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What our members say

We had a wonderful time at in Mexico in  the little beachfront paradise. The rooms were lovely and the food at the restaurant was top quality and delicious.  Thanks so much for assisting us with this trade. We want to go back next year! 

Jane & Glenn 10 Nov 2013 #0524

We returned in mid-June from a fantastic trip to London and Copenhagen. My husband commented on the trip, "This is the only way we are going to travel from now on!" I agree!

Sommer 04 Jul 2013 #0699

We had a wonderful time in St Martin! An amazing property! WOW- Thank you again for another great holiday!

Lillybeth 13 Jun 2013 #0511, #0509

IVHE is a wonderful organisation and has helped us connect with fellow members across the world. My partner and I thoroughly recommend joining IVHE as it is one of the best, most effective exchange websites in existence. Over the years we've tried using other exchange sites but IVHE is consistently the best. Thanks to IVHE we have stayed in wonderful vacation properties all over the world.

Richard #0428

Becoming a member of IVHE has really changed the way we travel. We have saved a lot of money and stayed in some great locations, in high quality homes. The IVHE system is so much bettter than a simultaneous exchange as you can choose from a wide range of homes and travel whenever you want. Communication with IVHE is excellent, always prompt and personal. I highly recommend travelling this way!

Gayle #0576, #0539

Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Good Value

IVHE is a wonderful way to experience the world from the vantage point of someone's own home. Dealing with IVHE has been stress-free, professional and very efficient. The value proposition is excellent and I highly recommend Suzie and her organization.

Barbara 23 Jul 2011 #0402

We enjoy the feeling of IVHE being a member's club and have been lucky enough to meet more like minded owners. Not to forget the very real financial advantage that these swaps have gained us. Being able to leverage the rental value of our house in this way is decidedly to our benefit.

Pat 01 Nov 2011

I highly recommend IVHE as an international home exchange service. It offers a different concept. It has allowed us to explore so many different places. The service has been phenomenal, it is very personal and very prompt and in the two years we've had nothing but excellent results from IVHE.

Susan 31 Oct 2011 #0128

It felt like we were visiting friends.It was my first trade request with IVHE club and I was very impressed how simple and stress-free was the booking.

Olga 11 Feb 2009 #0480

We can highly recommend the personal service offered by IVHE - it is a cut above the services offered by other home exchange organisations. We were very reassured by the fact that Suzie Magnus had obviously spoken extensively to so many of the members on the website, so that she had gained an idea of each person's needs and offerings.

Susan and Peter 11 Feb 2009 #0824, #0154

It was great to have had the opportunity of a good conversation with IVHE with first hand knowledge of the area, full of helpful advice about the town, the expected climate conditions for the time of year, etc.. This helped us greatly in deciding which of the IVHE villas to go for.

Pat

Three IVHE exchanges. All three way way beyond our expectations, absolutely gorgeous. Great locations, really nice clean units and the credits required were extremely reasonable so I couldn't be more pleased, and I have been a house exchanger for twenty five years, before the computerised version of it!

James #0185

First exchange with IVHE location was very convenient, we could walk or take the city bus anywhere in Auckland. Cottage was well furnished and comfortable. Highly recommend this exchange programme to others.

Don #0489

Had very good service, the people are very responsive when you have questions. Have exchanged twice now. Beautiful property, owners were very accommodating, let us know all the restaurant and all the things you could do. I have also exchanged my property a couple of time with no problems. Been a very good experience with IVHE.

Russ #0569

Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert

The beauty of IVHE is that the trades do not need to be simultaneous. Hence, you can offer your home and 'bank' points to be used later, or use other homes and have yours available at a different time. I have found Suzie to be highly professional, communicative, and detail-oriented, providing the highest caliber of service while maintaining a warm,'personal' touch. I highly recommend this service to anyone.

Meredith 31 Aug 2011 #0332

IVHE, is the most rewarding and innovative organisation for anyone, around the globe, that own's a second property and loves to travel the world. Believe me, you'll love it - www.ivhe.com!

Larry 18 Dec 2010 #0446

Top qualities: Expert, High Integrity, Creative

Suzie is at the heart of IVHE an international home exchange concept that offers so much more than a mere introductory exchange service. Inventive and superb at solving issues that do not fit into boxes.

