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The Most Common Asked Timeshare Questions

Aug 21, 2008
There is just something about getting to go on vacation that has people antsy to get away from it all. To just leave behind work, the weather and just go and enjoy themselves but what do they do, where do they go? That is the problem. Many people seem to enjoy one vacation spot over another and do not want to have to continuously stay in a hotel each time they visit.

The answer to this dilemma may be a timeshare. Timeshares are great ways to get to visit different parts of the world each year and stay in comfortable settings that feel and look like home to you. There is no need to stay in a hotel or to rent a house while you are staying.

The best part is that you can count on taking the same vacation time each year. In this article you can lean the basics of a timeshare program and how it works for you along with the history and the benefits of owning a timeshare.

What is the history of timeshares?

Timeshares started in the 1960's in the French Alps. A ski resort developer decided to come up with an innovative concept of people owning the resort rather than just renting the room. People would pay for blocks of time each year that would be the same days each year.

This would provide a steady stream of income for the developer and provide the owners with a place to stay other than renting a room. It would give them more of a feeling of home or a vacation home than a mere hotel room could possibly give.

What kinds of timeshares are there?

There are several different kinds of timeshares. Just a few are: deeded, right to use, fixed week ownership, floating, rotating and vacation clubs. Each varies according to how often they can be used and how their schedule works out as far as when you can take your week of allotted time for vacation.

It is important to know the difference before you sign your paperwork on the timeshare. A decision made in haste without knowing the full details could come back and haunt you later down the road. Just make sure to ask any questions and do some researching before you sign the ownership papers or hand over any money.

Where are timeshares located?

Timeshares are located all over the world. Many people associate them with just tropical destinations but in reality they are usually wherever there is a tourist attraction. Some of the out of the way places you may not expect to find a timeshare is Hot Springs Village in Arkansas, Branson in Missouri and other resort areas. Of course tropical destinations such as Cabo san Lucas or Miami feature timeshares but if you are looking for something more reclusive then search for out of the way destinations.

Is there a set date that I can use my timeshare?

Yes, when you buy a timeshare you are usually given a set date or block of time that you can use the timeshare each year. Usually this is one week. Some timeshare programs allow you to rotate your time or there is the possibility of trading your block with someone else for a different allotment of time.

You will need to research your contract thoroughly before agreeing to sign any papers to ensure that your best interests are kept in mind. The goal is to be able to use your timeshare during the same period each year but things do come up and people need to change their vacation schedules. Ensuring that you are able to change that schedule is important.
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