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Rediscovering her passion

Sales Counselor Jodie Schroeder invigorated by her new role

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April 23rd, 2013

Jodie Schroeder was enjoying a successful career as a new home sales counselor when life took a turn. My parents were aging and needed my help, says Schroeder. I also had an elderly aunt who required care. I took a leave from new home sales to assist them. Schroeder, who worked with some of the top builders in Houston, including David Weekley and Highland Homes, found herself contemplating her next career move. I ran across an online posting for a sales counselor at Eagle s Trace, says Schroeder. When I read the job description, I realized it was exactly what I wanted. Schroeder joined the Eagle s Trace team in September 2012 as the community s new sales counselor and personal moving consultant. Working in new home sales was my passion, says Schroeder. Then I started caring for aging relatives. I realized there comes a time when the stress of owning a home weighs people down. I knew I had an opportunity to help people at a different stage in their lives.

Planning for the future

Schroeder says the new continuing care neighborhood at Eagle s Trace, offering assisted living, memory care, and post acute rehabilitation, solidified her decision to change careers. The continuing care neighborhood ensures that residents don t have to move again, says Schroeder. They can stay at Eagle s Trace regardless of any changes to their health care needs. In her new role, Schroeder helps prospective Eagle s Trace residents find the apartment home that s right for them. She also coordinates every aspect of their move, from finding a real estate agent to furniture placement in their new home. Jodie has been a great fit right from the start, says Sales Director Pam Burgeson. She s been in the business of helping people for a long time. And with her background in new home sales, she has the industry connections to help our residents make a smooth transition to Eagle s Trace.

Industry insider

Schroeder s real estate background has proved an asset in her new position. When I was in new home sales, I worked with [real estate agents] from Kingwood to Katy, says Schroeder. Now I m in touch with some of those same [agents] to help our residents move. Schroeder s services as a personal moving consultant are complimentary for anyone moving to an Erickson Living community. Her knowledge of home staging and furniture placement, as well as her connections with moving professionals, are invaluable when it comes to helping prospective residents sell their homes and settle into Eagle s Trace. I run into the same situation at Eagle s Trace that I did in new home sales, says Schroeder. People can t buy their next home until they sell their current home. Then, as now, I do everything I can to help clients sell their current home. Schroeder says her new role is more rewarding than she could have imagined. This is really more of a calling than a career or a job, she says. I know that I m making a difference in the life of every single person I touch.