1602 S. Wade Ave
Garner NC 27529
Carl Newton, Owner
Do you own a World Mark timeshare.. if so check this site: http://www.wmowners.com/
IF you own at any time share that exchanges with RCI check out this site http://www.tug2.net/
If you Own at any Fairfield/Wyndham check out this site.. http://www.wyndhamowners.org/ and on TUG2.Net site in the forums.
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The concept is simple. You buy a "week" at one resort but you can trade it to stay at another resort in a different area or different county if you want. You pay a maintenance fee for each week you own to your original resort. Most resorts in Myrtle Beach area run from $300-500 per week. You only pay the maintenance fee once a year. There are thousands of resorts worldwide. Places like Hawaii, Mexico, Greece, Florida and my favorite Virginia Beach, VA., just to name a few. The trick is to (1.) Buy somewhere you like to go to every year or (2.) buy at a resort that has good trading power with low up front cost along with low maintenance fee's. With this timeshare you can go somewhere different every year. I have owned my South African timeshare "week" for 3 years now. The first year ('99)we went to Atlantic Beach NC. (PepperTree Resort at Atlantic Beach) Last year("00) we did "Disney" and stayed in Lake Buena Vista at Cypress Pointe Grande Villas located less than a mile from Disney Downtown area. This year ('01) we are going to Historic Williamsburg. Next year we may try something in NC mountains during summer or Myrtle Beach or Aruba or Cancun. The possibilities are endless.
Simple Sounding, but somewhat hard to do. Luckily, I found a site on the net several years ago called "Timeshare Users Group" TUG for short. Through "TUG" and the great BBS's they have, I was able to figure out what makes for a good "cheap" resort to own at and some of the insiders tips for getting great exchanges through RCI (Resorts Condo International). RCI is the largest Resort exchange company in the world. They manage all the trades I and hundreds more request and complete from one resort to another.
One "great trader" resort I found is called Dikhololo. Another one is called Mount Amanzi. There are more, but I was most familiar with these two. Both are in South Africa, both are great traders with low yearly maintenance fees. There are several brokers selling weeks in South Africa some are located state side and other are in SA. Best place to find out about the different brokers on on TUG web site. Once you join the BBS you can go into the south Africa section and search on brokers.
What makes DIK or Mt A. such a great buy?? First was the price. Most weeks in a place like Hilton Head or Florida can cost $10-15,000.00+ for a prime red week. (Prime means high time, like summer in Myrtle Beach or Feb. in Colorado ski areas.) My South Africa week cost a total of $2300.00. (they can be gotten for $500-700 a week now!) Second, the low maintenance fees. Dik and other South Africa resorts have low maintenance fees due a strong US dollar. The yearly maintenance fees run $115-$160.00. Third, this resort has great exchange power. Exchange power is relative to your home resort. If your "home" resort is popular (ie, Hilton Head, Hawaii, Myrtle Beach) you can get better exchanges due to the fact that others exchangers want to trade into your area. South Africa is very popular with Europeans wanting to experience the game land or bushvel experience as they say in SA. I have heard of other SA owners getting exchanges into Hawaii, Cancun, St. Marteen and other great resort areas world wide.
You can find other low cost timeshare units in places like Florida and Mexico. You have to be careful of buying in Mexico. Why you ask? Most Mexican resorts operate on a 'right to use" plan the runs for 15-25 years. After the time is up the unit goes back to the developer. Most resorts state side and in other area's have the phrase "use of property is in perpetuity". That means it yours until you sell the unit or don't pay the maintenance fees and the unit is foreclosed on. This is real property, you can will to your kids sell it or just use the week every year having some great vacations along the way.
concept of timesharing is a lot like computer usage in the early days. Most
people or company's could not afford to buy or did not have a need for a
a full time basis. So, companies
would buy a "share" of the computing time. In this way its more affordable. Timeshare
is very similar. You get to
spend a week at a luxurious resort but not have to pay for the other 51
weeks of the year you are not there. Timesharing has come a long way in
the past 10 years. You how have big name players
entering the arena like Disney, Embassy, Fairfield,
Ramada and more are getting into timeshare all the time. The resort themselves are
getting larger and more upscale. Its nice to check in and have all the service
of a 5 star hotel your entire stay. One of the great features of becoming
a TUG member (cost only 15.00 per year.) is a database of resorts rankings.
here to see actual reviews.) Here can read comments from
others Timeshare traders whom may have stayed at a resort you are think about trading
into or maybe somewhere you would like to trade into in the future.
Another Great resource:
options on both TUG and in TimeShare Today magazine are by people just like you and me.
