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myirishroots

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switching houses?
« on: July 17, 2007, 01:15:38 AM »
Hi just wondering if there is anything like a classified for people who would be interested in switching houses for vacation. I live in the U.S.A, and would be interested if someone in around Belfast would like to switch houses. Thanks for any information.  Lisa

Christopher

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Re: switching houses?
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2007, 09:04:08 AM »
Hiya Lisa,

That's a good question. I think there is an organisation that specialises in handling such matters but cannot recall it's name. Googling produced a few  possibilities. I've shown a couple below. The same properties are
on both lists. The nearest homes to Belfast, on these lists, are in Carryduff and Holywood. 
 
Green Theme International Home Exchange Travel.
 
Home Exchange Club (est. 1985)

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Mageeka

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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2007, 09:06:04 PM »
Irish roots
My advice is to not even consider it !!!
Have a friend in the States who swopped houses and it cost him a fortune in repairs and replacing stolen items
Unfortunately there are those in society who have no pride in themselves, or in the way they keep their own homes.

Christopher

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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2007, 09:19:59 PM »
I've no doubt that there are two sides to every argument, Lisa. There are some people who may pay a fortune in repairs whilst others are perfectly happy with the exchange and do it year after year.

myirishroots

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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2007, 10:38:31 PM »
M , thats too bad about your friend.  I suppose you have to be very carefull.  THere is something called Educators bed and breakfast that we could be envolved with due to my dh being a teacher. But we havent followed up on it yet. Not sure we will, but  you never know. I'll have to work on saving my money for a while yet. Esp. since it looks like both our kids are going to need braces.  Regaurds,  Lisa

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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2007, 11:57:04 PM »
That looks a good scheme Lisa. You actually stay with a family in their home. The scheme was started in 1986 and since then thousands of teachers from around the world have enjoyed stays with fellow teachers.

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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2007, 04:17:42 AM »
Well think about it Lisa  and  take your time
You really are better getting advice from those who have  experienced the scheme.
Weigh up all the good and bad and think out all possobilities of the same
I rented a house outside Belfast airport, to a poffessional couple who came to my agent ,with glowing references  When I returned to live in that house I couldn;t, without first hiring a construction crew