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How to sell your house in one day

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April 27th, 2010

John Carle opted to move to Greenspring before his house sold. I had a good friend living here plus a cousin and his wife, he says. I d seen a lot of other places, and this is where I felt most comfortable. But when a year went by and Carle s house still hadn t sold, he knew he needed help. It was then that I spoke with Greenspring s Personal Moving Consultant Anna Greves, he says. She introduced me to Erickson Realty & Moving Services, and then everything began to change for the better. Despite its location in the sought-after neighborhood of Old Town Alexandria, Va., Carle s house wasn t attracting prospective buyers. Changes in the real estate market had made it hard not only to predict what buyers were looking for but more importantly, what they were willing to pay. The first thing Greves did was put Carle in touch with a highly reputable real estate agent who was familiar with the neighborhood and had helped many Greenspring residents sell their houses. Then Greves offered cosmetic suggestions like house cleaning, painting, and making small repairs to the outside staircase. We also planted some flowers in his yard and gave him information on pricing according to the market, says Greves. He listened to all our suggestions, and we went to work. The most important thing they taught me was to be realistic, says Carle. Both Anna and my agent did a wonderful job. They were energetic, efficient, and really got things moving quickly. Heeding the professional advice paid off. Carle s house sold for his asking price in less than one day. I was very happy, says Carle. Erickson Realty & Moving Services was able to do in one day what I hadn t been able to do in a year. With the burden of selling his house lifted, Carle moved into a larger apartment home at Greenspring and has been able to devote more of his time to activities he truly enjoys. My biggest problem is saying no, he laughs. Carle stage-managed the Greenspring Players most recent play, provides musical direction for the chimes and recorder groups, and volunteers with the library committee. He also makes time for ballroom and line dancing. When I meet people considering a move to Greenspring, I always offer two pieces of advice, says Carle. First, don t wait too long. Come when you can establish friends and community. Second, don t be afraid of this move. It s like moving into your own condo, except that you have lots of amenities at your fingertips. And thirdly, if you need help moving, contact Anna Greves. She and Erickson Realty & Moving Services provide wonderful, expert advice and guidance. I am very happy with the help I received.

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