Team RED: Resourceful • Experienced • Dedicated

Results of a recent survey found that nearly one in four seniors felt they could not move, either because they couldn’t afford moving costs or because they didn’t believe they could sell their home. Local Keller Williams Realtor and founder of Team RED, Kathy Kleber, and her team of nine real estate agents have created a plan to tackle issues specifically facing transitioning seniors.

Team RED agents, an acronym for Resourceful, Experienced and Dedicated, offer special services to support seniors. They help with each step of the selling process from getting the senior connected with services in the community and locations for their next home to supporting them in any upgrades their property needs to maximize the selling price.

“Almost every senior specialist I know has come from a senior association, including me,” said Kleber recently. Nearly 20 years ago, Kleber and her parents were facing their own housing dilemma. Kleber’s dad’s health was failing but her mom was very active and social. A move to Wesley Homes, a United Methodist Community for active senior living in Des Moines, became their home. Kleber’s father passed a year or so after the move, but her mom lives there to this day where she is active, travels and serves on the board of everything.

“That experience taught me to understand the journey and love on seniors as they work through this time in their lives,” she said. “And, it became my heart’s work,” she added. Team RED is a family affair with her husband, Kirk Kleber, a founding member, and daughter, Ellisa Greer, as part of the team. Greer’s background in geriatric nursing is a huge benefit to the Team RED organization. Plus, her service in the Army and that of her Dad, Kirk, in the Navy, adds to their concierge-level service for all veterans.

The biggest difference in Team RED’s approach is to get the seniors moved and settled first. According to Kleber, “We always start with the person — where are you going and what are you taking with you?” Once that is settled, then a project manager steps in to oversee necessary renovations by one of their three sets of general contracting teams. Then it is time to stage the home and implement a successful sale.

“Serving with heart, homes for all life’s seasons,” remains Kleber’s motto.

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American Heart Association fundraising luncheon

Virgina Mason Franciscan
Andrea Engfer

The Westin was wrapped in red as Go Red for Women supporters from across the Puget Sound joined the American Heart Association for the annual fundraising luncheon. Over 150 guests attended the event which raised over $290,000 that day, bringing the campaign total to $1.1 million. The 2022 event chair was Claire Verity, President of Regence BlueShield.

Orting resident Andrea Engfer, a 2022 Go Red for Women Real Woman, shared her inspiring stroke recovery journey. Engfer suffered a stroke just five days after giving birth to her daughter, Emma. The event also shined a spotlight on the Association’s ongoing work to address nutrition security including its tie to mental well-being.

The funds raised from the annual luncheon support the American Heart Association and the Go Red for Women movement which is dedicated to furthering our understanding of heart disease and stroke in women.