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Ok, so I've continued to read and want to make sure I am summing this up correctly:

Pls excuse me, but professionally I prepare business cases, so I look at this decision in a similar light:

Decision:

A) Rent a condo, home or timeshare through the usual channels

B) Purchase a timeshare on the secondary market and hope that maintenance costs over time are at least equal to or less than option A.


Also with option B, it appears you need to be more flexible in calendar scheduling and plan farther out, but the advantage to B over A is that there are often more resorts and more capacity through timeshares than through traditional hotels and resorts in some locations. What I am saying is that for example, Hilton may have one resort on Miami Beach, but chances are very good there are a wide variety of different timeshares available.

If I've left something out from this analysis, please advise.

Also, looking for opinions and experiences with A vs. B as the most cost effective option over time - I realize there are many variables (buying a deluxe unit, vs. cheap unit, location) - just looking for an overall idea if B really can be more cost effective than A *generally speaking*.

Thanks, MP

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