What they are saying about us...

Like any great business concept, Showhomes enjoys a lot of attention in the press. Take a look at what they are saying about Showhomes .

April 9, 2014 - 8:08 AM
Each year, it seems the housing market takes on a different tone – and whether it’s going to be a sellers’ market with inflated prices and bidding wars, or a buyers’ market with tons of choices and low prices – there’s no denying that the 2014 spring housing season is upon us. So what does it have in store? Well, if you’re thinking of listing your home, that’s an important question. Here are 6 market insights that will give you a head start! Right Now = A Great Time To Sell The winter [...]

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April 8, 2014 - 8:08 AM
Here is a great blog on the importance of staging to capture the buyer right away: "Ask a potential homebuyer what three rooms matter most in a property for sale, and you’ll likely be told the kitchen, living room, and master bedroom. The importance of making these three rooms feel fresh and inviting cannot be emphasized enough. Today however, I’d like to talk about another part of your home that make or break a sale – the entryway. Sophie Allsopp, who worked as an estate agent and as a [...]

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April 7, 2014 - 8:08 AM
  Some Realtors Suggest “Staging” Homes To Appear More Appealing To Prospective Buyers By Michelle Durham PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – An increasing number of area realtors are discussing the importance of “staging” the homes of their clients to make the surroundings more appealing to prospective buyers and there is a new area business that provides this service for sellers who are not sure how to go about it. Co-owner of Showhomes in the Philadelphia market, Ally [...]

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April 2, 2014 - 5:05 PM
If you’re planning on putting your home on the market, there are things you can do to spice up your property to attract potential buyers. Spring is the best time to sell a home, says Ally Piccolomini, co-owner of the Philadelphia branch of the home staging company Showhomes. “Everyone wants a new change,” Piccolomini says. “It’s a lot easier with the [seasonal] transition and before the new school year.” Showhomes, a national company, opened its first office in the region last [...]

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April 1, 2014 - 3:03 PM
Styles are changing and buyers are looking for more color, personality, warmth and life in the next home they hope to inhabit! Interestingly, these staging trends simply mirror the design trends that are prevalent with a few key differences… 1. Staged Outdoor Spaces - Can you imagine what this space would look like without the staging? Yes, it would be cold and dreary. Karen Hunter ofhttp://www.staging-magic.com/, transforms this yard into an entertainers dream come true! [...]

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March 31, 2014 - 8:08 AM
Those who have remodeled or redecorated in the last two years say they are happier (74 percent), more relaxed (51 percent) and tidier (35 percent) at home.  Big windows and comfortable furniture top the list (74 and 70 percent, respectively) of what makes people happiest about their homes.  The happiest rooms of the home are common areas such as the family/living room (42 percent) and kitchen (15 percent).  Men prefer comfort overall, whereas women [...]

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March 21, 2014 - 8:08 AM
Andrew Duncan from Tampa, Florida is one of the top Real Estate agents in the country.  He recently was ranked 10th out of 90,000 Real Estate Agents for Remax nationwide.  He has used Showhomes Tampa for years and recently saw first hand how we can make a major impact by utilizing our services for his personal home.  Check out this testimonial to learn more about how Showhomes can help you with the transformation of your [...]

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March 20, 2014 - 9:09 AM
10 FINISHING TOUCHES FOR HOME STAGING SUCCESS. MARCH 19, 2014 ANDREA MORGAN Home staging is all about creating a lifestyle for potential buyers to fall in love with.  It’s about enhancing your homes best features and creating a home that they can see themselves living in. Our 10 finishing touches are for that all important viewing to ensure you give your home the best possible chance of success. 1. Flowers Placing fresh flowers in your key rooms, adds beautiful natural [...]

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March 19, 2014 - 8:08 AM
Prep your home properly before you put it on the market.   Laura Gaskill Houzz Contributor Selling a house is a major undertaking. Where do you begin? First you’ll need to establish a big-picture view of how to prepare it. This ideabook will help you do that, so you can get your home in shape to sell quickly at the best possible price (without breaking your budget).   The project: Get a home ready to sell.Why: Taking the time to prepare your home before [...]

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March 18, 2014 - 3:03 PM
    Here is a new report from AOL Real Estate.  Call your local Showhomes office today to help you while the market is still hot!   "Brutal winter storms in much of the country didn't stop home sellers from being optimistic about the housing market, with 10 percent more properties for sale nationwide in February compared to a year ago, according to data released today by realtor.com. The median list price increased 7.6 percent to $199,000 during the same time, [...]

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March 17, 2014 - 4:04 PM
Most homebuyers know that sensation—the moment you walk into a house and just know it's the home for you. What they may not know is the feeling of "home at first sight" sometimes needs a helping hand. Home staging is all about creating that emotional connection. To be successful at it, you have to appeal to all five of the buyer's senses. Smell Smell can evoke an emotional response that doesn't even register in our conscious thoughts. Even the slightest hint of mustiness can conjure [...]

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March 6, 2014 - 9:09 AM
Showhomes has staged more homes across the country than any other staging organization.  We have many great long term relationships with Realtors across the country and this has been one of the keys to our success.  There are times when we see mistakes made by Realtors that we interact with that could be avoided.  This is a great blog by Rooms in Bloom Home Staging with some information that you should consider before working with a Realtor and Home Stager. "It’s always great when realtors [...]

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March 5, 2014 - 11:11 AM
RESA CEO Shell Brodnax recently interviewed Barbara Corcoran, well known Real Estate Investor, Venture Capitalist, and co-star of ABC's Shark Tank tv show, about Home Staging.  Here is a summary of some of her insights: SB: What changes have you seen in Home Staging in the last 10 years? BC: Well, I think the advent of the Internet set the stage for Home Staging.  Here to fore people would ride by a house and take a peek at the front of the house and decide if they want to see it or not. [...]

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March 4, 2014 - 10:10 AM
As Spring Cleaning season begins here is a great blog on the keys to staging your home! Home staging is quickly becoming a necessity and an integral part of selling real estate. Gone are the days when staging was simply an option; in today’s tough real estate market proper staging is the only way to set your house apart from the competitors down the street or in the same neighbourhood. Overall, staging follows some simple and proven techniques to maximize the appeal of your home to the [...]

