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Trading up

The conversation that can change your life

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August 20th, 2013

Bill Jerram can pinpoint the moment his future changed. I was sitting in Jodie Schroeder s office when she asked if I was ready to move forward, says Bill. I looked at my wife Carol, and she had the same expression, as if to ask what I was waiting for. Schroeder, the sales counselor at Eagle s Trace, invited Bill and Carol to tour three available apartments at the West Houston Erickson Living community in December 2012. The couple had joined the priority list two years earlier, putting down a fully refundable $1,000 deposit to reserve the floor plan of their choice. We were initially interested in the two-bedroom, Jackson-style apartments, says Bill. But when Jodie showed us those three apartments, it was the Harrison that caught our eye. The two-bedroom, one-bath, Harrison-style corner apartment home featured an abundance of natural light, granite countertops in the kitchen, and decorative molding around the doorways. It was a former guest suite for priority list members. The moment Jodie showed us the apartment, we knew it was exactly what we wanted, says Bill.

Life-changing decision

For Bill, the pivotal moment came when Jodie asked about their next step. Jodie suggested we put our house on the market, says Bill. I thought, Absolutely not. The holidays were approaching, and we didn t want to show our house while our grandkids were visiting. Still, his own instinct and the expression on Carol s face gave him pause. We knew we wanted to move to Eagle s Trace, both as a gift to ourselves and as a gift to our children, says Bill, a retired human resources manager in the oil and gas industry. The friendliness of the place and the new continuing care neighborhood it all appealed to us. After some discussion, the couple decided to list their home in Highgrove Park, just minutes from downtown Houston, after the first of the year. Jodie recommended a real estate agent, Sandie Parker with Martha Turner Properties, who specializes in the Memorial area. That was a marriage made in heaven, says Bill. Sandie was fabulous to work with and very knowledgeable about our area.

Serendipitous turn of events

The couple planned to list their house on a Sunday afternoon in early January 2013. Sandie called on Saturday morning to say that she had four interested buyers who would like to look at the home. We told Sandie to show the house, even though it wasn t officially on the market, says Bill. The first people who walked through made us an offer above our asking price. It was serendipitous. Bill and Carol moved to Eagle s Trace on February 27. They closed on their Highgrove home the following day.

Just needed a nudge

We moved here with the idea that we re together, we re in good health, and if we want to travel we can lock the door and go, says Bill, who credits that late-December meeting with Jodie Schroeder for giving them the nudge to move forward. Visiting the community and sitting down with Jodie gave us the momentum we needed to begin the moving process, he says. It helped us identify the right apartment and put us in touch with a [real estate agent] who specialized in our neighborhood.

Trading up

Schroeder says that for many prospective residents, the value of a visit to Eagle s Trace can t be underestimated. Scheduling a time to visit Eagle s Trace allows you to experience the community and lifestyle firsthand, says Schroeder. You can choose to tour model apartment homes, learn about available apartments, and see the amenities offered in our clubhouse. Additionally, Schroeder says carving out an hour to meet with a member of the sales team allows prospective residents to get their questions answered in a pressure-free setting, either at the community or during a home visit. I ve helped countless residents trade their house for the Eagle s Trace lifestyle, says Schroeder. I can do the same for you.

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