House Swap Website Reviews

First Home Exchange Alliance Review

 Review date: July 2016

Invented City

$40/yr – $79/yr

The First Home Exchange Alliance (FHEA) includes four networks that share listings and virtually identical functionality:

  • InventedCity
  • Home Base Holidays
  • Green Theme International
  • Guardian

English only

2340 listings

These four sites now share a search engine and most of the site functionality but continue to advertise themselves as distinct home exchange networks. They even have different pricing and trial memberships. Hint: join Green Theme International for the cheapest price ($40/year).

Searching: Searches start with a geography prompt and include filters for various relevant features of the home and swap family. There is a no map search functionality but they advertise that it will be coming soon.

Listings: The search results display good usable summary information and each individual listing has all the relevant details easily organized for viewing.

This network 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.



  • Good tip about GTI being cheaper to join.
    Any more tips on getting discounts on membership for, say, (now $A180!!) and other sites?
    They do sometimes offer discounts but it is a bit hit-and-miss.
    Your work much appreciated

    • Sorry, I think there are really not many tricks around the high price of some of the bigger home exchange networks. While there are often deals for new members, you really want a profile with some reviews and exchange experience so starting over is probably not a good idea. All I can suggest is giving your business to the free ones if you don’t think the price is worth it, and hope to send a message with your spending (or not spending) on the expensive sites. I try to roughly work out how much I’m getting in return for my memberships in terms of free lodging, and if it’s significantly more than the cost of membership I will renew for another year.

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