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BEWARE TRAVELLERS AND POTENTIAL TIMESHARE/VACATION CLUB BUYERS... DON'T DO IT, DON'T DO IT... That is what I would like to say to people being taken around to view timeshare properties...or now because of the bad wrap timeshares have gotten, they are now referred to as 'Vacation Clubs'. To put it mildly, same ** different bucket.
We all like a non flea-bag hotel (resort) to stay at and we all like extra spending cash, but even if you are bribed to attend, with as much as $500 USD cash, event tickets, liquor, or 2 FREE (we were told totally free - lied to) domestic or international round trip airfare tickets (after reading the fine print they are not free AT ALL... for 2 people there is an application fee plus a $150 USD processing fee, $168 USD reservation fee, plus other fees??, surcharges?? and taxes)... Think long & hard before you agree to attend.
They say 90 minutes to 2 hours of your time – HA!!! Not gonna happen... Allow at least 4 or more hours and be prepared to be pressured by numerous sales associates and in the long run being made to feel like a cheap schmuck if you don't buy. Pressure, pressure, pressure. They will all guarantee you there is no pressure... Don't believe it. And while we know they are just trying to make a living for themselves and their families, they tend to stretch the truth and downright LIE.
In my opinion, don't get hooked into buying a timeshare unless you have LOTS of extra disposable income and have done EXTENSIVE research on the property. And know that if you do your homework, you can 'rent' a timeshare resort room sometimes CHEAPER THAN US AS OWNERS CAN... (yes, really!). As timeshare owners, we have to put out the initial cost in the multi thousands for buying a week or two (IT IS NOT CHEAP), pay maintenance fees whether we use our week or not, yearly exchange company fees, and resort exchange fees, unless you are going to stay every year in the unit you bought into, and never travel to different countries and cities.
Your bill is mounting already but I'm not done... They add room tax and some resorts an automatic tip to each drink and meal you have plus an automatic daily tip which is due upon checking out of your room. VERY SELDOM there is FREE Wi-Fi in rooms. To top off all the aforementioned fees, some resorts that you own at replace all furniture every 5 years and you are billed a portion of this cost... In other words, now that you are a partial owner, you're gonna pay.
Want to hear more? The resort we just stayed at is quite far from the main hub of things, so unless you are willing to spend more cash on taxis or less on buses (that take you triple the travel time) to eat outside of the resort, you better be prepared to drop A HECK OF A LOT MORE CASH for overpriced drinks, snacks and meals. If you like to prepare a few meals in your room, be aware that some timeshare studio units don't even have a coffeemaker (WHAT??). Even Motel 6s have coffeemakers. You pay 10s of thousands of dollars and no coffee maker...no mini fridge, etc. When we purchased at the Mayan (Company – VIDANTA) in Nuevo Vallarta, we were shown a mock unit for a building that didn't exist yet (now six years later it has been decided that it won't be built with units, only offices). So in fact we were fraudulently sold a nonexisting unit.
Now they want us to put out another $10,000+ to upgrade to a one bedroom unit because they screwed up. NOT GONNA HAPPEN!!! Funny thing is...again!, they made us feel like el cheapos because we refused to put out extra cash. Because their studio units have no cooking facilities, fridge or coffeemakers the sales lady we dealt with promised we could request a cart to be wheeled in with a mini fridge, coffeemaker and microwave if we purchased a studio. Upon arriving our first time staying there, we had a fight on our hands when they looked very confused and said there was no such cart. After meetings and complaints about the sales lady outright lying to us, we basically got nowhere.
They still wanted us to put out multi thousands to upgrade to a one bedroom. We had to pay an extra $300 for the 1 week to upgrade to a one bedroom with a kitchen unit. Vidanta feels there is nothing wrong with the average couple/family dropping $1500 per week for drinks & meals. You are basically charged for something every time you blink. They have an open air area around a water feature and just to sit there they charge $5 USD. Don't get me wrong, you feel like you are staying in a resort fit for the rich and famous but is it worth it to drop $4000+ for a week (airfare, exchange fees, maintenance fees and food & drink) even though you have already put out $20,000 or more to buy 1 week... Yup! Only ONE week per year!