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March 3, 2014 - 10:10 AM
By Lorelie Brown, Certified Professional Real Estate Stager (CPRES) Owner, Showhomes of Charleston As a professional home stager, I encounter calls daily from agents and homeowners who are considering staging their properties. I applaud their understanding that the property should be properly presented for the best possible viewings by buyers. Too often, however, the calls come only after the home has been on the market for 30 days or longer, and there haven’t been any offers or interest [...]

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February 12, 2014 - 10:10 AM
This week the Wall Street Journal wrote an article, in celebration of Valentines Day, about falling in love-with houses!  This is exactly what Showhomes has been doing for almost 3 decades!  We now offer a number of new interior design services to help you fall in love with your home all over again!  Reach out to your local Showhomes franchise at www.showhomes.com to learn more.   "Falling in love can be wonderful—and finding the perfect house can make a house-hunter weak in the [...]

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January 14, 2014 - 3:03 PM
Here is a great article from Tulsa World on the importance of home staging when selling your listing:   "Dear Action Line: Our house is still on the market, and real estate agents keep lowering its price. Friends say "stage it, don't give it away." What are they talking about? - N.T., Tulsa "Appearance is everything," says Bankrate.com, and "home staging can put its best face forward." Hiring a professional stager costs up to $150 an hour. Here are the basics. Personal [...]

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January 8, 2014 - 8:08 AM
Mike and Janine Callahan owners of Showhomes Fox Valley in the western suburbs of Chicago just celebrated their 5 year anniversary with Showhomes.  As a former franchise of the year they are regarded as one of the premier staging companies in the U.S..  The Fox Valley team recently created an amazing video which features a number of Realtor and home owner client testimonials.  If you want to get a good idea about what Showhomes is all about and how our value proposition works then check this [...]

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September 10, 2013 - 12:12 PM
Many now realize that it is a great time to buy a home. Today, we want to look at why it might also be an opportune time to sell your house. Here are the Top 5 Reasons we believe now may be a perfect time to put your house on the market. 1.) Demand Is High The most recent Existing Home Sales Report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) showed a 17.2 percent increase in sales over July 2012; sales have remained above year-ago levels for 25 months. There are buyers out there right [...]

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September 4, 2013 - 8:08 PM
Home staging professionals find new business in changing market Studies show staged homes sell faster than properties without touch-ups Megan Hopkins September 3, 2013 2:23PM Home staging professionals discovered a unique way of marketing themselves in the fluctuating real estate environment by reminding home sellers that properties sell much faster after undergoing a professional facelift. The Real Estate Staging Association has the figures to [...]

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August 28, 2013 - 10:10 AM
Check out Linda Saavedra from Showhomes Tampa interviewed on The Duncan Duo Real Estate Show.  Andrew Duncan is the leader of Tampa Bay's Most Innovative Real Estate Team and the Host of The Duncan Duo Real Estate Show Sundays on 970AM WFLA. Locally recognized as one of the top teams and groups of realtors in Tampa and consistently ranked in the Top 20 of all real estate sales categories (nearly 10,000 agents) in Tampa,.  See why a top Realtor is a huge fan of our model as he talks about the [...]

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August 12, 2013 - 3:03 PM
This article was originally written by Nairn Friemann, president of Ingenuity & Pizzazz Inc., RESA 2012 Professional Home Stager of the Year and a CSP graduate and intructor. Her article is wonderfully well written and really showcases the pitfalls associated with choosing the wrong home stager. Five Common Costly Mistakes Made by Untrained Home Stagers Selling a home is never easy. However, the challenges today seem overwhelming to most sellers. The main criteria for selling real [...]

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July 2, 2013 - 2:02 PM
At Showhomes we are very pro franchising and there are a ton of great organizations that you can join.  We wanted to share a great article predicting trends in the industry for the second half of 2013.   Of the top 10 franchise sectors listed in this article Showhomes is involved in 3 of them (Home Based, Residential Services, and Real Estate).  Finding the right franchise is one of the most important decisions you will make.  We really recommend that you consider what you are the most [...]

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June 26, 2013 - 11:11 AM
Here is a great blog post from Home Matters in Indianapolis: Ready for another price reduction? How about multiple offers instead? Do these scenarios seem too far apart to be realistic? Here in Indianapolis and our surrounding areas, sellers are facing one extreme or the other. With low inventory levels, buyers are snapping up well priced and presented homes quickly. Homes that don’t meet one of those two wickets (price or presentation) are not seeing the shift in market. They are still [...]

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June 20, 2013 - 8:08 AM
Marty Barnes from The Entrepreneur Source recently wrote a great blog post about one of our long term franchisees Donna Muelver.  Great overview of the fascinating people that are part of the Showhomes family. "Our Entrepreneur this month wasn't looking for a franchise and had little interest in owning one. But sometimes the franchise just finds you. Donna Muelver answered the door when opportunity knocked and she is happy she did. Donna Muelver was a stay at home mom and foster [...]

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June 14, 2013 - 8:08 AM
Here is a great blog from Chicagoland Staging: "I was recently speaking to a group of homeowners who are thinking of selling their home in the next year. One of the lessons that I was trying to impart is the idea that faster is better when selling their home. I often hear, “I don’t care about selling fast. I care about getting the most from my home sale as I can.” What many sellers don’t realize is that there is usually a direct correlation between days on market and the net proceeds of your [...]

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May 21, 2013 - 3:03 PM
Bellaire home wins in CNBC Competition "Best Bang For Your Buck" Showhomes Home Staging had its home staging services recognized nationally by CNBC’s Million Dollar Home Contest. Showhomes Home Staging, a national home staging franchise, staged the million dollar property that was selected by CNBC’s real estate expert, Dolly Lenz, as the “best bang for your buck” in the country, priced at $1 million on May 3, 2013. The winning home on Cedar Street in Houston’s Bellaire neighborhood is [...]

