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Old Thursday, January 31st, 2008, 02:07 PM
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Hello, I am new to the forum and have very little experience with timeshares, but I understand they are often a good way to travel especially to a place like Aruba. However would it make more sense to purchase a full timeshare to a place like Aruba or buy something less expensive and then swap for weeks elsewhere. Perhaps my question is not entirely clear, as I said I am very new to timesharing, but I enjoyed much my first last and only visit to Aruba. Thanks much.
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Old Thursday, January 31st, 2008, 05:01 PM
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pizzi, that is a tough question to answer. there are many who are lucky and buy a timeshare somewhere cheaper and get to trade into aruba but you can't always count on it. however, you might want to investigate it and see if the prices are right.

another option is to not buy a timeshare and rent the week or weeks you want. there are many timeshares that rent for under $1000/week depending on the time of year and when you consider that your maintenance fee would be at least $500/year at most timeshares it really costs very little to rent.

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Hello, I am new to the forum and have very little experience with timeshares, but I understand they are often a good way to travel especially to a place like Aruba. However would it make more sense to purchase a full timeshare to a place like Aruba or buy something less expensive and then swap for weeks elsewhere. Perhaps my question is not entirely clear, as I said I am very new to timesharing, but I enjoyed much my first last and only visit to Aruba. Thanks much.
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Old Thursday, January 31st, 2008, 06:58 PM
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I don't know too much about the market specific to Aruba, but sherry is right, it's sort of about what kind of a deal you can get. In my experience you can do much better renting out, I almost regret having purchased my timeshare, but at least it forces me to travel now and then.

I was also going to say, there are a few resources you can check out. There's a good non-profit site here: www.timeshareconsumergroup.org

And there's always wikipedia...I wish I had known more about timeshares when I jumped in, so good luck.
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Timesharing is definately NOT for everyone, however, for us, it works very well. We never thought we'd be timeshare people, but we succumbed (sp?) about 10 years ago and have never regretted it. We bought a two bedroom in Florida (mainly to trade) and then a year or two later, we traded it to Aruba. We loved Aruba so much that we bought a one bedroom unit there. Last year we were given a two bedroom unit near Myrtle Beach. We used it last year and will again this year, and then we'll start trading it. Owning the timeshares MAKES us take vacations. If I had it to do again, both of the timeshares that we bought, we'd probably buy in Aruba. I think you have more trading power and if you rent them out, I think you can get more money. Right now, I know for a fact, that I could sell my unit in Aruba for more than we paid for it, the Florida unit? No. I would NEVER sell the Aruba one, because we like going there so much. I hope this helps.

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... or buy something less expensive and then swap ....
I would say yes but only if you intend to travel during low season and are flexible...
If you really want to travel each year during high season then I don't think it would be a good idea.
The best advice I think is buy where and when you want to travel.
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We found a very good deal several years ago on a 2 bedroom red week unit outside of New Orleans and purchased it for strong RCI exchange power only. We prepay our fees to select a week involving Mardi Gras and we still have difficulty getting Aruba. The best we have received is a 1 bedroom unit with the previous unit being a studio. A few things to weigh before joining the timeshare ownership ranks is how much are the maintenence fees, the cost of travel to get there, the cost of boarding your pets for the week. Consider all these before taking the ownership plunge. Also check out the resales.
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i have a timeshare at the aruban resort&casino my week is#37 when does the week begin saturday the 12thru18 and if i can't make it when is the best time to start renting it out. please help 1st time buyers e-mail is
lisaaw_13@hotmail.com thanks alot lisa
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Old Thursday, February 12th, 2009, 01:22 PM
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Lisa,

Try renting it ASAP...but it's best that you call your resort to make sure that your scheduled time is available first and read about their rules on renting.

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i have a timeshare at the aruban resort&casino my week is#37 when does the week begin saturday the 12thru18 and if i can't make it when is the best time to start renting it out. please help 1st time buyers e-mail is
lisaaw_13@hotmail.com thanks alot lisa
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