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Trusted Saskatoon Realtor Marla Janzen Mystery Shop!

Being a Trusted Business on the Trusted Saskatoon Directory of Excellence comes with a lot of responsibility - no other directory, advertising medium, or 'watchdog organization' puts businesses through the process we do before we promote and endorse them. 

Why Choose a Business On the Trusted Saskatoon Directory? 

All of the Trusted Saskatoon partners have to pass a unique verification process, they are then annually contracted to uphold our 5 Trusted Guarantees. The partners then become part of a local community of Saskatoon and area businesses that we promote with a strong local marketing campaign. We also have a Trusted MYSTERY SHOPPER PROGRAM. This is where we find and engage with normal everyday people, just like you, who are looking for products and services in Saskatoon and area. We approach individuals we can see are looking for a local business and we ask them to mystery shop Trusted Saskatoon Partners. Those that agree to be Trusted mystery shoppers go about their usual business, except at the end they fill out a report to tell us about the experience. We then share it with you! The Trusted Saskatoon Team is thrilled to share our latest mystery shop report about Marla Janzen Real Estate!


Mystery Shop - Marla Janzen Real Estate


Name of Shopper: Janice G.


1. How was the greeting/welcome/call answered?

Warm, professional, and prompt. 

2. Product/industry knowledge of staff?

I felt very confident in her knowledge.

 

3. Overall experience 1-10

10 


4. Would you recommend them to a close friend?

Yes, absolutely! I already have should they ever need her services. 


Please share any other comments relating to your experience with the company. 

Marla, although extremely busy, was very communicative, supportive, and engaging as a professional. Her efforts in research, showings, and the real estate transaction itself were exemplary. Her experience and knowledge are a great asset to her clients. 

CONGRATULATIONS on a successful mystery shop MarlaWe are thrilled to have such amazing Realtors like you on our Saskatoon's directory of excellence!



Marla guarantees to provide you with a stress-free, hassle-free, wonderful experience and we are sure once you have met her that you will not contact anyone else!

Marla Janzen is a Trusted Saskatoon Realtor®

Easement and Title Insurance explained By Marla Janzen Trusted Saskatoon Real Estate Expert

As an award-winning  SASKATOON REAL Estate agent Marla Janzen knows the city and surrounding area extremely well. She strives to find her clients the perfect new place to live while negotiating the best terms and price possible. She has a keen eye for house layout and home staging, which really benefits her clients, most of whom are past client referrals! In her latest Saskatoon real estate tip Marla explains title insurance and easementMarla Janzen is a TRUSTED SASKATOON REALTOR® 

Easements and Encroachments on a Property


What is Property Easement?

Property easement is defined as the right to facilitate a fraction of a property for a specified purpose. A survey will help decipher the property boundaries that will prevent any issues from determining land ownership. An easement can allow another person to encroach on your property and even though the lines are declared within the survey, these boundaries may be crossed without the owner’s express permission.  An easement can be included in the title or deed to the property. A prime example of an express easement would be if the power company wanted to run power lines onto a property or a neighbour might even want to enter an agreement to share common parts of the property that extend into both boundaries.  

A prescriptive or implied easement can occur if the use of property continues over an extended period of time.  A good instance of this would be if a neighbour has been crossing a boundary line for years then that neighbour could have obtained a prescriptive easement that will allow him to legally cross the property line.  Also, a “right of way” easement is nothing more than the allowance of someone to cross onto the property in question.  

Many people forget when they are buying a house that they are actually purchasing the land the house is built on and the boundary that surrounds it.  If you were to build a shed in your back yard and it happened to cross the land boundary into the property of another person this could technically be handled in a legal manner. This is something that can be avoided with proper surveys being done and the use of specified easements.

What about Title Insurance?

Title Insurance is a policy issued to the mortgage lender to protect against a defect in title. In Saskatchewan, the Land Titles system guarantees ownership of your land by title. Title Insurance policies provide no information about your property.

Only a Surveyor’s Real Property Report can assure you of the extent of your property and warn of any possible problems. Most of the time people are not going to worry about a few yards here and a few yards there, however, the same people who are okay with the encroachment might not always live there so it always is a good idea to get your bases covered legally and legitimately. This will ensure that down the road you are not going to wind up paying fines and going through a legal process that will cause nothing but problems.

Marla guarantees to provide you with a stress-free, hassle-free, wonderful experience and we are sure once you have met her that you will not contact anyone else!

Marla Janzen is a TRUSTED SASKATOON REALTOR®

Behind The Brand- Marla Janzen Trusted Saskatoon REALTOR ®

Behind The Brand is a Trusted Saskatoon video series where we meet the partners and get to know who they are as people. Sara Wheelwright, the founder of Trusted, interviews them in a relaxed atmosphere and we get to know who they are, what motivates them and why they can be trusted!   

