Advantage Vacation is a licensed real estate brokerage, located on Maui, Hawaii that specializes in timeshare resales at Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas North and other popular Westin timeshare resorts around the United States and Caribbean.

Westin timeshares continue to be a great value in today’s timeshare industry and timeshare resales is a great way to save money!  Additionally, with Westin Starwood’s partnership with the Interval International exchange company, owners enjoy unlimited vacation options around the world!

If you are considering buying a Westin timeshare resale, it is important to make sure you are dealing with a licensed timeshare real estate broker, such as Advantage Vacation. By working with a licensed professional you are assured that every transaction is in compliance with the laws of the state where you wish to purchase and that you will receive the appropriate disclosure statements and rescission period. A licensed timeshare broker is required to provide you with disclosure statements and rescission rights for timeshare sales.

Buying a Westin timeshare resale on the secondary market is much less expensive than purchasing direct from the developer because the developer has incurred marketing costs that are passed on to the consumer. It is the developer who sets the price on the retail market. On the secondary market of timeshare resale, prices are determined by individuals and current market conditions.

What is the difference between purchasing a Westin timeshare from the developer at any of the Starwood resorts and one on the secondary market of timeshare resale?  Take a look at what is the same and what may be different when considering the purchase of a Westin timeshare resale.

Harborside Resort at Atlantis

Harborside Resort at Atlantis

StarOptions entitle you to a timeshare vacation at any of the Starwood Vacation timeshare resorts.  However, StarOption benefits are only transferable when purchasing a resale in a “Mandatory” resort.

Following is a list of the Mandatory resorts:

Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas,Maui, Hawaii
Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas North, Maui, Hawaii
Westin Kierland Villas, Scottsdale, Arizona
Sheraton Vistana Villages – Bella and Key West sections, Orlando, Florida
Harborside at Atlantis, Bahamas, Caribbean
Virgin Grand Villas, St John, US Virgin Islands

StarOption benefits do not transfer when purchasing a resale in a “Voluntary” resort.

Star Points are different that StarOptions and relates to converting your Starwood Vacation Villas StarOptions to Star Points which can then be used to stay in Star Points resorts, make airline reservations, reserve a car and purchase merchandise.

Now let’s take a look at what is the same and what is different when purchasing a Westin timeshare resale:

1. You can make a reservation up to 12 months in advance at your home resort in the size and view type you own. All reservations are date and time stamped. Room assignments are based on when you made the reservations. Developer and resale owners are treated exactly the same.

2. If you own a two bedroom lock-off unit, you have the option of splitting it into a one bedroom premium and a studio premium villa. Developer and resale are exactly the same.

3. You have Star Option benefits which entitle you to make reservations into any Starwood Vacation Villa up to 8 months in advance. Reservations are taken on a first come, first served basis. Developer and resale are exactly the same.

4. Beginning 90 days prior to the arrival date, an Owner can make reservations in daily increments at any Starwood Vacation ownership Resort. Developer and resale are exactly the same.

5. Interval International (II) membership and all Interval International benefits. Developer and resale are exactly the same.

6. Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) program – Gives you the option to convert into Star Points.

It is important to note that Star Points conversion rights are not available on a resale purchase, unless the resale buyer purchases a unit from the developer subsequently (certain minimum price requirements will apply) and notifies Starwood in advance that you would like the resale unit “retroed”. This will then give you Starwood Preferred Guest program privileges.

Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas View

Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas

Example: The conversion of two bedroom lock-off in Platinum season, at either of the two Westin timeshares on Maui will give you 80,000 Star Points. It takes more than 80,000 Star Points to stay a week in a hotel room at the Westin Maui. Doesn’t make sense to give up a spacious two bedroom condominium accommodation in Maui for less than a week in a hotel room – does it?

Following is a list of some of the most popular Westin Starwood timeshare resort destinations:

ARIZONA:  Sheraton Desert Oasis and Westin Kierland Villas

CALIFORNIA:  Westin Mission Hills Resort Villas

CARRIBBEAN:  Harborside Resort at Atlantis

FLORIDA:  Sheraton Vistana Villages

KAUAI, Hawaii:  Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

MAUI, Hawaii:  Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas and Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas North

CANCUN, Mexico:  Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Cancun

SOUTH CAROLINA: Sheraton Broadway Plantation

Vacationing has been proven to be good for our health and gives us quality family time together. While timeshare should never be purchased as a financial investment, vacation ownership is an investment in quality vacations in the future for your family and loved ones.

At Advantage Vacation, you are assured of prompt, courteous and professional service (before, during and after the sale.)  Our business has been built on relationships and we pride ourselves on providing excellent service to our clients.  Let us help you find just the right Westin Starwood timeshare resale for you and your family!

Advantage Vacation is a member of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) and offers the best buys on the timeshare re sales market today. We never charge an upfront fee for clients who want to sell a timeshare and only receive a commission, paid from escrow, when the transaction is closed.

We are leaders in the timeshare resale secondary market, have been in the timeshare industry for over 30 years and are Accredited Members of the BBB with an A+ Rating.

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At Advantage Vacation you can be assured you are working with professionals who believe that honesty and integrity are the most important aspects of the business they are in – timeshare resales. Our business has been built on relationships and we pride ourselves on providing excellent service to our clients.

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