How to Buy a Time-Share. If you can't afford the luxury of a second or vacation home, a time-share may be the next best thing! A time-share is a long-term vacation purchase that gives you the right to use a vacation home for a specified period each year.
Shop before you buy. Take advantage of promotional offers by developers that allow you to visit resorts with inexpensive or free "try-out" vacations.
Evaluate the appeal of the time-share location based on your lifestyle and recreational preferences.
Question current owners about their satisfaction with their time-sharing arrangements.
Learn about maintenance fees associated with the time-share unit. Maintenance fees (usually several hundred dollars per year) should cover the costs of cleaning, landscaping, maintenance, taxes, utilities and other necessities.