Where Bias Timeshare Guidance Comes From Online.

Where Bias Timeshare Guidance Comes From Online.

Last week, we talked about some of the digital voices that essentially keep frustrated timeshare owners from finding relief. Since the industry hasn’t exactly been built on trustworthiness, the public (in general) isn’t really sure what to make of timeshare travel. This opens up the door for the loudest opinions to be heard the most. But before you get suckered into believing in bias timeshare guidance, you have to be able to understand who’s telling you this information and why they’re motivated to promote it.

Keyboard warriors have been and will continue to be a problem online. Outside of flagging comments and statements you know are false, there isn’t much you can do to combat their digital activity. It’s nearly impossible to muzzle freedom of speech on a platform that’s already proven difficult to censor and regulate. Punishing people for being arrogant jerks isn’t exactly feasible. The more you get worked up about their opinion, the more they gloat in the simple fact you can’t touch them.

So before we discuss why these people feel the need to argue about things they don’t understand, we need to pose a question. If you’ve ever found yourself frustrated by someone spewing inaccurate information on social media, why would you ever consider bias timeshare guidance that’s randomly posted online? Although some of the claims we covered last week may sound promising, you should know that most online users are not experts. Especially vague accounts that claim to have “hacks” or inside information. Before you get too emotionally involved in something you read online, take a second to acknowledge this.

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Timeshare Travel Lacks Trustworthy Guidance.

While there are some credible online resources, nearly everything is opinion-based. The most intelligent thing you can do is take everything you read with a grain of salt until you’re able to validate the idea or solution yourself. When it comes to owning a timeshare, this should be your only approach. Nearly all industry communication is hearsay, sales or bias timeshare guidance that lacks factual support. A majority of timeshare companies make a living off of credibility claims and promised guarantees. Even the resort itself knows how to strategically collect more money from buyers.

If most operations are questionable, how can anyone believe an individual user? Just because you can relate to what they’re saying doesn’t mean it’s true. Either way, not knowing what’s real and what’s a sale can be absolutely maddening for those looking to get rid of a timeshare contract. This is why exposing scams and challenging those pretending to be pro-consumer is a priority of ours. Keyboard warriors can influence owners to make irrational decisions and certain people have no business advising timeshare owners.

In the end, we’d like to be seen as a consistent resource that people can trust for honest timeshare guidance. Whether buyers use VOC to cancel ownership or not, they deserve some sort of transparency after spending tens of thousands of dollars on something they don’t value. So let’s take a second to analyze the motives behind those encouraging timeshare owners to make bad decisions.

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Who Is Typing Bias Timeshare Guidance and Why?

Unfortunately, our society is full of people that claim to know anything about everything they’ve taken an interest in. Today, anyone can easily find an opinionated article supporting an idea that means something to them. This is dangerous in the timeshare realm because most unhappy buyer surf the web for help. When an owner feels scammed by the resort and wants to walk away from the contract and its fees, some online user is always eager to reassure them this is a smart decision. 

This type of influence leads people to believe they have nothing to worry about and that they’ve dodged because the timeshare is “all talk.” It may even discredit some of the logical or legal timeshare guidance they’ve already received. When buyers want to believe they can just dump their timeshare contract or stop paying maintenance fees, all they need is one bias person that shares this belief to encourage them. Over time, there have become so many published opinions about timeshares that the truth has become clouded at best. Here are some of the responsible parties.

1. Emotionally Driven Family Members.

If you happen to have younger siblings, you’ve probably had to stick up for one of them at some point in time. No matter the rhyme or reason, you have a sense of loyalty there that’s important to uphold. Often times, relatives of timeshare owners feel the need to stand up for the financial hardship their family member is enduring. Whether they feel the owner has been taken advantage of or that they’re more capable of finding resolve, they’re emotionally driven to hold someone accountable and spread the news.

The problem with this type of voice is the simple fact that they’re normally uneducated on the situation. We’ve talked to a number of family members over the years and most of them don’t even want to listen. All they know is their mom or brother or aunt has a lot of debt that they weren’t expecting. Most of the time this has to do with threats from the resort. While their anger might be warranted in most cases, they have no business providing bias timeshare guidance when their family member fails to find resolve.

