Minneapolis Home Stager Earns National Top Design Award – Two Years in a Row

NASHVILLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NASA-funded scientists have proven that lightening really can strike the same place twice. The chance of this happening though is a very rare occurrence. But earning the Showhomes Franchise Corporation's Top Design Award for two years is a row is in no way a freak act of nature. It is the result of a lot of hard work and dedication!

Showhomes Franchise Corporation held their Annual Gathering earlier this year at Union Station Hotel in Nashville. Several men and women were honored for their 2007 successes.

Cindy Montgomery, Minneapolis, Minnesota franchise owner, earned the 2007 Showhomes Top Design Award for presenting the highest product quality and excellence in design and Home Staging. This award places Montgomery among the best and most successful Home Stagers in the real estate industry nationwide.

Home Staging refers to helping homeowners and their Realtors transform a vacant house for sale into a fully furnished home full of life that attracts buyers and commands top dollar in the marketplace. Showhomes is America's largest home staging company and with 25 units, has been in operation since 1986 and has helped sell over 25,000 homes worth well over 8 billion. Showhomes' Top Design Award is one of the highest awards given in the Home Staging Industry.

"We strive for excellence in our marketplace creating visually appealing homes to potential buyers," said Montgomery. "We work as a team of professional designers and stagers on each home."

This is the second year in a row Montgomery's franchise has earned this honor. "This is in my opinion one of the best awards to be honored with," beamed Montgomery. "In our competitive market we have to show above the rest. Utilizing basic strategies of design (e.g. color, balance, great furnishings, texture and style) is what it takes to be on the cutting edge. When the home looks above the rest it's sold before the rest."

Montgomery's franchise also earned the award for Most Homes Sold in 2007 and a 2007 President's Club Award for high revenue growth.

"Cindy is one of the preeminent Home Stagers and designers in the country. The proof of her effectiveness is in the results she brings for her clients. Despite a lagging market, homes Showhomes staged with Home Managers in the Minneapolis market beat local market conditions by a large margin. The secret to this success is exceptionally high product quality and fine attention to detail. We are happy to have Cindy working in our organization and the home owners and Realtors of Minneapolis are lucky to have such a highly qualified service available to them," said Showhomes Franchise Corporation CEO Bert Lyles.

About Showhomes

Since its founding in 1986, Showhomes has helped realtors and homeowners sell more than 25,000 homes worth more than $8 billion across the United States by transforming high-end vacant houses into valuable homes. The Showhomes business model is based on the fact that well-furnished homes kept in show-to-sell condition sell faster, and for higher prices, than vacant houses. Showhomes provides homeowners and their realtors a turnkey package that includes whole-house furnishing, professional decorating, staging, a live-in home manager and marketing support services. Showhomes is the only nationally franchised Home Staging Company. For franchise opportunities, please visit www.showhomes.com.

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