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Allegations of customer deception…

Legal Newsline, PHOENIX, AZ
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Dec. 23 that Diamond Resorts Corporation has agreed to settle for $800,000 in a case involving allegations of customer deception…


Do they still use the same sort of timeshare sales tactics…

Jesse Jones, Seattle King 5 News in BanderasNews.com
We’ve all heard the stories regarding bad timeshare sales presentation experiences with the larger timeshare developers, such as Diamond Resorts International, Orange Lake, Wyndham, and Westgate to name a few. What about those many of us may not know too much about? Perhaps they are smaller as a business, but do they still use the same sort of timeshare sales tactics within their presentations? Read more about this here. If you need to divest yourself of your timeshare, regardless of the size and nature of the developer, let the attorneys of the Aaronson Law Firm help you cancel your timeshare. It’s not too late…


The ins and outs of timeshare ownership…

Robert Massi, The Hidden Truth About Timeshares, Fox News
There are so many people who have discovered, too late, the ins and outs of timeshare ownership. For those who are exploring the possibility of purchasing a timeshare, our advice would be to do your due diligence and vet the process thoroughly! Read here about tips to know prior to buying. Perhaps you’ve already acquired a timeshare and are experiencing all of the downfalls of ownership but now wish to be free of your contract. The attorneys of the Aaronson Law Firm stand ready to help you cancel your timeshare – it’s all that we do…


Follow the adventures of a timeshare sales agent…

Timeshare Sales, Travel Job Tips by Turner, Feb 16, 2017
No doubt you were asked during your timeshare sales presentation to have an open mind. Follow the adventures of a timeshare sales agent as he tells the story of his first day on the job in timeshare sales. Reading about such exploits may be fun and entertaining, but in truth most timeshare presentations become arduous ordeals that leave you wondering what happened. How did you end up with a timeshare that you didn’t want or can’t use? The attorneys of the Aaronson Law Firm can help you cancel that timeshare – it’s not too late…


Do you wonder about the training that timeshare sales agents receive…

Google Books
Do you wonder about the training that timeshare sales agents receive? Particularly after having experienced a long, arduous sales pitch? Selling is an artform that requires skill and determination. This is evident in such publications as “The Art of the Deal,” where closing the deal is king. Read this excerpt of sales tips for timeshare agents from the book, “The Timeshare Coach”, by Carl Garwood, to gain a better understanding about how this works. Then consider retaining the attorneys of the Aaronson Law Firm to help you cancel your timeshare. It’s not too late…


Timeshare cancellation is a viable alternative…

Timeshare Trap
Have you fallen into the timeshare trap? You felt lied to and hard sold at the lengthy presentation and now you find that you just can’t use it because of availability issues. And now the maintenance fees are rising yet again! Read here about the many reasons not to purchase a timeshare, and if you have, the many pitfalls for divesting yourself of your timeshare. Timeshare cancellation is a viable alternative! The attorneys of the Aaronson Law Firm can help you successfully navigate the rocky road of timeshare cancellation. It’s all we do…


Hiring a competent law firm to help you cancel your timeshare…

TUG BBS
Imagine owning a timeshare for 10 years without the ability to book a vacation using it for that entire time. In other words, they weren’t able to use it once! They were searching for options in how to divest themselves of this timeshare albatross. The advice is good, but incomplete. Not covered is the idea of hiring a competent law firm to help you cancel your timeshare. The attorneys of the Aaronson Law Firm stand ready and able to provide you with real and honest representation for your timeshare cancellation case. It’s not too late…


Obtain timeshare ownership lists and then market…

Brinkman on Business, Orlando Sentinel, June 14, 2017
Westgate Resorts and other timeshare developers have filed federal lawsuits against Castle Law Group, claiming that they have interfered with the developer’s clients and contracts. The alleged scheme? Obtain timeshare ownership lists and then market timeshare cancellation plans to them. Here at the Aaronson Law Firm, we want you to fully vet us; research us and see what our clients are saying about us. Then call us for your free consultation where we can frankly and honestly evaluate your situation and let you know how we can legitimately help you cancel your timeshare. It’s not too late…


