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Timeshare Myths vs. Reality

Timeshare Myths vs. Reality
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Over time, Timeshares have become in one of the most controversial industries. Find out the hidden truth behind timeshare myths

Timeshare industry has experienced a considerable growth over the last years. On the surface, it looks like it is a reliable market and an innovative way to vacation; on the other hand, timeshare frauds are happening on a daily basis, putting thousands of families in a critical financial situation and taking millions of dollars each year. Such conflict has created lots of misinformation about timeshares, and most timeshare myths come from timeshare salespeople. In the following we will expose some of the most popular timeshare myths.


8 Timeshare Myths exposed

Timeshare Myth # 1: A timeshare is a good financial investment

Reality: Timeshare are not an investment at all. A timeshare is a purchase instead of a financial investment. You have to pay an initial purchase price and annual maintenance fees, which tend to increase each year.

Timeshare Myth # 2: You can rent your timeshare weeks and make a profit

Reality: Timeshares are not very demand for rentals. It is much easier and practical for people to rent a room in a regular hotel than renting a timeshare.

Timeshare Myth # 3: A timeshare can be easily sold anytime

Reality: Timeshare resale market is not robust, and never has been. There are owners who have tried to sell their ownerships for years without a success.

Timeshare Myth # 4:  Timeshares are for everyone

Reality: Timeshare are not for everyone, in fact, they are not for a large range on people.  Timeshares are for people who like to vacation in the same spot every year, not exactly for travel lovers.

Timeshare Myth # 5: Timeshares go up in value

Reality: When a timeshare is first purchased, it loses 40-70% of its original value. In fact, a big number of timeshare ownerships are being sold for a buck or even less.

Timeshare Myth # 6: Timeshares are Real Estate

Reality: Legally they are, but in essence, timeshares are not Real Estate. As a matter of fact, timeshares do not appreciate like regular Real Estate. A timeshare is a shared ownership that you partially own.

Timeshare Myth # 7: If you stop paying, the resort will take the timeshare back

Reality: There is no way the resort will take your timeshare back. It is likely that the resort takes your unit back by foreclosing on it, but this is not an option for them. It is more probable that take your debt to a collections agency, which ends up affecting your credit score.

Timeshare Myth # 8: You can easily trade your timeshare location to another location anywhere you want in the world.

Reality: Timeshares are not easy to swap, and the exchange process is more problematic than it’s worth. Usually, owners have to upgrade to be able to trade a location, which means they have to pay much higher fees.

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Take your time when buying a timeshare

Don’t let yourself get carried away by fake promises made by the salespeople. Consider all of the timeshare myths cautiously before putting your hard-earned money at stake.  Know all the risks that owning a timeshare involve, as well as the terms and conditions established in the contract and your cancellation rights.

The worst you can do is taking a rush decision without giving it much consideration. Be able to identify timeshare lies said at timeshare presentations and don’t let yourself dazzle by them.

Learn to say “No!”

If you are sure you’re not interested in buying, then don’t buy and learn how to say “No”. Do not feel obligated to do something that eventually and get you into deep financial problems.  Timeshare sales practices are known for being high-pressure and aggressive, and the salesmen will insist you persistently to buy a timeshare.

Beware of timeshare presentations. We know from people who attended a timeshare presentation in order to get the freebies, and ended up purchasing something they don’t really want or need. If you, or someone you know, own a timeshare you want to get rid of, contactMexican Timeshare Solutions for a free advice. MTS offers you a free consultation on how to get rid of your timeshare easily and legally.

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  • Rafael Villa May 12, 2018, 7:57 pm

    La realidad es que un tiempo compartido no es para nada una buena inversion o compra, en lo personal es muy mala decision ya que es dinero tirado a la basura, pudiendo disfrutar de multiples opciones, con el tiempo compartido la hemos pasado muy mal, nada de lo que nos prometieron ha sido verdad y cada ves las cuotas de mantenimiento son mas altas.

  • Ivan FloresJanuary 11, 2016, 11:52 am

    hello people , i was very skeptical when i acquired my timeshare few years ago , all was perfect but the maintenances rates started to grow up , a insane quantity to pay each month is something that my wife and i cant afford anymore,as advice check carefully the contract before purchase something.

  • David79August 24, 2015, 1:51 am

    Miren lo unico que les puedo decir y asegurar es que estos de los tiempos compartidos es muy riesgoso , en mi caso perdi mucho dinero y conosco a gente que le ha pasado igual , por lo cual dudo que sea un mito de que los tiempos compartidos no sean un fraude, por si o por no no les aconsejo invertir en uno , saludos

  • AntonelaAugust 25, 2014, 7:26 am

    I was taken by these scammers and now I don't know how to get out of the purchase of this time share in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The Resort Regina (Weston) is the property I am trying to get rid of. Can you offer any assistance in this matter.

  • MarianaAugust 11, 2014, 10:47 am

    siempre dicen que vamos a poder venderlos despues, pero nunca sucede, nisiquiera te hacen caso despues de que firmas

  • FabianJuly 18, 2014, 2:22 pm

    muy interesante! muchas veces esto no es lo que pensamos, hay miles de cosas detras de todo

  • XimenaJune 1, 2014, 6:35 pm

    Me senti identificada con todos pero màs con el número 3. Yo llevo años intentando vender el mio y no he podido hacerlo, tampoco lo he querido regalar porque me costó mucho dinero

  • joseMay 20, 2014, 8:49 am

    I think it’s a good option for you travel to more than it is good to know that in this kind of places your investment will be safe to have no distrust

  • ChristieApril 2, 2014, 3:27 pm

    that's so true, i like this article cause you show the truth about timeshares, they're not a good investment as everyone think and they're nothing but a waste of money

  • GuillermoMarzo 28, 2014, 4:09 pm

    muchas de las cosas que dicen en las presentaciones son mentiras, la verdad es que son un fraude!!

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