• Buying a Harborside Resort at Atlantis Timeshare

    Before deciding whether or not to buy a timeshare at the Harborside Resort at Atlantis, you will want to consider several factors.  Including how often you plan to visit, how many people will be staying with you and what your budget is. You will also want to consider how much you value the benefits of the Starwood Vacation Ownership program.  Starwood Vacation Ownership allows you access to several Westin and Sheraton properties in the US and Caribbean.  It is highly recommended that you take the tour of the property and meet with a SPG sales consultant, but don’t buy it right on the spot.  Make sure you have done your homework.

    First you need to determine whether it is best to buy direct from Starwood or to buy from the resale market.  The resale market offers units at a substantial discount as high as 80% off the rates that Starwood sells units for.  Buying direct from Starwood does have some advantages.  Most notably  they make the transaction incredibly easy and you have the assurances of doing business with a brand like Starwood.  The other main benefit is if you are looking to earn elite status with Starwood, they only count the units that you purchased directly to earn status.  Depending how sales are Starwood will also throw additional incentives your way, but they pale in comparison to the savings you get from buying on the resale market.

    You can find several sites out there that can help you find units that are for sale at the Harborside Resort at Atlantis.  Some of these units are for sale via a broker and others allow you to reach out directly to the owner.  Either way it is best practice to use a third party closing service to facilitate the transaction.  This will help protect you against the fraudsters out their.

    Redweek.com is a site where you can find owners that are looking to sell their units at the Harborside.  It is free to browse listings once you create an account, but to contact the owner and see full details of the listing you must have a paid membership.  The fee is only $14.95 for 12 months.  If you are not interested in doing the legwork to find a rental, you can call Timeshares Only to speak with a consultant who will help you with your search.  You can view available listings on TimesharesOnly.com or call  1-800-421-2205.  HarborsideResortTimeshares.com is a site dedicated to  helping you buy or sell your timeshare at the Harborside Atlantis.  They offer both brokerage and rental services provided by Vacation HotDeal Companies Inc.

    Here are a few tips to help you begin your search for timeshares that are for sale at Harborside Atlantis:

    1. If you can be flexible on the week that you want to buy, focus on maximizing the amount of points (StarOptions) that you can purchase for the dollar verse the week or unit size for sale.  Ultimately your reservation is based on unit availability and the StarOptions that you own each year.  For example, you can buy a one bedroom premium that is 81,000 StarOptions during peak season, but use it during off peak and get a two bedroom for the same amount of points.
    2. Research what type of unit you are looking for prior to starting your search.  You can find more information about Harborside at Atlantis on allaboutparadiseisland.com or by visiting Starwood Vacation Ownership.
    3. Don’t take listing prices at face value.  Always negotiate.  It may not work every time, but you have nothing to lose.
    4. Use an escrow closing service to ensure a safe transaction.
    5. Once the transaction has been completed be sure to contact Starwood to make sure they have a record of you being the owner of the unit.

    Money Saving Tip: The Harborside Resort at Atlantis is one of the premier resorts in the Starwood Vacation Ownership portfolio, as such, it carries some of the highest cost per StarOption (points used to book units each week) and maintenance fees.  You can save even more money by buying a lower priced unit at another one of Starwood’s properties and use the points towards your stay at Harborside.  StarOptions have the same value regardless of resort.  For example, it may cost you $25,000 to buy 81,000 StarOptions at Harborside with a $1,500 a year maintenance fee, but you could buy the same 81,000 StarOptions at the Sheraton Vistanna Villages for $15,000 and only have a $1,100 maintenance fee.  The one drawback is you will not get priority reservations at  Harborside since it is not your home resort.  You will still be able to book your reservations 9 months in advance you just may run into some trouble booking peak weeks like Christmas.



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