The Main Reason Fractional Owners Cancel Timeshares is Lack of Disclosure

The Main Reason Fractional Owners Cancel Timeshares is Lack of Disclosure

When it comes to timeshare ownership, there are a number of complaints that can surface. Some are easy to fix and others can be concerning or problematic. In an age where travelers can pretty much go anywhere, you’ll find that many are willing to take risks for the right deals. They’ve learned to temper their expectations and embrace a little more adventure. When you’re traveling with enlightenment in mind, the unexpected tends to be riveting. Traveling to places you’ve never been tends to come with a dash of unexpectedness. This is what adds a little thrill to the nomadic culture that scours our planet today. At the same time, it’s what separates retail travel from vacation ownership. In order to understand why fractional owners cancel timeshares, we have to acknowledge why they make the purchase in the first place.

With that being said, there are still a plethora of people that value the traditional element of vacationing. They’re willing to pay higher prices to be pampered to a certain degree. An ability to enjoy upgraded living spaces, first class meals, amusement and entertainment outside of the norm is what vacationing is all about. It allows them to escape their worries, unless the trip becomes worrisome. When expectations aren’t met – or travelers don’t feel like they’re getting what they paid for – the entirety of the experience can be ruined altogether.

Generous Spending Travelers Have Expectations.

To put things in perspective, the average vacation costs $1,145 per person. Standard costs can be significantly lower when you’re traveling to less popular destinations. But for the most part, this is pretty consistent. It’s easy to see why so many people get their panties in a bunch when something goes wrong. In the case of the timeshare, a poor purchase decision can cost thousands of dollars per year, for life. This can be extremely problematic. Especially when there are so many timeshare owners that can’t even enjoy their purchase due to availability complications.

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If you’re the type of person who gets worked up when the continental breakfast isn’t available or the coffee pot is empty, then you probably won’t handle typical timeshare letdowns very well. The types of situations buyers face after signing away their annual salary is bothersome. While all travelers should witness top-of-the-line amenities and service when paying a pretty penny, timeshare owners deserve much much better. But because they’re under contract no matter what and retail opportunities are more fruitful for resorts, fractional owners continue to receive the short end of the stick.

Since we’ve already discussed most of these problematic scenarios in earlier articles, we wanted to talk a little bit about what finally pushes property owners over the edge. Although most believe things will eventually get better, others can’t wait until the day they’re timeshare free. A sense of hope is held onto because timeshare companies really know how to lead their users on and buy themselves more time. At the same time, there are 4 realizations that tend to occur at some point during ownership. The eagerness to cancel a timeshare contract usually peaks once owners see the purchase for what it is.

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Why Would You Want to Cancel a Timeshare Agreement?

When making a substantial purchase, consumers typically take their time. Because of the competitive nature of these transactions, a good amount of haggling is often involved. Not many people go into a car dealership and accept the sticker price. With that being said, it can be difficult to understand why so many consumers don’t use the same approach during a timeshare purchase.

But unless you’ve attended a timeshare presentation (or another high pressure sales environment) before, then it’s hard to get a sense of the level of enthusiastic deception involved. Incentives sometimes cause salesmen to make promises they can’t keep. Although regulations are beginning to crack down on unethical practices, timeshare owners are still being left in the dark about their purchase. Because a lot of their dissatisfaction stems from a lack of disclosure during the initial presentation, canceling the timeshare immediately is typically on their radar. Let’s take a look at 4 reasons why.

1. The Perpetual Reality Settles In

One of the many reasons fractional owners eventually cancel a timeshare contract is the realization their obligation is perpetual (never ending). Leading up to a timeshare sale, the contract details are often overlooked on purpose. Some make the purchase without even knowing a contract exists because they’re caught up in what they believe is a deal of a lifetime. Sales reps know how to keep attendees distracted with “shiny objects” instead of focusing on disclosure. Leaving out contract disclaimers and other pertinent information essentially encourages them to make a large purchase they know little about.

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Timeshare owners usually realize their payment obligations never cease once they’ve paid off the mortgage. The euphoria of paying something off can quickly turn into despair when the contract details are brought to their attention. The realization also occurs when availability issues become so concerning that the owner begins inquiring about a refund. When they’re pointed to the rescission period (agreed amount of time to cancel a timeshare), they usually uncover the actualities of the deal for the first time.

Having no control over future financial obligations or property use typically motivates owners to find a way out. To them, canceling a timeshare contract immediately is better than continuing to pay for something (for life) that they didn’t necessarily agree to. When compared to other relief options, like selling or renting, cancellation is far more rewarding.

2. The Survivorship Clause Loses Its Appeal

Aside from contractual specifics, timeshare companies do a great job of adding a number of value propositions to presentations that entice attendees. Empty nesters have been known to be a major target since they no longer have their children in the home. As this demographic ages, they tend to value an ability to will things to their children. Because of this, timeshare companies sell additional perks that benefit the whole family.

Besides right to use options (for friends, family or business travel), this demographic is normally intrigued by an ability to gift their children a paid off vacation package when they can’t use it anymore. This Survivorship Clause, also known as the “Legacy Pitch,” is another way salesmen distract attendees with partial truths. Instead of inheriting an available condo, heirs actually take over payments on a property that’s rather difficult to use. Some may not even want it.

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Whether the owner is processing the transfer or the heir is digging through the contract, the lack of disclosure can be unsettling. Canceling a timeshare becomes a lot easier when it’s clear the purchase was based on a lie. Owners don’t want to pass grief onto their kids and heirs typically don’t want to deal with the hassle. Especially if it’s from a parent that’s recently passed. 

3. Interest Rates + Fees Create Desire to Cancel Timeshares

When people first hear they can vacation every year for a fraction of the cost, they normally have a few questions. But timeshare sales teams are very sly when it comes to explaining payment obligations. While the expense may seem pretty straight forward, you’d be surprised how many buyers don’t analyze the entirety of the purchase. If they did, it’s safe to say many people would reconsider the expense.

