Here’s an interesting new twist on ‘staging’ houses for sale: Instead of paying a staging company to rent furniture to give homes that ‘lived in’ look, some US builders are now cutting deals with renters to temporarily move into new homes in an attempt to get them sold.
OCEANSIDE, Calif. — The fragrance of sage-scented candles and sounds of jazz fill the air of a 2,600-square-foot house a block from the beach. Tiger-striped chairs flank tables crafted from exotic woods. Photos of a chubby baby hang on the walls. Whoever occupies 211 Windward Way, they seem to live the good life.
Too good to be true, in fact. The house is owned by a builder, who hasn’t been able to sell it for more than a year. And while someone really does live here, it’s as part of an elaborate bit of stagecraft aimed at moving Southern California’s echoing inventory of luxury vacant homes.
This $1.2 million seaside pied-a-terre is occupied by Johnna Clavin, a 45-year-old Los Angeles event planner and decorator who has seen business slow. In exchange for giving the townhouse a stylishly lived-in look, she gets to stay there at a steep discount and stands to earn a bonus if the house sells fast.
Full article is at the Wall Street Journal website. Hat-tip to BC buds for the link!