Board Extends Special Offer!

All owners want to keep their Maintenance Fees down. One way to accomplish that goal is to have as many Pend Oreille Shores Owners as possible therefore dividing the cost of operations among more people.

YOU CAN HELP! If just one out of 3 current owners helps sell ONE interval, we would be sold out! You know Pend Oreille Shores Resort has Maintenance Fees 46% below the national average.
You know we have (and have always had) a Deedback program. The travel options are more varied and flexible than ever before!

Most of you know and understand that the more HOA intervals we are able to sell, the better chance of maintaining or lowering (if we sell enough!) the maintenance fees for all owners.

To further help our HOA resale program efforts, the Pend Oreille Shores Board of Managers has approved to extend the incredible sales opportunity for owners. They wanted to offer current owners (and their friends and family) intervals that are hundreds of dollars less than the current HOA interval listed prices and thousands lower than other timeshares.

One bedrooms, waterview: Unit cost $0

One bedrooms, waterfront: Unit cost $50

Two bedrooms, waterview: Unit cost $150

Two bedrooms, waterfront Unit cost $200

AND each purchase includes the first year of occupancy’s FREE! The next year’s

Maintenance Fee ($750 and the transfer fee ($115) are the only additional costs. So a one bedroom waterfront would cost $50 + $750 + $115 = $915 (and that includes 2 years of occupancy)!

PLEASE HELP OUT YOUR HOA (and yourself, too!)

NEW Club Interval Gold Program Offered!

Pend Oreille Shores has teamed up with Interval International to offer you Interval’s newest exchange program: Club Interval Gold!!

Because we participate in this program, you have now have the ability to deposit your week in exchange for points, which you can use for an entirely new vacation experience in over 80 nations around the world. You’ll have the flexibility to redeem points for full or partial vacation weeks, and a variety of accommodation sizes and travel seasons. You can even apply your points toward a cruise, hotel, tour, golf, or spa exchange or a unique Interval Experiences adventure!

You can also trade on a traditional week basis. This program has so many benefits!

Stay tuned for upcoming emails to educate you on this great new opportunity.

If you can’t wait, please call Lisa Derr for details at 208-264-5828 ext. 181.

In 2020, we will be having presentations regarding the great purchase opportunity the Board has authorized in addition to all the benefits of a Club Interval Gold membership!

Maintenance Fee

When compared with other resorts in North America using the 2017 ARDA International Foundation “State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry Study” Pend Oreille Shores Resort’s Maintenance Fee was AGAIN substantially lower than most other resorts included in the study. 

Improvements, as always, in the works!

As usual, we've got a lot of projects completed and more planned! The king beds and new bedroom furniture are in all the master bedrooms! While the bed issue is a hard one to win (the same bed can be too hard, too soft, too small, just right). We've received more compliments on the beds than ever before! The maintenance staff, Terrell, and Mike, did a great job building the platform (and saved us a substantial amount of money!). The entire maintenance staff also did a great job of installing the new bedroom furniture and selling the old furniture. We are currently looking at new pictures for the master bedrooms and will start the bedroom lamp project (all mounted, swing arm lamps) this winter. More units received new carpeting so we only have a few left to do this winter.

The Special Assessment projects are moving right along:

  • The outer dock and breakwater were completed this April, just in time for the spring fishing derby! More lights and electrical outlets were added.
  • Engineered drawings of the new 'sea wall' have been completed. This project requires approval from both Bonner County and the Department of Lands and those will be forthcoming. This project will take several years to complete.
  • The parking lot overlay is scheduled for late September or early October.
  • The boardwalk/paver project will also begin this fall.

One major 'surprise repair (which we set funds aside for) occurred when a main water line broke in the basement of the Club (where the well water comes in and is distributed throughout the resort). New plumbing was installed to replace the original system. Thanks to Brian Ward, Maintenance Supervisor, and RC Worst for their hours and hours of work! The guests checking in that Friday when the repairs were done were so understanding and patient. We also replaced our 9-year-old computers this spring! Meanwhile, the 'as needed' projects such as replacing windows, heat pumps, and appliances continue on as usual.

Maintenance Fees: How Do We Compare - Again!

When compared with other resorts in North America in the 2017 ARDA International Foundation “State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry Study” Pend Oreille Shores Resort’s Maintenance Fee was AGAIN substantially lower than most of the other resorts that contributed to the report! In 2013, Pend Oreille Shores was 45% less than the average, in 2014: 46% less, 2015 46% lower and in 2016, 47% lower than the average Maintenance Fee!

For the maintenance fee comparisons, property taxes are NOT included because many resort owners are billed separately for their property taxes. Also, omitting the property taxes gives a more accurate comparison of the operational expenses of the resorts.

So we are doing the very best we can (with good results) to handle owners’ monies in a fiscally conservative manner while keeping the resort at Gold Crown standards.

