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Academics Making Connections

Manhattan Beach, CA (February 15, 2011) - SabbaticalHomes.com is enjoying its 11th year of operation and is making more connections than ever before in the academic community.

With over 56 countries represented and nearly 7,000 listings, members can find homes away from home nearly anywhere in the world. This year, in response to the economic times, SabbaticalHomes.com has added a Home Sharing feature to provide another avenue of travel for budget-conscious travelers.

"For the money, this was a great value. The rental amount was equal or less than amounts my friends paid for smaller flats or ones less well located," explained Sam Hickey from MIT, one of the first members to try the House Share feature. “This was a pleasant and good match for me. My housemates were very relaxed and welcoming. They gave me advice about London and Europe and we even cooked a bit for each other –and they were always offering to make me tea," explained Sam.

This year, SabbaticalHomes.com can even boast its first wedding as two of its members who met via a rental connection fell in love and married this last July. Many of the people using SabbaticalHomes.com become friends and stay in touch thereafter.

"SabbaticalHomes.com really is a small-world experience. It is not unusual for our members to coincidentally know someone who is inquiring about their property, or to have a connection through friends, a past experience, or through study. That’s what makes this site so special," said Nadege Conger, founder of the travel site.

About SabbaticalHomes.com

SabbaticalHomes.com is a specialized housing service connecting academics, writers and artists across the globe. The website facilitates home exchanges and rentals for these professionals, having published over 58,000 worldwide listings. It is the leading internet-based directory for home exchanges devoted to the academic community. Providing not only an extensive listing service for individuals listing and seeking available homes, it is also a source of valuable information for successful home exchanges, sabbaticals, and traveling.

The company was founded in 2000 by Nadege Conger, herself the spouse of a professor. Hundreds of academic websites link to SabbaticalHomes.com and refer to it as a valuable resource when planning sabbaticals, research trips, or creative retreats. The company has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education (United States edition), The Guardian (United Kingdom), Inside Higher Ed, Marie Claire, and Fine Living, among other publications. Located in Manhattan Beach, CA, SabbaticalHomes.com is run by a team of multinational individuals dedicated to the pursuit of education.

For additional information, please contact the website, SabbaticalHomes.com



Home Exchange Site Responds to Academic Community

Manhattan Beach, CA (April 27, 2009) - SabbaticalHomes.com is providing new resources on its popular website.

The site has added a newsletter to better address the needs of those planning sabbaticals. This current issue contains articles on Home Exchange insurance, how to effectively check references, and a profile of this issue’s Notable Member who runs a site for international professor exchanges. Additional articles geared toward academic networking are planned for future newsletters.

“It’s so important to address the needs of this growing community. Due to budget constraints, educators often need assistance to continue their work. We are working toward anticipating the issues faced by academics and providing them with an reliable resource tool to turn to when they are planning sabbaticals,” explained Nadege Conger, founder.

The site has implemented a feedback system not offered before now. The Feedback section allows both parties of a home exchange or rental to leave comments for the membership at large to read. This feature assists future renters and tenants alike with a quick referral system as they review potential home exchange situations.

“Our goal is to have Feedback for each successful exchange. The site grows by word of mouth, and that means more professors, writers and artists are hearing about us, seeing that the idea works, and going ahead with their own home exchanges or rentals through our site,” said Conger.

About SabbaticalHomes.com

SabbaticalHomes.com is a specialized housing service connecting academics, writers and artists across the globe. The website facilitates home exchanges and rentals for these professionals, having published over 43,000 worldwide listings. It is the leading internet-based directory for home exchanges devoted to the academic community. Providing not only an extensive listing service for individuals listing and seeking available homes, it is also a source of valuable information for successful home exchanges, sabbaticals, and traveling.

The company was founded in 2000 by Nadege Conger, herself the spouse of a professor. Hundreds of academic websites link to SabbaticalHomes.com and refer to it as a valuable resource when planning sabbaticals, research trips, or creative retreats. The company has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education (United States edition), The Guardian (United Kingdom), Marie Claire and Fine Living, among other publications. Located in Manhattan Beach, SabbaticalHomes.com is run by a team of multinational individuals dedicated to the pursuit of education.

For additional information, please contact us.


SabbaticalHomes.com Celebrates Seven Years of Academic Matchmaking, by Cattaliya Snider

Manhattan Beach, CA (March 20, 2007) - SabbaticalHomes.com, the leading internet-based directory for sabbatical home exchanges, home rentals and house sitting opportunities, celebrates its seventh anniversary of helping academics worldwide with their housing needs.

