Tag Archives: home staging franchise

Home staging becoming more important for a sale as real estate rebounds

Dewey and Judy Baldwin’s Realtor told them not to expect a quick turnaround when they put their home up for sale in January. But with only a couple of weak nibbles by the end of July, the couple decided to do what an increasing number of homesellers are doing nationally. They called a home stager, […]

Live in a multimillion-dollar home for $2,500 (CNN Money)

The Starres aren’t movie stars, but they live like it — for a fraction of the cost. They’re “hired” by Showhomes, a Nashville company that helps sell high-end homes. It preps the homes to look “lived in”… by finding people to actually live in them, at a very discounted rate. Currently, there are 200 home […]

Home staging valuable tool in real estate market

Katie Meisenger looked twice at a Batavia home for sale in 2013, but she could not see herself and her family living there. Meisenger wanted to move her family from a smaller space in North Aurora and had her eyes on a nearly 5,000-square-foot home in the Tanglewood Hills subdivision on the city’s west side. […]

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 […]

“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 […]