Lawyers Who Claim to Cancel your Villa del Palmar Timeshare Contract
April 7, 2014
Timeshare lawyers who offer Villa del Palmar timeshare cancellation services are an ever-growing breed and there is much need for caution. While it is unfair to say that all timeshare lawyers are scams, you should take care when dealing with a timeshare lawyer who claims that it is easy to cancel your Villa del Palmar timeshare contract and get your money back. In reality there is little chance of getting your money back once you have signed a contract to purchase a time share and the cooling off period has passed, unless you have legitimate reason. What most timeshare cancellation lawyers are looking for is for you to pay them high fees to arrange a default on your contract (which neither cancels the contract nor gets you your money back)
What is a legitimate reason for canceling a Villa del Palmar timeshare contract?
There are occasions where cancellation of a Villa del Palmar timeshare contract is legitimate and possible. In those circumstances you will probably be entitled to getting your money back as well as cancellation of your timeshare contract. However, these cases are very rare as you would have to prove that you were intentionally mis-sold a property, lied to deliberately or there was a breach in the contract on the part of Villa del Palmar. It is highly unlikely that the first two of these circumstances can be proved, in addition to the fact that Villa del Palmar have very strict training and regulations for its sales team in an active attempt to clean up the timeshare reputation. The third circumstance is also highly improbable as Villa del Palmar contracts are checked with a fine tooth comb by legal aids.
So what does a timeshare cancellation lawyer offer?
In that case, you are probably wondering what a timeshare lawyer can actually do for you. The answer is, not a lot except charge you fees for advice. If you have a legitimate case you will probably find that you can negotiate directly with Villa del Palmar without the aid of a lawyer and save yourself the hefty legal costs.
Beware Cold-Calling Villa del Palmar Timeshare Lawyers
The worst kind of timeshare lawyers are those who call unsolicited to offer to cancel your Villa del Palmar timeshare. Under these circumstances, you can be pretty sure it is a scam and that the process is going to cost you money without a lot to show for it.
What is a Timeshare Attorney?
February 24, 2014
A timeshare attorney is a legal representative who can act on your behalf in a court of law. Unlike a timeshare lawyer, attorneys have the authority to represent you legally in court. A timeshare lawyer on the other hand can only offer you legal advice or guide you through a timeshare contract and so on.
The occasions when you might need a timeshare attorney are few. People who have been involved with a deliberate timeshare scam may call upon the services of an attorney to represent them against a fraudulent company. In these cases a class action suit may be a good idea. In the case of a deliberate scam, you will find there are many others in the same position as you and it may work out in you favor to join together in a class action suit and save on attorney fees. However, always beware of timeshare attorneys who approach you to join a class action against a genuine company, as you are not likely to win and the attorney will simply make a profit out of you.
Other occasions where a timeshare attorney may be necessary is if you have gotten behind on your maintenance fees. If you stop paying your timeshare maintenance fees, you will be vulnerable to a suit against you by the timeshare operator. In those cases you will need to seek legal assistance or pay your fees. It is much easier to pay your fees than contracting an expensive timeshare attorney. You will find that you can come to a payment plan without using a lawyer or an attorney to represent you in court if you speak directly to the timeshare operator.
The other thing to remember is that there are very few attorneys who are dedicated solely to timeshare, therefore, you are best to seek a recommendation from a friend. It is also wise to avoid pop-up adverts on the internet or on timeshare forums promoting timeshare lawyers or attorneys.
Timeshare Scam at Villa del Palmar
February 17, 2014
The term “scam” should be the last word you use with the Villa del Palmar brand, not only because of its 30 year long impeccable reputation but also because of the quality provided and the continued positive customer reviews that Villa del Palmar receives. Unfortunately, however, the Villa del Palmar brand has been tainted with the threat of scams due to the activities of fraudulent timeshare resale companies and fake presentation scams. The good news is that these scams are easy to avoid with a little common sense.
