My husband and I are from Toronto and we were looking to purchase our first cottage in Muskoka. Being very ‘green’ to Muskoka, we really needed an agent who was experienced and knew the area well. We searched ‘best Muskoka real estate agents’ and Jack’s name was one of the ones that turned up. We ended up contacting the top two agents but only Jack responded promptly. Our experience with Jack and his wife Carrie (also a RE agent) was nothing short of phenomenal. Right from the start, Jack listened intently to what we were looking for and proposed a few cottages that fit our wish list and budget. We were also seriously blown away by the abundance of knowledge Jack possessed on the Muskoka region. He grew up in the region and still lives there so he was able to share with us a local’s perspective on perspective properties. From how the sun hits the dock during certain times of the day to how often the water turns in a specific area on Lake Muskoka. Jack honestly told us the pros but more importantly the cons of each property, saving us from some not so great properties. Some of those properties were actually more expensive which means he forgone a higher commission to put us first. He always stayed true to finding something that was a good fit for us and never tried to “sell” us on anything. Most importantly, Jack helped us outbid two buyers on our perfect cottage and we learned afterwards that we only won marginally which means we didn’t overpay. I won’t divulge the strategies he used but it is because of Jack that we won the cottage in such a competitive market. Throughout the entire process, Jack really made us feel at ease and at times, we almost forgot he was our agent. He is like that awesome friend who just happens to be a RE agent. He is 100% on your side and he will take care of you. His lovely wife, Carrie, was also involved in the entire process, and she keeps in touch with us to make sure she is there for any questions. They make a kick butt team! We seldom leave reviews but we are so grateful to Jack and Carrie that we felt compelled to write this review before closing. Thank you so much Jack and Carrie, we appreciate you!
Alice Choi l Port Sandfield, Muskoka
Jack is honestly the best real estate agent in Muskoka. We bought our cottage over 20 years ago from him yet he kept in touch and always helpful when we needed help in zoning, finding an architect, new cottage rules….. etc. buying a cottage is different than a house in the city as there are so much details to focus on. Jack is the expert, he lives there and in the know. My husband and I would not hesitate to recommend him to our friends and family.
Jacqueline Szeto-Meiers I Lake Joseph
We were referred to Jack by our close friends who had worked with him to buy their cottage on Lake Rosseau. Jack worked with us patiently for several years until we found our perfect island on Lake Rosseau this summer. He is honest, has a vast knowledge of Muskoka and is passionate about helping his clients find their perfect retreat. I have worked with many agents over the years, both personally and professionally, Jack is simply outstanding. Both he and Carrie were a pleasure to work with, we highly recommend Jack.
S & J Holland l Lake Rosseau Private Island
Jack is one of the most experienced agents in Muskoka. His honesty and knowledge of the area will keep buyers from purchasing a property that he knows would be a mistake for them. He can pretty much provide a cottage inspection for you while walking a property and is able to point out issues that a purchaser may not have even thought about. He is realistic about market conditions and works hard to put together deals that both the purchaser and vendor can feel happy about. Highly recommended. Thanks Jack!
Bruce Macdonald l Muskoka Cottage Buyer
I sincerely want to thank you for your patience and guidance during the purchase of our property. We had been searching for almost five years and had worked with three different agents prior to working with you. At a time when road access to the property we ultimately purchased was not even close to being complete you took the time to hike the 40+ acres multiple times so that my entire extended family could be included. The purchase involved severances, road agreements, easements, etc. and because it was ‘land only’ the transaction was complex to say the least. I am certain that this purchase would not have finalized without the knowledge and professionalism you displayed throughout the entire process. You are a true statesman. Mayor of Muskoka is a befitting title. We look forward to building our family compound, raising our children and ultimately retiring there. It’s the perfect property for us now and for future generations to enjoy. We are genuinely grateful for everything you have done. Thank you, Jack.
