Part 8: Miracles Do Happen!

In late August, a lovely senior couple, referred by a neighbor, visited my condo and made a bid — in 45 minutes. The couple, apparently rapid decision-makers, had done their homework, knew the neighborhood and available condos for sale, and offered a contract. Nine months without a serious looker, then one buyer in 45 minutes! Yes, miracles do happen.

Three weeks have passed, documents have been delivered to the mortgage company and a deposit is on hold by my realtor. The dollar amount offered by the prospective buyer is considerably less than the amount owed on the condo. This is called a “Short Sale.” Marsha, a Joan’s Journeyer from Houston, responded to an early blog and informed us of this type of sale. Thank you, Marsha.

Moving On Up

The difficult task now is to wait for the mortgage company response and to downsize the items I’ve avoided losing. Each item needs a photo and descriptive tag for the second-hand furniture shop. One tag reads, “For sale: Two matching dark wood cocktail tables with black tops, CAT not included.”

One of the criteria I had for choosing senior housing is that the senior community allow pets. I love my cat, Mia, and enjoy visiting with other pets out and about in permitted areas. For readers with pets who are exploring senior housing, I suggest you learn the residence’s pet policy early in your search. The counselors at are very helpful with this information.*

Remembering Hurricane Isaac

I want extend condolences to the victims of Hurricane Isaac, which recently poured across the state of Florida and flooded and plundered parts of Louisiana and Mississippi. A CNN report said an elderly couple in Mississippi who did not survive the storm were found in their kitchen in eight feet of water. The CNN reporter noted that if the elderly couple had climbed to their attic and escaped to the roof, they may have been saved.

Great advice but an unlikely possibility for most seniors. As gruesome as this tragedy is to recall, the anecdote reiterates the importance for seniors to have a personal disaster plan. Safety, security and wellness are very strong reasons I will move to senior housing.*

A New Adventure

Readers, exciting times are immediately ahead. In my next installment of Joan’s Journey, I’ll share real-life experiences at the Village of Northridge: the amenities, nutrition, wellness, cultural and social activities, residents, staff and atmosphere of senior living.


*For more information about pet-friendly senior living, see our article on “A Senior Living Dilemma: To Move or Not to Move With Fido.” To read more about Joan’s experience with surviving a storm, see her post on the blog.

Joan London, an active senior and freelance writer in Baltimore, and her cat Mia are looking forward to their move from Baltimore to the Pacific Coast. London has decided that the best way to enhance her lifestyle is to live in a senior housing community.

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