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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'
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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."

Human props stay in luxury homes to help sales

They are an elite group of middle-class nomads, these people who have agreed to live cheaply in a for-sale luxury home, as long as they keep it meticulously clean and are ready to disappear on a moment’s notice.

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