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Almost a superhero: Judy Baxter handles all things 'moving'

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August 25th, 2009
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Folks can now get answers to all their questions about Tallgrass Creek, the local real estate market, or Erickson Realty & Moving Services by meeting with just one person Judy Baxter. With me wearing two hats, says Baxter, we ve simplified and streamlined the process for people to move to Tallgrass Creek. The community s personal moving consultant since spring 2007, Baxter officially donned that second hat last month when she also became Tallgrass Creek s retirement counselor. Very much a mentor Prospective residents already know her through Erickson Realty & Moving Services. As a personal moving consultant, her complimentary assistance is available to everyone on the priority list and includes access to a trusted network of downsizing, real estate, and moving professionals; a home visit with specific advice about staging a house; and a guarantee she ll stay in touch to ensure a simple and stress-free move. As retirement counselor, she ll provide the same level of personal attention and helpfulness. From the time we decided to move, we put our life in Judy s hands, says Marlene Graham. She and her husband moved to Tallgrass Creek this July. Because they had lived in their house for 41 years, moving seemed like a new experience. Judy was very much a mentor, says Graham. She d say, Keep me in the loop. So whatever my concern was, I d call and ask her advice and she always made me feel that my problem was her problem. I know we weren t the only people moving, but she always made us feel as if we were the only people she needed to be concerned about. And she never rushed us. A mover s survival guide When priority list members reserve their particular apartment home, Baxter gives each a personalized and comprehensive notebook of information. She developed it from her own experience. Her family has made six moves in 20 years, half of them cross-country. And her most recent local move was just eight months ago. The notebook lists a timeline of things to do, up to and including moving day. It also contains the names of the professionals in the Erickson Realty & Moving Services network, contact numbers for canceling utility services, a U.S. Postal Service change of address packet, and forms new residents might need to fill out. Some people refer to the notebook as their survival guide, Baxter says. Everything I needed to know was in there, agrees Graham. Judy didn t miss a trick. All s well that ends well Following Baxter s advice, the Grahams asked pointed questions of the real estate agents she recommended and were thrilled with their choice. They received a contract on their house in just ten days! And their agent even packed some of the Grahams extra belongings into her SUV for personal delivery to their apartment home. Graham didn t realize just how many things they were moving to their new address the movers carried boxes in faster than family members could put items away. Before she knew it, We d lined both sides of the hall, down to the next apartment, Graham says. It was laughable. But Baxter again saved the day. Judy loaned us a room to store things in. In all, she says, We had such a positive experience. And it all began with Judy.

"From the time we decided to move, we put our life in Judy s hands," says Marlene Graham. She and her husband moved to Tallgrass Creek this July. Because they had lived in their house for 41 years, moving seemed like a new experience.

"Judy was very much a mentor," says Graham. "She d say, Keep me in the loop. So whatever my concern was, I d call and ask her advice and she always made me feel that my problem was her problem. I know we weren t the only people moving, but she always made us feel as if we were the only people she needed to be concerned about. And she never rushed us."

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