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Timeshare Guide Series Part One: Terminology

Timeshare Guide

January 25, 2019 – by Primo Management Group

Timeshare Guide

Timeshares are complex! So check out our timeshare guide series to avoid problems down the road.

Timeshares are notorious for being incredibly complicated. And that means sometimes consumers get in over their heads. So, we created a timeshare guide series to help navigate the timeshare landscape. This timeshare guide installment covers timeshare terminology.

Timeshare Guide Terms


A timeshare is a type of real estate ownership in which the buyer purchases a fractional ownership of a vacation property. The most common arrangement involves the buyer purchasing the deed or right to use a unit in a resort or condominium for one week of the year. However, other arrangements come on the market all the time. 

Vacation Club

A vacation club is a membership arrangement in which the buyer purchases the right to make reservations at special rates for a variety of vacations. So in this type of ownership, you don’t buy property or the right to use a property. Instead you buy a right to make a reservation.

Vacation Ownership

Vacation ownership is an umbrella term covering all types of timeshares and vacation clubs.


An interval is the time during which you can access your timeshare. Intervals are typically 7 days long, usually from Saturday to Saturday. However, you many encounter other arrangements.

Deeded Timeshare

Deeded timeshares are timeshares in which the owner purchases the deed to a specific unit for an interval each year. These timeshares usually have contracts in perpetuity. So that means they last forever. And they can be passed down to heirs.

Right to Use

Right to Use timeshares, or RTUs, are timeshares where the owner purchases the right to use a specific unit for a specific interval for a specific number of years. Some countries have laws against foreigners owning property. So RTU timeshares are a way to access property abroad. However, these timeshares can typically not be passed down to heirs.


Points-based timeshares are timeshares in which you own points that can be used to “pay for” vacations at a single resort or within a group of resorts. The value of your points may vary from year to year. Additionally, you may pay additional fees or need to purchase additional points for peak intervals or popular resorts.

Fixed Week

Fixed week timeshares are timeshares whose interval stays the same from year to year.

Floating Week

Floating week timeshares are timeshares whose interval can change from year to year.

Red Weeks

Red weeks are the highly sought-after peak season intervals. Because they are popular, these weeks are typically more expensive.

Yellow Weeks

Yellow weeks are medium demand intervals. Because they lave a lower demand, these weeks are less expensive than red weeks.

Blue or Green Weeks

Blue or green weeks are low demand intervals. Because demand is the lowest, these are the cheapest weeks.


Exchanges are programs that allow owners to exchange units or weeks within a network or group of resorts. These programs usually charge additional fees.

Rescission Period

The Rescission Period is the time immediately following the contract signing during which either the owner or the contractor can cancel the contract for any reason with no fee. However, cancellation must usually be done in writing. And the length of the rescission period varies based on the location of the timeshare.

Homeowners Association

A Homeowners Association, or HOA, is the governing body of a timeshare resort or network. The HOA sets rules, levies fees, and manages disputes.

Maintenance Fees

Maintenance fees are annual fees that all timeshare owners must pay. These fees cover routine maintenance, housekeeping and repairs and may cover other administrative costs. HOAs set the amounts, collect the fees, and decide how to use them. And maintenance fees usually increase over time.

Special Assessments

Special assessments are one-time fees levied by HOAs to cover large expenses such as repairs for damages, upgrades, or revenue shortfalls.

Right of First Refusal

The Right of First Refusal, or ROFR, of the resort to buy or refuse to buy a timeshare on the resale market before it is sold to an outside buyer. So, if your resort wants to, they can buy your timeshare from you. However, you need to find a buyer first.

Timeshare Exit

Timeshare exit, also called timeshare cancellation, is the process of getting out of a timeshare contract. You can do it yourself. However, it’s much easier with the help of a third-party consumer advocate like Primo Management Group. So it’s a good idea to consider a partner! But remember, reputable companies like PMG offer 100% money-back guarantees, great reviews and high ratings by the BCA. Contact us today for a free consultation!

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Frequently Asked Questions ?

How does PMG get me out of my timeshare contract?

PMG is not a resale, transfer, or donation company. We are consumer advocates—we help to negotiate the release of your timeshare contract obligation. We do not buy, sell, or rent your timeshare. Simply put, we help you to get out of your timeshare contract forever.

How long does the process usually take?

Usually less than 12 months, but it all depends on your situation. Let us help you. Speak to your advisor about the time, and what delays the resorts have put into place to prevent timeshare owners from departing their ownership. If you have a mortgage or past due maintenance fee, the process takes more time.

How much is my timeshare worth?

This is probably going to hurt, but whether you paid $5,000 or $50,000 for your timeshare, the IRS values all timeshares as worthless investments. In addition, that timeshare would have negative value due to the annual maintenance fee bill which compounds year after year. That is until PMG helps you cancel your timeshare.

Can I use your service if I still have a balance owed on my mortgage?

Yes. Whether you bought your timeshare 20 days ago or 20 years ago, PMG has a solution for you and is here to help.

Will my name be off the timeshare?

Yes! Permanently! GUARANTEED!

In addition to getting me out of my timeshare, can you recover the money I’ve already spent on mortgage payments and maintenance fees?

While we are able to recover money in rare cases, beware of any timeshare cancellation company that entices you with the promise of fund recovery. The truth is, the resorts are loath to give back the money they’ve already taken for timeshares.

Are your consumer advocates really “consumer advocates”, or is that just a fancy word for salesperson?

Because most of our clients have had their trust betrayed by timeshare salespeople, we understand how some consumers can become a bit jaded. When you call us for a consultation, that’s exactly what you get, a consultation. At PMG, our job is not to sell you; our job is to help you get out of your timeshare. Which is why we have numerous 5-star reviews and an “A” (excellent) rating from the BCA.

Why should I choose PMG to get me out of my timeshare?

We go above and beyond for our customers by helping to protect you, and have the best success rate in the industry, rated 5-stars by clients. We pride ourselves on providing our customers with the best customer service in the industry. When you contact our company, you speak to a live person, not an automated system or voicemail. We offer a 100% money back guarantee, and we can provide documented proof of our success in helping customers just like you.

What happens after I sign up with you? Will I be apprised of your progress?

At PMG, we pride ourselves on our hands-on, boutique-style customer service, so every new client will work with our expert, experienced team whose job is to keep you in the loop throughout the entire cancellation process. We are always just a phone call away.

How much is your fee?

Not all timeshare experiences are created equal. Some are more complicated than others, and every situation is different. That’s why our trained timeshare elimination consultants will ask you a series of questions designed to determine exactly what needs to be done to terminate your timeshare, how long it will take, and how they can best advocate for you. We will always seek the most cost-effective route for you.

What if I still have more questions?

Canceling a timeshare contract is not a cookie cutter process. With each situation being unique, once you complete the form below an experienced consumer advocate will call you today to discuss your options.