Free Moving Services Program Offered by Sherwood Oaks

Selling your home and moving to a new residence can be a time consuming and overwhelming process. Having the expertise of professionals who are knowledgeable about the real estate market, enhancing the look of your property, and assisting with the organizing and moving services can make all the difference. That’s why Sherwood Oaks retirement community has unveiled a new moving services program to assist incoming residents to our retirement community. And, the program is free.

“The goal of the program is to help new residents maximize the profit on the sale of their home and experience a smooth transition when settling into their new retirement residence at Sherwood Oaks,” says Katherine Vojtko, Vice President of Sherwood Oaks. “The program is free and open to Sherwood Oaks clients who are preparing to sell their home. Residents can take advantage of the many program benefits that cover home selling, moving and organizing help, and financial services.”

Two top area realtors, Howard Hanna and Prudential Preferred Realty, have been selected to participate in the Sherwood Oaks Program as Preferred Realtors. Both companies are well-established and each have certified Senior Real Estate Specialists who are trained to navigate the market and counsel 50+ clients through major lifestyle transitions involved with relocating and selling the family home. Both companies offer similar advantages and will rebate the home seller 10% of the gross commission on the sale of the home.

To participate in the Preferred Realtor portion of the program, an approved resident must pre-register for the program and use one of the participating real estate companies.

Additional program benefits:
A free home staging evaluation to enhance your home’s appeal to buyers. You will receive expert advice for getting your home in prime showing condition. Simple solutions like removing clutter, rearranging furniture and freshening paint colors can make a big impact. Using principles of function, flow and design, staging professionals will provide tips that will help make a home market-ready and appealing.  Click here to read about more staging tips.

Receive up to five free hours of a professional moving organizer’s time to help you manage packing, organizing, and unpacking at your new residence. Who couldn’t use help to get the packing process started and keep it organized?  And since the moving organizer is familiar with Sherwood Oaks residences, you’ll get the added bonus of advice about specific furniture pieces and placement at your new residence, too.

Special financial services including the choice of three Sherwood Oaks refundable entrance plan options. Depositors who participate in Sherwood Oaks’ Preferred Realtor program may be eligible for a bridge loan for all, or part, of the entrance fee.

Katherine Vojtko says the program streamlines a complicated process and makes it easy for residents to begin retirement life at Sherwood Oaks retirement community. “It is one of the best move-in packages for a retirement community in Western Pennsylvania.”

To register or learn more about the Moving Services Program, contact the Sherwood Oaks marketing team at 1-800-642-2217.

Sherwood Oaks Offers an Unbeatable Move-In Program

Selling your home and moving to a new residence can be an overwhelming process if you’re not prepared. Having the experience of professionals can make all the difference.
“The goal of the program is to help new residents maximize the profit on the sale of their home and experience a smooth transition when settling into their new retirement residence at Sherwood Oaks,” says Katherine Vojtko, Vice President of this retirement community PA. “New residents can take advantage of the program benefits, many of which are free, that cover home selling, moving and organizing, estate sales and interior design services.”
Contact this retirement community PA, Sherwood Oaks, and schedule a visit and tour to find out more about how we can help make your move an easier transition with our move-in program. (800) 642-2217.

Continued Learning at Sherwood Oaks

This time of year something special happens at this Retirement Community PA,
Sherwood Oaks. The Continued Learning Committee present their highly popular
schedule of classes. All classes are free and begin at 10:30 a.m.
(unless otherwise indicated). All are open to the public.
Call (800) 642-2217 to register for any of these free classes.
October 3, 10, 17 & 24….. Dr. Bill Markus, retired Chair of the Political
Science Department at Duquesne University,
shares his keen observations of world events.
October 4 ……………………… Musician and teacher Jno (John) Hunt will
present a program on “Tin Pan Alley” musicals.
October 5 ……………………… Pittsburgh History and Landmarks
Association, “Celebrating Pittsburgh.”
October 11 ……………………. Jerry Andree, Cranberry Twp Manager.
October 12…………………….. Gerry Frankovich presents
“The Story of Football.”
October 12 ……………………. Sherwood Oaks resident discuss current events
in a program titled “News and Views.” 4 p.m.
October 18…………………….. David Newell shares his recollections as
Mr. McFeely from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
October 19…………………….. Krista Ball discusses how The Caring Place
helps children (and adults) cope with grief.
October 25…………………….. Gary Augustine discusses “the Civil War:
Causes, Courses and Legacy.”
October 26…………………….. Civil War re-enactor Susan Thomas showcases
“Belle Boyd, Confederate Spy.”
November 13 & 14………… AARP Driver Safety Class. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$12 for members, $14 for non-members.

Want to learn more about this active Retirement Community PA? Call for more information or a tour! (800) 642-2217.

What is the Difference Between Lifecare and Rental?

What is the Difference Between Lifecare and Rental at this Retirement Community in PA?

Our research has shown that most people move to Sherwood Oaks because of Lifecare. They want to know that they have guaranteed healthcare from a quality provider at this retirement community in PA, and are willing to pay a refundable entrance fee for this assurance. Lifecare gives seniors peace of mind because they don’t have to worry about paying high “out of pocket” costs for nursing care.

However, many seniors want all of the amenities of Sherwood Oaks without the entrance fee, and they choose our Rental program. The Rental program gives residents a beautiful place to live and all of our amenities with a month-to-month rental contract. Rental fees are affordable, and seniors choosing this option enjoy priority access to continuing care, if needed in the future.