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May 1, 2013 - 3:03 PM
What’s that smell? Scents and odors are everywhere and all buyers are influenced by them, particularly when looking at houses to purchase. The sense of smell is the strongest of all the senses to connect (or disconnect) buyers to your house. When preparing to stage a house, we recommend getting rid of the sources of bad odors by making a house super clean and dealing with pet issues, to name a few. But how about subtly layering a scent through a house that has no odors, but is clean [...]

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April 29, 2013 - 10:10 AM
When selling your house, it might seem obvious that you should pick your dirty clothes up off your bedroom floor. Not so, says Realtor Joe Finnerty, of Prudential Patt, White Real Estate. Finnerty and his clients encounter homes with dirty dishes in the sink and an overflowing cat litter box. "A part of you wonders: Did the agent tell them what to do?" said Finnerty, who has an accredited home stager on his team. "I have heard sellers say before, 'If somebody really wants the house, they [...]

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April 16, 2013 - 8:08 AM
TAMPA, Fl. - The Spring and Summer months are traditionally home selling season, and prospective sellers are hoping to cash in on signs that the market is improving.  But how do you separate your home for sale from all the others? “It’s the art of decorating a home so that it sells at the highest price in the shortest amount of time,” said Ann Alderson of Staging South Tampa.You may want to consider staging your home. Sometimes an empty home just doesn’t have the warmth or sense of [...]

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April 2, 2013 - 6:06 PM
Showhomes Franchise Profile: Fred and Lorraine Pierson of Raleigh, NC Fred Pierson’s path to entrepreneurship was anything but linear. Before becoming a Showhomes Home Staging franchise owner in Raleigh, N.C., Fred Pierson had two different corporate careers. In college, Pierson earned a degree in aviation management and went on to manage corporate jet facilities across the United States. Due to the nature of his work, he and his wife, Lorraine, moved frequently. After years of [...]

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April 1, 2013 - 10:10 AM
By Emily Peck-Wall Street Journal Attention desperate home sellers. Don’t want to lower the price on your house? Consider better photos. Real-estate listings that use photographs taken by the higher-end SLR cameras favored by photographers and photography enthusiasts, tend to do better than those that use photos from cheaper point-and-shoot cameras, according to a new analysis done by Redfin Corp., a Seattle-based brokerage. Not surprisingly, listings with better photos command higher [...]

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March 21, 2013 - 12:12 PM
The Spring selling season is now upon us and millions of home owners are beginning the sales process.  Here is a blog from Dallas with some good ideas on where to get started: Q: What should I look for in a plan to sell my home? A: When selling your home, it is important to find a neighborhood specialist with the tools, experience and know-how to present a well-planned marketingstrategy. To start, a good real estate agent should be knowledgeable about your neighborhood and have a [...]

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March 8, 2013 - 3:03 PM
AOL Jobs in a recent article listed the "Best Jobs for 2013 and Beyond".  While there were professions you would expect in industries such as "Health Care" and "Engineering" it also included "Home Staging".  According to AOL : Home Stager. The real estate market may be beginning to rebound and that means more homes on the market. In recent years, home stagers have become a de rigueur part of preparing a home for sale: Move out the moose head; move in the inoffensive but attractive [...]

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March 8, 2013 - 9:09 AM
Franchise Business Review surveyed more than 26,000 franchisees representing over 350 franchise brands based on their level of satisfaction, experience, market area, business lifestyle, and other demographic characteristics. The list of the 2013 “FBR50” received the highest ratings by their franchise owners. Nashville, TN, March 08, 2013- Showhomes, America’s largest home staging provider, announced today that it has been awarded into the 2013 Top Franchise Systems for the fifth year [...]

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March 4, 2013 - 10:10 AM
3 real solutions to help solve the Vacant House Won’t Sell problem owners and Realtors have There are many houses on the market that are currently sitting vacant all across the country.  Many are foreclosures, short sales and bank owned properties, but thousands upon thousands that are owned by traditional sellers who are current on their mortgage and are trying to sell the property for one reason or another. Many property owners are choosing to downsize in this tough resell market.  Some [...]

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February 28, 2013 - 6:06 PM
Showhomes of Fox Valley highly awarded By FOX VALLEY FRANCHISE EARNS TOP HONORS Ambassador Award, President's Club, Circle of Excellence, Most Homes Sold Vacant homes are hard to sell! They lack buyer appeal, languish on the market and receive low offers. Showhomes, a national home staging franchise, and their franchise partners have provided successful selling solutions for real estate professionals and homeowners in all economic market cycles for the past 27 years. At the recent [...]

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February 28, 2013 - 12:12 PM
Why Stage When Homes Are Flying Off The Shelves? In the current hot market, it's easy to shake your head and think "Homes are selling like crazy! Why do I care about staging?". Well, it's simple. Because we all like money, we love happy sellers, and we want the referrals that gushing seller will send our way by helping them reach their goal of selling their home fast and at a premium price. I spent many years in the auto industry before I came to real estate and design. Even when the [...]

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February 27, 2013 - 11:11 AM
Thriving Under $100K By MATT DIAZ FOR MANY ‘ZEES, LOW-COST FRANCHISES PROVE HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL With today’s economic climate, it’s easy to be drawn to low-cost options to help make ends meet. In the world of franchising, however, this notion has its ups and downs. Just because an opportunity is low-cost doesn’t mean its the right choice, nor does it mean you will fail. There are a number of factors that play into owning a successful franchise, and these three franchisees know just what it [...]

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February 26, 2013 - 12:12 PM
Showhomes has a number of finance partners who can help you finance your dream business.  One option that is growing quickly in the franchise industry is the use of your 401K and IRA savings as an investment option.   The article below from The Huffington Post provides a nice overview of how the model works. "When starting up a new business, there are tons of funding options. Many of these involve loans, angel investors, and venture capital. Unless you're sitting on a huge pile of money, [...]

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February 22, 2013 - 3:03 PM
Home interiors are going green this year. Pantone has named “Emerald” its color of the year for 2013. Pantone describes the jewel-like hue as a “lively, radiant, lush green” that can offer sophistication and luxury. “Green is the most abundant hue in nature – the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation. This [...]

