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Timeshare Asset Management
The following are general guidelines and should not be relied upon without consulting a timeshare attorney about your unique situation. Please see disclaimer.
A timeshare can be a great luxury to own if it is managed properly. Those interested in purchasing a timeshare should look at their financial resources and lifestyle. Be sure that when you enter into a timeshare contract that you understand how to properly manage your timeshare asset and the associated responsibilities that come with ownership. A timeshare attorney can help you make the best decision for you and your family.
How Much is My Timeshare Worth?
The worth of a timeshare is how much value it provides to its owner. In other words, the value in the timeshare is using the timeshare. The reason that many families choose to vacation using timeshare is because they can provide more room and amenities than a traditional hotel. Most suites or villas provide at least two bedrooms, two baths, a full kitchen, and a living/dining room. In addition to these accommodations, most memberships also include an exchange program in which owners can travel to different resorts inside the timeshare’s network. If these amenities fit your travel needs and you have the financial resources to partake in this venture, then you may want to own a timeshare.
Managing Your Timeshare
We recommend that most people not own a timeshare personally, but rather own it through an asset management plan that will limit your and your family’s exposure to unexpected liabilities. Owning a timeshare through a family trust or other entity may also allow you tax and other benefits.
What Can I Do With My Timeshare if I am No Longer Using It?
At some point, you may find that a timeshare ownership no longer fits your needs. However, most resorts still require that you pay an annual maintenance fee – even if you do not use the timeshare. This extra expense can cost $300- $1,000 a year or more. This annual liability may turn what was once an asset into a drain on your family resources. Calculate what your annual maintenance will cost you over the next ten years, how much will you owe the resort over that time?
If a timeshare owner comes to the realization that they will no longer be able to use their timeshare moving forward, it may be best to start exploring how to part ways with the ownership – whether that be through a sale of the timeshare, renting it out annually to recoup fees, negotiating with the resort, transferring it to a family member or family trust, etc. The first step would be speaking with a timeshare attorney to see what you can legally do and what options are best for your family. Generally, an asset management plan can be established to assist you in getting the best value possible. Our timeshare attorneys work with reputable companies and can review the timeshare contract with you to protect you from problems many face in dealing with their timeshare.
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