Elvis Has Left the Building and Now You Can Move In

Showhomes uses live-in Home Managers to help sell mansions

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Want to live in a $3.6 million dollar Orange County mansion? Want to reside in a $2 million dollar golf villa on the 4th tee at Marsh Landing in Jacksonville? How about a stately $4 million dollar Lake Forest address in Chicago? What would it cost a month? $10,000 a month? $7500? Try $1800.

There's only one catch – you have to have beautiful furniture and be willing to move on short notice because these swanky mansions are for sale.

Showhomes, a pioneer in the home staging industry, has been offering a unique housing solution: the Nashville, TN based company finds people to live in vacant mansions so that they show better and sell faster. Given the declining real estate market, mansions and just about every other type of home is difficult to sell.

"Vacant homes are the hardest to sell – buyers can only see floors walls and ceilings. When buyers walk through a vacant home, they focus on flaws because there is not anything else to look at. This makes the home vulnerable to low-ball offers and on a big, expensive home, this can mean the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars in value," said Thomas Scott, Showhomes Vice-President of Operations.

The nationally franchised company with 29 locations in 19 states recruits individuals and families with great furniture to help stage vacant homes. The home owner gets a fully staged home at a fraction of the price and the Home Manager gets an amazing address for a fraction of what it would normally cost in exchange for keeping it tidy and in show condition.

Using Home Managers to stage a home this year is producing results – homes staged by Showhomes are beating local market conditions by as much as 50% in most markets. "There are record numbers of homes for sale and there are far fewer buyers than during the boom," says Scott. "Our homes are selling because they look so great and show so well. Why sell a home vacant when you could use Showhomes?"

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 U.S. 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. For information and franchise opportunities, please visit http://www.showhomes.com/.

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