For homestay guests the site is and always will be completely free.
For host families they can choose a free or paid listings for $9.95 or $15.95 per month. It is necessary to have at least one month paid listing to be shown on the site. Paid listings provide additional features and contributes towards the running of this site.
"I don't want to pay a penny piece. Another website lets me list for free". Most free-to-list websites come with a sting in the tail when you receive a booking. Such as charging booking or service fees both ends - it is not unusual to see 3% to host and 6-12% to the guest. A total up to 15% of the payment between guest and host. For the entire stay. Ouch! The fees also multiply for the more guests you host.