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The Tuesday Slot

Welcome to The Tuesday Slot, the supporters of Irene Parker have raised over $7,000 in less than two weeks for her Legal Defense against Diamond Resorts Fund. There have been 109 Donors and 172 Shares. The goal is $25,000. Please donate whatever you can. It’s not easy asking those who have been financially harmed for money. Most donors are struggling because they bought timeshare points they later learned were unnecessary. It is with our deepest appreciation, Irene and I both thank you for your support and donations. The faster our goal is met, the stronger the message. Any excess funds will be donated to a timeshare consumer advocacy organization TBA Friday, October 11. 

https://www.gofundme.com/f/irene-parker-diamond-resort-legal-defense-fund?fbclid=IwAR1wj_cAkvvWXcUHXrC1zkDJtSZrlx9j_3RJKE5L7J0bUW7SM1rSwCFvFHY

On a lighter note, we are honoured and pleased to announce the formal launch of Koala, a new Platform for Timeshare Exchanges.

Koala 

Bringing Transparency and Technology to Timeshare Exchanges

 Visit our KOALA website:

https://www.go-koala.com/guest/owners/

 October 8, 2019

 Press Release

 Koala is live! Koala is the first online timeshare rental marketplace that is 100% secure, free to list, and open to everyone in the world. Koala secures every transaction with a simplified 3-EasySteplisting process that takes only minutes.  

Owners around the world have already started listing their timeshares on Koala, applauding the site’s ease-of-use and absence of upfront fees. 

Dave Julien, admin of the 11,200 member Club Wyndham Owners Facebook Group says, What’s different about this, and what I like, is there will NOT be any listing or delisting fees. You are in control of what you want to rent.”

Timeshare owner Ron F: “I like what I see and I like its ease of use. When I put listings on other sites, I feel like I have to write a sales blurb. Not on Koala” Ron added that the speed with which he can upload listings on Koala is a major advantage.

Transparency

Koala sets the standard for transparency in an industry rife with scams. Koala charges no upfront fees and has zero hidden costs. Owners pay an 8% fee only upon successful booking. Koala only gets paid if you do. 

Technology

Every resort listed on Koala comes with customized descriptions and photos, so all the work is done for you. With our platform, specialized for timeshares, Koala’s 3-EasyStep™ listing takes only minutes.   

Security

Koala verifies every resort listing, protecting travellers. Unlike our competitors, Koala secures every transaction, protecting both owners and their guests from scams. Say goodbye to mailing paper checks to strangers!

Our KOALA Team

Koala was founded by Mike Kennedy, a former employee at Hilton Club New York. Mike has over ten years’ vacation ownership experience. Mike set out to solve a problem for timeshare owners who struggle to use or sell what they purchased.

James Burbridge is a web solutions leader with over twenty years’ experience, delivering solutions in the travel, retail and hospitality sectors.

Koala – The first secure, hassle-free and transparent platform for timeshare rentals. With zero upfront fees and our simple 3-EasyStep™ listing process, getting your timeshare rented has never been easier.

 Check with your resort to determine if there are any restrictions on renting.

Then start packing! Koala offers the solution – connecting timeshare owners with travellers looking for space, security and the certainty our property listings provide.  https://www.go-koala.com/

Thank you Koala, Inside Timeshare wishes you all the best and success in your new venture, I’m sure you will have many happy clients.

Inside Timeshare would also like to thank all those who have donated and pledged support for Irene, please do keep the donations coming in.

The Tuesday Slot

Welcome to The Tuesday Slot, this week we welcome KOALA, a new innovation in Timeshare Rentals & Exchange, with the introduction by Irene Parker.

First another word of warning for those who have had dealings with Eze Group, as we reported on Monday, Dominic O’Reilly has been jailed for 2 years 4 months, with Stephanie O’Reilly receiving 9 months & 18 months suspended for 2 years.

Since this case has been in the public domain several readers have informed us of companies claiming to be working with or appointed by the courts to help “victims” get their money back. The main one that seems to be contacting people with this story is Money Advice Limited.

The latest reader to have been contacted has been told that the money is in the Spanish legal system, that they need to pay £725 in order to get the money. Once this is paid they will receive a cheque within 10 days.

This is a scam, there is no money held by the courts either in Spain or the UK. No court appoints a private company or third party to contact victims. If you had come up in any investigation the authorities would have been in contact before any case, this would have been to provide any evidence and witness statements to strengthen any case they had.

DO NOT FALL FOR THIS SCAM.

Now for this weeks article.

