JB bought on resale from someone else, paid 1/4th the cost
Westgate Timeshare Resort Issues
Date of Incident: 3/7/2003
I just left Westgate Lakes resort and didn't take a tour even though it was cheaper to get their special for $99 with the free Seaworld Tickets.
I am a happy owner of a 3 bedroom unit at Westgate Lakes. Having been in PROFESSIONAL sales positions and having held a real estate license, I would just like to pass on some helpful information to anyone considering buying a timeshare.
First rule is, go on several tours but never buy anything from the resort. They will use high pressure sales tactics...just learn to say no and SHUT UP! Give them as little information about you, as they are trained to respond to any objection or situation you may have.
After seeing what you like, call a real estate company that deals in RESALES. We paid $8,700, (included taxes and all closing costs), for a unit they are now selling for $38,000! And this was for a prime week.
If you buy in the aftermarket, they will try and give you this speech: "oh, you didn't purchase from us so you are not entitled to the owner benefits, such as free breakfasts and owner referral programs." Our answer to that was, "So you want me to run all over the resort and tell everyone to by from XYZ real estate instead of you." At that point, a manager came over and said that the made a "mistake," we were entitled to all the owner privileges.
Let me say that we have gone to Westgate twice since we purchased and have had two great experiences. We used Interval International to make an exchange and had a great experience with that vacation.
Bottom line is...USE YOUR HEAD. Do your research, don't fall for high pressure quick sell techniques, buy on the after-market and learn how to use it, rent it or exchange it.
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