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Timeshares Affordable Part Time Ownership with a Twist

Aug 26, 2008
If full-time ownership, plus the responsibilities and liabilities the come with it are too much for you, you may opt for a time share instead. Time shares part-time ownerships that allow you to share in the costs and responsibilities for a property. This works well because you do not have to shoulder the burden of paying for and maintaining a property by yourself.

This is great; especially when the property in question is something you realistically use consistently all-year round. Vacation residential units, aircraft vehicles, and other properties are often time shared to keep costs practical and reasonable.

Technically, timeshares allow you to enjoy part-time ownership of a property. The property may be the condominium unit, a vacation condo, specialized vehicles, cruises, and even aircraft. However, the most popular use for timeshares is the ownership of vacation resorts, and condominium units.

If you only use a vacation resort unit once in a year, it would make most sense to have a time share ownership of this property instead. This way, you get the resort unit to yourself during your turn during the year. The rest of the year, instead of having it sit idle, other owners can use the resort for their needs.

This allows you to spend less and get full privileges of a property when you need it. In this situation everyone wins. Having a timeshare means that a person, in most cases, will have a time allotted to him or her per year where he or she has access to the property. In most cases this property will be a vacation accommodation.

By purchasing a timeshare unit you are purchasing a part ownership of a property. You will, of course, have to share maintenance costs such as property upkeep, pool maintenance, and other maintenance fees.

There are four major types of timeshares, each with specific characteristics that make them attractive to potential owners with varying needs.

Fixed unit or the deeded timeshare.

A fixed unit or deeded timeshare purchase means that its owner receives an allotted schedule on which he or she may have full privileges to a property. This is the best set up for those that seek vacation getaways that can be scheduled ahead of time. During the rest of the year, the property becomes the ownership of the other timeshare owners, who then have sole privileges to the property. This is perfect for those that can schedule ahead of time and without much conflict. However, if you want to use the property on varying dates you may want to consider the next type of timeshare.

Floating timeshare.

The property involved in a floating timeshares is available on a first-come first-served basis. All timeshare owners of the property will have to set will vie for of the available slots for property access. If your need for the property is not fixed, you may want to consider this type of timeshare.

The only problem with this timeshare is if two parties need the property at the same time. This will be the cause of many conflicts any may not even present itself a good alternative to those that seek added convenience in scheduling.

Right to use timeshare.

This type of timeshare is pretty much like a lease or a rental. The owners of this type of timeshare only have ownership privileges to a property for a set period, after which they no longer own the property at all. This is usually a good option if you only plan to use the property temporarily.

Points based programs.

This type of timeshare ownership allows one to choose from a choice of properties available. Each accommodation will need a certain amount of points which the owner of the timeshare already possesses at the start of each timeshare period.
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