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Showhomes Home Staging

July 21, 2011 12:25 ET

Showhomes Home Staging Provides New Option for Relocating Job Seekers: "Test Driving a New Home"

Showhomes Home Staging Uses Live-In Home Managers to Help Occupy Vacant Houses for Sale

NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwire - Jul 21, 2011) - In the pre-recession economy, when you moved to a new city to start a job, you'd likely plan on buying a home as soon as possible. You might even buy a new home before your old house sold.

Not anymore.

These days, buying a home is risky and people can't afford to make a mistake. Mobile professionals seeking new employment have another option if they can't buy a home and don't want an apartment or executive hotel suite.

Showhomes Home Staging offers them an unusual solution: move into a vacant house for sale and let Showhomes stage it for potential buyers with your furniture. The Home Manager gets to live in upscale homes for a fraction of the cost and the homeowners get peace of mind.

That's what Chris and Jennifer Taylor did when they moved to Minneapolis from downtown Chicago during the recession. Over a period of four years, the Taylors lived in luxury homes that Showhomes staged with list prices from $500,000 to $2 million.

"We didn't want to rush out and buy a home, and we didn't want to sign a 12-month lease either," Chris Taylor said. "We enjoyed four years as Home Managers and ended up saving over $50,000."

Home Managers like the Taylors not only save money but also can "test drive" homes in different neighborhoods.

"When we were ready to buy, we knew where we wanted to live," Taylor said.

Likewise, Jose Torrealba was transferred from Toronto to Milwaukee, Wis., during the height of the recession and chose Showhomes' Home Manager program over immediate home ownership. Torrealba and his family lived in a $1.5 million lakeside home for less than half of his mortgage payments in Toronto. They moved back to Toronto after a year with $20,000 saved.

Homes staged with live-in Home Managers typically sell much faster and for far closer to the list price in today's market. Having an occupant also lowers owners insurance costs and makes homes less vulnerable to low-ball offers.

"Showhomes is one of the most creative housing solutions available for mobile professionals and families on the move," said Matt Kelton, Showhomes COO.

For more information visit www.showhomes.com.

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