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More than real estate expertise

Cedar Crest's new personal moving consultant has what it takes

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November 26th, 2013
Anne Connor

Anne Connor has been assisting families with the daunting task of moving for nearly a decade as a corporate relocation specialist. When people ask me what I do, I like to say, I m in the people business, Connor says. I have a great amount of compassion and find it really rewarding to help people and make their lives better. This fall, Connor upped the ante by joining the Erickson Realty and Moving Services team at Cedar Crest, an Erickson Living community in Pompton Plains, N.J. As an integral part of Erickson Realty and Moving Services, Connor helps make selling and moving easier for people moving to Cedar Crest. Since 2008, Erickson Realty and Moving Services has centralized the expertise of real estate agents, stagers, and movers, simplifying the moving process.

Fulfilling needs

To simplify the moving process, Connor takes several to-dos off her clients plates. Those can include any or all of the following: Choosing a real estate agent Assessing the market and choosing a sale price Decluttering the house Disposing of unwanted items Deciding what furniture to take to the new home Staging the house for showing Choosing a moving company Coordinating the move I help guide clients along the stages of a move, as well as facilitate the move so they aren t overwhelmed, Connor says. Additionally, as part of Cedar Crest s Move On Us program, Connor provides her clients with a list of preferred real estate agents and moving companies. As a reward for using a recommended real estate agent, Cedar Crest reimburses new residents up to $2,000 of their moving costs.

Natural fit

I got interested in this type of work when someone referred me to the relocation specialist position because of my people skills and customer services strengths, Connor says. Now there are even more aspects of the job I enjoy and talents I can use to help people moving to Cedar Crest. For example, Connor recalls one of her first home visits to a woman who had no family to assist her with her move to Cedar Crest. I looked at myself as her adopted family, Connor says. I took it upon myself to check on her daily and make sure everything was going smoothly and she felt comfortable every step of the way. Having been in the field for seven years, Connor recognizes the struggles and fears associated with moving from one s lifelong home. It s not just about real estate, she says, it s about family and understanding their needs.