Buy Timeshare; Satisfy Your Hierarchy of Needs

Buy Timeshare; Satisfy Your Hierarchy of Needs

Are you familiar with Abraham Maslow‘s Hierarchy of Needs? The esteemed psychologist, Maslow, included the concept of the Hierarchy of Needs in a widely respected paper he published in 1943, titled, A Theory of Human Motivation.

In studying human nature, Maslow determined that we all share a structure of needs that we strive to fulfill in the same order no matter our cultural or intellectual status. For example, we don’t worry about needing friends (an need that occurs in the third tier of the 5 levels) until we have first satisfied the more basic needs for air or food, both of which are part of the first tier.

But which need level are we satisfying when we buy timeshare?

According to Howard Benedel, director of market research and analysis with Interval International, the growth of timesharing mirrors a societal desire to strive to achieve personal goals and agendas. Glenn Haussman wrote an excellent article that appeared in Hotel Interactive, in which he said, “A timeshare vacation facilitates that sense of achievement by serving as a platform where families can reconnect and have new and engaging experiences, which when combined with the comforts and spaciousness of a home sets the state for memories.”

Maslow’s third level or tier of needs includes the need for love and belonging with family and friends. The fourth level includes self-esteem, confidence, achievement, and respect by others, and it seems that buying timeshare works to satisfy needs in both these categories.

In other words, owning timeshare is not just a logical choice for vacationing, but actually appeals to us on an intuitive level. Bendell acknowledges this when he says, “Frankly, it’s (owning timeshare) become a mechanism to elevate sense of self worth and value.”

Go ahead. Buy timeshare. Instead of viewing it as a guilty pleasure or an indulgence, recognize that one reason owning timeshare appeals to us is because it affords a way to satisfy deep and intrinsic human needs. And if you buy timeshare as a right-priced timeshare resale through Sell My Timeshare NOW, you can even help satisfy that need to keep your finances safe and secure.

Timeshare Travel Insurance through Dial An Exchange Timeshare Exchange

Timeshare Travel Insurance through Dial An Exchange Timeshare Exchange

Dial An Exchange Timeshare Exchange is expanding their offerings to timeshare owners with the addition of timeshare travel insurance provided by CSA Travel Protection.

The travel insurance will be available to timeshare owners to purchase when they exchange their vacation weeks. Fermin Cruz, VP North American operations Dial An Exchange, says, “When combined with our Cancellation Protection Option, we believe that CSA travel insurance is the perfect complement to any exchange transaction, offering the DAE member an inexpensive, yet valuable protection to cover their entire vacation experience.”

Les Maine, CEO of CSA Travel Protection says, “By purchasing travel insurance from CSA when exchanging or banking their timeshare with Dial An Exchange, timeshare owners can protect themselves from losing any of their vacation time already purchased as well as annual maintenance fees.”

Dial An Exchange Timeshare Exchange was founded in 1997. The company’s website says it is the largest privately owned timeshare exchange company with worldwide destination availability. Not only is there no charge to timeshare owners to be a member of Dial An Exchange, but timeshare exchange fees are not charged until the actual exchange is made.

Last week, in a blog post titled, Expansion of SFX Timeshare Resort Exchange Company, the Timeshare Owners Blog told you about the expansion and new services of San Francisco Timeshare Exchange. Like Dial An Exchange, SFX offers timeshare owners another choice in timeshare exchange or banking timeshare for future use or exchange.

RCI and Interval International are well known, but smaller timeshare exchange companies are really claiming a portion of the timeshare resort market, and in many cases, offer service that is as good as or better than the larger timeshare exchange companies offer.

If you have had a good experience or a poor one with a smaller timeshare exchange company, please leave your comments on the Timeshare Owners Blog. No one has better insights about timesharing than timeshare owners who are using their timeshare weeks or exchanging them on a regular basis. We’d love to hear your comments.

What Makes Your Timeshare Resale Desirable

What Makes Your Timeshare Resale Desirable

When you want to sell timeshare and you put your vacation property on the market as a timeshare resale, it may surprise you which features make it most attractive to people looking to buy timeshare. The rule is the same for timeshare real estate, as it is for residential homes, commercial property, and vacation housing: location-location-location.

Timeshare at highly sought vacation destinations is attractive to people interested in timeshare condo resales and vacation club memberships. But timeshare resales have one huge advantage over other types of real estate when it comes to the subject of location because so many timeshare resorts offer exchange privileges at other resorts, or through timeshare exchange memberships like Interval International and RCI timeshare. In fact, frequently, when people buy timeshare, they look for properties – not at the destination they want – but at a destination where they think other people will want to make a timeshare exchange.

The second factor that strongly affects salability of timeshare resales is the dates or time of the year you own. Many people who buy timeshare must plan their travel and vacation dates around school calendars. However, despite the fact that timeshare sales are increasing rapidly among younger buyers, the largest market for the purchase of timeshare weeks is still among Baby Boomers – the demographic that is the least likely to be concerned about school holiday schedules.