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At this point, most affiliated parties simply want to blow off some steam or do what they can to punish somebody for the inconvenience. The social media comments we shared in last week’s article show just how erratic some people can be. Most are based on other exit company’s incompetence. Others are predicated on assumptions that derive from the expectation that the family member will continue getting screwed. 

Understanding that some of the comments you read online are nothing more than emotional tantrums by motivated parties can save you from going down rabbit holes that’ll never be fruitful.

2. Angry Consumers With Bad Experiences.

While family and close friends tend to carry a lot of bias, some people have been lied to so much that they literally expect nothing but the worst. This tends to happen when a timeshare owner experiences misconduct on every level of their purchase. Because they didn’t make smart decisions throughout, they assume everything is bad. Since they’re unable to improve their current situation, they spend a lot of time seeking company for their misery. 

Without much purpose at all, they hover message boards and social media waiting for an opportunity to rain on someone’s parade. Once they’ve been misled by the resort and scammed by a third party for relief, they tend to believe there is no hope at all. Sadly, their obvious frustration isn’t very encouraging to someone looking to legally cancel a timeshare. These types of people tend to passionately challenge and discredit even the most credible of solutions.

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What ends up happening is, buyers get cold feet about cancellation and remain at the mercy of the resort. It’s a sad sight to see when a disgruntled buyer loses all hope because someone decided to vomit bias timeshare guidance. But relief isn’t always the focal point. Some online users persuade buyers to stop paying for the timeshare altogether. Unfortunately, the confidence behind these claims are almost always short lived. The timeshare eventually comes to collect dues and penalties.

3. Gullible Owners Littered with Optimism.

The last type of person you can expect to get bias timeshare guidance from is the deceived buyer. Like aforementioned, resorts are masters of persuasion. When something goes wrong or expectations aren’t met, they know how to charm buyers with ambiguous reassurances. Owners who believe the timeshare company is really in their corner usually boast about the purchase. While they may have initially felt slighted, they now have a reborn confidence in their decision.

When they come across message boards, social media posts or blogs that badmouth the timeshare, they feel obligated to stand up for the resort. In most cases, they’re still in denial. Even if the resort’s promises haven’t come into fruition, the owner will usually talk highly of the timeshare in order to remain optimistic. But they’re doing nothing more than reiterating hearsay. Trusting in bias timeshare guidance by hopeful buyers is ignorant because we know most industry guarantees exclude pertinent information

All timeshare contracts are different. Some people are able to exit timeshare contracts through the resort once they’ve paid off their mortgage and a few years of maintenance fees. Some buyers have floating weeks or right to use intervals. Accepting what another user says to be true may not even be applicable to your situation. So if you’re not sure why they’re so confidently optimistic, you might want to dig a little deeper before joining their ingenious.

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Approach the Internet With Skepticism Until You’re Sure.

While finding factual information on timeshare travel can be grueling, we want you to know the effort is worth it. Like most things, you can’t always believe what you hear. People can be pretty compelling online, but don’t let it guide your timeshare decisions. Owning a timeshare takes a lot of discipline if you want to stick within your budget. An ability to block out the influences and salesmen can go a long way.

Truth be told, plenty of consumers thoroughly enjoy their timeshare. But they take the time to research their options before investing in a purchase of this magnitude. The same can be said for avoiding timeshare exit fraud. The best way to eliminate any type of confusion is to go into a timeshare presentation prepared. When you allow someone to persuade you on something you’re not exactly interested in, the outcome is rarely favorable. 

If you’ve bought and interval and need some help, do everything you can to identify and look passed bias timeshare guidance. For more information on our attorney based process, you can schedule a free consultation or proceed with the qualification form below.

2015 Florida Bill Increases Cap for Assessments at Buyer’s Expense.

2015 Florida Bill Increases Cap for Assessments at Buyer’s Expense.

Like we’ve covered in previous articles, timeshare assessments can be extremely gut-punching to most fractional owners. The unexpected fees are never convenient and rarely less than a few thousands dollars. For those that don’t understand the perpetuity of timeshare agreements, just know that buyers are basically at the mercy of the resort. They don’t really have a choice but to pay large amounts of money for vague expenses. 

On top of contractual obligations, lawmakers haven’t been too keen on helping out the timeshare consumer. While sales regulations have most certainly improved, post purchase scenarios haven’t exactly been addressed. You see, most problems with ownership stem from clarity and a lack of disclosure. In fact, many of our clients tell us they would have never made the purchase if they knew what it actually entailed. 

