It’s an idea that appeals to some people, we’ll grant it. The idea of going to vacation the same place, year after year, to spend whatever scant leisure time is available to them. The purchase of “camp homes” and cabins in remote locations is a time-honored practice, allowing families to feel a sense of ownership over these places, and to build memories together in a particular place year after year—then passing the properties down to their heirs, so the adventure can continue. That’s the dream that timeshare sales capitalize on—they evoke the solidity of ownership in the sales pitch, promise the sense of belonging, the continuity, and the making of memories with family.
The problem is—it’s mostly baloney. The “ownership” interest you get is scant if it exists at all. You have hardly any control over the property whatsoever. And what do you hand down to your heirs (as part of your estate)? Either: a “property” that is only losing value, making it increasingly difficult to sell (which isn’t easy in the first place at any rate), and that will one day pass out of their hands completely—which drains their money away in the meantime; or a debt that the timeshare company is entitled to take out of whatever estate you might have hoped to pass down. In the process you’ve made a decision for your loved ones, one your family may not agree with: that they, like you, should vacation to the same place forever. (What if they would rather spend that $700 … $1000 … $2000 per year they’ll be forced to spend on maintenance fees to go to Europe, to see the world? Or, for that matter, to put down on a car, to buy a boat, to pay down their own debt? Tough cookies, kid…)
Stack atop this the fact that the decision to buy is made, where timeshares are concerned, in the wake of a high-pressure sales pitch designed to rob you of your free will, and you’ve got a recipe for an ongoing nightmare. Even people who would otherwise have chosen a different location for their vacations feel compelled to give in and sign that contract after being put through the harrowing experience of a timeshare sales pitch.
So perhaps you’ve signed that contract in the past few days, and now you wish—for yourself and your family—that you hadn’t. If you want to try for cancellation of the timeshare contract, contact us. We here at The People’s Advocate take on the timeshare industry from our home-base of Hollywood, Florida, to help people who are put through deceptive sales marathons and pressured into signing contracts by dishonest sales-people using lies and manipulation tactics.