How to Avoid a Villa del Palmar Timeshare Scam
When you follow one simple piece of advice, the threat of a timeshare scam is reduced almost to zero. Always buy a Villa del Palmar timeshare direct from the developer. The developer in the case of Villa del Palmar is Villagroup, and the operator of its vacation club services is UVCI (Universal Vacation Club International). Purchasing direct from the Villagroup during a Villa del Palmar presentation guarantees that you are buying a genuine product and that you are not being scammed.
Most Villa del Palmar Timeshare scams occur during the resale process, at which point The Villagroup has no way of helping you in the event of a scam. Buying a Villa del Palmar timeshare on the internet or through eBay, may sound like a great bargain, but the reality is that you cannot 100% trust that what you are buying is legitimate. Just imagine paying for flights to Mexico only to discover when you arrive that the Villa del Palmar timeshare you bought on a timeshare resale site is not valid!
Another timeshare scam is when you are taken to what seems to be a “Villa del Palmar” presentation in a location that is not on the resort site or in one of its sister resorts. You are shown images etc and perhaps told that the resort is not built yet. In these instances, you should double check the validity of the sales team by contacting Villagroup to verify that the sales office has permission to sell their timeshares. In the past, some timeshare enthusiasts have been duped by fake sellers who do not have the right to sell you a timeshare at Villa del Palmar.
When going to a timeshare presentation at a resort, always recall the name of the resort where you were originally promised a tour. For example, if you are approached by a promoter on the street or at the airport who wishes to take you to see a Villa del Palmar property, make sure that they do indeed take you to a Villa del Palmar resort. There have been cases where promoters are bribed to take couples to an alternative resort rather than the resort that has permission from City Hall to work on the streets or in the airport. The promoter may appear to be legitimate because they work in the airport, but if they don’t take you to the resort they promise, be very wary.
Current Villa del Palmar timeshare owners should also be careful when approached to sell your timeshare, as these are more often than not a scam whereby you pay a fee to join an agency who will never sell your timeshare. Any unsolicited phone calls from anyone asking you to sell your timeshare or join an action group are usually scams. If you have not contacted them directly yourself, don’t trust them.
Timeshare Pros and Cons Explored
January 20, 2014
It is always prudent to look at the pros and cons of any venture that is asking you to part with your money, and timeshare is no exception. While there are many more timeshare pros than cons, it is best to make yourself aware of what you are getting involved in before you sign a timeshare contract.
Financial Timeshare Pros and Cons
PRO: The clearest pro to owning a timeshare is that you will save money in the long term if you use your timeshare every year or are able to rent it out when you cannot use it. You pay for your timeshare at today’s prices and thanks to inflation you will quickly see the economic benefit of your initial investment in just a few years.
CON: The con is that you are not going to get rich renting out your property, so you should not buy timeshare units as a money making venture. It will save you money rather than make you a millionaire.
Destination Pros and Cons
CON: When you buy a fixed week timeshare in a resort, you are tied into visiting the same destination every year. (Although you can always exchange your timeshare using a vacation club for other destinations throughout the world)
PRO: For many people, returning to the same place each year is just what they want to feel like they are part of something and that they have bought a home away from home.
Fixed Weeks Pros and Cons
CON: You take your vacation during the same weeks every year and cannot change them unless you upgrade to a points system or join a vacation club.
PRO: If you have a fixed week during Thanksgiving, Christmas or the school vacations you will be glad to have guaranteed accommodation during these dates.
Solving Complaints about The Villagroup
January 8, 2014
It can be a real headache when we feel the need to complain, not only because of the disappointment that we feel about what has caused the problem but the very act of complaining can be as unpleasant as the cause. The Villagroup Timeshare try to make their complaints procedure as simple as possible, aiming to deal with your issues while you are still in the resort, before you leave.
