Chicago, IL, October 30, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Although the national real estate market has continued to struggle, a Chicago home staging company, Showhomes Naperville, announces that many Chicago realtors have actually seen an improvement in sale times and selling prices. These realtors have discovered the use of a home staging company can assist them in the tough sell of vacant homes.
“Vacant houses almost always show poorly,” says Matt Kelton, Showhomes’ COO. “They often smell musty, can be unkempt and are hard to get buyers excited about. The home staging we provide breathes new life into vacant listings that previously failed to stir buyers emotion.”
Showhomes Home Staging continues to be one of the success stories, even in the slumping real estate market, posting record revenue growth for the last six years. Services are always free to Realtors and extremely cost-effective for home sellers. It also allows home sellers to save on utilities and upkeep – and can cancel costly vacancy insurance by utilizing the Home Manager occupancy aspect of Showhomes.
The 25-year-old national home staging company specializes in a unique home staging method that allows home buyers to visualize living in a home and form a deep emotional connection with the property. Franchisees can also recruit and train live-in Home Managers to stage and maintain the home while it is on the market for sale.
“Not only that, once a home has been on the market for an extended amount of time, it’s usually top-of-mind to Realtors,” Kelton continued. “Inviting the local real estate community to a Showhomes open house is a great way to reintroduce a property to the market.”
“Staging truly made the difference and created extra emotion for the buyers to take the leap and write the offer!” said Rhonda Yedinak, a realtor with Baird and Warner. Rhonda recently hosted a newly staged open house in Naperville and received an offer on her listing in only two days. Previously, the house had been sitting on the market for over 6 months with no offers.
Lori Layman, another realtor of 21 years, added, “Even the nicest homes won’t sell if you can’t get people in the door. Showhomes’ combination of professional home staging along with Home Managers is the answer to the down real estate market. With vacant houses, people tend to think it’s a distressed sale. Also, people can’t visualize what to do with the space.”
Vacant houses are a continuing problem in all major U.S. real estate markets. Of the nation’s estimated 130 million housing units, 11.3 percent or some 14 million units stood vacant last year, according to the U.S. Census. Experts say the glut of empty homes will take three years or longer to stabilize to pre-recession levels.
However, at Showhomes Home Staging, growth is exploding. Homes that are staged and managed by Showhomes, many of which have been on the market for years, often sell in a matter of weeks and for top dollar. Showhomes Home Staging franchisees all over the country are stacking up success stories for clients. Many are experiencing their best year ever in 2011.
“This has been an exciting time for us in the Chicago area,” said Steven Thomas, Owner, Showhomes Naperville. “We are seeing a lot more willingness to try new approaches in home selling. People are seeing the positive results of how quickly an inviting, elegantly furnished home will sell, as opposed to the vacant, cold feeling homes that have been sitting on the market for a long period of time.”
Showhomes is expanding rapidly with 75 franchises in 24 states. For the past six years the company posted record revenues and helped many homeowners sell in a tough market.
Showhomes of Naperville furnishes, stages and decorates vacant homes to sell faster and for higher prices throughout Naperville and the Western Suburbs of Chicago. Since 1986, Showhomes has helped Realtors and Home Owners sell over 25,000 homes worth over $8 billion. Our approach to staging a home is a proven professional process.
Showhomes can also provide a live-in Home Manager to maintain an inviting, clutter-free Showhome, tastefully decorated and impeccably maintained in show-to-sell condition seven days a week.
Realtors agree that professional home staging will help to sell homes faster, while commanding the best possible price. Showhomes Naperville provides home staging services to Chicago realtors and homeowners, serving areas including Naperville, Downers Grove, Lisle, Aurora, Plainfield, Hinsdale, Oakbrook Terrace, Bolingbrook, Elmhurst, and Chicago.
For more information, visit www.ShowhomesNaperville.com or call 630-577-1436.