(Please note: Members of the media - feel free to include these quotes as you are developing your stories.)
"It's important for consumers to buy timeshares for the right reason -- to use it regularly for a vacation, not as an investment. Most timeshares quickly depreciate from the sale price, similar to the way a car drops in value once driven off the lot, because of commissions, marketing and giveaways".
"When people buy a timeshare, they are essentially buying a future vacation at today's prices and saving on the costs of a hotel, which in many cases is far higher per day than the cost of a timeshare."
"Consumers need to pre-plan where they want to spend their vacation time. If they want to re-visit an area, then a timeshare is a great way to ensure a cost-effective vacation."
"The resale market is an excellent way to buy a timeshare because, in most cases, you're buying direct from an owner. Most potential buyers have done their homework, have a good idea of what they are looking for and the price range they are comfortable with."
"Sellers should be realistic about their expectations. Depending on the type of timeshare they own, location, season, etc., a sale could take several months to develop. The timeshare must be priced competitively to offer the best opportunity for a sale, with timeshares often selling 30% - 40% below the original sale price."
"Exchanges are a great way to extend the excitement of a timeshare beyond the original intent of the purchase. Many owners are not aware of this until after they buy their timeshare, but they can take advantage of programs that can offer the comforts of their timeshare at most vacation destinations around the country, or the world."