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Old 10-04-2013, 05:31 PM   #16
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I will say also probably will be more of a one week trip most years & would it be wiser to rent PTs first as we've never done a villa stay. Always done deluxe resort though.
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Old 10-04-2013, 05:43 PM   #17
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I'd suggest you spend time and understand all of this before buying. It usually takes around 6 months of active investigation to understand enough about the system to justify buying.
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Old 10-04-2013, 06:12 PM   #18
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I'd suggest you spend time and understand all of this before buying. It usually takes around 6 months of active investigation to understand enough about the system to justify buying.
Make sure to read about other people's concerns, their experiences, and their trips - just hang here for a few months. You really need to understand what you are buying, its a lot of money to sink into something when you "think" it works this way - right now, the questions you are asking are good, but they are so basic that there is a ton of stuff you aren't even THINKING about asking yet.
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Old 10-04-2013, 07:49 PM   #19
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We stayed at several different properties before we purchased. We bought at Old Key West mainly for the fact that the rooms are larger than most all the other DVC properties. We have now stayed at all but Boardwalk. We learned the hard way - make your reservation at your home resort at 11 months, then if you want to stay somewhere else, try at 7 months. If successful, you can then cancel the reservation at your home resort. We purchased OKW without staying on the property, but we had read a lot about it through here, and had stayed at Caribbean Beach, which is similar, and we loved it. We have never been sorry. We nearly purchased at SSR, which I am glad we did not. I do not care for the rooms there - I really don't feel that I am on vacation. Other folks here have given you good advice - read as much as you can before you make your decision. We truly love all the resorts, for different reasons - style, proximity to a park, fun things to do. It's all great!
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Old 10-04-2013, 10:21 PM   #20
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conversely, while we love the OKW venue, we'd never buy there. There is no need for the 11-month owner window plus we'd only stay there if we drove or where in a ticket-less state.
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:44 AM   #21
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We stayed at several different properties before we purchased. We bought at Old Key West mainly for the fact that the rooms are larger than most all the other DVC properties. We have now stayed at all but Boardwalk. We learned the hard way - make your reservation at your home resort at 11 months, then if you want to stay somewhere else, try at 7 months. If successful, you can then cancel the reservation at your home resort. We purchased OKW without staying on the property, but we had read a lot about it through here, and had stayed at Caribbean Beach, which is similar, and we loved it. We have never been sorry. We nearly purchased at SSR, which I am glad we did not. I do not care for the rooms there - I really don't feel that I am on vacation. Other folks here have given you good advice - read as much as you can before you make your decision. We truly love all the resorts, for different reasons - style, proximity to a park, fun things to do. It's all great!
Do your PTs get changed to holding PTs if you cancel the home resort reservation or another type of PTs I can't remember right now or is it just a change since you're still coming but just changed resorts?
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Do your PTs get changed to holding PTs if you cancel the home resort reservation or another type of PTs I can't remember right now or is it just a change since you're still coming but just changed resorts?
It depends on if you cancel the first one completely first.
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It depends on if you cancel the first one completely first.
I wouldn't cancel the first one until I knew I could get the other resort I wanted.
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It depends on if you cancel the first one completely first.
I would make sure I could get the one I wanted first
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Then, you have the new trip from any points you have left, then they borrow from the next year, and the points from your first trip are returned. If you can't use them, you have to bank them.
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Then, you have the new trip from any points you have left, then they borrow from the next year, and the points from your first trip are returned. If you can't use them, you have to bank them.
Couldn't I just use the PTs from the original resort to the new resort if I was just changing resorts but not dates?
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No, it's a new reservation. BUT, if you call directly I think they can switch it.
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Old 10-05-2013, 01:11 PM   #28
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"subject to availability," sure.

keep in mind you will be paying higher annual dues, and there are higher risks as coastal storms are more likely to damage those properties.

but don't think that low upfront prices mean value...they mean you want to roll the dice. prices are low for a reason.

i would not own those resorts unless i really wanted to stay at those resorts. SSR is a better value if you are looking at wdw stays and are just happy to be onsite. (note that SSR expires in 2054 compared to 2042 for HHI/VB.)
SSR is the best value considering MF price PP and initial cost , plus it's WDW property so you won't have to worry about being outside the world if you can't change reservations at 7 months . The MF at vero and HH are the highest around
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Old 10-05-2013, 01:20 PM   #29
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Do your PTs get changed to holding PTs if you cancel the home resort reservation or another type of PTs I can't remember right now or is it just a change since you're still coming but just changed resorts?
pts turn into holding pts if you cancel within a month of your reservation.

if you cancel earlier than that, pts return to that UY with no penalty.

you cannot book 2 reservations at the same time with the same pts - you'd have to cancel one reservation first.

(some MS reps can hold the new reservation while canceling the first - but some can't. there is a little bit of risk, but if you are that close and changing exactly at the 7 month window, i'd just get on the waitlist if something happened. it would be very likely to come through.)
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Old 10-05-2013, 01:26 PM   #30
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Don't forget that you can have more than one home resort! If you buy points at two (or more) resorts WITH THE SAME USE YEAR you can use your points seamlessly at 7 months. Plus, through banking/borrowing you can actually make your reservation at 11 mo using all your points. This is wat we do (we own at OKW and HHI).
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