Email Sherry Cook cookca@sherwood-oaks.com or call her at (800) 642-2217 if you’d like to learn more about these options at this retirement community in PA.

Meet One of Our Residents

Tom Shepard visited 15 retirement communities, took copious notes, and built a weighted decision analysis in Excel. So he was pretty certain he’d made the right decision when he moved to this retirement community pa, Sherwood Oaks. “I found Sherwood Oaks to be the best in terms of facility, services and financial strength of some 15 retirement communities I visited,” says Tom. “An added advantage is that it’s close to my daughter’s home.”

His biggest concern, however, was whether he would tolerate the northern winters at retirement communities in pa after a lifetime of living in the south.

Tom has found this retirement community pa, Sherwood Oaks, to be even more than he expected. He enjoys singing, reading, woodworking and physical fitness activities, and a very warm winter coat has helped him adjust to Pittsburgh’s climate.

If you would like to tour this retirement community pa (Sherwood Oaks), contact Sherry Cook at cookca@sherwood-oaks.com or call 800 642-2217 to schedule a tour.

Continued Learning Classes at this Retirement Community in PA

In the last blog we listed five of the most popular classes offered by the Continued Learning Committee at this retirement community in PA, Sherwood Oaks. Continued Learning offers a free series of discussions, programs, lectures and demonstrations designed to provide a forum for continued personal learning, growth and development. We didn’t have space for all ten in the last blog, so here are the remaining classes. These programs at this retirement community in pa are open to non-residents as well, so call us at (800) 642-2217 if you would like to attend.
1. Politics – It’s an election year after all, and understanding the political arena leads to better informed voters.

2. Gardening – for those who have or want a green thumb, there are plenty of helpful gardening tips.

3. News & Views – This fun and interactive program offers open discussion about the most up to date stories covering today’s news.

4. Local Interest – Find out about places of interest in Butler County, trailblazing women of Pennsylvania, and the Meadowcroft Rockshelter in Washington County, to name a few.

5. Collections – Attendees get to see fascinating collections of unique items like vintage jewelry, world artifacts and whimsical compilations gathered by resident collectors.

HOW AM I GOING TO SELL MY HOUSE?

With effective mortgage rates below 4%, and Pittsburgh’s unemployment rate below 7%, it may not be as challenging as you think to sell your home and move to retirement communities in pa. Real Estate in Pittsburgh is booming, very few homes are on the market for longer than 30 to 45 days.  The theory of supply and demand is never more prevalent than today in the real estate market.  Today’s sellers are netting a larger percentage from the sale of their homes because of low interest rates, and the strong supply of first time buyers and transferees.

If you are like most Sherwood Oaks clients, it’s been years since you’ve sold a home.  So, it may be interesting for you to learn that you should have a home inspection before putting your house on the market.  This gives you more control over the sale when the sales agreement is presented.

At this retirement community pa, we at Sherwood Oaks have been helping seniors sell their homes for many years.  Our Preferred Realtor program puts you in touch with a realtor with specialized training.  Once you have listed your house, you may want to use an estate and household sales specialist, and we can recommend a good one.  Another person you can take advantage of – for free – is an organizer who Sherwood Oaks pays for. He will help you clean out attics, garages and closets, and also be present on the day of your move to unpack and hang your pictures. Call us for more information! 800 642-2217

Are Retirement Communities Financially Stable?

It is important for seniors to ask careful questions as they consider which retirement community is best suited to their needs.  Some recent newspaper stories have asked if retirement communities in PA are financially stable. Sherwood Oaks willingly answers inquiries about our financial stability as a retirement community-PA facility. We believe that Sherwood Oaks is among the financially strongest retirement communities in the region because:

  1. The Sherwood Oaks Retirement Community has successfully operated for 28 years.  We are proud of the good reputation that we’ve established, especially in the North Hills and Cranberry Township areas.
  2. The Sherwood Oaks audited 2009 financial statements show positive net assets of $5.5 million.  Audited statements for FY 2010 will be released soon, and they are expected to show strong operating income, positive investment returns, and continued investment in capital assets.
  3. Resident satisfaction at Sherwood Oaks, as measured by an outside consulting firm, shows that residents have rated Sherwood Oaks as exceeding national benchmark scores for many years.
  4. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center UPMC is our parent company and one of the most financially sound organizations in the region.
  5. Sherwood Oaks is one of the few retirement communities PA has that is fully accredited by the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission, www.carf.org.  We have achieved this mark of distinction and maintained it since1993.

Experts have commented that retirement communities in PA requiring an entrance fee present a risk, “perhaps a little risk, but still a risk.”  Although this is true with any endeavor, we would point out that not living at Sherwood Oaks presents a risk, too.  We believe that the enjoyment of the amenities, physical security, and the knowledge that unlimited continuing care is guaranteed at Sherwood Oaks far outweighs the small risk.

Please contact our marketing office at 1-800-642-2217 if you have questions about Sherwood Oaks. We are happy to provide any information you may need about all aspects of our retirement community and the many entrance options available at Sherwood Oaks.

It is important for seniors to ask careful questions as they consider which retirement community is best suited to their needs.  Some recent newspaper stories have asked if retirement communities in PA are financially stable. Sherwood Oaks willingly answers inquiries about our financial stability as a retirement community-PA facility. We believe that Sherwood Oaks is among the financially strongest retirement communities in the region because: