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    Bluegreen Vacation Club Forum

    Welcome to the new Bluegreen Vacation Club forum. My name is Jim and I will be your moderator. Since there are so many Jim's in timesharing, I go by Boca or BB. You can address me in anyway that makes you feel most comfortable.

    This forum is all about educating people on one of the best kept secrets in timesharing....the Bluegreen Vacation Club (BVC). I first became aware of Bluegreen through my good friend Bruce CZ who gave me a true education on the finer points of Christmas Mountain Village UDIs. In those discussions, Bruce introduced me to Bonus time. Living in Florida, where Bluegreen Corporation (NYSE: BXG) is headquartered, I found that I would have access to bonus time at dozens of resorts within driving distance for a really low fee. I became a member and got hooked.

    There is a really good Yahoo Group for Bluegreen owners. If you become really interested in Bluegreen, I highly recommend joining.

    In any event, I'll be compiling information on the Bluegreen Vacation Club in this forum for anyone interested in learning more about it.

    If you have any specific questions that you feel better asking privately, please feel free to send me an email or private message. I'd be delighted to help you out.

    Enjoy.

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    Jim,
    Thanks for doing this! I recently converted my now BG resort to points and was wondering why there wasn't a BG forum here.
    Appreciate it!
    lovetoroam

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    Just purchased BG membership and looking for feedback...

    Hi guys, we are Brian and Donna from NYC and we just spent New Years week at LaCabanna in Aruba.
    While there, we purchased 20,000 BG points for a price of aproximatly $25,000 and our MF will be around $833, plus the BG annual fee of about $129 per year.
    While the package looks great and there are many BG resorts available, as well as the option to use RCI and II for vacation options, I am looking for feedback.
    We can afford this, but, what I am wondering is, does this seem like a good deal?
    The MF seems a bit high from what I have been reading and if I was to sell this timeshare today (wich we are not planning to) is this the kind of thing that will appriciate well?
    I am not sure if we just got caught up in the hype of the sale or if this is a really good deal?
    We are looking for advice from other BG members and other people who have purchased similar plans.
    We love the idea of points rather than a fixed week, but almost $1000 a year in fees, plus the financing of the timeshare seems high, no??
    A few other questions...
    Is using RCI and II for vacations easy or is it a chore?
    Are the cruise discounts really as good as the saleswoman claimed?
    How easy is it to sell / rent / points?
    Any feedback would be greatly appriciated and thanks in advance for all the info I have read here already.
    We are not only new to BG, but we are new to timesharing. This is alot of info to comprehend, so we are looking to chat with other that can put this into "laymens" terms for us.
    A little about us, I am 29 and in sales with a fairly easy to get vacation schedule and Donna is a NY public school teacher, so we will have a good amount of time to vacation for the rest of our lives.
    Sincerely,
    Brian and Donna in NY

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    Quote Originally Posted by NY Brian View Post
    Hi guys, we are Brian and Donna from NYC and we just spent New Years week at LaCabanna in Aruba.
    While there, we purchased 20,000 BG points for a price of aproximatly $25,000 and our MF will be around $833, plus the BG annual fee of about $129 per year.
    While the package looks great and there are many BG resorts available, as well as the option to use RCI and II for vacation options, I am looking for feedback.
    We can afford this, but, what I am wondering is, does this seem like a good deal?
    The MF seems a bit high from what I have been reading and if I was to sell this timeshare today (wich we are not planning to) is this the kind of thing that will appriciate well?
    I am not sure if we just got caught up in the hype of the sale or if this is a really good deal?
    We are looking for advice from other BG members and other people who have purchased similar plans.
    We love the idea of points rather than a fixed week, but almost $1000 a year in fees, plus the financing of the timeshare seems high, no??
    A few other questions...
    Is using RCI and II for vacations easy or is it a chore?
    Are the cruise discounts really as good as the saleswoman claimed?
    How easy is it to sell / rent / points?
    Any feedback would be greatly appriciated and thanks in advance for all the info I have read here already.
    We are not only new to BG, but we are new to timesharing. This is alot of info to comprehend, so we are looking to chat with other that can put this into "laymens" terms for us.
    A little about us, I am 29 and in sales with a fairly easy to get vacation schedule and Donna is a NY public school teacher, so we will have a good amount of time to vacation for the rest of our lives.
    Sincerely,
    Brian and Donna in NY
    Brian and Donna,

    You have a private message from me.

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    Welcome to Bluegreen ownership! Your maintenance fee is in line with what 20k. While we are new to Bluegreen the points offer flexibility in vacationing. However, we tried to vacation the week after Easter and nothing was available in the area we wanted to go. We tried for a week at Big Cedar in June and the only thing available was a studio for 5 days so we took that hoping to upgrade later. On the flip side we just enjoyed 5 days at Harbour Lights in Myrtle Beach and took my inlaws for free. I am learning during "Red" season plan AHEAD(five months or more)!!!! As a Silver member you have an additional one month ahead of basic members. If there are places in Blue or white time you can go with little planning. Also be aware(as I found out) that trading with RCI does NOT guarentee anything. You have to trade your points to Bluegreen to get a week then give them to RCI and hope that they may find a match for what you want. Again, there is no absolute possibility of getting what you want at RCI. You have deposited a week with RCI and have 2 years to use it. We have seen 3 of the Bluegreen properties and they are all top notch. I have 3 different bluegreen sites currently and just upgraded to silver membership. The value of this is getting 5-star vacation lodging for the price of Motel 6. Resale of Timeshares is dismal. With your wife's schedule you can enjoy 2-6 weeks a year vacationing at top notch places. Plan far ahead and enjoy years of wonder vacations

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    Ok....I just saw this post from NY Brian. The last time he posted was the last time on this site. Did he see and heed the advice? Did he respond to your PM. Not looking for details just curious if this call for help was serious.
    "If a Nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.... If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed."
    -- Thomas Jefferson to Col. Yancey, 1816

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    We exchanged a few messages and he decided to keep his ownership since he was already past the recission period. He had a good attitude about it.

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    buying 2 bg

    i think i am buying 2 memberships 12k & 15k if they both work out.
    should they be combined or kept separate by husband and wife
    i probably will want to sell 1 after a year or 2
    thanks
    charlie

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    Quote Originally Posted by nfwjlw View Post
    i think i am buying 2 memberships 12k & 15k if they both work out.
    should they be combined or kept separate by husband and wife
    i probably will want to sell 1 after a year or 2
    thanks
    charlie
    All things being equal, it's better to combine them. If for no other reason to only pay one annual dues of $122.48

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    Christmas Mt Village vs Timbers

    which is nicer
    anniversary for my son
    March
    thanks
    Charlie

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