Hi @geekista .
Home listings are only searchable by sitters if they have live dates.
There are currently only 4 Homes live in Portugal at the moment, however, if you check below the 4 that are live, you/ your potential sitter can see sits in Portugal which are not currently live - I think all of those have been active previous live sits although not exactly sure how these criteria is worked out.
A sitter can only contact an owner if a sit is live/has current dates, but a sitter can save any without dates by clicking on the heart symbol, and can then be notified when the sit becomes active, but must use the THS app to get a notification of this.
If you want to use this potential sitter once you decide on your dates, you have the option to offer the sit privately, rather than publish live on the website, but as a sitter I am not quite sure how/where that option is in your dashboard.