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A second chance

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February 20th, 2017
Karin and Willy Goedeke take several cruises a year. They call their homebase—Seabrook, the Erickson Living community in Tinton Falls, N.J.—their “permanent land cruise.”

Karin and Willy Goedeke take several cruises a year. They call their homebase—Seabrook, the Erickson Living community in Tinton Falls, N.J.—their “permanent land cruise.”

Willy and Karin Goedeke may have been preparing to retire at Seabrook for ten years, but they almost let their ideal apartment home slip through their fingers. Luckily, they took advantage of a second chance and perfect timing to sell their house.

While living at Lakeridge, a 55-plus community in Toms River, N.J., Willy and Karin researched retirement living options. “About five years ago, we decided Erickson Living is what we like the best,” Willy says.

They joined the priority list and visited eight Erickson Living communities over the next five years. They toured apartments, attended luncheons, and talked with residents. They also participated in Erickson’s Live the Life program at its Florida, Texas, and Virginia communities so they could experience them overnight. 

Winnowing the field

During each visit, they took notes and narrowed down their choices of communities and apartment homes.

“Every time, we liked Seabrook the best,” Willy says. They decided the Harrison model apartment home—a corner, two-bedroom floor plan with one bath—was the perfect fit and even toured one that was available that day.

Yet they still weren’t quite ready to move—a decision they came to regret.

“We saw a Harrison patio model and loved it. But it was a little too early for us so we let it go. Later on, we were sorry,” Willy recalls.

But as luck would have it, a year later they got a phone call. The Harrison apartment directly above the one that got away was available. “We put a deposit down that day,” Willy says.

From that point on, things moved quickly. They moved to Seabrook before selling their house in Toms River and were able to list it at the end of February.
Using an Erickson Living-recommended real estate agent, they had a cash buyer within eight days. 

“I absolutely think getting the house on the market before the spring rush is beneficial,” Willy says, adding that life at Seabrook is just as freeing as they had hoped. 

“It’s a nice way to grow old without actually growing old,” he says.

Next month, read about how Willy and Karen get ready to travel the world—with a simple locking of their door.

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