During most closings, the potential buyer is made aware of their monthly commitment to the resort. What they don’t realize is they are obligating themselves to pay double (and sometimes triple) the retail rate. While the average cost of a timeshare contract is $20K over 120 months ($167/month), the purchase is actually closer to $43K when you factor in a 17.9% (average) interest rate. Buyers aren’t completely aware of how much this actually costs them because the numbers during the presentation don’t include loan details.

Maintenance fees also tend to catch new timeshare owners off-guard. Every year, fractional owners receive an “upkeep” bill with a $1K average. This brings the total cost of the timeshare to (at least) $53K. Their total will continue to climb if assessment fees pop up in the mail. These can be anywhere from $2-4K each.

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Remember, the contract is perpetual, so annual fees continue for life. This makes it difficult to even put a cap on the purchase. When you break it down, $400-$500/month is a lot different than $167. Many simply can’t afford this while others become bitter towards the cost. Especially when they’re only able to garner 3 star accommodations – if they’re available. Seeing they can spend $5000 on something better or save it altogether forces them to pull the trigger on timeshare cancellation services.

A Lack of Disclosure Causes Most Cancellations

There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the explanation of timeshare contracts. Many timeshare companies have been busted for their unethical practices while others continue to find ways to misled their targets. Either way, a lot of the cancellation requests we receive are from timeshare owners who feel they’ve been lied to. What they thought was true inevitably wasn’t and now they’re spending their time trying to cancel a timeshare instead of enjoy one. If you believe you have a right to cancel or are simply wanting to get out of your timeshare agreement, we’d be more than willing to help. We offer FREE consultations or you can get started by submitting an eligibility form below.

Why Las Vegas Timeshare Owners Want to Get Out of Their Agreement

Why Las Vegas Timeshare Owners Want to Get Out of Their Agreement

When most people plan a destination vacation, entertainment normally plays a big role in their decision. Although some prefer a quiet escape with minimal distractions, most people travel to do what hasn’t been done or see what hasn’t been seen. In Las Vegas, Nevada, there isn’t much that doesn’t catch your eye. The city’s ability to grab and hold one’s attention span is unlike any other point of interest in our country. For example, it would take one person 288 years to stay the night in every single Vegas hotel room.

Nearly every American citizen has been to Las Vegas at least once in their lifetime. Some people never leave once they arrive. It’s been estimated that over 1,000 people live beneath the city of lights in underground tunnels. A few people even find pleasure in not being able to remember what transpired during their stay. The popular slogan, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” is the real deal. People looking to get loose for a weekend or two seem to be able to do so without any regrets. Not many places have been able to thrive with that motto.

While this only adds to the element of what has become known as “Sin City,” there is still a tourist draw to the Entertainment Capital of the World. Some people enjoy themselves so much that they plan multiple vacations to the strip every year. The lively, recreational landscape changes so much that they’re able to relish in something new each trip. Although gambling, sensuality and partying might headline most recommendations, live shows, sporting events, business seminars, product launches and people-watching can be just as appealing to travelers.

Either way, we can all agree that there is something for everyone on the 4.2 mile long strip in the middle of the desert. You don’t have to look at the city from space to know that it’s one of the most radiant places on Earth (actually the brightest from space). If it wasn’t so alluring, people wouldn’t be so willing to cash out in Nevada instead of a tropical paradise elsewhere.

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While Las Vegas may not seem like an ideal place for timeshare developers, it most certainly is. There are plenty of ways they use the city to maximize revenue. Although it may not be ideal for an American traveler to buy into an annual vacation across the World, Las Vegas always gets their attention. So before we explain why Las Vegas timeshare owners are exiting their contracts, let’s discuss a few of the deceptive practices being used to get people to make a lifetime travel commitment to Sin City.

The Las Vegas Lure is Advantageous for Timeshare Companies.

Since Vegas timeshare developers don’t have to spend a lot of time selling people on the perks of the city, all they have to do is dangle the idea of a free trip to garner attention. This simplifies their approach, unlike sales tactics for timeshare resorts in other parts of the country (or world). Most consumers tend to know what a “trip to Las Vegas” entails. This gives resorts an advantage when investing in cold calling techniques and direct mail campaigns. Although solicitation efforts have dwindled in the timeshare industry today, many consumers will listen to discounts in locations that already interest them.

Regional Outreach Efforts Entice Proximate Residents

When it comes to outreach methods, Vegas timeshare companies understand their biggest opportunity lies in neighboring states and cities. Geographical proximity targeting increases their ability to sell fractional ownership because of the convenience of the package. Whether prospects are being targeted through the mail or over the phone, the possibility of them driving to Vegas to check out the offer is a lot higher than other geographical locations.

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Since Las Vegas is located in the center of multiple major U.S. cities, this gives developers an advantage when luring people to the Entertainment Capital of the World. Come to think of it, we have offices in Scottsdale and Malibu that are only a few hours from the strip. Sales teams have already been known to say anything to get people to a timeshare presentation. It’s a lot easier for them to lure aspiring travelers to Vegas with a “complimentary” stay or for “a deal of a lifetime.” In the timeshare marketing world, this technique is called a “mini vac.”  Their job becomes easier once they get you to Vegas.

What many people don’t realize is that there are some drawbacks to accepting “free” offers. In order to use certain entertainment packages and perks, guests are required to jump through certain hoops. Normally, attending these requirements take up a majority of their trip to the strip. If you refuse to follow through with “your end of the bargain” (even if you weren’t briefed), you could end up with some unexpected situations that can be costly in themselves.

Targeting Travelers During Their Vegas Trip.

Vegas timeshare solicitation doesn’t stop with cold calling and mailers. Timeshare companies know there is a huge advantage to targeting travelers during their vacations to Sin City. It’s easy for them to reel in tourists that are stuck in a state of vacation euphoria, looking to enhance their experience. In Vegas, a majority of these people aren’t in a clear state of mind and resorts know it. The Las Vegas Sun even did a piece on how tourists are bucketed and targeted. Thrill seekers and those intoxicated (or hung over) are easy to engage and manipulate. The loose spending habits that normally accompany Vegas travelers also gives resorts an upper hand.

