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Are Estates Owners treated differently in Nuevo Vallarta and Riviera Maya?

An interesting exchange on Facebook caught my eye this morning. The author and initiator of the comment started with the following:

Facebook Author: I know most only post when they have a complaint. We spent the week between Christmas and New Years in a GL Villa at RM. Being a platinum member someone was waiting for us at the airport and had a van waiting for my party of 6. When we checked in we were greeted by 2 Platinum Concierges. While checking in of course someone from the sales off was there. My husband told them they can keep their 10% that we were not going to any updates this trip. Even though we had rain for 3 days we had a wonderful time. (It was a lot warmer then the east coast). When ever any of the staff saw our wristbands we got priority on the shuttles. At Joya one of our concierges met us after the show and had a private shuttle take us back to our building. The What’s App was really easy to communicate with one of our 5 concierges. We will be back at the Estates in NV in the spring. Just wanted to say that Vidanta isn’t all bad!!

The author is an Estates owner. She called herself an Estates Platinum Member.

The responses to her statement were interesting. There appears to be a difference in member treatment between Riviera Maya and Nuevo Vallarta.

Facebook Responder #1: We, too, had the royal treatment at RM. When the onsite private shuttle arrived, people looked at us with the “who are those people” look on their faces.

Facebook Responder #2: We have never received any special treatment as a platinum member. Just saying!

Facebook Author: We are platinum estates members. Don’t know if that makes a difference. Our bands were black and said Estates on it.

Facebook Responder #2: Estate owners also!

Facebook Author: I guess we either got lucky or they changed. But if you are in RM ask for Karinna.

Facebook Responder #3: At RM they do treat platinum quite differently than NV.

Facebook Responder #2: We only go to NV, so it sounds like that is the problem!

Facebook Responder #4: That is definitely the reason- we no longer go to NV because we are treated with top priority in RM!
Well, what do you think? Are Vidanta members treated better at Vidanta Riviera Maya? Or, is it the fact that the Estates pod is not open yet, so management wants to make Estates owners feel privileged while they wait?

It is an interesting question. Hotel management in Nuevo Vallarta apparently changed the rules governing the use of the Estates Exclusive Area at the beach. Even though the area may be empty, Estates owners who are not staying at the Estates no longer can use the Estates seating and pool area. This is a change from past practice. What do you think?

Valuing Timeshare Interest Using Financial Valuation Methods

In our second article about valuing timeshare interests, we need to understand the financial implications of valuing a timeshare contract. It is complex. And the lack of comparable information makes valuing a timeshare contract as much a statement of what a buyer and seller are willing to settle on a price as anything else.

There are a few different methods that can be used to determine the financial value of a timeshare interest. The method used will depend on the specific circumstances of the timeshare and the purpose for which the valuation is being performed. Here are a few potential methods that might be used to value a timeshare interest:

  1. Market analysis: This method involves comparing the timeshare interest to similar properties that have recently sold in the area to determine a rough estimate of its value. This can be useful if you are considering selling your timeshare and want to get a sense of what it might be worth.

  2. Cost approach: This method involves estimating the cost to replace the timeshare interest with a similar property, and then subtracting an estimate of the property's physical depreciation. This method can be useful if you are trying to determine the value of a timeshare for insurance purposes.

  3. Income approach: This method involves estimating the value of a timeshare interest based on the income it is expected to generate. This can be useful if you are considering buying a timeshare and want to determine whether it is a good investment.

  4. Comparable sales: This method involves comparing the timeshare interest to similar properties that have recently sold in the area to determine a rough estimate of its value. This can be useful if you are considering selling your timeshare and want to get a sense of what it might be worth.
Again, valuing a timeshare interest can be complex, and the value can vary significantly depending on a variety of factors such as location, size, and amenities. A real estate professional would be helpful if the contract is a deeded contract. A financial advisor may help with a more precise financial valuation process. A person with considerable experience with the type of contract being considered is also a valuable source of information.

All too often, owners are proud of the facilities their contracts allow families to use, which then highlights the way to get the highest value from timeshare contracts: use the benefits to the fullest extent possible. The value is limitless!

How Do You Value Timeshare Interests?

Great question, don't you think?

Timeshare contracts can be difficult to value because they often do not have a traditional market value like a piece of real estate or other assets. However, there are a few factors that can influence the value of a timeshare contract, including the location, amenities, and popularity of the timeshare property, as well as the terms of the contract. Here are a few steps you can take to try to determine the value of your timeshare contract:

  1. Research the timeshare property: Look up information about the location, amenities, and popularity of the timeshare property. This can help you understand the demand for the property and how it compares to other timeshare properties in the area.

