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Great American Summertime Lake Destinations

While many of us will be hitting the ocean beaches during the summer, you don’t have to travel coast side to have fun in the sun and water. The United States is home to many wonderful lakes, thousands actually, so you can be sure to find a spot to cool off, take in some water sports, and still get that tan.

South Lake Tahoe, California is a great place to visit year round. Popular in the winter for amazing skiing, the town really comes alive during summer. Whether you want to kayak, jet ski, mountain bike, or just do some swimming, Lake Tahoe is sure to entertain. Parties abound here during the summer months, so I you are into libations you will not be disappointed.

Lake Havasu Arizona is well known for its wild spring break parties. During the summer months, the lake becomes a bit more docile, and more family friendly. You can go in to town and do some gambling or take in a great restaurant, or do some scuba diving or boating on the lake. You might want to stay close to the water because temperatures here can soar into the 100s.

Lake Lanier, Georgia’s largest lake is a fantastic summer vacation destination. You can rent boats of all sizes, from pontoons to houseboats, even a yacht. Lanier has many islands, and about 700 miles of shoreline. There is a water park nearby, as well as hiking trails, horseback riding, and golf.

Lake of the Ozarks in central Missouri is a great spot to visit in the summer. You can explore underground caves, check out world class golf nearby, or do some top botch fishing. Hit the waters for swimming, boating, or parasailing. There is great shopping near by as well, and some amazing places to dine.

Buying a timeshare resale is a great way to visit any of these fantastic lakes year after year while saving a lot of money as opposed to buying directly from the resort. Premier Timeshare Resale and our seasoned timeshare resale agents can help you with any questions you may have about buying resale at any one of these wonderful destinations, contact us today!

Written by: Shawn Romanick, Web Author

Grand Canyon National Park: A Natural Wonder

grand-canyon-national-parkConsidered one of the natural wonders of the world because of its natural geological features, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona receives close to 5 million visitors annually. At 277 river miles long and at times 18 miles wide and 1 mile deep, this national landmark is truly breathtaking. There is plenty to do and see here and many ways to do it.

On the South Rim, which is open year round, a great way to get down and see the canyon is a mule trip. You can take the Canyon Vistas Ride, a 3 grand-canyon-muleshour ride around the rim of the canyon. If you feel like spending the night, the Overnight Ride takes you to the bottom where you will stay at the Phantom Ranch.

The Trail of Time, a geology exhibit that opened in 2010 is a great way to learn about the past of the canyon and its formations over time. Walking west from the Yavapai Geology Museum you go backwards in time, from the present to the canyon’s beginnings, while walking east you experience it from past to present. Stop and check out historic Grand Canyon Village, it is situated about halfway from each side.

grand-canyon-colorado-riverIf you want a more adventurous view of Grand Canyon National Park, there are whitewater trips lasting from 3-18 days or half-day smooth water trips from Glen Canyon Dam to Lees Ferry, and those can be arranged by any Lodge in the park, but the whitewater tours will require a reservation. For a more leisurely experience, you can book one of the more relaxing rowing excursions.

A great way to visit Grand Canyon National Park is to buy an Arizona timeshare resale. Premier Timeshare Resale and our knowledgeable agents can help you find a vacation property and save you time and money. Contact us and let us help you find a vacation ownership today.

Written by Shawn Romanick, Web Author


Mother’s Day Musings: The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

mother-child-beachThis weekend my mom and I loaded up the car and headed north for Idaho Falls. Besides the joys of taking a mother-daughter road trip, we were going to visit a handful of grandparents and my brother, who recently moved there.

The weekend was spent among family, flowers and wine, each generation (four in one room!) performing duties of gratitude for their mother, sister, and other lovely ladies in each of our lives.

Mother’s Day is an interesting holiday. I comes from a long international history of celebrating mothers and has prevailed through times of turmoil, even the creator of America’s national day denouncing the holiday all together. Here are a few thoughts to hopefully keep you remembering the essence of Mother’s Day year-round.

grandma-grandaughters-benchMother’s Day History

Celebrating mothers extends back to ancient times, when Greeks and Romans held festivals to honor their mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. The tradition continued throughout Europe through a Christian festival held during Lent. But the Mother’s Day that we recognize today started in the early 20th century with Anna Jarvis.