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As the article states, Vegas tourists are easily persuaded to attend a “free” show, dinner or nearby activity with little resistance, in exchange for 90 minutes of their time. If attendees are already enjoying their Vegas experience, they’re normally intrigued by the idea of something free. Once they’re pampered a little, returning to Vegas every year at a discounted rate sounds even better.

What starts off as a brief, “no purchase necessary” invite quickly turns into an all-day event. From here, many travelers leave with a $20-40K mortgage on top of a perpetual timeshare contract they know nothing about. Nearly every buyer walks away believing they made a good decision. They normally don’t realize they made a mistake until booking their timeshare becomes problematic down the road.

The Main Reasons Vegas Timeshare Owners Want to Cancel.

At this point in the article, you can probably assume why so many people want to get out of timeshare agreements in Las Vegas. Misspeak and commission breath is believable when you’re on vacation, especially in Sin City. Thousands of travelers say yes to something that doesn’t match the description. They quickly realize they’ve been duped into buying something they can’t even use. Once payments kick in and they receive their annual fees, their desperation to cancel can go into overdrive.

Aside from being misled, many timeshare owners struggle to even enjoy their purchase. Finding availability in a popular tourist destination (during ideal dates) can be nearly impossible. If you split the contract cost with someone else, conflict regarding usability may arise. Certain properties can even be difficult for aging travelers to access. Layouts and amenities sometimes hinder those with medical conditions or parents with young children. At the end of the day, many Vegas timeshare owners are left unable to use the vacation but are still required to pay the dues.

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While timeshare owners always have the option to pursue upgrades or exchange programs, they’re often left reeling throughout their experience. Once the “too good to be true” offer is seen for what it really is, fractional ownership is tarnished. Paying more for a property you’ve yet to experience can be hard to stomach over time. With all of that being said, it’s easy to understand why so many buyers want to get out of their timeshare agreement as quickly as possible.

It’s Never too Late to Cancel Timeshare Contracts.

Although listening to an intriguing sales pitch about routinely vacationing in Vegas may entice you, we urge you to proceed with caution. It’s always important that you don’t make a hasty decision during the heat of your trip. Often times, your judgement will be clouded and you won’t be able to make a rational decision. A Vegas timeshare isn’t something that’s only going to cost you a few thousand bucks. It’s a lifetime agreement that funnels you into a perpetual sales cycle that’s hard to escape.

If you feel that you prematurely signed up for a timeshare and believe you’ve been deceived, we’d be happy to help you exhaust your options. Timeshare cancellation only makes sense if the contract doesn’t match the original sales pitch. You can schedule a Free consultation to learn more or you can proceed with a timeshare qualification form below.

7 Reasons the Future of Timeshare Ownership Looks Bleak

7 Reasons the Future of Timeshare Ownership Looks Bleak

Over the last decade, the timeshare industry has done little to keep up with the evolution of destination travel. While technology and online booking continues to advance, the tactics and value propositions of timesharing have essentially remained the same. The diminishing number of uninformed consumers has begun to work against new acquisition as many consumers have begun to lose faith in the purchase.

Knowing what timeshare ownership might entail is enough to persuade vacationers to pursue other travel options. Instead of waiting for timeshare companies to get with the program, consumers seem content with watching the entity fade off into the sunset. Unless the industry makes a hard right turn, it’s difficult to envision a mass recovery over a mass exodus.

Even if things were to change, will it ever be enough to overcome a half-century long reputation? Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why we believe the future of timeshare ownership is looking bleak.

1. The Increasing Costs and Liability of Timesharing

Over the years, certain occurrences have caused vacation ownership to steadily rise in cost. Besides general inflation, developers didn’t properly assess demand during most of their expansion efforts. In the early years, decisions seemed to be based on opportunity instead of probability. When timeshare ownership wasn’t able to sustain its popularity (due to bad experiences and mistrust), resorts turned to current owners for the difference. What they didn’t realize was, this approach affected the perception of happy fractional owners.

Because timeshare companies are now left scraping the barrel for gullible consumers, expansion opportunities are ceasing to exist. This forces them to sell more aggressively while charging more per unit. Over the past few years, timeshare maintenance fees have been steadily rising at 4-5%. Surprise, special assessment fees have become more common. Resorts have found ways to recoup earnings when acquisition slows down.

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According to the ARDA (2016 AIF Owner’s Study), 66% of timeshare owners wanted to exit their contract because “the maintenance fees are too high.” Moreover, 46% of those that cancelled a timeshare mentioned annual fees as their primary reason. Small increases can amount to thousands of dollars over time. What makes this interesting is that resorts have notably avoided proper upkeep at some resorts. Not only are users not getting what they paid for, but they’re paying more for lower quality. The liabilities that come with these decisions are one of the reasons we believe the future of timesharing looks bleak.

2. There is No Resale Value for Timeshare Properties

Like we’ve mentioned in previous articles, a good number of new timeshare owners aren’t aware of the actuality of the resale market. Aside from the misspeak that timeshare sales reps use to persuade potential buyers, there are a ton of misleading options that take advantage of those looking to exit timeshare contracts. Once they realize that reselling isn’t ideal, it’s too late. Attempting to sell something that no one wants can be extremely costly. Throwing more money at something they don’t want and can’t make any money on can be demoralizing. Many of our clients talk about how they’ve spent thousands of dollars on resale platforms that didn’t provide a single lead.

Learning that you were lied to during the timeshare presentation and realizing the market doesn’t exist can be hard enough to swallow. On top of this realization, many timeshare owners underestimate the number of scams that cloud the resale arena. Just ask Darren Kittleson. When things aren’t working out and all hope seems lost, predatory agencies know exactly how to persuade you otherwise. They always have a meticulous agenda that uses disappointment and desperation to their advantage. Although platforms worth trying do exist, the overall uncertainty creates a bleak outlook for the industry as a whole.

