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‘Meant to be’

Kansas woman trades home hassles for easy living

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July 23rd, 2013

When Mary Lou Finch contemplated moving from her Overland Park home of 18 years, she dreaded what she thought would be a difficult undertaking. I couldn t have been more wrong, says Mary Lou, who moved in May to Tallgrass Creek, the Erickson Living community in Overland Park, Kans. From the day I first looked at Tallgrass Creek until the move was actually complete, everything just fell into place. It seems meant to be. She gives credit for her stress-free move to Tallgrass Creek and its Erickson Realty and Moving Services program, which offers incoming residents complimentary move coordination and referrals to trusted real estate and moving professionals. I d gotten to the point where I didn t want to deal with a large home and all that goes along with it, says Mary Lou. I had friends at Tallgrass who were very happy, so I picked up the phone and called Judy Baxter. Sales Counselor and Personal Moving Consultant Judy Baxter showed Mary Lou a freshly updated two-bedroom apartment. She loved it so much that she signed on the dotted line that day, even before her house was listed for sale.

Cue the experts

Baxter recommended local real estate agents Ron and Joan Yaffe, and Mary Lou soon had her house on the market. The Yaffes were so helpful, says Mary Lou. My home sold for the asking price within 24 hours. I was thrilled. Baxter then connected Mary Lou with local downsizing expert Linda Scardino. Linda made a trying experience more comfortable and frankly, enjoyable, says Mary Lou. There is something about getting rid of unneeded stuff that is very liberating. In a matter of weeks, Mary Lou was packed and ready to go. On moving day, the local moving company Baxter recommended made the final transition seamless. Mary Lou was pleased with how careful they were with all of her cherished belongings. With home maintenance worries behind her, Mary Lou is now enjoying the ease of living at Tallgrass Creek. She still marvels at how easy it was to get there. When I think of my move, the word that comes to mind is amazing, says Mary Lou. The folks here really know how to get the job done.