• Report: #258598
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TimeshareMLS - Timeshare Resale Companies - Howard Levene

  • Submitted: Tue, July 03, 2007
  • Updated: Thu, July 26, 2007

  • Reported By:gray Tennessee
TimeshareMLS - Timeshare Resale Companies - Howard Levene
7121 Grand National Dr. Suite 106, Orlando, Florida U.S.A.

TimeshareMLS - TimeshareFSBO - Timesharesdirect - Timesharesbyowner - Timeshareresalesusa Companies Howard Levene Jon Warren To stop the advance fee timeshare resale slime you must report them ripoff Orlando Florida

*Author of original report: Timesharemls.org is a great company

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Address of Libel

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Any advance fee timeshare resale company is a scam, period! They call their advance fees by many names but if they want money up front they are scamming you.

They will say it is a marketing or advertising fee or various other nonsense but once they have that fee you won't hear from them again. Well, until they call you again under a different name stating how much better they are from that other resale company and they will get your property sold. All the while they are the exact same company that sold the first resale package to you.

If you are a timesharemls.org or timesharefsbo.com customer you have this to look forward to because they love reselling their old customers the same crap but under a different name. It's not uncommon for them to try and sell the same person 2, 3 or more times either.

Once a company like timesharenls.org has gotten as much money as they can from a timeshare owner who wants nothing more than to get rid of their timeshare and those maintenance fees they will sell their name to another company and the whole process starts again. In the timeshare resale scam business the saying is if they bought once they'll buy again and again and again.

This sounds familiar right Howard, right Jon, right timesharemls.org, right timesharefsbo.com? Howard Levene and little howard aka Jonathon Warren know this tactic all too well. After all, Howard isn't a stranger to, shall we say, questionable sales tactics. Okay, he is no stranger to the Feds and the Feds only get to know you if something isn't right. Is Howard Levene a person to do business with? or to buy anything from his companies? I think not...unless you just like paying Howard and Jon nice salaries.

Oh they talk a good game about how they are the leader in the resale field and that they will answer their customers calls but they fall miserably short when it comes to actually doing what they are in business for...helping you sell your timeshare.

Wait, my mistake, they are in the business of taking your money and giving you a worthless service in return.

Many people get scammed by these companies, timeshare owners lose millions of dollars each year at the hands of these companies. What must be done is to report them to the Florida Attorney General's Office or the AG's Office of which ever state they are located in.

Yes, the Attorney General's Office is already aware of these companies but if the get complaint after complaint from consumers that have been ripped off this will motivate the AG's to move faster to shut them down.

gray, Tennessee

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 07/03/2007 10:49 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/timesharemls-timeshare-resale-companies-howard-levene/orlando-florida-32819/timesharemls-timesharefsbo-timesharesdirect-timesharesbyowner-timeshareresalesusa-258598. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Author of original report

Timesharemls.org is a great company

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

I admit, as the above post by The Timeshare MLS Staff indicates I am not, nor have I claimed to be a consumer advocate. I am however someone who believes the advance fee timeshare resale industry has no merit what so ever. From my experience and the additional information I have learned since then I know there is no question of this. As a result I am doing my best to inform and educate timeshare owners. This is getting much easier since many timeshare owners have already been burned 1, 2,3 times or more by the many companies selling these resale packages. They may not be posting their experiences on forums but that doesn't mean it hasn't happend.

As far as a lack of online complaints is concerned, few people who have actually been burned by any type of company will post their experiences online. There are many reasons for this, some are embarrassed, some haven't thought about it, some fell there's no use to, some go straight to the state or federal agencies, some chalk it up to a bad choice and let it go or any number of other reasons. There are still yet others who have been signed up with the company for 5,6, 7 months with no inquiries about their unit and are still holding out hope that by some miracle they will get lucky, very very lucky. These people still realize they've made a bad choice going through an advance fee resale company.

The Timeshare MLS Staff states " we protect our customers with a recorded verification that describes exactly what our program entails". A lot of people already realize and for those that don't "Verification" is for the company's protection and not the clients. When Ms. Smith calls back and says Agent Tony said my unit would definitely sell in 90 days I want my money back. Well, the verification dept. is able to play back the tape for Ms. Smith and yes, it states that if the property isn't sold in 90 days we will continue to advertise your property at the company's expense. That is you agreeing to this on the tape isn't it? Yes Ms. Smith replies. Ok, you will not receive a refund, however, you can take comfort in knowing that the $1000 you paid for our service and hasn't brought you any inqueries to date still enables your unit to be advertised on our site, god luck. Now the conversation may not go exactly like that but you get the point--verification equals protection for the company. Plus, verification doesn't record the sales pitch the resale agent has gone through with the customer and all the promises or misleading information they have used to get the client to verification.

I urge anyone reading this not to take my word for all I written about this company and this industry. I do stand 100% behind what I have written though. I just suggest call the Florida Attorney General's Office and ask them about this company or principals of it.

If anyone wants to contact me personally just let me know and I'll be more than happy to oblige you.

I've gotta go now, I'd say it's a safe bet the fine folks at Timeshare MLS have placed their above post on the other sites they eluded to so I've got anwer them on those as well.
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AUTHOR: Legal - (U.S.A.)

Dear Customers,

It has recently come to our attention that a former business partner is reporting libel about our company and our sales methods. We would like to formally advice you that we believe Gary from Gray, Tennessee, intention is to damage our companies reputation. His stories are entirely one sided and slanted. If you have found this post then you have also found Gary's' other posts, and you might have noticed that he is 95% of any complaints. Gary was not a customer of ours nor does he realize the dedication we have to our customers. Gary is upset of his misfortune and blames our company. We are working with a very experienced law firm that specializes in internet defamation, libel, and extortion. We have been advised we have a strong case. We understand that in order to attract timeshare buyers and renters to our inventory we must protect our reputation. We have over 1,100 networked brokers that have access to our inventory and that number grows every week. We have posted a discredit of Gary to some of the reports, and, as you will see, he is no consumer advocate. Wherever Gary has posted on the internet we have followed and have noticed he is one of very few posting a negative experience in regards to our company. To date we have not lost the trust of one advertising and marketing agreement with our clients, and we plan to keep it that way. As you are aware, we protect our customers with a recorded verification that describes exactly what our program entails. If you have any questions in regards to the listed reports please contact our Customer Service department:

Customer Service Department
321-251-4607 Option 1
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