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Understanding Timeshares: What Is A Timeshare?

Imagine owning a piece of paradise, a vacation home in your favorite destination, without the hassle of property maintenance or hefty mortgage payments. This dream becomes a reality for many through a concept known as timesharing.

In this blog, we’ll explore the complexities of timeshares, answering questions like what a timeshare is, exploring the different types of timeshare ownership, and we’ll let you know what to expect as a timeshare owner.

What Is a Timeshare?

Also known as vacation ownership, a timeshare is a property ownership model where multiple individuals share ownership of a vacation property, typically divided into specific time periods, such as weeks, seasons, or months. This arrangement allows each owner to enjoy the property for a designated period every year.

Essentially, timeshares are vacation properties with a shared ownership model. They allow people to own a slice of a vacation property without bearing the full cost and responsibility of sole ownership. Each owner has the right to use the property during their allocated time, ensuring they have a consistent and reliable vacation destination each year.

How Do Timeshares Work?

Timeshares work on the principle of pre-purchasing vacation time at a resort or property. Owners pay an upfront purchase price and annual maintenance fees, which contribute to the upkeep of the property and amenities. In return, they gain access to the property for a specified duration each year. This arrangement allows the owners to enjoy recurring (typically annual) vacations without the commitment of full-time ownership.

To learn more about how timeshares work and the different types of timeshare contracts available, check out our How do timeshares work? article.

If you are considering becoming a timeshare owner, it is important to be aware that maintenance fees often increase from year to year.

Types of Timeshare Ownership

When considering investing in a timeshare property, it is important to understand the different types of timeshare ownership.

  • Fixed Week Timeshare Ownership: Fixed-week timeshares are the original type of ownership. With this type of timeshare ownership, owners have a set week or weeks each year to use the property.
  • Floating Week Timeshare Ownership: This type of ownership offers more flexibility, allowing owners to choose their vacation dates within a specified season.
  • Points-Based Timeshare Ownership: Owners purchase points that can be redeemed for stays at various properties within a network.

What to Expect as a Timeshare Owner

During their allotted time, timeshare owners can access resort amenities such as pools, spas, and recreational facilities. However, it’s essential to understand the terms of the ownership, including maintenance fees, reservation policies, and any restrictions on usage.

Who Are Timeshares Suitable For?

Timeshares are ideal for those individuals or families who enjoy vacationing regularly and prefer the convenience of having a designated vacation spot. They can also be suitable for investing in a vacation property without the full financial burden of ownership.


If you want to know if timeshares are still worth it, read our article reviewing the pros and cons of timeshare ownership.

Understanding The Long-Term Cost Of A Timeshare

The cost of timeshare ownership extends beyond the upfront investment, and it includes annual maintenance fees, property taxes, special assessments, exchange fees, and potentially loan payments if financed. Additionally, factors such as inflation and changes in travel preferences can impact the overall expense over time.

Check out our how to calculate the long-term cost of a timeshare guide to understand better how much a timeshare will end up costing you.

What Are the Best Timeshares to Buy?

The “best” timeshare varies depending on individual preferences – location, amenities, and ownership structure all play a part in determining the best timeshare for someone. Reputable resort brands are often first considered when thinking of investing in timeshare ownership. It is recommended to consider factors such as exchange programs, resale value, and rental potential to help make an informed decision.

Read our top 10 best timeshare destinations guide to explore popular vacation spots and resorts that consistently rank high among timeshare owners.

Can A Timeshare Be Right For You?

Understanding timeshares and how they work will help you make informed decisions about vacation ownership. Whether you’re considering purchasing a timeshare or already own one, knowing the ins and outs of timeshare ownership is essential.

For more information on timeshares and expert advice on ownership and exit strategies, don’t hesitate to contact us or explore our timeshare services.

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About the Author

John Kushman

John Kushman is the President of Timeshare Specialists, Inc. and Co-Owner of Resort Closings, Inc. He has overseen the sale of tens of thousands of Timeshares on the resale market and founded the Timeshare Scam Hotline in 2018 to protect consumers from con-artists.


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