The timeshare industry and companies that help you exit your timeshare are at war, according to a MSN.com 50-second video: http://a.msn.com/01/en-us/BBRsPMn?ocid=se. According to freelance writer and longtime resort industry veteran Sharon Scott Wilson, “Timeshare exit companies have popped up everywhere, it seems. Many of them attempt to mislead consumers who have entered into legally binding real estate agreements by persuading them to essentially lie. Often these companies advise consumers to make claims that they were misled in the sales process and, in so doing, they are told they may then refuse to meet their mortgage and annual homeowner fee obligations.”
“While the legal system needs to protect individuals who have legitimate complaints, it does not condone fraudulent claims,’” she added. “Before attending a timeshare presentation, I would advise people to do some research. One informative resource is BayTreeSolutions.com, a timeshare resort resale provider. (By way of full disclosure, Bay Tree Solutions is a client of mine and the company’s CEO, Doug Milbrath, is one of what I would call ‘the good guys.’)
“In addition, I recommend reading Lisa Ann Schreier’s Timeshare Vacations for Dummies, which I have found to have plenty of good information. You can also visit VacationBetter.org, a consumer-oriented website managed by the American Resort Development Industry.”
About Sharon Scott Wilson
Wilson writes print/online content for blog posts, feature-length articles, and social media. She is experienced in planning and implementation of online marketing strategy, and is a prolific business writer. Her timeshare industry-focused B2B articles have appeared on numerous occasions in Resort Trades, DEVELOPMENTS (ARDA’s magazine) and other media. Sharon is Publisher of Resort Trades and Golf Course Trades magazines. Her PR and marketing firm, SharonINK, recently became a subsidiary of The Trades Publishing Company.
Media Contact: Sharon Scott Wilson, RRP; SharonINK.com; 310-923-1269