Many people buy time-share facilities in order to exchange them for accommodations in other resort areas. Don’t disappoint yourself, listen to what experienced time-share owners have to say: “DO NOT BUY FOR EXCHANGE-ABILITY!”. Exchange-Ability depends upon supply and demand. The three-primary factors involved in exchanging time-share units are:desirability of the resort area, the desirability of the time period offered, the attractiveness and size of the accommodations. Someone with a two week time-share in a three-bedroom condominium at Aspen, Colorado, during the height of the ski season is not likely to want to exchange it for one week in a less attractive timeshare.
Timeshares are also flexible. In case you can’t make it on your designated week, you could look for available weeks through timeshare exchange companies so you can take your vacation.
There are many reasons for lack of exchange-ability in the time share business. If you are having trouble exchanging your time share, you are not alone. There are things you can do to increase your odds at getting the place you want to exchange for.
If you have your eye on a top resort and are doubting the attractiveness of yours, give yourself some credit. There are probably many people like you who are not trying either. Put yourself in the group looking to use these top quality properties. You never know who might be wanting or needing to go where. Do not miss out because you talked yourself out it.
Do not be late depositing your week. You know when you will not be using your week but many people delay depositing it! The sooner you post it the increased odds of finding an exchange.
Another way to reduce your odds is not selecting sufficient resorts for your exchange. Many owners spend ages selecting 3 or 4 resorts, from many thousand that are available. Just imagine reducing your list from 10 to 3. Do not waste your time! Go with the big list! it is easier to produce and makes the exchange so much easier.
Do not be too fixed in your requested time. What fixes your time? how flexible can you be? Moving your request a week or two can have a dramatic effect on getting your dream timeshare exchange.
Assuming the response the week is not available, and assuming that it will never be available. This is not always the case. Timeshare exchanges have inventory that is added to week after week. So if something is unavailable today it could easily be available next week. Would you want to be informed of the change in availability? This is simple to fix, just get on the waiting list.
This is probably the main reason why people buy timeshares. Once you own one, you can exchange the rights with someone else’s regardless of where you may be, although this usually depends on the affiliates that belong to the same exchange company as you. In order for exchange-ability to work for you, flexibility is key. If you do not have the liberty of choosing your own vacation dates, a timeshare may not be in your best interest.
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