Behind The Brand #1 
Meet Marla Janzen, an award-winning Trusted Saskatoon and Area Real Estate agent. Marla strives to find her clients the perfect new place to live while negotiating the best terms and price possible. She has a keen eye for design and home staging, which really benefits her clients. Find out who she is, why she chose real estate and what motivates her.  


 



Marla guarantees to provide you with a stress-free, hassle-free, wonderful experience and we are sure once you have met her that you will not contact anyone else!

Marla Janzen is a TRUSTED SASKATOON REALTOR®


Trusted Saskatoon Real Estate Agent Marla Janzen Shares 5 Reasons To Sell Now

Marla Janzen is an award-winning SASKATOON REAL Estate expert she takes action to sell her client's homes and find them the perfect new place to live while negotiating the best terms and price possible. She loves what she does and takes great pride in providing excellence in customer service to all of her clients. 

Marla Janzen is a  TRUSTED SASKATOON REAL ESTATE EXPERT listed on the SASKATOON DIRECTORY and she loves to provide Trusted Saskatoon real estate Tips that help the public! In her latest article she shares some tips on when to sell...hint it is now! 


Why You Should Consider Selling Before The Traditional Selling Season. 


Are You Thinking About Selling Your Home In Saskatoon, Warman and Surrounding Area?


 


A common thought in real estate is never list your home in the winter offseason.  Perpetuated by industry experts, agents and repeat sellers alike, this saying encourages many would-be sellers to wait until the spring peak to list their homes.  However, studies show that homes listed in the winter offseason not only sell faster than those in the spring, but sellers also net more above their asking price at this time.  Don’t wait until spring to sell.  


If you’ve been thinking of selling your home, here are five compelling reasons to list now.

 

1. Take advantage of low inventory in Saskatoon and area housing market. 


Since most sellers are waiting until spring to list, local inventory falls during the offseason. However, there are still motivated buyers who are ready to move now and don’t want to wait that long to purchase a home.  According to the National Association of Realtors, 55 percent of all buyers purchased their home at the time they did because “it was just the right time.”  These eager buyers may flock to your home.  You may not need to try as hard to make your home stand out in the sea of other similar homes.  With less competition, more buyers, some of whom may have otherwise overlooked your home if you listed during the peak, will express an interest to buy.  While you’ll likely have fewer showings in the offseason, buyers who do visit will be more serious about writing an offer.  Your home will likely sell faster than it would have during the peak season.


2. Set a higher listing price. 


Homes sold during the offseason sell at a higher price, on average, than those sold during the spring and summer peak.  There are many reasons for this.  First, motivated buyers are willing to pay closer to the asking price for a home.  Second, homes are more likely to be priced right and reflect the economics of not only the local market, but the neighbourhood as well.  Often, homes listed during the peak may be priced to compete with other homes in the area and neighbourhood.  Sellers may be pressured to sell for less than the list price in order to encourage buyers to choose their home out of the others on the market.


3. You’ll receive more attention. 


While our team always strives to give you the personal attention you deserve, when you list during the offseason, we’re able to work more closely with you to ensure your home is prepared for its debut on the market.  We can also take more time to answer your questions, address your concerns and prepare you and your home for the sale.

Additionally, if you’d like to hire a tradesperson to handle routine maintenance or undertake a minor home renovation before you list, you may be able to take advantage of flexible scheduling and cheaper rates.  Many of these professionals experience a winter offseason as well, and they will be able to focus their time and attention on you and your project.

 

4. Easier to maintain curb appeal. 


Curb appeal is intended to attract the buyers who are just driving by as well as those who saw your home online and wanted to see it in-person.  It sets the stage for what interested buyers can expect when they step foot in the home during a showing or open house.  If you list your home during the peak of the selling season, you may exhaust your time your energy maintaining curb appeal.  You’ll likely spend most of your free time mowing the lawn, weeding, trimming shrubs and hedges, planting flowers in pots and in flowerbeds, pulling spent blooms and watering it all to ensure it looks lush and healthy on a daily basis.  After all, a lush landscape will attract potential buyers and set your home apart from other similar homes in the area.

The offseason eliminates the pressure to maintain a picture-perfect front landscape.  Since most grass, shrubs and plants go dormant at this time of year, you’ll have less to maintain.  If you live in an area that experiences a traditional winter, your landscape will be covered with snow.  Even if you live in a milder climate, you may not have to mow as often, if at all.  It’s still important to ensure your exterior appears well-tended, so make sure your walkway and front porch remains free of snow, ice and debris.

