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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 Real Estate Expert Marla Janzen Has Made The Move To eXp Realty

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!

Marla Explains Why She Moved To eXp Realty


First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone who’s supported me as I moved over to eXp Realty.  It’s been an exciting month meeting new people, exploring new places, and learning about the exciting online world of eXp Realty.  


I started as a real estate agent in 2004 with Century 21 in Saskatoon.  Over the past 15 years, I’ve learned and grown into the agent and person I am today.  I’m very thankful to my former brokers and colleagues at Century 21 for giving me the foundation to grow my real estate business into one that’s earned multiple awards and accolades.  


Being a Trusted Saskatoon Realtor, I enjoy giving my clients the highest level of service I can.  I am thrilled to be working with an international corporation who is forward-thinking and agent owned.  eXp Realty is a full-service real estate brokerage providing 24/7 access to collaborative tools, training, and socialization for real estate brokers and agents through its fully immersive, 3D cloud office environment.  It was a long and tough decision, but one I am whole heartily excited for and feel great about.  It is exciting to be part of a real estate company who is growing so quickly and easily offers support, networking, coaching, and mentorship to top realtors around the world.


I’m ready to make 2020 a great year of change and success.  Being a top producing agent in Saskatoon and area, I have been successful through many market changes, and now I can also offer my years of experience and award-winning results to help others in real estate do the same.  I’m happy to be partnered with Realtors® Chris Molenaar and Tara Knoblauch.  We have already established some great goals and programs to offer our clients, as well as, help agents on our team.


I am proud to be partnered with Westbow Construction as their Saskatoon, Warman, and area Realtor.  I have been working with them since they established here 7 years ago, and I am looking forward too many more exciting projects to come. Trusted Saskatoon Homeuilder Westbow Construction is committed to provide the best quality home for their clients and I’m proud to be a Trusted Saskatoon Partner alongside them.


I love living and raising my family here in Saskatchewan and I am happy I have found a company with great core values that relate to my own.  I’m looking forward too many more years of happiness, success, and growth in this amazing city doing what I love.  I believe honesty, hard work, and stellar customer service are the most important parts of the real estate business.  I put this philosophy to practice and strive to be the best Saskatoon Realtor® I can every day.


To read more testimonials about Marla Janzen, view her listing HERE!
Find Marla Janzen Online at www.marlajanzen.com...she is a eXp Realtor.
Marla Janzen is TRUSTED SASKATOON REAL ESTATE EXPERT.

Trusted Saskatoon Realtor Clark Dziadyk Shares Why Fall May Be The Best Time To List Your Home

Whether you’re buying a house for the first time, the second or the seventh time, it’s still one of the biggest decisions you ever have to make. In order to ensure sheer success, you need Trusted Saskatoon Realtor Clark Dziadyk! Clark will ease your mind by taking the pressure off of you to find your dream home! Be assured Saskatoon Real Estate Agent Clark Dziadyk Clark puts 100% effort into everything he does. Don’t you hate it when the grass is greener at your next-door neighbour’s place? This summer you could have the lawn that turns everyone’s eyes green with envy and admiration, but you’ve got to get on it right now! Follow these tips to grow the best lawn. 

Why Fall is the Ideal Season to Sell Your Home 


Clark's Top Tips for Selling in the Fall Saskatoon Real Estate Market

Fall is an ideal time to sell your home, complete with its own set of specific advantages. Read on to learn how you can maximize your real-estate game this autumn.

More Time for Curb Appeal

If your house needs exterior work, fall is the ideal season to sell your home in Saskatoon. Don’t put your house on the market in the spring with these reno projects incomplete. Give yourself the warm weather

months to paint the exterior, ­x the deck or install a new fence, and don’t try to rush these projects so you can list in the spring. Waiting it out until fall, and having the right curb appeal, might just get you a higher selling price.


Less Competition

 

Most people list their homes come spring, and that’s a given. By the time autumn rolls around,

most sellers have either sold their place or taken it to other markets. This means less competition in the real estate market. The reduced inventory also means fewer options for buyers, and that can potentially lead to a more competitive price for your home.


Corporate Moves

 

Employers who need to relocate their workers often wait for the fall, when the market tends to cool down. These out-of-towners will probably need to get through the process quickly, which could mean a relatively speedy closing on your sale.


More Serious Buyer Pool

 

The best thing about selling your house in the fall is that you’re dealing with a more serious pool of buyers. By the time September or October rolls around, these buyers are

itching to get their move settled. Nobody wants to move in the snow or during the busy holiday season, so potential buyers usually, want to get things signed and sealed as quickly as possible.



Different Demographics

 

Autumn is when both empty-nesters and millennials begin looking for new properties. Stage your house to appeal to these buyers. Empty-nesters are often looking to downsize, so it’s a good time to sell a condo or a small house. If you have a large three or four-bedroom house, consider staging one of the bedrooms as a home office or TV room to help them visualize how they can use the space. When marketing to millennials, it also helps them see the potential of the space. For instance, with a two or three-bedroom house, consider staging one room as a nursery.




Flexible Market

 

As you enter the market in fall, chances are good that those still left on the market from spring and summer will be pushing for a sale. If you’re selling in the fall, it likely means you’re also buying something new, and you’ll likely ­and that those sellers are more willing to negotiate. If you can snag a deal on your new home, you’ll be able to make more strategic decisions in the selling of your old home.


Read what clients have to say about Clark Dziadyk on his Saskatoon real estate listing here! 
Clark Dziadyk is a Trusted Saskatoon Realtor contact him today for all your Saskatoon Real Estate needs.


