Transitional Move Experts

Simplifying can be quite complicated. When faced with a transitional move, it is easy to become overwhelmed. Is it time? Where will I live? What goes with me? How will I get my things there? What do I do with the rest? What about selling my current home? This process is enough to paralyze even the most organized of us.



Aren’t all moves transitions? Well, yes. But certain ones require a specific skill set. Are you an empty nester with children in college, ready to exchange upkeep and maintenance for travel and leisure—and tuition bills? Perhaps you are ready to reduce the complications of your large family home with an eye toward the future and aging in place. Maybe you have a health challenge or are a caregiver who needs a higher level of support or community. Or, maybe you have lost a parent and are settling their estate. These transitions all come with their own challenges.

At Ray and Poynor, our team of Transitional Move Experts are licensed REALTORS® with an average of 21 years in the industry. They each also hold a Seniors Real Estate Specialist® designation. Our Transitional Move Experts offer a menu of services—available as a comprehensive package or a la carte—to those exploring transitioning out of their home due to entering a different stage of life. This can be a stressful time filled with uncertainty, both for those moving and those trying to help them. We want to be your move concierge and guide you home.

Where will I live?

  • Downsizing

    Your move concierge will help you find the right property for your needs and budget.

  • Assisted Living/Skilled Care/Independent Living Community

    Your move concierge will provide a list of partner providers that contract with assisted living/skilled care/independent living communities to help you find the perfect fit. This process typically includes tours and lunch at several facilities, and you select the one the best suits your needs. Our partner providers are compensated by the assisted living facilities, so there is no cost to you for this service.

  • Remain in Current Home

    Our partner providers in this area focus on those who prefer to remain in their current home by outfitting it with the necessary staff and equipment to meet your needs. You pay for these services directly to the partner provider.


What should I take with me?

Should you decide a move is the right fit,your move concierge can help pair you with partner providers who specialize in this area. Depending upon your needs, you may choose partner providers who provide floor plans and measurements of your new home and help you determine a furniture plan and decor, or those who specialize in de-cluttering and staging for sale—or all the above. You pay for these services directly to the partner providers.


How will I get my things there?

When ready, your move concierge will provide you with partner providers who will schedule and coordinate your physical move, from furniture placement to art on the walls. You pay for this service directly to the partner provider.


What do I do with the rest?

Your move concierge will provide you with a list of partner providers who are experts in estate sales and arranging for pickup of remaining items. They will also have your home professionally cleaned. These services are paid directly to the partner providers.


What about selling my home?

Our team of Transitional Move Experts will guide you through the whole process: preparing your home for showings and negotiating from contract to close. They are available for any questions you may have along the way.



"I was recently faced with the challenge of needing to find a place for my father to move closer to my family.  Blair was able to locate exactly what I was looking for; however, I knew it would be very competitive in our market. There were 12 offers on the table and Blair knew exactly what it would take in order for us to have the best offer.  I could not have done it without her expertise!"

Ernest M.

"Moving after losing a spouse is overwhelming.  So many things to consider. Harriet and Jane Huston helped me find a place to live where I would feel comfortable in my new stage of life, decide what to take with me and what to leave behind.  They handled everything from the sale of my former home and extra possessions to the purchase of a new one -  getting all of it, including me, from point A to point B seamlessly.  So thankful for their guidance and I could not be happier with the results.”

Susan K

"Selling a long term family home is difficult. The best decision I made was putting the house in Bridget’s care. Her unique experience in repairs, knowing who to contact, staging, pricing, maintenance, negotiating contracts, and so forth was invaluable.  Not only is she experienced in her field she is kind, patient and very supportive."

Sandy K. 

"There are so many changes in your life as you get older. Embrace the changes.  Make decisions yourself in a timely manner.  Judy helped me with all the changes.... from the estate sale to getting settled at St Martin’s.”

Paula P.

"Jane Huston and Katie made selling my father’s townhouse very easy during a very difficult time after a loss.  They handled the transaction from start to finish.  I  knew we were in great hands and that they were taking excellent care of our entire family.”

Forsyth A.

"Kathryn sold my house within a few days. She worked with me and helped me get the house prepared to put on the market. She is very professional and knowledgeable. This was a transitional move and I would highly recommend Kathryn for buying or selling."

Donna P.

"After my husband retired several years ago, we decided to move from Louisville, Ky. to Birmingham to be closer to our grandchildren who were very young at the time.  Blair Moss was a pledge sister of our daughter’s at Alabama and so we had known Blair since she was 18 yrs. old.  We had confidence that she would be a loyal, authentic and professional realtor for us as we searched for a new home in Birmingham.  She was not only that, but a good friend as well.  We ended up building, but she was with us through the whole process lending her advice where needed. Blair knows Vestavia and the surrounding areas extremely well and is raising her family here, so she will have your best interest at heart."

Dennis and B.C. Cook

"We worked with Kathryn for a few months to find a home that fit our unique needs, which included a father-in-law suite. She is the best realtor I have ever worked with. We were blessed to find her to be our realtor. We had so many family memories at the house but we have already begun sharing fantastic family time at our new home. Hoping for 32 years in this house too!"

Cindy A.

"Could not have had a better experience!  Just wanted to let others know how wonderful and professional Betsy French was in selling my property! In early covid times, I went to stay with my daughter out of state and decided to remain.  I contacted Betsy by recommendation and she she was able to list and sell my property within 36 hours- completely remotely!  She handled absolutely everything. Wonderful communicator and amazing results. We are so thankful!”

Margaret C.

"The entire team we worked with at Ray & Poynor was amazing from start to finish! Jane Huston and Harriet were available to answer any questions and provided information to help our process before we even knew what to ask!  Their personal attention to our situation made our experience so much easier!" 

Caroline L.

“When we realized it was time to downsize as our kids were leaving the house, we called Katie to help guide us through the process. She made it so easy, as our house sold within days of being listed, and then helped us find the perfect house.”

B. K.

"Losing a family member is difficult enough.  The time that follows is filled with decisions and can be overwhelming.  Jane Huston and Katie made this process so much easier by guiding us through the necessary steps and making sure all went smoothly. We are so grateful for their help!”

Mary D.

"Once again, Katie and Jane Huston, two real estate power women, worked their magic to find the perfect house for my parents who moved here from out of town to be closer to family and medical care.  We are so thankful they never gave up on them -  after 5 years of constant attention.  Incredibly grateful for the help they provided our family.”

Kim R.

"We initially expected that selling our family home of 26 years would be way more emotional and stressful, but Jane Huston and Katie calmly made the whole process seamless and easier.  They guided us beautifully through staging, pricing and marketing.  They are thoughtful, listen well and give spot on advice and wise counsel.”

Bruce R.

"Katie helped us proactively transition from our large, family home with a big yard to the perfect cozy little spot for our empty nest.  This was not an easy task, but with her very professional and knowledgeable advice, we were able to make the best move for us.”

A. C.




If you would like to learn more, please contact Harriet Cochrane at 205.222.2270 or