November 15, 2013 — For years I’ve searched for a legitimate way to help alleviate the resale crisis within our industry. Sometimes it takes a while to come up with an idea that might work and as such, for some of the resale inventory hanging around, I believe a kind of an amnesty (pardon and/or clemency) program may be in order for timeshare owners who really need to get out of their TS plans!
So Here’s The Scoop: I’m sure the immediate reaction to such a notion is not popular but the same can be said of many Americans living right after the U.S. Civil War ended when on May 29, 1865 President Andrew Johnson pardoned Robert E. Lee, his officers and most of the other dissenters (rebels) for their treasonous acts, war and insurrection against the United States of America.
The USA is kind of big on pardons. Other such events that come to mind include forgiving the Japanese Emperor Hirohito after World War II for authorizing the December 7, 1941 sneak attack on Pearl Harbor (and the rest of the War); President Jimmy Carter for pardoning the draft dodgers from the Vietnam War; President Gerald Ford pardoning former President Richard Nixon for his activities. Indeed this ‘forgiving’ notion in the USA goes all the way back to none other than President George Washington.
I guess forgiving — even conditionally — can be a darn good idea and that is exactly what I’m suggesting: an “Alle Alle Auch Sind Frei” (aka: All ye, all ye ‘outs’ in free) when it comes to some timeshare owners/members who are no longer happy
campers owners/members and desperately need to rid themselves of their slices of Paradise.
Of course the ‘biz’, which is rarely united on anything, would not dare do what I suggest industry-wide but if any developer out there wants to get some of their resale inventory off the market it would behoove them to seriously consider, perhaps, a conditional (e.g.) ‘return’ program by offering some and/or certain of their owners/members a ‘way out’.
For example, if a TS plan is PIF (paid in full), current on all fees, dues, etc. and the existing owners/members are 70-80 years old, must be spoon-fed and are confined to a wheel chair that could be a owner/member who would qualify for and/or warrant a kind of “get out of jail free” card and eliminate their TS shackles of perpetuity — aka: the bondage of those darn “Endless Vacations”.
How about the widow or widower who no longer travels and who had no children; or maybe those owners/members who’ve been unemployed for longer than 6-12 months, or the recently divorced, those with terminal health issues and so forth?
There are plenty of creative and positive ways to offer such a plan that would protect the developer (or HOA), generate revenue and help those in real need and at the same time generate some desperately needed positive press, etc.
If you think I’m rock stupid for suggesting a scheme to ‘forgive’ some timeshare owners/members allow me, as an illustration only, to remind everyone what Matthew the Tax Collector, the Apostle and author, apparently wrote a couple thousand years ago as he relayed Jesus’ teachings on the subject of forgiving:
“Matthew 6.14-15: 14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
And remember, according to industry reports upwards of 85% of all owners/members are ‘happy’ (are satisfied) with their TS plans anyway so we’re not talking about opening up the floodgates or Pandora’s Box — if done properly.
Good Luck Out There!
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