Charles #0756, #0625, #0568, #0567, #0318

Home Exchange - Much more than ordinary home swaps

The only way to travel!

We had a wonderful time in St Martin! An amazing property! WOW- Thank you again for another great holiday!

Lillybeth 13 Jun 2013 #0511, #0509

We returned in mid-June from a fantastic trip to London and Copenhagen. My husband commented on the trip, "This is the only way we are going to travel from now on!" I agree!

Sommer 04 Jul 2013 #0699

Home Swaps AND Credit Trades

Wouldn’t it be great to have vacation homes all over the world rather than just one in the same old place? Well, with IVHE you can have just that! No, we’re not suggesting you go out and buy more properties. In fact you don’t need to spend any more money, just put the value of your current vacation home to better use.

Turn you vacation home into hundreds….

With IVHE Vacation Home Exchange you have a choice, direct swaps with a partner (my place for yours) or exchanges based on credits. When someone stays in your home, you earn credits equal to the potential rental value of your property. You, in turn, can apply the credits you earned to your own vacation, staying in another property anywhere in the IVHE network.  

The choice is wide and varied  exclusive selection of luxury villas, boutique hotels, city condos, ski apartments, chalets, safari game lodges, log cabins and even yachts all owned by IVHE members. You get year-round access to exclusive vacation properties, all in great travel destinations.

Unlike conventional home exchanges, IVHE allows you to trade holiday homes without the need for both parties to swap at the same time or with each other. It also gives you the flexibility to trade up to a larger home, or smaller home without losing out in the trade.

Home Exchanging really is a simple way of saving thousands on your vacations. Watch the simple explainer video on the different types of home swap options that you can choose from.

Just imagine turning your one wonderful vacation /second property into thousands of options around the world, with home exchanging and trading you can do just that, get ready to trade to travel!

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Why Home Exchange with IVHE Makes Sense

  • Maximize your current investment - Turn empty periods at your property into luxury vacations.
  • Personal service - Our trade coordinator team makes it their priority to look after you as a member and arrange your exclusive exchanges.
  • Non-simultaneous vacation home exchanges - The timing of your vacation is not guided by anyone else's time and it can be non-reciprocal giving you more flexibility for your vacation plans.
  • Direct Exchanges, contact the owner to arrange a direct home swap securely via your member's area, no personal details what so ever are shared until you are ready to do so.
  • Security - NEW a 4 Star Verification. Know you are part of an exclusive member’s  community and that guests to your house are like-minded property owners. You have professional home exchange contracts, verification by call, personal & Property ID, experienced exchanger.
  • Variety of options - Your luxury property can be used for exclusive vacation home exchanges with any size or type of property, using our versatile and fair credit system. You do not need to exchange on a like-for-like basis, giving you greater and more interesting choices.
  • Location - You can stay in any property within our global luxury home exchange network. IVHE's non-reciprocal trading gives you the freedom to choose your location without the ties of a direct home swap.

Read what our Home Exchange members say....

Join IVHE Vacation Home Exchange today and start exchanging/trading straight away!

  • Direct Exchange

  • $13.25 per month or $159 per year
  • For those looking for direct swaps only.

  • Free exchanges

    Swap as many times as you like for free 

  • 4* Star verification 

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  • Exchange agreement

    Tailor our exchange agreement to suit you

  • Unlimited properties

    No limit on the number of properties you can list

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  • Silver Credits Plan

  • $13.25 per month or $159 per year
  • For those with second homes looking for the freedom to choose location without the ties of a direct home swap

  • Non-reciprocal exchanges

    No hassle of coordinating schedules and destinations

  • Travel straight away!

    Participate in our unique Prime Time program and get credits to use from day one.

  • We do it for you

    You have a personal travel advisor to find & organize your luxury home exchanges

  • And the benefits from Direct Exchange: 

    Tailored home exchange agreement
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    Unlimited properties,
    Secure member to member communication

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  • Platinum-Deluxe Plan

  • $31.25 per month or $375 per year
  • All the benefits of the direct and credits exchange plans 

  • All the benefits of Silver Plan and Direct Exchanges PLUS the following-

    Credits protection program

    Whatever life brings in the way of you vacation, your credits are protected

  • A Personal Travel Researcher

    Looking for best restaurants, things to see & do? Let your Travel researcher help you!