 

5. Tap into the life changes of buyers. 


Many buyers receive employee raises and bonuses at the end of the year.  If they’ve been saving to buy a home, this extra money may allow them to reach their goal for a down payment and put them on the path to becoming a homeowner.  Additionally, companies often hire new employees and relocate current ones during the first quarter of the year, creating a strong demand for housing.  If you live in an area that’s home to a large company or has a strong corporate presence, this may be the perfect time to list.

 

 
Thinking of Listing in the Offseason? 3 Things to Do Before You List

 

Get your home ready to list by following these tips.

 

1. Schedule maintenance. 


Buyers, especially first-time buyers, want a home they can move into right away; they don’t want to repair the roof or the furnace or replace windows with blown thermal seals before they move in.  Do the scheduled maintenance and make repairs before you list your home for sale.

In some cases, it may help to have an inspector do a pre-inspection of your home.  A pre-inspection will make you aware of any major, potentially deal-killing, issues that will have to be addressed before you list.  It also gives you an idea of minor issues that a potential seller may want repaired.  Overall, it helps you to accurately price your home and may protect you from claims a buyer might make later.

 

2. Create light. 


Balance out the lack of natural light outdoors by turning the lights on inside.  Since people naturally tend to buy emotionally, turning on the lights helps create a sense of warmth and coziness.  Light a fire in the fireplace, if you have one, fill your home with the scents of the season, such as vanilla or fresh baked cookies, and put a throw blanket on your sofa.

If you plan to paint the interior of your home before you list, consider an off-white shade to create consistency throughout your home and make the space feel larger and brighter.  If you have photos of your garden or the home’s exterior in the spring or summer, display them so interested buyers can get a glimpse of what the home looks like in other seasons.

 

3. Give your home a thorough cleaning. 


Cleaning puts your home in its best light.  Clean and polish all the horizontal surfaces of your home, including countertops, windowsills and baseboards; have the curtains dry cleaned or otherwise laundered; wash windows, glass doors and their tracks; vacuum carpeting and polish all wood surfaces, including the floor.

Additionally, this is a great time to pack any personal items and family photos as well as sort through your belongings and donate items you no longer use.  This not only eliminates any clutter, but it also gives you less to pack and move when you sell.

 

If you’re thinking of selling your home in Saskatoon, Warman, Martensville and area give Marla Janzen a call!  


 I would love to help you position your home to sell in our market. I take action to sell my client’s homes and find them the perfect new place to live while negotiating the best terms and price possible. I truly love what I do and take great pride in providing excellence in customer service to all of my clients. Marla Janzen





Trusted Saskatoon Home Builder Westbow Shares Tips On How To Brighten Up Your Home This Holiday Season

Westbow Construction is committed to providing great service, excellent communication and the best quality home for you and your family. Westbow Construction is a Trusted Saskatoon and Area Home Builder. In their latest article they share tips on how to decorate your home for the holidays. 

Decorating Your Home For The Holidays 

No matter if you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or any other Winter Holiday, December is the season to brighten up your home with holiday décor and decorations. From gingerbread baking in the oven to stockings hung over the fireplace- we’ve put together 8 easy ways to bring the holiday season into your Westbow Home.

1. Add a holiday wreath to your front door.


Adding a wreath to your front door is a great and simple way to bring the spirit of the holiday to your home. Local makers offers various styles of wreaths or you can create something yourself using local greenery.

2. Decorate your Christmas tree 

There are many options when it comes to your Christmas tree. There has been a long debate between whether a fake or real tree is better, but there are now more options than ever! Second hand artificial trees provide a lower cost option while those looking for an eco friendly option may opt for a returnable Christmas tree.


3. Fill your holiday mugs with homemade hot chocolate, apple cider, or mulled wine

As the weather gets colder outside, filling your mug with a warm cozy drink will help warm your body and soul. 


4. Bring festivity into your bathroom

Simple pieces of décor such as candles, a locally made sign, and some holiday themed hand towels are a great and easy way to bring the holidays into your bathrooms.
 

5. Light up your neighbourhood

Christmas lights provide a bright and cheery neighbourhood atmosphere. From traditional string lights to modern projectable lights, the variety in options are endless
 

6. Spend time baking holiday cookies

Your Westbow kitchen is perfect for spending time with your family, baking holiday cookies. There are many holiday cookies to choose from!  Gingerbread, sugar cookies, and shortbread are just a few of our favourites.
 

7. Relax in your loft and enjoy a holiday movie

Many Westbow homes have bonus rooms or lofts which make for excellent places to curl up and enjoy a holiday movie.

 

8. Spend time with your family and friends.

As the holidays draw closer, families and friends gather to celebrate the season. Westbow homes are built for hosting parties, get togethers, and dinners. Spacious, open concept kitchen’s and living rooms  ensure there are no separation between the guests and the hosts.

 

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