3. The Timeshare Industry is Now Flooded with Scams

When it comes to timeshare fraud, the mischief doesn’t just dwell in resale. Victimizers also dabble in the buyer’s market from time to time. Claiming to have amazing deals in premier destinations, they lead people on long enough to collect quite a bit of cash. Verified Craigslist posts and Ebay listings have milked travel enthusiasts for decades now.

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At the same time, these are only a few examples of the consistent and ever growing misconduct in the timeshare industry. People are now being scammed before the purchase, during ownership, while they attempt to exit the contract and once they’ve terminated the agreement. If you’re already disgusted by the lies your timeshare company has fed you (to keep you under contract), realize this is only the tip of the iceberg.

Scammers know how trapped most timeshare owners feel and how desperate they’ve become. There are plenty of angles they can take to deceive you into believing their solution is worthwhile. From advocacy groups to legal representation, it’s difficult to know what to believe anymore. Anything seeming “too good to be true” normally is.

Some 3rd party agencies even work with resorts to ensure timeshare owners don’t make progress with cancellation. Not to mention that a large percentage of timeshare exit companies aren’t real. Thousands of dollars have been wasted on resolutions that don’t even exist. It’s a real shame, but only adds to the stigma of the industry. Even if you’re able to finally cancel your timeshare agreement, scams surrounding travel clubs, vacation rentals and advanced payments can flood your inbox – due to your online behavior. Since many consumers and industries refuse to touch timeshare with a 10 foot pole, the future looks bleak.

4. Today’s Travel Options Are Valued More by Travelers

Instead of waiting to see if timeshare companies are willing to overcome the reputation they’ve built (at the consumer’s expense), travel enthusiasts are now pursuing vacations that better suit their needs. Perpetual contracts just don’t make sense anymore as luxury vacation rentals and retail resorts are prevalent in today’s society. While scams do exist in other travel options, a number of platforms have established themselves as trustworthy entities.

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When timesharing first came about, most people were thrilled to be able to afford a vacation in a place they’d never dreamed of visiting. The ease of global travel has given consumers the unique ability to explore the world without being tied to one location. Although points and exchange programs broadened the horizon for timeshare owners, availability and quality was still a problem.

For the most part, today’s vacationing options consistently meet the expectations of travelers. The experience usually matches the presentation. Even if small inconveniences occur, the user isn’t tied to payments. They also have an ability to review their experience to order to warn future travelers or find resolve with the property. Timeshare companies have failed to value the user experience. Because of this, the future doesn’t look bright for timeshare ownership.

5. The Evolution of E-commerce in the Travel Industry

Options for travelers is only one element of timeshare competition. Since fractional ownership is based on perpetual (or lifelong) agreements, retail travel makes more sense. One click bookings have taken the market by storm over the last decade. Consumers now flood to reputable sources for online vacation deals and packages. Travelers even have the option to schedule flights, lodging and a rental car in the same place. It’s very difficult for the timeshare industry to compete here.

Even online retailers are now pushing timeshare weeks without ownership. Air BnB, VRBO and HomeAway are currently dominating vacation rental. Because of the user experience, travelers now feel far more comfortable using consumer to consumer e-commerce sites for travel related bookings. Removing the middleman (Ie: timeshare company, rental and resale platforms) allows them to keep everything in front of them. Instead of believing in “promised solutions,” timeshare owners are now taking matters into their own hands. This alone should tell you how standoffish people are about the timeshare industry – whether it comes to perpetual agreements or retail access to their inventory.

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6. Timeshare Companies Have Been Overselling Inventory

Ever since the timeshare rush in the late 1900’s, developers have been selling non-existing products. As the points evolution grew, this became even more popular. It was a way for timeshare companies to, once again, keep buyers under contract. It’s almost as if they never saw the repercussions of doing so. Overpromising and under delivering has never really been fruitful. It’s just not sustainable when it comes to large purchases.

In a recent article, we wrote about the ramifications Midtown Manhattan Club received for selling unavailable reservations. Although the property remained full, this rightfully angered their users. You’d think they’d at least limit the inconvenience when selling air. In the end, the NY Attorney General required them to pay $6.5 million in restitution, amongst other things. This goes to show that regulations are increasing and timeshare companies are no longer able to just get away with unethical sales practices. For this reason, the outlook of timesharing doesn’t look good.

7. A Consistent, Perpetuated and Tarnished Reputation

If you analyze each of the aforementioned reasons, you’ll realize that the timeshare industry has had every opportunity to redeem themselves. But the growing level of greed has basically clouded the entirety of experience altogether. Temporary solutions have sprouted up, but have failed to actually address the problems timeshare owners have. The thing is, it’s not like timesharing has only been around for a short while. For nearly 60 years, the industry has compiled substantial amounts of skepticism.

Every travel innovation experiences roadblocks. Even vacation rentals have endured some backlash from consumers. The difference is their willingness to make things right. The way the timeshare model is set up, there’s limitations on what they can do to overcome negative perception. They’ve already proven their unwillingness to decrease prices. High pressure sales and unethical tactics have remained consistent. Worthless incentives and non-existent service has been their achilles’ heel for a long time.

The best way to understand this is that they’re maximizing profits before the market runs out. Either way, the consumer continues to lose unless they’re able to prove misconduct in court. As we’ve discussed before, this is very difficult to do. Timeshare companies are banking on their ability to hold onto their fractional owners for life. A lack of interest in overcoming this perception and repaying those taken advantage of is the main reason we believe the future of timesharing looks bleak.

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If you’re interested in learning more about getting rid of your timeshare contract or what you’re options are, we’d love to provide you with a free consultation. If you believe you’re ready to pursue cancellation services, feel free to fill out a qualification form below.

