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Sold in two days

The right help enables retired schoolteacher to follow her heart

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April 26th, 2011

Retired fourth grade teacher Anne Stricker does not consider herself a risk taker. So when she decided to sell her house of 53 years in a recovering real estate market and move to Oak Crest, an Erickson Living community in Parkville, Md., she was taking a leap of faith. I had been interested in Oak Crest for several years but never joined the priority list because quite honestly I wasn t aware of how affordable it was, says Stricker. But with friends already living at Oak Crest and other friends preparing to move, she found she just couldn t stay away.

Right back where she started

I looked at a couple of other places, but Oak Crest kept coming to the top, says Stricker. They just seemed to offer so much more than anywhere else. They were also offering perks like reimbursing a portion of my moving expenses. With her mind made up, Stricker, a first-time home seller, turned to Oak Crest Personal Moving Consultant Ashley Ruth to help her navigate the unfamiliar selling and moving process. Once she joined the Oak Crest priority list, Stricker was able to take advantage of the long list of complimentary services provided to prospective residents, including real estate agent referrals, packing and moving company recommendations, and help with downsizing. Ashley provided me with a list of companies and referrals Oak Crest works with to help me get my house ready to sell, says Stricker. After a few minor repairs, Stricker s house sold in two days. In November 2010 Sticker moved into her one-bedroom apartment home with a courtyard view. Throughout the process, everyone in the sales office kept saying Don t worry about anything; we ll work with you, Sticker says. Even my real estate agent said Don t put off your plans because you think the market is going to get better soon. It s not. I m so glad I didn t wait. I m very happy, she adds. I think living here adds years to your life because all the stress is gone.