Devastating financial blows, like special assessments, can really leave fractional owners reeling. At the end of the day, this partly due to the laws in place that limit the consumer’s ability to challenge unexpected costs. So today, we wanted to highlight a Florida bill from 2015 that enabled resorts to charge more for assessment costs while limiting the buyer’s ability to get out of timeshare contracts in regards.

Proposed FL Bill Was Said to Benefit Consumers.

According to a number of sources, there were strong opinions for both the proponents and those opposed to the Bill. The advocates, including the timeshare’s Trade Association, the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) and lawmakers (sponsored by Kelli Stargel and Eric Eisnaugle) claimed they were simply making “technical” amendments to the Florida Vacation Plan and Timeshare Act in order to “modernize” the state law.

The purpose of the Florida bill was to essentially aid multisite timeshare operators recoup money lost to taxes, approved renovations and emergency repairs or natural disasters. State Representative Eisnaugle even went as far as saying the bill protects consumers by giving them more control of contract terminations and extensions on a “60% vote.” This has yet to be confirmed as advantageous to buyers.

Challengers of the Bill Not Taken Seriously.

Once the Senate version (SB 932) passed the regulated industries committee and the House version of the Florida bill (HB 453) passed the government operations appropriations subcommittee, the floor was open for discussion. Those in opposition didn’t believe it was favorable to buyers. The CEO of the National Timeshare Owners Association, Gregory Crist, made it known he wasn’t buying what the “developer-sponsored bill” was selling. “[It] strips away at consumer protection mechanisms,” he said.

An assistant professor of hospitality, Scott Smith, even went as far as saying the bill could “harm the image of the industry.” He went on to say, “I don’t see the logic in creating the exceptions which would allow greater increases.” Smith also pointed out that affordability is one of the “best selling points for timeshares.” If consumers are expecting high ceiling fees then how could they expect sales? What Smith didn’t seem to understand is that the industry is predicated on sales. Like aforementioned, they know how to position this information to their advantage.

Legal teams and timeshare owners themselves also voiced their concern with the way “nonmaterial” was described in the Florida bill. They saw this as a way for developers to avoid the liability of contracts with errors. In other words, buyers wouldn’t be able to cancel an inaccurate timeshare contract. Once the rescission period passes, buyers are obligated to pay.

Members of the House Civil Justice Subcommittee warned lawmakers that their stance on “nonmaterial” would come back to haunt them. Patrick Kennedy, a local attorney, is on record stating that the bill will “lead to increased litigation”. Even then, developers should have known lawsuits would increase. It’s kind of common sense. Especially if they were unwilling to give buyers a break when the resort makes a mistake. It was difficult for many involved to pick sides. Walt Disney said they supported the industry’s position but did not actively promote the bill.

The Outcome of Legally Limiting Consumer’s Rights.

Tension between product and the consumer was inevitable. But State Senator Stargel stuck to her guns. She believed it was her duty to protect developers from buyers that desperately look for loopholes to legally get rid of timeshare agreements. Apparently, minor contractual flaws aren’t her concern because of the danger that defrauded buyers present them with. She also made it very clear she wasn’t a fan of those helping buyers escape perpetuity. “Some attorneys were making a cottage industry, if you will,” she said. It’s interesting how her quote is past tense.

Since the Florida bill passed, there hasn’t been much media coverage in regards. While it may be difficult to measure the actual pros and cons, the result is pretty obvious. We’ve talked to thousands of buyers that are eager to cancel timeshares because of their disgust with the practices used to close them on the purchase. While this bill from 4 years past may have allowed resorts to charge more for assessments, it hasn’t boded well for retention. 

Online Timeshare Advice by Keyboard Warriors Isn’t Usually Valid

Online Timeshare Advice by Keyboard Warriors Isn’t Usually Valid

When you think about it, credible information online can be difficult to come by. In a world full of people that are vying for the consumer’s attention, it’s not surprising that most information is nothing more than an opinion. Although finding dependable resources is becoming more popular amongst the general population, most people still aren’t sure what is actually believable. This is especially true when it comes to reasonable timeshare advice. Since most communication within this industry is rather aggressive, consumers are essentially forced to trust what seems to be the most ideal.

