We go to one every year that is owned by friends of ours (Marriott Vacation Club) but I would never personally own one. Theirs is in a more "ritzy" type area and the maintenance fees alone are too much, though the actual price of owning the timeshare are not. They can, however, go to any one of Marriott's timeshares around the world. Also, take into consideration the cost of getting there every year or whatever your timeframe is ... will you be driving or do you have to fly? Air travel is getting to be ridiculously expensive. There are a lot of rules associated with owning one, especially when you can and can't book ... if during peak times (spring break, for example), you often have to book at least 14 months in advance to get the time you want. Right now, re-sale is nearly non-existent because of the economy, though it may be the time to buy. You can actually find people trying to sell off their weeks on Ebay.
at 7:36 AM on Jun. 2, 2011