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Type of site
Privately held company
Founded2010 in Brentwood, Tennessee, United States
HeadquartersBrentwood, Tennessee
Area servedWorldwide
Key people
Employees45 (2017)
Alexa rank263,692 (As of 10 August 2019)[1]

ThirdHome is a luxury second house sharing service of vacation homes. The company is based in Brentwood, Tennessee and operates worldwide.


ThirdHome is a US-based company 3rd Home (founded by real estate developer Wade Shealy) in 2010.,[2][3][4] with an initial portfolio of 120 properties.[5] In 2014, the company had around 2400 properties to exchange in 70 countries.[6] By 2017, the site had about 8,000 properties.[7]

In 2017, the firm ran a worldwide contest called The Best Job on the Planet, to hire a person to travel through luxury residences in the world and share his experience on various platforms.[8][9][10][11] It was inspired by The Best Job in the World campaign, and the firm collaborated with the winner of that campaign for the development of the competition.[12]

Since May 2018, Thirdhome has been available to the public.[13]

Business model[edit]

The firm was conceived as a home exchange. Owners of luxury second homes apply online, and, if they meet requirements for location, characteristics of the house, and home value, become eligible as members.[14] Each owner lists which weeks their house will be available.[15][16]

When someone is staying at their house, the owner receives credits, usable to reserve weeks at any property available on the system,[17][18] or for stays in affiliated clubs and resorts .[19] The site charges a one-time enrollment fee and a variable fee per exchange[20]

The site also rents properties to users who register on the site, without exchange.[13]

Legal Issues[edit]

In 2016, ThirdHome was sued by Lightbox Ventures[21] for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. Lightbox was awarded $100,000 by the courts.


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  14. ^ Caradonio, Jackie (2018-05-04). "The 10 Most Luxurious Villas You Can Rent from ThirdHome". Robb Report. Retrieved 2018-06-02.
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  20. ^ Patnaude, Art (2014-09-04). "Mansion Swap: Luxury Vacationers Are Trading Places". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2017-06-23.
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