The problem is, most advice in the timeshare realm is questionable at best. While you might assume we’re writing this to promote the agenda of our cancellation services, it couldn’t be further from the truth. At the end of the day, we want to help potential buyers and current owners make favorable choices regarding timeshares. Knowing what you’re getting yourself into and who might mislead you along the way helps you avoid the inevitable disaster that follows an uninformed purchase of this magnitude. Consumers deserve to know the truth and we’re eager to share the efforts we’ve invested in to prove our communication is sincere.

Keyboard Warriors Can Be Very Persuasive.

Assessing the types of online messaging that timeshare owners come across while browsing the internet can’t be done in one article. So we decided to focus on what we believe to be the loudest voice in the digital world, the keyboard warriors. Whether they’re logged into social media accounts, chatrooms, message boards or website comment sections – these people are extremely motivated to share their opinions on a number of topics. It always seems like they have excessive time to burn and rarely waiver from their stance no matter how much factual information is presented to them.

Considering timeshare advice from those that seem to be credible is flat out dangerous. If you’re uninformed and looking for guidance, keyboard warriors can be awfully persuasive. Because they believe in something (or someone) so strongly, they feel like they have to influence people to adopt their perspective. They also think they have the right to verbally destroy (or type to death) anyone in opposition. Challengers often walk away from these types of digital arguments due to a person’s ignorance or lack of open-mindedness during the conversation.

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Since a majority of remorseful buyers want to believe they can get out of expensive timeshare purchases for free, they tend to value the opinion of those who confidently spew timeshare advice. Especially when the resort hasn’t been helpful and they’re considering paying for exit services to avoid further penalties. Anything that encourages owners to remain optimistic, even if it’s inaccurate, clouds their judgment and causes them to avoid using logic.

What Kind of Timeshare Advice Can You Expect?

When seeking timeshare relief, owners normally have no idea where to begin. Most file complaints or join online conversations to share their story with users who’ve experienced similar misconduct. When complaints aren’t pursued to their satisfaction, they have no choice but to find someone who can advise them on what to do with their timeshare. Since many aren’t to the point of hiring a lawyer or cancellation firm, they ideally would like to find a way to work things out. The last thing they want to do is sign up for a scam or incur more penalties.

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Inaccurate Input Regarding Timeshare Relief.

When the answers they receive tell them they’ve been lied to further, it’s believable. For the most part, disgruntled buyers have been deceived throughout the entire timeshare experience. Responses that arrogantly inform them that, “The resort will just take back the mortgage” or “You don’t need to pay to get rid of your timeshare,” can be misleading to say the least. 

Those on the verge of legally terminating their agreement with a legitimate company can be influenced to change their mind when they’re told, “All exit companies are scams” or “You shouldn’t hire them if they charge upfront fees.” Even owners that have wasted money trying to sell their interval can be encouraged to keep trying by a keyboard warrior lacking substance. In reality, there is no resale market for timeshares. There’s no way around it.

Believing that all resorts have a “take back program” is also untrue. The fact of the matter is, most do not. Even when one does exist, it’s very difficult for owners to qualify. Aside from being forced to pay off the entirety of the mortgage, owners are usually required to cover the anticipated cost of maintenance and assessment fees for the next couple of years. Something usually goes wrong and they remain stuck in perpetuity with additional expenses that range in the thousands. 

None of this timeshare advice is credible. While there are ways to work things out with the resort, you will most likely be funneled through a continued sales cycle and encouraged to purchase more to resolve your issue. Even if you’re able to process an equity trade in or interval transfer, it’s highly unlikely that it’ll resolve your underlying complaints. Often times, buyers upgrade into more problems or find themselves stuck in multiple agreements. Although a good portion of exit solutions are scams, not all are out to steal your money. At the end of the day, researching options through credible resources yourself is the best solution.

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Refusing to Pay is Bad Timeshare Advice.

Although bias relief tips can prolong the process of actually exiting a timeshare contract, there are more serious ramifications that can result from listening to someone who has no business giving timeshare advice. If you’ve been told you can, “Just stop paying and walk away,” or that, “You can just foreclose on your own and nothing will happen,” guess again. In reality, the timeshare can come back and pursue you for a deficiency whenever they choose to. While the idea of telling the resort to kick rocks may sound good, not many decisions are worse.

