Monday, November 24, 2008

Checklist to submit when you visit/stay@HGVC

Facilities Checklist for location: (name of location)

Yes / No ======================


Bathroom hot/cold water
Room coffee/tea making
Extra bed availability
Electric iron
Shaver outlet

Complimentary/discount breakfast
Spa/Restaurant discount
Other special offers

Peak/Shoulder seasons

Other nearby attractions

Star * ratings (your personal rating)
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star

*Check [x] in either Yes/No box
* Send this form back by email to -
* Or, return this to Liasion Committee members

Latest listing as at November 2008

List of Resorts open to members as at November 2008
1. Heritage Hotel Ipoh, JLn Raja Hilir,Perak - Superior room
2. Heritage Hotel Cameron Highlands, Tanah Rata, Pahang - Superior room
3. Butterworth Travel Lodge, Lorong Bagan Luar, Butterworth, Penang - Standard Twin room

Additional local resorts
4. Zon Regency Hotel (Eden Garden)Komplek Bebas Cukai JB Stulang Laut - Std Twin room
5. Copthorne Orchid Hotel (since November 2007), Penang
6. Cititel Express Kuala Lumpur
7. The M Suites, JLn Skudai, Johor Bahru - Tropical Studio Suite
8. City Bayiew, Jln Hang Tuah, Melaka - Superior room
9. Genting Permai Park & Resort, 10Km Genting Higlands, Pahang - 3-Bdroom Apartment
10. Pangkor Puteri Resorts, Jln Pasir Bogak, Perak - 2Bdrom Apartment
11. Paradise Lagoon Hotel, Port Dickson, Negri Semibilan - 2-Bdroom Apartment
12. Sutra Beach Rsort, Kg. Rhu Tapai, Setiu Terengganu - Std/Twin Bedroom
13. Holiday Villa Cherating, Kuantan, Pahang - Std/Deluxe room
14. Stanford Hotel, Jln T.A.Rahman, Kuala Lumpur - Std Twin room
15. Radius International, Warisan Sq, Kota Kinabalu - rooms/suites

16. Aseania Seaview Resort, Jln Pantai Tengah, Pualu Langkawi - Superior room
17. Country Villas Kajang, Country Heights Kajang, Selangor - 3-Bdroom Apartments
18. Royal Crown Hotel, Phuket, Thailand - Superior room
19. Best Western Resort Country Club, New Dehli, India - 2-Bdroom Apartment

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Types Timeshare Units Facilities

I have been searching the Internet for ideas in how to do a good job of a facilities chair. After much reviews I came across this article. And, it dawn on me that I have to solicit information from my own home timeshare provider. If they do not provide such information, I am stuck. However, looking on the bright side of things, a good timeshare provider will surely share the best features of their facilities under their management. Eventhough there is yet an organization to audit and provide awards or star ratings to timeshare resorts, there is a need for due recognition. Perhaps, by having timeshare owners do reviews on their visit, we can begin our journey towards reconizing the better places and enhance our experiences as timeshare owners.

So, allow me to re-iterate what other authors feel about the faciities that attract and retain members of timeshare organizations.

When we begin talking about the types timeshare units together, it starts to form the main idea of what this subject is about and how you can grasp the idea of timeshare rentals easily and quickly. The different types are distinguished by their location, space and all the necessary facilities, they provide you with. The prices for various types timeshare units change according to the above mentioned categories.

First of all, you should pay attention to the location of your timeshare resort when you choose among different types timeshare units. Because, notwithstanding the size ( two bedrooms or one ), the types timeshare units which are located in the most prestigious resorts, for example facing the sea coast, will cost more expensive, because they are in popular demand. Or, located near ecological sites, etc.

All types provide you with all the necessary facilities in accordance with the number of guests. So, if you have the timeshare rental for 5 person, you will find the appropriate quantity of forks, plates and other utensils in the kitchen of any type timeshare units. According to the number of persons, who are going to spend their holiday in timeshare resort, different types timeshare units provide you with the necessary quantity of rooms, so nobody will be troubled or feel uncomfortable.

You may find all the necessary information, concerning the different types timeshare units while browsing the timeshare resale sites. Having this information about the types timeshare units handy will help you a great deal the next time you find yourself in need of it and when you discuss timeshare pros and cons with people. They offer you the data about prices, location, demands, seasons and owners of different types timeshare units. So, if you have any particular interests in types timeshare units, you are able to learn useful information there. You should admit that it will be very appropriate for you to have the most convenient apartments among the numerous types timeshare units, when you decide to exchange or sell your timeshare rental in the course of time.