Doubling the cost of your vacation…

Irene Parker, Inside Timeshare
Many timeshare developers use affiliated credit cards to allow their purchasers to finance their timeshares. For example, Wyndham and Diamond Resorts International both use the Barclaycard to help their consumers finance. However, think strongly about this! Financing a $14,000 timeshare purchase on a credit card at 17.7% APR, and factoring interest and fees over 15 years would result in a total amount paid of approximately $34,000 – more than doubling the cost of your vacation! Contact the attorneys of the Aaronson Law Firm to discuss your situation and discover how they can help you cancel your timeshare. It’s not too late…


Without your knowledge forged your salary figures…

Reported by Amanda Porterfield, CBS58 WDJT – Milwaukee
Has a timeshare developer, without your knowledge, forged your salary figures so that you would qualify for a timeshare purchase? That claim is being made by a Milwaukee woman, who states that a timeshare developer did just that and more, scamming her into buying a timeshare after a grueling 6 hour presentation. View her interview here. This timeshare developer is now the subject of a $1 Billion lawsuit filed against them that will most likely take years to resolve. However, the attorneys of the Aaronson Law Firm can help you cancel your timeshare in a much shorter timeframe. It’s not too late…


A new form of securities fraud…

Zero Hedge
Is the timeshare business model a legitimate model or is it a scam model? Or, perhaps it is a broken model. You could spend days reading about all of the nightmare scenarios that have been perpetrated upon the consumer by timeshare developers. Read about the indication that this has become a new form of securities fraud. Need to cancel your timeshare? The attorneys of the Aaronson Law Firm can help you cancel your timeshare. We are an trusted law firm with over 80 years of experience. It’s not too late…


Are you lining someone else’s pockets with cash…

Inside The Gate
You have a timeshare that you desperately want to sell. Can you tell if you are being scammed by a timeshare reseller? Are you lining someone else’s pockets with cash without receiving the benefits you deserve? Read here about how to spot a timeshare reseller scam. Then put some thought into the idea of having your timeshare contract cancelled instead and the relief this action would bring to you. The attorneys of the Aaronson Law Firm can help you cancel your timeshare. It’s not too late…


This inevitably leads to vanishing promises…

Timeshare Consumer Bureau
You are familiar with the timeshare nightmare – the long presentations, the high-pressure sales tactics and misrepresentations. This inevitably leads to vanishing promises, no availability and false hopes for a good investment. But it gets worse! Read about how abusive sales tactics are being integrated to the presentation. The attorneys of the Aaronson Law Firm, with over 80 years of combined experience, can help you cancel your timeshare and find relief. It’s not too late…


The fertile grounds for timeshare cancellation…

MPA – Mortgage Professional America
If you are experiencing a timeshare ownership nightmare and desparately wish to divest yourself of said nightmare, you probably have seen much information on the internet telling you that this is impossible – that timeshare contracts cannot be cancelled. And, too, you may have heard that hiring an attorney to cancel your timeshare is unnecessary. Don’t be fooled! Misrepresentations, fraud, outright lies, etc., become part of the fertile grounds for timeshare cancellation. The attorneys of the Aaronson Law Firm, with over 80 years of combined experience, can help you cancel your timeshare. It’s not too late…


Here are five good reasons to reconsider a timeshare purchase…

Steve Rhode, Huffington Post – The Blog
You’ve heard of the phrase “money pit,” right? Over the years, this has become synonymous with timeshare ownership. Consider the thousands of dollars spent on timeshare mortgages that are exceedingly hard to use, the endless maintenance fees, the lies about how good an investment it is and the improbability of reselling a timeshare that has become a nightmare to own. Here are five good reasons to reconsider a timeshare purchase. But if you already own a timeshare, take heart! The attorneys of the Aaronson Law Firm can help you cancel your timeshare. It’s not too late…


Invest up to $20,000 or $100/month for 25 years…

Mark J. Perry, AEIdeas, June 4, 2017
Is the timeshare sales model only used for selling vacation resort weeks? Perhaps not. In Minnesota, sales agents are knocking on doors and using a smooth sales pitch to convince people to invest in solar power to reduce their monthly energy bills. The key? Invest up to $20,000 or $100/month for 25 years. However, if you try to cancel your “energy timeshare” or someone does not take over your plan, then the termination clause states that you are stuck with continued payments. Sound familiar? The attorneys of the Aaronson Law Firm can help you safely cancel your VACATION timeshare…


