your money when you avoid all timeshare scamming companies. Beware of timeshare consultants and beware of fake companies so you are not scammed!

Villa del Palmar Timeshare Promoters

May 29, 2018 at 2:04 pm

Are you considering an investment with a timeshare company in Mexico? Wondering which companies are reputable and which ones you should avoid? Villa del Palmar and Villa Group Timeshare is one of the best options for a genuine timeshare investment you can enjoy now and for years to come. With locations throughout Mexico in top destinations such as Puerto Vallarta, Cabo, Cancun, and Loreto, you can be sure to find a timeshare investment that fits your needs.

Villa del Palmar Timeshare Promoters

Trustworthy timeshare operators are allowed to promote inside the airport. Only legitimate timeshare companies like Villa del Palmar and the Villa Group Timeshare are given the authorization to operate inside the airport. Potentially fraudulent timeshare companies must work outside the airport, so be aware if someone approaches you in the parking lot. You could be putting yourself at risk so ask them to identify themselves and show their ID so you can know which company they actually work for.

In addition to working at the airport, Villa del Palmar timeshare promoters are found in a variety of locations throughout Mexico. All Villa del Palmar timeshare promoters have an official ID showing which means local authorities have given them permission to legally promote Villa del Palmar or the Villa Group timeshares. If you missed the opportunity to learn more about Villa del Palmar timeshares at the airport or did not encounter a promoter in the town, not to worry you can still attend a timeshare presentation at the resort to learn more about timeshare investments with Villa del Palmar. Go directly to The Villa Group Resorts vacation ownership website to find out how to sign up for a timeshare presentation today.

Anytime you speak with a Villa del Palmar timeshare promoter in Airport or around town while on vacation in Mexico, you are guaranteed to receive good advice about the top things to do in town. Villa del Palmar timeshare promoters are all highly trained and customer service is their priority. After all, Villa del Palmar maintains its positive image by providing excellent customer service to its customers and potential clients. Added bonus: Villa del Palmar timeshare presentation attendees often receive special gifts or great discounts on tours or restaurants in town. Don’t forget to ask the Villa del Palmar promoter to see what you qualify for!

Villa del Palmar timeshare promoters in Mexico are extremely reputable and hard-working professional individuals who value your time and want to help make your vacation memorable. However, if for any reason you have a bad experience with a promoter, definitely let Villa del Palmar staff know. This helps ensure Villa del Palmar’s reputation remains intact as a premium timeshare investment.

Timeshare Fraud – Beware Refund and Recovery Scams

March 13, 2018 at 11:37 am

Timeshare frauds and all timeshare related fraud scams are becoming more creative. People are having a hard time believing that anyone would go to so much effort to lie so easily and convincingly. We must all agree that any time money is at stake, scammers go that extra mile to make sure that they are being portrayed with an image that is ‘foolproof’. Want to know more about how to avoid timeshare frauds and recovery scams? Here is how they do it:

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Targeted People on Sucker Lists

People that have been scammed in the past are precisely the ideal candidates the scammers target. As shocking as this may sound, refund and recovery scams target people on the ‘sucker list’. The sucker list is used in timeshare fraud as well as refund and recovery scams. The list provides the names, phone numbers, and addresses of people who are most likely to fall for a scam, because these individuals have already been scammed on promotions and contests that are ‘too good to be true’ in the past. An example includes if you have entered a raffle for a large sum of money or to win a car, then you are probably on that list. These lists are sold to scammers and timeshare fraudsters who want to target these people again, tageting them from timeshare refund and recovery scams.

Have you been scammed or been involved in a timeshare fraud?

Have you been scammed? You may not even know that you have been scammed in the past, but if you have ever entered a contest that was fake, gave money for a fake charity and cause, or invested into a company that didn’t exist, then you have most probably been scammed in some way. The reason that you may not have realized you have been scammed in the past is the money that you gave was a small sum, so when you are never contacted again, you forget about it. You may get targeted just by chance when it comes to timeshare refund and recovery scams. Perhaps, you have been on the internet searching for timeshare cancellations or looking to sell your timeshare; all you have to do is enter your information innocently, or join a forum and the scammers know that you are open and ready to be scammed; they see the angle already.

