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Ask the moving expert

A one-on-one with Greenspring’s personal moving consultant

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May 8th, 2018
Personal Moving Consultant Anna Greves has helped hundreds of people move to Greenspring in Springfield, Va.

Personal Moving Consultant Anna Greves has helped hundreds of people move to Greenspring in Springfield, Va.

"Once we made our deposit, [Personal Moving Consultant] Anna Greves came out to our house to help prepare us for our move,” says Steve Arpee, who, along with his wife Janet, moved to Greenspring from their house in Washington, D.C., last year. “What we weren’t prepared for was just how helpful she would be. She was invaluable to us throughout the entire process.”

In the last year, Anna Greves and her team of trusted, recommended real estate agents have helped people sell $60 million in real estate and move to Greenspring, an Erickson Living community in Springfield, Va.

What’s her secret?

“It is my goal to ensure that everyone who wants to sell their house and move to Greenspring can do so easily and with as little stress as possible,” says Greves. “Each move is different and equally important. Whether moving from down the street or out of state, I’m able to coordinate the resources needed for a successful move.”

Good news travels fast. Last year, 97% of all new people moving to Greenspring elected to work with Greves.

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

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

Greves: As a personal moving consultant, it is my number one priority to make the move from an individual’s current house to Greenspring 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, cleanout services, packers, and movers. Everyone I refer is screened and has worked with Greenspring 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 every step of the moving process. I make it my top priority to keep everyone up to date and stress free.

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

Greves: 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. 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 Greenspring, 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?

Greves: 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.

The summer months are also one of the busiest times of the year when it comes to home sales. Many buyers are looking to find a new home and move in prior to the start of the new school year.

For many people, the largest obstacle in the way of beginning their new life at Greenspring is the sale of their current house. Our preferred real estate agents are intimately aware of the market and the neighborhoods where they are selling. As a result, the homes they sell currently average 16 days on the market compared to 46 days for those not using one of our preferred agents.

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 Greenspring at all times of the year.

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

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

We also offer future community members the opportunity to spend a night in our Live the Life suite, which enables them to “live” on campus. During their stay, guests enjoy access to the same amenities and services as Greenspring community members. They are encouraged to select activities that interest them and attend a club meeting, join residents for dinner, relax in the spa, see a show, or use the fitness and aquatics center.

An overnight stay provides our future community members with the unique experience of real life at Greenspring. I encourage everyone I meet to take advantage of this special offer.