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From Road Warrior to Home Staging Entrepreneur

Charity Keefer (36) was born and raised in Lynn, Indiana and moved to South Carolina in 1997 where she graduated from the College of Charleston with a BS in Business Administration in 2001. Upon graduation, Charity worked for one year at UPS conducting outside sales. She has spent the past 11 years selling pharmaceuticals. Her […]

Meet the house-sitters who stage the American Dream (Fusion TV)

Do you own a bunch of nice furniture but have nowhere to put it? Showhomescan help. Some of the nicest luxury homes in suburbs across America are occupied by “prop families” — temporary tenants who use their furniture to help stage million-dollar homes that otherwise would sit empty. Showhomes is the company that puts people — […]

4 Secrets for Growing Your Business (Inc Magazine)

There is more to expanding a company than simply relieving a customer’s pain point. Here’s what you need to know Spot a pain point. Relieve it. Then do it again. That’s the trick to starting a business, right? Yes, but one of the keys to growing your business is replicating a product or service–and ensuring enough people […]

Living in luxury: Home managers happily pay rent to care for fabulous houses on the market

GREAT SITUATION Buzz Thomas has been a home manager for the past five years. He’s currently working with Showhomes Jacksonville.  One of the best things for him, Thomas said, is that he’s had an opportunity to live in some of the area’s most prestigious neighborhoods. He’s currently getting settled into his Queens Harbour home after […]

The Newest Staging Strategy: Live-In Home Staging

Showhomes Featured in Zillow Is the solution to selling a home quickly renting it out? Showhomes Home Staging in Tampa, FL isn’t your typical home staging company: one strategy they use to get homes off the market faster is enlisting a resident to live in and take care of the home while it’s on the market. […]

“Ghost Tenants” Live in Luxury Homes at Apartment Prices

  The Mueller Family lives together in a 4,800 square foot Tampa, Florida home, but they only pay $1,200 in rent every month. (Photo courtesy of the Mueller Family)   Bob and Dareda Mueller used to own a large, beautiful home on Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. “We were in a golfing community, we […]

Live-in managers a plus when selling luxury homes

Luxury homes that are vacant can be hard to sell. Plus, they are at greater risk for break-ins. Kelli Reed is a modern-day nomad. She lives in a for-sale six-bedroom, 5,000-square-foot luxury lakefront home that is decorated with her own furniture, paying a fraction of the typical rent. When the home gets a buyer, she’ll […]

Showhomes Featured on Marketplace

Humans make a house for sale feel more like home   (Eric Mennel/Marketplace) Cora Blinsman pays $1,100 a month on a $430,000 home. But she can be forced to move out at a moment’s notice. A home for sale in Newport Coast, occupied by real live people. About a year ago, Cora Blinsman’s mom passed […]

Showhomes Unique Model Featured on NPR

Temporary Tenants Give Luxury Homes A Lived-In Look Alan Shuminer lives on two acres of land in a house with a current list price of $3.3 million in Miami — and he only pays $2,600 a month. He is a home manager for Showhomes, a home staging company. Bernie Schupbach needed to sell his home […]

Fast Company Features Showhomes

To Sell Houses, People Are Used As Props In McMansions They Don’t Own A poignant story from the Tampa Bay Times follows one family that lost everything in the recession and has found a peculiar way to hold on to the trappings of wealth. It sounds like the plot of some long-lost dramatic version of Arrested Development, but […]