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Old 10-05-2012, 05:32 AM   #1
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Can you help us decide if we should sell?

We purchased SS resale back in 2004 with enough points for us to go every other year. We have loved our membership but are in a positition with the kids sports schedules, high school, that it is just too difficult to talk them out of school anymore. We do not want to go to Disney in the summer or holidays because of the crowds and heat. We are thinking of selling but are still hopeful that we will be able to go to Aulani one time in the summer using the 300 points that will come due in December or go to Hilton Head. Both I would think is difficult to obtain in the summer. Is this possible or is the best thing for us to sell?
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:03 AM   #2
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Only you can decide what's best for your family. Seems to me that if you really wanted to go to Disney you would find a way or be willing to put up with the crowds or weather.

Maybe you should sell and think about buying again later.

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Old 10-05-2012, 06:24 AM   #3
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If you book Aulani at the 7 month mark you should have no problem. You should also consider renting the points during the years you can't use them. That will more then cover your MF's
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:52 AM   #4
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For Hilton Head, you should have much better luck if you book at exactly 7 month and plan to arrive on a Friday or Saturday. Because of the point difference between weekday and weekend nights, most members are trying to book Sunday through Thursday. Also, if you are flexible with dates, be persistent and call every week until you get a reservation.
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:54 AM   #5
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For Hilton Head, you should have much better luck if you book at exactly 7 month and plan to arrive on a Friday or reservation.
Good luck with that! I've tried for 3 consecutive years to book July (any part of July, very flexible) at Hilton Head at the 7 month mark, without success!

If you can use it when you want, and can't use it when it's easier to get, then you should probably sell!

Then you can book cash whenever you want, where ever you want!

DVC works for us pretty much for all the reasons it doesn't work for you! We go in Summer but with the water parks etc. we actually enjoy it!
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:23 PM   #6
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Good luck with that! I've tried for 3 consecutive years to book July (any part of July, very flexible) at Hilton Head at the 7 month mark, without success!

If you can use it when you want, and can't use it when it's easier to get, then you should probably sell!

Then you can book cash whenever you want, where ever you want!

DVC works for us pretty much for all the reasons it doesn't work for you! We go in Summer but with the water parks etc. we actually enjoy it!
It worked for me this year. We got a studio the first week of August. It's the first year we tried. It took me about a month, but I eventually did get a reservation.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:34 PM   #7
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It worked for me this year. We got a studio the first week of August. It's the first year we tried. It took me about a month, but I eventually did get a reservation.

You've given me hope! I always thought I'd have better luck booking a 2 br but not so far! My next stab at it, July 2014!
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:38 AM   #8
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I want to second the suggestion to rent out your points if you find you cannot use them in a given year. Read through the sticky at the top of the Rent/Trade board if you unfamiliar with how renting works.

Once the kids are in college, they may be interested in spring break trips, or you could start to go without them for F&W in the fall. GL whatever you decide to do.

