Second house speed dating event after first goes ballistic
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
A second housing speed-dating event is to be held after the first was so popular it had people queuing outside to talk to fellow home-swappers.
More than 60 people from across Hertfordshire attended housing association Thrive Homes' Mutual Exchange event at the ASCEND centre in South Oxhey, which matched up tenants with a home to swap.
Attendees wore badges indicating what type of property they had to swap, and what sort of home they were looking for.
It meant people could instantly spot tenants with a home swap which could interest them, and viewings were soon being arranged.
It worked so well that Croxley-based Thrive is already planning another event in the summer, but with longer hours to allow more potential home swappers to meet up.
Pam Mitchell, Thrive's housing options manager, said: “They were queuing outside when we opened our first event, and it was a really successful day, with positive feedback from everyone involved. We’re sure there were some successful home swaps arranged.
“It was like a ‘speed-dating’ event, as people could easily spot someone with what they wanted and then immediately start talking to them about a home swap. We also put boards up listing what home swaps were available, and what was wanted.”
As well as tenants from Thrive, the April event involved Hertfordshire tenants from Hightown Praetorian & Churches, Home Group and Riversmead housing associations.
Staff from the Rickmansworth-based 9 Lives Furniture Project also attended to show how they can help with low-cost furniture and household items.
Thrive, which owns and manages more than 4,000 rented homes in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, is part of Herts Choice Homes, which means its tenants can swap properties with another tenant from a housing association based in Hertfordshire.