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February 13, 2013 - 7:07 PM
Nashville, TN (Feb 14, 2013) --) -- In a major partnership at the forefront of evolving media trends, MFV Expositions has announced a partnership with Money Magazine, CNNmoney.com and Benchmark Entertainment to produce custom videos for Showhomes that will extend their franchise presence and messaging beyond the trade show floor. Developing custom videos at the show to reach quality franchisee prospects, ERN LIVE video, FranchiseExpo.com, and Money Magazine offer video segments hosted by [...]

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February 12, 2013 - 6:06 PM
We have a guest blog from a Broker with interesting information about how vacant homes are affected in regards to general liability insurance. Insurance companies are so concerned about the added risks of a vacant home, that they often will cancel a policy midterm and not even wait for the renewal date.  Showhomes solves the problem of home vacancy with our proven home manager system. Question: Is My Vacant Home Covered by Insurance? A reader asks: "Our home is presently on the market as [...]

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February 6, 2013 - 9:09 AM
TOP FRANCHISES RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE Franchise of the Year, Circle of Excellence, President’s Club and More Vacant homes are hard to sell!  They lack buyer appeal, languish on the market and receive low offers.  Showhomes, a national home staging franchise, and their franchise partners have provided successful selling solutions for real estate professionals and homeowners in all economic market cycles for the past 26 years. At the recent Showhomes Annual Conference, held at the [...]

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January 24, 2013 - 9:09 AM
SHOWHOMES HOME STAGING LAUNCHES NEW FRANCHISE DEVELOPMENT WEBSITE Nashville, TN (January 24, 2013) --  Showhomes Home Staging announced today a completely new and enhanced website.  The leading home staging services company in the U.S., redesigned its franchise development website to provide more information, staging examples,  and other resources to those wishing to start a franchise focused on helping Realtors, Home Owners, Banks and investors sell vacant homes faster and for a higher [...]

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January 22, 2013 - 9:09 AM
Here are some tips on  what you can do to help you sell your home faster.  Or, you can call Showhomes and we can do most of this stuff for you! If you have a house on the market, or are considering it, read on for seven tips that will make it easier to sell your house and make a smooth transition from one owner to the next. Maintain Neutrality This policy has worked for Switzerland, and it can also work in real estate. Customizing your home is great if you plan to stay there, [...]

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January 7, 2013 - 12:12 PM
Showhomes Home Staging Gets Serious About Finding New Franchisees Home improvement franchise turns to lead generators, trade show as recruitment options CHARLESTON, S.C. (JAN 4, 2013) -- The largest national home staging franchise, Showhomes Home Staging, has partnered with the fastest-growing network of lead generation companies in the U.S. to recruit new franchisees for the home improvement franchise. Franchise Clique, Franchise Buy and Veterans Franchise, the three lead [...]

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January 3, 2013 - 7:07 PM
The Best And Worst Time To Sell A House, Plus Home Staging Tips The Huffington Post |  By Michelle Manetti Posted: 01/03/2013 5:24 pm EST The worst time to sell a home won't really surprise you: It's the holidays, when tensions are high and budgets are low, according to Time. During the winter months, buyers aren't as active, making a seller more likely to end up with low-ball offers. However, the magazine does note that the best time of year to sell your house is in the [...]

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November 12, 2012 - 5:05 PM
Did you know that home buyers are 80 percent more likely to purchase a home that is staged to sell than an empty home? It’s true. This means that, as a buyer, you are more likely to want to buy a staged home. Since you are more likely to buy, why not begin your search with staged to sell homes? Chances are you will waste your time with empty homes trying to visualize furniture placement, which is something not many can successfully do. Here are some of the benefits of staged to sell homes when [...]

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September 25, 2012 - 12:12 PM
DON'T WAIT TIL SPRING WHEN THERE IS MORE COMPETITION ... DO IT NOW The fall can be a great time to sell your home. One of the biggest benefits is that inventory levels are typically lower. This means that the buyers in the market will have fewer choices and are more likely to select your home. As Gloria says, be sure that your home is ready for market when you do list it. Via Gloria Valvasori, ASA, Streetsville Real Estate - 100% Client Service Rating (Better Homes and Gardens Real [...]

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September 18, 2012 - 8:08 AM
SEPTEMBER 17, 2012 BY KYM TARR When it comes to putting your house on the market, signing the listing agreement and planting a sign on the front lawn can often seem like the easier part of the equation.  Why, because now after a visit from a Home Stager, your attention is now  drawn to the stack of clothes in the basement that were designated for Goodwill 3 years ago or  to the guest room that has now become the catch all for the trinkets you bought while on every family vacation.  The [...]

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August 14, 2012 - 12:12 PM
NASHVILLE, TN  August 14, 2012 -- Nashville-based Showhomes announces the addition of two new franchisees to its network of more than 70 home staging franchises. Two new Showhomes franchisees completed training recently and will soon be offering their services in Florida. "Whenever a new franchise is added to our network a real boost of energy can be felt.   We have provided a real win-win service for the real estate community since 1986," said Matt Kelton, COO of Showhomes. "We have [...]

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August 2, 2012 - 5:05 PM
Donna and Rick Muelver have been top performing Showhomes franchisees for many years.  Showhomes has truly been a family affair for Team Muelver!  Multiple family members have been involved in their franchise and they continue to thrive in the Southeast Wisconsin market. Q. Why were you interested in Showhomes, and what about it led you to purchase the franchise? We were already in the real estate market servicing the agents with signs, photography and virtual tours.  Taking photos of [...]

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August 2, 2012 - 5:05 PM
Mike and Janine Callahan are the 2011 Showhomes Franchisees of The Year.  Not only are they Showhomes franchisees but they are also home managers.  Over 50% of Showhomes franchisees are also home managers which allows them to enjoy an amazing lifestyle at a great price!  See how Mike and Janine have been able  to take advantage of the Showhomes lifestyle while building a leading business in the Chicago area. Q. Why were you interested in Showhomes, and what about it led you to purchase [...]

