Unlike many of our other client’s stories, Noah was enjoying his timeshare for a long time and had been making use of it almost every year since the late 1980s. It was not until recently when he was convinced by the resort sales representatives to upgrade his timeshare, that he ran into numerous problems.
Below is a written account from Noah on his unpleasant experiences that led to him separating from his timeshare agreement for good. Despite investing in the property for decades, the resort representatives treated him extremely poorly and unfairly. This type of misrepresentation is rampant in the vacation industry and this client story is a testament to that. Names have been changed or redacted due to privacy concerns.
“My resort called and invited me to a presentation of theirs that was not too far away from me. They said it would only last an hour and ended up offering me a $200 gift card to show up. When I first get there, it is not very pressured and just one salesperson is showing a 45-minute video. Eventually, another salesperson joined in and that is when the pressure for me to buy something really started.”
Timeshare salespeople work closely together. While at a timeshare presentation, there is a good chance you speak with at least 4 to 5 different people. It is typically nonstop with more of them coming in as they attempt to knock you off your game and create a hectic environment.
“They wanted me to upgrade my timeshare agreement and purchase points. Supposedly this was a good investment and would increase the overall value of my property. I do not know if the value of it ever went up, but wow, did the costs for it go up. Not only that, but just using it became a pain because I had to now find a different location and book it myself every year. I could never find anything available and just wanted the old timeshare property I had for 30 years.”
Upgrading your timeshare to the new points system that is being pushed by resorts, oftentimes will backfire on the owners. Before upgrading, you get to visit your property annually at the same time of each year. After upgrading, you have to book everything yourself and will have to decide from different locations. Sounds like more options could be better, but hardly ever do owners get to visit their top choices.
“I had been paying my annual maintenance fees with no problems other than them being a slight nuisance. After I was pressured into that upgrade, these fees became such a burden for me to keep up with and near impossible. They had gotten so high they were approaching $2,000 annually. All for one vacation a year, if I was lucky!”
Noah was misled into a timeshare upgrade that should never have been an option for him. What makes it worse is that it was delivered as his only option. We at Wesley Financial Group, LLC believe in doing all the good we can for as long as we can. That is why we decided to help Noah get out of this devastating financial situation. Working with us for a little over a year, and now he is timeshare-free!* We hope Noah can find pleasant alternative ways to vacation as he enters his golden years.
If you know anyone with a similar timeshare experience, please feel free to pass our phone number along to them. We’d love to see if they qualify for our timeshare termination services.
*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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