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How To Buy A Marriott Timeshare Resale: The Definitive Buyer’s Guide

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Looking to buy a Marriott timeshare resale? You’ve come to the right place! In this definitive Marriott timeshare buyer’s guide, we will walk you through the entire process of buying a Marriott Vacation Club timeshare on the resale market. We’ll also provide tips on what to consider when choosing between buying a points-based or weeks-based resale, how to find the best timeshare resale for you and how to negotiate the best price.

Whether you’re a first-time Marriott Vacation Club timeshare buyer or an experienced timeshare owner, this guide has everything you need to know!

Marriott Vacation Club Timeshare Resale: Defined

Resorts Across The World

Choose Between Points-Based Or Weeks-Based

II Exchange

Marriott has been a leading brand in hospitality for over since they opened their first hotel in 1957, and has grown to be one of the most popular timeshare companies in the world. Marriott Vacation Club timeshares feature luxurious accommodations at over 80 Marriott resorts, while offering multiple types of vacations ownerships that cater to any style of travel. Whether you’re purchasing a points-based or weeks-based Marriott-branded timeshare on the resale market, you stand to save thousands of dollars when comparing to the high initial cost of buying directly from Marriott.

When buying a Marriott Vacation Club resale, you are purchasing the same ownership that was sold at the presentations, but you are buying from an existing owner who has chosen to sell their ownership on the secondary resale market. If you’d like more information on the differences between buying on the resale market, and buying directly from Marriott, you can read our in-depth article on the subject here: Marriott Resale vs Retail: What Don’t I Get On The Secondary Market?, but suffice it to say that Marriott timeshares allow resale buyers to enjoy more of the same benefits that retail buyers enjoy than any other timeshare brand.

This is just part of the reason why Marriott resale prices have remained high over many years, with strong demand from buyers on the secondary market.

Selecting The Perfect Marriott Timeshare For Your Needs

When it comes to buying a Marriott Vacation Club timeshare on the resale market, there are two different timeshare products that Marriott offers:

Fixed Week / Floating Week

Club Points

Weeks-Based Marriott Timeshares

Weeks-based Marriott timeshares, also known as legacy weeks, are deeded property that conveys usage to the owner for a one week vacation in a specific unit type, at your specific home resort, during a specific season (floating week) or a specific week number (fixed week), with a specified view (if applicable to your chosen home resort). Usage rights can be granted every year, which is referred to as annual usage, or every other year, which is referred to as biennial usage, depending on what fits your travel needs best. Your maintenance fees are determined by the home resort and unit size you are deeded to, and owners will have the option of trading their week using an exchange company, such as Interval International, to access over 1,000 additional resorts.

The main factors to consider for choosing the right ownership for you when purchasing a weeks-based Marriott timeshare would be:

Home Resort

Season / Week Number

Annual Maintenance Costs

Unit Size

Annual / Biennial Usage


Points-Based Marriott Timeshares

Points-based Marriott timeshares, also known as Destinations Club or Club Points, are an entirely different concept when compared to weeks-based timeshares. In this case, Marriott has grouped a large amount of different deeded weeks into a land trust, then conveys usage rights to the owner of the timeshare by selling what is called a beneficial interest, or a 250 point increment of usage. Buyers can purchase any number of beneficial interests to total the number of points that they desire to own, and can use their points as a vacation currency to book any of the 80+ Marriott resorts across the globe.

This points-based reservation system affords Marriott Points owners an incredible amount of flexibility. You will receive your Marriott points every year at the beginning of your use year, and you can decide to travel to any resort, during any season or week number, in any unit size with any view they wish. Your maintenance fees are simply determined by the number of points you own, and owners will still have the ability to exchange their Marriott Points with Interval International.

