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Jan Wentland
5700 Linda Lane
Greenfield, MN 55373
(763) 479-6575
Married 45 years
4 children
4 grandchildren

 B.S. degree Physical Education, Health Education - St. Cloud State
 B.A. degree Interior Design - University of IL.
 Continuing education in business - University of MN
 Image Consultant diploma - Beauticontrol - Dallas, TX
 Prosource - Real Estate licensing
 Burnet Training
 Graduate Real Estate Institute
 Continuing design education

Continuing Real Estate education
 New Construction Certified
 Certified Buyer Representative
 Certified Residential Specialist
 Certified “55” and older Senior Specialist
 Certified Depressed Property Expert
 E-Pro (skilled in Internet marketing and usage for Real Estate)
 Licensed Interior Designer
 Accredited Buyer Representative

 Hancock Schools, Hancock, Michigan - 1969-1972 - Teacher
 Decorator"s LTD, Green Bay, Wisconsin - 1974-1977 - Interior Designer
 Wallpapers Plus, New Hope, MN - 1986 - helped set up a retail business
 Started my own Interior Design Business in 1977
 Started my own Image Consulting business in 1992
 Volkhart, May & Associates - 1992-1994 - lead qualifications for Dayton"s
 Commercial Interiors and Steelcase Office Furniture Company
 Customer Service for Onan

Real Estate Activities:
 Realtor with Counselor Realty
 New construction specialist
 Conduct home buying seminars for first time home buyers
 Participated in ‘Music in the Parks’ series in summer
 Worked with Tony Eiden Model Homes for 5 years
 Area Co-Captain of the Tony Eiden Townhomes for 2 years
 Member of the Women’s Council of Realtors
 Rep for Francis Homes
 Worked with Pineview Builders, Plymouth, Mn in design and coordinating of their spec as well as custom homes
 Member of the MN chapter of Certified Residential Specialists
 Licensed in the state of Minnesota since 1993
 Licensed Interior Designer, own my own business since 1977

Activities Related to Education:
 Taught K-12 physical education
 Coached gymnastics, volleyball, and basketball
 Worked as a recreation supervisor
 Taught summer school (Elementary level)

Activities Related to Interior Design:
 Guest speaker at local Interior Design chapter – Stout, Menomonie, Wi.
 Conducted several seminars for local Welcome Wagon groups
 Guided tours of IMS for Plymouth and Maple Grove Community Education
 Put on seminars through my own business
 Decorated three parade homes for the Mpls/St. Paul Parade of Homes
 Decorated model townhomes in Chaska, Minnetonka, Eagan for local builder
 Renovated a home behind the Guthrie Theater for offices
 Designed and decorated lobby and model apartment for large apartment complex
 Judged a Nationwide decorating contest for Carlson Marketing Group
 Worked with clients in Japan, Brazil, and England
 Designed and decorated 2 homes for a client in Dallas, TX and in Rye, N.Y.
 Decorated home for client in Brazil and Panama

Business Activities:
 Helped set up a retail wallpaper store
 Ran several fundraising activities for local businesses
 Created and ran small catering business
 Set up and ran my own Interior Design Business (36 years)
 Welcome Wagon Sponsor for eight years
 Set up complete home office to run my Real Estate and Design businesses
 Member of the NW Chamber of Commerce

Hobbies and Interests:
 Tennis
 Sewing
 Swimming
 Reading
 Layout design

Volunteer Work:
 Chairperson for Chemical Free Post Prom Party - Wayzata High School - 2 years
 Liason Council Secretary - Wayzata Schools - 1990-91
 PTSO - Vice President - 1990-92
 PTSO - Wayzata High School - 1988-94
 Parent Communication Network officer - Wayzata Junior and Senior High - 1985-95
 Wayzata Wrestling Club officer
 Greenwood Elementary School Open House Chair - 8 years
 Religious Education Teacher - Holy Name - Plymouth - 2 years
 Committee Chair - Graduation Party - Wayzata Senior High - 1990, 93, 94, 95
 Volunteer worker - U.S. Olympic Festival - 1990
 Volunteer worker - Special Olympics - 1991
 Co-chair for Wayzata Football Booster Club
 Volunteer committee for St. Johns University Wrestling Club - 1993-97
 Volunteer for Young Women in Crisis -1990-present
 Volunteer for Alzheimer Walk
 Volunteer for Walk for the Cure

Classes Taken to Help my Clients:
Realtors are licensed every two years. Each year we are required to take 15 credits of continuing education. I tend to take 20 or 30. I feel that if there is a class than can benefit me, as well as my clients, I will take it whether it is associated with credits or not. Here is the list of classes I have taken to benefit my clients recently.

 The Changing Market
 Negotiation Skills: What consumers want us to do for them
 Demographics
 Communicating with Style
 RESPA Issues
 Agency
 Fair Housing
 Understanding How the Real Estate Consumer Uses the Internet
 The Importance of Clear Disclosure
 Business of Running a Real Estate Business
 Knowing the new forms
 How to function successfully in this market
 E-Pro
 Buffini 100 Days to Greatness
 CDPE(Certified distressed property expert)
 Ninja Selling
 New Construction
 Understanding the Short Sale
 Current Contracts
 Negotiating
 Understanding Fraud in Lending and Real Estate
 Working with different personalities
 Online form signing
 Dealing with Mold, Mildew and water intrusion issues.

Interior Design Classes taken:
• Staging Certification
• Color trends for 2013
• Working with hard surfaces
• Accessorizing

Current Market Statistics

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Radon: the buzz work

Copy this link into browser and learn about radon in our homes in Minnesota.

Working with an Interior Designer

Communication is Key

If you"ve ever thought about working with an interior designer, some doubts might have stopped you cold.

Fearing it would be too expensive, or that you"d get stuck with a room you wouldn"t like, you may have given up on the idea altogether.

However, using a design professional can, and should, be a good experience. It can give your home continuity, function, and beauty. And it doesn"t have to go over your budget.

Working with a designer can save you money in many situations by allocating resources wisely, eliminating decorating mistakes, and increasing creative thinking about your project.
Prepare yourself - Decide on a budget. Collect color swatches you like. Have pictures to illustrate what you like and what you don"t like. Think about the furniture pieces you hope to keep. Listen to all ideas, but never go against your heart.

Referral Network

In 2014 96% of my business was referral or past clients. By making sure that my past clients know that I am available, they feel comfortable in referring their family, friends and or business acquaintances to me.

Again in 2015 I would value all referrals that you can send to me.

I look forward to assisting you or anyone you refer to me with Real Esate needs or decorating needs.

Just an FYI, As a licensed Realtor I have access to all listings in the state of Minnesota so I am able to help clients through out the state.


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