Anna’s mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, began Mother’s Day Work Clubs in the late 1800s to teach women how to raise their children. The clubs later became a way unite families during and after the Civil War. After Ann’s death in 1905, Anna got the idea for a day that celebrated mothers and their sacrifices. Anna came to recognize that there was an unequal amount of national holidays that celebrate men, and began petitioning for Mother’s Day to become a nationally recognized holiday, which was granted by Woodrow Wilson in 1914.

Even before its presidential endorsement, Mother’s Day quickly became a popular holiday around the country. Of course, it didn’t take long for florists and card companies to take advantage of the need for Mother’s Day gifts and began avidly marketing Mother’s Day products. Outraged by the commercialization of Mother’s Day, Anna eventually denounced the holiday and spent her personal wealth on lawyers to get the holiday removed from the national calendar, but she never succeeded.

mother-pregnant-girlMother’s Day Traditions

Anna Jarvis’s original intent for Mother’s Day was for people to wear a single white carnation as a badge while taking the day to attend church and visit one’s mother. The idea of flowers as the perfect Mother’s Day gift has blossomed and today the industry makes over $2 billion from Mother’s Day alone and over 140 million cards get sent to mothers (interestingly there are only about 83 million mothers in the U.S.).

With such extreme numbers, it’s easy to see what Anna Jarvis was upset about. I certainly was guilty of spending money on multiple bouquets, cards and Mother’s Day knick knacks, but I think there’s more to this holiday than cold consumer habits.

In Ethiopia, families gather each fall to sing songs and indulge in a large feast as part of Antrosht, a multi-day celebration honoring motherhood. Even in the U.S., Mother’s Day has been used to do more than spend money. Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr., used Mother’s Day in 1968 to host a march in support of underprivileged women and children. In the 1970s, women’s groups used the holiday to promote the need for equal rights and access to childcare.

Around the world and even throughout our own culture, Mother’s Day is clearly about more than a card and obligatory phone call (although, more phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year). I find myself passionately agreeing with Anna Jarvis’s initial motivations behind Mother’s Day: to give women a day in the national calendar, and to have a day to celebrate mothers and their sacrifices. Although Anna eventually felt that the holiday lost its original heart, I have a hard time agreeing.

flower-gift-childCelebrating Family

This weekend, I not only celebrated my mother, but my whole family. I dined with grandmas and grandpas, I talked with my great grandmother, I joked with my brother, I spoke with aunts and uncles, I learned about my cousins, I congratulated newly-mothering friends, I caught up with my dad and cuddled with my mom. It was a weekend devoted to appreciating family and celebrating the women that hold it together. Because, of course, mother’s don’t want it to just be about them, they want the day to be about the people they love and care for, a demonstration of the truly generous spirit of motherhood.

Although Mother’s Day has passed this year, we still have another chance to honor our parents and grandparents…for Father’s Day! If you’re looking for a way to truly honor your parents, think about buying them a timeshare resale. The gift of a vacation home says more than thank you for life, but thank you for the memories we have yet to create together. Bring the family together every year with a Park City timeshare in the idyllic Wasatch Mountains or relax on the beach with your family in a Florida timeshare. Our licensed timeshare agents can help you find the perfect gift that keeps on giving!

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http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/mothers-day

Who Are Timeshare Owners: A Breakdown By Numbers

Travel_AirportHave you ever been in an airport, looked around and wondered if any of those folks own a timeshare? Maybe not, but you’d be surprised at how many actually do enjoy the benefits of timeshare ownership.

In the last few years, the timeshare industry has boomed. Sales are up, hotels are building new resorts, and the profile of timeshare owners is changing. In an effort to understand the changes happening in this blossoming industry, the ARDA (American Resort Development Association) has conducted some studies and released some statistics on the modern timeshare owner.

Are you a typical timeshare owner or an exception to the rule? Could these statistics determine why all of your friends have bought a timeshare in the last few years? Read below to see where you stand in the timeshare ownership lineup.