Of course, the features and amenities that your timeshare resort offers, also makes a big difference with attracting people to buy your timeshare resale. Beachside access always attracts buyers, as does a location near popular ski sites. But also attractive are what is known as “drive to” destinations, which may not be on the beach or near the slopes, but do offer the advantage of being geographically located within easy driving distances for large populations of people.

At the resort, it has long been the standard that location at a golf course or with golf access makes timeshare resales more desirable. But according to recent information released by M.I.C.E, (an acronym for MEETING – INCENTIVE – CONFERENCE – EXHIBITION , a professional organization for meeting and event planners) interest in tennis between the years 2000 and 2005 increased by more than 12 percent. According to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, tennis is experiencing the highest growth rate of the 114 traditional sports tracked in the United States. So if your timeshare resale offers tennis courts on property or nearby, be sure to make that point known to potential buyers. In these tighter economic times, the cost of playing tennis as compared to the cost of playing golf, is bound to be a consideration by some vacationers.

For more information about the easiest and most effective way to sell timeshare, visit the timeshare resales experts at Sell My Timeshare NOW.

Interval International Cancellation Policy for Timeshare

Interval International Cancellation Policy for Timeshare

The newest issue of TimeSharing Today Magazine, includes a letter from Lori Card-King, who is the vice president of Quality Assurance for Interval International timeshare exchange. Ms. Card-King is responding to a letter TimeSharing Today received from a reader who had questions about Interval International’s exchange policy.

My summary of both letters may give you more insight into the thinking behind policies at timeshare exchange companies and the viewpoint of timeshare owners who question the policies.

The timeshare owner’s position was that when she needed to cancel her timeshare vacation within seven days of the travel date, it was unfair for Interval International timeshare exchange to refuse to let her select another timeshare interval at a future date against her banked timeshare week. The timeshare owner acknowledged that Interval International not only kept her banked week and refused to let her make a future exchange but also charged her a fee for the cancellation. While the timeshare owner had no objection to paying the fee, she did object to having to forfeit all possible exchange against her banked week.

Interval International timeshare exchange’s explanation was that last minute cancellations often result in unused timeshare weeks because no one else is able to make travel arrangements fast enough to use the timeshare interval. II pointed out that they try to protect their members by refusing to accept banked or deposited timeshare for dates that are less than two weeks in the future, and not permitting exchanges with less than 7 days notice.

When you hear both sides, you can see that the timeshare owner and the timeshare exchange company each raise good points and TimeSharing Today did a good job of showing both sides of the issue when they printed the two letters side by side.

One option that was recommended was for the timeshare owner to purchase insurance from Interval International for just this reason. The timeshare owner also pointed out that two other timeshare exchange companies with which she had dealt, do allow you to still exchange for another week, even if you make a last minute cancellation. These two companies are: RCI and Donita’s Dial An Exchange.

In the past, I have listed the names of several timeshare exchange companies here on the Timeshare Owners Blog, but maybe it is time to do it again. The Timeshare Owners Blog does not endorse or recommend any particular timeshare exchange company, because different ones are best suited for different vacation patterns and individual needs.

Donita’s Dial an Exchange
2845 Nimitz Boulevard, Suite E
San Diego, California 92106
Telephone: (800) 468-1799
Or, (619) 226-2776

Dial an Exchange: (United Kingdom)
Telephone: +44 (0) 1756 749966
Dial an Exchange (Australia)
Telephone: +61 (0) 7 5572 6722
Dial an Exchange (New Zealand)
Telephone: +64 (0) 7 378 8825
Email:[email protected]

Independent Exchange Service
(888) 431-9868

(II) Interval International
World Headquarters
6262 Sunset Drive
Miami, Florida USA 33143
Telephone: (888) 784-3447 (US and Canada)
Or, (305) 668-3414
Or, (800) 843-8843 (Member Services)

Platinum Interchange
1300 North Kellogg Drive, Suite B
Anaheim, California 92807 USA
800) 854-2324
Or, (714) 779-7900
Email:[email protected]

Hawaii Time Share Exchange
Post Office Box 1077
Koloa, Hawaii 96756 USA
Telephone: (866) 860-4873
Or, (808) 240-5316

Telephone: 07 5531 6100
Or, 61 7 5531 6100

New Horizons Exchange
Telephone: (386) 236-1088
[email protected]

(RCI) Resort Condominiums International
(North American Office)
9998 North Michigan Road
Carmel, Indiana USA 46032
Telephone: (317) 805-9000
Or, (800) 338-7777 (Member Services)

Trading Places International
23807 Aliso Creek Road
Laguna Niguel, California 92656 USA
Telephone: (949) 448-5150
Or, (800) 365-1048
Email: [email protected]

(SFX) San Francisco Exchange Company
Telephone: (800) 739-9969