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Expert Kelly Friend answers questions regarding Parkville’s most sought-after retirement community

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July 6th, 2015
Kelly Friend
Kelly Friend

Whether you’ve never set foot on Oak Crest’s campus or are already considering a future move, you may have more questions than answers about moving to one of Erickson Living’s most popular communities, located in Parkville, Md. 

To shed some much-needed light on the matter, we asked Oak Crest Sales Associate Kelly Friend to share the questions most commonly asked in her day-to-day interactions with active retirees. Here’s what she had to say:

Q: The homes at Oak Crest are referred to as apartments, but the financial setup sounds different from a traditional rental apartment. Can you explain the difference?

Friend: There are several major differences you should consider when comparing Oak Crest’s financial structure to that of a traditional apartment rental. 

First, the apartment homes at Oak Crest are a part of an inclusive monthly service package which provides far more than a traditional rental, as it includes nearly every utility and service used on a monthly basis. 

Oak Crest residents also have full access to a multitude of medical services on campus. 

The refundable entrance deposit ensures a home for life in which residents are supported even if they experience genuine financial difficulty for reasons beyond their control (carefully read the Residence and Care Agreement for full details). This provides peace of mind and is not available in traditional apartment rentals. 

Q: Is there a general rule of thumb to help determine whether or not I can afford Oak Crest? 

Friend: We generally find that folks who own a home can afford a move to Oak Crest. But that’s a general rule of thumb, as many people who are not homeowners have also moved to our campus. 

Oak Crest offers more than 100 floor plan sizes and styles, resulting in a wide range of affordable entrance deposits and monthly service packages. 

Because each person’s financial portfolio varies, we recommend meeting with a member of our sales team to review what options are available. 

Q: Why should I join the priority list now when I’m not even considering moving to Oak Crest for three to five years? 

Friend: I have seen firsthand the great benefits that come with being a member of the priority list. Because of Oak Crest’s high occupancy (currently, 99.3% of Oak Crest’s apartment homes are spoken for), the priority list offers the opportunity for people to plan ahead to ensure that the apartment of their preference is available when they’re ready to move. 

When apartments become available, we offer them based on the order in which you join the priority list. Priority list members are offered the first right of refusal on apartments of their specification. 

One major perk of being a priority list member is that members are entitled to a complimentary visit from Personal Moving Consultant Ashley Ruth. Additionally, we offer exclusive priority list-only events. 

Q: Why should I start downsizing now if I’m not planning on moving for another two years? 

Friend: Though there technically isn’t really a right or wrong time to downsize, we do encourage folks to get an early start when possible. Some people know that they will be moving to Oak Crest in the future and opt to get a head start and pace themselves. 

We encourage everyone to meet with Ashley Ruth for a downsizing strategy and planning session to work at a pace that is comfortable for them. That being said, others might prefer or need to move at a quicker pace. We have the support needed to help manage the downsizing process, regardless of the size of the job or how quickly it needs to get done.

Q: I heard that Oak Crest recently improved their technology infrastructure. Are there any other improvements on the horizon? 

Friend: Yes. Being on the cutting edge and providing services for current technology is important in attracting new residents to our community. We invested in a fiberoptic infrastructure that enabled us to install high-speed wireless Internet campus-wide. 

Internet service as well as landline telephone service is now conveniently included as part of our monthly service package. We also plan to expand our fitness and aquatics center, and to introduce even more dining options on campus.

Q: How can I find out more about Oak Crest and if it’s right for me?

Friend: Simply call the sales office. Sales Counselor Melisa Batac and I will work together to answer your questions and send your free brochure. If you choose, you can schedule a personal visit at your own convenience to tour the campus. It’s very low-pressure and easy to do.