Blog

 

  • Posted June 21st, 2016 by Clarissa Gregg
    No matter what stage of life you find yourself in, relocating is tough. Relocating as a senior comes with its own set of challenges. You may have been in your house for decades, and feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff you have collected over the years. You may feel worried that you won’t be able to get everything done yourself. You may not have a crystal clear picture of how real estate works. That is where Moving Station comes in. Why Moving Station? Why shouldn’t we just try to do...
  • Posted June 1st, 2016 by Clarissa Gregg
    Technology in Real Estate Times, they are a-changing! It used to be that the real estate agent that listed a home would be the main real estate agent showing the property to buyers as well. You may have seen other agents from your listing agent’s office coming through your home also. Agents used to comb through a huge book of listing printouts to determine what properties they would show their clients based on their buyer’s criteria. Well marketing and showing homes in today’s...
  • Posted May 10th, 2016 by Clarissa Gregg
    We recently assisted a homeowner who wanted to move to one of our partner retirement communities. Her home had been on the market for about 4 months when we began speaking with her. In those 4 months, there were only a couple of showings, but no real explanation why from her real estate agent. When this listing came to our attention, the first thing we noticed was that there were no interior photos! Having no interior photos can be a big red flag to buyers because it gives the impression that...
  • Posted May 4th, 2016 by Clarissa Gregg
    Many homeowners interested in getting a ballpark of their home value hop on the internet and end up on Zillow.com. But how accurate is their “Zestimate” compared with the true market value? There are a lot of factors that play into a property’s current value, such as square footage, lot size, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, condition of the home. Zillow looks at sales in a particular area and uses averages to come up with a value for a home in the same neighborhood. If that home is...
  • Posted April 20th, 2016 by Clarissa Gregg
    Confusing Real Estate Terminology Selling a home can be a stressful time and not knowing the terminology can make for an even more stressful and confusing situation. Moving Station has prepared a list of words and phrases that you may hear during the home sale process. Becoming familiar with these words will help prepare you to have a more comprehensive experience. Moving Station is with you every step of the way, and will be here to help explain these more confusing aspects of the real...
  • Posted April 1st, 2016 by Moving Station
    A woman was in danger of losing her reservation at one of our partner retirement communities. She deposited there in July 2013 and listed her home. After 198 days on the market, the home still hadn’t sold, and the community suggested that she consider using the Home Sale Program through Moving Station. She spoke with her Real Estate Counselor to learn the details of the program and met with the two agents hand-selected for her home. She liked both agents a great deal, and after some...
  • Posted March 18th, 2016 by Clarissa Gregg
    We assisted a senior couple with the sale of their home and it was a time-sensitive matter. Their chosen retirement community was only able to reserve their apartment for a short period of time before they would be moved back to the waitlist. As is often the case, the couple was depending on the equity from their home sale to fund the move and they were afraid they would miss the deadline due to a slow local real estate market. The property was located in a rural community where several...
  • Posted March 8th, 2016 by Clarissa Gregg
    We are often asked by the sellers we assist whether it is safe to have an open house and if we’ve ever heard of belongings disappearing while a home is on the market. While theft is extremely rare, it still makes sense to safeguard your home and yourself as people you don’t know walk through your property. Not only will it deter any potential thieves, but these tips will give you peace of mind as well. First, if it matters to you, pack it away. Store jewelry, smaller electronics,...
  • Posted March 1st, 2016 by Clarissa Gregg
    Have you considered the possibility that you may need temporary housing before you are able to move into your residence at your continuing care community? On occasion, the sale of your home may not coincide perfectly with the move into your new space. If that situation arises, you will have to consider the possibility of a short term move and temporary housing. When temporary housing is necessary to bridge the gap between the sale of your current home and your move into your new home at a...
  • Posted February 18th, 2016 by Clarissa Gregg
    Interviewing Professional Movers How do you choose movers? Hiring a dependable moving company is essential for an easy transition into your new living space. The following are some questions to ask and research to do before you make a decision. • How long has the company been in operation? • How long has the sales person or the person giving you the estimate been in the moving industry? • Is the quote binding (meaning will the mover stay within a close percentage, usually 5-10%, of...