Surviving The Time-Share Pitch

Surviving The Time-Share Pitch

Many of you have probably sat through a time-share presentation. Some of you may have bought a time-share. I imagine a lot of you who bought one are perfectly happy with it. But I’ve mostly heard about those of you who aren’t happy. And who want to get out of their time-share, but can’t. There are even time-share resale brokers out there. So, we weren’t in the market for a time-share, but we agreed to listen to the pitch in exchange for a three-night stay at a two-bedroom condo in Williamsburg, Virginia, for $189 plus tax. A nice deal for roomy comfortable accommodations in that historic area. We had seen this ‘vacation’ offer at a home show in Raleigh. Of course, the pitch at the home show and the reality we found at the actual...

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Raleigh-Wake County Parade of Homes 2012 or “THE PRICE IS WHAT!?”

Raleigh-Wake County Parade of Homes 2012 or “THE PRICE IS WHAT!?”

Just as we like to attend car shows (well, I do anyway) even if we’re not in the market for a new car, and visit RV shows even if we’ve just bought a new RV, we also like to catch at least part of the Home Builders’ Association Parade each year even though we’re not in the market for a new house, either. But we are curious to see what’s out there and how much it costs. Well, this year there wasn’t that much new or different, at least judging by the seven examples we visited. All were on small lots hardly bigger than the house itself, all seemed (to me) pretty¬† expensive for the square footage, and the amenities were pretty much like what we’ve been seeing for a few years now. Some houses were a bit bigger or smaller than...

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