Categories for redweek.com

Last-Minute Thanksgiving Weeks Available!

Time’s running out to book a timeshare for your Thanksgiving vacation! We’ve made it a little easier with a guide to some of the resorts that still have space. No matter where you want to be grateful this year–on a sun-soaked beach, from the powdery slopes, on a lush golf course, or out of the country–we can find a resort for you!

Orlando, Florida

Want a family-friendly and excitement-filled Thanksgiving week? Sheraton Vistana Resort and Sheraton Vistana Villages offer stunning grounds with a wealth of opportunities, plus easy access to Disney World and other Orlando attractions.

RedWeek member nicholasr19 says:

We loved this resort. (More like a home than a time share). We had many of our meals in the unit, saving lots of time and money. The full kitchen, dining room and living room made it so comfortable for our family of 7. It was truly a great place and the kids had so much fun. We stayed in a 2 bd/ 2 bath villa. (nice and roomy). The property and the villas are beautiful and so well maintained. The “heavenly” beds are more comfortable than at home! The pools are awesome and there are so many of them to choose from. Even the giant waterslide was great. The exercise room is quite nice, well equipped and always open. Fresh towels and cold water from the bubbler are always available.

The entire staff was wonderful and unbelievably accommodating….. including the front desk, housekeeping, concierge and bell services.

Very close to Disney and easy access to all of the Orlando attractions. Hundreds of great restaurants nearby for both adults and children.

Can’t wait to go back to this beautiful Sheraton property. 2 thumbs up to a fun-filled week.

Lahaina, Hawaii

Want to spend Thanksgiving in paradise? Look no further than The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, a beachfront resort with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy water sports like kayaking and surfing, relaxation at multiple lagoon-style pools, and luscious refreshment at Spa Helani. The nearby historic town offers top-notch restaurants and art galleries, as well as cultural experiences. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can explore the stunning island and even hike the mountain!

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

If you’re seeking plenty of sunshine and warm weather for Thanksgiving–maybe trying to cope with a long, cold winter?–Puerto Vallarta is the place for you. Temperatures average 90 degrees and more in November, with minimal rainfall. Two resorts still have Thanksgiving listings on RedWeek–Club Regina Puerto Vallarta and Villa Vera Puerto Vallarta. These resorts are great for fishermen, with easy access to the marina. They also offer an opportunity to easily immerse yourself in the rich culture of the city.

New York City, New York

Want a culture-filled, bustling-big-city Thanksgiving? Wyndham Midtown 45 has several openings for Thanksgiving week! Relax in style and explore with ease from the heart of Manhattan. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will even cross the city less than a mile from the resort!

Limited Listings

Some amazing locations have only one listing left for Thanksgiving:

 

 

Published by

Tags: , , ,

Categorized in: , , , , , , ,

Preview the NEW RedWeek.com

RedWeek is proud to announce we are testing a brand new look!  We have been working hard on designing a new site that we hope will be easier, and more fun for you to use.

RedWeek.com's New Home Page - Beta Test

Keep in mind this is just a beta test — you are still welcome to use the familiar RedWeek.com for the time being. Many of the pages on the re-designed site are still being actively developed, so you can expect to see many improvements before it becomes the “main” RedWeek site, and we will be continuing to roll-out more community features even after that.    

Please give it a test at beta.redweek.com and let us know what you think!

Categorized in: , ,

RedWeek.com Launches Full-Service Timeshare Resale Program

RedWeek.com issued a press release this week announcing the addition of its full-service timeshare resales option to its growing list of product offerings. 

Working in conjunction with a licensed real estate brokerage, RedWeek is able to provide owners with the knowledge of licensed agents and exposure to its nearly 2 million registered users. 

The RedWeek.com full-service resale program is a departure from the site’s traditional do-it-yourself method. Owners who are not Internet savvy, or who simply do not have time to manage the sale of their timeshare, can now turn to RedWeek.com for their resale needs.

The process to register for a full-service resale is simple. Timeshare owners need only complete an online form and submit their one-time payment of $125 for a 12 month resale posting. Once the form and payment are submitted, a dedicated RedWeek agent will verify the ownership information with the resort, create the resale posting, and field inquiries from interested buyers.