You were taken in by the long, hard-sell presentation…

LawHelpMN
You’ve purchased your timeshare because it seemed like a good idea at the time. However, later you realize that you were taken in by the long, hard-sell presentation delivered by a smooth-talking sales agent. You just want to get out of the contract. What are your options? Read about some of them here and then realize that there are options beyond those listed. It’s not too late. The attorneys of the Aaronson Law Firm can help you safely cancel your timeshare…


Properly vet such offers and follow the BBB’s tips……

BBB, Better Business Bureau
The Better Business Bureau is warning of a new timeshare scam where a purported representative of a timeshare resort will call and offer to purchase your timeshare. You need only send certain fees, often amounting to hundreds of dollars, to enable the purchase. But beware! This scam has been tracked to a particular timeshare purchasing website that is not affiliated with the developer. Make sure to properly vet such offers and follow the BBB’s tips. The attorneys of the Aaronson Law Firm can help you safely cancel your timeshare. It’s not too late…


How timeshares are being perceived by the banking community…

Bankers Anonymous
You’ve heard it said many times that you should never, ever buy a timeshare. The reasons are myriad, but read about how timeshares are being perceived by the banking community. The phrase, “personal financial apocalypse” is introduced. However, it’s not too late! Let the attorneys of the Aaronson Law Firm help you cancel your timeshare…


7 reasons why you hate your timeshare…

NJ.com
Can you think of 7 reasons why you hate your timeshare? Ali Skylar certainly can! Read about her top 7 reasons, and if you feel as she does, talk to us at the Aaronson Law Firm about cancelling your timeshare. It’s not too late…


Don’t get roped into buying, but if it happens…

RCI VIP
Can you survive a timeshare presentation? Yes! It can be done! RCI VIP offers a set of tips for surviving the timeshare presentation. Just remember that most consumers are not well versed in the tactics employed by sales people eager to earn a commission from unsuspecting attendees. Don’t get roped into buying, but if it happens – as it does all too often – let the attorneys of the Aaronson Law Firm help you cancel your timeshare…


Finding a competent attorney to assist you…

Advocate Financial Services
You really want to cancel your timeshare contract but the rescission period has passed. What can you do now? This article details the options you have, including finding a competent attorney to assist you in your endeavor. This is all that we do at the Aaronson Law Firm. We can help you cancel your timeshare…


Perpetrating brazen acts of unethical sales methods…

The New York Times
Timeshare sales are once again on the rise, and with the trend comes an increase in hard-sell techniques and spiels. As timeshare developers become more confident about their futures, so too their marketing staff – even to the point of perpetrating brazen acts of unethical sales methods. Such as charging a credit card without the consumer’s knowledge and prior to the end of the timeshare sales pitch…


Timeshare sales continue to lead the Hospitality Industry…

American Resort Development Association (ARDA)
Timeshare sales continue to lead the Hospitality Industry, displaying steady growth as the industry responds to changing consumer vacation trends. Read the staggering numbers from the American Resort Development Association (ARDA)…


A particular type of cold-calling timeshare scam…

Vacation-Times.org
Have you received a phone call from a person purporting to represent RCI with a claim that you have many unused “RCI Getaway Weeks” that are due to expire? They go on to explain that they are able to rent those weeks to corporate clients. Read about a timeshare owner’s experience with this particular type of cold-calling timeshare scam…


Excited, you call in to the “Prize Headquarters”…

tripadvisor
You’ve won a 3 day/2 night resort getaway which includes 4 round trip tickets, plus $200.00 spending money and a $100.00 dining voucher. Excited, you call in to the “Prize Headquarters,” only to be told that you had to come in person to receive the prize package AND a 90-minute tour of the facilities was included. You smell a scam, but you are sure that you could withstand a timeshare spiel. Should you go?…


