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HomeExchange.com Review – July 2018

Review updated: July 2018 HomeExchange.com Founded in 1992 $150 per year for first listing, $75 for additional listings Sold in 2017 to Guest to Guest 16 languages 56,000 listings in 150 countries  Listings by geographic region (approximate, based on counting from buggy regional search that seems to mis-classify some Europe homes into North America): Africa: 2500 Asia:  […]

Soliciting (spamming?) for guests on home exchange networks

Home exchange is a relatively labor intensive process. It often takes many inquiries to find a match for a trip you want to take. Now, in addition to searching for matches for places to stay, there’s a growing trend of members soliciting for guests on home exchange networks that allow hosts to earn credit towards […]

Overnight addresses trust issues in peer-to-peer rentals

Overnight is a private network for peer-to-peer rental homes. It’s a lot like Airbnb, but Overnight is a membership organization and listings are not open to the public. Instead homes are listed only within networks or friend groups. Founded in 2015, Overnight officially operates in four U.S. cities: Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, […]

Horizon App Funding Campaign

Home exchange with a social conscience is how I’d describe the Horizon App. This network helps travelers find lodging and make personal connections through their stays. And it encourages “payment” to hosts through donations to charities. I interviewed Drew Meyers, the founder of Horizon, back in 2016. Since that time they’ve added a program in […]

StayWithFamily review – July 2018

Review date: July 2018 StayWithFamily.com free English only Specialty: gay community 5,644 members Instead of listings, this network focuses on membership. It offers more than just home exchanges, encouraging people to make gay friends, visit gay campgrounds (they have an extensive list for the United States), engage in timeshare exchanges, and more. As a result […]

Trocky Review – June 2018

Review date: June 2018 trocky.com Specialty: France mainly €29.50/yr French only 7000 listings in 74 countries (2000 active listings) 5221 of the 7000 listings are in France, and the rest are mostly in other French speaking countries. Because this used to be a free network, I assume a high number of inactive listings. To calculate […]

House Swap Website Reviews

Here’s a list of all the swap sites with current reviews. Also check out my summary of the reviews which includes a discussion of how to pick the right site for you. Love Home Swap HomeExchange.com Guest to Guest Geenee Exchange Zones Home Link Home for Exchange Home for Swap Intervac Your Home for Mine First Home […]

Home for Swap Review – June 2018

Review date: June 2018 homeforswap.com 70€/year Founded in New York by a couple who are French and Spanish. Now offices are based in Paris and Madrid. English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and German 9,698 listings Sample listing count by country: United States: 949 France: 4,808 Spain: 3,127 It’s no longer possible to search by region […]

Home for Exchange review – June 2018

Review date: June 2018 homeforexchange.com Founded in 2005 $108/yr owned by LoveHomeSwap 7,560 listings Members are predominantly in Europe and total listings on this network are going down over time. But the technology has been significantly updated. I’m not sure why LoveHomeSwap hasn’t yet integrated it fully, but I anticipate this will happen soon. I’d […]

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