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Removing all obstacles

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November 23rd, 2009

When Bob and Ruth Sullivan listed their house in East China, Mich., We thought we d have two or three years before it sold, says Mrs. Sullivan. There are houses on our block that are still sitting after two years on the market. But two and a half weeks later, the first and only people to see the house made an offer. The Sullivans took advantage of Erickson Realty & Moving Services through Fox Run s Personal Moving Consultant Mary Wolfe, whose help is complimentary to priority list members. Wolfe provided names of real estate agents, moving companies, and auctioneers in the Sullivans area. The auctioneer sold Mr. Sullivan s collection of tools at a local auction house. The moving company, Professional Movers, really was professional, Mrs. Sullivan says. And our real estate agent was just marvelous. She was on the phone with me at least three times a day and kept us informed right along the line. She jumped through hoops to make sure this move was perfect.

A sale meant to be

The choice of real estate agent set things in motion. The Sullivans buyers, who lived in Canton, had come to St. Clair mainly for a crafts show at the mall but also for some house hunting. St. Clair is on the St. Clair River, and they wanted to retire near water. When they passed a realty office at the mall, they stopped in and met the Sullivans agent. We weren t home, and she knew that, Mrs. Sullivan says, but she told us later that she couldn t not show them the house. Why? It sits on the canal leading to the river. The house was clutter-free and depersonalized; at Wolfe s suggestion, the Sullivans had removed family photos from the dining room wall. But what sold it was the four-car garage with back doors opening onto the canal. It had room for the buyers boat, his motorcycle, their two cars and space to spare.

No challenge too great

Wolfe and the real estate agent worked together to make last-minute hurdles disappear. The contract on the Sullivans house stipulated immediate occupancy, and the contract on the buyers house did too. But the closing date for the buyers house wasn t clear, says the sellers agent, so we didn t know when they needed to move out. When the Sullivans moved their belongings to storage and announced that, until the closing, they d stay in their house with only air mattresses for furniture, the agent put them up at a hotel at her expense. They so badly wanted to get toFox Runthat they were willing to do anything, she says, but I wasn t willing to let them stay in their house under those circumstances. Through it all, Wolfe was calm and accommodating. Whenever I called Mary, says the agent, she d say, Just tell me what you need and we ll make it happen. The Sullivans reaped an additional benefit. Because they d used one of Wolfe s recommended real estate agents,Fox Run reimbursed them for up to $2,000 of their moving expenses.