K. Emerson I Skeleton Lake
I am a site development specialist and building contractor who first met Jack many years ago when he contacted me on behalf of one of his clients regarding structural elements on a Lake Rosseau boathouse. The next time I met Jack he was on a cell phone with one of his clients while walking around in knee-deep water checking out the lake bottom. At this point I thought ‘this person is thorough’ and if I was ever looking for property myself I knew I would contact him. Jack's knowledge of waterfront in Muskoka is exceptional. A few years later I was looking to buy waterfront in Muskoka so I contacted Jack and he successfully negotiated the deal. Since then I have worked with Jack both reviewing properties for his clients and for my own numerous purchases of property throughout Muskoka. Some of these transactions were for large, complex frontages which are not straightforward transactions. Jack's expertise and guidance was one of the main reasons I ended up with my absolute dream piece of Muskoka waterfront. Thanks Jack.
Peter Groza of Evergreen Homes l Bruce Lake, Muskoka
Jack I wanted to send you a brief email to thank you for your excellent service and salesmanship in selling our cottage. It was a pleasure finally dealing with an agent that knows what they are doing and is extremely knowledgeable in the Muskoka region. Your ongoing commitment, perseverance and friendship was greatly appreciated and now someone else has a beautiful cottage to enjoy. We hope to deal with you again soon.
Michael & Frances l Lake Rosseau
Jack is a very knowledgeable real estate agent in his field and has demonstrated his talents and skills time and time again with every experience I have had in dealing with Muskoka real estate. An agent that truly cares about your prospective purchase or sale like Jack does is a rare find.
I would highly recommend Jack if you have any real estate interests up in the Muskoka area and in need of a high quality dependable real estate agent.
Dr. Randy Rubenstein l Skeleton Lake Island
We first met Jack during the showing of a property he had listed in Muskoka. As it turned out, that property was not for us but we started a dialogue with Jack about our situation and the nature of the property we were looking for. We had enjoyed many summers in a family compound on Lake Rosseau, so had the benefit of knowing the lakes fairly well and had a sense of property values in Muskoka - we knew it was going to take some time to find a place that we really liked and could afford to make our own. Jack was very patient with us – he kept us up to date and showed us numerous properties we might be interested in for over five years. Throughout that time Jack was thoughtful, informative and resourceful – even though we were slow to ‘pull the trigger’ on a purchase. Ultimately, Jack’s diligence resulted in an early ‘alert’ concerning a new listing on a Thursday afternoon, followed by a viewing the next day and a competitive offer from us which was accepted on the Saturday. Jack had found us a property that was exactly what we were looking for and he put us in a position to be able to get it in a competitive situation! Thanks Jack!
Linda & Edward Sellers l Morgan Bay, Lake Rosseau
Jack: What a wonderful first weekend at the cottage, what a wonderful property. Marilyn and I want to thank you for introducing the property to us, for your straightforward and honest representation. It was a pleasure to deal with you, and we will not hesitate to recommend your services to our friends and acquaintances who may be looking for a Muskoka property in the future.
Tim & Marilyn Best l Lake Joseph
I have worked with Jack for over 8 years. We selected Jack to represent us for the sale of our old Cottage and a purchase of a replacement cottage. Jack was selected because of his extensive knowledge of Muskoka properties. We had a challenging sale and Jack worked hard for over three years to help us through the challenge. He never gave up and we are now the proud owners of an Olde Muskoka cottage on Lake Rosseau. We highly recommend Jack for any of your Real Estate needs. He knows the Muskoka market intimately and will always steer you in the right direction.
John & Hilary Abell l Lake Rosseau
Jack is an expert at what he does! His knowledge and experience are incredibly valuable when it comes to real estate transactions in Muskoka! Jack helped us (very patiently) search for our property over a two year span. As someone who works in real estate every day, I can tell you that Jack is very good at being creative and providing valuable advice when trying to make what can be an emotional decision especially when it comes to cottage properties. I highly recommend him for your real estate needs.
Mike Leschuk l Lake Rosseau
As we near the completion of our cottage, I can’t begin to tell you how pleased we are with the entire process. Your patience (7 years) with us on educating ourselves to find the right property paid off! I must add that the full service that you provided from dealing with the municipality, septic and fishery approvals as well as helping us find the right builder was a huge bonus for me and something I quite frankly did not expect. Please feel free to have anyone contact me should they like to discuss your services and how you made the entire process easy and enjoyable. Thanks for making our entry into Muskoka such a pleasant experience.
