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Q & A with Jodie Schroeder, sales counselor at Eagle’s Trace

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June 23rd, 2014
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Jodie Schroeder is a familiar face to anyone who has visited Trace. In her dual role as sales counselor and personal moving consultant, Schroeder helps seniors make the move to a vibrant, maintenance-free lifestyle at Eagle’s Trace. The Tribune recently sat down with Schroeder to find out what’s new at the West Houston Erickson Living community.

Q: Tell us about the available apartment homes at Eagle’s Trace.

A: Eagle’s Trace is nearly sold out, and we only have a handful of available apartments. That’s why we constantly stress how important it is to visit the community and start making plans now instead of sometime in the future.

Q: What do you think is fueling the rapid growth?

A: The Houston real estate market is booming right now. In 2013, home prices across Houston were up 9.4%. Inside Loop 610, home prices rose 12%, and between the Loop and Beltway 8, they’re up nearly 20%. People are making their move. It’s a great time to sell because homeowners are getting top dollar for their homes.

Q: But with such a limited inventory, how can prospective residents get the floor plans they want? 

A: Joining the priority list is the easiest and fastest way to get the most desirable apartments and floor plans. When prospective residents join the priority list by putting down a fully refundable $1,000, they let us know what floor plans interest them. We also make note if they have a preferred location in the community, whether a first floor apartment with a patio or an apartment with a lake view. When an apartment that meets those criteria becomes available, we give first right of refusal to our priority list members based on the date they joined the priority list.

Q: Do priority list members receive any additional benefits?

A: Yes, our priority list members receive exclusive invitations to events at Eagle’s Trace. They have access to our on-site medical center, including our two full-time physicians. And they’re the first to learn about special offers and new developments at the community.

Q: You also help with the moving process. Tell us about your role as a personal moving consultant.

A: People moving to an Erickson Living community have access to a host of resources through Erickson Realty and Moving Services, including the complimentary assistance of a personal moving consultant. 

When prospective residents reserve an apartment, I visit them in their home to assess their needs. I help them decide which furniture will work best in their new apartment. I can put them in touch with one of our preferred real estate agents who have experience helping seniors move. I can also recommend a stager and a moving company. My job is to facilitate the move and make the transition to Eagle’s Trace as seamless as possible.

Q: You just got your real estate license. How does that benefit you in your role as sales counselor and personal moving consultant?

A: I studied for my real estate license to better understand the ins and outs of selling a house. My goal is to be an advocate for our residents. I don’t list their homes—I refer them to one of our preferred agents—but having my real estate license helps me understand the market and industry trends.