Exchangeaway is new, probably brought to us by the folks behind HomeXchangevacation. I can’t confirm this since they haven’t responded to an e-mail inquiry. This new website is beautiful to behold and has a lovely map based search. The planet is shown with blue circles on continents. You click on North America for a detailed map by state and province, again with blue circles, which show the number of listings. Once you click on a state you have individual markers showing the location of exchange homes. There is a street view link which is so cool you might overlook the problem of it being off by one street in the case of a home I happen to know well. The listing format is attractive.
I can’t recommend Exchangeaway because they have a business model that can create fear, uncertainty, and doubt. They have partial members and full members; we can describe them as free members and paying members. As a free member you can post your listing and look at other listings. Paid members can contact you. The problem is that as a free member you can’t read an e-mail from a paid member unless you too become a paid member. Exchangeaway has over a thousand members, but we don’t know how many are free members. You could be a paid member and send 1000 inquiries without having any of them read by other members.
This crazy system can be compared to HomeXchangeVacation, in which there are free and paid members. The crucial difference is that as a paid member you can contact free members that can then consider an exchange with you. I was looking for an exchange in Scotland and discovered that HomeXchangevacation had over 500 members there wanting to go to the USA. I paid my dues and contacted about 100 of them and had several promising discussions. My suspicion is that most of their members are free and relatively unfamiliar and uncommitted to the home exchange concept.
HomeforHome has little to do with the above; they recruited members with a free listing offer and now have made the transition to charging dues which are 35.40 euros per year. You can pay 59 euros and your home will be highlighted in search results and appear on the home page. This is an interesting premium option. I haven’t paid any dues; I assume other members will continue to be able to contact me with exchange requests. HomeforHome has a beautiful website with over 20,000 members.
HomeExchange.com, Homelink, HomeforExchange.com, Intervac and other agencies only have paid members. My experience has been their members are serious about house swapping. Our last 11 exchanges have been arranged through agencies with 100% paid members.