Home Swap for Steamboat Springs Anyone?

September 12th, 2011

Home Swap for Steamboat Springs Anyone?

Have you considered a ski vacation in Steamboat Springs, Colorado where you stay in a local resident’s home while they take their own vacation and stay in your home? Might just be an attractive idea for a Steamboat Springs resident especially if your home is somewhere warm and balmy with sand and waves not far away…Honolulu, Hawaii or Key Largo, Florida…anyone want to trade? Doesn’t have to be US only residences either – plenty of folks from London, Great Britain to Sidney, Australia frequent Steamboat Springs, CO and might be interested in a home swap to make their stay more home-like and cut down on lodging and restaurant costs.

House Key

House Key

The more popular a destination you live in, the more options you have available for home swapping. Lucky for Steamboat Springs, CO residents, our ski mountain is known as Ski Town USA and boasts champagne powder from December through early April. So where to start? The easiest starting points are the agencies who specialize in home swaps such as:

* HomeExchange.com which boasts over 40,000 members and costs $120/year.

* HomeForExchange.com has about 13,600 members and costs $59/year.

* Homelink International is approximately 13,000 members strong and costs $119/year.

Once you find an agency to join, you simply follow their instructions. You know how important photos & videos are in Real Estate buying and selling? Well, they are just as important in home swapping. As a Real Estate agent, I find myself being asked a lot about how to take great photos and videos so Steamboat Springs’ friends looking to find the perfect home swap can ensure their home looks like it’ll fulfill vacation dreams for someone else.

Here’s a sample of what’s available for Steamboat Springs, CO vacation swaps on HomeExchange.com. Don’t forget to plan early – it goes without saying that the week between Christmas and New Year’s and President’s Day week are high demand weeks at popular destinations like Steamboat Springs, CO.

Winter In Steamboat

Winter In Steamboat

Being a real estate agent in a ski destination town like Steamboat Springs, CO I advise buyers to keep home swapping in mind when they’re looking at houses…what out-of-town visitor wouldn’t want a slope-side condo at Edgemont or a fantastic home in the Sanctuary in Steamboat Springs to call home-base for a week or two?

—For more information on buying real estate or questions regarding Steamboat Springs real estate or renting a home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, feel free to call Charlie at 970-846-6435 or write me an email at: charlie@steamboatsmyhome.com.

Thanks,

Charlie

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2 Responses to 'Home Swap for Steamboat Springs Anyone?'

  1. Hi Charlie

    Home Exchange is a great way to holiday and more and more of us are doing it, from all different walks of life and age groups. It may not suit everyone but it is said if you try it once you will do it again and I agree with that.

    We offer three types, the normal swap at the same time, a Non-simultaneous Exchange when you swap at different dates and Hospitality Exchange which is when you stay with your swap partner and then they reciprocate later.

    Have a look at some Home Exchange websites and see what is on offer. Some
    sites are good, some not so, some are free and some charge, although I think too much at times. Some exchangers also sign up with more than one website, which I also recommend. As Charlie says, and as an ex estate agent I totally agree, you must add photos to your listing.

    If you have any questions please have a look at our Q&A page which may help you with some of them.

    However you vacation, enjoy your travels.

    Brian Luckhurst from Home Exchange 50plus

  2. Brian – can you recommend any glaring issues to watch out for when doing these swaps?

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