It Happens — and It Can Happen to You
4 Amazing Inquiries received by HomeExchange.com Team Members, and it can happen to you.
Among the 65,000+ listed homes or apartments available on HomeExchange.com you’ll find some absolutely amazing properties that deserve the word breathtaking.
Even more amazing is that sometimes the folks who own these places are the ones who contact you first.
It’s true… and it can happen to you.
What follows here are 4 true stories from the lives of 4 people who are not only home exchangers, but also HomeExchange.com team members, people who work to help make HomeExchange.com the #1 online Community for home swapping.
Here is a photo of the team members profiled in this article, taken during a lunch meeting in Montreal Canada.
Take a good look at this 1200-square meter (almost 13,000-square feet) French château, built in 1870 and renovated in 2006, 30 minutes from Grenoble and just 45 minutes from Lyon. Wifi Internet access, a gourmet kitchen and barbeque, fenced private park and grand piano included. How much do you think such a magnificent place might rent for? A few thousand a night? Or more?
Even if you were a famous celebrity with money to burn, the owners might not rent to you, but as a HomeExchange.com Member, you may very well be asked if you would like to stay there for a week, or ten days… or more.
This was — and is — an actual inquiry that showed up in Ross’ inbox.
Who wouldn’t immediately jump on an offer like this, given the chance?
Well… you have this chance every day on HomeExchange.com.
Keep in mind that simultaneous, as well as non-simultaneous, exchanges are both always available on HomeExchange.com. In many cases, families or individuals with second homes make this option fairly standard. If you also happen to be among the lucky ones to have a second property, the chances of arranging a swap with a breathtaking property increase exponentially.
Ellen lives in Denmark, and in keeping with the social conventions of most Nordic countries, “Okay, I may not actually have screamed out loud when I opened this inquiry, as that is a bit out of Scandinavian character, but the thought of going to this remote place in the wilderness of Patagonia may have made my heart beat a little faster. Look at that view from the bedroom!”
And don’t think that just because you may not have a “grand” home to swap, you are at a disadvantage. Quite to the contrary. As you can see, this inquiry is just as appealing for the glorious wonders of the natural surroundings, as it is for the house itself.
As they say in France, “Vive la différence!” Variety is indeed the spice of life, and with 150 countries to consider, finding compelling differences is half the fun.
When asked for examples of her favorite inquiries, Tanya, who serves as the HomeExchange.com / BoligBytte.com representative in Norway replied:
“It was nice spending time with you in Montreal [see the lunch photo above]. I have attached a screenshot of an exotic offer I received from Kenya. I have received other wonderful offers, too, even just today from an island in Brazil, but this Kenya offer was very exciting.”
Imagine just how delightful it feels to open your inbox while sitting with your family, mid-winter, in Norway as your screen fills with the white-sand beach, verdant cliffs and an exotic red house poised on this secluded miniature peninsula in Africa.
That’s an invitation that is hard to forget. And, yes, this happens every day on HomeExchange.com, to people just like you.
As the HomeExchange.com / HuizenRuil.com team leader in the Netherlands, Corinne is a photographer and physical therapist who is active in the growing social movement of the “sharing economy.” An experienced home exchanger, Corinne and her family often swap their 1912 farmhouse (built by Corinne’s great-grandparents).
Gathering around the computer after dinner one evening with her 2 children and their dog, Knaggel, here is the inquiry that captivated their imaginations:
What an offer: to swap their Dutch farmhouse for a Caribbean hacienda in a lush jungle beach town. Plus, Knaggel would have an Alaskan Husky dog house guest as well.
It’s entirely possible, and it can happen to you.