  • Top up credits

    Ability to buy top up credits if you don't quite have enough

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    Opt into only receiving requests from ID verified home exchange members

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IVHE Home Exchange supports Mercy Corps.
Mercy Corps, is a highly respected international relief and development charity, that helps more than 14 million people each year recover from disasters, providing emergency relief in times of crisis, helps to build stronger communities and find their own solutions to poverty.
Mercy Corps look for innovation that creates major breakthroughs against poverty and create lasting change. For information on Mercy Corps visit www.mercycorps.org.uk or www.mercycorps.org

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Featured Home Swap Property #0428: Canada, Ontario, Stratford

Modern, luxurious, fully-serviced two-bedroom suite downtown 

What does Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, have in common with Stratford, Ontario, Canada – William Shakespeare, of course.  He was born in the former and his dramatic legacy comes alive in the latter at the annual Stratford Festival, formerly known as the Shakespeare Festival. Running from April to October, the Festival is North America’s largest repertory theatre, with dazzling productions of  the works of Shakespeare and other great play writers.     

The Bard would approve of Stratford, Ontario. It is a quiet small town  set in the pastoral beauty of the Ontario countryside some 93 driving miles west of Toronto.  Visitors are immediately struck by the impressively preserved 19th Century homes and buildings, and by the city’s lovely parks with their lakes and gardens. The Shakespearean Theatre and the Tom Patterson Theatre are located within the formal park system.  A third theatre, The Avon, is located downtown.  

The downtown area offers smart clothing shops, fabulous antique stores, and funky boutiques.  And a few hip clubs for a lively night out. But next to the theatre, Stratford’s biggest draw is it’s array of restaurants and bistros with creative menus from casual to gourmet. Stratford as a food destination ranks as one of the best in Canada.

Stratford is home to one of Canada’s most prestigious culinary schools.  Teaching locations include some of the city’s fine-dining establishments, providing students with real restaurant-world experience.   One of these is Rundles Restaurant, a standout in the Stratford culinary scene since 1977. The owner is also the co-founder of the Stratford Chef’s School. And he is also the owner of your vacation-home-exchange property, the Morris House, immediately adjacent to Rundles.

The Morris House is a fully-serviced, deluxe two-bedroom suite with a soaring three-level atrium. It sleeps five and has two-and-a-half baths.  The spacious living room presents views of the Avon River and the lush greenery of a surrounding park. The kitchen is worthy of a professional chef. The owner worked with Toronto architects Shim-Sutcliffe to design the home in concrete, cedar and Douglas fir. The stunning result earned it a featured place in the Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture.  

A private chef assigned to the property prepares a healthy, seasonal breakfast each morning.  The Rundles Lunch or Dinner Menu may be served in the house during restaurant hours. Housekeeping is included. For five extra credits, a 1998 BMW 328i will be available for your use during your stay. Chauffer service to and from the Toronto airport (YYZ)  is provided for up to four guests staying seven days or more.

For more information on this luxurious house, and pictures to show the full story, click on the property # above.

For current information on the Stratford Festival, visit: www.stratfordfestival.ca.

If you own a vacation property, or have thought about directly exchanging your primary residence for another for a few days of vacation, see how the International Vacation Home Exchange can help you.  Explore this site further at WHO WE ARE and HOW IT WORKS.

 

Featured Home Exchange Property #0645: Argentina, Mendoza

Uco Valley home swap 4 bedroom villa in the Mendoza wine region at the foot of the Andes Mountains

 Every good wine has its day of popularity. In recent years, the hottest wine has been Malbec from Argentina.  Some of the mightiest Malbecs come from the UcoValley, about 50 miles south of the city of Mendoza.  Your home exchange villa is nestled in this valley of vineyards.

 The UcoValley sits at the foot of the the snow-covered AndesMountains.  The rich alluvial soil of the valley grows choice varietals of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot that result in wines with intense aromas and rich flavors.  Over 100 wineries –corporate or family-owned -- call this peaceful valley home.   

Touring the “bodegas” and tasting fabulous wine is a must for any visitor to the region. You can take an organized bus tour that takes in two-six bodegas in a day. Or take the hardier alternative -- a day-long guided tour of wineries by bicycle, with stops at olive oil farms and other interesting places. And, of course, independent tours in your rental car can take you on your personalized way at your own pace. 