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August 2, 2012 - 2:02 PM
Over the years Showhomes has proven to be a great model for spouses to work together in their business.   Lisa and Chris Gulliver have been Showhomes franchisees since 2010 and were the 2011 Rising Star Award Winner.  Learn more about why they chose to leave Corporate America to become their own bosses with their own Showhomes franchise. Q. Why were you interested in Showhomes, and what about it led you to purchase the franchise? My wife Lisa and I became interested in a Showhomes franchise [...]

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July 26, 2012 - 10:10 AM
This month Guidant Financial and Showhomes unveiled their new pre-qualification tool that will help buyers evaluate their true finance-ability before they start searching for a business or franchise.  This cutting edge technology will streamline the process by which franchisees are able to obtain capital to purchase and build their small businesses. Franchisees can pre-qualify for franchise financing through a fluid online experience coupled with a high-touch customer service to fulfill [...]

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May 24, 2012 - 12:12 PM
HomeGain.com just released the results of its nationwide home improvement and home staging survey. Past findings from the survey have been a guide for thousands of home sellers in preparing their homes for sale. HomeGain recently surveyed nearly 500 real estate agents nationwide to determine the top 10 low cost*, do-it-yourself home improvements for people getting their home ready to sell. The top five nationwide home improvements that real estate professionals recommend to home sellers, [...]

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May 9, 2012 - 4:04 PM
Some home sellers have to sell vacant houses because they move out before their homes are sold. Realtors say it's a challenge to sell a vacant house, which needs to be insured, maintained, staged and secured against squatters and vandals. From using a programmable thermostat to deploying "light staging," here are some things to consider when selling a vacant house. Insuring a vacant home Linda Zenker, an associate broker with Re/Max Choice in Fairfax, Va., says homeowners need to check [...]

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April 16, 2012 - 11:11 AM
There are plenty of companies that will dress up a home for sale with decorative touches and temporary furnishings, but one local business goes a step further. Lorelie and Coy Brown’s Showhomes Charleston also puts people in the vacant homes; people who move in until the house sells, keep things tidy, mow the lawn and pay the utility bills. Showhomes is a national franchise built around the idea that occupied homes sell faster and for higher prices while reducing homeowners’ carrying [...]

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March 30, 2012 - 11:11 AM
Foreclosed homes may be an opportunity for buyers and investors, but for banks, they are a mess with no end in sight. Foreclosures cost money to maintain, create insurance problems, invite vandalism and devalue neighboring homes.  Home  staging company, Showhomes of Naperville, has been providing banks in the Chicago area with a tidy solution to foreclosures and vacant properties. Showhomes places a live-in home stager, called a Home Manager, who occupies the home and keeps it in show condition [...]

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March 26, 2012 - 10:10 AM
Nashville, Tennessee – Showhomes Home Staging plans to triple its United States franchise locations in the next 10 years, the company announced Friday. The nationally franchised company has become America’s largest home staging provider since it opened its doors in 1986, and it currently has a network of more than 70 franchise locations across the country.  Despite the tough real estate market, the company continues to add new, thriving locations by focusing on quality customer service and [...]

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March 20, 2012 - 10:10 AM
Minneapolis, MN – The popular design network HGTV will feature Minneapolis home staging expert Cindy Montgomery, franchise owner of Showhomes Minneapolis.  Montgomery is starting the complete interior design project of a new showhome that will be featured by the prominent national network, which produces and airs popular shows such as House Hunters and Design Star, focusing on aspects of decorating, entertaining, up-and-coming designers, and more. Montgomery is doing a complete home staging [...]

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March 15, 2012 - 2:02 PM
??? Nashville, Tennessee – For the fourth year in a row, Showhomes Home Staging is ranked as one of the Top 50 Franchise Companies by the prestigious Franchise Business Review, a national franchise market research firm that surveys thousands of franchise owners per year and evaluates the comprehensive findings to reveal overall franchisee satisfaction. “It is not surprising that Showhomes ranked again as a Top 50 Franchise,” says Lorelie Brown, franchise owner of Showhomes Charleston.  “The [...]

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March 8, 2012 - 9:09 AM
SHOWHOMES FOX VALLEY WINS 2012 FRANCHISE OF THE YEAR AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE February  17, 2012 Batavia, IL – Showhomes Fox Valley was awarded the top honor of Franchise of the Year at the 2012 Annual Conference in Orlando this month.  The award recognizes the franchisee that has consistently run a sound business with operational excellence and participation, quality dealings with customers, and helped to promote the overall vision of Showhomes with consistency throughout the year. “It [...]

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January 19, 2012 - 12:12 PM
Nashville, Tennessee - Showhomes, America's largest home staging company, ranked high in several categories in the 2012 Entrepreneur Magazine Franchise 500 list. The magazine released their 33rd annual list last week, ranking America's top franchise opportunities. The list also looks at trends that are impacting the franchise industry. Showhomes ranked at #256 for in the overall Franchise 500 list. The company ranked at #100 in the category of Fastest-Growing Franchises, which [...]

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October 20, 2011 - 12:12 PM
Home staging becomes standard part of selling a home in today’s market In recent years, especially since the housing market tumble, home staging has become the secret to selling a home. Only it’s not really a secret anymore. According to Matt Kelton, COO of Showhomes Home Staging, the entire mindset of home selling has shifted, and investing in home staging to help sell a home has become mainstream. “I don’t know why a homeowner would choose not to stage a home,” says Kelton. [...]

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September 20, 2011 - 5:05 AM
Existing-home sales fell nationally in July from already-low levels, and experts say the housing market will take at least another year, or longer, to emerge from its long slump. The stock market is on a bumpy ride too; and no one has a clue when it will stabilize. But there is good news emerging in this uncertain economic scenario, especially for homeowners trying to sell their homes and the Realtors who help them. We are thriving at Showhomes Home Staging. In fact, our growth is [...]

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September 7, 2011 - 5:05 AM
Tom Seifert is living the dream. A single guy in an 8,000 square foot house, Tom is not only free of mortgage payments and house repairs but also is able to entertain female friends and family in his million dollar home - all while saving money. Sound like one lucky guy? Tom didn’t win the lottery or find a recipe to get rich quick, he simply became a Showhomes Home Manager. He was in the midst of selling his house in Minnesota and didn’t plan on buying in the near [...]