An outstanding mortgage balance, interest, late surcharges, legal fees, court filing costs or past due maintenance and assessment fees will add up over time. The resort may not notify you right away, but they know what they’re doing. Just when you think you’re in the clear, they strike. If a judgement is filed, then you’ll have no control over how that money is taken. This gives the timeshare the right to forcefully collect from your bank account, garnish your wages or even enforce liens on personal property to settle dues. 

Are you okay with rolling the dice by calling the timeshare’s bluff? Is hoping for the best an ideal strategy when the resort is pursuing you for contractual default remedies? Even though some unhappy buyers ignore potential consequences, you should most definitely take the timeshare’s threats seriously. They have all the ammunition necessary to pursue contractual fees. Walking away due to displeasure isn’t going to win the battle that will transpire. And your choice to base this decision on a keyboard warrior’s comments is even more erratic.

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How to Assess Timeshare Advice by Keyboard Warriors:

If you want to make smart timeshare decisions and avoid irrationality, then you have to inspect the sources that influence you. In today’s digital-driven society, anyone and everyone can voice their opinion online as a keyboard warrior. Who you’re paying attention to can not only alter your perception of reality, but create quite a bit of grief. In order to help you with these types of investigations, we’ve come up with three questions you need to ask yourself before acting on the information you read from bold voices online.

  1. Determine where online users are getting their “information” from. The easiest way is to ask them detailed questions about their statements. Without challenging them, ask how they “know” or what type of evidence they have to sustain their claim. In most cases, another uninformed party told them this or they’ve believed in the resort’s  misleading promises themselves. Some people simply refuse to admit their purchase was a mistake and expect it to work out. The more people they can influence to join in on their ignorance, the better they feel about it. Others simply read one biased article and now strangely consider themselves an expert on the topic.
  2. Do they have unique professional experience, training or resources that make them suitable to offer advice? If you’re unable to get anywhere with the question method then all you need to do is research the person. If the online profile doesn’t even have accurate credentials (name, title, contact info), then it’s pretty obvious they’re online surfers without much cause. A majority of people spewing out timeshare advice only claim to be experts. Without confirmation, consider their opinion nothing more than that.
  3. Are you able to validate their information from credible/documented sources or is it more bogus information? This is much different than the first suggestion. While many keyboard warriors are unable to substantiate their stance, some are able to supply you with sourced information. But this doesn’t always mean what they’re referring is accurate. Inspecting their provided resources is key to any validation of truth. When you take the time to properly assess the entirety of your argument, you’ll be able to gain clarity on what you can actually pursue as a fractional owner.

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Most Online Input About Timeshares is Bogus.

Just because one person says that they walked away from their timeshare without any help or any penalty does not mean they are off the hook. On multiple occasions, we’ve received inquiries for help by owners dealing with 5-10 years of accrued fees. Like aforementioned, they don’t hear anything from the resort for years. Then out of the blue, they receive documentation that demands a lump sum within a certain amount of time, threatening legal action.

Uninformed people voice their opinions all the time online. We even ran into a situation on Facebook where a user was claiming to know the cost of our services. When another timeshare owner inquired about our pricing on one of our posts, our detailed answer was challenged by his errant remark. “Only $5000 up front,” he said. After looking through past correspondence with him, we confirmed we never even supplied him with a quote or had any correspondence with him to discuss our services. 

For whatever reason, he felt the need to provide this form of timeshare advice without any rhyme or reason. While we’ve yet to cross paths again, he more than likely received some industry quotes and felt his educated guess was valid. Maybe he didn’t like the idea of paying to cancel a timeshare and wanted to encourage others to be fearful of the expense. Either way, his efforts weren’t necessary nor valuable. While he didn’t deter the unhappy buyer from proceeding, these types of comments play a huge role in the decisions timeshare owners make.

Find a Real Expert for Timeshare Advice.

If you’re interested in “no strings attached” timeshare advice, any of our consultants will be more than happy to address your concerns and aid you in relief. Sometimes, our attorney based service isn’t the best option. Our integrity is important to us and we’d like for you to be able to trust our insight and the guidance we provide. In the end, there’s no better feeling than helping previous and current timeshare owners enjoy their vacations.

