Smooth as silk

New Jersey couple sells house in six days with complimentary expert guidance

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March 15th, 2017
Joan and Ronald Hoke sold their Berkeley Heights, N.J., home in just six days

Joan and Ronald Hoke sold their Berkeley Heights, N.J., home in just six days.

It’s no wonder that Joan and Ronald Hoke sold their Berkeley Heights, N.J., home in just six days. They had the professional support to make the sale—and the selling process—as smooth as silk. 

Not everyone has the dream real estate team Joan and Ronald had. But lucky for them, hands-on real estate and moving assistance comes with choosing a home at an Erickson Living community like Lantern Hill, where they moved in September 2016.

Ready access to the experts

Each Erickson Living community has its own local personal moving consultant who provides complimentary coordination of all realty and moving needs, including downsizing, home staging, packing, and selection of a real estate professional.

Jennifer Kohan, personal moving consultant for Lantern Hill in New Providence, N.J., met with Joan and Ron in their three-bedroom ranch house prior to their move.

She came armed with a magnetic floor plan of their new apartment, toured the house, and noted which existing furniture pieces they wanted to bring with them to their new home. Then she measured the furniture and placed to-scale pieces on the magnetic floor plan.

“We were able to see where our furniture would fit [in our new apartment],” says Joan.

Kohan also recommended a real estate agent from Berkshire Hathaway who brought in a stager and made some recommendations on preparing the house for the market. 

“The real estate agent recommended we pull up the carpets and refinish the hardwood floors underneath because buyers want hardwood floors,” Joan recalls. 

They also repainted their master bathroom and had a prelisting home inspection, which would have identified any big-ticket repairs had they had any. As anticipated, their inspection, as well as the buyers’, only identified minor items. 

After the house sold, the Hokes’ four children took selfies in front of the house, a place their parents had lived for 57 years. 

The Hokes didn’t take their decision to move lightly—“It was a long process. It wasn’t a last-minute decision; we had been thinking about it for years,” Joan says. But they closed that chapter and have been making new memories at Lantern Hill.