Brenda Hendryx, 49, came to Tulsa, Oklahoma to attend college at Oral Roberts University where she received a BA in social work. Upon graduation, Brenda became a licensed nursing home administrator and has been in the industry for the past 17 years. She most recently served as the Executive Director at Southern Hills Retirement Community. Jean Hendryx, 51, was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He attended Oral Roberts University and graduated with a BA in Government and minor in German. He even traveled abroad to Germany where he lived in Munich for three months while taking a language course at a local institution. After returning to the states, Jean dabbled in several different industries including U.S. Senate administration in Washington D.C., land fill management, and automotive engine re- manufacturing before finally landing on the decision to obtain his real estate license in the Oklahoma.
How did you learn about Showhomes?
The Hendryx family learned about Showhomes through their friends, who were realtors and owned the local Tulsa Showhomes franchise. When their friends went through a health scare in 2013, they were looking to quickly sell the business, so the Hendryx’s stepped in and traded their home for the franchise. Brenda says, “That is how passionate we felt about the Showhomes business. We traded our home for one!” Their home was appraised at roughly the same price as the business, so it was an even trade.
Why did you want to work with the brand?
Through our friends (who owned the Tulsa Showhomes), we were able to receive personal insight about how good the franchise was and how relatable it can be to people. Also, we could cover the cost and I was able to use my creative gift of design and pursue my passion for home design/decor. Showhomes also provided us with the freedom and flexibility to run the business mostly from home. Jean really liked the business concept and that they could run the business from almost anywhere.
How has business been since the takeover? And when was the takeover?
We purchased the franchise in March 2013, but had to wait until July 1, 2013 to get it up and running while we received our real estate licenses in the state of Oklahoma. Since then, we have doubled the business.
Throughout the past year, the Hendryx’ and their daughter have been acting as home managers themselves and have lived in two Showhome homes before recently purchasing their own home on two acres, which they plan on using to build a warehouse for their inventory of furniture. (They are currently renting storage space). Also, they now have a new yellow Labrador puppy since they are no longer living in a Showhome, which for the most part restricts pets from the program. “It’s really up to the homeowner, we find that the homeowner(s) are usually okay with pets if they had pets themselves, otherwise they are usually not okay with pets.”
What services are you performing the most?
The core of our business is home managers. We currently have 20 homes being managed by Home Managers. We also are working on two home redesigns and then we usually have 1-2 homes we stage per month (these are unoccupied homes).
Are there any employees or contractors you work with regularly?
We currently have one part time employee and one broker who we work with, but business is booming so much we are looking to bring on another full time employee.
Are you involved in any community outreach programs?
Jean serves on the Sales Associate Committee of the Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors.
Do you have any future plans for expansion? Future plans?
We are currently entertaining the idea of purchasing a second location in Oklahoma, possibly in the Grand Lake area.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I strongly feel that we are helping people with Showhomes. I have gone through some personal hardships and because of it I care about others and know that some people in this industry may also be going through a difficult time while working as House Managers. Whether a financial hardship, a job change, a divorce or a death, these people are all coping with their own personal struggle and I think we are helping them get on a new path in life through Showhomes. We are helping people live in nice homes for sometimes a third or less of the cost of what the rent would normally be, which gives them the time and opportunity to focus on areas of their lives that need their full and undivided attention.
Founded in 1986, Showhomes has helped Realtors® and homeowners sell more than 25,000 residential properties worth more than $8.5 billion, by transforming high-end vacant houses into fully-furnished, inviting, valued Showhomes. Currently serving prominent communities in 20 states, Showhomes is a rapidly expanding franchise system with 61 offices nationwide. Boasting the expertise of long-time real estate and interior design professionals, Showhomes is a one-stop-shop for home staging, home redesign, “One-Day Makeover’s” for currently occupied homes and its proprietary Home Manager program – a proven model to get upscale vacant homes off the market, faster. Every major national media outlet in the U.S. has praised the work of Showhomes, the company’s work has also been featured on Oprah, HGTV and the Travel Channel. For more information or to learn about franchise opportunities, please visit www.showhomes.com.