Paying Money in Advance for Timeshare Refund and Recovery Scams

Since you have already been scammed in the past, the scammers will begin calling you to promise you that they can recover any money that you may have lost or to provide the merchandise that you never got. The timeshare fraud or recovery scam comes when they ask you to pay money in advance for these type of services. Did you know that it is against the law to charge a fee in advance if you are in the United States? Any telemarketing company that does this to you is breaking the law. You cannot be asked for any advance payment for any service or merchandise upfront.

Advice for Protecting Yourself from Timeshare Refunds and Recovery Scams

The advice that we can give you today for timeshare fraud and refund and recovery scams is to simply avoid this type of service that is being offered to you, because it is more than likely a scam. In the past if you have purchased a timeshare with a top timeshare brand, then you should avoid any company that claims that they can recover any money for you or provide you with a timeshare refund. They cannot do it for you! If you feel you are entitled to a refund or cancellation, then you should contact the timeshare provider directly.

Timeshare: How to Tell When You’re Being Scammed

October 3, 2017 at 11:00 am

We are excited to share the expertise of our guest blogger, Alexander B. from the Timeshareadvocates Blog who has been writing about timeshare scams and the timeshare industry as a whole for more than four years. This week’s article is dedicated to helping you how to tell when you’re being scammed in timeshare.

How to Tell When You’re Being Scammed in Timeshare

How to Tell When You’re Being Scammed in Timeshare

Prevention is better than cure, as the adage says. In any transaction, knowing how to prevent being cheated is way better than to know how to repair what has been damaged after you become a victim. Know when to tell when a timeshare company is real or when you are being scammed. Read on …

How to Tell When You’re Being Scammed in timeshare

Considering the following signs will help you tell if you are being lured into a scam. The following are the key features to look for to distinguish a genuine timeshare from that which is most likely just a scam.

1. Truthfulness

Rate the timeshare company’s honesty when it comes to its dealing with you. When you experience some irregularities or even some “white” lies, then you know there is a question with the company’s honesty. Examples of these include being told you will spend half a day at the timeshare presentation but you spend a whole day there; being sent to a different resort than the one presented by the first agent who invited you to the presentation; being promised an incentive, discount or gift, but nothing was delivered, or you have to pay for it; being promised a nice breakfast but you were only offered a coffee or a juice. The details add up and dishonesty about the small things can be a sign of a scam.

2. Visibility on the internet

Another great way to find out if the timeshare company is a scam is to try searching for it on the net. When no information is provided – even negative ones like complaints – then that should be a warning signal. Fly-by-night timeshare companies with untraceable histories are usually scams. Timeshare and vacation club providers with solid reputations are those already in the business for more than 10 years. Attend only the presentation from these companies.

3. Connections

A good sign to look for when discerning if a company is a scam is to check which international vacation exchange networks it has affiliations with. Scam timeshare companies will have no connections with reputable international exchange networks. Only reputable and well-established vacation clubs and timeshares work with reliable networks like RCI and the Interval International. You may want to check if your timeshare company is duly recognized by one of these affiliations before making your purchase.

4. Permission

Ask to see the timeshare company’s licenses and other authorizations from local officials. Although it might be hard to accomplish when you are in a vacation, a good clue will be finding agents from the said timeshare company working in airports or in the shopping malls. You may also ask for the official ID and the permit to work on the streets from the agent. Scam timeshare companies will not be able to provide you with permits.

Can you visit the resort?

Never make any purchase when all you have are models, architectural presentations, or photographs. Only trust advertising models when the timeshare company is a well-known brand or you are staying in a current sister resort. Make sure you are given the privilege to visit the resort where you are buying a timeshare. The most common timeshare scams involve selling fake timeshares that do not exist, sometimes under the guise of pre-sale.

Follow your hunches

Not everyone’s gut feeling is right, but when there is a certain negative hunch, you usually are right. That inner warning is the first red sign to consider and should encourage you to look for other warning signs.

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