Think I've decided I will sell my membership

Discussion in 'Purchasing DVC' started by forgop, Jun 13, 2014.

  1. forgop

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    I have a DVC membership and haven't used it since 2010. My youngest was 3 at the time and newly diagnosed with autism and we did great due to keeping him in a stroller at that age plus it was possible to enjoy the parks thanks to the GAC. Once Disney eliminated that, you go back to waiting like everyone else which my son cannot tolerate and would result in numerous meltdowns. That's not my idea of a good time.

    I've borrowed to rent out most of my points and realize those with low immediate availability are less desirable for purchase. Am I going to be far better off waiting until next year to have substantially more points available for immediate use?
     
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  3. MJ6987

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    Have you tried the DAS, the replacement for the GAC? Our daughter is autistic and we got on OK with that. You don't have to wait like everyone else. They give you a time to come back based on the standby wait (less 10 mins I think) then you use the fast pass entrance. If you use that combined with FP+ and a touring plan you really should be OK.
     
  4. bdrobet

    bdrobet Earning My Ears

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    Sorry, can you please explain GAC and DAS?
     
  5. MJ6987

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  6. JimMIA

    JimMIA A little Miami humor...

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    I would talk to someone at The Timeshare Store and get their opinion on how your contract should be priced to sell, what the selling costs would be, and what your net proceeds would be. Hopefully, you didn't finance. But if you did, you need to look at the numbers and see whether you can sell.

    Yes, a contract with full points is more attractive than a contract with all the current points used. It will sell, and sell quickly, if you price it right.

    You are going to pay your dues next year (calendar 2015). While a contract with full points would command a somewhat higher price, I think a premium of $6 per point is unlikely.

    I would put it on the market now...at a price where it will sell.

    I'm sorry Disney's policy change made visiting more difficult for your family, and I'm sure we all understand. But, regardless of the reason, DVC no longer meets your family's needs and the sooner you get out from under it, the better off you will be.
     
  7. forgop

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    He's the kind that when he sees something, he wants to get in line for it then and now rather than having to come back for it. He goes to speech/occupational therapy weekly and has great resources at school, yet the waiting/meltdowns are a major issue (as is aggression at times).
     
  8. McCrae

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    Have you thought about renting your points for a couple of years.... Things may become easier to manage as he gets older?
     
  9. MJ6987

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    Yeah, I was thinking that after I wrote it. If there are two adults, could one run ahead to get the DAS reservation so the he doesn't have to go to the ride himself? Also, I thought I read somewhere that there will be some DAS kiosks so that you can go there rather than the ride itself, although I am not 100% on this.

    I think that FP+ may actually be better for you than old FP as you can plan ahead more. I also recommend a nice sit down meal during the day, even better if it is a character meal so you can avoid having to queue for those as well! But I am probably telling you what you already know!

    It's a tricky one but it seems a shame for you to have to stop going. I assume your son likes going? I know our daughter loves it, I think she likes the sensory stimulation although I know some are the other way. Good luck whatever you decide. :)
     
  10. HokieGCC

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    Please don't take my post as advice ... just an effort to trigger thought.

    A lot of families have at least one meltdown at Disney as there are some characteristics there than can be hard to cope with.

    If your son loves the rides themselves but hates the lines you might be able to manage that via getting your fast passes w/o going near the rides first. The Disney lines in the heat can be rough on anyone. You also might also be able to ease the situation by hitting the parks when they open and get out of there before noon. The first few hours are normally really pleasant with crowds. We have done that for years. None of us enjoy the parks at all when it is crowded and hot. We find the least stress is to get there a few minutes after they open (like 8:15 when the open at 8). The gates will have just opened but you miss the mad crush. The other time it is normally always pleasant with crowds and lines is right before closing. Even the biggest rides almost become walk on. So the last 2 hours of a parks opening is normally pleasant. So, that's what we have done for years - hit the park early, get out by noon, go to the resort and swim, nap, relax, and the maybe after dinner return.


    The other thought I had is that with a real young child you are tied up in Fantasy Land a lot of the time which to me is the hottest and most crowded part of the MK. Even walking through there is a major pain at times testing everyone's nerves with the stroller wars. As he gets older your will be able to do rides in places less congested and less strollers.
     
  11. Splashboat

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    Just another thought, would it be possible to stay at your resort and not go to the parks at all? It is a beautiful place to stay and maybe if you rent a car you can do other things for the next couple of years - maybe things will change.
     
  12. Missyrose

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    The DAS holder (your son) doesn't have to be present to get a return time, he only has to be present when it's time to ride the ride. Could one parent get the return time while the other stays with your son, that way he doesn't see the ride until it's his time to ride it?
     
  13. NoleFan

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    The new das system is not great for kids with autism. Used in conjunction with fp+, it is somewhat doable assuming you stay on schedule with your fp+ times. I don't love the new system and don't spend more than a few hours in the parks. Downgraded our ap from premium to seasonal & withheld buying additional points (for more stays) due to the changes. We definitely spend more time in the resorts & less time in the parks. It's an unfortunate situation for kids with autism.
     
  14. forgop

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    We've rented them out the past 4 years. I love Disney. My wife and kids love Disney. However, I find Disney as a vacation to be a lot of "work" and a lot of waiting, which my son tolerates very little of. (Depending on the mood, he'll start screaming just being stopped at a red light in the van).

    I'll have to talk it over with the wife some more.
     
  15. forgop

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    This is a nice place, but after splitting the drive over 2 days each way, the last thing I really want to do is just be at the hotels. If you figure what your trip really costs (purchase + annual dues). Then if you do the park tickets for 10 days for 5 people and not make the most of your time, you're throwing a lot of money and not making the most use of it IMO.
     
  16. disneyguyla

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    You should sell it, but not with no points in this use year, No buyer will buy it without being able to go on vacation as soon as they buy it. You need to quit borrowing points and let them build up again. You will still have to pay annual dues this year and most likely next year because of all the points being gone. Good luck .
     
  17. bakerworld

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    Depends on your home resort - if you said previously I missed it. BL is selling really well right now, even striped, but if you've financed then IMO keep rent until paid and then sell.

    If bought resale, then you're probably paid up so selling might not be an issue - once again, even striped.
     
  18. JimMIA

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    This is simply not true.

    Secondly, the person trying to buy a contract in a hurry so they can take an immediate trip a) is not thinking about the most important aspects of timeshare ownership; b) if they know anything about DVC, they realize they can borrow points for a vacation just like you did; and c) is certainly not the only type of prospective buyer out there.

    Also -- just FYI, The Timeshare Store IS open on weekends -- which means they are available for your questions, listings, etc. Much more important, they will be available on Saturday or Sunday for prospective buyers to BUY your contract...unlike lesser brokers.
     
  19. *pixie*

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    We're planning on making an offer on a contract via resale in the next week or so. We actually would prefer a stripped contract as we have a trip planned for May 2015 (14 night WBPC) and are not planning on vacationing before then, so have no need for "immediate" points. A stripped contract saves us a little money as we wouldn't have to pay MF right away.
     
  20. Minniesgal

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    Not always true. When we bought our last contract in 2013 we were looking for a certain number of points and UY and we weren't planning on using them until 2015. As it turned out we got some 2012 and 2013 points as well so we added nights to our already booked 2013 stay it we were buying to meet our long term needs not for a stay that year. We would have happily bought a stripped contract at a good price.
     
  21. *pixie*

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    Really? I sent an email with a couple of questions to the agent I had been communicating with on Friday morning. I had hoped to get a quick reply and then get an offer in before the weekend.

    Patience, patience.
     

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