Maria Moore, Hermosa Beach My experience: We had a great experience. We traded our house at the beach for a vacation home in Yosemite. We stayed four nights and the couple, who actually live in the L.A. area, spent four nights at our house with their grandchildren. They took very good care of our house and left us a gift for our return. We had a wonderful time at their vacation home in Yosemite. We were able to meet them before the swap took place. How much do you think you saved? $1,000. Pictured: Maria Moore, far right, with her family in front of the home they stayed in while vacationing in Yosemite.