Updated review available from July 2016 here! Review date: May 2015 homelink.org Founded in 1953 $95/yr Originally a paper-based swap service founded by a man focused on swaps for teachers in the U.S. and a woman focused on swaps for armed service people in the UK. 12 languages with country-specific customer service for 27 countries
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Updated review May 2016 now available! Review updated May 2015 homeexchange.com Founded in 1992 $150 per year Privately held and run by Ed Kushkins 16 languages 65,000 listings in 150 countries Listings by geographic region (approximate, based on counting from map view): Africa: 289 Asia: 779 North America: 17,536 Europe: 34,378 Oceana: 1,919 South America: 807 These […]
Updated review from May 2016 now available! Review updated: April 2015 lovehomeswap.com Founded in 2009 14 day free trial $189/year gold membership, $229/year silver membership, $249/year platinum membership English and French Significant venture and private equity funding since 2011 65,000 listings (claimed) in 160+ countries Review update notes: A year ago I reviewed LoveHomeSwap after using the site […]
Updated review from June 2016 now available Review updated April 2015 guesttoguest.com Founded in 2011 Free, with charge for add on services including verification and security deposits. Angel funded, single founder, created by 22 families from around the world English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German 109,167 listings
This review is out of date. See my updated review of Nightswapping (Cosmopolit Home’s new name) Review date: November 2014 cosmopolithome.com Founded in 2011 Free membership, $9.90 per swap Founded in France, recently received $2.5M in funding English, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Netherlands 6000 listings in 54 countries Summary: Cosmopolit Home offers a unique system of home exchange that […]
Trampolinn launched a new home exchange service in March, entering the rather crowded field of house swap sites which now includes 67 others. But their take on the home exchange is a bit different; they are focused on a points-based system. Only a few other home exchange programs use points right now, though there seems to be […]
Review date: May 2014 thevacationexchange.com Vacation homes only, mostly in the U.S. Founded in 1997 First year free, $69.95/yr; $250/exchange, $500/indirect exchange week English only 1500 listings mostly in the U.S.
This is a pretty basic house swap site, without many features. But if you only want to travel within the Continental U.S., Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean, and you don’t want to be bothered by listings or invitations from anywhere else in the world, this might be a good site for you to join. OIA does have a relatively large number of listings in this specific region of the world. Though the larger house swap sites have these numbers and a lot of other options and features as well.