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Tired of trying to sell or rent your timeshare, with no results? Sick of paying ever-increasing maintenance fees? Are you aware that certain timeshare owners are eligible for a termination of their timeshare ownership? This process is faster, cheaper and 100% effective versus trying to “sell” or “list” your timeshare to be sold. Most timeshares can be found on third party websites such as E-bay or Craigslist listed for as little as $1.00 and are STILL not selling. At VOC, we provide our customers with a free consultation and explain your eligibility for terminating your unwanted timeshare property.

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Are you better off without owning a timeshare? Fans love them but others will sell you their interest for less than a penny.

January 23, 2017  |  Updated Jan. 23, 2017 7:33 a.m. from the OCR Jan 22, 2017

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John and JoAnn Belczak vacation in Hawaii every year.

That’s in addition to trips the Yorba Linda couple have taken to Tahoe, Boston and the Carolinas. They’ve strolled the scenic beaches of Aruba and St. Kitts and been on a cruise to Alaska. Every three years, they spend a week in a 2,000-square-foot penthouse in Nuevo Vallarta on Mexico’s west coast.

Timeshares make all that travel possible for the peripatetic Belczaks and their three now-grown children. After buying their first timeshare in Kauai 10 years ago, they upped their points a few years later, then bought a second timeshare in Mexico.

“Never regretted it,” said JoAnn Belczak, 59. “It’s not cheap. We know that. But so long as you know how to work the system and you use it, it’s great.”

William Dorman has a different take on the Las Vegas timeshare he got talked into buying at a sales presentation 15 years ago. Yes, he has exchanged his parcel for trips to places like Palm Springs and Arizona, but nothing exotic. Those were always booked. He had to pay out of pocket for accommodations in New York because the timeshare there also was booked.

Now he wants to get rid of it.

“Nothing’s available, and you have to book two years ahead of time,” said Dorman, 56, of Dana Point. “People are giving them away … or they’re listed for $5 or $100 because people want to get out of them.”

Some people are happy with their timeshares, saying they give them a chance to see the world in homey, spacious accommodations that cost less than an equivalent hotel. Others deeply regret them, saying maintenance fees keep rising, they can never book the times they want and they’re stuck paying for something they can’t use.

Regardless of whether timeshares are good or bad, the industry is booming.

Sales revenue by timeshare developers and operators rose 32 percent – to $8.6 billion a year – in the five years ending in 2015, according to the most recent estimate by the American Resort Development Association, or ARDA. Association figures show there were 411,880 transactions in 2015, with prices averaging $22,240, up 21 percent in five years.

But secondary market sales by private owners have been flat and represent a tiny fraction of the timeshare market, said Bob Schmidt, data officer for Sharket.com, a timeshare resale data firm. The resale market averages 25,000 to 26,000 transactions per year, with an average price of $5,000, a fourth the value of a typical retail unit.

“There certainly are a lot of people who are interested in selling their timeshares,” Schmidt said.

Sexier vacations

The timeshare concept, which dates to the 1960s, allows multiple owners to share one property or to gain access to resorts around the world by cashing in points they’ve accumulated or through an exchange system.

People who love their timeshares say they are motivated to take regular vacations, and they get better accommodations for less money, with kitchens and, in most cases, two or more bedrooms.

An ARDA survey found timeshare owners are more likely to take annual vacations.

And because timeshares have more rooms, and thus more privacy, owners have more sex, the industry trade group claims (yes, they actually asked vacationers about this). More than two-thirds of timeshare owners say they have more sex on vacation, while less than a third of nonowners have more sex.

ARDA President and CEO Howard Nusbaum said that over a 10-year span, the typical timeshare saves a family almost $14,000 compared with renting two hotel rooms for a week each year.

“You save money, plus you get all the comforts of home,” Nusbaum said. “It’s a better way to vacation.”

But it’s not for everyone, he concedes. People who are happy sharing a hotel room with the kids or who don’t mind sleeping on Grandma’s sofa don’t buy timeshares. But for those who want to stay in a nice hotel and take a vacation each year, he said, “it works out.”

Booking issues

Discipline and advance planning are a must in the timeshare world, owners say.

Jeff Weir, owner of three timeshares and chief correspondent for Redweek.com, a leading timeshare resale site, said bookings can get competitive. For example, he has to call a year in advance to reserve a week at the Marriott Newport Coast Villas, where he’s an owner.

“Wait two days later, those weeks are gone,” he said. “There are some practice issues for owning a timeshare that people have to deal with.”

Most of the unhappy owners are people who own a timeshare in a “legacy resort,” or an older, single-site property not affiliated with a large club, ARDA’s Nusbaum said.

“Those are the owners who have more pent-up demand to sell,” he said.

A glut of resales

Almost half of the 614 timeshares selling on eBay the weekend of Jan. 14-15 had starting bids of $1 or less, with 37 of them going for a penny.

