We are members of Vacation Club, Royal Holiday, and have been approached to sell our membership by Global Exchange Network (GlobalExchange-Network.com) by XXXXX XXXXX, President/CEO out of Boston, Mass (100 Summer Street Suite 310, phone XXX-XXX-XXXX)We are interested in selling, but are unsure if this is a legitimate company with legitimate intentions. They are not registered with BBB as we have already asked them this. They have advised that if they sell our shares, payment will be made from the Purchaser, to us via Cashier's Cheque, and then we would be required to forward them (Global) a percentage commission. Do you know if this company is legit and whether you would continue to communicate with them?Clyde and Norma Watton
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): Massachusetts
Nothing, don't know who to trust
I would be very wary of this person and company if I were you. A search has indicated that there is no such company or person registered with the Massachusetts Secretary of State. So this may be a scam and you should go with a recognized company that is registered with the Secretary of State and elsewhere.
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This answer doesn't seem to help much, as we were already wary of this company being a possible scam....Can you recommend any company that is legitimate, who does this type of buying or selling of vacation memberships?
You asked whether the company was legitimate and I informed you that based on my research that it did not appear to be. Unfortunately, we are not permitted to provide direct referrals on this site. You are more than welcome to follow-up and I can check whether other companies you have selected are bona fide.
Hi, Clyde and Norma, Welcome back to JustAnswer,
My name is XXXXX XXXXX X am a Licensed, Practicing Attorney, and would like to help by offering a suggestion, , If I may, I have Answered quite a few questions which customers have submitted regarding companies approaching them to sell their vacation units, "Weeks" "Timeshare", They go by a variety of names, but the subject of the sale is the same. You should be suspicious and cautious of all of these companies. If a company is legitimate, they will not become defensive when you ask them a lot of questions, or ask for references.
Site rules prohibit us from making individual referrals, From the numerous questions I have Answered for customer on this site, I have found that these companies which are scams have a number of characteristics in common. 1. There is usually always a "sense of urgency" - "Hurry up and sign the Agreement so that we don't lose the buyers"; "Buyers are anxious, let's get them now", etc.;
2. When asked to produce their License to do business in the State, they cannot produce one, but will give a dozen excuses as to why they "do not need" a License; 3. I have reviewed quite a few of these Agreements and the one thing that strikes me immediately is that they have no problem operating with conflicts of interest, These companies are being paid literally by every party even remotely connected with the transaction. They are paid by the seller, They are paid by the buyer. They are paid a second time by the buyer if the buyer does not consummate the transaction. They are paid by the lender who is financing the purchase price. If Title Insurance is part of the transaction, they are getting paid by the title company, and the list is endless. Yet they see no Conflict of Interest. I cannot understand how they can tell the seller they are representing their interests when they are being paid by everybody; 4. If the company does not tell you during their first or second communication with you, they will hand you an Agreement, expect you to sign it immediately and it will recite that their commission is to be paid up front. My question is "Why?" But I have never received an answer that made any sense. Why can't they receive their commission like a real estate brtoker - at the time of settlement? 5. If the buyers default and do not go through with settlement, the company keeps part of their deposit. I have never received a satisfactory answer to this question, either;
6. The company will usually be unwilling to give the Agreement of Sale to the sellers for 2 or 3 days to review it, or to have their Attorney review it. 7. No independent Escrow agent holds the money. The company holds the money. This is unheard of in genuine transactions. If there is a conflict between the seller and the buyer, or the buyer and the lender, how can the company possibly determine who is right, who is wrong, who defaulted, who gets a refund, etc. Again, another huge conflict of interest and the company being the only party with access to everybody's funds;
8. From what customers tell me that these com[anies have told them, it appears that there is a huge discrepency between the companies' verbal representations and those finally put in writing. 9. Reputable companies are more than willing to offer a seller their references of satisfied cusotmers, Scam companies will find excuses for not having any such list of references If something does not feel right, there is a very good chance that it is not right and you should stay away from a company. As to whether or notle to find the names of reputable companies from the Office of your State's Secretary of State because they would have to apply to the Secretary of State for either a License or a Certificate to do business in the State.
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