When purchasing a points-based Marriott timeshare, there are just a few factors to decide to ensure you get the perfect ownership for your travel needs:

# of Annual Points

Use Year

Annual Maintenance Costs

Buying The Right Amount Of Annual Marriott Points

Understanding just how many annual points you will need to have each year to get the reservations you would like to book can be done by taking a look at the points charts for the various resorts you would like to travel to most often. You can view our Marriott points charts page, which features links to each of the Marriott Vacation Club resort’s points charts.

These charts list every unit size that is offered at each of the Marriott Vacation Club resorts and will show you how many points it would take to book during different times of the year. Our licensed agents specialize in Marriott timeshares, and are always happy to offer you a free consultation to walk you through how many points you would need to travel to your desired destinations each year.

Comparing Weeks vs Points On The Resale Market

In short, a weeks-based Marriott timeshare will offer you an incredible value in terms of annual maintenance costs and initial purchase price, but will also offer less flexibility for traveling to multiple destinations without the use of exchange companies. Meanwhile, a points-based Marriott timeshare will offer you unparalleled flexibility, but can cost much more depending on how many points you wish to own. If you’d like to delve deeper into the subject of comparing the costs and benefits of the two types of Marriott timeshares when buying on the resale market, you can read our article here: Marriott Legacy Weeks vs Destinations Club Points on the Resale Market.

How To Buy A Marriott Timeshare Resale On The Secondary Market

Once you have a clear idea of what type of Marriott timeshare you want to own, the first step is to find a reputable Marriott Vacation Club timeshare broker. Our company, A Timeshare Broker, has helped thousands of satisfied clients find their perfect vacation ownership over the last 20 years, but don’t take our word for it, we have great reviews as well!

Once you’ve found a trusted broker that you’re comfortable working with, it’s time to start shopping for Marriotts timeshares that are listed for sale.

Shopping For The Right Listing

To view our current Marriott weeks timeshare resales, you can click the yellow button just below this paragraph. This will allow you to see all of the Marriott weeks-based timeshares that are currently for sale, and there are generally hundreds of listings at any one time. We offer a convenient filtering function so you can avoid a lengthy search, and zero in on the listing with the right attributes for your personal travel needs.

To view our current Marriott points timeshare resales, you can click the yellow button just below this paragraph to start shopping for the perfect point package for your needs.

Our licensed Real Estate agents have extensive knowledge of Marriott timeshare resales and are always happy to consult with you to help you search for the ownership that will be the best fit for your situation.

Making An Offer To Purchase

Once you’ve found the Marriott Vacation Club listing that you’d like to purchase, it’s time to make an offer!

If you’re not sure what a fair price would be for the listing you’re interested in, our agents can offer a generalized market analysis of similar Marriott timeshares that have recently sold. This will give you a good idea of what you can expect to pay for some of the Marriott timeshare resales that you’re interested in.

Your agent will present the offer to the seller of your desired property and if the offer is accepted, purchase agreements will be executed and you will begin the closing process to transfer ownership of the timeshare.

Marriott Timeshare Closings

Once your offer has been accepted by the seller, it’s time to move on to closing your purchase. Any reputable broker will require the use of a third-party closing company who will hold any of the buyer’s deposits in an escrow account, ensure all contracts are upheld, and work with Marriott directly to transfer the ownership into the buyer’s name in a timely and efficient manner.

The sale and closing process is always overseen by your licensed agent, who will walk you through every step of the way so that you know what to expect, and communicate on your behalf with the closing company to collect any needed documentation and provide updates as to the progress of the transfer.

Learn More About Marriott Timeshare Resales

There you have it! We hope you found our definitive Marriott Vacation Club resale buyer’s guide helpful in providing you with the information you need to make an informed decision about purchasing your Marriott timeshare resale.

If you’d like to continue learning about the wide world of Marriott timeshares, you can read through our extensive archives of Marriott timeshare articles that walk you through using your timeshare like a pro, understanding the finer points of the booking system, and keep you up to date with any new developments.

Contact Us For Assistance Today!

If you have any further questions about Marriott timeshares or would like to start shopping to buy a Marriott timeshare, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re always happy to help!

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