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Uisce Beatha
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Timeshare
« on: April 25, 2007, 06:57:50 PM »

Just curious.  How many of you have a timeshare?  And do you love it or regret ever buying it?

I just booked a night in Reno for a halfway home stop after a week in Monterey in July.  Got me thinking.  It seems timeshares have a bit of a negative reputation.  You hear the horror stories and so forth.  However, we love ours.  It's been a great investment from a family perspective.  We've had week long vacations in Cabo, San Diego, Oregon and Maui with dingers to Vegas, St. George and a couple of local spots.  Probably going to hit Victoria, B.C. (old digs from 75-76) next spring break.  We've also been able to treat family with a few free/cheap long weekends.

Love 'em?  Hate 'em?  No idea?

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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2007, 08:23:21 PM »

as if we could afford one....
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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2007, 09:58:25 PM »

I bought 2, a one bedroom in Palm Desert and a 2 bedroom in Cave Creek, AZ.  Got them both off eBay for 1500 and 1700 respectively.  We've used the Palm Desert every year for the last 5 years.  Never been to the one in AZ, but have used it for trading, Vegas, Hilton Head, Sedona, Scottsdale.  They've been great.  No regrets here.
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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2007, 01:55:19 AM »

The idea of timeshares never appealed to me and I don't have one.  I like to go where I want when I want, without complications.  But it sounds like Uisce and 1puttpar have enjoyed theirs and have managed to have some flexibility in their choice of destinations.
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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2007, 05:17:52 AM »

We have 2, Orlando and Branson(don't ask), and haven't used either. We kind of regret the Branson one. Hopping to use the Orlando one staring next year with the kids being a little older.
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« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2007, 05:47:51 AM »

The idea of timeshares never appealed to me and I don't have one.  I like to go where I want when I want, without complications.  But it sounds like Uisce and 1puttpar have enjoyed theirs and have managed to have some flexibility in their choice of destinations.

Ours is a points based system with 50+ destinations and growing.  It started in the Pac NW and has spread from there - predominantly in the west although Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Mexico and, yes, Branson  Wink are in there.  Plus you can get into a timeshare trading pool club thingey like RCI and trade for pretty much anywhere in the world. 

http://worldmarktheclub.com

P.S.  Not pimping anything here.  If you ever decide you want a timeshare do what 1puttpar suggests and buy used.  You'll save a fortune.
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« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2007, 06:03:57 AM »

as if we could afford one....
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It's definitely more of a "approaching 40" sort of purchase.  Not so much because of price but lifestyle.  When I was your age or a bit younger I was looking at Eurorail passes or ten days of Spring Break in Pensacola.  A wife, two children and half a career later and I'm more intrigued by Nancy Lopez and "free golf for the rest of your life on all of our executive golf courses."    Undecided Wink Grin
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« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2007, 10:38:39 AM »

as if we could afford one....
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Patience, my young Padawan. Devil

It's definitely more of a "approaching 40" sort of purchase.  Not so much because of price but lifestyle.  When I was your age or a bit younger I was looking at Eurorail passes or ten days of Spring Break in Pensacola.  A wife, two children and half a career later and I'm more intrigued by Nancy Lopez and "free golf for the rest of your life on all of our executive golf courses."    Undecided Wink Grin

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My sentiments exactly. Not to mention the wife, two kids and half a career later part.

Not that Spring Break and traveling Euro still don't interest me but I have to admit paying more attention than I would ever have imagined to Ponch's latest infomercial.  Embarrassed
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