Review date: May 2014
Vacation homes only, mostly in the U.S.
Founded in 1997
First year free, $69.95/yr; $250/exchange, $500/indirect exchange week
1500 listings mostly in the U.S.
Searching: All searches start with a map of the U.S. on which you select a state, or a button for international properties. Within the state (or international country) users then must narrow down the geography by selecting from a list of cities. There are no additional search filters.
Listings: The search results include a photo and brief description along with desired destinations and availability of the owner. The details of the properties don’t have much more information: additional pictures and a slightly longer description.
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.
- Exchange credits – for letting someone stay in your house you get a credit of $250 which can be used to pay for a direct exchange or applied towards the cost of an indirect exchange (which costs $500).
Site design: The Vacation Exchange Network website is slow, and the design is busy.
Additional features: The Vacation Exchange Network offers a free exchange coordinator to set up your swaps if you want the help. Overall it seems pricey for the services they are offering, but this site has a good number of listings within the U.S. if you have a second home and are looking for vacations in this country.