Know the numbers. Before you buy, know how the property owners make their money. The average time share purchase is roughly $16,000 for about 20 years of use. The nicer units are in the upper-$20,000 to mid-$30,000 range. There’s also an average yearly maintenance fee that can run anywhere from $300 to $500.
“Seems very little to spend,” says Martin Weil, founder of MW Investment Strategy Group. “But a condo unit that might sell for $300,000 is being sold instead for $20,000 times 52 (weeks). Maintenance fees of $500 a month are now $500 a week (for the developer).”
According to the Federal Trade Commission, or FTC, maintenance fees can rise at rates that equal or exceed inflation. Owners must pay these fees and taxes, regardless of whether they use the unit.
However buying timeshare on the resale market can save you thousands of dollars. And that’s where Time Share Resale Partners can help.