Family Lives in a Showhouse, Like Living Props

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Having lost their livelihood in the real estate crash, the Muellers live in McMansions owned by Showhomes for low rent. The catch? The company dictates what they can display, the space has to be spotless, and they can be forced to move at a moment's notice. Showhomes says properties sell quicker and at a higher price when actual people live there than with staging alone.

To Sell Houses, People Are Used As Props In McMansions They Don't Own | Co.Design

(Image credits: Will Vragovic)

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