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Depersonalizing reaps rewards

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May 31st, 2009

For Mary Felsenberg, the decision to move to an Erickson community meant readying her Minnesota condominium for the market.

While the condo was in good shape, she made some minor modifications before potential buyers began coming through.

"I put away the small pictures and things that I had just sitting around," says Felsenberg, who now lives at Linden Ponds.

A clean slate

Real estate professionals, including Linden Ponds Personal Moving Consultant Lynne Ford, stress the importance of depersonalizing a space before showing it to potential buyers.

While Felsenberg tucked away most of the sentimental objects, she left a few artistic pieces up to anchor the space. On an otherwise plain wall of a hallway, Felsenberg kept a framed photo of her children when they were young. She also displayed a framed magazine centerfold of herself and her husband while on a trip to Arizona. And elsewhere, she featured a photo of penguins taken by her daughter, who is a professional photographer.

Felsenberg knew to keep her condo "open and airy and bright," she says, a piece of real estate advice often touted by Ford, who helps those thinking about a move to Linden Ponds through the process.

"Depersonalizing is easy," Ford says. "Remove or lighten up on family photos and grandchildren s art projects that are taped to fridges or around the home. Tuck away collections like stuffed animals, memorabilia, toby jugs, and Hummels," she adds.

New memories

Coming from Minnesota, Felsenberg left behind many of her items but gained proximity to her three children. And in the less than two years since she arrived at Linden Ponds, where she didn t know anyone, Felsenberg has made herself quite at home.

She is a regular card player who often attends the social hours in the community s Acorn Pub. Each night she has dinner with friends, and once a month she has dinner with the others who live on her floor.

"I had no friends here when I came, and when I went into the hospital in August, I had 125 cards and gifts from people," she says. "You can make [friends] here very easily."