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Setting the record straight

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June 14th, 2018
Susan Lemon poses in front of a lush green space

Susan Lemon says her move to Fox Run was easy thanks to professional assistance she received through the Erickson Realty and Moving Services program.

Deciding where to live for your retirement is a big decision—there’s no denying that. A lot of information exists about different living options and the many factors to consider. 

However, making this big decision is a little easier when you have all of the facts. That’s why we asked Fox Run Sales Director Allison Murphy to share the most common myths about moving to Fox Run that she hears from prospective residents.

Myth #1: “Fox Run is expensive.”

Truth: Fox Run was designed to be an affordable community with price points for almost every budget. Unlike many other communities, Fox Run offers a 90% refundable entrance deposit, which is refundable to you or your heirs, as per the Residence and Care Agreement.

“This is actually a benefit to most people because the entrance deposit allows our monthly fees to be lower than most other communities—in many cases, up to $1,000 less a month,” Murphy says.

Myth #2: “I’m not ready yet.”

Truth: “People often say, ‘I’m not ready yet’ because they think that Fox Run is a place you go when you’re too old to be active,” Murphy says. “This couldn’t be further from the truth.”

Fox Run has more than 750 different activities every month, which Murphy says makes it more like a college campus for older adults. Most community members come to Fox Run because they are looking for a more active life.

“Many folks come to us saying that, while living in their houses their entertainment was watching TV for several hours a day,” Murphy says. “After moving to Fox Run they take classes, go to the theater, learn languages, attend parties, exercise, and so much more.”

Community member Pat Kridler chairs a resident-run club called Your Own University (YOU), which puts on educational events throughout the year, such as thought-provoking film screenings followed by discussions.

“All the clubs here are designed by residents, which is remarkable and different than other places,” Pat says. “We have a remarkable staff, and there is an attitude of fun and kindness here.”

Myth #3: “My house is paid off, so I’m spending less to live there.”

Truth: Even if you’ve paid off your mortgage, it’s never really “free” to live in a house or condo. Whether you live in a single-family home or a condo, there are always expenses like gas, electric, and property taxes. Plus, homeowners have to contend with maintenance and repair costs for things like a leaky roof, broken furnace, or outdated appliances.

“When you live at Fox Run, you write one check a month, and it covers all those things,” Murphy says.

Myth #4: “If I move in, you’re going to increase my fees.”

Truth: Murphy says it’s natural to look for the “too good to be true” catch. The prices of everything—from property taxes and water to heat and food—tends to increase over time, wherever you live. But Murphy says Fox Run residents can count on stabilized pricing.

“At Fox Run, the economies of scale work in your favor. Because we are a large community and have so many residents, the increasing costs are spread out amongst many,” Murphy says. “This keeps our costs down. All costs, regardless of where you live, are going to increase year over year, but our historical averages have been very low.”

Myth #5: “Moving is hard; I have too many things.”

Truth: Moving isn’t fun; that is true. But the reality is that moving doesn’t get any easier as you age. Murphy says Fox Run realized a long time ago that planning and executing a move could be stressful for prospective residents, so they created Erickson Realty and Moving Services, a complimentary program to assist residents with every aspect of their moves.

“We can recommend a wide range of services that include things like downsizing, estate sales, consignment shops, dumpster companies, packers, mover, and real estate agents,” Murphy says. “The truth is, this could be the easiest move you’ve ever made. And best of all, if you use one of our preferred real estate agents, we will even issue a credit of up to $2,000 worth of moving costs to your account once you move in.”

Susan Lemon moved from a condo in Walled Lake to Fox Run in 2016. She says routine maintenance, like repairing light fixtures or plumbing, was becoming a burden for her.

Through Erickson Realty and Moving Services, Susan was connected with an experienced moving company that made moving day pleasant instead of stressful.

“I was settled very nicely almost the first day,” Susan says. “Moving was very easy.”