Top 10 Reasons Fractional Owners Cancel Timeshare Agreements

Top 10 Reasons Fractional Owners Cancel Timeshare Agreements

If you’ve been following our blog content over the past few months, you’ve probably come to realize that canceling a timeshare agreement is no easy task. Whether you’re overwhelmed by sales, struggling to let go of the timeshare or dealing with deceiving predatory agencies – at some point, enough is enough. Sadly, many timeshare owners are left to wallow in their contracts while others scramble to figure out what to do next. It’s an awful, expensive position to be in.

Over the years, we’ve listened to thousands of timeshare owners talk about their story and how they despised their decision to pursue a vacation property. While plenty of travelers enjoy their timeshare purchase, not every owner gets to vacation in peace. These select, often taken advantage of individuals and families, deserve a chance to get out of something that isn’t beneficial.

At the same time, we don’t want you to feel like we’re trying to persuade you to pursue cancellation services if it doesn’t make sense. Unlike other companies, we take the time to qualify our applicants and make sure they exhaust all options before attempting to terminate a contract. We’d rather educate you on some of the reasoning we use when speaking with timeshare owners about their mistake. With that being said, let’s take a look at the top 10 reasons fractional owners cancel timeshare agreements and walk away from their resort obligations.

1. Limited or No Availability at the Resort.

Many timeshare owners leave the initial sales presentation full of euphoria and anticipation. They can’t wait to enjoy the fruits of their labor in a destination city they’ve always wanted to visit. What they don’t realize at first is the availability at the resort is extremely finite. Timeshare companies know exactly how to build up the value of their product with a whole lot of fluff in order to overshadow the actualities of the deal.

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During the first few failed booking attempts, the resort does a great job of labeling the inconvenience as a fluke. This allows them to get passed the rescission (or cancellation) period. Once the fractional owner is under contract for good, many timeshare companies will refer them to the terms of their contract and say there’s nothing they can do. Unfortunately, there isn’t much that owners can do either. After years of being unable to access the property and thousands of dollars wasted, many begin looking towards cancellation services for relief.

2. The Financial Burden of Timeshare Maintenance Fees.

Aside from the letdown of lacking availability, timeshare owners typically aren’t initially aware of annual maintenance fees that flood their mailbox at the end of each year. These fees are another element of the contract that’s typically overlooked by distracted buyers. Instead of being viewed as a valuable, necessary contribution, it can easily become an irritating expense.

As each year passes, these routine costs tend to increase. If the bill is already causing bitterness during the holidays, then a raised expense probably won’t sit well for long. When coupled with other inconveniences, like availability, rising maintenance fees can easily compel owners to cancel their timeshare agreement before they get in over their head.

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3. Caught Off Guard by Special Assessment Fees

Similar to maintenance costs, special assessment fees can become a costly reminder of a poor decision. Also known as liability bills, these fees can be sent out at any time, for any amount. Timeshare owners can usually expect to receive these invoices when a natural disaster occurs or major renovations are made to the property. It’s normally hard for fractional owners to make sense of.

Even when the numbers don’t add up, there’s really nothing they can do because of the contract they signed. In most cases, one they realize their money is going down the drain (towards expenses that feebly come into fruition), they decide that canceling the timeshare contract is in their best interest. To them, stopping the payments eliminates the problem altogether.

4. Personal Needs Aren’t Met by Timeshare Property.

Unfortunately, many fractional owners don’t look into the specifics of the property they’re buying. Some timeshare owners aren’t even completely aware that vacation ownership isn’t a travel club. So, when they sign the perpetual agreement, they don’t treat it like buying a home. If they’re unable to follow strict instructions to cancel their contract within the rescission period, then they can end up paying for something they may not be able to use.

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In some cases, elderly owners can quickly realize the timeshare isn’t suited for their aging needs. Elements of the property may even be hazardous for them. What’s worse, is the sales team more than likely won’t point this out during the presentation. Anticipation can quickly turn into concern.

This is similar to those with medical conditions that require special attention or access to certain utilities. Moreover, many owners realize they can’t afford the timeshare shortly after the purchase and are unable to void the contract. When the location or the experience isn’t ideal, many decide that canceling the agreement and cutting their losses is in their best interest.

5. The Realization That Timeshares Have $0 Resale Value.

One of the most disheartening aspects of getting rid of a timeshare contract usually occurs when an owner tries to sell. Although some properties in certain destinations can be appealing, nearly all timeshares have zero resale value. Far too many consumers are led to believe that if they don’t want the property any longer then all they have to do is sell it.

Trying to sell the timeshare can cause owners to go down a number of costly path without resolve. After exhausting every effort, they finally realize that they have no choice but to contact a timeshare cancellation company. At the end of the day, wasting more money trying to get rid of something no one wants isn’t worth it anymore.

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6. An Inability to Rent Timeshare Weeks

Similar to the seller’s market, many timeshare owners believe they can earn some additional income renting the property if it doesn’t work out. This mirage might even be used by the sales staff to persuade you to buy. Assuming a rental market exists can be dangerous for timeshare owners that are looking for a backup plan when selling isn’t successful.

Aside from the time put into listing the property, every month that passes incurs charges from the resort. Once owners realize they’ve lost another $1,000 pursuing a lost cause, they typically waive the white flag and legally cancel the timeshare agreement.

7. Harassing, High-Pressure Sales to Upgrade Timeshare.

All of the above frustrations aside, many timeshare owners can’t deal with the constant pressure of upgrading their package. What many consumers don’t realize is the timeshare sales funnel never ends. Every voice of concern or mention of desire can be used against them. Just like other strong sales organizations, timeshare companies know that locking you into a contract is only phase one.

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A plethora of features, upgrades, entertainment options and tours are used to persuade you to spend more. While this can be exciting at first, many timeshare owners quickly become overwhelmed. They grow tired of being forced to attend presentations or being locked into unexpected expenses. Going from the royalty treatment to being viewed as a number can be eye-opening. This doesn’t sit well with some and canceling the agreement becomes a priority.

