Recently married, George and Noel’s timeshare debacle started on their honeymoon in Orlando, Florida when a sales representative approached them about attending a presentation. After getting pressured into buying a timeshare, they haven’t been able to save money for a house. The following is a written account by George and Noel. The names of companies and people have been changed or removed due to privacy reasons.
“In August 2018, my husband and I went to Orlando, Florida on our honeymoon. On the first day we went to Seaworld, that’s when we were approached by a sales representative who asked us if we would attend a presentation the next day. Not expecting it to be very long, we went to the presentation. The salesperson was very persuasive and we believed it was a good idea because we wanted to travel more.
We wanted to travel to different places and we believed that with the points we were purchasing that day that it would be enough. They told us that it would save us money, and that if we weren't going to travel that year we could rent it out to make money.”
After finally giving into the sales pitches that seemingly never stopped, the newlyweds would get bothered yet again. This time, it wasn’t in person.
“The second time around, we bought from them over the phone. It was a sales representative offering us more points at a better price. I kept on saying no at first, but the representative kept insisting. The representative then started offering me 28,000 points and if I bought that day, he would give me some bonus points as a one-time offer. He also offered me a vacation certificate that I could use within a year. They offered us to open a credit card for rewards and told us that the more we use the card the more points we would get and we could potentially pay some maintenance fees with those points. But it was not as simple as they made it seem. It was very hard for those points to add up, no matter how much we used it.”
Now that they were convinced to buy into more points, Gricelda and Noel started to see that it was all a sales tactic just to get them to spend more money. The young couple started to notice a lot of issues with the promises that were made to them by the salespeople.
“There are a few issues I really have with this company. One is that the fees continue to increase by the year. My maintenance fees have increased by $200. That is not what I initially believed. If you want to travel to a nice resort that they own, you might not have enough points. When you call them, all they want to do is offer you more points and get you to invest. They don't really care if you are struggling financially, they just want your money. When I went to stay with them for the first time, they were trying to get me to buy more points. We did buy from them again, but we cancelled the new contract right when we got home because our payments were going to increase by $600 and we just couldn't do it anymore. They LIE to you when they tell you it’s an INVESTMENT”.
George and Noel reached out to Wesley Financial Group, LLC for help and we are currently in the process of terminating their timeshare. For the young couple, there’s other aspects of life they want to put their finances towards.
“My husband and I want to purchase a home and have kids, but that's not possible with us having that timeshare. We go on a lot of weekend getaways and with this timeshare that's not even possible because you have to book three months in advance. It's very frustrating paying for a timeshare that you can’t even use.”
Does George and Noel’s story seem similar to yours? Feel free to contact us and see if you qualify for Wesley Financial Group, LLC’s timeshare termination services.
*Wesley Financial Group, LLC (“WFG”) develops individualized programs for each client, terminates over 98% of their client’s timeshare relationships, and in certain circumstances, obtains a refund of some or all of the timeshare purchase price. Actual results depend on each client’s distinct case and no specific outcome is guaranteed (although WFG does offer a 100% money back guarantee if the timeshare is not cancelled within the time specified in the WFG Enrollment Agreement).