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Buy Timeshare - Determining The Cost/benefit Ratio

While members of the wealthy upper class might not have difficulty buying a beach front property or vacation villa, it is not such an easy task for the common working man. When the concept of the timeshare burst upon the scene, however, ordinary people, who could not afford a vacation home, had reason new launch to become hopeful. And that is primarily why the timeshare industry has been booming since its introduction in America.

One of the aspects of a timeshare property that attracts most people is that they can have a wonderful vacation home without having to worry about its upkeep and maintenance. But at the same time, people have many misconceptions about timeshares.


Buyers often misunderstand the concept of timeshares and consider them as regular real estate property and a viable investment option. But if a buyer is thinking about investing in a vacation home near a location they visit frequently, a timeshare might not be the best investment. Investing in real estate property with an outright purchase of a home could return a significant profit. But if you invest in a timeshare, a return is not guaranteed and could in fact cost you money.

But what if you still want to buy timeshares, expect no profit from them, but neither loss at the same time? There is always one question in the minds of those people who are planning to buy timeshares. Is it really worth buying a timeshare? To answer this question you have to go through an analysis of various factors. An analysis should consider factors like comparable rent of alternative accommodation, appreciation of the timeshare property and your finance rate. How do you do it? Here is a simple calculation...

What is the worth profit of your investment? The profit on your investment should consider the comparable rental rate, finance rate and rate of appreciation in value. If these results are a negative number, then it is most likely that you are losing money. The ratio of rent for vacation property and what it costs to buy a timeshare is something to consider. For example, if the rent on your vacation timeshare is $1,000 with a buying price of $10,000, the rental rate would be 10%. Also consider the other expenses of maintenance, membership and any other expenses, which amounts to about $500. With this in mind, the actual savings in rent would be about $500 with a rental rate ratio of $500 to $10,000, in other words, 5%.

Now let's assume the annual appreciation of that property is 10% and the rate of our finances is 16%. If we add rental rate and appreciation and subtract the finance rate, you will end up with a negative percentage which means you are losing 1% every year compared to rent. But this formula is only a rough calculation of the profitability of your investment and may not be completely accurate. This is just to give you a starting place. The depreciation rate may vary and as may the finance rates.

The maintenance fees and other fees may also vary with different locations. Some resorts charge reasonable maintenance and other fees, but some exorbitantly high fees. So, this is also should be a factor in deciding which resort to choose. It is not a smart idea to pay unusually high fees when you don't know whether you can utilize the property year after year and you may think of renting out the unit which is not a profitable proposition either.

Before committing to purchasing a timeshare property you should consider all the costs involved. You may be putting more money into the timeshare then it is actually worth as a real estate sale. This money is distributed among the real estate developers selling the time share. You need to decide if spending such a large amount of money for something you do not use all the time is worth it to you.By: Dan Wright

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