Timeshare Property Tax Lawsuit Favors Resorts in Maui County

Timeshare Property Tax Lawsuit Favors Resorts in Maui County

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been shedding some light on timeshare assessments and how they come into fruition. For the most part, these annual fees catch fractional owners off guard and the resort does little to prepare them for the bill. But assessments aren’t always induced because of expansion efforts, reparation or the greed of property management. While many buyers end up fearing what the resort will charge them for, local governments can be the culprit for unexpected fees.

Maui Government Sued After Assessing Resorts 10 Years Later.

Last year in Hawaii, the County of Maui [legally] went after a handful of timeshare projects in Kaanapali after the associations initially sued them for a timeshare property classification they rolled out back in 2004. The initial $10 million assessment was premised on market data for 2006-2008 for multiple Hawaiian resorts. In a nutshell, the County realized they didn’t assess each timeshare interval that was managed by certain properties in the region and decided to request payments in full.

Although the timeshare associations were able to cover the costs by charging owners, they weren’t very happy about it. Ironically, they now know how their own timeshare owners feel when the unexpected occurs. Nonetheless, Maui County apparently believed that since the property taxes were omitted, they should be able to request them whenever they felt the need to. But since county officials acknowledged that the taxes were paid in full on the assessed properties, there wasn’t much basis behind their prerogative.

Although Maui County left money on the table by assessing the resorts improperly, timeshare companies weren’t going to let it be their problem. Since the taxes were taken care of, they wanted to toss out the counterclaim altogether. “There’s a process for assessing tax and you didn’t follow it,” they said. Timeshare companies felt as though they had a right to sue the County. It seems like Maui officials simply wanted them to pay for their mistake. Looking at this from the outside in, it seems pretty chaotic doesn’t it?

The timeshare industry goes through scenarios like this all the time because of the amount of money involved with the purchase. Most buyers never expect to be on the hook for thousands of dollars in annual assessments – but they are. The perpetuity of the agreement basically guarantees the resort income whenever they want it. Luckily for them they’re able to leverage users for unexpected expenses of their own. Buyers aren’t so lucky.

What Really Resulted From the Tax Assessments in Hawaii?

After a multitude of court filing fees and hypothetical assumptions, the judge of the case finally ruled in favor of the timeshare companies. He agreed that the way Maui went about it was wrong and they shouldn’t be able to penalize someone else for their mistake – let alone a high number of innocent fractional owners. Since the tax obligations for the Maui properties came a decade later, he labeled them “unlawful” and, in the end, voided all of the supplemental assessments.

Moreover, the court mentioned that constitutional rights were violated because the Hawaiian County was attempting to sue timeshare companies simply as a method of retaliation. Because they were called out for their mistake, they wanted to financially punish specific resorts for their pursuit of restitution.

While retaliation may have seemed like a good idea at the time, civil laws forced the Maui Government to repay timeshare companies for attorney fees and compensate them for the damages they incurred along the way. They idea to collect assessment fees also forced them to refund $30 million in overpaid taxes.

Here’s what the judge had to say about the whole ordeal. “If the County can retroactively assess already-assessed real property to change the valuation and impose additional taxes, even many years later as it argues it can here, property owners can never have confidence that they have satisfied their tax obligation for any previous years. Potential buyers can never have confidence that a purchased property will not later be burdened by a hefty ‘amended assessment’ for some year long before their purchase.”

Up to this point, all has worked out in the fractional owner’s favor as they weren’t exactly liable for the unexpected fees. However, future assessments are pretty much guaranteed to be on the horizon. Random expenses like these are eventually passed down to the owners who are perpetually obligated to pay their share on the vacation property. The lack of clarity amongst these mandatory costs is disappointing to say the least. If you’re looking for a way to get out of a timeshare agreement, feel free to read another blog to learn more.

Websites With Phony Timeshare Exit Reviews Sell Consumer Data For Profit

Websites With Phony Timeshare Exit Reviews Sell Consumer Data For Profit

The sly tactics of the timeshare industry have been on center stage for quite some time now. From the initial sale all the way to desperate attempts to cancel the purchase, consumers are put through the ringer. These days, it’s pretty difficult to determine what is an actual solution and what’s simply a gimmick for profit. Even most timeshare exit reviews are questionable at best. Since this has had a disadvantageous effect on fractional owners, we felt obligated to help people understand what’s really going on behind the scenes of timeshare travel.