Timeshare kitchen cookingAge of Timeshare Owners

A recent TUG forum poll showed that the average timeshare owner is somewhere between the ages of 50 and 75, with the median between 54 and 63. Many commenters confirmed the poll numbers, but said they had purchased their timeshare much earlier, sometime in their 40s, and have enjoyed their timeshare(s) for the last decade.

One user said, “We’re in our mid 60s and purchased our first Marriott [timeshare] in 1993, Royal Palms, 1995 Harbor Cub HH, and Ocean Club Aruba preconstruction in 1997. We have really had a wonderful experience using them ourselves, giving as wedding gifts to our children and now having grandkids come with us.”

Another user commented, “We bought our first Marriott timeshare in 1995 as a means to provide our blended family joint vacation time. Hubby was 54 and I was 44. At this time I am looking forward to a family vacation in June at the Summit Watch in Park City, Utah with the 4 kids, their spouses and all 7 grandkids.”

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Photo by U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Amber E. N. Jacobs

These numbers and comments point to two important things: the ages of the average timeshare buyer and owner, and more importantly the ways these middle aged consumers have used their timeshares. The ages of timeshare owners is not arbitrary, it alludes to the great advantages received by happy timeshare owners, a place to be with family and create lasting memories.

Demographics released by the ARDA noted that 78.1% of owners are either married or have a domestic partner and 23.6% have a child under the age of 18 living at home, further proving that timeshare ownership is ideal for families.

Income of Timeshare Owners

The ARDA International Foundation (AIF) released information from a study on timeshare owners in November 2014. The study showed multiple interesting conclusions that have excited the ARDA and may point to why the timeshare industry has been steadily growing in the last few years.

In older demographic information released by the ARDA, the average income of a timeshare owner was $72,900, and was often thought of as a number that didn’t necessarily represent the income of timeshare owners, but the median between the two extremes.

Ahwahnee-pool-california-timeshare-resalesTimeshare companies found that timeshare owners either made between $50,000 to $60,000 or something closer to $100,000–making $70,000 appear to be the median. Although $60,000 is a comfortable living for most, the rising cost of maintenance fees made timeshare ownership difficult for many people in that bracket, who would rather unload a timeshare costing $600 a year than continue paying the fees. On the other side of the spectrum, $600 a year is much more reasonable to someone making $100,000 a year, who would likely spend more than than on a vacation to these high quality resorts.

This tradition has manifested in the results of the AIF study, which showed that new owners tend to average a median household income of $94,800. The study showed that new timeshare owners valued the long-term vacation savings and flexibility a timeshare provides: 36% buying a timeshare to save money on future vacations and 31% buying for the flexibility a timeshare offers.

More good news is that timeshare owners that are looking to unload their property are working with timeshare resale companies, which can offer timeshares at unbeatable prices and still yield positive returns for sellers. The AIF study showed that 57% of new owners spent $10,000 or more on their timeshare, but did not point out whether new timeshare buyers could have saved money purchasing a timeshare resale.

Family-vacation-timeshare-resalaeThe New Timeshare Owner

AIF’s study, titled the Shared Vacation Ownership Study, found a bunch of exciting information on the new timeshare market.

Howard Nusbaum, president and CEO of ARDA, said, “We’re excited not only about the fact that sales are up in our industry, but also about why they are up. While existing owners continue to enjoy the lifestyle and purchase more timeshare[s], it’s the new owners that are responsible for the majority of qualified new sales.”

New timeshare owners proved to be nearly 10 years younger than typical timeshare owners, with 39% Gen Xers, 30% Millennials, and a median age of 39. The new crowd is 42% African American or Hispanic and are also highly educated, with 72% being college graduates and 23% having graduate degrees, which also helps account for the rising median household income.

Canyons Grand Summit

Photo Credit: Canyons Resort

New owners are also taking the advice of many timeshare companies and veteran owners and doing their research before purchasing. Seventy-five percent of the study’s subjects reported having had some interaction with a timeshare resort before purchasing and 44% said they initially stayed at the resort where they bought as a guest of another owner. Forty-two percent experienced timeshare vacations through renting first and 35% said they attended multiple sales presentations before buying, an interesting turn of events since timeshare presentations have been demonized as high-pressure situations forcing unexpecting victims into bad purchases.