You get the good, bad and otherwise about these resorts. Want to know the best resorts in the world? You can find
out on TUG. To see a listing of the Top Ten Resorts in the world click
here. I appreciate
these fine reports and make sure I submit mine when returning from my
vacation. RCI also sends me a report card of sorts to fill out. This is there way of
making sure a "Gold Crown*" resort is living up to "GC"
Hope to see you at the beach, the golf course or ski slopes some day.
2.5-01 *Gold Crown Resorts are equivalent to 5 star hotels
(Update 7-6-01. I found a really good article on Timeshare, how it started how it works and more. Click here to see the entire page. Be sure to close the window that pops up when you are finished reading this great article.)
(update Nov 2002) Bought a another week of South African timeshare for a total cost of $637.00 that included the week, maintenance fees and 10 yrs of RCI membership. I have already traded it for a week at Mossy Creek at Sugar Mountain in Jan 04 in a 3 bd rm. condo unit. (My SA week is only a 1 bd rm white (off season) week). Go figure...
(updated 9-30-03) This year we stayed
for a older resort on the Gulf coast at Englewood. The resort "Sea
Oats Beach Club" was a great place to spend the week. We had a two
bedroom unit overlooking the gulf with heated Pool and hot tub all out
our rear view. Located below Sarasota, above Naples we had a great
location to do none thing all week. (I did get out to play golf once or
twice) This place was older but in great shape and right on the beach.
We did not have to deal with the "red tide" thing at all. All
in all it was a great "no stress" week at the beach.
Last Sept 08 we went back
to Orange Lake County Club resort in Orlando staying in the famed West
Village on the Arnold Palmer designed Legends Golf Course.. We got a 3
bed room unit and had friends from Virginia Beach join us for the week.
The building are 6 stories tall with 7 units per floor. Last time we stayed
there was work going on a new section called River Landing.. It has 4
building like the west village surrounding a hugh water park area.. it
has a long lazy river, slides, tubes etc great water fun and FREE...
June 1.. this july 5th ,09 will be staying at Summer Bay resort in Kississimme area.. it a bit father down hwy 192 from I-4.. out past Orange Lake area.. its has its on lake and more of the resort faces the lake unlike Orange Lake resort very few units have a view on the lake front.. We had gotten 2 units for the week one at Wyndham Cypress Palms closer to Kississimme are for a fri to fri and the Summers Bay unit on a sunday to sunday time fream. My brother and his wife stayed with his "friend" up near Dayton fri and sat night while we had his daughter with our girls in a large one bedroom unit for the start. We moved to Summer Bay unit on sunday doing disney on monday. We are trying to get NASCAR ticket to firecracker 400 on july 4th and some free disney tickets. My brother has a friend whose a cousin to one of the drivers so they get tickets most every year for the Dayton races. it look like it going to a fun week but may be HOT as it july in florida.. UPDATE.. the tickets to Daytona fell through as did the Disney tickets.. it was hot but not all that bad, and my brothers FRIEND turned out to be Full of S@#T; we had to pay for disney tickets and no race tickets came through..
In March of 2010 we traveled to Ashland NH are for a week at Cold Springs Resort in Ashland. This is close to Plymouth College and the great ski area of Loon, Waterville Valley and Bretton Woods to name a few. The trip as a 2 day 15 hr event through NY city in parts and crossing the George Washington bridge which was different. :) This was a great place to stay. the unit were older but in good shape. The resort ran a shuttle to Waterville Valley Ski area on tue and Brittenwoods on thru both days the ski area were running specials on lift tickets. that was nice indeed. While at Waterville Valley we noted a lot of race looking bibs on youngsters and see it was the Junior Winter Olympic Team in town for a meet. They are mostly from the West with most skiing since 3 or 4 yrs old. They are the future Olympians for Winter in 2016 for the most part. I rode the lift with a couple member and they all were wonderful to talk to and see on the slopes.. So there you have it my brush with greatness. :)
in Sept of 2010 we traveled to Ski Side Village in Tannersville PA.. This is just down the road from Camel Back Ski area for a fall trip up north. The place was nice with 3 levels and internet service wireless included in unit. We had a great time exploring the area and made the trip to Hershey PA for a tour of the chocolate factory and theme park, which was closed, along with some of the Amish county events.
Well here it is June 2010, we are heading to Massanutten for the week. Summer is in full swing and we are ready for a break. Golf is on the agenda along with swimming, hot tub and other resort activities. Timeshare has been the best way to vacation, especially the South Africa unit we own.. I got a Sand Beach Club unit a couple years ago with a maintenance fee of close to $600 for the week.. I eventually sold the unit for what i paid for it as it did not get any better trades than my SA units at half the cost.. This year the MF are $312 for one and $235 for the other one.. that less than $600 buck for two weeks.. not a bad deal at all.. If you have not check out http://tug2.net i highly recommend you do so..