The ins-and-outs of timeshares

Timeshare Tips & Advice

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Affordable Group Accommodations

Jennifer Lynn

Chances are you've probably heard of timeshares before. And while there's a lot of information out there regarding the pros and cons of timeshare ownership, there's substantially less information concerning the availability of vacation timeshare rental properties. Rentals offer benefits to families and large groups of travelers that traditional hotel accommodations cannot, so if you fall into one of these two groups, read on.


Damon Carr

A timeshare is the name given to piece of real estate where a number of individuals share ownership in the subject property. A timeshare is a right to use or occupy one or more units on a periodic basis usually one or two weeks out of the year. Timeshares can often be found in destinations where people like to vacation. Here is what savvy marketer's pitch to unsuspecting buyers of timeshares and the truth about timeshares.

Free Vacations?

TDS Reader Solutions

Ever wondered whether it can be worth it to sit through those timeshare presentations in order to score a free or discounted vacation? Here is what other TDS readers had to say about their experiences sitting through timeshare sales pitches.

Can't Afford Time Share Anymore -- Now What?


Looking to get rid of your Timeshare? Here are some strategies to help you. But until you determine a strategy, keep current on the maintenance fees or you'll soon be foreclosed. Meanwhile, readers, read those contracts carefully if you really want to buy a new time share. Better yet, rent or buy one on the secondary market.

Options for Dumping Your Timeshare


If you bought your time share the usual way -- on vacation, while your guard was down, after a high-pressure sales pitch -- you may well regret your decision. You may have expected a much more affordable and easy-to-use vacation than what you actually got. Here's how to get out of it.

Reviewing Timeshares

TDS Reader Solutions

Are timeshares a good deal? Do they really follow through on all they appear to offer? TDS timeshare owners reveal whether they'd recommend purchasing a timeshare based on their own experiences.


Gary Foreman

Cool blue waters in an inviting swimming pool. That's a picture that every good timeshare salesperson can paint at will. Just sign here. And lots of people do. Timeshares are a multi-billion dollar a year business. But, sometimes you buy more than fun in the sun. By considering these options on how to get out from under, you'll learn a lot about whether you should go through with the purchase.

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