The sales associates talk, talk and talk making it sound sooo good but at the same time confusing the hell out of you while glorifying things. They OVERLOAD your brain with all the promises. If you feel confused when you leave there...wait until you get home and try to understand the thick file you have in front of you... Most of you will say, "What the heck did we get ourselves into." Believe me, the sales associates are master manipulators and part time liars. If you say 'no' to one, they bring in another higher pressure associate and if you still say 'no', then they bring in the big guns. When you say no, they more or less scratch their heads and say 'we don't understand, why wouldn't you want a nice vacation... You owe it to yourself.' And if you still haven't agreed to buy, another big gun visits you.
Be careful (stand your ground) you may find yourself returning home from an expensive vacation to find yourself thousands and thousands of dollars poorer (or in debt). You will pay upfront, then continue paying year after year after year. Just go on the net and see how many owners are trying to dump their timeshares for 1/10th of the original price. My bet is resorts sell each room more than 10 times over for every one of the 52 weeks in a year. But no sweat off their backs, they will always find you a room somewhere because they have oversold. Your maintenance fees start out reasonable but in a few years' time, I'd like to see your face when you open your bill... Inflation after all and if you live in Canada, remember everything is in U.S. funds. I heard one horror story of a roof needing replaced and the owners were billed extra for it.
And you would think being an owner, there would be internet in each suite... NOT!! The average charge to have wi-fi in your room is $10-$15 USD PER DAY. Some places you can go to a special room and buy minutes or you may find it free in some lobbies. In today's age, no internet is unheard of. PLEASE...before you consider buying into the timeshare/vacation club scene talk to friends or even other resort people before taking the plunge. Remember, the high price you pay is for 1 WEEK per year.
And be forewarned...you will be told practically anything to get you to attend a presentation or owner update. If you decide to go to a presentation, only agree to attend one from a person in a store, airport, resort etc. Because you have to give the rep a $20 USD deposit to ensure you will be there, if you give it to someone on the street, you may be out the $20 when they are a no show the next morning. $20 to some of them is a LOT of money. In summary, think LONG and HARD before committing.
CRA membership is not what it's worth. Do not buy. Read 1st. As a member for over 18 years each year it's becoming worse each year. Do not be suckered in by their claims about all the offers as the rules are always changing. Beachfront sites are to be for member arriving that day but they will drop a trailer or 5th wheel in and no shows for a few days while you 2nd row back. This happens more than not. Forget getting a trailer or cabin rental when you want it as they are always booked and as I had said earlier rules always changing. Now you have to call 8 week ahead. But seems that to me that the people who take reservation have the hookup and only let other in before you. Believe me I have tried with no luck to get a trailer or cabin when I wanted it using their rules.
The last time we stayed 2018 the suite smelled of pee and waste. There is always a POWER issue in the Summer Time as first row hookups cannot keep up with demand only giving RV power supply of less than 110 to a low of 90 volts that will damage your AC and other electrical equipment you have hooked up. You'll have to run your generator to get proper voltage from about 11am until after 6pm when voltages starts to get to 106 or higher but never reaching 120 volts. Started out at 10 dollars to launch or retrieve your watercraft from boat ramp now it's 40 dollars.
Beach full of dog dropping and is posted No Dogs On Beach. Not to even mention the dropping from the DONKIES that will only get cleaned up if you complain. Pool area. Forget using the SPA as it is always full of children. Dust everywhere as kids misuse the GOLFCARTS all evening. I will say that the Gate, Bar and Store Staff are much Friendlier now since many have complained. Overall think before you buy. One last thing. They're always waiting you to UPGRADE your package to the next level. Not worth it. Believe me.
We purchased a timeshare at Spinnaker Bluewater Resort in Hilton Head, SC in June of 2015. We purchased Spinnaker's with the promise to sell our timeshare in Mexico. Our sales rep was Julie **, who was very pleasant and friendly, along with a man who appraised our timeshare in Mexico. Miss ** told us it would be a wash, selling Mexico for Spinnaker at the same price. This is a scam!!! We have lowered our price twice. That is less than 4 times what we were told it should sell. Shame on us for trusting this company.
