Kelli Reed, 35, does not have a permanent home – she relocates to whichever house is a part of her Home Manager program. As such, Reed’s only permanent address
is her office, and she is given the opportunity to live in luxury homes, such as the $1.45 million mansion she is currently based in. Reed, who was born and raised in a small town of Indiana, joins Showhomes with extensive experience in business and real estate. She received a degree in business administration from Indiana University East and began her 13-year tenure with Rotary, a manufacturer, as an administrative assistant before making her way up as a manager. In 2000, Reed was recruited by a local real estate agent, and she remained with the company for the next seven years. After her divorce, Reed began looking for different opportunities, and relocated to Arizona to be closer to her brother. She was also in search for a career that allowed social interaction and creativity. Enter Showhomes. Reed’s parents relocated to Arizona mid-April to work at Showhomes with their daughter, which will make the operation a true family-run business.
How did you learn about Showhomes?u
Showhomes contacted me after seeing my resume posted online. I wasn’t very familiar with franchises before, but after talking about my interests, it became clear that it would be a great opportunity for me based on my business and real estate background.
Why did you want to work with the brand?
All the franchise owners that I spoke to were very positive, and they all spoke very highly of the franchise. There were so many things I loved about it, especially the flexibility of the business and that you get to go out in the community all day instead of sitting in a room.
How has business been since you opened?
I currently look after 9 homes and have staged three since August last year. I’ve been very busy and have had to hire a business partner (my mom) to help me out because it’s more than I can handle. My mother has a background in interior design so she will help with staging, my dad will help with the financing and bookkeeping, and I’ll be the operations manager.
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.showhomesfranchise.com.