Once a sale is negotiated by a licensed real estate agent, the agent will then manage the entire closing including contracts, estoppels, coordination with the closing company, and deed transfer.

Only after a sale is complete will RedWeek collect a marketing fee of 3% or $399, whichever is greater.

The next phase of the RedWeek.com full-service resales offering is the launch within the next few months of a dedicated toll-free number. The addition of phone support will allow timeshare owners with limited computer knowledge to advertise their timeshare resale on RedWeek, and also provide additional real-time support to existing full-service posters that wish to modify their advertisement or ask questions.

Learn more about RedWeek.com and timesharing.

About RedWeek.com:
RedWeek.com is a member-supported marketplace for timeshare rentals and resales. You can find reviews, ratings, prices, availability, full-service exchange, and complete resort descriptions for all timeshare resorts to make vacation selection easier.

Boasting an A+ Better Business Bureau rating, RedWeek has more than 1.5 million registered users and includes 5,000 timeshare resorts worldwide. RedWeek® is a registered trademark of RedWeek, Inc.

Categorized in: , , , , ,

Renting Timeshares: Why is this Concept Not Well Known?

This article is printed with permission by author Lisa Ann Schreier.

I wish that the idea of renting a timeshare was more well known by the traveling public. Not only is the concept a win-win for the traveler, but it is also a win-win for the owners who are able to make money off of their unused weeks.

A short while ago I conducted an informal survey of 25 friends and coworkers and asked if they had ever considered renting a timeshare for vacation instead of booking a hotel room. I received the same two responses from most everyone: (1) “I didn’t know you could rent timeshares”, and (2) “No, I don’t want to deal with the sales pitch.”

This seems to clearly indicate some basic issues that timeshare is having. But, the good news is that both of those answers are easily overcome; it just takes getting the word out.

If you’ve rented a timeshare on vacation, tell people about it!
Sure, everyone knows that you can book a hotel room, but obviously people don’t know you can rent a timeshare, save money, and get more in terms of amenities, space, and luxury.

If you have a timeshare for rent, talk about it: to the grocery clerk, to the mailman, to the parents at your kids’ soccer practice, anyone with an interest in traveling. Everyone likes to talk about vacation plans, so if you have a timeshare in a place where someone is going on vacation, don’t be shy! Also make use of the online resources available to you on RedWeek.com.

As for the dreaded high-pressure sales presentation, I certainly hope all timeshare owners know that they do NOT have to attend a sales presentation: the same thing goes for anyone renting a timeshare. Timeshare sales presentations are NOT mandatory, unless your stay is part of a promotion you’ve signed up for.

So, for you timeshare owners who have had your timeshare on the resale market for some time, you may want to offer a “try it before you buy it” approach and advertise your timeshare for rent as well.

If you’ve had success renting your timeshare, we’d love to hear your ideas on what worked for you. If you’ve purchased a timeshare after renting one, we’d also love to hear from you.

And those of you who have used a timeshare rental for your vacation – tell us your experience here, talk it up, help get the ball rolling!

About Lisa Ann Schreier: Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader, is a former timeshare salesperson and the author of both “Surviving A Timeshare Presentation…Confessions From The Sales Table” and “Timeshare Vacations For Dummies.” She is the founder and director of the consumer information site Timeshare Insights and is currently working on her third consumer book, due out later this year.

Categorized in: , , , , ,

Tips on Renting a Timeshare: Webinar Recap (Part 2)

Lisa Ann Schreier, the Timeshare Crusader, presented some great information on how to rent a timeshare on a webinar hosted by RedWeek.com last month. Lisa Ann’s intent was to help allay the fears of any of you “newbies” to the process, which is really quite simple – and safe as long as you follow some suggested guidelines (see Part 1). Here in Part 2 is a bit of the Q&A session from the webinar.

Q&As

Q: When I rent a timeshare am I obligated to attend the resort’s timeshare sales presentation?

A: No. You absolutely do not have to attend a sales presentation. They will ask, bribe, cajole , but you are free to say yes, and free to say no. It is Not mandatory. You are renting, you are there to enjoy your vacation, you are not there to take a sales presentation, unless you choose to.

Q: Who is responsible for damage to the unit?

A: If you are renting out your timeshare make sure there is a clause in the contract that the renter is held responsible for any damage. You should also contact the resort and confirm that their policy is that whoever is occupying the unit is the responsible party.

