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Smart snowbirds

Joining Devonshire’s priority list locks in plans for a future move

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March 21st, 2016
Devonshire Sales Counselor Donna O’Connor

Devonshire Sales Counselor Donna O’Connor

March and April are peak months for the sales office at Devonshire at PGA National, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Palm Beach Gardens. 

As interest in moving to Devonshire continues to increase, the number of available apartment styles decreases. So, as snowbirds prepare to head back north, a number of them are joining Devonshire’s priority list. 

Joining the list can help better ensure that they’ll move on their timetable.

The priority list, comprised of people who plan to move to an Erickson Living community, allows prospective residents to reserve their place in line for an apartment home that has their favorite features. All it takes to join is a fully refundable $1,000 deposit (Devonshire has waived the $150-per-person nonrefundable application fee).

When prospective residents submit their deposit, that date is noted as their priority list date. Once their preferred floor plan style becomes available, the sales team gives first right of refusal to priority list members based on their joining date.

Because the date never changes and never expires, being on the list is especially beneficial to people who don’t plan to move immediately. 

“We go through the list first when an apartment becomes available,” says Sales Counselor Donna O’Connor, “and our mix of styles can change at any time.”

In December, Devonshire’s available one-bedroom and one-bedroom-with-den styles were extremely limited. “So were apartments more than 1,900 square feet in size,” O’Connor says. “So I’d encourage anyone interested in those styles to join the list.”

Reserve, relax, return to a new home

Florida’s seasonal snowbirds, including some Devonshire priority list members, are preparing now to head back north for the summer.

O’Connor says that before they leave, a number of those priority list members will take the next step in moving to Devonshire by reserving the apartment they plan to move into when they return to Florida this upcoming winter. They’ll also select their finishes and arrange with Gayle Hills, Devonshire’s custom interiors manager, for any optional custom work.

“While they’re up north,” says O’Connor, “we’ll prepare their apartment to be just as they requested. When they return, either as snowbirds or permanent residents, they’ll move into a brand new home.”

Devonshire aims to please

Devonshire accommodates prospective residents just as it pampers its current ones. 

“When you reserve your actual apartment, it’s not like a seasonal rental where you have to accomplish everything at once,” O’Connor says. “From reserving to moving in is a process that usually takes two to three months, ample time to arrange your financial matters.”

In the same spirit that it pampers its current community members, Devonshire accommodates far-flung priority list members should their choice of apartment style become available earlier than expected.

The sales office will host them at Devonshire’s expense in one of its guest rooms. Priority list members can mingle with their future neighbors while they decide about moving earlier than they’d originally planned.

They can also finalize their design choices before they return home, confident that in a few short months their new home will be move-in ready, and they’ll become full-fledged members of the vibrant Devonshire community.