Freeline Media Looks at Timeshare Broker Services

Freeline Media Looks at Timeshare Broker Services

Freeline Media interviews Jason Tremblay Timeshare Broker Services

The following article by Michael Freeman was published online by Freeline Media, April 12, 2012. Freeline Productions LLC, founded in 2008, expanded in 2010 to include the publication of the online magazine, Freeline Media, and covers local, regional, and state news of interest to the residents of Orlando and the Central Florida area. The following article is reprinted here with permission of Freeline Media. Follow this link to read the original article

Timeshare Resale Firm Experiences Solid Growth and Expands into Orlando

ORLANDO – Relocating from New Hampshire to Orlando was an easy sell for Jason Tremblay, but not just because it was a happy break from a state that still gets snow in April.

Instead, what he finds so appealing about living in the City Beautiful is the sense of optimism expressed by those in an industry that’s suffered some hard times, but now appears poised for a healthy rebound.

“Orlando is such a big hospitality town,” Tremblay said.  “At least half the time, if I walk into a restaurant for lunch or for dinner near my office, almost inevitably I’ll bump into someone I know and they work in the industry. There’s this spirit of optimism in Orlando. Even with all the gloom and doom in a lot of the media, when you talk to people who work in the industry, there’s a great deal of optimism. And it’s not that they’re delusional. They see this is a temporary thing we’re going through, and they know that people who do understand the industry, they love it. That’s significant. We still think the future is bright.”

Tremblay founded Timeshare Broker Services, which provides timeshare brokerage, Internet advertising and marketing solutions for timeshare owners or developers looking to sell or rent their unit. Although the firm’s corporate headquarters is in Dover, N.H., they grew so quickly that they opened offices in Orlando, a city that’s considered one of the prime locations for the timeshare industry worldwide.

Tremblay acknowledges the timeshare industry has experienced a couple of rocky years. “The industry as a whole peaked in 2007 and 2008,” he said. “Last year it was off significantly, almost 40 percent. It wasn’t because of a lack of demand, but a lack of financing. A lot of financing that has been available to developers to finance the consumers purchasing these timeshares, a lot of that financing dried up. The banks just froze. It wasn’t that the developers couldn’t have kept up the pace of sales, but they didn’t have the financial backing to do that. What I’m hearing is that is beginning to loosen up.”

The industry has also been hurt by a spate of negative publicity about timeshare resale scams – scam artists who target people trying to sell their timeshare, and offering to hook them up with a buyer as long as they first pay an up-front fee. The resale firm typically disappears once they get that fee.

“There has been a lot of fraud,” he said. “There’s a general lack of trust in the timeshare market. People think the resale market is all fraud, and that’s not the case. You just need to use some common sense. One question is, all of them do cold calling. If you own a timeshare and out of the blue you get a call and in that same phone call they’re asking for money, it’s just common sense – hang up. The other common thread is none of these companies have actual exposure to buyers.

“This industry is growing,” he added. “It is still splintered and fragmented. Be realistic about pricing. A timeshare is a used product. Just like if you bought a Cadillac eight years ago, you’re not going to get the same price for it today.”

But while the industry suffered some in recent years, Tremblay said it remains healthy and is likely getting stronger. In the past few years, he said, Timeshare Broker Services helped to facilitate thousands of for-sale-by-owner timeshare transactions –1,756 timeshare or fractional ownership sales in 2011 alone.

That growth enabled Timeshare Broker Services to expand its new office space, which is at 8680 Commodity Circle in Orlando, which also houses the corporate headquarters of Island One Resorts.

“We opened the Orlando office mainly because we really wanted licensed real estate agents who also understood the timeshare product, and there is no other place on the planet that has as many experienced people as in Orlando,” he said. “I now live here in Orlando, and the area of our business that we focus on is our brokered business. We only charge a commission and get paid upon the successful sale of the timeshare.”

Tremblay started the business in 2003 in New Hampshire.

“It was an online business,” he said. “We launched the web site in 2003. I saw a real void with regards to people needing to sell their timeshare. There was no clear marketplace online, where people who wanted to sell and people who wanted to buy were connecting. In the early days for the Web site, we were purely a For Sale by Owner site. If you owned a site and wanted to sell or rent it out, you could list it. Individual owners could advertise their timeshares with us. About 2006, we saw that there was a real opportunity in not just providing that platform, but also brokering the transaction. The resale market is very splintered. We felt like there was a real opportunity there, and we didn’t charge anything until we actually sold the property. We felt there was definitely a market for that.”

Tremblay thinks there will always be a healthy market among the vacationing public for the timeshare industry, with the numerous perks and benefits it offers to families.

“With regard to Florida, I have so many friends and family who know that I’m in this business, and who come to Orlando,” Tremblay said. “If you’ve got kids, you go to Orlando. Many of these friends and family would come stay at a hotel online, and go to Expedia and find the best deal they can. But the experience of sharing a hotel with the kids means dinner is a pizza on the bed, and that is very different from staying in a timeshare villa where you can cook in the room and you have a full living room, and you have separate bedrooms for the kids. The on site amenities are far more than what you can find at a hotel. It’s just the difference in vacation experiences. It’s night and day. It’s almost like your own little village. There’s this stress factor that’s gone when you stay there.”