These numbers show a change in the timeshare industry. Once criticized as a shady market full of scams and regrets, the industry has fought hard to rebuild its reputation. Through legislation passed to protect owners and active convictions against timeshare scam artists, noble companies have risen to the top of the industry and are offering fair, quality timeshares to wanting buyers.

Why Buy a Timeshare?

The new evidence is exciting. Timeshares are being sold honorably and to a satisfied public. The AIF study showed that timeshare ownership across the United States has risen from 7.2% in 2012 to 7.9% in 2014, with the numbers continuing to grow.

kauai sunsetThe uses for timeshare owners vary widely and evenly, with usage fairly equally spread between summer, fall and spring and travel distance ranging from under 500 miles to over 1,000 equal between owners as well. In a survey conducted by RCI, a prominent exchange company, 50% of their sample of owners owned a seashore or ocean beach property, followed by 29% at a golf destination, 21% at a snow skiing destination, and 20% at a lake or river destination. Almost 30% of the owners surveyed proudly owned more than one timeshare.

The same RCI survey found that exchange opportunity was responsible for motivating 84% of owners to buy a timeshare. Sixty percent cited being able to save money on future vacation as a motivator and 52% noted that they simply liked the timeshare resort, amenities and/or unit as their reason for buying.

Variety, family, and saving money on vacations–these are the reasons to buy a timeshare resale. Are these motivations for you? If so, contact one of our licensed timeshare agents and learn more about buying a timeshare, the money saving deals Premier Timeshare Resale can offer, and the advantages that come with timeshare ownership. Join the over 25 million timeshare owners in the United States today!

HOT SPOT: Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club in Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii

Oahu beachOahu’s city of Kapolei has been blossoming into a premier getaway location over the last few years. From quaint, agricultural beginnings, Kapolei, and its resort section Ko Olina, have become an urban center that has brought in over 15,000 local residents and thousands of visitors each year.

This metropolis paradise has been dubbed Oahu’s “Second City” as a runner up to the state capital Honolulu. With all of the amenities of an urban city and the tranquility of a beach town, it’s no wonder why Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club timeshares are flying off the shelves.

waikiki-beachThe name Kapolei comes from the term “volcanic cone” or Pu’u o Kapolei. “Pu’u” means hill and “Kapo lei” means beloved Kapo. According to Hawaiian legend, Kapo was the sister of Pele, the volcano goddess that acts as the mother of the Hawaiian islands.

The area was once a small patch of agricultural land, mainly used for producing sugarcane and pineapples. But today, the area has been developed into a Mecca of local restaurants and home of luxurious resorts.

Photo Courtesy of Marriott.com

Photo Courtesy of Marriott.com

Just 30 minutes from Honolulu is the peaceful Ko Olina Beach Club. This Marriott resort is a 642-acre paradise complete with soothing waterfalls and a crystal clear lagoon. This resort sports three swimming pools and seven whirlpool spas for the family to enjoy, as well as a private beach oasis perfect for watching those signature Hawaiian sunsets.

Photo Courtesy of Resorts.disney.go.com

Photo Courtesy of Resorts.disney.go.com

Also located in Ko Olina is Disney’s Aulani Resort. This beautiful resort comes with all of the amenities of a world-class resort as well as the endless fun of a Disney hotel. From a quiet evening in the romantic infinity-edge pool to fun in the sun with Aunty’s Beach House kids club, this resort has something for everyone to enjoy. Whether lounging poolside with Minnie Mouse or go on a treasure hunt with Goofy, Aulani helps you do Hawaii the Disney way.

Photo Courtesy of Monkeypodkitchen.com

Photo Courtesy of Monkeypodkitchen.com

Across the street from Disney’s Aulani Resort is a local restaurant called the Monkeypod Kitchen. A must for visitors and locals alike, the Monkeypod offers unique, refreshing cocktails, a robust selection of craft beers, and delectable dishes for lunch and dinner. Take advantage of Monkeypod’s Happy Hour and stop in for some afternoon spirits and scrumptious appetizers before sauntering home to your cozy vacation villa.

golferKapolei is full of adventurous day activities that will help you explore the island and soak up the sun. The Ko Olina Golf Club is Oahu’s premier golf course; an 18-hole golfer’s paradise voted one of the best resort courses in the United States. If you’re traveling with kids, Wet’n’Wild Hawaii is an exciting 25-acre open-air water park complete with slides, pools and hot tubs.