8. Failed or Broken Promises by Resort Sales Teams.

It can be maddening for those that give into the pressure tactics and their expectations aren’t met. Being blinded by the prize can cause them to overlook the strategies being used. Broken promises are normally experienced when timeshare owners upgrade in order to improve some of the above concerns, like availability or inconvenience. Some even give in when they feel as though getting rid of the timeshare is impossible. Making the most of it seems like their only option at this point. Otherwise they’ll just continue spending thousands every year.

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The thing is, many timeshare reps have commission breath. In other words, they’ll tell you anything to get a piece of a sale. While we understand this is their livelihood, it can’t be too rewarding to bait and switch people. Nonetheless, getting burned over and over is a good enough reason for fractional owners to cancel timeshare agreements.

9. Safety Concerns and Poor Property Upkeep.

Besides wanting to terminate the contract because they don’t believe maintenance fees aren’t being used properly, timeshare owners may also want out due to poor amenities and upkeep. Can you imagine anticipating a lavish resort and ending up in a less than ideal situation? After experiencing a poorly kept location and an inability to get out of the timeshare contract, many owners turn to legally canceling the agreement and forgetting they ever stepped foot on the property.

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10. Fractional Owners Don’t Want Heirs to Inherit Burden.

Sadly, many of our timeshare cancellations involve aging parents. After years of dealing with a timeshare they don’t want, a good number of them simply want to avoid handing off the burden to their children – or hiers. This is one element of ownership that isn’t fully understood by all parties. What makes matters worse, is when timeshare owners aren’t able to represent themselves due to old age or illness.

Even if children or caretakers are aware of the inevitable transfer, they may not be able to help. This can be extremely frustrating when authorized users realize they’re unable to find a resolution with the resort. Either way, many timeshare agreements are cancelled because the owner is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure someone else isn’t stuck in a timeshare that’s been a burden to them.

How Does Timeshare Cancellation Work?

Whether you’re on the fence about your fractional ownership or you’re committed to getting rid of your timeshare, we’d love to learn more about your situation to see if we can help. You can always schedule a FREE consultation or proceed with our qualification form below.

How to Know if You Need Timeshare Contract Cancellation Services

How to Know if You Need Timeshare Contract Cancellation Services

Coming to the realization that your timeshare isn’t ideal can be taxing. When the anticipation of timeshare ownership is met by inopportune availability and unexpected expenses, many timeshare owners begin to immediately regret their decision. Something that was once viewed as an escape-haven can easily turn into an unreachable mirage that’s gotten more vague as time has gone by. Once you become conscious of the resort’s disinterest in resolving your issues, it’s easy to turn to timeshare relief companies for direction. While this may seem like the right thing to do, thousands of timeshare owners are misled and once again invest in something that doesn’t provide the return they expected.

Over the years, we’ve talked to a good number of timeshare owners regarding their unfavorable situations. Some aren’t contractually obligated and others have sadly doubled down on their commitment to pay. In the first scenario, our services aren’t needed. In the second, your ability to cancel is slim to none. Whichever category you fall under, we want to help you find the best solution. If you’re unable to determine your need for timeshare contract cancellation services after reading this article, you can always schedule a free consultation to review your situation. If another way out exists, you can bet your bottom dollar we’ll point you in the right direction before proceeding to cancel your agreement.

Do You Need to Know How to Get Out of a Timeshare?

If you’re skeptical of “free consultations” – that’s OK, we totally understand. In order to help you avoid pitfalls and know what to do next, we wanted to highlight certain scenarios that either limit or benefit your situation. If you’ve read this far, then you’re more than likely looking for a way out of your timeshare. Although we’d love to continue telling you about our company values and what we stand for, let’s take a look at some of the situations that eliminate the need for timeshare contract cancellation services.

1. All Parties Are Not in Agreement.

Sometimes, a desire to get rid of a timeshare has nothing to do with the property itself. If there are multiple owners on the contract, there is a possibility that everyone invested won’t agree on what to do with the timeshare. While joint-signing can be financially beneficial, it can also cause a little tension. When other owners seem to always get the best dates, remaining parties normally become frustrated with the expense. This can become even more troubling when the resort is favoring retail reservations, limiting availability altogether.

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Similar to banking, if a joint account was being closed, all signers need to be present to sign off. Those looking to waive their obligation have to rely on remaining parties to process the proper documents to transfer ownership. There is always a chance you can persuade each party by executing a quitclaim process. But, agreeing to pay more because another owner wants out isn’t going to be very persuasive. Although they can always add another owner, it doesn’t mean they’ll file the necessary paperwork to help you out.

If they’re unreachable or straight up refuse to cooperate, then it’s probably time to start weighing realistic options. Although canceling the timeshare contract may benefit you, the perpetual agreement you signed isn’t going to work in your favor. Ignoring your requests might be their way of telling you tough luck. These types of situations can get a little complicated when co-owners are married. Unfortunately in our country, a good number of marriages end in divorce. If one party wants to hold on to the property and uphold the other’s responsibility to pay, then the chances of canceling the contract are next to none.

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Whatever the conflict is, it’s best to try to be proactive with your booking attempts. This will at least help you get the dates that are ideal for you. If you feel as though other owners are being unfair, then continue voicing your concern. The chances of you working something out are far greater than threatening to pursue timeshare cancellation services.

If negotiating becomes a lost cause then at least get some value out of the timeshare. You can always rent out your weeks or simply pay exchange platforms (Interval international, RCI, etc..) to book your desired dates. If you decide to walk away from the timeshare by refusing to pay then you have to be prepared to face serious repercussions. Late payments can (and in most cases will) lead to negative credit reporting, judgements, 3rd party collections, tax hits on the defaulted amount and even foreclosure. Timeshare ownership isn’t a travel club membership. Legitimate penalties can occur if you let your emotions get the best of you. Either way, an inability to come to an agreement eliminates timeshare contract cancellation from the equation.

