• Report: #133503

Complaint Review: Westgate Vacation Villas

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  • Submitted: Wed, March 02, 2005
  • Updated: Thu, April 07, 2005

  • Reported By:Notre Dame New Brunswick
Westgate Vacation Villas
Kissemee, Florida U.S.A.

Westgate Vacation Villas rip off Kissemee Florida

*Consumer Suggestion: Donation might be worth a try

*Consumer Suggestion: I FEEL YOUR PAIN

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A few years ago we were sucked into buying a time share at Westgate Vacation Villas. My wife and I took our first trip to Florida and got sucked into taking this tour of the Westgate Villas. When we sat down with them the sales person made it sound like this was the best thing since slice bread. The site was very nice in the center of an orange grove and they had told us if we purchased the timeshare whenever we would come down we could pick our own oranges to make fresh juice. They had also told us they were not going to build anymore units and that our unit was going to go up in value and if we ever wanted to sell they would assist us.

Well the next time we went down there was no more orange groves and they were build to beet the band. A couple of years after we called them about selling because financially we felt it was a burden. When we called them they told us they were not into resale yet but would probably be into it shortly. We then went down again and spoke to them about reselling and they said they are not planning on reselling these ever. This year I tried just to give it back to them for no money and they will not accept accept it. This just goes to show you how much it is worth now. I am willing just to give it away if anyone wants it.

In my opinion I would not even look at time share again and now when people approach me about it I tell them to stick it where the sun doesn't shine. Stay away from Time share

Armand
Notre Dame, NorthWest Territories
Canada

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

Donation might be worth a try

AUTHOR: Lyn - (U.S.A.)

Some info from the Clark Howard show:

Get rid of your timeshare by donating it - September 1, 2004

Clark has received many calls over the years from people who are stuck with a timeshare they just can't seem to sell. The truth is that timeshares are extremely difficult to sell no matter what you paid for them or when you bought them. Even if you love your timeshare, sometimes your circumstances change and you need to sell your week. The trouble is that there is no solid, active secondary market for selling timeshares because they lose about 80 percent of their value the moment they are sold. But there may be a new way to solve this problem. Clark read about the new option in the Wall Street Journal, but he wants you to keep in mind that it is very new. It's a donation program called Donate for a Cause, and it allows you to donate the timeshare to a charity and claim a tax deduction of $4,900. There is no fee at all, and you don't need an appraisal, according to the Journal.

Clark wonders if there are any gotchas, and he wants you to know that you will be a guinea pig if you get involved. But he talked with the owner to find out if there are any gotchas, and he couldn't find any. Even the annual maintenance fees you have to pay are transfered with the donation.

So, where does the timeshare go? When you transfer the ownership, you get a receipt for your donation and the proceeds go to a non-profit organization of your choosing. The Web site for information is donateforacause.org. The owner also recommends that you discuss the tax issues with your accountant before you deduct it.
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#2 Consumer Suggestion

I FEEL YOUR PAIN

AUTHOR: Carl - (U.S.A.)

Everything you say is true, or at least we've been told and experienced the exact same things at the Villas. Have you also noticed that short check in-lines, complimentary wine and carnation upon check in, clean units, daily newspaper delivery, and personalized customer care have all gone the way of the orange and grapefruit groves? Westgate seemed to care about its owners at one time. Now you feel part of a herd. As an owner, first at the Villas and currently at the Lakes, I can fully relate to your feelings regarding Westgate. It does not surprise me that Westgate refused to take back your timeshare even though you asked for no money.

I purchased a timeshare in North Georgia 23 years ago. With ever rising POA and maintenance fees, along with the occasional special assessment, I felt it was a financial drain and simply not worth it anymore. I offered to return my week with no money in return. To its credit, the timeshare management allowed us to do so although you must be current with all fees (I was). Had the management refused, I would have looked into donating to a charity that specializes in timeshares, and then I would at least have a tax write off. Any takers on your Westgate timeshare giveaway? If not, perhaps you can unload your timeshare through a donation. Please share your experience if you choose to do a charitable donation.

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