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Tips For Buying and Selling Timeshares in Athens

A timeshare is simply a vacation-property arrangement that allows you to share the cost of the property with other people, and in return, you get some guaranteed time at that vacation property. And as of the end of 2017, the timeshare industry was %9.6 billion industry. So it’s a huge industry, but still a mystery to many people. If you’reinterested in timeshares, here are our top tips for buying and selling timeshares in Athens.

How Timeshares Work

Before getting into the nitty-gritty of buying and selling timeshares in Athens, we first need to take a look at how timeshares work. And, actually, there are only two timeshare considerations that really matter – that is, the kind of contract and the kind of ownership involved.

Timeshare contracts fall into two broad categories: shared deed contracts and shared lease contracts:


This kind of contract simply divides ownership of the property among all the people involved. Basically, they share the deed. Each of the several or many owners, then, has a specific week or set of weeks during which she can use the timeshare property. Typically, this kind of ownership doesn’t expire, and, theoretically, it can be sold or willed to heirs.


With this kind of timeshare contract, the property deed remains with a single owner (often a resort where the property is located), and people lease the use of the property for specific times. Basically, you lease the use of the property until the lease expires. You are locked into a contract, but you don’t own the timeshare property.

Then there are two kinds of ownership under these two kinds of contracts:


With the fixed-week option, you choose and get a specific week in the year to use the property. The drawback here is that it’s usually extremely difficult to ever change that week.


The floating-week option typically allows you to choose your week of use within certain limits and within a certain time window –  for example, any week between May 1stand September 1st, except the week before and of July 4th.

Another emerging trend is the points system. This “timeshare exchange program” allows you to access resorts using the points your timeshare is worth. (Contact your local agent to find out more about this. 706-928-9959)

Buying Timeshares in Athens

When it comes to buying (as well as selling) timeshares in Athens, there are several things to keep in mind:

  • Pay cash if possible. Because interest rates for timeshare mortgages are typically higher (often as high as 12% to 18%) than for traditional mortgages, you can save a ton of money if you pay cash. Also, paying cash will keep you from getting upside down on the mortgage as the timeshare property depreciates (which is often the case).
  • Don’t go through the developer. Try to buy your timeshare from an individual owner rather than the development company to get an immensely better deal. Check timeshare resale sites like My ResortNetwork and The Timeshare User’s Group.
  • Be aware of the extra costs. The cost of buying a timeshare goes far beyond the purchase price. You will also have to pay annual maintenance costs, usually hundreds a year. And there’s always the travel expense to get to and from your timeshare property.

Selling Timeshares in Athens

When it comes to selling timeshares in Athens, you absolutely must keep in mind the special circumstances and challenges that call for different tactics:


You can, of course, try to sell to the company you bought the timeshare from if they have a resale program, but most companies won’t provide any help in selling timeshares in Athens. Your best bet is to sell to individuals. Start by finding out who has the timeshare use immediately before you, and approach them. (Contact your real estate agent to find out how to do this. 706-928-9959)


Today, most people begin any kind of real estate shopping online. So be sure to leverage those sites that specialize in reselling timeshares: My Resort Network, RedWeek, and TransAction Realty. You can always put an ad on Craigslist, and for a quick sale, you can even use an auction site like eBay.


The timeshare resale world is rife with scams – so beware. In particular, beware of shady resale companies that offer to, in their words, “take the timeshare off your hands” or demand a large upfront payment. Check out any company by contacting the Better Business Bureau and by consulting your local real estate agent.


Selling timeshares in Athens presents some unique challenges and not a few pitfalls. Be sure, then, to use a qualified local agent. You may pay a larger commission that when selling a house or condo, but the peace of mind your agent can provide is worth it. Find out today, how our agents can assist you in selling your timeshare. Contact us at 706-928-9959.

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Georgui Kassaev

Georgui Kassaev was invited to this country in 1996 during the Atlanta Olympic games. The first place he came to call his home after leaving Russia and performing all over Mexico, was Athens. He became a professional mixed martial arts fighter, then coach, and eventually obtained two black belts in taekwondo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He formed a specialty carpentry and construction business which sparked his passion for real estate. He then rediscovered his first passion performing. After all, he has performed in the circus since he was eleven years old in front of thousands of people and then again when he was an adult as a professional fighter. In 2018 he landed his first 3 television roles. While acting, he continued developing his real estate skills, becoming a value-add investor in the Classic City and then getting his real estate license. He has now become a listing specialist in the Greater Athens Area, working with homeowners to protect their interests and get them the right price for their property! However, he never abandoned his construction roots and works with investor clients to help them buy properties based on their numbers with no aversion to making multiple offers. Georgui is fluent in three languages Russian, Spanish, and English. He is proficient in video production and social media marketing.

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