2. An Authorized User Cannot Request a Cancellation.

If you are not the person who is financially responsible for the timeshare contract, then you’re legally unable to make any type of cancellation request. You have to understand that the resort is going to do everything they can to make the break difficult for you. This is true even when the owner is physically unable to pursue a resolution with the timeshare company on their own. Situations like these tend to involve authorized users or children of the owners (relatives or those that may eventually inherit the property) that are trying to help the owner get rid of their timeshare expense. It can feel like a hopeless situation for those aware of their fate.

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Unless you add yourself to the financial obligation, the timeshare company will balk at your requests. But be careful how you approach this. Adding yourself to the contract can be extremely risky. If you become an owner and you’re unable to find resolve, sell or successfully cancel the timeshare contract then you’re agreeing to the contract terms for good. Evaluate the outcomes before committing to something that may seem necessary or worthwhile.

3. A Pre Existing Litigation Has Occurred.

Upon receiving a qualification form, one of the first things we need to be made aware of are current and previous court proceedings. Some timeshare owners decide to pursue resorts with a hired attorney. Although litigation can be an extremely costly and lengthy process, it is one way to open the door to negotiate a settlement with the timeshare company. A settlement can be reached if the resort finds it in their best interest to find common grounds outside of court as opposed to spending money on a legal battle. At the end of the day, it’s going to take a lot for them to take your claim seriously.

If a settlement is obtained with a legal council, make sure you fully understand what you are agreeing to. In other words, don’t get too excited until you’ve analyzed the offer. Try to identify any waivers that aren’t beneficial to you but favorable to the resort. While hiring legal counsel to file suit may be compelling, a lack of evidence can be damaging. If you don’t win, it will most certainly complicate or limit your options in hiring a legal timeshare termination service.

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4. Settlements Can Void Cancellation Efforts.

Many timeshare owners aren’t aware that an attorney doesn’t have to be involved during negotiations with the resort. Sometimes, owners feel as though they have enough leverage to force the resort to settle. Many realize that filing complaints is getting them nowhere and they want to take a more aggressive approach. Others have simply gotten in over their heads. The cost of a timeshare can be unbearable for those that have invested in upgrades to acquire the experience they initially budgeted for. Over time, they realize owning a timeshare isn’t feasible and something needs to get done.

Unfortunately, financial hardships give many owners no choice but to settle. Desperation is a dangerous position to be in. Aside from the timeshare cancellation industry being riddled with predatory agencies, resorts know how to take advantage of vulnerability too. Signing legal waivers on top of your current contract gives the timeshare company all the leverage they need. When you think about it, they’re not really doing you a favor. They’re simply locking you into an additional obligation to pay. If you believe they’re eventually going to let you walk, then you should probably check the terms.

5. The Contract is a “Right to Use” Agreement.

Sometimes, timeshare owners are led to believe they’re stuck in a contract that doesn’t exist. Since the timeshare sale never ends, owners have to be careful not to sign additional agreements that override “Right To Use” contracts. These are paid in full and typically don’t require the user to pay annual maintenance fees, assessment fees and taxes on the property. If you’ve reached this point, there’s really no need for you to pursue timeshare contract cancellation services. A “Right to Use” contract has an expiration date and will eventually dissolve on its own.

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6. Timeshare Access through Travel Club Memberships.

When it comes to travel clubs, there is absolutely no real-estate involved. This type of association is a membership agreement that gives members access to discounted travel deals. Travel Club owners are more than likely not obligated to pay mandated annual dues, unlike timeshare owners. Similar to a Right to Use Agreement, you may be led to believe otherwise.

There is no fractional ownership liability, property taxes or special assessment fees when a consumer is invested in a Travel Club. Nonetheless, the consideration of timeshare contract cancellation services isn’t necessary. If a Travel Club user stops paying their required annual renewal, their account will simply be closed. There are no repercussions other than the lost initial investment to join the club.

Interested in Timeshare Contract Cancellation Services?

If none of these scenarios apply to you, then it might be in your best interest to start looking into the benefits of legally exiting your agreement. Although there are other factors that may limit your ability to get out of a timeshare contract, speaking to one of our consultants will provide you with clarity on next steps. While selling can be an enticing option, it’s only a matter of time before you realize resale value doesn’t exist. At the end of the day, we want to make sure timeshare owners are exhausting all of their options before pursuing our services.

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Why Resorts Won’t Take Back Timeshare Mortgages or Paid off Contracts

Why Resorts Won’t Take Back Timeshare Mortgages or Paid off Contracts

Dealing with the unexpected tends to be a common theme for those that buy into the timeshare industry.  Aggressive upgrade tactics and surprise revenue streams are easy ways for resorts to make money off of vulnerable travelers that are now stuck with a contract that isn’t benefiting them. Over the past few weeks, we’ve talked a lot about the frustrations regarding assessments and timeshare maintenance fees. These expenses tend to catch timeshare owners off-guard due to a lack of detail during initial sales presentations. When fees become unpredictable and finances are strained, many begin to inquire about the resort’s ability to take back timeshare mortgages or paid off contracts. Once the request is denied and reiterated, regret normally transpires. If you’re reading this and feeling trapped, just know you’re not alone.

The Sad Truth About Timeshare Ownership

Hundreds of thousands of timeshare owners are forced to continue dishing out cash against their will. They’re either left reeling for value or frantically looking for a way out. Although the loss of hope is a common occurrence, it’s important that you don’t act irrationally out of emotion. The repercussions of walking away from the contract only heighten the cost and grief of the purchase.

After talking to thousands of timeshare owners about the possibilities of getting rid of their agreement, we’ve been able to itemize some of their questions and concerns. Aside from their skepticism towards relief programs, many buyer’s don’t understand how they’ve gotten into the situation they’re in. A good number of them simply want clarity on what’s actually transpiring and what their realistic options are. It’s difficult to comprehend why the resort won’t let them give back the timeshare so they can sell it to someone else. Especially when the timeshare owner has spent thousands of dollars towards a less-than-stellar experience that was rarely used.