Founded by Nadege Conger, an experienced sabbatical traveler (her husband is a professor), SabbaticalHomes.com has experienced exponential growth – it has posted approximately 30,000 requests to date.

“It has been exciting to see the growth and continued success of SabbaticalHomes.com,” stated Conger. “However, I am most impressed by the tremendous support and following of our members.  Some have been with the site since its start.”

The site has adapted to its growth with new and improved features such as:

  • Greater search capability – members can conduct simple searches by country or advanced searches using several search criteria
  • Expanded resource sections – in addition to housing ads, the site offers links to sabbatical articles and guides, academic job openings, student exchange programs, transportation, and other housing resources
  • Registered users can save their searches, keep a “favorites” list, track email queries regarding their posting, and see how many times their listing is viewed

For academics posting a home, the comprehensive listing process allows them to include a detailed description of their property, up to 10 photos of their home, and up to five links to relevant web sites. Those seeking a home are able to include a detailed description of their request.

While there is a nominal setup fee for posting an available home listing to SabbaticalHomes.com, the site is able to keep fees low by relying on success-based contributions. If a successful match results from using the site, a success-based contribution is expected to help the service grow and improve.

About SabbaticalHomes.com

SabbaticalHomes.com was founded in 2000 to provide the global academic community with an efficient system for facilitating sabbatical home exchanges. It is the leading internet-based directory for sabbatical home exchange, home rental and tenant listings opportunities devoted to serving academic communities worldwide. Our specialized real estate service has published approximately 30,000 requests from homeowners and tenants worldwide. SabbaticalHomes.com is a privately owned company located in Manhattan Beach, California.


SabbaticalHomes.com welcomes David Sweden, its UK University Relations Director, July 2004


SabbaticalHomes.com celebrates its 7000th listing , by Nadege Conger

Manhattan Beach, CA (February 21, 2003) - SabbaticalHomes.com aims to facilitate academic sabbaticals, post doctorate and research trips by providing a listing service to academics worldwide who need to find or offer temporary accommodations. This is SabbaticalHomes.com 3rd year, and the service just posted its 7000th listing.

This is the time of the year when academics receive approval for their sabbatical. Now is the time to answer housing questions. Most academics cannot afford two residences during their sabbatical year. It makes economic sense to exchange their home with a fellow professor to enjoy the comfort and practicality of another scholar's abode. For academics who are making plans for research trips and sabbaticals for this summer and fall, SabbaticalHomes.com is the perfect website. The service offers homes and tenants in 17 countries and a large inventory of housing so that visitors can find many options to rent and look for the perfect tenants while away.

SabbaticalHomes.com is an attractive choice when one considers the added fees of renting through a real estate agency where charges are often equivalent to the first month’s rent. Furthermore the pool of listings couldn't be more targeted for academics: most homes for rent or exchange are furnished and relatively close to campus. Many have offices. Best of all, there is an implicit degree of trust amongst academics. As Professor Ken Shadlen from the University of Miami recently said: “Your service saved us a great deal of headache and money”. Please check out our testimonials page of those who have found successful housing arrangements through SabbaticalHomes.com

SabbaticalHomes.com was launched in 2000 by Nadege Conger in Manhattan Beach, California. There is a set up fee to post a listing. It is free to browse the listings.



SabbaticalHomes.com, by Nadege Conger

Manhattan Beach, CA (July 2000) - SabbaticalHomes.com is dedicated to bringing academics on sabbatical leaves, research trips or exchange programs together on the web. It is a place where scholars can go to post their homes for rent/exchange/homestay or to search for what other academics have posted in the database.

This service is FREE during this introductory period, and will eventually have very reasonable fees.

SabbaticalHomes.com (CA) fills a gap between the university's need to operate in a world community and the lack of universal services. Professors on sabbatical have very specific accommodation requirements. First, they usually need to rent/exchange property based on the rhythms of an academic calendar. Most rental services prefer not to accommodate these non-standard time requirements. Second, they are often looking for furnished homes with an office. Professors renting or exchanging homes from other professors are more likely to find suitable accommodations. The academic community can draw on itself to both find and rent properties.

SabbaticalHomes.com strives to add value to campus life by addressing a very specific need. The success of this focused service depends on the number of academics who know about SabbaticalHomes.com and use it. We need your help to spread the word.

We hope you will drop by the site and register your property. Please send this information to your academic colleagues and ask that they do the same.

We thank you in advance for your support and hope you will find value in using SabbaticalHomes.com

Find us on the Internet at http://www.sabbaticalhomes.com