Maintaining a Great Friendship: Moving to a Retirement Community

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Maintaining relationships and social contact has always been extremely important to Lee Hughlett, so it is no surprise that she found a friend in the process of selling her home.

Over the years, the mother of three worked a variety of jobs from retail to human resources. One she truly enjoyed, however, was later in life at a dating service when she returned to the working world after dealing with a health concern.

“I wanted to go back to work doing something that was fun and it gave me all the social contact I needed, which made me very happy,” said Lee.

It was four years ago that she and her husband decided to downsize from their longtime family home.

At the recommendation of her realtor nephew, she met with Shirley Matlock, a certified Senior Real Estate Specialist with RE/MAX Advantage Realty. During their discussion, Lee heard everything she needed to and was told exactly what measures to take in terms of the staging of her home.

“Shirley sold our home so quickly, in about four or five days,” said Lee. “I was just thrilled with her and her service; I will consider her my friend for the rest of my life.”

Apart from the quick sale of her home, Lee was happy to have found an individual that was genuinely interested in listening to what she wanted and needed while making it all possible.

“We told her what we needed to get for the house because we were moving into a Continuing Care Retirement Community,” said Lee. “She was able to help us fulfill that desire and then some.”

And with the quick sell of their home, the Hughletts were able to make their move and be within close distance of their daughter.

Though her husband of 60 years has since passed, Lee continues to live at Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster where she enjoys playing games and taking advantage of the wellness center as well as the wonderful library on campus. Between walking, tending to her bird sanctuary and enjoying numerous daytrips, she has plenty of opportunities to always be on the go.

Lee also receives visits from her children every so often and of course keeps in touch with the friend she made four years ago whom she continues to recommend to others.

“Shirley has been in constant touch, it’s a great relationship we have,” said Lee. “She stays current in her field and is just genuine, honest and caring.”

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