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February 07, 2005

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Ian Brown

We are two homesick Brits with two well house trained boys ages 10 and 11. We have a lovely house in Sydney overlooking the National Park. It sleeps 5 and there is the use of a car. Our home in central London is currently rented out so we would like to do a swap

May and September.

Please take a look

Lois

John,

Your home sounds great and, if you are hoping to swap with a member in the UK, you should find much interest in your exchange offer in South Africa. But first you need to join Home Base Holidays in order to access members' contact details (click the link in my name below).

Home sitting is another option available (not as common as home exchange but you can check for possible home sitting opportunities in the UK on the website before joining and can, of course, include the option, housesitting offered, in your own listing). Please get in touch if you have any questions.

JOHN VOS

We live on the absolutely magnificent South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa - Southport in fact (112km south of Durban).
Retired couple (61 and 62) living in 3 bedrooms, and 1.5 bathrooms, with Satellite TV, 2 cars in 1 garage (including M/B C180 Kompressor and LDV great for fishing), computer, email, etc.
Maid once per week, or more if required!
Would love to sit anywhere in the UK for 6 months as an adventure.

Libbie

I'm not currently a member but I would like to make another small point about exchange offer messages. I agree that it is much nicer to receive a message that is addressed to you, and also mentions your home and why the person is interested in exchanging with you, than an impersonal message. And, of course, you do need to 'sell' your exchange offer by giving some information about your home and area.

What I think is also very important though is the presentation of the message. If it is full of spelling mistakes or it is hard to read because it isn't divided into sentences (full stops, sentences beginning with a capital letter), my first impression would be that the person can't be bothered and this would put me off paying much attention to the offer. Maybe that's just me being fussy! However, if you know your spelling or grammer might not be too great, it would seem worth the effort to get someone else to check over your copy (at least the part that will be copied in all your exchange offer messages) before sending your messages.

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