Here’s how the two methods compare:
- No sales pressure
- Time to conduct your own research online
- Prices typically 35 - 50% lower
- Opportunity to negotiate price further
- Units the same as the developer offers
Timeshare from the Developer
- Trust factor: buying from a recognized brand
- Opportunity to purchase new construction
- Incentives and perks
- Financing available
Perks can include rewards and points programs that are not transferable if the timeshare owner chooses to sell at a later date.
Financing options are available much easier, though you could certainly ask a timeshare owner if they are willing to finance the deal in order to make the sale. And, just because you are talking to a developer does not mean that you can’t attempt to negotiate the price. If they want the sale as much as you want the property, you could get a better deal.
No matter where or how you choose to purchase a timeshare, make sure you buy a resort that you love to insure that you get the most value and enjoyment from your vacation ownership.