Merilee Elliott, president of Merilee Elliott Interiors, agrees: "We used to amaze [prospective purchasers] with a little.
Not it takes a whole lot just to meet their expectations." She
attributes this to a variety of factors.
"Buyers now are very sophisticated: shopping on the Internet, comparing prices on everything, and comparing interiors," Elliott
said."They're not going to want to stay in a place that isn't as nice as their own homes.It has to be a lot better, because that's what it was all about in the beginning."
The problem is that "better" is significantly scaled upwards from the "better" that characterized the beginning of the timeshare industry - not because the homes of the rich are that much more luxurious, but rather because the homes of the less affluent have improved dramatically.
"People are intensely interested in interiors," Elliott
"When we started out in 1983, a big TV was 19 inches," said Merilee Elliott
."We put Backgammon, Scrabble, and Monopoly in every room.