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The Disheartening Reality of Timeshare Companies

Unfortunately, a large percentage of timeshare owners seemingly forget that they signed a perpetual contract with obligations to pay the resort consistently. If you ask any organization, residual income is the foundation of the business. Moreover, timeshare companies specialize in selling shares and upgrades, not re-allocating them. Once you’ve agreed to terms, there’s no incentive for them to relieve you of these obligations.

Customer service representatives are basically sales teams that are incentivized to persuade you to spend more. They’re not trained or encouraged to help you get out of a timeshare contract. Even after your mortgage is paid off, they still lean on your annual fees for consistent profits. You’re nothing but a number to them. Understanding this from the get-go is important.

When timeshare owners communicate their intent to cancel the contract, all they’re doing is initiating the preparation of a sales pitch or legal battle. When you think about the situation, the resort has all the leverage. What makes you think they’re going to cave because you wrote a bad review or challenged their integrity? All they have to do is point out the terms you agreed to. Your pursuit of justice is essentially laughable to them at this point.

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Acknowledging this reality can be difficult for many. Trying to make sense of it all on your own can be extremely discouraging. It goes to show how rewarding our timeshare cancellation services can be. Either way, educating yourself on the reasoning behind your experience will help you better understand what your options are. But, before you decide to move forward with a timeshare exit company, let’s talk a little bit more about why timeshare companies won’t take back timeshare mortgages or paid off contracts.

1. More Fractional Owners = More Residual Revenue.

It’s important that timeshare owners comprehend the competitiveness of the travel industry. It’s extremely cut-throat and everything is predicated on anticipation. Planning and contingency is valued because cancellations are frequent. At the end of the day, this is why the timeshare model was created. When resorts are able to guarantee revenue streams, they’re able to hike up prices during premier seasons and maximize profits when availability is limited. If you own a timeshare, you’ve probably already experienced booking frustrations because of this.

If timeshares took back properties that buyers were disappointed with or disinterested in, their ability to profit would drastically decrease. Locking you into a contract with annual maintenance fees allows them to cover their costs while focusing on margins. If retail occupancy is low, the resort can always count on fractional owners that pay like clockwork, annually. When damage occurs, they’re able to spread out costs through assessment fees.

The more timeshare owners there are at the resort, the easier it is for them to cover unexpected expenses and other development costs. If they voided the contract of every unhappy owner, they’d end up with more unhappy owners that would want the same. Since most timeshare owners experience some sort of frustration after the purchase, it’s easier for them to point to the terms instead of refunding regret. We can assure you that canceling recurring revenue and investing more money into sales is not ideal for timeshare companies.

Smaller corporations value recurring revenue more because it’s what’s keeping the operation afloat. Any type of set back risks the chance of filing bankruptcy and the entire thing sinking. It they keep throwing out life vests to everyone that wants to jump ship, it’s going to be extremely difficult to stay above water. The last thing they want is to spend thousands of dollars acquiring new fractional owners only to allow their guaranteed revenue streams to walk away.

2. Timeshares Spend Exorbitant Amounts on Acquisition

When it comes to understanding why resorts won’t take back timeshare mortgages or paid off contracts, you don’t have to look far for a comparable example. Think about how much work goes into closing on a house. Although the timeshare sales process isn’t as extensive, resorts put a lot of effort into acquiring fractional owners.

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In order to acquire new vacation owners, timeshare companies strategically schedule ‘tour’ dates. This means, they provide just enough information to intrigue potential buyers by disclosing little about the opportunity itself. This process includes the development of marketing and advertising gimmicks. A handful of people are generously compensated for their role in creating compelling methods that persuade consumers. The presentation itself is only one small piece of the overall acquisition strategy. If the resort discloses too much when promoting the event, then less people will attend and their closing rate will suffer.

If you apply the planning costs, an individual ‘tour’ (one couple that attends the presentation) costs the resort approximately $1,200. When analyzing the efficiency of the presentation, the closing percentages of one tour is normally around 30-35%. If you don’t have a calculator handy, this means the timeshare company’s acquisition costs per client is at least $4,000. This is just to cover the marketing costs of the tour. On top of all that, they still have to pay hefty commissions to incentivized sales teams around 20% of the sale. To give you perspective, most realtors are lucky to get 3% of a home sale. These overall expenses don’t include overhead to run the sales operation or the cost of a closing gift – which is normally a “free” weekend at the resort, dinner or an activity.

Once you add up all the costs, you can see the resort spends a pretty penny, to say the least. All of these elements work in unison to get you under contract. If they’ve taken all of this time and invested all of that capital in closing you, why would they be willing to take it all back because you’re upset? They worked extremely hard to keep you from the realities of the contract. A lot of people have sold their soul and invested in the commission of your deal. They’re expecting your contract to pay for a lot of costs that went into the marketing strategy and presentation. Most importantly, they’re really looking forward to the ballooned amount you’ll be paying them over the next few decades – or lifetime. Why would they give that all up when they have your signature and all the leverage?

Timeshare Ownership is Just Like Homeownership

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When something goes wrong with a home purchase (like a major repair) or you realize the investment is too big, you can’t just cancel the mortgage. If you’re struggling to make payments or decide it’s not worth your while, the bank isn’t going to adhere to your demand to buy it back. The contract you signed is binding and the outcome isn’t going to be favorable. In this sense, homeownership is really similar timeshare ownership. The only difference is, consumers invest time in buying a home while timeshares invest time and money in manipulating you to buy.

If you’re currently looking for a way to get out of your timeshare contract, we’re only a phone call away. Don’t expect to be bombarded by a sales team and empty promises at VOC. We take the time to understand what you’ve gone through and help you piece together a congruent timeshare exit strategy that’s best for you. Feel free to schedule a FREE consultation to learn more or proceed below with our detailed qualification from.

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