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Abingdon Executive Director Kathy Kalck says the first event, on April 19th from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., is a great way for potential sellers to examine their approach to putting their home on the market.
Kathy Kalck who is the executive director of Abingdon at Tradition, a local retirement community in Port St. Lucie, Fla., says the report is consistent with the experiences of many of the older adults who finance a move into her community through the sale of their home.
"We have noticed a significant increase in traffic this spring as compared to last year at this time," Kalck said. "Overall, we are finding that when a home is staged and priced appropriately, it is selling in a timeframe that is shorter than the national average." According to a National Housing report developed by real estate firm Remax® in April of this year, the national average of "days on market" was 101. Days on market refers to the number of days between a house first being listed in an MLS and when a sales contract is signed on that house. Kalck says many older adults use their primary asset, home equity, to pay for a retirement living option and have been particularly affected by the housing downturn. Kalck says Members have been consistently able to shorten the sales cycle on their homes as a result of using these consultative real estate services. She recommends that homeowners try to view their home from a buyer's perspective when staging their home. She also encourages older homeowners to maintain their properties on a regular basis and to educate themselves about options such as "Why Wait" which allow them to take advantage of the benefits of moving to a retirement community while their home sells.
Executive Director Kathy Kalck says the community's purpose-based wellness programming addresses these needs by offering members alternative solutions to managing certain chronic diseases and by seeking to prevent avoidable health events such as falls.
If a negative health event is considered unavoidable, she says the programming seeks to reduce a member's length-of-stay in a long-term care setting. One program, called 'Tour de Cure,' incorporated the use of the recumbent bike, and strength and flexibility training to reduce or alleviate symptoms associated with Type 2 Diabetes. "These wellness programs are changing our members' lives," said Kalck.
Executive Director Kathy Kalck says the community will hire an additional wellness associate and add new programs for Members into the existing schedule to boost participation during the week and on weekends.
She says the expansion is the result of a growing demand for solutions to high-cost clinical care which older adults may need later in life. "We have found that by using tailored wellness programs we can substantially improve the quality and length of our Members' lives," she said.
Abingdon's Executive Director Kathy Kalck evaluated a number of programs before ultimately choosing QuickWitz.
"Our community offers a robust wellness program with the goal of improving both physical and mental health," Kalck said.