Joining a timeshare is fairly straightforward, but leaving it can be a colossal headache.
According to Scripps station KGUN in Tucson, Arizona, the amount of people looking to leave their lifetime timeshares has sparked a new industry — timeshare exit companies. The sole purpose of the companies is to negotiate the exit from a timeshare agreement for a flat fee.
However, consumers should be wary of some tiemshare exit companies — Consumer Reports and other agencies report that some companies have taken fees and offered nothing in return.
There are other options other than timeshare exit companies — KGUN reports some timeshares offer "deed back" programs to make exiting a timeshare agreement easier. Other realtors specialize in timeshares and could be more reputable than dealing with a timeshare exit firm.
No matter the route, consumers should expect to take a loss when selling a timeshare — InvestorJunkie says it's rare for a timeshare to increase in value over time. In fact, they call timeshares a "depreciating asset" that will begin losing value after taking ownership.