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Trusted Saskatoon Realtor Marla Janzen Expert Advice On Why You Should Repair Your Home Before Selling

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 tip she talks about why your should repair your home before putting it up for sale!

Why Is It Important to Keep Your Home In Good Physical Condition?

When you are about to sell your home, you will need to make sure your home is in good condition before you do. Cosmetic aspects of your home are important selling tools and if you take the time to touch things up, it will pay off in the end.

What to fix first? 

Deciding on what to fix can vary. A discussion with your REALTOR® and doing some research is always the best first step. Take into consideration the time of the year, similar competing homes on the market, and what kind of neighbourhood you are residing in.

1. Flooring

Flooring is a good place to start. Whether you have hardwood, laminate, tile, or carpet you want to ensure they are in good condition. Homebuyers will notice and could be driven away if your flooring is in very poor condition.

2. Walls

Walls and ceilings should be free of cracks and chipped paint. While most people are likely to paint once they move in, you want your home to look as nice as possible. A fresh coat of paint will often do the trick. Use neutral colours like white or very light grey.

3. Kitchen

The kitchen should be a prime target in this area. Many people know the frustration of having a poor kitchen especially when the cabinets and appliances are in bad condition. A complete kitchen remodel can be expensive, talk to your REALTOR® about what improvements will assist in the sale of your home.

Overall you want to make sure your home is in the best condition possible. Use your best judgement and the help of your REALTOR® to determine what needs to be repaired or updated before you put your home on the market.

Contact me I am one of just 3 Trusted Saskatoon REALTORS ®. I am looking forward to helping you sell or buy your home! I love what I do and I take great pride in providing excellence in customer service to all of my clients. I strive to find them the perfect new place to live while negotiating the best terms and price possible.


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!


Trusted Saskatoon Homebuilder Westbow Construction Featured in Clark's Crossing Gazette

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 a 2019 Clarks Gazette Article that they were featured in.   


Westbow homes provide plenty of style and comfort.


Home buyers looking for quality craftsmanship, unique design, and ease of life will notbe disappointed in the latest offerings from Westbow.

Horizon in Warman and Montgomery Place in Saskatoon are simply all about options, freedom, and comfort with floor plans suited for every walk of life, including busy professionals, downsizing couples, and young families alike.

Quality, comfort, convenience and unique designs are key components to the Horizon and Montgomery Place experience.

Comfort and technology at your fingertips 

Imagine owning a home that is modern, bright, and comes with zero yard maintenance (including snow shovelling in winter!). Plus,

for a limited time, your new home comes with a new Smart Home System that controls climate, lighting and appliances in 10 zones throughout your home by voice or through an app downloaded to your phone.

Style and function comes first in every room Horizon and Montgomery Place homes feature open concept main floors that come complete with:

  • • cozy gas fireplace
  • • kitchen with soft close cabinets
  • • quartz countertops
  • • rich accents on the island, mantel and shelving.

Gourmet kitchens include:

  • • large islands
  • • subway tile backsplash
  • • pantry
  • • stainless-steel appliance options

There are three floor plans at each development to choose from with a variety of unique features to fit your lifestyle.

Both the Horizon and Montgomery Place developments have units that range from 1,446 to 1,777 sq.ft. and come with 9 ft. ceilings, 3 bedrooms,3 bathrooms and a secondfloor laundry. The master bedrooms are large with stunning ensuites featuring dual sinks, quartz countertops, soaker tubs, and tile and glass showers with a walk-in closet. Each basement is open to develop and has 8 ft. ceilings with a large window and roughed in 3-piece bathroom. Units come with a double attached garage, a covered patio, and a fully fenced and landscaped backyard.

To see what makes Westbow’s Horizon and Montgomery Place homes so exciting, see the video here:


Locations that work for every lifestyle Montgomery Place is Saskatoon’s newest town home development located near most amenities, schools, and parks. Strategically located with easy access to Circle Drive in the Montgomery neighbourhood, this modern, bright complex offers two floor plans with a variety of unique features to fit your lifestyle.

The Horizon in Warman is close to the Legends Golf Club, middle and elementary schools, restaurants, medical and dental clinics, grocery and other retail stores, and the Legends Centre recreation complex.

Caring and supporting its communities Since 1977, Westbow has been building homes and fulfilling dreams across Western Canada. The company brought its expertise and unparalleled designs to Saskatchewan seven years ago . Since that time, Westbow has sold out numerous homes and projects in Warman and Saskatoon and plans to be one of the largest builders in the province for years to come.


Owned and operated by the Westeringh family, Westbow believes in giving back to the communities. Justin Westeringh, a partner in Westbow, lives in Warman with his family and actively volunteers his time and expertise with various groups and sports teams in the community.

Finding your perfect Westbow home is easy!

Westbow is proud to work alongside multi-award winning Trusted Saskatoon Realtor© Marla Janzen of Century 21 Fusion. She has worked with Westbow – also a Trusted Saskatoon member in the Home builder category – since the company began developments in Saskatchewan seven years ago. Marla is the exclusive Realtor© for Westbow and can be found online at www.marlajanzen.com and you can access Marla's Trusted Saskatoon realtor listing here  www.trustedsaskatoon.com/listing.aspx?lid=22.


Read the Clark's Crossing Gazette Westbow article in full here 

Westbow Construction - Quality For Generations

Every design, layout, and plan is well thought out to ensure that it works well for your lifestyle. Whether you are a first time home buyer, young family or downsizer, Westbow Construction has a home that would work for you! At Westbow they take pride in ensuring that their clients are purchasing affordable homes but not sacrificing quality, functionality or finishing touches. They have been in business since 1977 and easy to understand why after speaking to their clients.  


Current Westbow Developments include:

Click on more info for showhome locations and hours. 

'Westbow Homes - Quality for Generations'

Westbow Construction is a Trusted Saskatoon and Area Home Builder


 

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