With average temperatures ranging from 60 to 80 degrees year-round, premier beaches, and big city amenities with small town charm, it’s easy to see why Kapolei has become a hot spot for travelers. Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club is the perfect way to visit Oahu. Its one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas come with a washer and dryer and fully equipped kitchen, which make your stay easy and convenient. Its location in Ko Olina makes it easy to walk from attraction to attraction and the private lagoon makes for ideal snorkeling.

If you’re looking to buy a Ko Olina timeshare, the agents at Premier Timeshare Resale can help you find the best deal. Or, if you’re ready to sell your Ko Olina timeshare, advertise it for FREE on our website. Whatever your timeshare needs are, Premier Timeshare Resale is here to help!

4 Things to Know Before Buying a Timeshare

beach ocean hutBusiness has been booming for the timeshare industry, a now $7.6 billion business, the same size as Major League Baseball in the United States. Since the first timeshare opened in Kauai, Hawaii in 1969, timeshare ownership has steadily grown to over 8 million owners.

The numbers don’t lie, and hotels around the world, small and large, are taking notice. Big name resorts such as Marriott and Starwood have already announced new timeshare projects this year, with even more announcements expected to come.

So, you want to get in on the action, but don’t know what to look for when buying a timeshare. In an industry plagued with scammers, high-pressure sales pitches, and endless rumors, how do you know what to look for when thinking about making the plunge into becoming a timeshare owner?

Timeshare purchases are often impulse buys, but that doesn’t mean you can’t shop smart. Here are four of the most important things you should know before buying a timeshare.

hotel pool1. Don’t Pay Full Price

Resorts have a lot of competition when trying to get new timeshare owners. Because of that, and the nature of a timeshare purchase, hotels have resorted to high-pressure sales pitches that leave participants drained.

Like any piece of real estate, timeshare prices can be bargained. Never buy a timeshare for the first price offered and don’t be afraid to haggle, whether working with a resort or resale company.

Buying a timeshare resale is a great way to go. You’ll often get the best deal when working with a resale company than through the hotel or owner directly. And in an industry where timeshare contracts can be full of confusing language, it’s good to have a timeshare real estate agent on your side to help negotiate the deal.

2. Know What You’re Buying

There are three important questions to ask when deciding on a timeshare. First, you’ll want to know whether you’re buying a deeded property or a right-to-use ownership. Most properties in the United States are deeded and work just like any other property, you can rent it out, pass it on to your heirs, and get foreclosed for defaulting on payments. Properties outside of the country, such as in Mexico or Aruba, are often right-to-use ownerships which will expire at a certain date and are subject to the country’s property laws.

contractSecond, know your right to refusal. Because of the timeshare industry’s reputation for scams and high-pressure sales, many states have combated that with legal protections that allow the purchaser to back out of the buy within so many days. Make sure to read the verbiage pertaining to your right to refusal in the contract and keep all correspondence in writing if you decide to back out of a deal.

Finally, learn the trade and exchange intervals for your property. Most properties can either be traded for points that can be used at a different time or resort, or can be exchanged for time at another resort. This is one of the many perks to timeshare ownership, but the rules can be tricky. Make sure to ask your timeshare real estate agent the best way to trade or exchange your timeshare.

3. Know Your Investment

Timeshare kitchen cookingTimeshares are not a real estate investment. Although possible, timeshare properties aren’t likely to increase in value. And often, when the time comes, timeshares are resold for a loss. However, there are a number of advantages to owning a timeshare that make it an investment in vacations, rather than real estate. Timeshares guarantee vacation time and often have accommodations such as kitchens and washing machines that regular resort rooms don’t have. These amenities make it easy to vacation with family and friends regularly, which make timeshares a valuable investment in fun and memories.

4. Beware Timeshare Scammers

Although a number of laws have been passed, scammers have been jailed, and legitimate businesses have sprung up, timeshare scams still run rampant in this industry. It’s vital to protect yourself and your loved ones from timeshare scam artists.