So you have read about the types of timeshare units. As they say, knowledge equals power, so continue to read information on timeshare for rent until you feel you are adequately educated on the subject.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Timeshare re-visited

Planning your next vacation? Perhaps timesharing — the use of a vacation home for a limited, pre-planned time — is on your list of options. Timesharing is a popular way to take a vacation, but problems can occur. Consider the risks and the benefits before you sign a contract.

Many sellers of timeshares offer gifts to get you to listen to a sales presentation. If you're only going to the presentation to get the gift, be aware that many giveaways include gems of little or no value; "gold" ingots, with minimal gold content and worth no more than a few dollars; or vacation "awards" or "certificates," which don't cover costs for travel and food.

There are two basic types of timesharing plans. In a deeded plan, you buy an ownership interest in a piece of real estate. In a non-deeded plan, you buy a lease, license, or club membership that lets you use the property for a specific amount of time each year for a specific number of years. With both types, the cost of your unit is related to the season and the length of time you want to buy. For example, a winter week in a warm climate is worth more than a summer week in the same location.

The purchase will cost thousands of dollars. Before you sign any papers or pay any fees, understand what you're buying. Consider these points when you're making your decision.

Practical Factors. One reason people buy timeshares is the convenience of pre-arranged vacation facilities. Consider whether you'll be able to use a timeshare facility year after year. Are your vacation plans sometimes subject to last-minute changes, or do they vary in length and season from year to year? Does the property have flexible use plans? Are you — and will you be — in good enough physical and financial health to travel to your timeshare? If you're evaluating a timeshare plan with units in several locations, ask whether the club has enough units to satisfy demand.

Investment Potential. Never consider the purchase of a timeshare as an investment. Timeshare resales usually are difficult. You may face competition from the original seller. Or, local real estate agents may not want to include the timeshare unit in their listings. Once all the timeshares have been sold, ask if the developer will be setting up a resales office on site.

Total Costs. The total cost of your timeshare includes mortgage payments and expenses, such as travel costs, annual maintenance fees and taxes, closing costs, broker commissions, and finance charges. Annual maintenance fees can range from $300 to $500. Since these fees can rise at rates that equal or exceed inflation, it's important to ask if there's a fee cap for your plan. Keep in mind that these fees must be paid whether or not you use the unit. To help evaluate the purchase, compare your total timeshare costs with rental costs for similar accommodations and amenities for the same time and in the same location.

Document Review. Don't act on impulse or under pressure. Take the documents home to review. Ask a professional or someone familiar with timesharing to review the paperwork before you buy. If the seller won't let you take the documents, perhaps this isn't the deal for you. A good offer today usually will be a good offer tomorrow. Legitimate businesses don't expect you to make snap decisions. Find out if the contract provides a "cooling-off" period during which you can cancel and get a refund. If not, ask to include this clause. Most states where timeshares are located require a cooling-off period. If there is no cooling-off period, be sure you understand all aspects of the purchase and carefully review all materials before you sign.

Oral Promises. Make certain all promises made by the salesperson are written into the contract.

Exchange Programs. These programs allow you to arrange trades with other resort units in different locations for an additional fee. However, these trades usually cannot be guaranteed. There also may be some limits on exchange opportunities. For example, you may need to make your request far in advance. Or, even at an additional cost, you may not be able to "trade up" to a better unit at peak time in an exotic location. When you trade, expect a unit of approximately the same value as your own.

Reputation Research. Your resort will be a good place to vacation only if it is run properly. Research the track record of the seller, developer, and management company before you buy. Ask for a copy of the current maintenance budget. Learn what will be done to manage and repair the property, replace furnishings as needed, and provide promised services. Will these arrangements be adequate? Will they extend over a long period of time, or just the near future? Visit the facilities and talk to current owners about their experiences. Local real estate agents, Better Business Bureaus, and consumer protection offices also are good sources of information.

Unfinished Facilities. Purchasing an undeveloped property is extremely risky, but if you decide to do so, commit money to an escrow account. This is one way to protect your financial investment if the developer defaults. Also get a written commitment from the seller that the facilities will be finished as promised.

Default Protection. Learn your rights if the builder or management company has financial problems or defaults. Check to see if your contract includes two clauses concerning "non-disturbance" and "non-performance." A non-disturbance provision should ensure that you'll continue to have use of your unit in the event of default and subsequent third party claims against the developer or management firm. A non-performance protection clause should allow you to keep your ownership rights, even if a third party is required to buy out your contract. Contact an attorney who can provide you with more information about these provisions.

Foreign Properties. Be especially wary of offers to purchase timeshares or vacation club memberships in foreign countries. If you sign a contract outside the United States for a timeshare located in another country, you generally will not be protected by U.S. federal or state contract property laws.