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Old 06-09-2014, 09:14 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by ziravan View Post
I've been researching DVC for months. I'm going to buy first part of next year. In the meantime, we're going to WDW in Sept and we will take the tour...
make sure you have done enough research here so that the tour guides don't confuse or mislead you...

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Old 06-09-2014, 09:29 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by stacy~** View Post
I have found historic information of the maintenance fee increase but I would like information of the point value increase.
as stated, total points for the resort (for all the villas for every day of the whole year) is fixed. those pts can be reallocated (and have been a couple of times) but pt costs in general cannot increase through the life of the contract.

here is more detail for fun. you can see some of the reallocations in the links below:

2015 point chart for OKW

original pt charts for OKW (thanks to webmasterdoc).

here are some numbers:

if you wanted a 1BR at OKW for 7 nights in may 1994, it would have cost 200 pts. if you wanted a 1BR at OKW for 7 nights in may 2015, it would cost 199 pts.

OTOH, if you wanted a studio for 5 nights sun-thurs in early december, your 35 pt stay cost in 1994 has now increased by 43% to 50 pts. weeknight stays have taken a hit...but if you just stayed 2 nights on a weekend in early december at OKW, your 34 pt stay in 1994 dropped a bit to 26 pts.
so when some numbers go up, others have to go down. or if everything goes up (as at BLT a couple of years back), then they have reclassified some rooms in the underlying room categories (i.e. there are fewer expensive "theme park view" villas at BLT now than a few years ago - and the extra pts from the formerly expensive villas got spread across the point chart.)

if you typically stay for 7 nights, i doubt you'll see any big changes (although early dec is popular enough that it won't surprise me if they move it to a different season.)

timesharing definitely involves a risk of change, so take that into account.

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Old 06-09-2014, 03:33 PM   #18
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VGC is a very small resort and very popular with West Coast residences, so demand is very high. I would not recommend buying a contract there to use mostly at WDW.

One possible suggestion. Buy a 150 point contract for your trips to WDW. Once you've bought in, then buy a 50-point contract for VGC. Bank and borrow that VGC contract so that every three years you have 150 points for a VGC stay. Then you can take advantage of the 11-month booking window without being all in on VGC.

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Originally Posted by stacy~** View Post
We did just recently (March and May) stay at SSR and BC (not villas) and visited all other DVC resort locations so I feel like I have my WDW locations narrowed down to SSR/OKW/BCV/WLV.
I was going to assume that you know about the resale market, but then I remembered what happens when we ASSUME -- so I won't.

There is a very active resale marketplace for DVC contracts, and for your choices, resale will offer you substantial savings. I believe DVD charges $130 per point for "sold-out" resorts; following are sample prices your resorts have recently sold for (different from "listed for") and have cleared ROFR:

OKW - $65-$70
SSR - $65-$75
VWL - $70-$80
BCV - $83- $85

Of course, annual dues comprise most of the cost of ownership, so you should also research those in the DVC Resources stickie at the top of this page.

The one notable difference between your four preferred resorts that you may not know is that the villas at OKW are WAY bigger than other DVC resorts. Our first-ever DVC trip was to OKW with Grandma and Great Auntie. We opened the door to our two bedroom and both elderly ladies looked at each other and said, "Oh my GAWD!!!"
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