• April
    29
    2019
  • 3 min read

Timeshare Debt: Does It Make Sense?

Timeshare Debt

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Should you take on timeshare debt to buy in?

With the average cost of a timeshare topping $20,000 last year, more and more people are taking on timeshare debt to buy in. But does that make long-term financial sense? Let’s look at the risks and alternatives below.

It’s Not A Good Deal

It makes sense to finance some purchases. For example, financing a home is one of the top ways that people begin to build wealth. It also makes sense in some cases to finance home repairs, a vehicle, or educational expenses. In these cases, you’re getting financing for something of value that you would have needed anyway or that will allow you to make more money in the future. Unfortunately, timeshares don’t meet any of those criteria.

First, timeshares don’t increase in value over time. In fact, they depreciate immediately. And many have almost no resale value. Which also means timeshares don’t help you to earn money in the future, the way education might. And finally, unlike shelter or a vehicle, timeshares are not a necessity. You can live without a vacation or you can take any number of vacations for less than $20,000.

Consequences of Timeshare Debt

High Interest Rates

When buying a house or a car, you can shop around and find low-interest rates. However, timeshare financing tends to have high-interest rates. You’ll pay the most if you get financing through your developer or put your timeshare on a credit card. But even personal loans and home equity loans will cost you. And given the high cost of timeshares, it’s difficult to find a compelling reason to spend even more paying interest.

Credit Damage

Timeshare debt can also hurt your credit score. Your resort will report late payments and those late payments will lower your credit score. In fact, if you have good credit, a missed payment has a greater impact on your score than if your credit is already poor. And if you can’t pay your loan and go into foreclosure, you’ll face serious consequences no matter what.

Is There Another Way?

The fact is, there is no need to take on debt to buy a timeshare. There are countless ways to invest in a vacation without financing a timeshare. If you really want to spend your vacation at a timeshare resort, you can easily rent one and skip the up-front costs and ongoing fees. Plus, you’ll retain the freedom to vacation wherever you want, whenever you want.

If it’s too late and you’re stuck in a timeshare you can no longer afford, we can help. Contact us today for a free, no-risk consultation.

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