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How Can I Benefit From Timeshare Resort Properties?

Aug 4, 2008
Timeshare resort properties have been available since the 1960s, and they are in some of the most beautiful locations in the world. From the Hawaiian Islands to the slopes of the Swiss Alps, a vacation timeshare property offers owners some of the finest views and amenities available in the world.

Many people fail to take advantage of the opportunity to become timeshare owners because the details are a little confusing. Despite the few downsides to ownership, the benefits make it an opportunity well worth considering.

Basically, owning a timeshare property means sharing vacation time with the other owners. In other words, one vacation condo unit can be used up to 52 weeks per year, allowing up to 52 different owners to stay in that unit for one week each.

In a regular hotel and resort business, that unit is rented through reservations or the arrival of hotel guests. Once they leave, housekeepers clean the rooms and the unit is ready to rent again. With time shares, you have shared ownership of your unit, and you share in the expense of maintenance and upkeep. You and your partner owners are the only people who stay in your unit.

There are other options for timeshare resort ownership. For example, some time shares allow owners to purchase a block of time, rather than a specific unit. If you purchase a specific period of time, then you are able to stay at the resort during that time. If you purchase a floating block of time, then you can stay when you like or even sell some of your time to others.

Some properties even allow for exchanging your time at one resort for time at another resort property, or converting your unused time to points that can be exchanged for rental time in the future, airline tickets, car rentals, and other types of benefits.

Even with ownership, reservations are still necessary in a timeshare resort. To avoid having empty units, as well as losing money, some properties allow non-owners to rent rooms that have not been reserved. If the units are all rented, arriving owners will find there is nothing available.

Reservations made early in the year can also help ensure owners that they get their ideal vacation dates, particularly in high-demand resorts. Of course, even with that minor drawback, ownership of time shares afford the opportunity to explore the finest resorts and most beautiful views the world has to offer.
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