Report 1: Navy, Chief Petty Officer, 14 years served, and a summary of six reports
Report 2: Marine veteran, 26 years served, active duty when a Hilton Grand Vacation timeshare was purchased
Introduction by Irene Parker
This article was updated on July 20, 2022, to reflect that this Marine Veteran’s dispute was resolved, and his new position with a government agency is moving forward. He offered his Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV) account of why his timeshare purchase led to much frustration. A default can put a service member’s security clearance in danger and may even lead to involuntary separation from service. Fortunately, there will be no concern about this Marine Veteran’s security clearance.
My wife reached out to Irene at After Inside Timeshare through a Facebook group that has many exit companies soliciting business. Irene advised us to work directly with Hilton through their owner’s resolution department. Following Irene’s advice, I contacted Hilton.
People who finance a timeshare, military or otherwise, are forced to default if life changes and you can no longer afford the timeshare. You wonder how many people would buy a timeshare if they were aware of the “no exit” situation. Unlike home-ownership, I was unable to sell the property to relieve myself of this property.
Westgate’s Forced Arbitration and the Military Lending Act Lawsuit
PDF Link: Westgate Case No 8;22CV-0028-CEH-JSS
Thank you for contributing and sharing your timeshare experience, we also thank you for 26 years of service. These are not the first stories involving service personnel and timeshare, in the previous publication to AIT, Irene and I covered some very disturbing facts, it was “predatory selling and lending” on a horrific scale. All the victims were disabled veterans, many injured in the line of duty.
Over the years writing as Timeshare Insider, I have come across some very despicable practices, the victims all have at least one thing in common, which tends to be age. They begin their “Nightmare on Timeshare Street” after the age of 55, they are the perfect targets. The chances are their families have all grown up and left home, and that home is probably paid for, they’re also thinking about taking up an offer of early voluntary retirement with a good package. This will probably see them through nicely until the pensions kick into full effect.
Bring in the “investments” angle and the sales agent may just have them hooked, it reminds me of the old-style dodgy life insurance salesman that came to the house, with lots of jabber which was designed to confuse. Remember, many at this stage will probably be looking at “investing” their “nest egg”, as far as rogue sales agents are concerned you’re fair game.
This type of sales practice needs to stop and the only way it will stop is if the developers themselves stop it instead of spouting the usual BS: “We are not responsible for what the sales agent says”.
If they will not clean up their act, then the lawmakers need to step in, as they did in Spain & the EU, they didn’t listen and look at what has happened to the industry in Europe.
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