Edith and her husband purchased more timeshare points four separate times through timeshare sales meetings. Each time, the couple was told that purchasing more points would alleviate many of their frustrations and fears about the timeshare for themselves and their family. Looking back, Edith now realizes just how significant the pressures and deceptions she faced throughout her nearly 10-year timeshare ownership.
The following is a firsthand, written account about Edith’s deceptive timeshare experience. We hope her story will help shed a light on the distrustful practices of the timeshare sales industry. Names have been changed or redacted due to privacy concerns.
“My husband and I are both retired after years of hard work. We enjoy traveling. We thought this timeshare would give us a good opportunity to see different paces while having some of the tax advantages of ownership. We also thought it would be fun to gather with our family in various, interesting places.”
When Edith originally purchased her timeshare option, all she could see was opportunity...because that’s all that was presented to her. It took several timeshare sales people and just over three hours in the presentation, but Edith decided to give the timeshare a try. Well, she thought it would be a trial.
But as she began to find it increasingly difficult to book the timeshare, Edith planned an owners’ update meeting to figure out her family’s timeshare booking problem. Then she planned another meeting...and another.
Edith and her husband had owned the timeshare for several years at this point, but they certainly weren’t seeing the value from the thousands of dollars they were pouring into the property annually. Edith loved to travel, but nowhere she ever wanted to go was available.
She stayed at a few various locations with her timeshare option, and she was able to speak directly with representatives at the timeshare locations one time in particular about why she couldn’t get the times, dates or locations that she was originally told she could secure.
“Only after talking with people at one resort did we learn some of the little tricks. They told us that to get the dates we want, we must be able to plan a year to 13 months ahead of time.
My hope in talking with them directly was to make getting reservations easier and less complicated, but with the timeshare it became even more complex. Although the people we call to make reservations are pleasant, there really isn’t much they can do to accommodate. It’s almost like no one ever had answers to our problems.”
After rising frustrations and continuing to pay their outrageous mortgage and maintenance fees for the timeshare, Edith called a third party timeshare sales company that had been recommended to her. They gave her some quotes for the service, and their prices were just as outrageous as the timeshare. She then researched resale prices for timeshares and quickly discovered it was a lose-lose situation for her family.
One day, Edith and her husband saw a commercial for Wesley Financial Group, LLC (WFG). At this point, they didn’t even know cancelling their timeshare was possible! Edith further researched her options, and she soon came back around to deciding to work with WFG.
“After research, prayer and conversation, we felt WFG was the one we could trust even though they weren’t the least expensive option we found. Months later, I’m glad we did! They are professional and customer service oriented .”
With the help of WFG and some hard work on her part, Edith is now enjoying her retirement timeshare-free! She was also relieved of nearly $30,000 of timeshare mortgage debt.* Edith is now planning lots of fun post-COVID vacations with her family without the stress of a timeshare.
If you or anyone you know has experienced a similar situation with your timeshare company, please feel free to pass our phone number along to them. We’d love to see if you qualify for our timeshare termination services. Or you can click here to receive your own FREE Timeshare Exit Info Kit!
*Wesley Financial Group, LLC (“WFG”) develops individualized programs for each client, terminates over 97% 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 canceled within the time specified in the WFG Enrollment Agreement).
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