Was gotten hold of by a guy named Teddy ** saying he had my timeshare sold for eighteen thousand six hundred dollars. Was a Mr. and Mrs. ** had already signed the buying papers. I had told him I was not going to pay a single dime until I got paid. He agreed. Then when the contract came it had eleven hundred eighty dollars for title search, lawyer's fees, etc. but anyway during this time I saw a site that said free legal advice on timeshares. Well it was just meant to be because they told me to run as far as I could get but make sure my billfold stayed in my pocket and told me what to say when they called back or I called them which is what I did and believe me when I started saying what this lawyer told me to say he was ready to hang up so it was a scam. Just letting you people know about the latest scam trap trying to lure people into? My only problem was buying this thing (timeshare) about 8 years ago. Hurrah for me and my wife right?
After owning our timeshare for several years my wife and I decided to sell it. Timeshares Only had plenty of "Claims" for being the best and #1 so we contacted them to sell our timeshare. After being assured that we would have a quick sell because we listed ours for half of the going value per Timeshares Only, we still have not had even one offer come our way. Now it has been 6 years and still not one offer. I went onto the site to see how it was being advertised and unless you know exactly where and what you are looking for (which no one does when searching) you can't find my ad. I think Timeshares Only simply takes your money with a load of misleading talk, places an ad and waits to see if someone happens to stumble across it.
This company is a scam and should be shut down. I even saw an ad for the same resort listed under their "Hot Deals" and it was listed for twice the money as mine and it was the exact same unit. How is that a "Hot Deal"? It seems as if they would rather NOT sell anything to make it look like they have a large inventory due to "Popularity". I think their inventory is high due to "Lack of sales". Save your money and avoid this company. Read the other feedbacks. There are plenty of stories just like mine.
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I own a timeshare in Aruba (Divi Dutch Village) which I paid big bucks for. I wanted to sell it and called Timeshares Only and was promised they could sell it for me and that was back on 9/25/2005. That was 10 years ago and NEVER GOT A SINGLE PHONE CALL IN THAT TIME!!! THEY ARE TOTAL RIP OFFS!! Do not ever do any business with them. I was charged 499$ for NOTHING!!!
My experience with Timeshares Only was fabulous. I’d recommend them.
I paid $598 to Timeshareonly in 2007 to rent or sell my timeshare. It is now 2015 and I have not received one phone call from this company. I called them in 2009 to check how the rental or sale was progressing to no avail. I called them again this year 2015 and was told the price was pitched too high. I reduced the sale price and asked why I had not had any communication in such a long period of time. Needless to say I got sales talk with no substance. I was told my timeshare would reflect the change in price within two days. I subsequently went online to check. When I entered my reference number there was no such listing on their database. Can someone please tell me what rights do we have in regard to this company? Reading all the other reviews it is very clear to see the majority of people are not satisfied with the service or lack of service provided.
There’s one lady who's there who seems to be effective and friendly. Apart from that, the whole process does not meet expectations.
I believe we have been with your company since 2003 or 2005, you have helped to rent our property 2 times in that amount of time. Both times I believe our contact person was Yoshana, who was awesome. We have had no contact with your company since, I tried to call several times, just to check in, but it seems there was always something wrong with your answerIng service, IVR, no one ever was available to answer nor was I ever able to leave a message. We would REALLY love to sell our vacation club/timeshare and just be done with it.
We listed with Timeshares Only to sell and then eventually rent out our unit and they didn't require to pay a fee upfront. We had a good interaction with their sales rep, they didn't have that much activity on people looking to buy and we did rent to them a time or two. The marketing team on the other end were very efficient and accommodating. They took the work out of it for us and we got a fair price considering what timeshares sell for now.
We talked to Holiday Inn Vacation Club, which we really wanted to do the timeshare with, and they referred me to Timeshares Only. So we came down there, and all the people involved have all been wonderful. However, after about a week or two that this was going on, I got a letter from Holiday Inn Vacation Club that they were going to take my timeshare. So before I got involved in, I said I’m gonna go buy Timeshares Only because I had developed a little trust in them. I started moving and they took care of it all. They were reliable to talk to from the very beginning.
What resolution in progress are you referring to with Timeshares Only? A representative calls me and asks me to lower the asking price that was listed for originally and the list price was recommended by Vivian and now it's too high and has been lowered when originally I wanted to list for a lower price. It was recommended by Vivian to list higher leaving room for negotiation. There has been no resolution, the company is not responsible to sell anything but take your money!!! If you bought a timeshare you might as well give it away instead of spending more money with this company trying to sell it because it will never happen, not in this lifetime.
