The age-old question is: How to sell my timeshare safely (and legally), because selling a timeshare for many owners is not easy; it may be impractical or impossible due to some of the values involved, but for some people it could be the best way to divest! As I’ve written in other consumer educational pieces, there are straightforward and dependable answers to the questions of how to sell a timeshare fast and how to sell a timeshare for less money, but it only applies to a some consumers. The same rules apply to everybody, but that also means that everybody is not qualified, so it really depends on individual circumstances. We can start with some of the basics on how to sell a timeshare yourself (Self-Help Timeshare sales) for no money or just a few bucks, and work your way to licensed professionals if you need assistance. But most importantly, we will touch on the reasons that some timeshares have limitations, and how to deal with that if your timeshare is difficult to sell.
Safe Ways to Sell a Timeshare for Free!
Timeshare owners want to know How to Get out of a Timeshare (i.e. Ownership Divestment). For some owners, but certainly not all, Timeshare Divestment via the timeshare resale market (the timeshare aftermarket) is a simple and safe way to sell a timeshare. So for these owners, it’s an easy way to get rid of a timeshare and these are totally legal ways to get out of a timeshare… If your timeshare is qualified.
How to Get Out of a Timeshare for Free!
A great method to achieve your Timeshare Divestment safely and legally, is the unrestricted timeshare resale market found through Timeshare Forums and Timeshare User Groups. Whenever you sell a timeshare, we need a buyer that is willing to assume ownership (questions of value arise immediately). The traditional wisdom in real estate sales, and sales in general, is that “Value” is determined by what a reasonable seller would ask, and what price a reasonable buyer would pay. There is a twist when it comes to real estate in particular, because each and every piece is highly unique, and thus the “value” may go up if the purchaser’s desire for that individual piece of the Earth is worth more to them for some intrinsic reason. However, even if the timeshare is a deeded timeshare, the question of how to sell a deeded timeshare is very close to how to sell timeshare points, in that, both of the forms of timeshare ownership are not highly unique. For example there may be hundreds of similar units at the same resort, and each one of those units has 52 weeks in the year or all 52 weeks if they are all-year floating weeks. So the level of uniqueness in this particular form of real estate, is far less than a traditional home or piece of land in some cases that is singularly unique unto itself.
If uniqueness (like beauty) is only in the eye of the beholder, then you probably need access to someone who covets timeshares, and may just find yours unique to their needs. So as opposed to being lost in a seemingly infinite sea of timeshares on eBay, you may want to target your approach to people who really love timeshares, and people who will pay you money for your timeshare, or at least people who will take your timeshare for free (either way, they assume timeshare ownership).
How to Find a Timeshare Buyer
As discussed previously in my consumer advisories, it will do very little good to have your listing Lost in an Ocean of $1.00 listings that are similar on eBay. And usually, far worse harm occurs if you pay a con-artist for deceitful “illusions” that your timeshare is worth many thousands of dollars, because illusionary listings will not produce the falsely promised money, and ultimately will fail to secure your vital divestment objective.
Unscrupulous timeshare listing companies will invent buyers offering BIG money. These false promises are not discovered until later when it becomes clear that THERE NEVER WAS ANY BUYERS. Volumes of Consumer Reports show evidence of mass abuses to Consumers losing between $500–$2000, with some Consumers further reporting, especially the Elderly, that they were victimized by hybrid Fraud Scams for $5000 or more. In an upcoming Advisory we’ll show you exactly what they are doing to steal millions from unsuspecting consumers with NO REFUNDS.
Thus, a Self-Directed Seller (Self-Help for timeshare owners, or more precisely, Self-Help to Sell a Timeshare) must ensure that you provide the key ingredient of bona fide Buyers. There are 2 basic answers on how to get timeshare buyers that are legitimate. One is to use your sphere of influence. This could be anyone you know that could use a timeshare through your own Personal Networking, assuming they are the sort of people that want to buy a timeshare to begin with. The second safe & secure method to sell your timeshare is to go were the timeshare owners are.