The $800,000 Arizona Settlement…

ORLANDO, FL Press Release
The Aaronson Law Group has announced its availability to assist consumers in making claims on behalf of Diamond Resorts Corporation patrons in the $800,000 Arizona Settlement. This online announcement comes as some describe increasing frustration with the lack of cooperation from Diamond’s claims processors. Under terms of Diamond’s ‘relinquishment’ program, the processors have been assigned to handle individual grievances involving cancellation of obligations for Arizona timeshare purchasers…


Most often it becomes an opportunity for them to scam you…

Better Business Bureau (BBB)
Have you received a phone call inviting you to attend an owner’s update meeting at a local restaurant or hotel? Be wary of companies who pitch services supposedly designed to enable you to easily schedule your future timeshare stays. They may also offer promises of improved timeshare experiences and the ability to sell your points. Most often it becomes an opportunity for them to scam you out of many thousands of dollars…


And then the real fun begins…

Cagey Consumer
Have you ever filled out a contest entry at a convention or festival and then received notification that you may have won major prize? Just schedule a time to bring in your entry to confirm your prize and take part in a short, 90-minute presentation and you may walk away with a new car or a major cash prize! Then the calls begin and you finally submit to the lure of minimum cash rewards. And then the real fun begins…


The seamy underbelly of timeshare sales…

Selling Timeshares Today
There still exists the seamy underbelly of timeshare sales. We hear the stories all too often. First comes the phone call from a sweet-voiced person offering you an upgrade on your scheduled vacation. Then comes the 90-minute sales presentation and you find that you’ve entered the realm of Timeshare Hell! Case in point: follow the story of Andrew Kulyk, who faced Timeshare Hell head on – and survived…


Beware of phony timeshare resale scams…

FTC Consumer Information
Beware of the phony timeshare resale scam artists! While they offer the promise of buyers who are ready to buy your timeshare, quick sales with profits and money-back guarantees, what they are offering you are most likely lies. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has shut many such operations down, but they continue to proliferate. Read this article on how to avoid these timeshare resale scams…


Are you in need of “vacation therapy?”…

ScottGoold.org
Are you in need of “vacation therapy?” Did the lure of “vacation therapy” drive you to purchase a timeshare? Read this story about an older woman who was deemed to need “vacation therapy” and the tactics used to sell her – as told by the person who sold her the timeshare…


Timeshares as investments…

Deseret Morning News
When you purchased your timeshare, you perhaps were told that it was an investment that would appreciate over time. Could this be a true statement? Is it legal or even ethical to use this sales tactic on a prospective timeshare purchaser? Beware of claims that appear to create the impression of appreciating timeshare values…


We have a buyer for your timeshare…

Consumer Affairs
Have you received a phone call from a company telling you that the timeshare resale market was “hot” in your area and that they had a buyer for your timeshare? Perhaps they then went on to guarantee that the deal would close. State Attorney General Pam Bondi of Florida has filed suit against a company for doing just that…


Stand up and proclaim, “Where’s my free Disney tickets?”…

Two Cents, Lifehacker
Can you make it through a timeshare presentation without buying, only to stand up at the end and proclaim, “Where’s my free Disney tickets?” This article speaks to how that can be accomplished with strategic perseverance and a solid exit strategy…


So you’ve been invited to a timeshare presentation…

Money Crashers
You’ve been invited to a timeshare presentation where you will receive a free vacation AND theme park tickets for two! Should you go? What could possibly happen to you during this presentation? This article explores some of the problematic issues you might experience during a timeshare presentation…


Threatening foreclosure on your timeshare…

Nolo
You have a timeshare and are currently behind on the payment of your mortgage, maintenance fees, special assessments, or all of them. Soon you receive a letter from your timeshare developer threatening foreclosure on your timeshare. Can they do that?…


Selling your timeshare through a reseller? Be careful…

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
If you are thinking about selling your timeshare through a timeshare reseller, be careful! The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) advises that you should go into “skeptic mode” and question everything…


Spending years in seedy underworld of timeshare sales…

Entrepreneur
Occasionally, someone from the ‘inside’ of the timeshare industry will break ranks and let others know what it’s really all about. Dana McAllef of Daytona Beach, FL rededicated his life to working as a consumer advocate after having spent years in seedy underworld of timeshare sales…


