HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (September 14, 2017) – When Valeria Allen moved into Wind Crest she had one issue to deal with: the delicate move of her collection of Native American art from her former home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Her collection includes four Dominic Acqero paintings, five large and small storytellers, three kachina dolls, an Indian rug and seven black pots. She obtained most of the items in auctions in nearby Gallup.
Valeria turned to Erickson Realty & Moving Services, a complimentary program offered by Erickson Living, Wind Crest's management company that simplified her move from start to finish and made it possible to bring her collection – along with her beloved 200-pound Redwood table -- to her new apartment home.
Her move was coordinated by a personal moving consultant who leads a network of specially-selected real estate professionals, downsizers, home stagers, contractors, and trusted movers. Preferred vendor Colorado Hi-Tec Moving & Storage, an agent for Wheaton Van Lines, partnered with Erickson Realty & Moving Services to help Valeria plan for her move.
She moved from a 1,400-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom, townhouse to a 1,200 square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment. And she could not be more pleased.
Her former house sold in just five weeks. Her move to Wind Crest was accomplished in just two days. "The move went so smoothly," said Valeria, a former librarian. Everything was great. It was nice to not have to worry about anything."
Ninety-six percent of the 100 moves to Wind Crest during the first half of this year was done with the help of Erickson Realty & Moving Services. That percentage held steady throughout Erickson Living's nationwide network of 19 communities where a total of 1,068 moves took place during the same period. And the results are defining industry-setting trends.
"More and more people are using our realty and moving services program," said Wind Crest Personal Moving Consultant Beth Brandenburg. "Having their home completely unpacked on move day, enables incoming residents to begin embracing their new lifestyles immediately, which is a big appeal to most residents we are working with."
Brandenburg also said she is seeing more incoming residents bringing their pet dogs with them. "We love this because those of us who have dogs understand that dogs are just part of our family. We also feel that having a dog keeps everyone more active because dogs need to get out and walk, and the Hi-Line Canal that runs through our community makes for a great place to take the dogs for a walk."
Wind Crest and its sister communities nationwide are also seeing a trend towards embracing a simpler lifestyle. While some retirees still want to bring everything they own, many are ready to release their excess in order to obtain more peace and order in their new homes.
This year is projected to be a hot year for home sales nationwide. An increase in home buyers has resulted from millennials turning away from renting and being at a point where they can begin to buy. Moreover, home prices have steadily risen in the past 12 months and are anticipated to continue to rise. Consequently, home prices are now at near pre-recession marks.
"The economy has improved greatly, so there are many buyers ready and not enough homes available," said Brandenburg. "We have actually seen houses by incoming residents sell quickly, some in just one day.
"Our residents have done their homework and have prepared for their new lifestyles," she said. "They are appreciative of the assistance we can provide to them to make their moves as seamless and worry-free as possible."
Moreover, Douglas County's population explosion puts Wind Crest's in a good position for future growth. Douglas County's population estimate for January 1, 2017 was 336,000 persons, a 2.7% increase from the previous year's estimate of 327,230. According to the State Demography Office, the population age 60 and over increased 46% between 2010 and 2015, while the total population of Douglas County increased 12% during this time period. The State Demography Office forecasts a 32% increase in the population age 60 and over from 2015 to 2020, while the total population is expected to increase 10%.