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Old Tuesday, April 27th, 2010, 04:02 PM
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Hello everyone! I am new to this forum and am not sure if I am in the right place to find info on timeshares so if I am wrong, could someone please redirect me?

My husband and I just returned from an amazing vacation in Aruba. It was our first visit and we immediately fell in love. We stayed in my bil's gf's timeshare at the Marriott Surf Club and are VERY interested in purchasing one of our own. We really should have taken part in one of the timeshare promotional meetings that they have there, but we didn't and are now regretting it bc we really don't have that much info on making the right choices in purchasing one.

*Resale or Retail? Which would you recommend? What would be the downfalls to resale?

We stayed in a 2 bdrm lockout, ocean view and it was amazing.

*How do i know that I am going to get the same without actually seeing it? It sounds like the same, but should I be worried about anything?

We love Aruba so much that we'd love to return every year.

*Would you recommend an exchangeable timeshare over a non?

TIA for any info you can give me!! : ) ~Kelly
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Old Tuesday, April 27th, 2010, 07:05 PM
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Do lots of background work on this before you decide. There is much info on Aruba available and some good places to find resales. I think most people would recommend a resale as the best financial option. Some people will say that you can rent timeshares and not spend "all that money" and that's probably true, but some people (us included) like to know that they have the same place every year available to them. We love owning and are probably going to buy a second week, but it's definitely not a sound financial with returns investment.
The Marriott is probably one of the most expensive on the island and one thing to check out is if you are getting a particular week or a time frame. For instance, we have week 6 at the Divi Phoenix for 40 years-same unit every year. There are many very nice complexes and I'd check them all out before jumping in. If you look at Playa Linda and Costa Linda, they have their own web page with resales listed. Divi has a web page for owners on yahoo and they list resales there. Then there's redweek and tug2-they list alot of them.
There's much to look at and know and the people who already own can be a real valuable asset.
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Old Tuesday, April 27th, 2010, 08:51 PM
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Thank you so very much for your response and your very much appreciated advice. I am a person who'd rather research something to death before making a move so I am 100% confident in taking the next step. I guess I just needed some direction on how to research lol. You have guided me there! Thanks!!! I actually have a "friend" via FB that has a timeshare at the Costa Linda. I will check their site out too. Have heard very good things about the Playa too. Is the Divi the golf resort? I think I remember driving by. Thanks again : )
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Old Tuesday, April 27th, 2010, 09:20 PM
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divi has several timeshares. the golf resort is one in the low rise area. the phoenix is at the end of the high rise area toward the low rises. they are both great as is playa linda and costa linda where i own. you need to travel around on another visit and decide what you want in a timeshare. there are so many excellent choices. do take the time to research it.

keep asking us questions. you will find enough answers to drive you both crazy and toward your goal, lol.

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Thank you so very much for your response and your very much appreciated advice. I am a person who'd rather research something to death before making a move so I am 100% confident in taking the next step. I guess I just needed some direction on how to research lol. You have guided me there! Thanks!!! I actually have a "friend" via FB that has a timeshare at the Costa Linda. I will check their site out too. Have heard very good things about the Playa too. Is the Divi the golf resort? I think I remember driving by. Thanks again : )
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Old Tuesday, April 27th, 2010, 09:58 PM
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HI! I am an owner at the Surf Club. First, I would like to say, even though it gets crowded at times it is still the best place on Palm Beach. Second, do not believe most things the Marriott's salesperson will tell you. We were told we "bought" the second building...wrong! We have been put in all the buildings. We were told we "bought" ocean view pool side...wrong! They actually put us on the Ocean Club side where the only view of the ocean was over the top of the Ocean Club building. We were told it was easy to use Interval International to exchange weeks...wrong! Too long to explain...We were told there would be a larger "grocery type" store built under the third building...wrong! We were told we could exchange our week for Marriott points...correct, but read on... They will give me 110,000 points for my week BUT to use points for the same villa in a different week it would take 240,000 points and the points they would give me could NOT be used to apply to the 240,000 points needed to rent. The points could only be used for a HOTEL rental.
Lastly, they are building a Ritz-Carlton next to the Marriott. Talk about over crowding...
But after all is said and done...we love Aruba...we love the Surf Club...
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Old Wednesday, April 28th, 2010, 12:16 AM
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Emky...looks like your hooked on Aruba. We own at the Aruba Beach Club and the Costa Linda. I have several timeshares, two I have purchased through retail and my Aruba timeshares were resales. Personally resales are the way to go, but that is just my opinion. After I purchased the two retail I could have kicked myself. I could have purchased the same units for less than half of what I purchased them at retail if we had not fallen for the sales pitch.

