Our Frequently Asked Questions
People have said that I shouldn't pay an "up-front" fee to sell my timeshare. What are they talking about?
The timeshare resale industry has long been plagued with organizations that are "here today, gone tomorrow". Often, these companies would ask for thousands of dollars "up-front" to sell a timeshare and then disappear without a trace.
Royal Vacation Resort is a cooperative advertising company that pools the resources of our advertisers into a single focused initiative - To match timeshare sellers with timeshare buyers and renters worldwide.
I read somewhere that it is illegal in the state of Florida to require an "up-front" fee for the listing of a timeshare. Is that true?
It is if you are a Broker. Section 721.20, Fla. Stat., does prohibit a real estate licensee from accepting up front money for the listing of a timeshare. Royal Vacation Resort is not a Broker and does not take listings - only advertisements.
What about Florida Statute 501.615?
Florida Statute 501.615 specifically refers to telemarketers. Royal Vacation Resort is not a telemarketing company and does not make unsolicited phone calls. Royal Vacation Resort and it's employees work strictly within the limits of all Florida laws.
What does “Week” mean?
In a timeshare ownership, the owner purchases a certain amount of time at a given resort. Generally, that amount of time is one week. Resorts create their own individual schedules or calendars of weeks. Usually, weeks are given a number starting with the first week in January and continuing through the end of December and will begin on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. The week designation on the ad shows during which week of the year the owner has access to the resort.
What does “Float” mean?
A floating week is an ownership that allows the owner to reserve any week throughout the year. Some floating weeks are restricted by season and can only be used during a certain span of time during the year. For instance, a summer floating week could be used during any week that falls within the defined summer months.
What are points for?
Owners in this type of system purchase points for use as currency to reserve timeshare accommodations of various sizes, during different seasons, and for varying lengths of time. Points can sometimes also be used for other vacation products such as airfare, hotel stays, and auto rentals.
What does “Membership” mean?
Rather than purchasing at a specific resort in a specific size unit, vacation club members purchase the opportunity to use a variety of timeshare accommodations at numerous resort locations in varied unit sizes. The owner would have the use of all accommodations affiliated with the specific vacation club.
This ad mentions that it’s for two weeks. Is the price for both weeks? Is the maintenance fee for both weeks?
Each ad is personally priced by the seller. Some sellers price both weeks together while some price both weeks separately. Sometimes two weeks are deeded together and must be purchased together. If the ad doesn’t specifically mention how the pricing and maintenance fees are worked out, simply fill in the form for more information.
Is the week I would like still available for this year?
If the ad doesn’t mention when usage begins upon purchase, simply fill in the form for more information.
Is this unit available during the week I would like?
If you can’t find the specific unit and week you’re looking for and would like to receive assistance browsing through our inventory, simply fill in the form for more information.
Is the asking price for this property really just the the advertised price? Are there hidden costs or fees?
The price on the customer's web ad is generally the price the seller wishes to net from the sale. Many advertisers prefer to let a third party handle title and monetary transfers. These services do require a fee, however, you and the owner may negotiate the sale however you wish.
I found an ad for a specific week that I would like to rent. I called the resort and they say they don’t have any units available for that particular week. Is this ad correct?
The resort is answering you based on their available inventory. Because someone already owns that week and is renting it out, the resort has taken that into account. Even if the resort is booked, Timeshares Only can connect you with owners to rent out their personal weeks.
Are the weeks or points already banked for this year?
Possibly. Different resorts require weeks to be banked at different times. Also, the owner must contact the resort to bank the week. If the ad doesn’t specifically address if the week is already banked for the current year, simply fill in the form for more information.
What unit number/building/floor is this?
If the ad doesn’t specifically mention the location of the unit, simply fill in the form for more information.
Is this ad for a fixed unit or will my unit be different each time I visit?
Some contracts are for a specific unit number while some only guarantee a unit size but not the location. If the ad doesn’t specify a fixed unit number, simply fill in the form for more information.
What does “Maintenance Fee” mean?
Maintenance fees are established and collected by the Homeowners Association or Resort Management Company at each resort to maintain the property and pay for insurance, utilities, and refurbishments. Maintenance fees vary with each resort and depend on the size and type of unit.
If there isn’t a maintenance fee mentioned on the ad, how do I find out what it is? Does the omission mean that there isn’t one?
Just because an ad doesn’t mention a maintenance fee doesn’t mean there isn’t one. Maintenance fees in the ads are estimated because they fluctuate year by year. To find the cost and due date of a maintenance fee for an ad that interests you, simply fill in the form for more information.
What does “Annual” or “Biennial” mean?
Some timeshare usage is every year (annual) while some is every-other year (biennial).
What does “Odd year” or “Even year” mean?
Odd and even year usages are biennial ownerships. Weeks with odd year usage can be used during years ending in odd numbers while weeks with even year usage can be used during years ending in even numbers.
What does “Right To Use” or “Deeded” mean?
A Right To Use or Leased property grants the purchaser the right to use the timeshare for a specified period of time allotted in the contract. The usual term of a lease is 30 to 99 years. The resort management or resort entity holds actual ownership of the resort property. Upon the expiration of the lease term, the right to use will generally terminate and return to the resort. To find out how many years remain on the lease, simply fill in the form for more information. A Deeded property has the same rights of ownership accorded to it as any deeded real estate. The owner owns it in perpetuity and may sell, rent, bequeath, or give away the property.
How many years are left on this lease?
If the ad doesn’t specifically say when the lease ends, simply fill in the form for more information.
What does “RCI” or “II” mean?
RCI (Resort Condominiums International) and II (Interval International) are exchange programs. Exchange programs allow owners to exchange a vacation week for a week at any participating resort. This type of membership allows additional flexibility in ownership.