We have a timeshare in Orlando that we have been trying to sell for over a year now. Of course, the recession doesn’t help, but timeshares are notorious for not retaining their value. More people are trying to sell them than there are buyers. Makes you wonder, then, how some resorts manage to rope people into their resorts when private sellers can’t get rid of their property fast enough.
I’m sure other Britons have the same issues with timeshares, whether in the UK or internationally. Timeshares are not “bad”, they’re just not for us. We have a wonderful 2bed/2bath condo that can accommodate 8, is extremely spacious, overlooks a lake and Disney beyond. We can see the fireworks display from our balcony. The kids loved it. In fact, Buppa doesn’t want to give it up. But, we didn’t use it last year – partly because we were moving. And partly because we’d rather not sit around a swimming pool all day, or go out to the beach.
Now, the last time we used it, we went to a wonderful dinner show and horseback riding. But we’d rather that the resort can offer those things to us for free. We had to drive into or out of town for these events. Of course, at that time, the resort was starting up with plans to build a waterpark for the free use of the owners (whereas, guests had to pay an entry fee).
We’ve (the adult portion) learned that we’d rather spend our holiday camping out or doing outdoorsy stuff. We also didn’t like the heat and humidity – very appealing to some, but not good for me. Had we been of a different disposition, we might consider holding onto the timeshare. Everyone in my family has a timeshare somewhere. But it is just not part of our lifestyle, so we’d like to sell it and get some money back.
I just wish there was an easy way to sell it without getting ripped off and scammed left, right and center. So, if anyone is interested in a timeshare, please let me know before you accept any deals directly from the resorts. (Oh, by the way, the week is perfect for holidays whether you’re in the US or UK – August.)