Despite travel warnings and concerns…

Fox News Travel
Despite travel warnings and concerns regarding security and crime, Mexico has overtaken Turkey as the eighth most popular tourist destination, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)…

See our blog entry on this subject…click HERE


Avoid becoming a victim of a timeshare resale scam…

Consumer Reports
Beware of the timeshare resale scam artists! They are waiting out there to pounce upon unwary, desperate timeshare owners looking to sell their burdens. How can an owner protect themselves from the resale scammer? Here is a list to help you avoid becoming a victim of a timeshare resale scam…


There exists more than a ray of hope…

MPA, Mortgage Professional America
We have all assumed that contracts were legal documents that could not be cancelled, including timeshare contracts. However, contracts may be cancelled due to such breaches as fraud and mistake. There exists more than a ray of hope that you can get your timeshare cancelled…


Secret compartment within your folder…

Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, Florida
Did you receive your cancellation documents when you were handed your documents folder after purchasing your timeshare? Perhaps they were hidden in a “secret compartment” within the folder…


An unpredictable and frustrating exercise…

Fox Business News
This article reflects a pretty generic example of the challenges retirees face when coerced into an ‘informational’ or ‘educational’ meeting with a timeshare developer with whom they’ve had a long-standing relationship. In recent years, many developers have transitioned from the deeded system of ownership to a ‘points-based’ arrangement. Almost invariably thereafter, they will entice long standing patrons with promises of greater flexibility and access in the new way of doing things. Don’t be deceived, these ‘educational’ meetings are always a very thinly veiled disguise for a high pressure sales pitch:

For some people, like retirees Don and Irene, timeshares are the perfect vacation solution… They enjoyed being able to plan for their vacation on the same week every year, and they liked the predictability of knowing exactly what to expect at their resort.

However, owning a vacation timeshare can become an unpredictable and frustrating exercise. Here are the three important things to remember to make sure you are getting the most out of your resort purchase… Be a smart consumer from the beginning.

If the person who is working to sell you a timeshare is working on commission, he or she will do everything in his or her power to entice, bully, guilt or manipulate you into signing on to the deal that is the best for their paycheck – not necessarily what is best for your needs or budget.

For example, when Don and Irene bought a timeshare ownership it was for a week of time at the resort. When the resort was sold to a new managing company, their week of time shifted from seven days to a fixed number of points. And while you can’t make a week shorter than seven days, fixed timeshare points can lose value. Like Don and Irene, you may find yourself pumping more and more money into your vacation account for the exact same vacation…


Abusive sales tactics…

Top Class Actions
Abusive sales tactics are being used by Diamond Resorts timeshare companies to target older buyers, say a retired Arizona couple in a recently filed class action lawsuit. Lester and Liona Harding say that manipulative tactics are employed by Diamond Resorts to create a false bond of trust with its consumers and then abuses it by withholding material information from its elderly customers. Harding, et al. v. Diamond Resorts Holdings LLC, et al., Case No. 2:17-cv-00248, (U.S. District Court, NV)…


Timeshares in general have no intrinsic value…

The Orange County Register, Orange County, CA
We’ve often taken the position that timeshares in general have no intrinsic value: Case in point, the Orange County, CA tax collector tried to auction 263 timeshares recently for the amounts owed to cover back taxes and maintenance, to no avail…


Protect yourself with knowledge…

Nolo
Do you know the Florida Timeshare Foreclosure and Right to Cancel laws? If you own a timeshare in Florida, it is important that you protect yourself with knowledge…


Allegations of customer deception…

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline)
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Dec. 23 that Diamond Resorts Corporation has agreed to settle for $800,000 in a case involving allegations of customer deception…


Gendarmes have become involved…

The Daily Herald, The Leading Newspaper for St. Maartin and the Northeast Caribbean
It appears that even the French in Marigot are having problems with curbing illegal timeshare resales. And the Gendarmes have become involved…


Resale Service Providers…

Attorney General Pam Bondi, Florida Office of the Attorney General
Trying to sell your timeshare in Florida? Be careful of fraud when dealing with companies that are known as “Resale Service Providers” under Florida law…