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Get ready for the spring selling season

Linden Ponds experts discuss spring real estate market, moving resources

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February 25th, 2014
Linden Ponds experts discuss spring real estate market, moving resources
Linden Ponds experts discuss spring real estate ma

Linden Ponds Sales Counselor Doris O’Keefe and Personal Moving Consultant Lynne Ford recently sat down with the Tribune to explain their roles in facilitating moves to the Hingham, Mass., Erickson Living community, recent observations of the real estate market, and what they expect to see this spring.

Q: As the sales counselor, what is your role at Linden Ponds? 

O’Keefe: I meet with prospects on a daily basis to tour our community, provide an overview of amenities and services, and answer their personal and financial questions.

Q: Under what circumstances do people typically meet you? 

O’Keefe: Prospects come in to meet with me when they are planning for the future, or their current situation is no longer the best option, or they want access to quality health care. They will come for a personal appointment and have different types of questions, needs, and moving timeframes. 

Linden Ponds offers a full spectrum of continuing care, which is attractive to diverse health care needs. I meet with people who are planners and want to narrow down their options for when the time is right—folks who know they want to be in a great environment that allows them to be independent and engaged while having the assurance of continuing care if they ever need it. 

Some are just tired of the house upkeep, snow shoveling, gutter cleaning, large heating bills, and want to live in a stress-free and maintenance-free environment. Of course, we want prospective residents to move to Linden Ponds and start enjoying all its benefits before their house stops being the best environment, or they start having driving limitations, or they feel isolated from family and friends.

Q: How has your background in real estate prepared you for this role? 

O’Keefe: As a real estate agent for the past 12 years, I understand that everyone has unique circumstances and needs that are part of the decision-making process. I spend time with each prospective resident to learn about their lifestyle and needs in order to effectively guide them to make the best decision for themselves. My background in real estate helps me to create an individualized plan to make each move a win-win situation.

Q: Lynne, what are your expectations for the real estate market this spring? What should sellers expect?  

Ford: According to Massachusetts Association of REALTORS (MAR), as we take a look back year-over-year, we find that home prices are on an upward trend. In many surrounding towns, the list prices of homes have increased 5% -15%. Real estate list prices are driven by local sold prices. 

We encourage people to take advantage of our Erickson Realty and Moving Services to be paired with one of our preferred local real estate agents, who will create a current market analysis of their house.

Q: What have you seen in the past year from the real estate market and people moving to Linden Ponds? 

Ford: Houses in Massachusetts and New Hampshire have shorter days on market, and house prices have increased while interest rates remain low. Houses that are priced right and show well have been under contract in days or just a couple weeks. 

Q: What is the inventory of available apartment homes at Linden Ponds and how can people secure themselves a spot in line for one? 

O’Keefe: We have a variety of one- and two-bedroom apartment homes available to tour. With more than 33 floor plans, you can be sure there is something of interest and within budget for those looking to make a move. 

We encourage prospective residents to join the priority list, which requires a simple application, a refundable deposit of $1,000, and a one-time, nonrefundable processing fee of $150 per person. Priority list members reserve a place in line for the apartment home of their choice.

Ford: Priority list members also have complimentary access to my services as personal moving consultant. I can recommend ideas for staging the house for sale and downsizing, plus offer referrals to our trusted vendors, including antique dealers, art dealers, consignment shops, movers, and real estate professionals. 

O’Keefe: Priority list members also receive invitations to monthly events and luncheons, so they can come and learn more about what Linden Ponds has to offer and hear from Lynne, real estate professionals, relocation experts, and moving companies. 

The sales team at Linden Ponds will help manage the process every step of the way. If you are considering selling your house this spring or summer, call us now to discuss your goals, and let’s create a plan for your future.

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