There are two main home exchange types:
Reciprocal Exchange and Non-Reciprocal (Balloon) Exchange
Balloon Exchanges Balloon Exchanges allow you to earn a Balloon by committing to host fellow a Member in your home as an invited guest while you are home or away. Then, redeem your Balloon to stay anywhere in the world. You earn a Balloon by committing to host another member who already has a Balloon. You are able to redeem the Balloon you earned to visit any Member’s home anytime. You can only use or earn one Balloon per exchange. Every stay and Balloon has equal value. The duration of your stay, and the size and value of your home are not important. To put it simply 1 Balloon = 1 Exchange.
Reciprocal Exchange is the way how Home Exchange was started, it means Member A would stay in Member B's home and Member B would stay in Member A's home. Simple! You stay in my home and I stay in your home.
Apart from these two main exchange types we also recognize the following subcategories of reciprocal exchanges:
Simultaneous Exchange occurs when Members exchange homes at the same time.
Non-Simultaneous Exchange occurs when the exchange is done in two parts. For example, Member A will stay at Member B’s home for a week in spring, and Member B will stay in Member A’s home for a week in summer―with the hosts staying elsewhere during each visit. Members who offer their second homes for exchange have greater leeway in arranging their exchange dates.
Hospitality Exchange, Many Members choose to host each other in their homes, welcoming their exchange partners as guests. While some Members prefer their privacy, the advantages of a hospitality exchange include more flexibility in scheduling the trip and the potential to have your own local tour guide. Some exchangers also enjoy the social aspect of a hospitality exchange.