Posted on January 10, 2022
So now we’re into January and all the optimism a new year provides as we look forward into 2022, Omicron notwithstanding.
But even with the anticipation of the new year comes the yearly dread of timeshare owners across the country. The payment deadline for the annual maintenance fees.
Every year the average timeshare maintenance fees seem to increase. This may not be the case for every owner and every resort, but it is enough of an issue that the costs always come up in online owner forums. This isn’t to say that the fees aren’t necessary, since resorts need to be maintained to provide quality vacations to owners and remain attractive to new owners.
However, even owners who are happy with their timeshare (about 85% of owners according to the American Resort Development Association) still seem to grit their teeth when paying their annual fees.
We know from questioning sellers that this can be the case, but not as much as you may think.
According to the reasons sellers give us for why they want to sell, maintenance fees only rank number four, behind more intrinsic reasons like ageing out of their annual vacations or the more frequent “just not using it anymore” reason.
Changes in finances are another general reason, but when we track the responses we specifically identify maintenance fees due to their unique impact on ownership.
As we alluded to earlier, maintenance fees are important to the ongoing operation of the resort. One only needs to look at some of the outdated facilities and emerging repurposing and selling of older timeshare resorts to see the need for consistent revenue from annual fees.
Reasons for paying annual fees are:
Transparency is an important part of this process, since some owners become disenchanted if they think their fees are just going to pay employee salaries without seeing improvements to the facility.
Part of the negativity around maintenance fees can also result from the way a timeshare is initially sold. While sales tactics at resorts have changed over the years, some still neglect to explain the need for annual fee payment in the sales pitch. This, combined with the higher sales prices at the resorts, can be a turnoff for owners who feel they already have a significant financial outlay for their timeshare.
Resale buyers, on the other hand, buy a timeshare at substantial discounts and tend to be more informed of the fees as they enter the purchase cycle.
So, what should you look for if your maintenance fees are giving you a financial headache and motivating you to sell your timeshare?
While many owners have had really positive experiences with their timeshares and just want to transition out of their ownership, we also speak with owners that are frustrated or upset and just want out.
It is important to not let your emotions get the best of you when entering the process of selling your timeshare. Maintenance fees can be a trigger for some, a last straw that motivates them to sell. But this can also exacerbate the frustration.
In the majority of cases, selling a timeshare is not a quick process. Some timeshares such as DVC timeshare resales can sell relatively quickly, but in most cases it can take time to sell and complete the sales process.
Timeshare may technically be considered real estate in some instances, but the reality is that this isn’t like selling a house. Especially in today’s hot real estate market.
Patience is, without question, a virtue when it comes to selling timeshare. This is why it is important to work with a licensed agent through a timeshare brokerage firm specializing in timeshares.
Agents can price properties for the resale market based on their knowledge of what the market dictates. Many sellers are unaware of what their timeshare can be priced at, so working with a professional takes the guesswork out of pricing your timeshare.
In most cases our agents have direct relationships with the major timeshare companies such as Wyndham, WorldMark, Hilton and Capital Vacations. This can also help when it comes time to sell.
If you need help and would like to speak with one of our agents for a no-cost consultation, please give us a call on 877-624-6889 or click here to leave us a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.