Why buy into DVC?

In my previous post, I touched on how much research went into our decision to buy into the timeshare industry. Yes, Vadim, my husband had one, but it was a quick sell for him while he was in Las Vegas years ago. He never used it and it just sat there. So learning the system was totally new for us.

We didn’t really know about any timeshare in detail but DVC (Disney Vacation Club) was looking really appealing. Their draw with the villa style rooms with kitchenettes or full kitchens, deluxe resorts, free transportation all throughout Disney, and the list went on. We kept crunching numbers on buying direct vs resale. We then started doing more research on the benefits of buying direct. There aren’t a ton and we determined it wouldn’t be worth it for our family.

So, we decided to buy resale. Now what? Well, there are few things you had to do first.

1. Decide where you would want to stay.

2. Which parks or area do you want to be near.

3. What size room will you be getting normally?

Once we came up with these answers, we were ready to make an offer on something. We decided that being able to walk to 1-2 parks would be ideal, then we would want to usually have a 1 bedroom. We narrowed it down to Disney’s Boardwalk resort. The purchase price, the points required to stay for a week, and the proximity to Hollywood Studios and Epcot, it was great! Plus, we got to use the back entrance to Epcot! Whoop whoop! No more long entrance lines!

We found a great contract, made an offer and off we went…

More posts to come regarding in depth details about each resort we have stayed at using DVC.

Why a timeshare?

You might be thinking, “Wow! Points, weeks, what’s the difference? How is a timeshare worth it? Timeshares have such a bad rep! I would never sit through one of those presentations!” Well, I’m here to tell you that if you don’t vacation every year, can not plan far in advance, and you don’t have the intention, capability, or desire to do so, then yes. Timeshares are probably not right for you. There’s also a learning curve that must happen in order to get all the benefits they offer. But, if you can plan far in advance and travel at least once a year, then read on. I will teach you how to stretch your points or weeks to be able to stay for more than 1 week on 1 maintenance fee.

Essentially, you’re buying pre-paid vacations for life or for a certain amount of years. The out of pocket cost after your payment of the timeshare deed itself is the maintenance fees which are yearly. If you don’t rent out what you have or use it yourself, it’s just a waste. BUT, if you use it in different ways, you’ll be set. It opens so much traveling experiences for you that you might never have been able to accomplish or even afford before having a timeshare.

Depending on time and locations, DVC, Marriott Vacation Club, Hyatt Residence Club and Vistana have great rental abilities. We have rented to family and close friends over the years and it’s been great. But we mostly use our points for our own stays and when you’re able to go during school times, you’ll be able to stay even longer because the point charts are lower. If you go during school breaks, it costs more points. You get the idea.

So while our girls were smaller, we would be able to go for 2 weeks at a time. Once they started school, it got less because we had to abide by the school policies.

There are other timeshares like Marriott, Hyatt, and Hilton which go off of points and/or weeks. The difference is that with a week, you basically now would choose a time frame based on seasons or desirability that they have laid out, and then you would choose the type of view you want. Then, you’re able to book a room during that allocated time instead of the same week every year. Although, a lot of timeshares are still structured with fixed weeks. There’s nothing wrong with that either! On one hand with a fixed week, your flexibility diminishes but on the other, you gain control over knowing that you have a set week at the most desirable time. Guaranteed.

Either way, there is a lot of options when it comes to timeshares and the opportunities are endless!

Myrtle Beach, SC. July 2019

Our Story

Welcome to our blog! My name is Naomi Matatov. I’m married to a wonderful man Vadim. We live in Metro Detroit, Michigan and have 3 beautiful and amazing daughters. They are 9, 7 and 1. Vadim and I met 10 years ago and married 6 months after we met. Our first trip together was to Washington DC for our honeymoon. We visited DC, Virginia and Philadelphia. After that, we took quite the break while having 2 little ones and only travelled locally around our home state.

After deciding we were going to branch out and felt our kids were old enough to start traveling, we decided to go to…dum dum dum…Disney World! (typical, I know.) After we started planning our vacation, we were pretty sticker shocked by the prices at Disney World and then I remembered that Vadim had told me he had an old timeshare that he never used. We did some research and wound out being able to trade his week to stay at Wyndham Bonnet Creek. We were able to secure a 2 bedroom, rented a car and did Disney like everyone else…or so we thought.

After having an amazing vacation and deciding we needed to go back A.S.A.P; we started looking into DVC (Disney Vacation Club). It was really tough on our kids to be at the parks all day and it was definitely a chore to get to the parks when driving our own car. So the transportation that DVC offered was a really big draw! After weeks of research, spreadsheets and dreaming, we decided to purchase. After that, we started going twice a year until Covid hit.

What you’ll get from this blog is a lot of timeshare information, and yes, while timeshare representatives can be quite pushy and obnoxious, we will show you the benefits of owning or renting timeshare weeks/points. Please take a moment to comment and visit out social media pages! Looking forward to helping you create amazing vacations!