He also thinks the industry will make some changes in the next few years to reflect what customers want.

“I think the product is going to have to evolve,” Tremblay said. “When timeshare was first sold, it was sold as a fixed week at a fixed unit. It was a specific unit and a specific week. If your week was the first week of January every year, that’s when you went to that unit. Then it evolved into a floating product, and now it’s evolved into a points system, where rather than buying a week, you can build points that decide how many nights you can stay, and where you can go.

“The one flaw in the product,” he added, “is very often it’s sold as a deeded product. The challenge with that is going to Orlando every year can be great when your kids are 8 and 12, but when your kids are 30 and 34, you may not want to go there anymore. I think over time, rather than buying a deed in perpetuity, you’ll get 10 years of use rights. That gives you the rights over 10 years to use that product, and then you’re done, and maybe at the end of those 10 years you’ll want to renew — or walk away.”

To learn more about Timeshare Broker Services, call 877-884-9577 or visit www.timesharebrokerservices.com .

Spring into a Timeshare Vacation

Spring into a Timeshare Vacation

Spring into your next timeshare vacation

We all know intellectually that we need to vacation, but somehow, we too often fail to do it. We let life, work, schedules and a dozen other things overrule the common sense message that our brains and bodies are sending us to take some time off and take a vacation, perhaps an easy-to-plan timeshare vacation.

This week, many are celebrating Easter, observing Passover, or simply enjoying the sense of rebirth to our planet that comes with the arrival of spring. But just as our earth renews itself each year, so must we make time to restore and refresh ourselves.

All of us at The Timeshare Authority wish you and your family a happy, peaceful, restful day and invite you to make holidays and vacationing better through easier vacation planning. Visit us at SellMyTimeshareNOW, Timeshare Broker Services, and soon, our new location on the web: VacationOwnership.com and let us help you plan the vacation time you so need and deserve.

 

Shared Ownership Report Sheds Light on Fractional and Timeshare Buying Trends

Shared Ownership Report Sheds Light on Fractional and Timeshare Buying Trends

Important insights on the state of the timeshare, vacation ownership and fractional were announced last month during the 12th Annual Ragatz Fractional & Resort Real Estate Conference held at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch in Arizona.

Published as a report, the Shared-Ownership Resort Real Estate Industry In North America: 2012,consolidates data on sales in the fractional industry. The findings show that although buying patterns are below what they were at their peak, sales in 2011 were on the upswing.

As fractional resort real estate expertRichard Ragatz, Ph.D. of Ragatz Associates explains, “The key finding is that total sales volume in 2011 was about $552 million, a slight increase from $530 million in 2010. While this increase is nominal, it represents a four percent gain. We also learned that a significant number of developers said that sales were better during the second half of 2011 than in the first half, giving the impression that the bleeding has finally stopped and that we may be turning the corner.”

Of the $552 million sales, there were in-house sales, presales, and new closed sales.

  • 19 percent were Florida projects, accounting for $103 million
  • 40 percent were destination clubs, accounting for $221 million
  • 41 percent were private residence clubs, accounting for $228 million

This year’s Ragatz Conference included all components of the resort real estate industry, from timeshare, to rental clubs, fractional interests, and whole-ownership vacation homes. The complete report is available for purchase from Ragatz Associates at (www.RagatzAssociates.com)

 

Timeshare Twittering at ARDA World 2012, Meeting, Greeting and Tweeting

Timeshare Twittering at ARDA World 2012, Meeting, Greeting and Tweeting

In the past, attending the American Resort Development Conference (ARDA) meant lots of learning, networking, meeting and greeting. But times have changed, and now to go along with all that meeting of new industry friends and greeting of old ones, you need to add: tweeting.

Your twitter account is instantly accessible through your smart phone or other internet connected device. In less time than it takes you to read this blog post you can communicate to world what you are experiencing at that moment during ARDA World 2012. In 140 characters or less, you can share your thoughts, videos, or photos about what you are thinking and what is going on around you.

Why Twitter Matters to Timeshare

Twitter is real-time reporting to the world. But your tweets go far beyond your actual messages. Taking the time to twitter your thoughts, insights, responses or reactions provides immediate feedback to others in the industry. More importantly, in tweeting, you communicate to the world that timesharing as an industry is vital, in-touch, and cares about sharing its ideas and directions with consumers. And because twittering is a two-way street, it also says: WE ARE LISTENING.

Twittering is perhaps the simplest form of social media marketing in which you and your company can engage … but the wave of beneficial  change it initiates can be powerful.

SellMyTimeshareNOW.com and Timeshare Broker Services will be Tweeting live during all 4 days of events at ARDA World 2012. You’ll find us here: @VacationHotdeal. Sign up to follow this Twitter account and watch for the event hashtag #ARDAWorld.

This is one conversation you really want to be in on.  

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