There are a host of websites such as HomeExchange.com and HomeForExchange.com that provide members with a means to swap their own home or condo for another one in a desired location.
This is how it works:
You'd purchase a membership and upload a description with photos of your home and neighborhood.
Then you indicate the places you'd like to visit.
Finally, you wait to be contacted by other interested members.
You can discuss the swap by phone or by mail.
So clean your house, stow your valuables, prepare guides to your area, share house rules and take off for a dream vacation!
Go with peace of mind. Swappers have found that co-members are much more likely to treat the home as if it were their own--than outside agencies.
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