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25 June 2012

McCarthy & Stone - leading retirement property builders. Flats and apartments designed for later life.

Wanting to move in retirement but think you can’t afford to? Retirement specialist, McCarthy & Stone, is offering the over 60s in Greater Manchester the chance to discover just how easy it could actually be during a special open day later this month.

From 11am until 4pm on Saturday 30th June, McCarthy & Stone will be opening the doors to its Speakman Court development in Altrincham and inviting any interested parties to come and share their worries or concerns about the moving process with a team of specialist advisors.

At the event, advice regarding everything from moving costs and transportation, to house valuations and legal assistance will be available with no obligation.

Fiona Brooks, Regional Sale and Marketing Director for McCarthy & Stone, explains: “Selling your home in the current market can be an expensive, time-consuming, and sometimes scary process. We are hosting this event to prove that with the right advice, making the move to independent retirement living could be much simpler and more affordable than you might have previously thought.

“If you like the idea of downsizing into a lower-maintenance property, but want to do so without relinquishing home ownership, Speakman Court could provide the perfect solution for you. Because we find the best deals to help each individual move, we truly believe ‘everyone’s a winner’ and when they move to a McCarthy & Stone apartment our aim is to make them feel like one too.”

The professionals at the open day will find the best deal to help you move as there are a number of incentives such as Guaranteed Selling Price, Part Exchange and Move for Free.

Guaranteed Selling Price, which is available to those buying selected apartments at the development on Hazel Road, aims to sell the purchaser’s existing home at a pre-agreed price within 12 weeks and covers many of the costs associated with the sale. If a realistic offer is made below the guaranteed selling price, McCarthy & Stone will simply make up the difference, enabling the sale to proceed. The scheme could also save sellers thousands of pounds, as McCarthy & Stone will pay the estate agent and solicitor fees and will even help with the move.

Another option could be Part Exchange. With this scheme, McCarthy & Stone guarantees a buyer for your home by purchasing your existing property at an agreed price - no chains, no estate agent’s fees and no chance of your buyer pulling out at the last minute.

Then, once the house sale is taken care of, McCarthy & Stone will even help with the move through its free removals service. An experienced removals team will de-clutter your home, taking any unwanted items to charity, and will provide assistance with both the packing and unpacking. Plus for added peace of mind, McCarthy & Stone offers a free financial health check and a benefits review for anyone purchasing or considering one of its apartments.

Those who decide to purchase at Speakman Court can also take advantage of McCarthy & Stone’s Move For Free service.

Through the initiative, McCarthy & Stone will pay your solicitor and estate agents’ fees and stamp duty.  In addition, the experienced sales consultants will liaise closely with you, your estate agent and solicitor on all aspects of the sale. The service also offers a complementary first rate removals service undertaken by specialist firm, House to Home UK, who will help with de-cluttering your former home, before packing up your belongings, transporting everything to your new McCarthy & Stone apartment and unpacking for you on arrival.

“Many of our purchasers are downsizing to a lower maintenance property and as such packing is no small task, especially if you have lived in the same property for many years and have lots of furniture you need to get rid of,” added Fiona. “Through our free removals service, we aim to make the transition from old to new as easy and as stress-free as possible while taking away some of the financial strain as well. Come and see us now and see if we can get you moving!”

Speakman Court is a development consisting of 46 contemporary one and two bedroom apartments, designed exclusively for people over the age of 60 looking for independent living.

Each apartment is private and self-contained and includes a number of thoughtful design features including 24-hour emergency call points, electrical sockets at a raised height that reduces bending, illuminated light switches, a camera entry system, easy grip lever taps in the bathroom and energy efficient heating.

Residents can enjoy landscaped gardens, socialise and relax in the communal lounge and invite family or friends to stay at the development’s guest suite. There is also a house manager at the development.

For further information about the properties and lifestyle available at Speakman Court, visit the show complex open every Tuesday to Saturday, from 10.30am until 5.00pm or call  0161 929 4299. Alternatively, you can log on to