Timeshare Trap

Timeshares are one of the worst investments you can make. This journal is to inform people who are thinking about purchasing a timeshare not to do so and help those trying to get rid of their timeshare.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Economy Hurts Timeshare Companies: Worst Shape in 20 Years

By M. Beddingfield

Central Florida Investments, Inc., a company with more than 10,000 employees and approximately 2 million timeshare owners, is feeling the financial squeeze "with the suddenness of a heart attack." According to David Siegel, CEO and president, they went from having a fantastic beginning of the year to "experiencing an unforeseen business emergency brought on by the collapse of the credit markets."

The company owns Westgate Resorts and has closed down its Houston premiere gallery, laying off all 106 staff members. Twenty-eight resorts in eleven states will also be affected with hundreds of sales associates losing their jobs.

Ed Hastry, president of the National Timeshare Owners Association, says the timeshare industry is in its worst shape in 20 years.

With credit no longer so easy to obtain, everyday Americans aren’t digging into their cash stash to purchase overpriced timeshares. Isn’t it funny that when money gets tight, people tend to become better judges of value?


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