Peter Menkes l Little Lake Joseph
Not only have we used Jack for our own RE transactions, we have recommended him to many friends. Not once have we been disappointed in any way. He is exceedingly knowledgeable and works hard both before and after the sale to ensure you are happy with all aspects of your purchase. He is very personable and warm, and has earned our trust on many occasions.
Theresa Mersky l Lake Rosseau Islands
Jack worked patiently with us for several years educating us on Muskoka and the market. We were very happy with the great service and with our purchase of our property on Lake Joseph. We used him again when selling our property and again enjoyed excellent results. I heartily recommend him.
M & D Locke l Lake Joseph
Thank you for all your help in closing the sale of our cottage on Clear Lake. We have had several real estate dealings in Australia, England, the United States and Canada so we are familiar with the fact that problems often arise during sales. We have never received such willing, helpful service in closing purchases than we enjoyed from you. Your tireless efforts in overcoming obstacles showed a most intelligent approach in supplying answers to diverse questions posed by our lawyer.
Tom Davey l Clear Lake, Muskoka
Just a quick note to say thank you for all of your efforts and help in selling our cottage. In the 14 odd years that we have known and dealt with you, we have always regarded you as being totally professional. We appreciate that you have always indicated that you are prepared to go above and beyond simply being a real estate agent interested in making a sale. We appreciate that over the years you have always been helpful in providing clear, unambiguous advice regarding any number of issues which, we as cottage owners, had to address, and in recommending trades people, legal advisors, etc. You have always been very diligent in keeping us up to date, both with respect to the progress of our initial purchase back in 1998, and with respect to our subsequent sale this year. We would not hesitate to recommend you to any of our friends and colleagues that might be looking to buy or sell property in Muskoka.
Orest Moysey and Kelly Patrick l Lake Joseph
My wife and I have bought a home and sold thru JACK. Professional and ethical would best describe Mr. Janssen. He looks out for his customers and nothing gets missed in his transactions. I highly recommend JACK and he is a TRUE MUSKOKA expert.
David Hind l Lake Joseph
I just wanted to thank you on your outstanding performance on my property. You are truly Muskoka Jack!!! We will definitely keep you in mind if we are looking for a property in Muskoka. Once again thank you. Btw my favourite champagne is Dom Perignon.
Philip and Shery Locilento l Clear Lake, Muskoka
We are still amazed that after such a brief trip to Muskoka you found us the perfect retirement package. And to think we live in Beijing China - you served us professionally and never pressured a sale but knew what we wanted. And we found it and did the transaction remotely with your help. As returning Canadians we are grateful and please drop by this summer for visits.
Nicola Cunningham l Lake Joseph
Excellent efforts and results in selling our Lake Joseph cottage. You did a great job researching and marketing the property, and then continued this professionalism by continually updating us with status reports and efficiently coordinating visits by prospective purchasers. Thanks again for a job well done. You really earned your commission on this sale.
Brian Smith l Lake Joseph
Sandra and I quite often think of the hard and successful work that you put in to help us realize our goal and we are truly thankful for your assistance. We particularly appreciate the fact that you did not get discouraged with the long and protracted negotiations over the purchase of the property and kept bringing new and creative ideas to assist in the realizing of our goal.
J.F. Rose l Little Lake Joe
We absolutely love the property and can't thank you enough for your help not only with the purchase but for your incredible service after the sale. We have bought and sold several properties and you were by far the most informed, helpful agent we have ever dealt with.
Your tireless efforts in overcoming various obstacles showed a most intelligent approach in supplying answers to diverse questions posed by our lawyer.
We would be pleased to recommend your services to anyone who is considering buying or selling a property. Having identified a suitable property we appreciate the professional and ethical manner in which you assisted us in negotiating a fair and reasonable price while suggesting creative ways in which the transaction could be structured to be cost effective for both the seller and the buyer.
What can we say - Second time around was even better than the first. You were great in getting us our starter cottage several years ago. Our family has wonderful memories. You always kept in touch, being more of a friend than a real estate agent. When we wanted to upgrade you were once again excellent to work with.