Home exchangers, your time has come and the reviews are in from around the globe.
Each one of you has helped build the world of HomeExchange.com, and now you are getting noticed — all around the globe. Here is an overview of press coverage from different countries over the past year, which provides an interesting picture of the fast-growing, global phenomenon of home swapping.
The Wall Street Journal of New York City mentioned HomeExchangeGold.com in their article on the amazing world of mansion-for-mansion exchanging. Recognizing the fundamental mechanism of trust that supports the HomeExchange.com community, they said, “someone with a beautiful house of their own will be careful of yours.” Click here to see the entire article: PDF file.
The French daily newspaper Le Parisien has a nice article titled: “Lend me your house, and I’ll lend you mine.” Calling home exchanging a growing phenomenon, the author interviews happy French members of Trocmaison.com (HomeExchange.com’s French-language site) who discovered fascinating new worlds merely by going from the north to the south of their own country. Once again it is shown that all types of travel can expand your horizons and provide a welcomed shift in perspective. Click here to see the entire article in French: PDF file.
El País, Spain’s largest daily newspaper, discusses HomeExchange.com (under its Spanish name, IntercambioCasas.com) in a long article. As one interviewee puts it, “It seems crazy to exchange your house with a stranger until you do it.” What follows is a thorough demographic breakdown of who exchanges and why (i.e. over 75% of IntercambioCasas.com members are between 35-64 years of age, 4 out of 5 members have exchanged more than twice). The article also features many comments from happy Spanish exchangers. Click here to see the entire article in Spanish: PDF file.
Over at AARP Magazine, the leading travel and lifestyle magazine for Americans over the age of 50, the emphasis was on the incredible savings when you exchange homes and live around the world with no cost for housing. Click here to see the entire article: PDF file.
Vendelbo Posten, a large daily newspaper in the northern Jutland region of Denmark, talks about the interesting possibilities of last-minute exchanges, Danes who are swapping homes for Christmas and a very successful exchange in Barcelona. Included is a brief history of HomeExchange.com itself. Click here to see the entire article in Danish: PDF file.
Italy’s QN news service focuses on ScambioCasa.com (HomeExchange.com’s Italian-language site) as a world-wide movement facilitated by the internet. This article tells you how exchanging works, what the rules are, and provides advice for listing your home successfully. For example: “upload professional photos of your house, provide a good description of the area around your house including special attractions,” etc. Click here to see the entire article in Italian: PDF file.
The hugely popular Dutch newspaper Telegraaf publishes a lifestyle magazine called Zrouw Magazine which ran a long profile of husband and wife writers, Jacinta Bokma and Robert Heukels, who, with their family of six, have been swapping homes for several years. The article profiles their initial concerns about sharing their home followed by the satisfaction of a lifetime of happy exchanges. It also includes a list of ten good tips. Click here to see the entire article in Dutch: PDF file.
L’Express (Toronto, Canada) provides a detailed look at how exactly an exchange works. Included is an interview with Trocmaison.com partner William Heinzer emphasizing the many charms of living like a local and receiving insider tips from your hosts about lesser-known sights and restaurants in the area. Click here to see the entire article in French: PDF file.
The Spanish magazine Dirigentes talks with HomeExchange.com’s director of operations, Jim Pickell, about how confidence is built between home exchangers before they actually swap houses or apartments, the major role Spain plays as a popular cultural destination, and the fact that Spain has the third largest inventory to choose from, after the USA and France. Click here to see the entire article in Spanish: PDF file.
Online American travel sensation Johnny Jet has an article on the way the home exchange process works which includes an interview with HomeExchange.com’s founder, Ed Kushins. Click here to see the entire article: PDF file.