Just a suggestion, before you buy as others have suggested do your research. Do you want quiet or party atmosphere? check out the difference between Palm beach and Eagle beach? do you want to be right on the beach or don't mind a larger resort? If it's in your budget you may want to take another trip to Aruba and really check things out. Stay somewhere different, and check out some of the other resorts and ask to see any of the rooms that may not be occupied. Once you actually have checked them out you can start shopping price. It will save you a lot of money if you find a deal. check out these websites. www.redweek.com www.tug2.net www.timesharesonly.com www.holidaygroup.com I know the Costa Linda, Aruba Beach Club and the Casa del Mar have their own resale links on their websites. I am only speaking from experience, we went down twice before we actually purchased and I live in California. I figured it was an investment and I wanted to be comfortable in my home away from home and I am. I did a lot of research and found my Costa Linda timeshare on the holiday group website. I got it for a great price. I have used all the others I posted for rentals etc.

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Emky - we own three weeks at Surf Club and really enjoy it. I think you may enjoy a visit to the bulletin board at tug2.com where you can get some good information on Marriott timeshare ownership as well as other timeshares. On the tug2.com board, if someone has specific questions about Aruba they send people on over to this board. But in this case you may want to stop on by tug2.com where there is a lively discussion on timeshare ownership particularly there are rumors of some internal exchange changes that may be in the works to be unveiled in June. We love our timeshares and have also traded them in for visits to Antigua and coming soon, St. Thomas. Regardless of our visits to other islands we always compare them to how much we love Aruba. One question I have about your post was you mentioned a 2 bedroom Oceanview lockout. Just want to clarify - did it have a master bedroom suite and a guest room lockout with queen? That's the standard 2 bedroom at Surf Club. There are also 3 bedroom/3 bath Oceanview units that lock out and have a master suite and a second bedroom with two queens in it. So glad you enjoyed your visit to Aruba.
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Old Thursday, April 29th, 2010, 11:58 PM
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All valid points made.

No one mentioned the maintenance fees however. All time shares charge an annual maintenance fee. If there are problems or they run out of money there are additional fees charged to the owners called "special assessments". I believe the owners at the Marriott Ocean club and La Cabana had a special assessment recently.

Maintenance fees at the Surf club seem high to me. To us, it was not worth $26000 down and $1400 a year for a week at the surf club.. Thats just us though.

We do own a timeshare-- in Las Vegas. The maintenance fees there are up to $450 a year now(2 br). We have successfully traded that TS through RCI for one in Aruba 7 times including this October at the Costa Linda. We also rented a week in a 1 br this year(oct) at the Playa Linda for $850. We have rented a week a couple of years at Costa Linda (2br), once for $950 and another for $1150. 3 years ago we rented a 1 br at Aruba Beach club for $650 and my sis got a studio the same week for $500. Last year I got a week at the Renaissance ocean suites(1br memorial day week) on Ebay for $445.

We have looked at buying a TS in Aruba several times, but it just doesnt seem to make financial sense to us when there are hundreds of weeks for rent at any given time. More this year than in previous years. Probably due to the economy.

We are very flexable in regard to when we can go on vacation, so having a certain week is not at all important to us.
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We own at the Surf Club and agree that the the yearly fee is way too high. The only advantage is when you trade. A Marriott TS in Aruba trades for a premium any place else.

Also, you basically did the right thing. The saying, "buy low, trade high" applies here. Can't count the number of people I have talked to on the beach that paid far less somewhere else, but trade every year for Aruba.
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We own at the Surf Club and agree that the the yearly fee is way too high. The only advantage is when you trade. A Marriott TS in Aruba trades for a premium any place else.

Also, you basically did the right thing. The saying, "buy low, trade high" applies here. Can't count the number of people I have talked to on the beach that paid far less somewhere else, but trade every year for Aruba.
We have had no problems trading out time share. We have even gotten 3 extra weeks from RCI over the years. We have traded our week for a week in San Diego, a week at St Pete Beach, Fl, a week in Orlando, a week in Maui, a week in Branson and a week at Hilton Head as well as our trades to Aruba.
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Interval International is what Marriott supports and probably owns it...we have had no luck with it...
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