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How To Get a Timeshare

Watch more How to Have a Great Hotel Stay videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to get a timeshare that quickly pays for itself. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Examine your motives Examine your motives for wanting a timeshare. If you're looking for a vacation spot that you can return to year after year—or trade for spots in other locations—this is for you. If you're looking for a good investment, try something else. Step 2: Examine your options Examine your options carefully. When you buy a timeshare you can buy a fixed time in a fixed place; a floating arrangement, where the dates you use your timeshare are flexible; or an arrangement where you can choose between different locations and times using points. Step 3: Consider hotel timeshares If you buy a timeshare affiliated with a large hotel chain, you know you'll be getting a certain level of elegance, cleanliness, and reliability. This is almost like having an annual pre-paid hotel room. Tip Hotel timeshares also provide you with a large number of people to trade with and are often easier to sell, if you decide to do so. Step 4: Talk with a salesperson If you're visiting a hotel that has a timeshare program, there's often a timeshare salesperson in the lobby. Hear what they have to say, but never buy without thinking about it for a day or two. Step 5: Consider condominium timeshares If you aren't interested in a share in a hotel chain, look at condominium timeshares with large networks. Again, this will provide you with a certain amount of reliability, as well as a larger group of people to trade with. Step 6: Know the facts Know the facts before accepting a free vacation offer from a timeshare company. Read the fine print: they will probably have age and income requirements; there might be an advance deposit that isn't refundable under certain circumstances; and there might be hidden fees. Tip It's always wise to see your timeshare before buy it. Step 7: Check blackouts Know what the policy on blackout dates is. Some timeshares will only be available to you at certain times of the year, so if you're looking to vacation during a particular holiday, you'll want to confirm that it will be possible before buying. Step 8: Call the BBB Whether you're planning to buy or planning to take a "free vacation," always call the local Better Business Bureau to see what sort of information they have about the timeshare company. Step 9: Read timeshare laws Before buying, request a copy of local timeshare laws from the resort, or from the local government. Make sure you understand them. Step 10: Consider a timeshare resale Consider buying a timeshare resale from an owner. It's usually a much cheaper option. Tip If you buy a resale, chances are you'll have to pay in cash. Step 11: Take the plunge If you've done all of your homework and have found the place for you, go ahead and take the timeshare plunge. Bon voyage! Did You Know? The first timeshare surfaced in the 1960s—it was a ski resort in the French Alps.
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