Timeshares Only has been good experience so far, informative and very professional. I've got one unit setup to be rented in July, I haven't rented it out yet but everything else has gone well. I got their name from someone down at Hilton Head and I use it to rent a property. The sales representatives have all been good.
Timeshares Only has one of our timeshares in the Virginia Beach up for rental. So far it’s been positive. They’ve been cooperative and good business-like behavior, but no movement yet because I didn’t post it until a few weeks ago.
After many years of holding on to my timeshare, paying the maintenance fees, causing my whole family headaches, not to mention the financial struggle, we finally sold it! Thank you Timeshares Only for dealing with all my issues over the last few months and getting this thing sold!
The Timeshares know we paid it off. We hadn't paid maintenance fee in 4 years. Now they turn us in for the maintenance fee, plus interest, plus other fees. We gave it back. They wanted us to pay them for 4 years. We get nothing except this year. This company is worse. We have 2 other timeshare -- very happy with them.
We have purchased 2 timeshares from Timeshares Only and have been extremely satisfied with our purchase. We purchased the lowest price unit of the type we wanted at each resort. Although they charged $1000.00 for their service the total cost was 25 cents on the dollar.
We paid our $294 fee to list our timeshare for sale or rent with Vivian. This was recommended by Holiday Inn Vacations at cape caribe by their customer service. To this date we have not heard anything from them. We feel like we were ripped off when we could of spend our money otherwise.
I heard this advertisement on the radio station I listen to and they said all the things I wanted to hear about selling my timeshare. So in 2005 we purchase TSO for $600.00. They said they would do all the things that everyone else has repeated as I have read in the complaints about TSO. So it been 10 years I have not hear nor do I have any information on my timeshare. By the way mine is in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I would say this company is a fraud and all consumers stay as far as you can away from TIMESHARES ONLY.
I was contacted by a representative from this company and was told about selling my timeshare. I had to pay $400.00 to get a webpage so they could Sell my timeshare and they would find people and we will negotiate a price. Put it like this - I have not heard from them in 4 years. What makes this even worse is I have been deployed overseas for a Couple of years and not an email or anything. I wish I Could get MY money back.
Please read this entire negative recommendation. My name is Kevin ** and I have a timeshare in Marco Island, FL. The complex is known as Sunset Cove Resort. This property was a member of the Hilton Vacation Club. Hilton sold, turned over, or otherwise, the Resort, to Holiday Inn Vacation Club. In December of 2013, I called the Holiday Inn Vacation Club, located in Orlando, Florida, to receive answers to a few questions I had pertaining to the Sunset Cove Resort. One of my questions was who do I contact to rent or sell my timeshare? Holiday Inn then referred me to "Timeshares Only".
What a mistake! A customer care representative of "Timeshares Only" (www.timesharesonly.com), named Vivian @ xt **, told me the following: 1) The listings that they had, of other units listed "for sale" at Sunset Cove, were listed at between $35-38. That is thousands! I was ecstatic. I told Vivian to list my week at $29k because I wanted a quick sale. Vivian then advised me that my timeshare would sell for about $33k, and to leave a little negotiating room. I again repeated to Vivian that I wanted to list it at $29k and she talked me out of it. So it was listed at $33k. Now, as to what happened today (May 7, 2014).
2) This afternoon I received a call from Timeshare Only, asking me as to whether I wanted to lower my asking price to between $18-21k? I then asked a question to their "Customer Care Representative" that called me as to how or why had the original "suggested" listing price was soooo...... much lower TODAY? And then I received so much b.s. in the next 1 1/2 hours, ie. that they never "suggested" my timeshare would sell for around $33,000.00. Yada, yada, yada!!!! Basically what I am trying to tell you is PLEASE, do yourself a favor, do not get sucked in like I have been. Stay away from www.timesharesonly.com.
Listed my timeshare at Fall's Village (Bluegreen) for sale with Time Shares by owner. Got a call yesterday that they had a buyer. I could not get any information on sale from this guy. He said I would need to send a cashier's check to a title company in Kissimmee, FL for $2,285 for the title search and transfer. He told me the buyers were paying closing. Title search and transfer is considered closing. I tried to search for the USA Title online and could not find a website for such a company. Does this smell of scam?? Sure does to me.
