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Couple sells home to grandchild

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January 25th, 2010

For Annie and Jack Haley, moving to Wind Crest was so easy they didn t even have to put their house on the market. The couple did what many are choosing these days and skipped much of the real-estate sales process by selling their house directly to a grandchild. It was a really convenient situation, Mr. Haley says. He had his eye on it for a while. Mrs. Haley, a longtime real estate broker, even helped handle the transaction.

Selling to family is smart

It just makes sense these days, saysWind Crest s Personal Moving Consultant Kate Dukes. With interest rates so low and so many young families entering the housing market looking for a home they can be confident was well cared for, why not sell to a family member who may have a sentimental attachment to the house? Sentimental value kept the Haleys who moved toWind Crestin mid-January in their house through the holidays. We didn t want to move until after Christmas, Mr. Haley explains. Annie s birthday is the 24th of December and all the children and grandchildren always stop over to wish her a happy birthday, so we wanted to do that one more time in the old house.

Time to retire

Despite all the memories it produced, the two-story Dutch colonial where the couple lived since 1963 was simply getting to be too much to look after. We had a good-sized yard, and it was just that time in life for us to retire and take it easy, Mr. Haley explains. As soon as we sawWind Crest, it fit just what we wanted. It had all the amenities and none of the work. The couple, with their grandchild buyer all lined up, even excused themselves from the hard work of moving boxes and furniture. We met with [Personal Moving Consultant] Kate Dukes a few times so she could assess what we needed and to pick out a moving company, Mr. Haley says. There wasn t a lot we had to do to get the house ready, Mrs. Haley adds. Really, it all took care of itself. Thanks to their maintenance-free lifestyle atWind Crest, now the Haleys have plenty of time to cook up a new tradition for Annie s next birthday.