Trusted Saskatoon Real Estate Agent Kari Calder Supports Camp Easter Seals

The decision to purchase your home is one of the most important decisions you will ever make, and will also be one of your largest investments. Done right, it can also be one of the most exciting and fulfilling times in your life! Kari Calder a Saskatoon Realtor with Century 21 Fusion is there to help you through the process, and provide you and your family with the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you have a realtor working with your best interests in mind.  Kari Calder is a Trusted Saskatoon Realtor

Kari Calder Supports Camp Easter Seals

As a real estate agent in Saskatoon, Kari Calder can proudly say that she donates a portion of each and every sale to send kids to Camp Easter Seals. Easter Seals has been supported by Century 21 since 1979...well before Kari became a REALTOR® in Saskatoon! She has always been a proud supporter since becoming a Saskatoon REALTOR® in 2007 but since having a child of her own in 2014 she has stepped up her contributions.


To date, Century 21 REALTORS across Canada have raised approximately $12 Million to send kids to camp. In 2018 they had an astounding year and raised over $704,000 for Easter Seals through the C21 Kids to Camp Program: enough to enable over 330 kids who are living with disabilities to enjoy and benefit from the transformative experience of a lifetime at an Easter Seals summer camp in 2019.
As Tomany likely are unaware, we have an amazing spot in Watrous for local kids. Kari had the pleasure of visiting here in previous years and was blown away by the facility but also by the kids she met and all of the loving souls who work here and dedicate their time and energy to such a rewarding place. Century 21 agents from across Saskatchewan dedicate time each year to do a “camp clean up” before the season begins.

As a national company, Century 21 is a long standing partner and donor. Each year they have a variety of fundraisers including golf tournaments and events to help raise money to send kids living with disabilities to Easter Seals’ accessible summer camps across the country so that they can have fun, learn new skills, cultivate lifelong friends, and develop their confidence and abilities.

In 2018 our local Century 21 brokerage in Saskatoon was #3 in Canada and #7 in North America for funds raised. Amazingly, Century 21 Saskatoon was right behind Regina who held the #2 spot for Century 21 Canada with money raised.
Each home sold by Kari and each buyer represented by Kari in purchasing a home in Saskatoon (and surrounding communities) allows her to donate to this great cause and she has personally been raising above and beyond the amount to be recognized as a “Golden Heart” with the company. She can’t do this without her loyal Saskatoon real estate clients and those who refer their friends and family to her. So she wants to say thank you...we know the kids thank you as well!

Please consider Kari as your Trusted Saskatoon REALTOR® with a golden heart when it comes time for your or your family’s next real estate needs.

Kari Calder is one Saskatoon's top Century 21 Fusion real estate agents. Kari can assist with all of your Saskatoon buying and selling real estate needs and she is a TRUSTED SASKATOON REALTOR

 

Kari Calder

Saskatoon Real Estate Agent

Century 21 Fusion

kari@saskatoonrealestate.net


Trusted Saskatoon Realtor Marla Janzen Explains The First Time Home Buyer Incentive

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!


The First Time Home Buyer Incentive




As an award winning Century 21 Fusion Saskatoon Real Estate Agent, Marla knows Saskatoon, Warman and the area extremely well. She takes action in order to sell her client's homes. She strives to find them the perfect new place to live while negotiating the best terms and price possible. She truly loves what she does and she takes great pride in providing excellence in customer service to all her clients. She feels blessed to live in Saskatchewan and she is a TRUSTED SASKATOON REAL ESTATE Agent.

By now you have likely heard about the buzz regarding The First Time Home Buyer Incentive (FTHBI), which will come into effect on September 2nd, for homes that close no earlier than November 1st. The Government of Canada is offering interest-free loans in the form of a shared equity mortgage to help home buyers obtain a smaller mortgage and keep their monthly payments lower. The program will offer 5% for a first-time buyer's purchase of a resale home and 5% of 10% for a first-time buyer's purchase of a newly constructed home. 



The incentive can be repaid at any time without penalty, but it must be repaid after 25 years or if the property is sold, whichever comes first. Repayment is based on the property's fair market value. When the loan is repaid, the government will also get a share of any gains from appreciation of the property. Vice versa, if the property value goes down, the government will shoulder some of the loss. 

In order to participate in the FTHBI, buyers must meet two main requirements: 


# 1 - Be a first-time home buyer
# 2 - Have an annual income of less than $120,000


Buyers will still need to save their down payment of at least 5 percent and the maximum home price is limited to 4 times the buyers qualifying income. Let's look at an example:

Anita wants to buy a new home for $400,000:

Under the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive, Anita can apply to receive the $40,000 in a shared equity mortgage (10% of the cost of a new home) through the program. This is on top of the minimum required down payment of $20,000 (5% of the purchase price) from her savings. This lowers the amount she needs to borrow, and reduces her monthly expenses. As a result, Anita's mortgage is $228 less a month or $2,736 a year. 

Years later, Anita has sold her first hoe for $420,000. At this time, she would have to repay the original incentive she received as a percentage of her home's current value. This would result in Anita repaying 10%, or $42,000 at the time of selling her house. -- www.placetocallhome.ca/fthbi

The program will certainly help some first-time home buyers. But it's important to remember although this is an interest-free loan, it is still a loan that will need to be paid back.





Contact Marla Janzen, she is one of the 3 Trusted Saskatoon Realtors! Marla is looking forward to helping you sell or buy your home! She loves what she does, and she takes great pride in providing excellence in customer service to all of her clients. She strives to find them the perfect new place to live while negotiating the best terms and price possible.

Find Marla Janzen Online at www.marlajanzen.com   she is a Century 21 Fusion Realtor and Marla Janzen is TRUSTED SASKATOON REAL ESTATE EXPERT!


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