For you renters – don’t take offense when this is in the contract. The renter is simply protecting their personal property, just as you would want to do.

Q: What if I only want to rent 2 or 3 days instead of the entire week?

A: That would be something you could negotiate with the owner. Do understand, however, that the owner owns a week, and can’t break it up, so the owner might need to charge you for the full week. If the owner’s timeshare is on the point system, then it’s easier to break up the time, and give you 2 or 3 days now and take the rest of the time later for themselves.

Q: Do I need to be a timeshare owner to rent a timeshare?

A: Absolutely not. Many members of RedWeek do not own timeshares themselves. Renting a timeshare is a great way to experience vacationing with a timeshare and see first-hand what it’s all about. This is a way of enjoying timeshare vacations without ever having to own one. Or, you might find out that this is the way you want to continue vacationing. Besides rentals, RedWeek members also list many timeshare resales, which are astonishingly cheaper than buying from a developer.

And remember, many people tend to think of timeshare resorts in far-flung exotic locations, but don’t overlook resorts within a 2 or 3 hour drive of where you live. With 6,000 timeshare resorts around the world there’s sure to be one near you. Renting a timeshare close by gives you the opportunity of exploring places closer to home, and you don’t have to incur the expense of airline tickets or car rentals to have a really great vacation at a timeshare resort.

Tips on Renting a Timeshare: Webinar Recap (Part 1)

Categorized in: , , ,

NEW! Timeshare Expert Webinar – Tips for Planning a Summer Timeshare Vacation

Lisa Ann Schreier, consumer advocate and RedWeek.com contractor, will host a free 60-minute webinar to discuss the benefits of timeshare for summer travelers.

Scheduled for Thursday, June 16, at 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, Lisa Ann will talk about the benefits of timeshare over a standard hotel room, and share with you her Top 5 Tips for securing a timeshare rental on RedWeek.com.

“Join me as I take you through the ins and outs of timeshares, and also the benefits of renting a timeshare for your summer escape,” says Lisa Ann.

Register Here – Hurry, space is limited.

Webinar System Requirements Include:
PC-based attendees:
Windows 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macitosh-based attendees:
Mac OS X 10.4.11 (Tiger) or newer

Lisa Ann, along with the RedWeek executive team, will be available at the end of the webinar to answer your questions. You are welcome to e-mail your questions in advance to support@redweek.com

Lisa Ann Schreier is also known as The Timeshare Crusader and hosts a standing column in the RedWeek monthly e-newsletter which reaches more than 500,000 timeshare owners and travelers worldwide. In addition, RedWeek has created an Ask the Timeshare Crusader topic on our forums pages where you can interact directly with Lisa Ann.

Categorized in: , , , , , ,

What is My Timeshare Worth?

The biggest question asked by timeshare owners trying to sell their timeshare is, “What is my timeshare worth?” Even the Wall Street Journal posted an article this month – in 3 parts – by Richard Marquette on “How to Discover the Expected Resale Value of a Timeshare.”

As with the sale of any real property the market drives the price, but who has time to pull sales comps and evaluate resale data? If you are one of the millions who don’t, RedWeek.com has just the tool for you.

RedWeek.com, the largest online timeshare marketplace, has launched a free tool that gives owners concise information to help them estimate what their timeshare may be worth. This free tool gathers RedWeek.com resale data for any resort and shows owners the number of current resales posted, the median resale price, and the resale price range.

What could be simpler?

If resale prices aren’t what you expected and you decide to hold off on selling, renting is an option that more and more owners are choosing. But the same question remains, “what is my timeshare worth?” The free RedWeek.com tool also provides rental data: number of current rental postings, median rental price, and the rental price range.

“We are constantly looking at new and inventive ways to make life easier for the many timeshare owners out there,” said Maurice Aubrey, RedWeek president. “RedWeek.com is leading the industry in by-owner rentals and resales, and we feel our new estimator tool compliments those services.”

Categorized in: , , ,

Giving Back: RedWeek Helps the Homeless through Vision House Donation

RedWeek.com is a Legacy of Hope Sponsor of Vision House, a Seattle area non-profit organization who’s mission is to “make a significant contribution to the community by reducing the number of homeless men, women and children in Washington State.

