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Old 09-23-2012, 01:25 PM   #1
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Hi Folks,

My husband and I are continuing to explore the possibility of buying DVC (more than likely resale). Aside from preferences of where you want to stay, what do you think is the best resort to buy at in terms of value (and in that I mean availability of contracts on the resale market, cost per point and number of points to buy)? I've seen a few people suggest SSR as the best value. We are planning to rent points for some stays to get an idea of where we prefer. Although we aren't too particular (we tend to like a calmer, more sedate resort that is still fun). I think I'm one of the few that will say that BLT and BWV don't interest me all that much. Their theming doesn't appeal to me and honestly I think we would be priced out of the market unless we got something by luck.What do people think?

Thanks for your help!
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Old 09-23-2012, 01:32 PM   #2
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Hi Folks,

My husband and I are continuing to explore the possibility of buying DVC (more than likely resale). Aside from preferences of where you want to stay, what do you think is the best resort to buy at in terms of value (and in that I mean availability of contracts on the resale market, cost per point and number of points to buy)? I've seen a few people suggest SSR as the best value. We are planning to rent points for some stays to get an idea of where we prefer. Although we aren't too particular (we tend to like a calmer, more sedate resort that is still fun). I think I'm one of the few that will say that BLT and BWV don't interest me all that much. Their theming doesn't appeal to me and honestly I think we would be priced out of the market unless we got something by luck.What do people think?

Thanks for your help!
For WDW travel, the cheapest option to buy is the cheapest resort adjusted for the expiration date for a WDW resort is the best. As a rule that will be SSR but if one can get something else cheaply enough, that could shift the balance and change the best decision. Some will tell you to buy where you want to stay but I'd say that a much better choice and a cheaper one is to buy at a resort that you wouldn't mind staying most trips at even if it's not your preferred location. Keep an eye on craigslist and ebay as well as the usual suspects.
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Old 09-23-2012, 01:54 PM   #3
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okw is gorgeous and a bargain on the resale market (unextended), but disney seems to be exercising rofr more recently. i would rather stay at okw than saratoga any day.
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Old 09-23-2012, 02:11 PM   #4
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If you're looking just at the numbers, it's a basic exercise in math. Take the purchase price per point that you think you could realistically get a contract for. Then divide that by the number of years left in the contract and that gives you a hard cost for the point over the life of the contract. Then add this year's maintenance fees. That will give you the cost per point for this year. The only real variable is the maintenance fee increases, which you can project but that will only be an estimate.

Here's an example:

Let's say you buy an SSR contract for $60 pp. It has 42 years left on it, so that makes your per point cost $1.43. Maintenance fees are $4.73, so that makes your cost per point $6.16 (per year).

Or you can buy OKW for $50 pp. It has 30 years left on it, so that makes your per point cost $1.66. Maintenance fees are $5.20, so that makes your cost per point $6.86 (per year).

These numbers can be a good guide, but even I wouldn't just let math decide where you purchase. As other posters have mentioned above, I would definitely let your enjoyment of the resorts factor into your decision. I'm a math guy, but I bought (resale) at BLT and BWV (two of the more expensive options) because that's where I wanted to stay. Good luck with your decision!
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SSR is an excellent value based on initial buy in price (resale), annual MF and years left on the contract.

You used to be able to get OKW for a cheaper buy in price, but with all the ROFR activity this year, OKW isn't as cheap as it was a year ago.

Half of my points are at SSR for the reason that it provided the best value for my money.
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SSR is an excellent value based on initial buy in price (resale), annual MF and years left on the contract.

You used to be able to get OKW for a cheaper buy in price, but with all the ROFR activity this year, OKW isn't as cheap as it was a year ago.

Half of my points are at SSR for the reason that it provided the best value for my money.
I agree with Doug that SSR is the best bang for the buck and as long as you are flexible you can usually get a room anywhere. In the year I've been a member (I purchased SSR) I've never stayed there but have been at almost all the other resorts including Aulani with little problem booking.
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