GO WHERE “REAL” TIMESHARE BUYERS… POST & PLAY EVERYDAY
So you don’t have a distant relative with a specific need, or get lucky when you ask around, there still is a supply of “REAL” Timeshare Buyers, without making the mistake of falling for invented, nonexistent buyers in “paid” listings. These resources are free! (or nearly free: $15), and perhaps most importantly these 2 vast groups of Members are almost exclusively made up of Timeshare Owners. Many of them Love their Timeshares! Use them a ton! And some Want More!
The mechanism for timeshare owners to trade or legitimately sell a particular timeshare started in many organic fashions predominantly in the Flagship Timeshare Owner Forums, and this still continues to this day. This is for people that have a timeshare which may have some residual value, or at least a good reason to see if there are any timeshare lovers who would place intrinsic value upon it. So if you want to sell a timeshare for money or even give a timeshare away, then keep reading (P.S. our upcoming Blog shall debunk the myth of why you can’t Donate a Timeshare for money, despite many faulty claims to donate your timeshare with tax incentives to make money too—all bunk!).
Timeshare Forum and User Groups provide an environment for discussion between literally tens of thousands of timeshare owners at all different stages of the timeshare ownership process: from on the way in, to on the way out. The evolution of timeshare postings by TimeshareForums.com and TUG2.net, where these popular sites provided safe & secure access for owners to have a marketplace that was totally independent of a deplorable unlicensed Listing Industry, and thereby protect their Members from deceit and financial losses. So “Timeshare Listings” in the Owner’s online world of Flagship Forums and User Groups found a ready-fit Consumer Protection Tool for those in the know (members and lucky friends they told). Now you know too.
If it is in any way possible under your exact circumstances, these sites are great places to start, but be realistic—please see what your exact timeshare has sold for (not asking prices, but actual sold comparables) on popular resale websites like Redweek.com (provided by people related to the timeshare industry) and eBay.com (NON-industry related sales site) that is needed so you know the real numbers. If you can achieve your goal through these Timeshare Forum and User Group sites, then this is the least expensive and best way to go, but you do have to provide some effort to get the job done. Unfortunately, some of the potential purchasers might be impersonators from the aftermarket industry looking to steal your money. One safe plan is making the buyer pay you upfront (not the other way around), because anybody who asks you for upfront money could just be a timeshare aftermarket bandit hiding out.
If you want, you can have a Lawyer screen all this activity and essentially help you sell your timeshare making sure potential purchasers are legitimate and the associated contracts and deeds, etc. are all legally compliant. This sort of service is provided by Consumer Protection Attorneys for only $500 and most people find it quite a comfort, not to mention a highly skilled professional with legal expertise at a modest fee.
We hope this educational piece helped you get in line with the BIG PICTURE of CONSUMER RIGHTS and has helped to Empower You!
REMEMBER: The Consumer Protectorate World… Government Specialists at the FTC & AGs…
Make it very Clear to beware of unlicensed Listing Companies, so it might be wise to listen to get on Consumer Protection Attorneys who uniquely appreciate safe consumer websites (like TimeshareForums.com and TUG2.net). And in any event, be cautious of Timeshare companies and check with State Attorney General and/or the Attorney General from the state that the listing company is located in, or research information on listing companies generally, with the FTC. And one easy and surefire step is to see if the listing company has a D or F rating with the BBB, because why would you do business with any company, especially someone involved in the timeshare aftermarket industry, who has a D or F reliability rating with the BBB. Do these steps first, before you lose your hard earned money.
Frequently people ask, what if I find out that my timeshare is absolutely valueless? If there are hundreds of similar ones on eBay and other popular websites that have not sold for one dollar, then maybe the even the forums’ concentration in timeshare lovers will still not be enough. In that case it’s clear that you should follow the experts advisement and obtain someone to perform your timeshare divestment who is knowledgeable in the law. It might also be useful to have a consumer lawyer that has established a successful track record in negotiations with multimillion and billion-dollar timeshare resorts. For this, you should trust the experts and seek the assistance of a service that exclusively uses competent Timeshare Lawyers who are committed to securing your consumer timeshare divestment at a consumer-friendly flat-rate fee.
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As always, it is a pleasure to share these insights, preferred methods, and transparent information to timeshare consumers. The Abrams Firm and consumer protectorates and advocacy groups pretty much all the same thing, and that is for you to proceed with caution because the timeshare aftermarket is a risky proposition in a troubled industry, where consumers lose countless thousands of dollars every day.
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