“Our Vision is to dramatically change the lives of the homeless by providing housing and services, enabling our residents to avoid homelessness, poverty and abuse in the future.”

Giving back to its community, RedWeek.com, headquartered in Renton, WA, has donated $10K to support the work of Vision House.

“My wife and I have always believed that we should support our community, either through charitable donations or the donation of time and resources,” said Randy Conrads, RedWeek.com founder and CEO. “Vision House is amazing organization dedicated to helping men, women, and families who are without homes, food, or clothing. Their focus on helping the children of those families is heartwarming.”

The most significant event of the year for Vision House will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, with a luncheon at the Bellevue Hilton. While there is no charge for the lunch, guests are encouraged to give a donation, buy a table, or become a sponsor.

Vision House was started in 1990 to provide safe housing and services for homeless single mothers and their children, and separately for homeless single men recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

The organization’s goal is to meet the needs of suffering community members in practical ways: to coordinate successful re-integration of residents into the community through adequate housing, counseling, child care, food, clothing, education and vocational training, life skills development, employment, medical and dental care.

“Since our beginning, nearly 700 homeless men, women and children have benefited from our services,” said a Vision House spokesperson. “We have an incredibly strong success rate – since 2002, 93% of the residents in our family program have transitioned to permanent housing, and 72% of the men in our men’s recovery program have transitioned to permanent housing.”

Register your RSVP for the luncheon here.

RedWeek.com® is a timeshare marketplace, connecting timeshare owners with the traveling public. RedWeek.com supports a number of charities including Christel House International, Vine Maple Place; and Operation Homefront.

Categorized in: , , , ,

Automatically get Timeshare Resale and Rental Updates via Email or Google Reader

Raise your hand if you like getting the best deals. Raise your hand if you find the daily explosion of information available over the internet really overwhelming. Raise your hand if you’d like an easy way to keep informed about timeshare rentals and resales so you can get the Best Deal for you!

Enter RSS, and are some explanations of just what RSS means and what it can do for you:

Wikipedia.org: RSS (most commonly expanded as “Really Simple Syndication”) is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works – such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video – in a standardized format.

How can RSS help you with your love of timeshares? RedWeek.com has several RSS feeds you can subscribe to, through a “reader” (like Google Reader) or even directly into your email service (like Outlook). When you choose to “subscribe” you will receive new information from that feed, without having to visit the website itself. It will be waiting for you in your Reader or Email folder, which ever you choose.

It’s the perfect way to keep yourself updated on RedWeek listings for timeshare rentals and timeshare resales and also a great way to be notified of new articles to the RedWeek Blog and Seymour our Timeshare Ambassador’s Travel Humor Column.

If you want to know about timeshare rentals and timeshare resales as they are posted – which is the best way to get the best deal – you can subscribe to these RSS feeds.

Timeshare Rentals
http://feeds.feedburner.com/newest-timeshare-rentals

Timeshare Resales
http://feeds.feedburner.com/bargain-timeshare-resales

For our blogs, subscribe to these RSS feeds:

RedWeek Blog
http://blog.redweek.com/feeds/posts/default

Seymour O. DeSytes – The Timeshare Ambassador’s Blog

http://www.timeshare-info.org/feeds/posts/default

Categorized in: , , , , ,

RedWeek.com Makes Its Mark on the Timeshare Marketplace

Leading timeshare marketplace, RedWeek.com®, added another “R” to its name in the form of a registered trademark. With a registered trademark, RedWeek.com has exclusive rights to the term RedWeek for promoting timeshare rental and resale properties.

“This is a huge step in preventing the trademark infringement that has plagued us from the onset,” said Maurice Aubrey, RedWeek.com president. “Now that we hold a registered trademark, we have the legal right to protect our name from being used by other companies that may harm our reputation.”

Founded in 2002, RedWeek.com has attracted more than 1.5 million registered users. Timeshare owners from around the world come to RedWeek.com to advertise their timeshare units for rent and resale. As a result, travelers are able to find amazing deals on condo-style timeshare resort accommodations at a fraction of what is being charged by the resorts and developers.

To learn more about RedWeek.com or timesharing visit www.redweek.com.

Categorized in: , , , ,