Founded in 2016
Owned and run by Andrea Aguiar
free trial until you find a swap
English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
1400 members, 1200 of them in South America, 931 in Brazil
BeLocal home exchange network focuses on home exchanges in Latin America. You can read my interview with the founder here. Although the network is free to join, they are careful about hiding inactive listings. Their rule: “A profile gets hidden when it has more than 5 unanswered proposals and has not answered or made any exchanges proposals in the last six months.”
Searching: The search interface starts with location and can be filtered down by travel style, dates, and keywords. There is also a reverse search option to find people who want to visit your home town. The filter options are limited compared to other swap networks. And it’s not possible to limit to homes that will fit your family, or to swap families who will fit in your home. The search returns pictures of the homes but no details about them.
Listings: The listings contain all the basic information about the home and the swapper in a usable format. There’s an option to translate descriptions into another language. And listings include a map showing roughly where the home is located. Members can also indicate dates available for swapping.
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.
- rental listings – members who list their home for exchange can also list it for rent
Site Design: Overall the site is easy to use and responsive.
Additional features: BeLocal offers an email system for contacting other members.
If you’re trying to figure out which one to join, check out my reviews of all the major home exchange networks.