The Seattle Times

Will Vragovic / Tampa Bay Times

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Human props stay in luxury homes to help sales

Dareda Mueller, left, and her son Jordan, wash dishes after the family's dinner together in the home they manage for Showhomes in Tampa, Fla. Showhomes' "home managers" are an elite crew of middle-class nomads tasked with keeping the luxury homes they live in immaculate to the point of not looking lived-in at all. It is, as company executives called it, "a very different, very difficult life."