Review date: June 2018

homeexchange50plus.com

Founded in 2009

Specialty: Seniors

£45/yr, £70/2 yrs, £125/5 yrs

Owned by a Scottish couple living in London

English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

992 listings 

Listings in selected countries:

  • France: 126
  • England: 85
  • United States: 144
  • Australia: 176

The website was redesigned in 2015 and although membership is small it continues to grow.

Searching: Searches start with a drop down menu of countries and then can be narrowed down by region within some countries. Surprisingly, the website redesign seems to have eliminated the advance search functionality allowing filters on other features. Though this may be available only to paying customers. There is no map-based search.

Listings: Search results display a clean list of the properties returned with easy to read summary information. The main thing missing in the overview is number of people in the swap party, though with 50+ perhaps it is safe to assume it is almost always 1 or 2 people. Individual listings are similarly easy to read, and include a map.

This site offers the following variations on house swapping:

  • simultaneous or non-simultaneous house swap – this is the traditional model where two parties swap houses for an agreed upon set of dates. Non-simultaneous works best with second homes, but is also useful for people going on vacation and leaving their home empty. In this case each party picks different dates for the swap.
  • hospitality exchange – this allows people with extra space in their house to host visitors in exchange for being hosted themselves at some other date.

Site design: Clean simple design, and quite usable except for the limitations on the search function.

Additional features: They offer a suggested letter of agreement for house swapping.

If you’re trying to figure out which Home Exchange network to join, check out my reviews of all the major house swap networks.