The Villagroup Timeshare have an enviable reputation to protect, which is surely why they spend a lot of time and money ensuring that problems are resolved as quickly and as efficiently as possible. With nearly three decades selling and operating timeshare properties and designing new resorts in the top Mexican beach destinations, The Villagroup Timeshare does not want unhappy customers. In terms of timeshare selling, you can be sure that this is no scam and any staff members discovered lying are taken very seriously.
Therefore, if you have a problem with any aspect of your dealings with The Villagroup Timeshare, you should make your concern known, not just for the sake of complaining but as a means of helping this reputable company maintain their high standards. Always tell a member of staff if you are not satisfied with some aspect of your experience. If the problem is not resolved within reasonable time, then look to speak to a more senior staff member.
Some problems may not be fully resolved during your stay in Mexico, therefore you may need to continue the complaints procedure from home. In this case, make sure you have all the details you need before leaving the resort, like contact telephone numbers and email addresses. You will not be able to make contact with the resort through complaints forums as the company cannot guarantee they will see the complaint, so it is always best to deal directly with The Villagroup Timeshare.
Personal Data Fraud by Timeshare Attorney Firm
January 3, 2014
Beware New Timeshare Scam!
The Villagroup have issued a warning to its members of a new timeshare scam after discovering a number of its most loyal and satisfied members had been approached by what seems to be bogus representatives of a timeshare attorney firm.
The alarm was called when Villa del Palmar owners and Villa Preferred Access members were contacted by telephone and asked to provide their personal details. The callers claimed to be legal representatives from a timeshare attorney firm preparing a class action suit to take The Villagroup to court, despite the fact that none of the members who were called had solicited information regarding this. It is unclear whether the calls were carried out by fraudulent individuals or an organized group.
The scam emerges at a time when many people are at home during the dark winter evenings, targeting the most popular timeshare resort names. The best way to protect yourself from any kind of fraud or scam is to be sure that you know the person or the company that is calling you and avoid giving out your personal details over the phone.
Why Avoid Villa del Palmar Timeshare Resales
December 25, 2013
Timeshare resales often look like a great deal, especially if you are considering a Villa del Palmar timeshare property. Thanks to the excellent track record of the Villagroup’s chain of resorts, you know you will be purchasing a quality product in a great Mexican resort. However, there are many disadvantages to buying a resale rather than directly from the developer, in addition to the risk you run of being caught in a resale scam.
When you look into the possibility of buying a resale that claims to be a timeshare at one of the Villa del Palmar resorts in Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas or Loreto, you should make sure that you are really buying a genuine property. There have been cases of bogus sellers, promoting Villa del Palmar properties for resale who then deliver a unit in an alternative resort, or simply disappear from the scene. Whether private sellers or timeshare agents, make sure you get your own lawyer to look over the contract.
In many cases, when you buy a resale timeshare, you are not entitled to the same privileges as the original owner, such as access to vacation club membership. In the case of Villa del Palmar, Villa Preferred Access acts like a vacation club whereby you can swap your timeshare unit for other destinations within the Villa Group. When you purchase a Villa del Palmar resale unit, you are not guaranteed access to these rights.
Simply put, when you do not buy a timeshare from the original developer while physically on the property, you are in more danger of being scammed, and you do not have the same legal rights as if you were buying directly. You really need to make sure the contract covers all eventualities, including the death of the original owner as there have been various cases where second hand buyers have lost their timeshare units upon the death of the original owner because of inheritance laws.
On the other side of the coin, as an owner of a Villa del Palmar timeshare you should also beware of agents claiming to have a buyer for your property. This is a common scam whereby owners who bought their property more than a few years ago are approached with attractive offers to purchase their timeshare. In these cases, the timeshare owners will probably stand to make a great profit according to the prices offered and inflation, but the reality is that you have to pay the agent to act on your behalf, and once you have handed over your money, you find that your property (that you never wanted to sell in the first place!) is now on an eternal waiting list.