Touring by car gives you an opportunity to stop and browse in picturesque little towns, or to pair your wine tour with an outdoor adventure, such as zip-lining or parasailing. For serious outdoor action, mountain trekking or hiking and white-water rafting are popular. From mid-June to October, skiing in this area is outstanding.

 Mendoza, about an hour’s drive north, is well worth exploring for cultural and historical attractions, shopping, and entertainment.  Most of the action takes place on the city’s five squares, or plazas, each with its own unique appeal.

 The central square, Plaza Independencia, is green and grassy and perfect for leisurely strolling. Over 150 artisans display their wares here at a daily handicrafts market. Two of Mendoza’s best theaters are on the plaza’s surrounding streets.  A pedestrian street, Avenida Sarmiento, runs east and west from Plaza Independencia and is lined with sidewalk cafes and restaurants.  Historical attractions and architecture highlight Mendoza’s other plazas, and their bordering streets offer eclectic shopping and more restaurants and nightspots. 

 Whether exploring the wineries, the mountains, or the city of Mendoza, your villa in the valley is a perfect spot to recoup and relax. It is cozy, nicely appointed, and offers all the comforts of home, including internet and HD television.

 See pictures of this villa and get more details by clicking the property # link above. Ask your host for information on winery and other tours available in the area. If you own a vacation rental home and are not a member of the International Vacation Home Exchange, find out what our cashless system of credit-based exchanges can do for you. Check us out at ABOUT US and HOW IT WORKS. 

Featured Home Swap Property #0722: USA, Alabama

Four bedroom OnoIsland beach house swap on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway

 The American Gulf Coast went about its way for years quietly building and developing first rate resorts and playgrounds. The allure of its turquois-blue water and sugar-white sand beaches, outstanding fishing, restaurants and nightlife was well known in the southern U.S.  It was not until Hurricane Katerina struck in August, 2005,  and the worst oil-spill disaster in U.S. history in April, 2010,  that the the Gulf coast really caught the attention of the rest of the country and the world. Those were negative impressions, but with them came a worldwide wish for hope and healing for the region and a curiousity to see what this part of the U.S. really had to offer the vacationer.  

Tourists now flock to the area in ever increasing numbers, not disappoined in what they find -- including many vacation-home-exchange properties. This charming home exchange is one of those. It’s on Ono Island, a slender stretch of land about 5.5 miles long bordered on the north by the Intracoastal Waterway and on its south by Old River. The west Florida border is a hop, skip and a jump away. A single bridge links the island with West Pensacola, FL  and provides restricted access to keep its quiet streets quiet, its biking and jogging easy, and its beachcombing a little less crowded. 

 This property has its own pier and dock where you can moor a boat, go fishing, or just sit and soak in the tranquil view. A small refrigerator is located in a storage room on the dock so you don’t have to trudge back up to the house for another snack or beverage, perhaps missing seeing a dolphin cruise by. 

 Two kayaks come with this exchange, ready to launch from the dock for an exploration of islands about 300 yards away..

 Views from the open kitchen, dining area, and great room of the house are as beautiful as they are from the dock.The great room and two of the bedrooms open out onto a large porch, which has additional seating and a Green Egg for grilling. 

Nearby in Alabama, the coastal towns of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer charter fishing, boat and wave runner rentals, diving charters, dolphin cruises, bicycle rentals, and championship golf courses. Plus a variety of shopping opportunities, restaurants and night spots.

 Many of the beaches along the Alabama coast are nesting areas for loggerhead sea turtles. From approximately May 1 to June 15, these areas are marked, patroled and monitored by conservation volunteers as a safe guard against predators and careless people.  If you are near a nesting area, remember it’s a nursury. Do not disturb. If you are there when the hatchlings emerge from their sandy nest and scamper toward the ocean, it’s one of nature’s truly amazing sights to see. Ask a volunteer about the rules for observing, or maybe even assisting the babies in finding their way to the water. 

For more information on this wonderful beachhouse, click the property # above. If you would like to find out more about possibly bringing your vacation home into the International Vacation Home Exchange family, explore this site further at ABOUT US and HOW IT WORKS.

 

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