  2. Review the terms of the contract: Consider the length of the contract, the number of weeks you are entitled to use the property, and any restrictions or limitations on use.

  3. Check resale listings: Look for listings of similar timeshare contracts that are being sold on the resale market. This can give you an idea of what people are willing to pay for similar contracts.

  4. Consult a professional: If you are unsure about the value of your timeshare contract, you may want to consider consulting a real estate agent or other professional with experience in valuing timeshare contracts.
It's important to keep in mind that timeshare contracts are often difficult to sell, and you may not be able to get the full value of the contract when you try to sell it. It may be difficult to find a buyer who is willing to pay a fair price for the contract, especially if there are any restrictions or limitations on use. If you are considering selling your timeshare contract, it may be helpful to seek the advice of a professional who can help you navigate the process.

Bottom line - do your research before committing. Be sure you can see yourself spending the next ten plus years at the timeshare developer's properties. Consider family matters - do your family members like the idea of spending vacations in Mexico? Financial matters are very important, not just in terms of the cost to spend a week or two, but also because each trip involves flights to and from your home base times the number of family members traveling with you.

It is so easy to say "Yes" to the accommodating sales person. It is so hard to say "No Thanks".

Vidanta Vacation Club Rental Program

The Offer Is Baaaack!


Only this time it is Vidanta Vacation Club Rental Program. The same offer though:

Dear Vidanta Member:

In these uncertain times we want you to be able to do something with your vacation time that is not being used because of COVID-19, your account shows that you have 15 bonus weeks that you have not used and are about to expire, we understand that at this point it would be almost impossible to even think about vacationing, that is why we have an excellent option, you can rent the weeks through us and get $2,400 dollars for each week, there is a $965 dollar usage fee that has to be paid in advanced for every week you decide to rent. We have a large group of people coming and that is why and how we can guarantee the rental.

If you are ready to take advantage of this offer please call us to assist you,

VIDANTA HEADQUARTERS: 1-833-VIDA-123 (1-833-8432-123) USA & CANADA TOLL FREE

VIDANTA MEMBER SERVICES: 1-888-75-MAYAN (1-888-75-62926) USA & CANADA TOLL FREE

- Member can only rent once per year, as many weeks as you want but only at one time.

- Rental is 100% guaranteed and is all in writing.

- Please reply to this email with your contact information and the best time to call you.

NOTE: THE USAGE FEE HAS TO BE PAID IN ADVANCED, WE DO NOT DEDUCT IT.

Best regards

Juan Hernandez
Member Services Manager


Paseo de las moras S/N Fraccionamiento Náutico Turístico
Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, 63735 México
USA & CANADA TOLL FREE & FAX 1 888 75 MAYAN (62926)
México & Other Countries: +52-1-984-184-5653 & +52-1-998-385-1534
members at vidantamembers.com.mx


Note this very big RED Flag from the offer:
NOTE: THE USAGE FEE HAS TO BE PAID IN ADVANCED, WE DO NOT DEDUCT IT.

Remember....only YOU can help stamp out scams. Don't send money

Vidanta World Vacation Club Rental Program - Scam

It is amazing to receive so many invitations to take advantage of our 15 or 19 or what ever the number of bonus weeks (Covid or otherwise) that we have not used and are about to expire! This offer has appeared in our email box many times over the past month or so.

What is more incredible is the resilience of this offer. It has been around for years!

What is even move interesting is the folks at vidantamembers.com.mx created this domain five days ago. A fellow by the name of Mike Sanchez in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico is the technical contact.

vidantamembers.com.mx on whois.domaintools.com
Dates 5 days old
Created on 2022-09-30
Expires on 2023-09-30
Updated on 2022-09-30

Tech Contact Mike Sanchez
Tepic, Nayarit, mx


Although the emails are annoying, they are harmless, unless, of course you fall for the offer. Just think, you would get $2,400 for each week in rental income, and it will cost you only $965 per week - PAID IN ADVANCE TO SOMEONE YOU DON'T KNOW OR CAN'T FIND.

Recurring readers of Aimfair know this is not a legitimate offer. However, the offer is enticing. A profit of $1,435 per week times 15 weeks is a lot of money - and the entity GUARANTEES THE RENTAL.

Too good to be true? Of course!

Remember, only YOU can help stamp out scams - DON'T SEND MONEY!

Winning Combination: SF Giants plus Vidanta Resorts

The newest video released by Grupo Vidanta features a relationship with an entity close to home. The San Francisco Giants and Vidanta Resorts have entered into a marketing relationship.

