Established 1953 and still Number 1 in Customer Service

  • Highest percentage of European Members
  • Worldwide English-speaking support to members
  • On-line exchange agreement and evaluation forms
  • Mediation service

  • 2nd-Year-Free-Guarantee: If you do not get an exchange in your 1st year, the 2nd year is free
  • Proprietary internal messaging system
  • House Exchange Cancellation Fund

    The HomeLink Story: 1953 - Today

    Picture this: a young high school teacher, pecking away at a typewriter in his New York City apartment. He's compiling a list of fellow teachers who have expressed interest in exchanging their houses during the coming summer vacation. Copies of this list will be mailed to all the participants, who will then contact each other to arrange house exchanges in New York and adjoining states. Word spreads quickly amongst the educators, and soon the lists became booklets that gain more and more weight every spring.

    David Ostroff was the teacher, and 1953 the year he put his concept into practice. Like many people, he had already enjoyed exchanging his home with colleagues and relatives during various holiday periods. He was aware that home exchanging had been a long-practised social activity, quite popular as far back as the middle ages!

    In 1960 David formalised his enterprise, establishing "Vacation Exchange Club Inc", which by then had extended its domain to include members, primarily teachers, throughout North America, Europe and United Kingdom.

    Unaware of David's service, a young lady named Jan Ryder was now offering a similar one in the UK, primarily to members in the armed forces (her husband was an RAF officer). Within a short time David and Jan's paths crossed, and they elected to collaborate by pooling their resources, thus laying the foundation for the world-renowned international organisation that we know today as "HomeLink International Associates".

    The '60s and '70s saw David and Jan's formal network grow, with official representatives in other countries setting up offices to promote the service and provide registration facilities worldwide. "Directory Group Association" was the adopted name, in reference to the directories now published, replacing the modest little booklets of earlier years.

    By 1980 the group had expanded further, with offices in the following countries: Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United States.

    In the next decade DGA welcomed newcomers, as well as replacements for some of the originals. Representatives emerged in Brazil, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa and Yugoslavia. More recently, new offices have opened in Estonia, Russia and Turkey, with arrangements underway to add Nepal and Slovenia. To reflect this astounding expansion, and a truly International network, the name of the group was changed in the late 90s to "HomeLink International", the name already held by our UK office.

    The 1990s also saw the growth in popularity of the World Wide Web and advanced internet access. And with the internet came perhaps the most dramatic stage of our evolution in terms of format and technology.

    Listings could now be posted online, with photos in full colour; members could employ a host of handy tools for quick searching, correspondence and arranging exchanges. Now, it seems that there is no limit to the exciting features that can be added to increase our members' enjoyment and facilitate home exchanging everywhere.

    Yes, times have changed - from typewriters to computers, black and white books to quality full colour publications, to multi-national websites and from snail mail to email. In May 2003, our Annual General Meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark featured a milestone celebration, as we marked the Golden Jubilee of HomeLink International. At our AGM in June 2013 in San Vittore di Cingoli ITALY a special celebration marked the Diamond Jubilee of HomeLink International. What changes will the next 60 years bring? New ideas, new technology no doubt, but one thing we will strive to maintain :

    HomeLink International - "Number 1 in the field of Home Exchange"

    Footnote: Sadly David Ostroff died in February, 2000 without witnessing fully the blossoming of the seed he had sown all those years ago. This short history of HomeLink is a tribute to the wonderful foundation he laid. David's loving wife, Mary, remains in Albuquerque, New Mexico USA, and Jan Ryder resides in Sun City, Arizona USA.

    Seeking USA

    Grafton NSW, 20k, N

    Australia - New South Wales
    Grafton NSW, 20k, N

    You will enjoy your stay here. There are dozens of Australia's best beaches within 1 hour's drive. Many national parks. Many small communities close by. The house is set on 11 Acres with 10 cattle who are looked after by a friend. This is a farming area. Mainly cattle and sugar cane. Very quiet so if you are into the wild night life then this is not for you. The house has 4 bedrooms with one queen, 2 doubles and 2 singe beds. The house is set back 100m from the Pacific Highway which travels up the east coat of Australia. The beaches are 40km to the east. Mountain 40km to the west. The house is on the banks of the Clarence River. There is a 9m trailer sailer yacht tied to a jetty on the river. Will need experienced with large boats. A Sea Kayak and rubber ducky with outboard motor. 4km from Brushgrove and Ulmarra Hotels. Which are on the river