How bad is the US housing market at the moment? Foreclosures are so wide-spread at the moment that there’s now a business to be made in finding people to rent homes that have been foreclosed upon — just so they look lived in. Why? Because they sell quicker, at higher prices.
Renters, known as “home managers”, have to provide their own furniture (which has to look nice), and they have to keep the place really, really tidy. The weirder bit about “Home Staging” is that the renters have to be prepared to clear out within 30 minutes to make room for a showing. In return, they get low rent.