Here's a growth story that really had your editor "tickled pink".
Over the past 12 months, HomeLink Estonia has enjoyed a wonderful rise in membership of 31%. This means that there are now nearly 40 swapping opportunities in Estonia & Finland for you to consider.
But what really caught my eye, was this story last month about the inaugural Blonde Weekend in Estonia's next door neighbour, the fellow Baltic country of Latvia... designed to add some "cheer" to the struggling local economy.
So while Estonia now has 31% more reasons to justify your seeking a home exchange in this fabulous country… well, your editor would suggest that there’s always the added incentive of a day trip to experience Latvia’s Blonde Parade on May 31 each year. After all, you’re only interested in doing your bit to boost the local economy, right?
Our HomeLink Coordinators in New Zealand, John and Valerie, have
launched a special register for all HomeLinkers keen to attend the 2011
Rugby World Cup.
Would you like to enjoy beautiful New Zealand during spring... arguably the best season of the year in this majestic country... and experience all the excitement of barracking for the Wallabies too?
Then be sure to get in early. Act now to place your exchange offer on HomeLink New Zealand's special Rugby World Cup register:
For more information about Rugby World Cup 2011, visit the official website:
Many HomeLinkers are embracing the theme of our new website "look",
by personalising their listing with photos of themselves.
We think this is a fantastic idea!
And it seems the idea has been really catching on with our fellow HomeLinkers abroad. Just take a look at this page of friendly, welcoming Canadian HomeLinkers - http://www.homelink.ca/members-photos.html
We hope all our Aussie HomeLinkers will take advantage of the opportunity to include some "personal" photos too.
Photos of yourself, your family, pets, neighbours etc, can really help to make your exchange offer more attractive and welcoming to fellow HomeLinkers abroad. Why? It is simply more comforting and reassuring for your potential exchange partner to "see" you ... and not just the home and backyard ... before deciding to contact you with an offer.
Remember - your exchange partner is not just swapping a house. They are swapping with a real person. That person is You. So why not put a smiling, "Welcome Home" personal face on your listing too?
As you can see from HomeLink Canada's photo montage, some of the most attractive photos are those that capture the real spirit of HomeLink people, and HomeLink holidays. We think that the best photos are those that portray your spirit of adventure, of getting out and about, enjoying life, and making new friends in faraway places... or, just in your own home or backyard.
Login to the HomeLink website, using the Visitor login.
In the left hand menu, in the section titled, “Visitor Area”, you will see a link titled, “Short-notice List”. Click on this link. The Short-Notice List search engine will now appear in the main section of your screen.
You will see that the first section is titled, “Search criteria (optional – select only if needed)”. This is where you can choose to reduce the search to only those listings seeking an exchange in / to Australia. Simply click on the grey “arrow” to see the drop-down menu of countries, and choose “Australia”.
There are other options too, to help you narrow your search even further. For example, if you only wish to browse the Short-Notice listings that specifically want an exchange to Australia, then uncheck the ticks in the next two boxes.
You can then choose any/all specific preferences that you may have (eg, non-smokers, car exchange, children etc).
Finally, you can choose a specific country that you prefer from the list, or, click on the grey “display all” button at the bottom.
Two key points to remember about how the Short-Notice List works:
"Although the smallest of the Baltic countries, Estonia (Eesti) makes its presence felt in the region with its lovely seaside towns, quaint country villages and verdant forests and marshlands, all of which set the scene for discovering many cultural and natural gems. Yet Estonia is also known for magnificent castles, pristine islands and a cosmopolitan capital amid medieval splendour. It's no wonder Estonia is no longer Europe's best-kept secret.." - lonely planet
Now that we've convinced you to visit the beautiful Baltics on your
next holiday... for the awe-inspiring scenery, of course... we'd like to
reassure you that you will be in the very best of hands with Sandra,
your local HomeLink Coordinator in Estonia.
Perhaps we should also mention that, yes, whilst Sandra does boast lovely blonde hair, her favourite colour is actually red!