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August 23, 2011 - 5:05 AM
For five months, Sandy Crawford watched uneasily from her new home in Georgia as her old home in St. Petersburg's Shore Acres neighborhood sat on the market with little interest from potential buyers. Discouraged, she turned to Showhomes, a company that places people — and their attractive furniture — in vacant houses. A fastidious man moved into Crawford's house, and things changed. "The house looked fabulous," she said. "Every little thing inside and out was constantly being [...]

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August 18, 2011 - 5:05 AM
Showhomes Home Staging was recently recognized for being a Top 50 franchise in The Franchise Business Review. Cindy Montgomery, franchise owner in La Jolla, Calif. was recently featured in The La Jolla Light.  Read more about why Showhomes is a franchise to be a part of in the article below. Showhomes among top franchises For the third year in a row, The Franchise Business Review ranked Showhomes Home Staging one of the Top 50 franchise systems based on franchise owner [...]

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July 22, 2011 - 9:09 AM
Bob Kohlruss, owner of Showhomes Folsom Lake talked about his experience as a Showhomes Home Staging franchisee. The article, written in Mountain Democrat, also points out several of the reasons why owning a home staging franchise is very advantageous during the current economic downturn. Read more about this in the article that follows: Showhomes Home Staging ranked in Top 50 by Franchise Business Review For the third year in a row the Franchise Business Review ranked Showhomes Home [...]

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June 30, 2011 - 2:02 PM
Vacant houses are a tough sell in any market and getting them to stand out in the minds of Realtors can be equally difficult. Showhomes Home Staging is shining the spotlight on the dilemma by hosting successful open houses specifically tailored to Realtors and brokers. The highly effective events take place onsite at previously vacant properties, many of which have lingered on the market for months or years before being staged and maintained by Showhomes. The 25-year-old national home [...]

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June 28, 2011 - 12:12 PM
It’s no secret that the economic tumble of 2008 hurt many professionals in the real estate industry -- Realtors, mortgage brokers, contractors and home builders among them. Many have scaled back their careers, left them altogether or are searching for a related alternative. For many, Showhomes Home Staging has emerged as a profitable career option. Multiple  Showhomes franchisees are current or former licensed real estate agents, mortgage brokers or property management specialists, allowing [...]

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June 21, 2011 - 12:12 PM
Franchises costing less than $50,000 to start gaining popularity With the economy struggling to recover and the housing market showing little life, one franchise industry sector has a healthy pulse: franchises that cost $50,000 or less to start. Entrepreneur Magazine, considered by many as the bible for small business owners, listed Showhomes Home Staging on its annual low-cost list of franchises to watch. Here’s what the magazine said about the low-investment sector: The economic [...]

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June 16, 2011 - 12:12 PM
Cutting-edge home staging pioneer marks 25th anniversary When Showhomes Home Staging launched in 1986, few people understood what home staging was, much less the critical role it played in selling a house faster and for a higher price. The Nashville-based franchisor changed all that with its dynamic ‘home staging with a twist’ concept that combines live-in Home Managers with impeccable home staging standards. Now in its 25th year, Showhomes Home Staging is the only national [...]

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June 10, 2011 - 5:05 PM
Showhomes has industry high franchise owner satisfaction For the third year in a row, the Franchise Business Review ranked Showhomes Home Staging one of the Top 50 franchise systems based on franchise owner satisfaction. The Franchise 50 - 2011 Franchisee Satisfaction Awards ranked franchisors by their overall levels of franchise owner satisfaction. The Top 50 ranking puts Showhomes in a select group of the best franchise companies in the country, and only companies with excellent [...]

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May 25, 2011 - 8:08 AM
Five reasons vacant houses are hard to sell Musty smelling, bare-walled, vandal-prone properties just don't sell, said Bob Kohlruss, franchise owner for Showhomes — Folsom Lake. Last year’s U.S. Census figures show that, of the estimated 130 million housing units in the United States, 11.3 percent, about 14 million stood vacant, according to Kohlruss. A large portion of these houses are vacant and for sale, leading to a glut of vacant houses crowding the market. Given the vast [...]

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May 24, 2011 - 10:10 AM
May 22, 2011 | By Al Heavens, Philadelphia Inquirer Real Estate Columnist American Public Media's Marketplace radio program appears to be fascinated by unusual trends in real estate. (I hate to pick on the program, which I listen to frequently, but I didn't start this.) Two years ago, it reported on real estate agents in Los Angeles hiring professional actors to populate a neighborhood during a weekend tour by buyers. Consumer advocates cried foul, and the buyers were ticked off, too. It [...]

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May 12, 2011 - 1:01 PM
Linda Saavedra’s Showhomes Tampa franchise has soared since opening in 2009, despite its launch during tough economic times. Just two short years later, Saavedra, a former corporate executive and veteran small business owner, picked up Showhome’s most prestigious award – Franchise of the Year. When Saavedra first encountered the Showhomes Home Staging business model, she had a hunch that it would take off in Tampa’s hard-hit housing market.  “I loved it from the beginning,” she says. [...]

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May 5, 2011 - 4:04 PM
Showhomes home staging was featured in The Times of London, the UK's largest newspaper today by US Business columnist Alexandra Frean: By Alexandra Frean American Notebook May 5 2011 It’s tough to sell an empty home. Buyers can be put off by the bare surroundings and a single nail hole in the wall can assume cavernous proportions. So, as tens of thousands of vacant houses remain on the market, many of them foreclosed properties owned by banks, one real estate company has come up [...]

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April 19, 2011 - 2:02 PM
Stingy Banks Come Around to Quirky Home Staging Tuesday, April 19th, 2011, by Blake Farmer, NPR Tens of thousands of empty houses remain as evidence of the mortgage crisis. In Tennessee alone, census data show nearly 320,000 vacant properties. Some are houses that just won’t sell. Others are foreclosures – bank-owned properties. And now a handful of financial institutions are turning to a Nashville-based company that uses human props to sell a home – live-in staging. There’s an [...]

