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Power of partnership

Realty expert takes stress out of selling, moving

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April 26th, 2011

One of the biggest benefits of Erickson Realty and Moving Services is the one-on-one service and attention of the personal moving consultant. As Ashby Ponds personal moving consultant, Elizabeth McCumiskey, who holds a degree in senior housing administration from George Mason University, has been working with future community members for almost four years. I ve learned that each move is different and equally important, she says. Whether moving from down the street or out-of-state, I m able to coordinate the resources needed for a successful move.

Announcing Red Robin View! Reservations now being accepted for new apartment homes. Call Ashby Ponds today! 1-800-978-5167. McCumiskey talked with the Erickson Tribune about the most frequently asked questions she receives from people who are interested in living at Ashby Ponds. Her answers provide insight into the powerful partnership between herself and the many people she s helped make the move to Ashby Ponds. Tribune:The term personal moving consultant is unfamiliar; how do you help people make the move to an Erickson Living community? McCumiskey:As personal moving consultant, it is my number one priority to make the move from an individual s current house to Ashby Ponds as stress-free and seamless as possible. To do that, I first meet with people in their current homes to discuss their expectations and to create a comprehensive selling and moving plan based on their individual needs. During our meeting, I provide information on the wide variety of resources available through Erickson Realty and Moving Services, including real estate agents, downsizing experts, clean-out services, packers, and movers. Everyone I refer is screened and has worked with Ashby Ponds before. They have been handpicked because of the quality of services they provide. Whether people need a place to donate belongings during the downsizing process or are concerned about how their treasured furniture will fit in their new home, I can help. They will also receive the best real estate market advice from our preferred real estate agents, all of whom come highly recommended and are top sellers in the area. The most important thing people need to know is that I will be with them every step in the moving process. I make it my number one job to keep everyone up to date and stress-free. Tribune:How affordable is a move to Ashby Ponds? McCumiskey:Time and time again, I hear from current community members that living at an Erickson Living community is more economical than they imagined. In fact, many end up spending less per month than they did in their houses. When you account for home maintenance, repairs and upkeep, landscaping, HOA fees, and ever-changing utility costs in a house, those all add up. Ashby Ponds community members have a stable monthly fee that includes all these things plus extras like one meal a day in our restaurants, a 24-hour fitness center, indoor pool, and more. Tribune:How do you answer Is now a good time to sell my house? McCumiskey:I tell people the benefits of moving now are numerous. The current real estate market boasts low inventory coupled with low interest rates. What does that mean for you? It means that there are qualified buyers looking for homes to buy. This is especially true in the spring and summer months as families with children look to relocate prior to the beginning of the school year. Plus, many Erickson Living communities are offering great incentives right now. For example, if you move into one of Ashby Ponds currently available apartment homes, you can save up to $20,000. And with all the help that Erickson Realty and Moving Services provides, there s no reason to wait. Elizabeth McCumiskey can be reached at 1-800-978-5167.