Villa Preferred Access
December 24, 2013
As the name suggests, Villa Preferred Access is a points system offered by The Villagroup to its timeshare owners who have fixed week timeshare properties at one of the Villa del Palmar resorts and to new clients buying their first timeshare. The idea is that those owners who bought a timeshare with Villagroup as a fixed week purchase can benefit from the flexibility and opportunities of a points scheme by transferring their week to Villa Preferred Access. Those who currently buy a Villa del Palmar timeshare will automatically qualify to join the scheme.
So what is so great about Villa Preferred Access?
Once you have turned your timeshare week into points, you have more freedom about when you can use your vacation property and for how long you wish to stay. Depending on your membership you can use your points to stay in accommodations in any of the Villa del Palmar resorts, and are more flexible about how long you might stay. With Villa Preferred Access, you no longer have to reserve for a full week, you can decided to divide you week into two shorter getaways.
Another benefit is that you can save your points for the following year. Perhaps you wish to stay somewhere for longer, or in a bigger unit to make room for your extended family. Whatever your reasons, Villa Preferred Access offers the opportunity for you to make your timeshare work for you.
When you buy a Villa del Palmar timeshare you can also take advantage of exchanges within the Villa group inventory of resorts, making a swap fairly easy. Likewise, with Villa Preferred Access, your points are eligible for Interval International vacation club, where you can exchange your timeshare for destinations around the world as well as cruises.
It is simple! Villa Preferred Access means you can “access” MORE.
Common Timeshare Scams
November 22, 2013
Before going into the details about some of the most common time share scams, it should be stated that time share as a concept is not a scam, rather there are dubious companies out there profiting in a fraudulent way from the guise of time share. In fact, time share can be an excellent investment if the model suits your vacation habits; therefore it is important to remember that if you buy with a reputable company with a great track record, there is very little chance of running into a scam.
Resale phone calls
Beware of any unsolicited phone calls from agents claiming they have found you a buyer for your time share. If you are not looking to sell, this is probably a scam. You will be expected to pay for the details of the buyer who mysteriously never answers your calls.
Gifts with a Catch
To make time share presentations attractive, all operators offer incentives which are usually genuine. However, if the incentive seems too good to be true, then it probably is just that! Some deliberate scams make you pay a high fee to have your free gift delivered and sometimes you simply never receive it if you don’t buy a time share.
Time Share Properties that Never Get Built
Another scam that can cost a lot of money and heartbreak is the pre-sale scam that encourages you to buy a property that has not yet been built. You hand over your money based on the prospect of your dream second home, but it never gets built or the company goes bust. The way to avoid this type of scam is to research the time share developer before even attending a presentation. The genuine companies will be obvious, even with a quick on line check.
Trade in Time Share Scam
Some people are tricked into buying a second time share or joining a timeshare points scheme on the premise that the time share company will sell your old property. If you are offered this service, you are very likely being scammed and you will end up being responsible for two timeshares. The genuine option you have is to add your time share to a vacation club and begin to exchange it for other destinations.
Who really benefits from a timeshare class action suit?
November 7, 2013
If you are considering a class action suit against a timeshare company then you really need to make sure that your case is legitimate and that you are certain the timeshare company are in breach of contract law. When the company is a genuine operator with an excellent track record like Disney, Villa del Palmar, RCI etc, then you need to have hard, fool-proof evidence, as it is only in very rare circumstances that companies like these would leave themselves vulnerable to lawsuits and legal action.
What is more commonly the case is that legal firms and online companies take advantage of timeshare owners who are unhappy with some clause in their timeshare contract, offering them full purchase refunds if they were to win the case. When the lawsuit is a collective representative action, it becomes more attractive to owners who are considering canceling their contract as the seeming cost is not as high as if you were to take legal action individually. What they don’t tell you is that you are not very likely to win and their fees will be paid regardless. So the real winners are the lawyers.
When you have experienced an organized timeshare scam, where you have been sold properties that will never be built etc then a class action suit would be a beneficial move. In those circumstances, contact a reputable lawyer who comes recommended and avoid adverts on the internet targeting timeshare forums.