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Priority planning

It’s never too early to prepare for your future at Greenspring

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April 12th, 2016
Greenspring Home Expo

Home Expo guests tour select apartment homes and get to know the people who live at Greenspring.

“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” —Alan Lakein

In every phase of our life, the more options we allow ourselves, the more freedom we have to make the choices that best suit our needs.

Recognizing the importance of planning ahead, more than 300 people joined the Greenspring priority list last year. In doing so, they reserved a place in line for the apartment home of their choice at this popular Erickson Living community in Springfield, Va.

Because Greenspring boasts one of the highest occupancy rates in the country, joining the priority list ensures that a home will be available to prospective residents when they make the decision to move, whether that’s in a year, five years, or more.

“In late 2007, friends of ours from our local church were happily living at Greenspring and suggested we join the priority list,” says Charlie Cleveland, who moved to Greenspring with his wife Louise in July 2014. “We were familiar with Greenspring but knew we were not ready to move yet. Even though it was years before we moved, we took our friends’ advice and joined. It was a simple way of insuring our future.” 

Down to the details

The first step to joining the priority list is to schedule an appointment with Sales Counselor Sheila Willing.

“There is never any pressure,” says Willing. “I want to make sure Greenspring is the right choice for our prospective residents as much as they do. Joining the priority list provides the time needed to learn more about our community, meet current residents, attend special priority list functions, and tour apartment homes.”

Those who decide to join the priority list pay a fully refundable $1,000 deposit and a $150-per-person nonrefundable application fee. 

Once this deposit is made, the date is noted as the member’s priority list date. Members are then encouraged to select a preferred floor plan that, once available, will be offered to them with right of first refusal based on their joining date.

There is no penalty should the preferred apartment home become available before a prospective resident is ready to move. It is simply offered to the next member on the list, and priority list status remains the same.

“My advice is to get on the priority list earlier than you think you need to,” says community            member Clint Lambert. “If you join at age 62, you will be at least three years and many spots ahead of someone who joins when they are 65. Thus, the chance of the apartment home you want being available when you are ready to move will be much greater.”

Priority access

In addition to helping secure a future home at Greenspring, joining the priority list opens up a world of exciting opportunities. Priority list members enjoy the use of Erickson Realty and Moving Services as well as the expertise of Personal Moving Consultant Anna Greves. She helps people moving to Greenspring prepare their house for sale, find the right real estate agent, and make a seamless, stress-free move. 

Prior to his 2015 move to Greenspring, Larry Ayers turned to Greves for help selling his home, packing, and moving.

“Anna [Greves] was a great help to me,” he says. “She not only put me in touch with a wonderful real estate agent who helped sell my home, she also provided invaluable downsizing advice. When you live in a house for more than 50 years, you have stuff you didn’t even know you had. She helped me decide what to bring with me and laid it all out on a floor plan of my new Greenspring home.”

Time to explore

Priority list members also receive exclusive invitations to special seminars and events designed specifically for their benefit, including topics on downsizing and moving. 

This month, members of the priority list will enjoy the popular Greenspring Home Expo, an opportunity to see real, lived-in homes, as opposed to homes decorated by professionals. Homeowners are available on-site to answer questions and share their experiences. 

“The Home Expo is not only a great way to learn more about Greenspring but also an opportunity to get to know the people who may some day be your neighbors,” says Willing. 

Priority list members are always welcome on campus and are encouraged to spend as much time as possible attending events, participating in activities, and meeting new people. Each member is given a coupon book with added incentives to come back time and time again, including complimentary meals, fitness center passes, and coupons to the hair stylist and barber.

“While on the priority list, I attended many events and took full advantage of all the resources available to me,” says community member Vernon “Jiggs” Kaliher. “I couldn’t be happier with my decision.” 

Jiggs’s neighbor Frances Huenemann agrees.

“Why wait when you are thinking about moving to a retirement community?” she says. “Greenspring has it all! The sooner you join the priority list, the sooner you can begin to enjoy any of the 200-plus activities and groups that interest you. And you can also forget about snow shoveling, leaky roofs, and other home maintenance. Instead, you’ll find yourself making interesting, new friends and having a wonderful time.”