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Old 12-30-2009, 03:53 PM   #21
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NO to timeshares.

Just rent.

No hassels, no contracts.

Go where and when you want.

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Old 12-31-2009, 05:17 PM   #22
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As an owner formerly advertising on VRBO, I vote VRBO.

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Old 01-09-2010, 01:03 PM   #23
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buying timeshare is a bad idea. rent it. far, far cheaper in my opinion
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Old 01-09-2010, 01:57 PM   #24
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My parents bought 3 weeks for my family and my siblings family to use, and I must say since then it has enabled us to have nice family reunions together in very nice places we would never have paid for on our own. Yes, it will probably still be cheaper to rent these places every year, but it motivates us to get together, and the value of these family vacations and getting all the cousins and siblings together can't be counted monetarily.
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Old 02-10-2010, 08:41 AM   #25
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The use of condos or vacation homes in place of hotels may well be among the most important trends in travel. A nationwide service that acquaints the public with these residential properties, has recently (and selflessly) published the internet names of forty-some-odd competitors, and I think it's useful to our readers to retain this important listing for their own vacation planning.
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Old 02-10-2010, 01:46 PM   #26
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I have used VRBO twice. One time a cat entered the unit with the cleaners before we arrived and sprayed. We had to put up with the stink (in HI) the entire week. Keep in mind that the owner doesn't have alternate facilities to offer if something happens.

My brother and his GF booked a place through VRBO in the Virgin Islands. The owner visited them a couple months before the trip and liked his GF condo so well she proposed an exchange instead of a rental. They are in VI the next two weeks and the unit owner is in PDX!
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Old 02-10-2010, 03:40 PM   #27
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I was listening to Clark Howard or some other radio finance show recently and a guy called in to say what a great deal he got on a time share. As I recall, he was a full-time resident of the area (not sure where it was) and he once bought a timeshare for $1000 cash. This gave him access to house at the beach nearby and if he had guests that he did not want staying with him at home, he could put them up at the condo for a low price.

This may have been the only time that I have ever heard of a TS being a "good deal."
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Old 02-10-2010, 03:54 PM   #28
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Check out the current issue of Smartmoney, article on "Vacation Homes for a Buck" !
There are a lot of existing time share owners who will "sell" you their interest for a Buck" to get out from under the maintenance fees. Article makes the point to do your due diligence on transfer fees and outstanding maintanence fees.
We have a timeshare at Whistler where the maintenance fees have got from about $300/yr to nearly $700. Lots of options for other places at $100/night. DD and her finance' are big skiers so we are "gifting" it to them as it next to the lifts and they think it is great.

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