We are thrilled because the Giants are in our backyard. The San Francisco Bay Area has so much to offer that relationships with non-local entities become lost. This is true especially for vacation options. Why? The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the few places where you can drive to the mountains to ski and return to swim in the ocean or drive to the wine country in the morning and have dinner in San Francisco. Yes, we were younger when we did these things, but that isn't to say it is not possible today.

Now we can include another linkage: Drive to SF to see a Giants game and hop on the plane to visit Mexico at a Vidanta Resort. These are two of our favorite things, and I'm sure you will agree that the idea of doing just that is a fun one.

Here is the video. Enjoy, and Go Giants and Vidanta!!



Let us know when you see a Giant at one of the resorts!

Vidanta-Members.mx.com - Fake Covid Bonus Week Offer - Repeat #5

Again, we received the offer to rent unused COVID-19 Bonus Weeks allegedly available from Vidanta.

This is a repeat of the fake offers that started in 2016, if not before.

Vidanta-Members.mx.com is not a valid Grupo Vidanta domain.

The email goes like this:

Dear Vidanta World Member:

In these uncertain times we want you to be able to do something with your vacation time that is not being used because of COVID-19, your account shows that you have 15 bonus weeks that you have not used and are about to expire, we understand that at this point it would be almost impossible to even think about vacationing, that is why we have an excellent option, you can rent the weeks through us and get $2,400 dollars for each week, there is a $965 dollar usage fee that has to be paid in advanced for every week you decide to rent. We have a large group of people coming and that is why and how we can guarantee the rental.

If you are ready to take advantage of this offer please call us to assist you,

VIDANTA HEADQUARTERS: 1-833-VIDA-123 (1-833-8432-123) USA & CANADA TOLL FREE

VIDANTA MEMBER SERVICES: 1-888-75-MAYAN (1-888-75-62926) USA & CANADA TOLL FREE

- Member can only rent once per year, as many weeks as you want but only at one time.

- Rental is 100% guaranteed and is all in writing.

- Please reply to this email with your contact information and the best time to call you.

NOTE: THE USAGE FEE HAS TO BE PAID IN ADVANCED, WE DO NOT DEDUCT IT.

Best regards

Juan Hernandez
Member Services Manager

Pay no attention to this offer. We are providing free advertising to allow everyone the chance to avoid being taken in.

Again - The Fake Covid Rental Offer from Vidanta

The FAKE Vidanta offer is a SCAM!
The FAKE Vidanta offer is a SCAM!

This is beautiful.
First of all, this is a rehash of offers that date back to 2016. Of course, Covid was not around then, but Vidanta was. And so was the group that keeps offering us the same fraud scheme and scam.

Following is an email we received last week and again today, August 5, 2022.

Dear Vidanta World Member:

In these uncertain times we want you to be able to do something with your vacation time that is not being used because of COVID-19, your account shows that you have 15 bonus weeks that you have not used and are about to expire, we understand that at this point it would be almost impossible to even think about vacationing, that is why we have an excellent option, you can rent the weeks through us and get $2,400 dollars for each week, there is a $965 dollar usage fee that has to be paid in advanced for every week you decide to rent. We have a large group of people coming and that is why and how we can guarantee the rental.

If you are ready to take advantage of this offer please call us to assist you,

VIDANTA HEADQUARTERS: 1-833-VIDA-123 (1-833-8432-123) USA & CANADA TOLL FREE

VIDANTA MEMBER SERVICES: 1-888-75-MAYAN (1-888-75-62926) USA & CANADA TOLL FREE

- Member can only rent once per year, as many weeks as you want but only at one time.

- Rental is 100% guaranteed and is all in writing.

- Please reply to this email with your contact information and the best time to call you.

NOTE: THE USAGE FEE HAS TO BE PAID IN ADVANCED, WE DO NOT DEDUCT IT.

Best regards

Juan Hernandez
Member Services Manager

Paseo de las moras S/N Fraccionamiento Náutico Turístico
Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, 63735 México
USA & CANADA TOLL FREE & FAX 1 888 75 MAYAN (62926)
México & Other Countries: +52-1-984-184-5653 & +52-1-998-385-1534
members at vidanta-members.com.mx
Here is the interesting fact: The domain called vidanta-members.com.mx is 7 days old. Source: whois.domaintools.com

Registration Status:
*Dates - 7 days old
*Created on 2022-07-29
*Expires on 2023-07-29
*Updated on 2022-07-29

Definitely stay away from this group. They remind us year after year that fake offers are all over, and we should be diligent and not accept their offers.

Remember - Only YOU can help prevent scams - DON'T SEND MONEY!

Less than 5% of timeshare owners are able to book their preferred holidays - Study Finds

Did you know that fewer than 5% of timeshare owners claim they were unable to reserve weeks they thought they could reserve when they bought the timeshare interest. The article in question was published in London, England through EINPresswire.com.

