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Great American Fishing Destinations

If you like sitting lake or riverside, wading into a stream, casting from a boat, or the thrill of reeling in the big one from the deep sea, the United states is one of the world’s premier angling destinations. Fresh waters abound, and saltwater is never too far away, so let’s discover some great American fishing destinations!
South Dakota Trout FishingMost people trek to Black Hills, South Dakota to see the majestic Mount Rushmore, or visit the gun slinging town of Deadwood. Often overlooked are the many streams full of trout that dot the landscape. The area is dotted with small to mid size lakes as well, easily fished from the shore or small boat. Yellow perch and trout are the mainstay here, and you should have no problem hooking a few.
Niagara Falls New York FishingNiagara Falls, New York, are probably the most famous falls in the country. Rather than trying your luck taking a ride over in a barrel, toss your line into the beautiful Niagara River. In the summer months, trout, walleye, muskies, and smallmouth bass abound, and the bass put up an exciting fight. While you’re there, might as well give the falls a visit as well.
Deep Sea Fishing in CalifornaiSan Diego, California offers some fun family friendly deep sea fishing. Bring your own gear and rent tackle, or if you need to, rent it all there. Tuna, sand bass and calico bass are just a few of the fish you’ll want to hook here. And if you have had your fill and want some fresh water action, there are lakes nearby as well. When you are done, hit one of the many coastal eateries and dine on some of the best seafood around.
When you find a fishing spot you absolutely love, buying a timeshare resale is a great way to keep coming back. Premier Timeshare Resale and our licensed agents can help you find the angling destination of your dreams at a fraction of the cost. Contact us today and let us help you find the perfect fishing vacation share.
Written by: Shawn Romanick, Web Author

Balloons Over Bend and Other Oregon Attractions

oregon-coastHow often do you dream of the mystical Pacific Northwest?

Personally, I think about it all the time. My family used to rent a beach house on the Oregon coast each summer and my sister and I would anxiously look forward to our week on the cool beach and in the majestic mountains.

There are a lot of cool things going on in Oregon all the time, which is another reason it’s such a great place to travel.

20150724_211330_resized_1One such event is the annual Balloons Over Bend festival, which took place last weekend. Premier Timeshare Resale’s own Rachael was even there, celebrating with her family.

This was a special year for the balloon festival. For the last 25 years, healthy family resource, Saving Grace, has thrown a children’s festival, that encourages safe, positive family interactions in the community. This year, Balloons Over Bend paired with the advocates at Saving Grace to throw a bigger children’s festival for the whole family to enjoy.

The weekend consisted of bouncy houses, a dog show, a bike rodeo and more. And they also featured a special LEGO NINJAGO interactive area for kids to play, build, fly and learn more about Saving Grace’s Imagine Life Without Violence program.

A portion of the proceeds from the festival went to support the programs Saving Grace provides the community, such as an emergency shelter, a 24-hour hotline, emergency transportation, safety planning, support groups, children’s advocacy, community education and more.

20150724_211334_resizedAll weekend, families rose with the sun to watch the stunning balloon launches at dawn. Attendees could even witness the magic of Nightglow as glowing balloons took off on Friday night, shining brilliantly against the dark sky.

Bend, Oregon has more to offer than just this exciting annual festival. Like much of Oregon, Bend is an outdoor-lover’s paradise. Mountain biking, rafting, hiking and fishing opportunities abound just minutes from downtown. In the city, the sidewalks are filled with hip patrons sauntering being boutiques and eateries year-round.

While Oregon is a great place to visit in winter if you’re a skier or snowboarder, it is also full of fun summer activities. The outdoor concert venue along the Deschutes River just outside of Bend is a popular spot for artist of any genre to entertain wanting audiences.

Speaking of Deschutes, you’ll find the delicious Deschutes Brewery in Bend, and hundreds of tasty microbreweries scattered throughout Oregon. You’d be remiss to not try a few new brews at one of the many tasting rooms.

portland-oregonIf you haven’t been dreaming about the Pacific Northwest, it’s time to start. And Premier Timeshare Resale can make your Oregon vacation dreams come true. With five timeshare resorts in Bend and 25 total timeshare resorts from Newport to Redmond, our timeshare resale agents can help you find the right property wherever you want to go.

Buying a timeshare resale is a great investment in family fun. Get the family out of the house next summer and make memories that last a lifetime. I know that the times my family spent on the Oregon coast will remain some of the best childhood memories I have.

