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House-selling recipe a success

New Jersey man now enjoying life in new community

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March 27th, 2014
Cedar Crest resident shooting pool
Cedar Crest resident shooting pool

When Anne Connor tells her clients the real estate market is looking up—way up—she’s speaking from experience. 

Success stories like Karnig Thomasian’s abound at Cedar Crest, the Erickson Living community in Pompton Plains, N.J., where Connor works as a personal moving consultant.

With a recipe for success Connor often recommends to clients, Karnig sold his house before it even went on the market. Though he moved to avoid the concerns and burdens of a house, putting a little time and effort in before selling his single family house in River Edge, N.J., really made a difference. 

First, Karnig decluttered, creating a simple, fresh space. Second, he gave his house a deep clean. Third, he added a fresh coat of paint. And finally, he updated the heating system upstairs so it was more efficient. 

“I wish I had done all that earlier!” Karnig says. He settled into his new home at Cedar Crest on February 26, 2013. 

“Simple updates like Karnig made make such a difference,” Connor says. “You often don’t have to spend a lot of money to get your house ready for the market.”

Priority help available

Connor offers complimentary assistance to Cedar Crest priority list members to help take the stress out of moving. She helps them choose a trusted real estate agent, moving company, and other professionals. She gives suggestions on how to declutter and get a house ready for the market. She also provides an expert eye on the market to make sure a house is priced right. 

“At Erickson Living, we know how stressful selling a house and moving can be, especially if you’ve been in your house for 20, 30, 40 years. But that’s why I’m here,” Connor says. “I walk prospective residents through the process step by step so they can start enjoying a vibrant life at Cedar Crest as soon as possible.”

More than a year after moving, Karnig is more active than ever. He plays Ping-Pong, shoots billiards “with the boys every night,” teaches drawing, and is very active in the woodshop, where he donated some machinery and wood upon moving. 

“I really love it. I really do,” Karnig says. “I would say it’s even better than I thought it would be.”