The first and most important rule to avoiding timeshare scams it to NEVER PAY UPFRONT FEES. You should not have to pay to advertise or sell your timeshare. Finding a timeshare resale company, like Premier Timeshare Resale, that doesn’t charge to post a listing or sell a timeshare is the best way to sell your timeshare.

Timeshare Resale BrokerAlso, never give out your information to cold call companies that promise above market deals with an anonymous buyer. That’s the most common tactic for timeshare scammers and can easily be avoided. Do your research when looking for a timeshare company. Make sure their agents are licensed real estate agents and that the company appears on the Better Business Bureau website.

There are a lot of advantages to buying a timeshare, especially with the growing market. If you’re ready to look at timeshares, contact our agents today!

Aspen Timeshares: Ritz-Carlton Offers Unbeatable Deal

Ritz#5For travelers with mountain in their blood, there truly is no better place to vacation than Aspen, Colorado. This small town has a lot to offer. From endless mountain recreation to unique boutiques and a lively night life, Aspen has something for everyone to enjoy.

The Ritz-Carlton Club, Aspen Highlands is a ski-in, ski-out resort that sits at the base of a 12,500 feet mountain. Combining a backyard of terrain for every class of skier with Ritz-Carlton’s renowned luxury service, Aspen Highlands has become a premier resort for Aspen visitors.

Ritz-Carlton wants every curious traveler to get the chance to experience Aspen, and they know that once you visit, you’ll never want to vacation anywhere else. That’s why Ritz-Carlton is offering a once-in-a-lifetime deal to interested timeshare buyers.

colorado-rocky mountainsPremier Timeshare Resale would like to present this outstanding opportunity! Never before and never again will Ritz-Carton offer a value like this in Aspen. This timeshare is a four-week deeded timeshare with 1/12 owned interest in the residence. These once sold for $180,000, but your price is only $45,000. Ritz-Carlton is also offering 100% financing with your good credit.

As an added bonus, if you cannot use four weeks in Aspen every year Ritz-Carlton will offer you points for the weeks you cannot use. These points open the world to additional travel experiences at no additional cost to you.

Deals like this are a rarity and must be taken advantage of fast, as evidenced by the 25 timeshares that have already been sold. This is a deeded ownership for a two-bedroom residence. Both rooms include a king-sized bed and the living room has a sleeper sofa, comfortably sleeping six people total. The Aspen Highlands resort is also in the ideal travel location, only 5 minutes from the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, 20 minutes from Snowmass, 2 hours from Vail and Vail/Eagle Airport and 4 hours from Denver.

Ritz#10This skier’s paradise is poised along the local “super quartet” of mountains: Aspen, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk, and has immediate access to the legendary “Highland Bowl.” When visitors aren’t enjoying the mountain, they are relaxing in the Aspen Highlands pool area or at the rejuvenating spa and fitness center.

Ritz-Carlton’s generous offer includes four weeks of ownership. Although unused time can be traded for points, you’ll find plenty to do in Aspen to keep you entertained and coming back year after year. Aspen boasts unbeatable cuisine curated by some of the top chefs in the country. But before eating a savory meal, many visitors take advantage of the one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques that line the streets, offering unique gifts and collectables to bring home and brag about to your friends.

Of course the skiing in Aspen is a premier attraction, but the scenic mountains surrounding Aspen Highlands offer more than trails and eye candy. World-class hiking, rafting, and biking is abundant in the White River National Forest, on which much of Aspen sits.

While visiting Aspen, the lively art and culture atmosphere cannot be missed. Relying on its enriched history, Aspen offers an active and engaging cultural ambiance. In conjunction, Aspen has garnered a premier art scene, complete with numerous galleries and live performances that leave you returning home more fulfilled than when you left.

Ritz#1Aspen is close to Premier Timeshare Resale’s heart. A sister city to Park City, we admire it as a remarkable town and applaud Ritz-Carlton for recognizing its value and offering this amazing deal. This unbeatable offer is only available for a limited time, so don’t hesitate in reaching out to a timeshare representative and learning more about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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