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A very easy sell'

Realty and moving network key to effortless move

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November 26th, 2013

Maria Cudhea knew the North Dallas real estate market was hot, but she didn’t realize how quickly homes were selling until she listed her two-bedroom condo in Richardson.

“I met with Maria at the end of June to list her home,” says Robyn Carafiol, an Erickson Realty and Moving Services-recommended real estate agent. “It was under contract by July 1.”

“[Carafiol] knew of another real estate agent with an interested buyer. It was a very easy sell,” says Maria, a retired claims representative for Allstate Insurance. “I had a full-price cash offer before my condo officially hit the market.”

A speedy move

Fortunately, Maria was prepared for a speedy move, thanks to Erickson Realty and Moving Services, which guides prospective Erickson Living residents through the moving process.

Before the sale of her condo, Maria met with Highland Springs Personal Moving Consultant Gail Wrzesinski. In addition to Carafiol, Wrzesinski also recommended professional home stager Rita Steen.

“Rita made a few changes in furniture placement to make my condo appear more spacious,” says Maria. “I had my dining room table placed at an angle. She straightened it and the room did look bigger.”

The staged condo had the desired effect: “The buyer looked at the condo and made an offer,” says Maria.

With the condo sold, Wrzesinski put Maria in touch with a senior moving company.

“They treated my Rooms To Go furniture like fine antiques,” says Maria. “I was very pleased.”

Because she downsized when she moved to the Richardson condo eight years ago, Maria didn’t have to shed much when she moved to her one-bedroom, one-bath Brighton-style apartment at Highland Springs. But she did find a creative way to display her family photos.

“My daughters helped me combine family photographs into collages that look very nice in my new apartment,” says Maria.

‘Life is good’

“I made the decision to move to Highland Springs in April because I like having the amenities under one roof,” says Maria. “The friendliness of the residents was another draw.”

Now that she’s moved, Maria enjoys water aerobics two or three times a week and chair aerobics when she’s not in the on-site swimming pool.

“Life is good,” says Maria. “I’m thankful to Erickson Realty and Moving Services for helping me get here.”

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