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Fractional Ownership

Interested in fractional ownership? For fractional ownership schemes to succeed they require skilled fractional ownership management. Otherwise the experience of ownership can be marred by muddled changeovers, sub-standard facilities, and arguments over use.
Many people ask "what is fractional ownership?" and the closely related question "Is it timeshare? In this article I will attempt to answer these questions. This article is concerned exclusively with the fractional ownership of leisure/luxury assets. However most of the principles would apply equally to the fractional ownership of a practical item (e.g. for business).
Fractional Ownership allows you the utilization of the luxury items you want, when you want them -- without the headaches, expense and liability of full ownership. With fractional ownership, a luxurious asset (jet, yacht, vacation home, classic car, vineyard) is owned collectively with a group of other individuals.
Vacation homes are the most prevalent use of the fractional ownership concept. Fractional ownership is not a timeshare. The distinction is that a fractional share owner owns a deeded share for a fraction of the property.
Some fractional ownership schemes are far away from the true concept of fractional ownership. Some seem to include the worst aspects of timeshare and outright ownership! To explore this further it is first necessary to explain the reasons why timeshare is almost always not a good investment:
There are four alternatives for financing your fractional ownership vacation home. The first, obviously, is cash - buy your fractional share outright. The second option is to use the equity in your primary residence. Option three is to find a mortgage. The fourth option for funding your fractional ownership vacation home is financing provided by the developer of the fractional project.
The potential for fractional ownership to transform life experiences via the lower cost and variety of leisure assets is well know. A subject that is less-often discussed is the likely environmental benefits of widespread adoption of fractional ownership.
Can you save money by using fractional ownership? The marketing of fractional ownership has to date focused on a certain type of development, i.e. super-luxury resorts laden with facilities and services at a very high cost. This isn't all it should be about. In many ways it is potentially more beneficial to people that don't have loads of money.
Many companies market fractional schemes, but how can you tell whether they are truly fractional ownership? In this article the responsibilities and benefits of various types of fractional schemes are compared.
Fractional ownership is a growing trend, but how do you go about valuing a fraction in an existing scheme for sale? What rules should be in place in a fractional scheme to prevent potentially disruptive new members joining it?
This article talks about fractional ownership of vacation properties. It discusses the advantages, and disadvantages of such an arrangement and tells you what to look for should you wish to purchase one.
If you invest in a fractional ownership scheme you need to understand how you are going to get your money back if you need it. This article considers how the contract needs to be worded to achieve this.
Can fractional ownership work in the less than ideal climate of the United Kingdom?
Fractional ownership of property is a popular trend, but why is this? What are the advantages of owning property in this way? This article considers the aspects of purchase cost, size, location, and maintenance.
One area of the real estate market is bucking the generally negative trend, with values and sales volumes up. Fractional ownership of luxury real estate has been slowly gaining in popularity over the last 10 years or so, but now seems set to reach a tipping point and become a mainstream concept.


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