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April 15, 2011 - 4:04 PM
Mary Ellen Podmolik The Home Front April 15, 2011 When does a vacant home for sale, foreclosure or not, have that lived-in look? When someone is living in it. Arnold and Mary Jo Baratz just moved into, but have no intention of buying, a sprawling 7,500-square-foot home in Wayne that includes a sweeping cherry staircase, an elevator and a two-bedroom coach house with its own kitchen. The couple doesn't need the space. In fact, with their youngest child headed to college in the [...]

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April 15, 2011 - 4:04 PM
Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 | Posted by Marni Jameson I should be in Vegas. Just when I thought my luck had run out I won a long shot with 100 to 1 odds. Partly because I make my bed every day. The lucky streak began with a great job offer — except that it was out of state. More luck followed when my youngest daughter, who’s in high school, not only didn’t mind changing schools but also wanted to move to Orlando, where the job was. Then a lovely family came out of the blue and asked to [...]

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April 15, 2011 - 4:04 PM
Staging: Get Your Property Ready For Its Close Up What are the benefits to using a professional stager? Although not a new concept, staging homes has come more into focus with the abundance of homes on the market -- especially vacant properties. Staging a home allows that home to sell for a price that is 10 percent to 20 percent higher than a home that is not staged, according to a 2004 National Association of Realtors survey. So, what exactly is staging a home? There are [...]

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April 15, 2011 - 4:04 PM
April 15, 2011, Examiner.com National Edition A vacant home is a tough home to sell, and a growing number of them are clogging the pipeline. Of the nation's estimated 130 million housing units, 11.3 percent or some 14 million units stood vacant last year, according the  U.S. Census. Among properties defined as "vacant" are rental units, vacation homes, properties rented or sold but not occupied and others, but a growing number are foreclosed, abandoned, distressed or otherwise [...]

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March 16, 2011 - 7:07 AM
Showhomes Home Staging in Orlando was featured on FOX News this week: Franchise owners Jeff and Nancy Smith have been operating a Showhomes home staging franchise in Orlando for 17 years with great success. Home staging for years was a well-kept secret of only the most successful Realtors. Today, virtually all Realtors agree that professional home staging will help you sell your home faster while commanding the best possible price. On the web: [...]

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March 1, 2011 - 2:02 PM
Million-dollar lifestyle on a middle-class income Showhomes Orlando puts "home managers" in homes for sale to help attract buyers By Jon Busdeker, Orlando Sentinel March 1, 2011 John and Faith Forsythe live in a million-dollar mansion on Deer Island, but they don't own it. And they're not renters, house sitters or squatters either. The Forsythes are "home managers" with Showhomes Orlando, a home-staging company that specializes in placing individuals and families in upscale homes [...]

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February 24, 2011 - 3:03 PM
New Business Helps Occupy Local Luxury Homes Showhomes works with "home managers" who fill vacant luxury homes in Potomac, Bethesda and Chevy Chase to help sell them on the market By Sarah Beth Hensley | Email the author | February 23, 2011 You could have a new (temporary) neighbor in Potomac, thanks to a newly launched luxury home staging company in the area. Showhomes, which opened an office on Foxcrest Court in Potomac in January, is working to fill vacant luxury homes in Potomac, [...]

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February 1, 2011 - 3:03 PM
By: Aaron Park January 18, 2011 Do you have a Vacant Home? Take a look at this idea... What’s at risk when your vacant home is for sale? It’s not a matter of selling your house, packing up your stuff and moving on. Now there’s the issue of your vacant, unfurnished house that remains on the market. Worse, your homeowners’ insurance rates just went through the roof because of the extreme risks of a vacant dwelling. Picture this: A Realtor’s lockbox hangs off your home’s front door, [...]

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January 25, 2011 - 10:10 AM
Staging Dreams STACEY WIEDOWER | Special to The Daily News Jan, 2011: With a plethora of homes on the market – many of them languishing there for months – home staging is one of those rare subsets of the housing industry that’s benefited from the economy’s downturn. Home stagers specialize in arranging furniture, decluttering and accessorizing a house to make it as appealing as possible to prospective buyers. On a street with multiple “For Sale” signs in the yards, staging a house [...]

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January 8, 2011 - 2:02 PM
Real Estate News Local couple to run Charleston home staging company Jan 8, 2011 An Isle of Palms husband and wife have lined up the Charleston home staging franchise for a company that ensures houses for sale look their best when shoppers visit. Lorelie D. Brown and her spouse Coy Brown head up Showhomes Charleston, which will serve Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties. “We’re here to create major buzz about a home by staging it perfectly and offering [...]

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January 4, 2011 - 11:11 AM
Dena Kouremetis, Housing Examiner 12/30/2010 The once-elegant, sprawling home now sits empty, silent in it memories of warmth, laughter and belonging.   The ‘for sale’ sign swinging in the winter wind invites prospective buyers, but the brochure box hasn’t seen a fresh brochure in a while and the lockbox is accumulating cobwebs. Agents showing homes in this lofty price range find that most of their buyers tend to rush through cold, vacant rooms unable to picture the purpose of lovingly [...]

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December 27, 2010 - 10:10 AM
By KAREN RIVEDAL, Dec 23, 2010 As if the owners of mansions weren't burdened enough. Now comes a report from Showhomes, a nationally franchised network of home stagers based in Tennessee, that the number of ne'er-do-wells shacking up in vacant mansions is on the rise. The increase is tied to the wave of temporarily vacant homes being created by the struggling home market, Showhomes said. The U.S. Census Bureau reported vacant homes increased to 19 million in the first quarter [...]

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October 15, 2010 - 4:04 PM
Showhomes staging vacant homes with occupants to help sell homes Been in a home for sale recently and really checked out the furniture and family photographs? Well, they may not belong to the actual owner but to a stand in occupant hired to give the home a lived in look. Jeff Ross, owner of the Showhomes Memphis and Showhomes Little Rock home staging franchises, firmly believes the old adage that an occupied home always sells faster and for more money, even if the occupant is just [...]