The article is interesting from a number of points of view:
  1. Reservation policy is an industry-wide issue and not necessarily an issue tied to one developer or another.
  2. Fifty-two weeks in a year times the number of units that can be reserved at any given time sets the limit of weeks that can be reserved at any given interval.
  3. Different levels of investment imply different privileges.
  4. Contracts may contain different terms.
The issue is a difficult one to overcome. That said, developers can reach agreement and owners are satisfied.

Here is the article for you to think about and make your own assessment:


According to a Timeshare availability poll, less than 5% of owners able to book their preferred holidays.

Source: NEWS PROVIDED BY
ECC

July 25, 2022:

LONDON, OXFORDSHIRE, UK, July 25, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ - Timeshare availability poll reveals less than 5% of owners able to book their preferred holidays We were encouraged at the significant number of timeshare owners who responded to Timeshare Advice Centre poll on availability when trying to book into their resorts. The results make disturbing reading Availability poll In the wake of recent publicity about timeshare owners being unable to book into their preferred location or times, the Timeshare Advice Centre subsequently ran a poll (now closed) for owners to say whether or not they are satisfied with their ability to book the accommodation they have paid for. Participants could select between the main resorts affected (Club La Costa, Azure, Marriott, Silverpoint, Diamond, MGM and "other".)

They were then given six options ranging from "I always find availability" to "I've given up trying to request availability"

Timeshare Advice Centre poll Results:
The final tallies were as follows:
  • I always find availability: 0.48%
  • I sometimes find availability: 2.12%
  • I rarely find availability: 61.10%
  • I never find availability: 30.56%
  • I ́ve given up trying to request availability: 5.74%
• • • • •
Conclusions
An overwhelming majority 91.66% of timeshare owners report that they rarely or never get the availability they want. A small but significant amount. 5.74% have given up even trying to make the system work.

The amount of people who get exactly what they want, and for whom the system works as it was sold to them is tiny. Less than one in twenty respondents say they always find availability.

ECC comment
"Even the amount of people who say they 'sometimes' find the availability they want is telling," says Andrew Cooper, CEO of European Consumer Claims (ECC). "Two percent say they sometimes get availability, compared to over sixty percent saying 'rarely'.There is not much difference between those two words except connotation. Describing your success rate as 'sometimes' denotes acceptance or ambivalence. Describing it as 'rarely' suggests discontent."

One thing is certain. The modern consumer is no longer satisfied with dated, expensive and clunky holiday timeshare memberships. Being able to visit the destination you want, on your preferred dates, is key to the contemporary holiday experience.

For help and advice about escaping your timeshare ownership (and in some cases claiming compensation against the resort) get in touch with ECC, for free, confidential advice.

ECC provides timeshare claims services, expert advice and help E: (for media enquiries): mark.jobling at ecc-eu.com
E: (for client enquiries) EUROPE: info at ecc-eu.com USA:[email protected]
T: EUROPE: +44800 6101 512 / +44 203 6704 616. USA: 1-877 796 2010
Monday to Friday: UK timings: 9am-8pm. Saturday/Sunday closed. USA 9am -8pm EST. Sunday closed

Relevant websites for this article

www.m1legal.com - www.timeshareadvicecentre.co.uk - www.timeshare.lawyer www.ecc-eu.com

Contacts
Mark Jobling
Press Contact Communications Director Communication mark.jobling at ecc-eu.com +442035198465

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Disney or Vidanta?

I saw an interesting statement posted on Facebook today. It confirms what a lot of us say in person, but we never see it in print. Bottom line: this person's opinion is Grand Luxxe facilities and experience and price is superior to their experience at a Disney location in Hawaii. Here is the post:

An observation and opinion. We’ve been satisfied members for nearing a decade now. This summer we decided to do Disney’s Aulani resort in Ko Olina, Oahu, Hawaii. It is beautiful and we’re having a great time but also we are comparing it to Vidanta. Vidanta is winning , In Our opinion. Not as nice of restaurants here as Vidanta. Not as any pools or nighttime entertainment. Rooms are comparable. Travel time to Hawaii is a lot longer. The staff and people here are kind and gracious but nobody compares to the staff at Vidanta . The biggest kicker is prices!! One week here cost as much as an upgrade at Vidanta, and it’s only one week, not all inclusive either! I am so glad we belong to Vidanta.

Sure, we all have preferences, and they are not necessarily the same as the next person. That said, statements about how good we have it in Nuevo Vallarta or Riviera Maya at the Grand Luxxe Residence Club are more common than not.

What do you think? Are the facilities, services and overall experiences at Vidanta superior to those offered by other vacation options? Let us all know by leaving your comment below.

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