We listed our timeshare in Orlando with Timeshares Only in August of 2006. They were very friendly, persistent, and eager to give us great information regarding how quickly our week would sell. As you can see, it's been over 7 years and we've NEVER received a phone call regarding our listing. We've reduced the asking price several times and each time we did, it took more than 2 phone calls to get the price correct on the website. This company could care less about you once you give them your $600. I advise against anyone using them to "sell" your timeshare. If only we could get back the money we so willingly, so foolishly gave them...
I cannot ever get the week I want for my vacation with my Marriott. When I purchased it, I was told different. So I decided to sell it. The Marriott also told me at the time of purchase that they would sell it for me if I needed to in the future. So when I asked them to sell it for me, they were no help. So I contacted Timeshares Only. I paid them $678 5 years ago and they never called me again. I called them several times and never got any satisfaction. The company is a scam. Do not deal with them. Better yet, stay away from time shares altogether, especially the Marriott. They will lie to you to make the sale. They should all be investigated by the government.
The TimeShare has been sitting with them for over two years with little to no contact. They called on October 31st on the last of three numbers we had on file and they called right after Hurricane Sandy. We live on Long Island! We asked for a return call at a time when we could speak and we never heard back. When I contacted them, they were rude, could not answer any of my questions and told me they do not need to contact the seller and all they need to do is list the timeshare. They were quick to take our $499.00 but haven't done a thing since. It’s a scam!
Like everybody else, up front was presented with misleading information about estimated value and timeline for selling my unit. With the poor economics now, I expect the market is overflooded with timeshares to sell. At this point, I would give mine away. There is no protection for consumers that want out of these things. If there are any ideas out there, please post for people to see. Also the maintenance costs for timeshares have skyrocketed. That's another scam we are locked into. Any recommendations out there?
They were happy to take my $598 and made representations as to all the things they'd to sell my timeshare, but I have heard nothing for 5 years now! I did call a few years ago to lower my price to below the market price they had suggested, but still nothing, not even for the rental option. I really see it as nothing more than taking your money, and I was a fool and fell for it.
We were contacted by Timeshares Only about two years ago and were presented with a pitch to sell our timeshare if we paid the advertising fee of $499.00. I was no longer using my week so I thought it would be worth it and sell. It did take longer than I had expected but I'm satisfied now as I did sell my week and received the money from the buyer. I would use them again but I would know it takes a long time.
I decided to try and sell my timeshare and was scammed by this company. All they do is prey on people that are trying to do the right thing.
I was unemployed and was trying to sell my timeshare so I would not fall in default. They told me that my property was in high demand and had been selling quite well. The representative contacted me a couple of times to offer me a deal and the final deal was $500 to post and sell my timeshare. I was desperate and decided to make the investment. What a waste of my money. It has been listed since 3/09 and I have not had one inquiry for the timeshare or even a week rental.
I have lowered the price a couple of times and all I got, on the other end of the phone, is a trained monkey reading off a script. My timeshare has not sold and I wasted $500 for a service that was never rendered.
Do not let these people scam you or anyone else!
Timeshares Only expert review by Lisa Ann Schreier
Timeshares Only is a large timeshare resale company that has been in operation for nearly 20 years. Located in Orlando, the company offers customers the ability to buy or rent timeshare properties, and they also help people resell their properties.
Online search: The company offers customers the ability to search through available timeshares online, so people can easily see what properties are available to them.
Range of services: Timeshares Only is one of the few timeshare companies that allow people the option to rent or buy a timeshare, in addition to helping people sell their timeshares.
Advertising options: The company has tapped into a wide range of advertising options to help timeshare owners sell their timeshares, including television, radio, social media, billboards and the Real Estate Broker's Referral Network.
Convenient customer service: The company has a wide range of convenient customer service options, including contacting the company via toll-free phone or an online contact form.
Huge Selection: Timeshares Only gives customers access to a huge selection of timeshare options, this is because they are one of the biggest sellers of timeshares in America.
Best for: Young professionals with disposable income, travelers with a favorite vacation destination and large families.
Timeshares Only Company Information
- Company Name:
- Timeshares Only
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- 7800 Southland Blvd Ste 100
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- United States