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Old 10-05-2012, 01:12 PM   #9
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We purchased SS resale back in 2004 with enough points for us to go every other year. We have loved our membership but are in a positition with the kids sports schedules, high school, that it is just too difficult to talk them out of school anymore. We do not want to go to Disney in the summer or holidays because of the crowds and heat. We are thinking of selling but are still hopeful that we will be able to go to Aulani one time in the summer using the 300 points that will come due in December or go to Hilton Head. Both I would think is difficult to obtain in the summer. Is this possible or is the best thing for us to sell?
If you love your membership, I wouldn't sell. I would either try to get a reservation at Aulani or HH or try to rent your points. You may also find using your points through RCI for a few years is a good way to use the points but not sell your membership. We had a wonderful trip in Kauai, Hawaii using RCI points. The life of your contract is long. This difficult point with your kids' schooling is actually a relatively short time in the life of your DVC contract. We are about to start to come to the same point with our children. My oldest son is in 7th grade. He and I have talked and there may be times when he stays behind with friends to attend school while we take a vacation. This was actually his idea. My second child is in fourth so I feel like I can still take him out of school and then we have a toddler. So we will be 'dealing' with this issue for a long time. And like you, we refuse to travel during the holidays or summer.
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:47 AM   #10
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It sounds like you still would like to use your DVC membership but can't at a time that works otherwise. It also sounds like you wouldn't have to sell for financial issues. With those assumptions, esp since you only have enough for EOY, I'd consider keeping it and renting it out a couple of times if you can't get HH in summer or get a break otherwise. I get the impression that HH has been easier the last few years than it used to be but it'll still be difficult and require a bit of luck for the time you quoted. If you can go shoulder season (early June, late Aug) then you'll have more options. Still, there are only a few studio and 1 BR units so if that's what you want, you may need to try for a few years during the time you quoted.
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:33 AM   #11
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It sounds like you still would like to use your DVC membership but can't at a time that works otherwise. It also sounds like you wouldn't have to sell for financial issues. With those assumptions, esp since you only have enough for EOY, I'd consider keeping it and renting it out a couple of times if you can't get HH in summer or get a break otherwise. I get the impression that HH has been easier the last few years than it used to be but it'll still be difficult and require a bit of luck for the time you quoted. If you can go shoulder season (early June, late Aug) then you'll have more options. Still, there are only a few studio and 1 BR units so if that's what you want, you may need to try for a few years during the time you quoted.
Your assumptions are correct. It is not for financial reasons. We have always taken the kids out of school and gone in May or November and it worked great. Great weather, low crowds. Our love of Disney is just not great enough to put up with heat and crowds and the kids schedules are just getting too difficult to work around. Keeping and renting is a good option. The only negative to working hard and praying for luck at the 7 month mark is we would be scrambling with short notice to find an alternative vacation with beach rental being at a minimum at the 7 month mark. Hawaii would be tough with getting reasonable airfair at the 7 month mark. I appreciate all the suggestions. We also own Marriott and we would probably keep it because it has a wider variety of options. Thanks!
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:14 AM   #12
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Your assumptions are correct. It is not for financial reasons. We have always taken the kids out of school and gone in May or November and it worked great. Great weather, low crowds. Our love of Disney is just not great enough to put up with heat and crowds and the kids schedules are just getting too difficult to work around. Keeping and renting is a good option. The only negative to working hard and praying for luck at the 7 month mark is we would be scrambling with short notice to find an alternative vacation with beach rental being at a minimum at the 7 month mark. Hawaii would be tough with getting reasonable airfair at the 7 month mark. I appreciate all the suggestions. We also own Marriott and we would probably keep it because it has a wider variety of options. Thanks!
The kids won't be in school forever plus when they get older, you may enjoy traveling without them. Then there will be even larger groups later on. Where do you own Marriott? Is it in the Destinations Program? Do you belong to II? What part of the US are you in? Those issues might affect my recommendations. If you owned a boatload of points I'd likely suggest you sell at least part but my sense is you're better off keeping and renting a couple of times to see how things go. If you sell SSR, you're likely to only get around $45-50 a point max after fees.
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:32 AM   #13
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Wish you well in deciding what works for you.

I have a DD that is a senior in HS & DS that is now a freshman in HS. We started going in the summer when DD started HS. My family really misses the prior trips but could never imaging go out of school again. (DD has missed only 2 days of school her entire HS career.) My DH hates Florida in the summer.

Yet, time has flown by. Next year, my DH and I are planning our first adult trip with friends to the F&W festival. My best friend has recently become a grandmother. We are already planning DGS's first WDW trip. As others have said, time changes the stages of planning a DVC vacation.
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:45 AM   #14
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Sorry to hear that your schedules have made it harder for you to go on your family vacations. The suggestion that I would make is that you consider your ownership over the long term. SSR has 42 years left on it, so to make a decision to sell based on the next 4-6 years might not be the wisest long term move. Look forward to when your kids are out of high school and in college, their schedules will be a lot more open (most of the month of January is a great time for weather and for crowds). If you need the money, then selling might be a good option. But if this is just about the next few years, then I don't think selling is the way to go. I agree with others, look into renting for a few years if you can't use the points. I think in the long term you will be happy that you didn't sell. Good luck with your decision!
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:27 AM   #15
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The kids won't be in school forever plus when they get older, you may enjoy traveling without them. Then there will be even larger groups later on. Where do you own Marriott? Is it in the Destinations Program? Do you belong to II? What part of the US are you in? Those issues might affect my recommendations. If you owned a boatload of points I'd likely suggest you sell at least part but my sense is you're better off keeping and renting a couple of times to see how things go. If you sell SSR, you're likely to only get around $45-50 a point max after fees.
Dean...We own Marriott at Beach Place Towers in Ft Lauderdale. We are a weeks owner who bough resale and belong to II. We bought EOY as well although a two bedroom lockout used to give us 2 weeks but again, because of not having the time to get away, lately we trade a 2 bedroom for a 2 bedroom instead of locking off and getting two trades. Thank so much for taking the time to respond...I think there is a little bit (please don't shoot me) of being Disney'd out. While we love Disney and the memories for our kids, I just wish Disney would change some of the shows and rides to not have it be the same in 10 years.
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