Escape to Paradise representatives pursued me more than two months in 2007, about selling my timeshare. Their phone calls were relentless and their sales pitch convincimg . In addition, I still have on my answering machine, urgent messages about "hits on the property" and that it needed to be listed immediately, so it could close and I could have the proceeds before Christmas 2007. I have FOUR of those voice messages from Joshua O'Brien and one from Melissa Hofferbert in October, 2007. After they got my money in October, 2007, it became impossible to speak with either Joshua or Melissa. A man named Daniel would answer Melissa's calls. Daniel rudely told me each time that he was Melissa's "personal assistant, " and that I could only talk with him because Melissa was busy. He would also say that Joshua was on the sales floor or not available for some reason.
After several weeks of Daniel intercepting calls, I talked with the receptionist and asked her to pass the messages to Joshua and Melissa. She didn't know Joshua, ( ????? ) but said she would see Melisssa later that afternoon. Two days later, I called because I hadn't heard from Melissa. The receptionist assured me that she had personally given the message to Melissa. This was repeated several times over the next few weeks. After that, I faxed a few messages, but got no response. I sent emails, but got no reply. When I still didn't hear from either Joshua nor Melissa, I finally sent a postal, snail mail letter with a tracking number to Melissa. You guessed it, no response.
I have a friend who has family about 15 miles from Newport Beach. While she was visiting her family in November 2008, she asked her adult son to phone Escape to Paradise to say he wanted to buy a timeshare. He gave every detail, except my name and timeshare unit number, in describing what he wanted to buy, with CASH. No one from Escape to Paradise has ever gotten back to him.
In my opinion, they make their money by "listing" and never try to sell. Melissa and John Hofferbert also have, and have had, businesses in Florida. Some have been closed by the officials. They also have a "sister" Escape to Paradise company in Nevada.
There are also unhappy people that have posted comments on /link removed/ about Escape to Paradise.