Review date: September 2020
Founded in 2006
Owned by a husband (Australian) and wife (Canadian) team based in the UK
English and French
17,800 listings (6000 active)
Listings by continent:
- Africa: 336
- Asia: 235
- North America: 3,727
- Europe: 11,900
- Australia: 1,554
- South America: 171
Although this appears to be one of the largest home swap networks, many of these listings are from inactive members. The problem with Geenee is the members who join free networks and then never delete their listing, but stop using it at some point. Some large percentage of these 17,800 listings are almost certainly inactive. In truth I’ve never met anyone who uses this network so it’s a bit of a mystery. It’s also a bit odd that their number of advertised listings has not changed in years, nor has the website been updated. I strongly suspect this network is not very active.
I did reach out to Geenee to ask about ways to filter out inactive members and they responded that they only de-activate people whose email is bouncing. But accounts that are not being used are left active. Geenee does have an algorithm to sort search results level of activity. This means you should always reach out to the matches on the first few pages of results. I noticed that after the first 500 or so listings returned for a very general search, no one has specified availability on their calendar.
Although the Geenee team was very responsive to my questions, and explained their sort system in quite a bit of detail, I’m still at a loss to calculate what percentage of the membership of Geenee is actually active. My best guess is that it’s similar to my calculation for GuesttoGuest back when that network was also free. For G2G I estimated about 1/3 of the members were active, based on a somewhat scientific sample. This would put the active membership count for Geenee around 6000. This might be overly generous as I don’t see anyone on the network with their calendar of availability filled in, even in the first listings returned during a search.
Searching: The search functionality is very basic. You can search by continent, and select whether or not you want to display rentals with the home exchanges, and you can specify dates and number of people the home must sleep. That’s pretty much it, there are no further filters. They do also have a text based search box but it’s powered by Google and seems to be broken. I could only get it to return results from the web in general, not results specific to the Geenee website.
Listings: Results are displayed in a usable format with details on the property clear when you select one to view.
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.
- vacation rental – the usual rental system applies here, and owners collect payment via this site.
Site design: Moderate functionality, dated in the look and feel. Some links just go to error pages now and to me it feels like the website functionality is degrading rather than improving over time.
Privacy and security: Homes on this network are visible to anyone, even without creating an account. Only the home location is not visible.
Additional features: They offer a contract, a ranking system for members, and review services. New news posts seem to have stopped in 2011. The website used to include active forums for travelers to advertise what they want and discuss house swap related topics but those have disappeared.
If you’re trying to figure out which Home Exchange network to join, check out my reviews of all the major house swap networks.