Featured Resort: Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Photo courtesy of www.disneyworld.disney.go.com

Photo courtesy of www.disneyworld.disney.go.com

How long has it been since you’ve spent a romantic evening on the ocean-side? Or since you’ve indulged in local culture for an ethnic getaway? Or breathed deeply on the manicured green of a world-renown golf course?

The answer probably is: too long!

At Disney’s Old Key West Resort, you’ll find all of these amenities and more right outside your villa’s doorstep. Still curious about exactly what the Keys can offer you on your bodacious getaway? Here are some of the highlights from this premier Disney resort.

disney-mickey-minnie-balloons1. The Waterworks

Of course, Disney is going to make sure you have the best on-resort water amenities possible. This resort comes with a 125-foot water slide through a giant sand castle that lets out into a glassy blue pool. A sand beach surrounds the resort’s 149,600-gallon feature pool complete with decorative dolphins that spout water at excited swimmers.

If you are looking for some peace and quiet on your trip, the resort has three all-ages pools, each with a whirlpool spa, that offer quiet areas for complete relaxation. Complete the day in the dry sauna located inside the pool deck’s lighthouse.

disney-tigger-kite2. Eat Like a Local

Olivia Farnsworth was a long-time local inhabiting a small cottage along the Turtle Krawl, just upwind of the strip. This culinary craftswoman would invite locals and travelers alike into her kitchen for island-inspired grub.

Eventually, Olivia opened Olivia’s Cafe, which has become a popular eatery for everyone in town. It’s largely recognized as a must-visit spot by locals and visitors who want a taste of the native color the Florida Keys offer.

3. Rockin’ Recreation

Disney’s Old Key West Resort is full of fun recreation for the whole family to enjoy.

Next to the main pool you’ll find the “Recreation, Exercise, Swimming and Tennis” complex, which offers state-of-the-art exercise equipment and a relaxing sauna for your rejuvenating pleasure.

walt-disney-world-entranceThe resort also sponsors Old Key West campfire activities, movies under the stars, bike rentals, fishing, golfing and two game rooms for the kids to play in.

Although you may never want to leave the resort, all of this fun is just a boat ride away from Downtown Disney, where your family can sing, dance and celebrate with all of your favorite Disney characters!

Learn more about Disney’s Old Key West Resort on their website or check out the amazing timeshare resale deals we have available right now.

Don’t go too long without pampering yourself and your family. Next time someone asks when the last time you spent a romantic evening on the ocean was, you’ll say “last week!”

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!

New Timeshares at Steamboat Sheraton Resort

Sheraton SteamboatNew timeshare units might be on their way in Steamboat Springs at Sheraton’s resort in Colorado. Starwood Hotels and Resorts, who owns Steamboat Sheraton, announced that the company is deciding whether to dedicate the new units at Steamboat to being timeshare villas.

In the same announcement, Starwood said they are also looking at turning five other properties into timeshares. The move to vacation ownership comes from the high revenues produced by Starwood’s other timeshare properties. If the trend continues, new timeshare resorts could prove to be very lucrative for the company.

The timeshare resorts are ran by Starwood Vacation Ownership, which already manages 22 timeshare hotels internationally. In 2014, Starwood Vacation Ownership made $640 million in revenue. That number has enticed Starwood to look at expanding their timeshare reach.

construction craneSteamboat Sheraton seems like a great place to start. Steamboat Springs is already a popular tourist town, well built for timeshare owners. Since Starwood’s acquisition of the property in 2007, they have already expanded the two- and three-bedroom villas, and put another $16 million into resort renovations in 2013, presumably preparing to expand the resort’s timeshare offerings.

Currently, Steamboat Sheraton contains 287 units, including 22 condominiums and 21 timeshare units. Word on how many new units will be at the resort has yet to be revealed.

Starwood Hotels is serious about expanding their timeshare options. They have recently built new units at their Mexico and Kauai, Hawaii resorts, and have discussed building new resorts across the country, but nothing official has been released yet.

colorado mountainThe evolution of luxury resorts into timeshare villas is a trend that has become more and more prevalent across the country as demand for vacation ownership properties grow. Although not all timeshare resorts are created equal, a smart timeshare resale purchase can be a long-term investment as desire for timeshare properties grows.

This is exciting news for the timeshare industry. We will follow Steamboat Sheraton closely, as well as other Starwood resorts for new updates on their timeshare exploits.

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