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Unloading your timeshare requires loads of patience

Q. We have owned a timeshare week in Orlando for 19 years that we no longer use and wonder if you have any advice on how to unload it. It sleeps eight people, has two bathrooms, and is for a “floating” week, which means we can go at any time of year. But now we are of an age where we can’t travel anymore. We want to sell it, but we have fallen for a scam twice. Everyone wants money upfront to help you get out of your timeshare. We have tried most every avenue. We don’t know what would happen if we just stopped paying maintenance fees. We have good credit and wouldn’t want to ruin it. Any suggestions? - MARION SEARS, SHREWSBURY

A. I have gotten a lot of letters just like this and have tried to find solutions that might help you and others out of this predicament.

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