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Custom-tailored plan leads to a home sale

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May 31st, 2009

By Jason Connors

Janie Martin had lived in her house in Houston for 30 years before moving to Eagle s Trace in October 2008.

Some Houstonians would fret about selling a house soon after Hurricane Ike and shortly before the holidays. Not Martin. She had a secret weapon Erickson Realty & Moving Services.

Personal attention

The backbone of the Erickson Realty & Moving Services program, which is available at all Erickson communities (including Eagle s Trace in Houston and Highland Springs in Dallas), is a personal moving consultant. This professional typically has years of real estate or moving experience and a network of handpicked real estate agents, moving companies, and downsizing businesses. Personal Moving Consultant Blaga Bayer, who assists those moving to Eagle s Trace, started working with Martin almost from day one.

"She had a beautiful home," Bayer recalls, "but there were some things we had to do to make it stand out."

To provide personalized support, Bayer, whose prior position was with an international relocation company, makes home visits to meet people moving to Eagle s Trace. After a conversation to determine where each client is in the home-selling process and to address their concerns, she develops custom-tailored plans. From her initial visit to Martin s house, Bayer wasted no time in putting together a plan that included recommendations for several upgrades.

In your corner

To give Martin a leg up on selling her house, Erickson Realty & Moving Services assisted with replacing the living room floor; removing drapes; stripping wallpaper; completely repainting; placing new tile in the downstairs bathroom and kitchen; installing a new mirror, light, and fixtures in the guest bathroom; and putting a washer and dryer in the kitchen.

"Blaga was very helpful in helping me sell the house," Martin says. "She did a wonderful job modernizing it. She is always cheerful and always thinking ahead."

After several promising prospects, "I sold the house!" Martin reports. "Now that it s sold, I can finally start participating in some of the activities at Eagle s Trace. A giant weight has been lifted from my shoulders."

Need help?

Erickson Realty & Moving Services is available to people moving to any Erickson community nationwide. It includes access to personal moving consultants who provide realty and moving resources, plus advice and assistance with every aspect of people s moves. To learn more about this complimentary service and how to get reimbursed for up to $2,000 in moving expenses, call 1-800-917-8643.