As for people looking to swap homes, the transaction is actually were more like 2 parties selling each other their current home. Both homes should have appraisals done to determine fair market value. As mentioned before, it might be difficult to find another party actually interested in selling/trading who also feels that your home is right for them.
Let me know if I can help you with any of the stats for the market, what the market value of your current home is, and contacting a builder/seller interested in either of these types of transactions.
Builders buying houses----I have been quite involved in this program. My experience with the builder buying his client's house did not work out well. In today's market, most builders need the cash flow. His investment in an existing home is determined buy the fluctuating market. If the existing home remains on the merket for a long period or the values drop, the builder could lose his profit and not be able to build additional homes.
Basically, the traditional way of listing your home with a professional Realtor who will direct you to the best price for the current market and rely on him to find the home you desire at the best price. Become knowledgeable about short sales, REO's and foreclosures. Especially in this market, be sure your Realtor has the right information to help your sale and purchase as easy and safe as possible.
Need help?? Give me a call toll free at (800) 770-0715. Don McComb