Timesharing and the Economy – The Good and The Bad

It is no surprise that the depressed economy has started to effect the timeshare market.  Vacations are often among the first expenses to go in a climate of instability.  While it is still too early to tell what time share owners can expect from this most recent economic downturn, we can look at the positive and negative effects it could have on owners, and what you can do to prepare and/or take advantage of the present economic climate.

The Good - Who Prospers?

First, the good news.  If you are interested in purchasing timeshare, there are a lot of... Read the rest of this entry »

What Are Destination Clubs?

Destination Club MembershipsWith most timeshares focusing on middle-class family vacation needs, a former timeshare developer named Rob McGrath saw a niche market in the luxury timeshare market, and decided to launch clubs targeting affluent families that want the benefits of second home ownership.  These clubs, known as Destination Clubs, basically use the same model as a timeshare.  In exchange for a one-time upfront membership fee, and annual membership dues, a member is able to access a roster of luxury vacation homes around the world, which can be booked based on... Read the rest of this entry »

Off Property Timeshare Consultants


What is an off property timeshare consultant?

To keep it short and sweet - these are the people lurking around hotels, shopping malls, resorts, and calling you on the telephone to that try to convince you to attend a timeshare presentation.  They are known as an OPC's, or off property consultants, and tend to be some of the best salespeople in existence.  The OPC I encountered during my stay in Vegas was very successful in coercing my husband and I into attending a "brief" presentation for some property down the street in just a matter of minutes. ... Read the rest of this entry »