Florida really is one of the best places in the world to own a timeshare. The entire state seems geared towards tourism and with some of the world's biggest theme and adventure parks situated within easy reach, it's no wonder that it remains a popular destination, year after year.
When my husband and I had small children, we thought that this would be the ideal place to own a timeshare. Sunshine, beaches and the ever-popular Disney parks meant that we would never be short of things to do with our youngsters. As they got older, their tastes changed and they liked the beaches, SeaWorld Orlando Theme Park and Universal Studios a little more, but there was still so much to see and do.
As a family, we travelled through the Everglades in search of alligators and we ventured a little further afield on each subsequent visit. As ever, there came a time when the children, now into their mid to late teens, began to prefer holidaying closer to home with friends their own age, or heading off into France and Germany in order to practise their language skills. This meant that our timeshare wasn't being used as much as it should.
My husband and I did join a holiday exchange programme for a while and as we had good weeks in a good area, we could almost have our pick of destinations, but we decided that we wanted to buy a permanent residence in France, with a view to eventually retiring there. The trouble was, in all our time with timeshare, we had never once looked into how to sell a timeshare or what this might involve. After reading a few horror stories about scams and low prices, we decided to go with a professional company that would take care of most of the details on our behalf.
The reasonable fees charged were well worth the lack of stress and as we didn't have to pay any extortionate fees up front, we trusted that we were dealing with a reputable firm. A friend pointed out that we wouldn't sell a house without professional help, so using a professional company that knew how to sell our timeshare was not too different from using an estate agent.
We didn't experience any trouble in all the time that we had our timeshare, although I am aware that some people are disappointed with the whole idea. But no matter what your reasons for selling, we would strongly recommend doing as we did and engaging the services of a reputable company that can guide you through the whole sales process and remove the stress from your shoulders.