Review date: April 2014
Founded in 2006
Owned by a husband (Australian) and wife (Canadian) team based in the UK
English and French
Listings by continent:
- Africa: 350
- Asia: 165
- North America: 3420
- Europe: 2500+
- Australia: 1525
- South America & Central America: 125
The UK alone has 2450, and France has over 2500. The 11,115 unaccounted for by the other regions are presumably found in Europe, accounting for the vast majority of the Gennee listings.
Searching: The search by map facility works well to narrow down to country but can not go below that so if you want to find a region you can not use the map for searching. The text based search allows you to select a country and then type in a city name as well as specify other requirements.
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: Completely functional, though a bit dated in the look and feel.
Additional features: This mid-sized house swapping site is among the larger of the free services. They offer a contract, a ranking system for members, and review services. New news posts seem to have stopped in 2011. The site includes forums for travelers to advertise what they want and discuss house swap related topics. These are reasonably active with real content from users though many are just throwing out requests for swaps to see if anyone responds. They do not charge for membership or for using their exchange agreements or holding a security deposit. But “There is a charge of 99 USD for various services” which I can not find described anywhere on the site. Overall this seems like a fine option if the geographic dispersal meets your interests and you don’t want to pay for a swap site. Unfortunately the technical development and work on the site seems to have stopped several years ago. It still works as is, but without a clear source of income it seems reasonably not to expect this site to make any serious advances.