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should I sell my DVC--will I regret it?

Discussion in 'Disney Vacation Club - DVC' started by elaine, Jan 2, 2019.

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    It makes perfect sense if you are DVC. Not so much for an informed buyer.

    It saddens me...but DVC appears to be learning lessons from other timeshare companies. For example, Marriott Vacation Club figured out that building new resorts and then trying to sell weeks in them is actually rather expensive. A much better business is to buy up resale contracts very cheaply and then resell those timeshare weeks as expensive Vacation Club points (or 'enrolled' weeks). But to do this you need resale contracts to be cheap - which Marriott did by only allowing direct weeks to be enrolled and which DVC is doing by only allowing direct Riviera points to be used at the original 14 resorts.

    I do think there is a market - a substantial market - of empty nesters who at most want a continental breakfast and a nice comfy bed in their rooms.
     
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    I expect so as well.

    MVCI faced the same issue after five years and responded to it by having (thus far) annual 'amnesties' whereby anyone who made a substantial new purchase of DPs could enroll their 'broken' weeks. I could easily see DVC doing the same thing with Riviera resale buyers - offering to 'direct-ize' their old points if they buy direct contract of equal (or greater) value.
     
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    Yes, I’ve seen that suggested elsewhere too. I agree that DVD has learned some lessons from the other timeshare companies and is now ready to implement them. I’m happy that we’re not going to be in the market for more points (hoping to live as long as our BWV points do) but if Riviera does have 2-person studios (with king bed?) I definitely want to stay there once. If the points chart allows it!
     
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    I think many overestimate the level of education of new buyers and the live of forethought they have about exit options. Most don't think about it most don't plan ahead and most don't care at the time of the purchase. DVD doesn't make much money on a ROFR purchase unless it's a fire sale. They actually make more on new sales but the ROFR gives them other resorts to sell and pushes many to retail instead of resale.
     
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    I suspect a 2 person studio would be between 250-300 sf, more like a standard hotel room. I think their deluxe studios are generally under 400 sf with a few exceptions, like Poly. I found the Poly deluxe studio to be a decent size for 2 people because it still had a “living room” area and it had the second bathroom. Obviously, couples will not need an extra bathroom. But the living room area and big terraces at Poly are important even for 2 people.
     
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    DH and I liked the Poly for the two of us. We especially liked having our own bathroom vanities (spoiled by double sinks at home) so if the Riviera has a king bed, double vanity and a sitting area of some kind (a small couch that does not fold out or two comfortable chairs) we'll be eager to swap in for two to three nights. But for longer stays, give us a one bedroom with full kitchen and laundry, please. (I don't expect to be able to afford that at Riviera, but time will tell.)
     
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    I've been thinking about VGC for a while. And after thinking about it some more...and about the DVC resale changes...and the pending price increase...and thinking about it some more...I am now 'in contract' on a smallish VGC contract. YOLO...and the last time I visited Disneyland I HATED parking forever away, trekking through Downtown Disney and the Disneyland Hotel, and then having to drive back to our hotel room in the wee hours. Now I just hope it passes ROFR!
     
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    I think no matter what happens, Grand Cal will be safe. Even if they ever limited park usage to home resorts, I think Grand Cal will be golden. The people in California are so competitive, prices for everything are always high here, the number of DVC rooms is very limited at Grand Cal and the MFs are actually lower than average for DVC. I am not saying that there might not be times when Grand Cal declines in price but the California economy is so incredibly inflated due to our cost of living that even $260 a point will not make people here blink too much. In fact, if they ever limited park usage to home resorts, I think demand for Grand Cal would go up since only the few of us who own there could stay there. If DVC is able to add rooms in California, they will be snapped up immediately and they probably would not be as conveniently located. Grand Cal is also a great home base to visit all of SoCal, not just Disneyland. It is probably one of the nicer resorts in So Cal in terms of quality and size of accommodations. There are many hotels around Disneyland but Grand Cal is different and much nicer. At one point, Anaheim was really run down but they are fixing it up.
     
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