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House swaps
« on: March 14, 2017, 06:16:26 AM »
I was wondering if anyone has done a house swap.  Seems like a way to see a foreign land on the cheap.


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Re: House swaps
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2017, 03:56:20 PM »
We exchanged our apartment in NYC with a family's apartment in Barcelona.  Worked out really great, their son picked us up at the airport.

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Re: House swaps
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2017, 12:05:58 AM »
How did you find the swap?  Any advice or info on how to go about this would be very helpful.
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Re: House swaps
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2017, 09:20:36 AM »
Also interested.  We have a large home i would love to swap, but would likely need to help someone manage a few quirks (once every few years, basement could flood, electrical has both fuses and a traditional switch box, etc).

How do you manage a possible minor issue or accident.  Is it not viable with a larger, older home? 

We live in a desirable SF region, so likely the demand would be there, but is it really sensible to loan a stranger a $1-2M asset?  Does one throw in access to a few cars?
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Re: House swaps
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2017, 07:50:39 PM »
We've done 15+ swaps both domestic and international. Never had a bad experience. Always stay in places WAY nicer than we ever would if we were paying cash.


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Re: House swaps
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2017, 09:13:49 PM »
There are websites that help people arrange house swaps.  Plus there are others that arrange for people to stay in the house while it's vacant.  (Might have to take care of pets or the yard.)   Google away!


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Re: House swaps
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2017, 09:19:06 PM »
Just read this article the other day..  It may provide you some good info / links.
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Re: House swaps
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2017, 09:30:08 PM »
we have been using for the past year.  all positive experiences so far.