“There’s a glut,” says a representative of Vacation Ownership Consultants, a company specializing in timeshare contract cancellation.

Hard-sell tactics are a key reason owners end up buying a timeshare they can’t use over the long run.

Buyers are lured into sales presentations by free dinners, theater tickets or discounts on hotel bills. The presentations last hours, lubricated by free food and drinks. Then, the buyers are presented a stack of papers to sign.

“They are zombies when they sign the contract. We have judges, we have clerks, we have doctors. They all come to us. We’re getting people out of these contracts that are burdensome and oppressive because at the time they signed them they really weren’t in their right mind.”

Recently a series of lawsuits were filed accusing Las Vegas-based Diamond Resorts International sales people of falsely telling buyers their timeshares appreciate in value and are easily sold and the property could be used by their heirs when they die. A retired Oceanside couple with no income paid $150,000 for timeshare contracts with Diamond, a recent Orange County lawsuit said.

“You’re told it’s an investment. … It’s not, it’s a liability … because of the maintenance fees you have to pay every year if you go on vacation every year or not.”

The lawsuit “is without merit,” a company statement issued last week said.

In December, Diamond agreed to pay Arizona $800,000 and take back timeshares after the state alleged it had received hundreds of complaints of false statements and misrepresentations made during sales presentations, the state Attorney General’s Office said.

A Diamond statement said the firm will launch nationwide reforms this month, dubbed Diamond Clarity, “to enhance the overall customer experience” during sales presentations.

Rising fees

Virginia Pelton of Laguna Hills sold timeshares in the early 1990s and ended up buying four of them in Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Dana Point and Cabo San Lucas.

“I used them several times a year,” said Pelton, 88, a former model. “A lot of people say, ‘If I want to go somewhere, I’ll get a hotel.’ But they don’t travel that much. If you have a timeshare, you use it. I did.”

But then maintenance fees started going up. Her total bill is $6,000 a year, and she’s taking steps to shed her timeshares.

“I was really into it until (the maintenance fees) went out of sight,” she said. “I can’t afford it anymore.”

Anaheim bakery owner Asem Abusir, 55, tried going to court to get rid of the Las Vegas timeshare he bought for $12,000 in 2008. He said he hasn’t been able to get a reservation since he refused to upgrade to a $35,000 plan. His annual maintenance fees are $1,400.

“They said, ‘Eventually you have to upgrade, so think about it,’” Abusir said. “It’s like I have no option.”

Eventually, he was able to shed his obligation by paying a $2,500 fee.

“I didn’t want to pay for something forever that I wasn’t using,” he said. “They said, ‘Even if you die, your kids will have to pay.’”

For more information on how you can safely eliminate an unwanted, unsellable timeshare, please contact us today. Our consultants are standing by to assist you. Call 800-614-5288

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Cancellation Program

Our company assigns a specialist to assist in getting you out of your resort membership forever.

Welcome Package to Client

A welcome letter is sent to you, the client, with the contract numbers of the customer service department and the assigned specialist that will be assisting with your file.

Document Search

Client sends all requested documents to customer service for handling. Specialist uses documents to prepare cancellation file.

Document Preperation

Professionally draft the documents necessary to cancel ownership.

Specialist Action

Specialist assists in the preparation of all documents on your behalf and sends the demand letter to resort for cancellation.

Resort Acceptance

Resort receives the demand letter for your Resort Contract Cancellation.

Client Notification

Client is notified of the completion of the cancellation in writing approximately 90-180 days after paperwork is submitted. Some timeshares, including mortgage cancellations, may take longer to process. Ask your consultant for more details on timeline.

Why should you hire VOC?

The reason why so many clients use Vacation Ownership Consultants is simple. You can’t just hire any real estate attorney and have them try to file a lawsuit against a timeshare company. What ends up happening in most cases, is that a real estate attorney will file a lawsuit based on misrepresentation. This becomes a long, expensive process due to litigation dragging out over what is known as nothing more than a “he said, she said” battle. Our company’s contracted attorneys specialize in timeshare litigation and through years of experience have become experts at terminating or canceling timeshare ownership by using little known real estate law, all without having to go in to litigation.

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Beware of the traditional means of ridding oneself of an unwanted timeshare through a sale, donation or transfer. On the subject of selling a timeshare, many unwary timeshare owners seeking to rid themselves of their timeshare fall pray to listing companies that propose to list their timeshare for sale. Such companies have been under investigation by state Attorney General’s for fraudulent and deceptive practices and a proposed timeshare seller wishing to sell his or her timeshare obligation should first consider selling their timeshare by listing it on sites like eBay or Craigslist…

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F.A.Q.

How is it possible to cancel a timeshare?

What will I need to start the process?

How long does the process take?

What if I already paid a “listing” company to sell my timeshare?

Will I have to go to court?

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