As of late, our company has been contacted on numerous occasions by marketers claiming to possess hot leads for timeshare cancellation. While we’re all for helping unhappy buyers escape the perpetuity of their agreements, we’re not exactly in the market for 3rd party solicitations. 

Besides, we’re not even close to being interested in persuading people to get out of timeshare contracts. We prefer to speak to vacation owners that reach out to us directly because of our reputation and satisfaction ratings – not because we’re commissioning stand alone websites for potential clients. But believe it or not, many relief agencies are. Because they don’t have a credible reputation, manipulating consumer perception is their prerogative.

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Who’s Behind the Misleading Timeshare Exit Reviews?

A few weeks ago, we discussed some of the ways major hospitality chains are attempting to discredit the cancellation industry as a whole. While we didn’t (and still don’t) agree with their approach to control the narrative, we do acknowledge that a majority of exit operations have bad intentions. Even though warnings of misconduct are justifiable, not all communication is true. The same can be said for timeshare exit reviews.

Similar to the devious mentality of resorts, exit companies are also vying for the attention of disgruntled timeshare buyers. It’s quite the dog eat dog world that we live in right now. Thousands of con artists are savagely waiting for a slice of the timeshare pie and they don’t care how they get it. It gives services like ours a bad wrap. But before we can detail the way some timeshare exit companies go about persuading unhappy owners, we first have to understand who’s behind these inbound efforts.

Experienced Marketers Are Leveraging Leads for Profit.

The internet era is in full swing in 2019. Anyone and everyone can create a website if they want to. At the same time, it doesn’t necessarily mean they know how to. Either way, there are plenty of entrepreneurial people out there that know how to rank online better than most corporations. It’s why freelancers and contractors are more successful now than ever before. Businesses no longer have to hire, train and pay employees to build an online presence for them. All they need is an experienced web developer that understands SEO to perform their vision for them.

While this has been advantageous for self employed marketers, some are beginning to realize they can make a lot more money leveraging the traffic they’re able to generate on their own. Instead of being compensated for task management, they want to be commissioned for hot leads. A majority of marketers don’t care about following an ethical code as long as they’re getting paid and their skillset gives them a level of authority in most industries. Since most exit companies aren’t able to persuade on their own, this becomes extremely valuable to them.

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This is where phony websites that claim to be credible come into play. Over the past few years, a handful of domains have been built by SEO teams that have ties to relief agencies. Whether it be for resale or cancellation, they know how to rank for certain keywords and get in front of potential customers. They use terminology that seems credible and claim to know who’s the best at canceling timeshares. But in reality, they’re only interested in your information. 

Once you contact them to learn more, they sell your personal data to the highest bidder or the company they have ties to. While you might think you’re getting in touch with someone that can help you get rid of your timeshare, you’re really just entering another sales cycle that adds to the regretful burden of the purchase. You may think we’re simply trying to discredit our competition too, but what happens when you pay to play but remain stuck in perpetuity?

Debunking the Information on Phony Timeshare Sites.

In order to prove to you that the timeshare exit reviews on stand-alone websites are simply a con, we decided to highlight a few web addresses that claim to know the timeshare cancellation realm better than you. Aside from their depiction of VOC being absurd, they also make a number of assertions that are downright ignorant. Fractional owners don’t deserve to be misled down a road that threatens their financial well-being.

First and foremost, you have to understand that design or presentation can be misleading. Like most scams in the timeshare arena, they’re built to seem legitimate. No matter what answer you’re looking for, you can’t assume everything on page one of Google (search results) is valid. If you’re looking for advice online, you have to ask yourself what makes the source credible. 

When it comes to websites with phony timeshare exit reviews, you have to understand their intent. When their main goal is to get your information, then don’t you think you should look into the legitimacy of their communication? For the most part, no timeshare owner is the same. There is no possible way they can make the same recommendation for every visitor.

Question the Legitimacy if You’re Unsure.

If it seems like they’re trying to push you towards one solution when they know nothing about your situation, don’t do it. The ploy should be pretty obvious if you’re unable to get specific questions answered about the timeshare exit company they’re recommending. Often times, they’ll simply tell you the company knows how to get rid of timeshares and leave it at that. 

Once you’ve become privy to their bias, do yourself a favor and inspect the timeshare exit reviews themselves. Cross-referencing the content on their site will prove to you that much of it is plagiarized or made up.

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Website Content isn’t Always Authoritative or Accurate.

