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The Sourcebook

Home exchanges let thrifty travelers swap till they drop

February 02, 2003|Patricia Connell | Times Staff Writer

Intervac, 30 Corte San Fernando, Tiburon, CA 94920; (800) 756-HOME (4663), fax (415) 435-7440, www.intervacUS.com. Founded 1952; about 12,000 listings, most outside the U.S. Only members can access contact information. Listings $50 to $65 per year for Web only, $99 to $125 for Web plus printed directories.

The Invented City, 41 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94104; (415) 252-1141, www.invented-city.com. Founded 1991; about 1,700 listings, and seeking more in California. Only members can access contact information. Listings $50 per year.

Latitudes Home Exchange, P.O. Box 622, Cortez, FL 34215; tel./fax (941) 761-1709, www.home-swap.com. Founded 1993; about 600 listings. Only members can access contact information. Listings $50 to $56 per year. Custom matching service -- that is, the agency searches for a match that meets your specific requirements -- is $160 domestic, $250 international.

Reseau International d'Echange de Foyers, Mark

Siegrist, Creux de Corsy 55, CH-1093 La Conversion, Switzerland; 011-41-21-791-3288, fax (815) 550-6605, www.exchange-of-homes.com. Founded 1996; several hundred listings. Most contacts available to members only, but members can choose "open" listing if they prefer. Listings $39 for one year, $10 extra by letter or fax. Translation of listing from English, French or German is $20.

The Vacation Exchange Network, P.O. Box 277, Whippany, NJ 07981- 0277; (800) CONDO- 44 (266-3644) or (973) 386-9208, fax (973) 428- 3925, www.thevacationexchange.com. Founded 1996; 1,000-plus listings. For vacation properties (second homes) only, so exchange need not be simultaneous. Only members can access contact information. Exchanges may be direct (two members swap; each pays $150) or indirect (one member lets the other use his home and receives a credit that pays for his next exchange; user pays $300). Membership $29.95 per year.

Vacation Homes Unlimited, 16654 Soledad Canyon Road, Suite 214, Santa Clarita, CA 91387; (800) 848-7927 or (661) 298-0376, fax (661) 298-0576, www.exchangehomes.com. Founded 1986; about 3,500 listings. Free database previews. Only members can access contact information. Listings $30 per year.

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