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The right moves: Recommended agent makes the sale

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April 30th, 2009

By Jacqueline Kimball

As Jane and Larry Schimeck prepared to sell their house in the Grosse Pointe area of Michigan and move to Fox Run, Mrs. Schimeck chose to list with a local real estate agent rather than someone recommended by Erickson Realty & Moving Services. "I was convinced a local agent was what I needed," she says.

She chose the person who d sold their neighbor s house in just two weeks a no-brainer, right? Not exactly. As winter closed in and the listing drew to a close, "Nothing," she says.

"[The agent] continually researched the ... market to keep the Schimecks property competitive." Mary Wolfe, personal moving consultant

When she relayed the predicament to Mary Wolfe, Fox Run s personal moving consultant, Wolfe recommended a ReMax agent in Sterling Heights. "Sterling Heights was totally out of our area," says Mrs. Schimeck, "but he sold the house within four months."

"Although there are some areas in which it s essential the agent be located within the city limits," says Wolfe, "most agents are proficient in multiple areas surrounding their office base. The [agent] I recommended works in the Schimeck s area although his office is located 25 minutes away. More important, he continually researched the Grosse Pointe market to keep the Schimecks property competitive. He also used the Internet extensively to reach buyers and agents."

Mrs. Schimeck liked the Internet presentation a video that walked people through the rooms and around the property of the three-bedroom brick house and she appreciated that the agent s office called with weekly updates.

The house sold in late March 2008. Given that the downturn had already started in the housing market, the Schimecks were pleased with the time frame.

They were also pleased with Wolfe s other recommendations.

"The movers and Moving Forward made it so easy," Mrs. Schimeck says.

Moving Forward specializes in organizing a move from downsizing to packing, unpacking, and arranging things at the new home. The company packed the couple s china and small items and also helped dispose of large items they no longer needed.

Besides moving the couple s belongings to their new apartment home, the crew dropped off some large furniture at Salvation Army on the way to Fox Run. "I was glad to have someone [take care of] those things that were too big for us to handle," Mrs. Schimeck says.

Before the move, Erickson Realty & Moving Services staff came to the Schimecks house and helped them decide where their furniture would go in their new two-bedroom, two-bath apartment home. After the move, Moving Forward saved them hours of work by organizing their belongings.

"When we came into the apartment, the furniture was in place and the dishes were in the cupboard," says Mrs. Schimeck. "Mary had told us we could just come in and go to dinner, and that s about what we did. It was very nice."

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