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CasaVersa Facilitates Home-Swaps Globally in Burgeoning Sharing Economy

June 11, 2014

CasaVersa’s home-swapping program provides an affordable vacation option for anyone who wants to see the world from a new perspective. CasaVersa facilitates the exchange by providing the platform to build trusting relationships between people from different parts of the world, at a maximum fee of $45 after the first swap.

More than 10 million people around the globe participate in home swaps, according to recent studies by Lloyds TSB Insurance.

“Getting a house match on CasaVersa is more than a transaction,” says Yariv “Ajar” Gilad, Founder and CEO. “We help you create an insider experience with someone you otherwise would have never met. You will then more genuinely experience life in their corner of the world instead of spending a week in a hotel exposed only to the typical tourist experience.”

No money changes hands between hosts in a CasaVersa experience. CasaVersa website participants don’t have to pay a single fee for their first home swap match. Subsequent matches are only $45; at the fourth swap and beyond, the service is free, if within a single year. The other homeswapping sites require upfront yearly subscription fees from $120 to $1,700, even if no exchange is made. CasaVersa verifies personal information and provides guidelines for preparing homes for exchanges.

CasaVersa introduces its members to the collaborative economy, in which consumers share or exchange goods – in this case, homes – for mutual benefit.

“CasaVersa offers vacations for real people,” concluded Gilad. “It isn’t about money. Swappers can share favorite restaurants, shops, and sites. These peer-to-peer travel opportunities ensure the travelers are instantly part of the community they are visiting.”


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Home Exchange Can Make Cost of Attending London Olympics Affordable

March 27, 2012

The countdown is on to the start of the 2012 Olympic Games and, with visitors to London facing expensive travel costs, this is the perfect time to arrange a home swap and cut out accommodation costs completely.

With thousands of Home Base Holidays members living near Olympic venues in and around London and many offering their homes for exchange during the Olympics and Paralympics, there are so many attractive home swap offers to choose from.

Home Base Holidays members, Canadians Gloria and Joe, with tickets for four events, have already arranged an exchange to attend the Olympics:

“We always knew we wanted to do a home swap having considered it for many years. The thought of all the money we’ve ‘wasted’ on hotels!”

The home and location:

“Our London home exchange looks like a nice house with parking, a wee garden and owned by a family of three just like us. If it is lacking in extraordinary views or fascinating historical associations, it will make up for in comfort and predictability, a premium commodity indeed when travelling. In short, it may not be haunted by the ghost of Virginia Woolf, but at least it’s not haunted! Moreover, its location makes it ideal to get to the Olympic park – this really being a major bonus.”

Gloria, Joe and daughter, Harper are exchanging their large 1894 Victoria home complete with turret in Woodstock, Ontario, for the Salter family’s modern home in South Woodford, East London.

Home Base Holidays spokesperson, Lois Sealey, says: “Arranging a home exchange is a great money saver especially during a busy period like the Olympics when hotel room rates are soaring. Swapping homes enables visitors to experience the ‘real’ city like Londoners while enjoying the space and convenience of a comfortable home.” See Olympics home exchange information and sample offers.

Founded in 1985, Home Base Holidays is a long established home exchange service with offices in London and Asia, providing free information in monthly newsletters and blog, Travel the Home Exchange Way. Join Home Base Holidays for only £29 for a full year’s membership. Arrange as many swaps as you like from the thousands of up-to-date home swap offers available in 70+ countries.

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