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Retirement expert explains how preparing ahead can benefit you now and in the long run

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June 30th, 2016

Have you been thinking about exploring retirement living options, but you’re unsure where to start? Many local retirees say that one of the easiest ways to learn more about Charlestown, the Erickson Living community in Catonsville, Md., is to join the priority list. Members have opportunities to visit the community, interact with current residents, and tour the campus. 

To provide you with even more information, the Tribune recently asked Charlestown Sales Counselor Molly Bowman to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the priority list. Here’s what she had to say:

Q: I’ve heard about the priority list, but I’m not sure what it is. Can you tell me about it?

A: The priority list secures a position on our waitlist for an apartment home. We will notify you when your desired apartment styles become available. 

We encourage prospective residents to join the priority list, which requires a simple application, a refundable deposit of $1,000, and a onetime, nonrefundable processing fee of $150 per person.  

Q: What are the benefits of joining the priority list?  

A: There are many benefits to joining the priority list at Charlestown. They include invitations to members-only events, advance notice of special savings, and first right of refusal when a desired apartment home style become available. Priority list members can also transfer their membership to another Erickson Living community. 

Our Live the Life program is available to priority list members, which allows them to sample life at Charlestown for three days and two nights in our beautifully appointed guest suite with access to community amenities and activities.

One of the biggest advantages comes at moving time. Priority list members have access to Erickson Realty and Moving Services to help them downsize, choose a real estate agent and moving company, and plan the furniture arrangement in their new home, among other helpful services. 

Q: What is Erickson Realty and Moving Services, and how can priority list members take advantage of it?

A: Priority list members have complimentary access to planning services from Personal Moving Consultant Vera Ballard. She conducts home visits and can recommend ideas for staging the house for sale and downsizing, plus offer referrals to our trusted vendors, including antique dealers, art dealers, consignment shops, movers, and real estate professionals.  

Q: What kinds of events will I be invited to if I join the priority list?

A: Priority list members receive invitations to monthly events and luncheons so they can come and learn more about what Charlestown has to offer. Our events vary from financial roundtable discussions to health and fitness events, and presentations from our Erickson Realty and Moving Services team, who share best practices from real estate professionals, relocation experts, and moving companies. 

Q: How will being a member of the priority list help me decide if I want to move to Charlestown?  

A: People often tell me that they are not ready but just want to “put a plan in place” or “kick the tires” or “do their homework.”  

It’s never too soon to start your research. You deserve the opportunity to see what option works best for your needs. Being on the priority list gives you access to our gated community, access to our rehabilitation center, access to explore both of our expansive clubhouses and to attend community events. 

Q: I’m not ready to move yet. Should I still join the priority list? 

A: If you are thinking of other living situations, then you are ready to put a plan in place. Our priority list members get the chance to meet their future neighbors, share in hobbies and group activities, partake in Lifelong Learning lectures, and experience many of the other benefits of being a Charlestown community member. 

We want you to have the opportunity to make friends and connections before you move to Charlestown so that you will have a network of friends already awaiting your arrival. 

Q: I want to join the priority list. What should I do next?  

A: Give us a call at 1-800-481-0935 to request a priority list application. You can either bring the completed application to Charlestown or mail it back to: Charlestown Sales and Information Office, 715 Maiden Choice Ln., Catonsville, MD 21228.