Discussion in 'Purchasing DVC' started by wallawallakids, Jan 19, 2013.
Congratulations!!! That is great that you got the 2012 points as well!!!
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I am curious: which timeshares are you taking about? Marriot? My SIL owns there and she does love it.
Please understand I'm not trying to talk you out of the choices you've made, only to make sure you know your options and don't make assumptions that aren't accurate. Staying off property will push you more toward a car but we'd do that anyway.
As for properties I'd put at least as nice as DVC overall, I've posted the list previously, here's a copy of the pertinent part of that info.
I think one of the large components is about giving the individual other options outside Orlando. If you want one system to give Disney and other timeshare options, DVC is not a good or reasonable choice to do that. OTOH, if one has to be on property, cash and DVC are the only feasible long term options even though some of these can potentially trade in to DVC at times. Bonnet Creek is essentially on property from a location standpoint. As for the best none DVC option, it totally depends on variables and personal preference but I think those that give you other options would be the top and all of the first groups would plus some of the second. That'd put Bluegreen, Wyndham, Starwood and Marriott as possibilities that would give you other good non Orlando options. The first 3 as points mini systems and Marriott as either a points system or floating weeks system with an internal trade preference. I would steer you away from the Marriott's points system because of the cost.
I hope that helps.
When I looked into DVC (late 2012, so don't think I'm an expert) I thought we'd need about 400 points. That gives us a week in summer and one 3 day weekend in a 1 bedroom.
I ended up buying a loaded 200 point contract. My contract has 200 banked 2011 pts, plus all 2012 pts, plus all 2013, etc. So I have 800 pts to use between 2013 and 2014 before I end up at only 200 per year.
What this will do for me is allow me to experience DVC for 2 years with several trips before I make a larger commitment. If I decide I really do want 400 pts I have several options. I can either bank and go every other year, or I can buy another 200 pt contract, or I can buy a 400 pt contract and sell my 200 pt contract. In the meantime I get to experience DVC for only 200 pts worth of maintenance fees rather than 400 pts worth. That saves me about $1200 for the first two years while I try out DVC.
So I suggest you go small, buy half the pts you need and try it out. I think it will be easier to add more points if you bought too few, then to reduce your points if you bought too many.
You definately sound like a perfect candiate for a DVC. I too would recommend
that you look for something in the 200 point range. Then in your first visit, tour the other resorts, you will have a better understanding if you want to add on or not. You may want to buy into another resort afterward.
I would look for a contract that is loaded (last years points and this years). Make sure you understand use year before buying.
Thank you! THis does sound like the best option. If we buy into BLT now with a smaller contract than we can decide if it works well for us. Later maybe we will buy a second contract in a second home resort.
Call it my mind working in strange ways, but when I reread this post I got the impression that you've never stayed in a DVC resort. Many on here would recommend you do that first before buying in. (You can rent points from a member, there is a board here on the DIS or you can go through a company like David's Vacation Rentals, he is a board sponsor.)
Also, I just wanted to make sure that you were aware that some traditional hotel room amenities (like daily housekeeping) are not a part of the DVC deal. Generally you get your trash removed and fresh towels on Day 4 and if your stay is long enough, a full cleaning on day 8. Other than that it's all up to you regarding making beds, washing dishes etc. (You can pay for extra towels or extra cleaning.)
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