For the most part, the companies promoting timeshare exit reviews piece together what they read online. MyTimeshareExitReviews.com basically copied and pasted statements from our website and vaguely assessed our services without much accuracy. While they didn’t actually make any damaging statements, it’s obvious they have no idea what they’re talking about. The (said) owner recently emailed us offering us leads in exchange for commission. He built the site with the sole intention to steal some of the market share for profit.

TimeshareExitCompanies.com is another website with suspect timeshare exit reviews. On multiple occasions, we reached out to them for more information without prevail. No matter who (from our company) spoke to them, they always recommended the same cancellation provider. After challenging the inaccurate statements made about our company and exiting in general, they ceased correspondence.

Further Research on these “Timeshare Exit Reviews.”

If you take the time to actually research these websites, you’ll be able to clearly see the illegitimacy of the information published. Doing so will also help you understand how they’re attempting to persuade unhappy owners in order to amass and sell their private information. 

For example, one of these sites claim they were founded in 2016. However, the credentials on the domain registrar clearly state it was created just last year. If you cross reference the details of the timeshare exit reviews themselves, you’ll see the “years in business” for the exit options are inaccurate as well. Even if they stripped this information from somewhere, they should have confirmed their sources were authoritative before publishing it as “factual” insight.

Many faulty exit companies will portray they have been in business longer than they actually have to simply create false credibility. One simply needs to search the entity on the Secretary of State or Corporation Commission websites (for the state where the company claims to do business in) to confirm accuracy. It should be a huge red flag if you’re unable to locate businesses in the state they claim to operate in. 

What we found especially troubling is that each platform makes statements regarding escrow amounts with no upfront fees. Just know that there will always be an upfront fee which is normally paid to an unknown “escrow” company (that may or may not be in bed with the same exit company or scam). Do not let the power of the word “escrow” create a sense of immediate comfort in handing over thousands of dollars. 

The fact of the matter is, there is no “timeshare exit escrow” company that is currently regulated. So why would websites like these encourage timeshare owners to use a company that offers “escrow” when it’s not advantageous?

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The Disservice of Phony Timeshare Websites.

We went ahead and requested the business name of the escrow company for the timeshare exit company these websites are “referring” consumers to (or selling timeshare owner’s data to). We also asked how they base these recommendations. They informed us that they do not have this information. When you think about it, they’re confidently speaking highly of “credible” options but they don’t even know the name of these “safe” solutions. That should most definitely raise an eyebrow or two. 

This is why it’s so important that you understand cancellation before getting involved in it. Many buyers view exit solutions negatively because they’re misinformed. Just because a website has “timeshare exit reviews,” it doesn’t mean they’re a reliable source. Even if there was an “escrow” company involved, these websites should be able to explain how they know when the recommended exit company has successfully completed their job. Otherwise, they can’t guarantee your hard earned money will be well spent. 

Ask yourself a few questions before buying in. Do they consider a foreclosure (that leaves buyers contending with damaged credit) a successful timeshare cancellation? What rules and regulations are they required to follow? Have you verified this information? Reading and believing may seem logical, but it can be inevitably detrimental. These platforms that present themselves as unbiased “review” websites don’t actually help the thousands of owners in need of relief. They’re simply misleading them further with forged content.

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Knowing what some of these claims actually entail can save you an awful lot of heartache. Nearly everything can be debunked on makeshift timeshare sites. One of the timeshare exit reviews we read actually concluded with a 4/5 star rating; even though the CEO was a former VP for an operation that was federally busted for fraud. Another listed relief program that was rated well has both a BBB and consumer report warning. Aside from a sense of liberation, taking the time to look for yourself can save you a lot of time and money.

Be Careful What You Believe in Online.

Listen, there are plenty of people sitting at home in front of their computers looking for easy ways to make money. As regulations continue to evolve online, you need to look into what you’re reading before believing. Doing your own research empowers you to make confident decisions that actually help you escape vacation ownership.

If you’re looking for legitimate timeshare exit reviews, visit the BBB, consumer reports, the FTC, ripoff report and other consumer protection agencies for help. Turning to an opinionated website that was built off a whim is a bad idea. If you’d like to learn more about our ability to cancel timeshare contracts, we’d love to have a non-haggle conversation with you. You can always schedule a free consultation with one of our experts or proceed with a qualification form below.

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