time-sharing and time-shares


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time-sharing and time-shares

A temporal division of possessory rights in real property,typically allowing one the use of resort property for a limited time each year.“Owners” may have deeded rights to the real estate with fixed or floating periods of possession,or they may have only a license or other such right-to-use,but no ownership.The rights may be limited in duration,expiring after 5 or 10 years.Many time-share communities offer exchange programs,allowing one to use their time at a different resort than the one of their purchase. Besides the original acquisition price,owners are responsible for their share of the annual dues and unusual expenses.The resale market is limited, so the economic evaluation of a decision to buy should not depend on the ability to recover the purchase price, much less a profit, at some time in the future.

There is currently some regulatory confusion among states and the federal government regarding exactly how time-share interests should be treated. Before developing a time-share project, one should check with local authorities to see if any of the following are required:securities registration with the state Securities Department, subdivision platting, condominium registration, and/or real estate license needed for sales of interests.