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Critical guidance

Ashby Ponds provides coordinated resources for a successful move

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September 1st, 2016

“When I made the decision to move to Ashby Ponds, I was excited,” says Rune Foster.  “However, in my excitement I may have missed some important details if it weren’t for Personal Moving Consultant Elizabeth McCumiskey. She knew exactly what needed to be done and made sure it happened. She took care of my immediate and my future needs as a new member of the Ashby Ponds community.”

With more than $59 million in real estate sold last year by the real estate agents she recommends, McCumiskey is known for doing the heavy lifting when it comes to working with real estate professionals to prepare future community members for their move to Ashby Ponds, an Erickson Living community in Ashburn, Va. 

What’s her secret? 

“I want to make sure that everyone who wants to sell their house and move to Ashby Ponds can do so easily and with as little stress as possible,” says McCumiskey, who holds a degree in senior housing administration from George Mason University. For more than nine years she’s helped hundreds of people make a stress-free move to Ashby Ponds.

“I’ve learned that each move is different and equally important,” she says. “Whether moving from down the street or out of state, I’m able to coordinate the resources needed for a successful move.”

Recently, McCumiskey talked with the Tribune about the most frequently asked questions she receives from people who are interested in living at Ashby Ponds. Her answers provide insight into the powerful partnership between her and the many people she has helped move to Ashby Ponds. 

Tribune: The term “personal moving consultant” may be unfamiliar. Could you explain how you help people move to Ashby Ponds? 

McCumiskey: As a personal moving consultant,  my number-one priority is to make the move from an individual’s current house to Ashby Ponds as stress-free and seamless as possible. To do that, I first meet with people in their current homes to discuss their expectations and to create a comprehensive selling and moving plan based on their individual needs. 

During our meeting, I provide information on the wide variety of resources available through Erickson Realty and Moving Services, including real estate agents, downsizing experts, clean-out services, packers, and movers. Everyone I refer is screened and has worked with Ashby Ponds before. They have been handpicked because of the quality of services they provide. 

Whether people need a place to donate belongings during the downsizing process or they are concerned about how their treasured furniture will fit in their new home, I can help. 

They will also receive the best real estate market advice from our preferred real estate agents, all of whom come highly recommended and are top sellers in the area. 

The most important thing people need to know is that I will be with them through every step of the moving process. I make it my number one job to keep everyone up to date and stress free. 

Tribune: If someone is interested in working with you, what do they need to do?

McCumiskey: Working with a personal moving consultant is a key benefit of joining the priority list. Joining the priority list is easy and provides the peace of mind that comes with planning for the future. To join, members pay a fully refundable $1,000 deposit and a $150-per-person nonrefundable application fee. 

Not only do priority list members reserve their place in line for a future home at Ashby Ponds, they also receive invitations to special members-only events. I am present at many of these events to answer questions and provide greater detail regarding the services I provide.

Once a priority list member begins the move-in process, they may request my services. I will immediately schedule a time to visit with them in their home.

Tribune: Is now a good time to sell a house?  

McCumiskey: I tell people that the benefits of moving now are numerous. The current real estate market boasts low inventory coupled with low interest rates. That means there are qualified buyers looking for homes to buy. Many people tend to think of the spring months as the best time to sell a home, but with the coming of fall, not only is there less competition in the real estate market, there are also more serious home buyers.

No longer are people perusing their neighbors’ open houses or visiting just to “see what’s out there.” During the fall and into the winter, there are still many potential buyers, those with job transfers due by the end of the year and those who may not have found the right house during the competition-filled spring and summer months.

However, with an expert on your side, it is always a good time to sell your house in Northern Virginia. I’ve found great success helping people sell their homes and move to Ashby Ponds at all times of the year.

Tribune: Does Erickson Realty and Moving Services provide support to priority list members prior to the moving process? 

McCumiskey: Yes! Definitely. We schedule a number of seminars on a number of topics related to moving including downsizing, financial planning, selling your house, and choosing the right apartment home.

We also offer fun opportunities, including our annual home show in the spring and holiday luncheon in December.

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