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October 15, 2010 - 1:01 PM
Occupants also are home managers who will move when house is sold By Nancy Mueller • FOR WILLIAMSON A.M. • October 15, 2010 If you are neat, looking for a house to rent and have good furniture, a local home staging company might have a deal for you. Showhomes Nashville offers discounted monthly fees to those who qualify, provided they are willing to act as live-in "home managers" who furnish the rooms, keep the place perpetually clean for showings and are willing to move out when [...]

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August 19, 2010 - 8:08 AM
Showhomes – a home staging company – allows a hired home manager to live within vacant homes for sale with the intent of making the environment more welcoming to potential buyers. By Nicole DeCosta The West Linn Tidings, Aug 19, 2010 Vern Uyetake / West Linn Tidings Edie Moll with Showhomes in West Linn — a home staging company — visits the house for sale at 2335 Oswego Glen Court in Lake Oswego. Her company places home managers and furniture within vacant homes for [...]

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August 18, 2010 - 10:10 AM
Showhomes' Extreme Home Staging Spotlights Human Props National Public Radio featured Showhomes Home Staging on its Morning Edition radio show, August 18th, 2010. NPR reporter Carolyn Beeler interviewed Jonathan and Carla Chiefetz, franchise owners of Showhomes Home Staging in Princeton, NJ, and interview Showhomes Home Manager Bill Worthington. Here's a link to the full NPR story which talks about new forms of Home Staging including Showhomes' highly successful use of 'human [...]

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August 18, 2010 - 6:06 AM
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) - David Wiemers is trying to sell his lovely townhome in Rancho Santa Fe. "It's three bedroom, three bathrooms, 2,129 square feet," he said. It's filled with beautiful furniture. None of it is his. The furniture belongs to the home's current occupants, Darla Allen and her husband. "We just relocated here from another state for my husband's business," Darla said. Darla and her husband aren't renting or leasing. They are home managing. "We manage the [...]

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July 21, 2010 - 3:03 PM
Jack Hungelmann, an insurance industry expert and author of the bestselling 'Insurance for Dummies' book, recently published an online article about the issues owners of vacant homes have with homeowner's insurance. In his article: "Showhomes" Solves the Coverage Problems of Home Vacancy", Hunglemann had this to say about Showhomes: How Showhomes Works Showhomes solves both the vacancy and unoccupancy problems. A resident manager moves in and completely furnishes the place. The [...]

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July 21, 2010 - 3:03 PM
Pat Hermann poses before the mansion she stages in Minnetonka, Minn. AP Steve Ladurantaye, Real Estate Reporter Globe and Mail Forget fresh flowers and percolating coffee, human stagers are where it’s at in the tough, high-end U.S. home market Patricia Hermann is the ultimate house sitter. In the past four years, she has lived in six monster homes in Minnesota, where she works as a nurse at the Minneapolis Heart Institute. The average emergency room nurse in the state makes about [...]

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July 21, 2010 - 3:03 PM
June 03, 2010 — TAMPA - FOX 13 News: Selling a home in today's economy isn't easy, but there are ways to speed up the process. The last two years have been a rollercoaster ride Jim and Nancy Ward. They have been realtors in the Bay Area for nearly 16 years, having gone through the boom and the bust. "It takes more creativity to showcase a home," said Nancy, "to put it in its best light, because there is so much competition." To help them showcase, they've teamed up with a company [...]

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May 10, 2010 - 9:09 AM
By Tom Bailey Jr. / Memphis Commercial Appeal May 5, 2010 About a year ago, the same Brandi Jackson left a $700,000 home in Collierville’s Braystone neighborhood after living in luxury there just 30 days. Photo by Karen Pulfer Focht / Memphis Commercial Appeal   After a successful staging, Brandi Jackson loads up her belongings in a Germantown house for mover Sherrod Farmer on Tuesday. Jackson lived in the Oakleigh subdivision house for six months as a “manager,” helping [...]

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May 4, 2010 - 3:03 PM
By K.A. Turner, Mobile Register Custom builder Jerry Smith of Fairhope staged a few rooms in an empty, high-end house to make it more homey, then liked it so much he staged most of the house. Kate Mercer/Press-RegisterAngela Blankenship and Tammy Boothe of Show Homes stage the dining room in home in Fairhope’s Rock Creek. “A lot of times people will walk into an empty home and it feels kind of cold,” he said. “They can’t envision how to decorate it. Staging has made a big [...]

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April 20, 2010 - 1:01 PM
Wall Street Journal Features Showhomes and its Innovative Internal Financing Solution by Julie Bennett, 3.25.2010 During the worst credit crunch in decades, franchise companies have been finding creative ways to open new units. While banks are expected to lend $6.7 Billion to US franchises this year, it would take $10.1 billion in lending to fully fund newcomers who want to start franchised businesses and existing franchisees who hope to expand, according to Frandata, a reserach [...]

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April 1, 2010 - 2:02 PM
Home Staging Franchise Showhomes listed as best bet in down market by The Street.com: The Great Recession has made some would-be entrepreneurs skittish about starting a business from scratch. For them, it may make sense to buy a business franchise. While franchises have taken a hit, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) forecasts that the number of franchises will expand 2% from 883,292 last year to 901,093 in 2010. "Franchising lets people get into business for themselves, but not by [...]

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March 16, 2010 - 12:12 PM
March 13th Marketplace: Parkites make home staging easy and affordable Showhomes Park City says there's no reason to leave a house vacant by Andrew Kirk, Park City Record http://www.parkrecord.com/ci_14665400 Ryan Sapp is a developer and Realtor. His wife Angie is an interior designer. They're painfully aware of how long some homes take to sell in the current market and how dangerous it is for a house to remain vacant during that time. That's why they and friends Drew and Katja [...]

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March 15, 2010 - 10:10 AM
Showhomes franchise owner Donna Mulever was featured on The Morning Blend, a popular morning TV show in the Milwaukee market. Donna brought along Michael Samik, a happy home owner and builder who has used Showhomes to talk about his expereince: What do you [...]

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