How does Timeshare Save you Money?
April 21, 2014
There are so many ways that timeshare can save you money if it is right for you. When buying a timeshare suits your vacation needs and desires, it will be the best investment you ever make.
Timeshare can save you money on your future vacations. You pay out today at current market prices, which means that if you compare that outgoing with what you would pay over a 25 or 30 year period, you will see that your vacations will cost you a lot less than if you were renting hotel rooms every time you visited. It is as though your vacation accommodation costs were frozen in time. Just looking at how inflation works shows you the potential savings you will make.
Planning ahead helps you save money on vacations, and when you have a timeshare, the general trend is to plan your vacations in advance. Knowing that you have excellent accommodation secured in top vacation destinations makes it more likely for you to book in advance. In this way you are likely to get the cheapest deals on plane tickets and have time to shop around for the cheapest car rental agents. Often timeshare operators will have special deals with local car rental agents that you can take advantage of.
Timeshare accommodations themselves make it easy to save money. Generally speaking, timeshare units are larger than hotel rooms with many boasting kitchen facilities. You can fit your whole family under one roof and limit your expenses on renting more than one room or suite. In the case that you buy a timeshare with a kitchen, you will enjoy being able to prepare meals in your own home and save money on restaurants and room service.
Finally, your timeshare operator is likely to offer special discounts on activities, spa services, and the like, which adds even greater savings to your vacations.
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.
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.
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.
Advantages of Buying with an Established Timeshare Operator
October 13, 2013
Knowing which timeshare companies are trustworthy is a difficult task, especially as there are so many to choose from and because there are unfortunately many timeshare scams that give the industry a bad name. However, it is important to note that timeshare is not a scam in and of itself and that with a little common sense you can avoid a timeshare fraud.
The safest thing that you could do when buying a timeshare is to opt for a company that has a long and reputable track record. A quick search on the internet will show you who are the scams and which companies are offering genuine products worth buying. Established companies that have been operating for at least 8 years will pretty much guarantee value for money, low risk and quality of product. All you have to do is fall in love with the development and destination!
Established timeshare companies are also a great option because they are generally great value for money. With years of experience they know exactly what they are doing and are able to keep the cost of construction low and negotiate according to economies of scale. Some timeshare companies that operate in just one country also tend to own their own construction companies, which means they can offer great products at great prices without skimping on quality.
The other thing to note about a long standing company is that with so many years behind them, their reputation is important. These companies are usually the ones with very strict sales policies keeping their sales teams in check, cracking down on maverick sellers who might think that stretching the truth is going to make them the sale they need. In fact, the more reputable the company, the stricter they are on sales tactics and securing the reputation of their product.