2013
Average Maintenance Fee: $845 (does NOT include Property Taxes)
Pend Oreille Shores Resort:
$515—$52.96 Property Taxes = $462.04

2014
Average Maintenance Fee: $880 (does NOT include Property Taxes)
Pend Oreille Shores Resort:
$530—$56.68 Property Taxes = $473.32

2015
Average Maintenance Fee: $920 (does NOT include Property Taxes)
Pend Oreille Shores Resort:
$545—$48.84 Property Taxes = $496.16

2016
Average Maintenance Fee: $970 (does NOT include Property Taxes)
Pend Oreille Shores Resort:
$560—$47.82 Property Taxes = $512.18

Even with the 2018 Special Assessment of $220, our owners are paying hundreds less than the average resort pays in Annual Maintenance Fees!!

Maintenance Fees: How Do We Compare—Again?!

When compared with other resorts in North America in the 2016 ARDA International Foundation “State of the Vacation Timeshare Industry Study” conducted by Ernst & Young LLP, Pend Oreille Shores Resort’s Maintenance Fee was AGAIN substantially lower than most of the other resorts in the study! In 2013, Pend Oreille Shores was 45% less than the average, in 2014, 45% less once again and in 2015 46% lower!
For the maintenance fee comparisons, property taxes are NOT included because many resort owners are billed separately for their property taxes. Also, omitting the property taxes gives a more accurate comparison of the operational expenses of the resorts.
Add to this comparison the fact that Pend Oreille Shores has had only one Special Assessment ($150) in its 33 year history. So we are doing the very best we can (with good results) to handle owners’ monies in a fiscally conservative manner while keeping the resort at Gold Crown standards.

2013
Average Maintenance Fee:  $845
(does NOT include Property Taxes)
Pend Oreille Shores Resort:
$515—$52.96 Property Taxes = $462.04

2014
Average Maintenance Fee:  $880
Pend Oreille Shores Resort:
$530—$56.68 Property Taxes = $473.32

2015
Average Maintenance Fee: $920
Pend Oreille Shores Resort:
$545—$48.84 Property Taxes = $496.1

Improvements and Upgrades Keep Coming!

The Resort turned 30 this last spring! Numerous owners who have owned since the early '80s have commented that "the resort is looking better now than it did 20-30 years ago!"

There have been many, many substantial, obvious upgrades over the last two decades and countless unseen and smaller improvements. From roofs and docks to sewer pumps and sand filters, the Board and staff do their best to keep the resort looking good and operating efficiently.

Recent upgrades over the past year include new sleeper sofas and recliners, new countertops for F building, new paint for the tennis building and the maintenance shop, new (more efficient!) heat pumps for the Athletic Club, parking lot improvements and much more!

Two of the reasons these improvements can continue while Maintenance Fees stay significantly lower than the national average ($425 vs. $786 excluding property taxes - 2012 comparison), the economy struggles along and no Special Assessments have been levied, is that we have a Board of Managers that believe "quality is economy." This means the decisions made regarding products and projects are not determined by the lowest bid, but the quality of the product or workmanship. The second reason is that the staff takes great pride in the care of the resort and its guests and can accomplish most major pro- jects in-house.

The Maintenance staff, for example, has exceptional skills in carpentry and finish work, saving the Resort thousands of dollars in remodeling costs. One example is the current bathroom remodeling project which started last winter. With the maintenance staff and one outside contractor, the small bathrooms are being remodeled for around $3,000-$3,500 each compared to two outside bids ranging from $8,000-$10,000 per bathroom. Doing the work in-house also allows us to work efficiently around unit vacancies.

Obtaining feedback from owners and guests is another important factor in keeping the Resort in Gold Crown shape!

Resale Scams

BEWARE! Please! Please! Keep your eyes open for still more Timeshare Resale Scams! We can’t emphasize enough that IF ANYONE CONTACTS YOU AND ASKS FOR MONEY UP FRONT TO SELL YOUR TIMESHARE OR RELIEVE YOU OF YOUR OBLIGATION (OR TO APPRAISE IT, OR FOR ANY REASON) RUN AWAY!! They may try to convince you that they have a buyer (usually for thousands of dollars!) or that your resort is planning a huge Special Assessment that you can avoid or that they represent RCI or ARDA or any one of the other legitimate timeshare organizations. If you are contacted, just take their information (most won’t give it to you) and call your resort or the Attorney General’s office of the state in which they are based and do some of your own investigating before giving any money to anyone. You should NEVER give personal information or money to someone who contacts you. If they are legit, they won’t mind giving you their information so you can check them out yourself. We attended a conference last Fall that addressed the growing problem of resale scams throughout the country. Pend Oreille Shores has been a victim of some of the same scams that have hit Florida, Texas and other states. There seems to be three prominent methods of these scammers.

  1. They take your money to “relieve” you of your Maintenance Fee obligation but never do any ownership changes; so by the time you get your next Maintenance Fee bill, the company is long gone with your money and you still own the timeshare.
  2. The scammers take your money and then turn the unit back to the resort.
  3. (This is the worst—and becoming more prevalent!) They take your money and then put a fictitious name on the deed with a bogus address which forces the resort to take the interval to Foreclosure, which costs the resort (and therefore the owners) almost $1,500 in legal fees (per unit!). We are constantly updated by Timesharing Today Magazine and other organizations about the ongoing problem. Please don’t fall for their “too good to be true” rhetoric.