KOALA Provides a New Era for Timeshare Rentals & Exchange

Founded by a team that believes everyone has the right to decide how and when they travel, Koala is empowering owners to utilize their timeshare without limits. There are no upfront costs, no commitments and no hidden fees.

Visit the KOALA website to join their exclusive wait list

www.go-koala.com/owners

March 26, 2019

Introduction by Irene Parker

I met with the founders of Koala last summer when visiting our daughter in New York. Co-Founder Mike Kennedy is a serial entrepreneur and spent 10 years as a Sales Executive at Hilton Club New York. Inside Timeshare has received only two Hilton complaints out of 742 reader complaints. Mike gained valuable insight into the struggles of timeshare owners today and is committed to modernizing and improving the industry.

Co-Founder James Burbridge reached out to Inside Timeshare about a year ago. Since then the two have been laying the groundwork to launch Koala’s modernized timeshare exchange platform. James has spent over 20 years in digital media, business transformation and delivery of cutting-edge technology. He has developed multiple web solutions in the travel, retail and hospitality space.

The two founders met through James’ wife and quickly found common ground when it comes to their beliefs in entrepreneurship – solve a big problem and work with people who focus on solving that problem ethically and efficiently. These core beliefs stem through the company culture at Koala. The company has assembled a team of experts to deliver the website to the market this summer. This is the inventory build-up phase, so contact Koala to become a part of this revolutionary new service. According to Mike, “We have had a great response from our sign-up page. Many owners are signed up and ready to go.” https://go-koala.com/owners/

In a remarkable display of a lack of business ethics on the part of SellMyTimeshareNow (SMTN), when I searched for the new Koala timeshare exchange, I found a link to KoalaSellMyTimeshareNowSalesandRentals. SMTN stole our Inside Timeshare keywords too. When I searched Inside Timeshare the link was to InsideTimeshareSalesandRentals/SMTN. Inside Timeshare has received complaints about SMTN, and there is a RedWeek thread started by people who paid SMTN $1,700 to list timeshares widely known to have no secondary market. On this front Inside Timeshare supports the hotly contested Florida House timeshare Bill 435 and Nevada Senate Bill 348 feeling SMTN should not receive compensation until after a timeshare has been sold. Koala is considering a SellMyTimeshareNowSalesandRentals/Koala link.

KOALA

Koala is a secure, peer-to-peer marketplace for timeshare owners to easily rent unused time to anyone in the world. It is reinventing the way owners use their assets to Go Somewhere New whether you’re a savvy owner ready to embrace innovation, or your timeshare no longer fits your lifestyle, Koala is set to disrupt the status quo.

There is a growing demand from travelers for accommodations that offer more space than a hotel room and more safety than a stranger’s home. Koala connects timeshare hosts to those seeking the value and certainty that timeshare rentals provide.

Transactions that occur between owners and travelers are secure as Koala safeguards both parties. Technology is at the heart of this innovation, ensuring the highest level of certainty and trust.

State of the Industry  

  • Peer-to-peer technology is leading the industry in the rest of the travel sector but timeshare has seen no evolution in this direction.
  • Millions of owners don’t utilize their timeshares and are reaching for new ways to subsidize their unused asset.

Why KOALA?

  • Your Time is Valuable – Your timeshare is rented faster. We put your rental in front of all travelers, not just those looking for timeshares.
  • Free to List – Signing up and listing is totally free. Owners remain in control and can delist at any time. Fees are only charged once a rental is completed and, depending on a few variables, the fee will be 5-10% of the total rental. The fee is collected once your guest has concluded their stay. Owners always see exactly what they’ll earn and exactly what we charge before they list.
  • It’s Simple and Secure – Creating your listing is quick and simple. Our secure network ends your worries and gets the money to your pocket.
  • Safety and Security are at the core of Koala’s Company Culture

With years of timeshare and tech-industry experience, Koala’s founders were driven to build a tool that would grant owners the control and freedom they deserve. Backed by a group of industry experts, Koala is shaping the future of vacation ownership.

The next generation of timeshare buyers expects more control over their vacations. Koala will revolutionize vacation ownership using a peer-to-peer solution the same way Uber & Airbnb have for their respective industries. Koala is set to launch this summer and is currently accepting early members online.  

https://www.go-koala.com/

Be sure to check with your resort to determine any restrictions on renting.

Thank you Irene and Koala for this article, we hope that this is something that will at last be of benefit to owners.

If you have been contacted by any company that tells you money is being held by any court, use our contact page and let us know, it is with your information that we can inform others of the scams that are going on.