The Barker Team Blog

We're committed to keeping our clients informed and up-to-date with the on going changes in the real estate market.

Thinking of Buying a Home?

Picking out a new home is a very exciting time but can also be a terrifying one. How do you choose the best location? What if the house has problems you can’t afford to fix? What if you fall in love with two places? The Barker Team at HER is ready to help you find the...

Millennial Mindset on Home Owning

Millennial buyers are the same as any other buyers - they just have slightly different mindsets when it comes to starting the home buying process. The term "millennial"  is defined as a person born between 1982 and 2004, meaning that many people who don't consider...

Standards should not be sacrificed

Buyer's standards should not falter no matter what the circumstances the market creates. Homes for sale in Columbus, Ohio have continued to grow, which means the market remains a seller's market.The Midwest is crisp and cool this fall, but Ohio and Northern Kentucky...

2016 Trick or Treat Times Columbus

2016 Trick or Treat Times Columbus, Ohio. These are HER's, The Barker Team's top spots around the city. Bexley 10/31 5:30-7:00 p.m. Canal Winchester 10/31 5:30-7:30 p.m. Circleville 10/29 4:00-5:30 p.m. Columbus 10/31 6:00-8:00 p.m. Dublin 10/31 6:00-8:00 p.m. Gahanna...

The Teal Pumpkin Project

 Have you heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project?  Maybe you have, but it was news to our team, and we think it’s news worth sharing!        The goal of the Teal Pumpkin Project, according to their website, is, “Raising awareness of food allergies and promoting...

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is breast cancer awareness month in the United States, and unfortunately, most Americans have been touched in some way by this horrible disease.  That’s because about 1 in 8 U.S. women (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime....

This one is for the Ladies

This week, a little fashion fun for the ladies who read our blog! One of our team members came across this idea for a no-sew, flowy vest – a quick and inexpensive way to make a fashionable fall layering piece for yourself, even if you don’t own a sewing machine. It...

Did You Know?

You learn something new every day, and we here at The Barker Team recently learned that September is Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Month.  It may seem a little strange to dedicate a month to the awareness of a toxic fungus, but black mold (as it’s often called) is no...

Fall Decor For Your Door

We have said it once and we will say it again, but curb appeal can set your house a part from the rest of the neighborhood. Fall decorating of your door and lawn does not just need to be limited to Halloween, but can be for the whole season. The list below is a...

Fall Foliage Finder

Fall is perhaps the most beautiful time of year to be in the great outdoors. The haze and humidity of summer have departed, leaving behind crystal clear blue skies and cool breezes. As the temperatures steadily drop, the green hues of summer give way to glorious...

School Smarts

As the middle of September approaches (already!) most, if not all, children have returned to school, an event both anticipated and dreaded among many parents. A return to school means more structured routines around the house, and maybe a much-needed break for moms...

A Day for Laborers

Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. Its roots can be traced back to the labor movement in the late nineteenth century, and it officially became a federal holiday in 1894. Many...

Update your address to vote

There are so many things, big and small, to think about when you move into a new home.  We tend to focus first on the things that directly impact our day-to-day lives, like getting the kids enrolled in a new school or having our mail forwarded at the post office.  But...

End of Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

With the temperatures still soaring into the 90’s on a regular basis, it’s hard to believe some kids have already headed back to school.  June and July were gone in a flash, and August is following quickly on their heels.  Whether we choose to accept it or not (we...

Emergency Planning

Would your family be prepared in the event of a natural disaster? No one likes to think about living through a natural disaster or similar crisis, but this is definitely not a task to put off because it’s unpleasant to think about. Recent studies show that 65% of...

Could You Live in a Tiny House?

As a real estate company, we would be remiss if we did not chime in on the latest trend in houses – tiny houses!  A tiny house is just that: a complete house with a kitchen, bathroom, living space, and sleeping space, all for less than 700 square feet.  In fact, many...

What’s New in Home Decor

Blue is back in a big way – if it ever even left! Cool and calming, it’s also a crowd-pleaser, making it a great color option for those who like to play it safe with their home decor. If you’re bolder, opt for shades of teal periwinkle for a stylish color punch....

A Different Kind of House

Typically we here at The Barker Team devote all of our time and energy to helping our clients find the best homes, and keep their homes in the greatest condition possible.  But today we’re going off the beaten path to talk about a fascinating part of local history:...

Reflections on Independence

For every freedom we enjoy in modern-day America, we have generations of true patriots to thank, a task which mere words fall woefully short of accomplishing.  The American dream began with our forefathers, who demonstrated courage and resolve seldom seen in modern...

Fireworks throughout our Central Ohio cities

 July 1st Red, White & Boom (Downtown Columbus) Reynoldsburg (Civic Park) Columbus(300 W Broad) July 2nd   Pastaskala (Foundation Park) July 3rd London(London High School)     Washington Court House (Fayette Co. Fairgrounds) Westerville (Central College Church)...

Knowing a Seller’s Market

Many have heard from family, friends, neighbors, and even the media that it is a seller's market! But what exactly is a seller's market you may ask?! The Real Estate Market operates on supply and demand. So, basically when the amount of available homes for sale is low...

The Joy of the Hunt!

As of 6:34 p.m. on Monday, summer was officially upon us (we bet you can hear us cheering from your house)!  Today’s topic is a continuation of our celebration of the sunniest season in our beloved Ohio, and combines two of our favorite activities: spending time...

The Academics of Home Buying: Finding a Great School District

Parents of school-aged children know that there is much more to buying a home than just the number of bedrooms and the size of the yard. High on the list of priorities is finding a home in a great school district. If you’re not moving far, chances are, you’re already...

First Time Home Buyer FAQs

FAQs for First Time Home Buyers   If you’re in the market for your first home, chances are, you’re feeling a little overwhelmed and you may not be sure where to begin.  Researching reputable real estate agencies online is a step in the right direction, and we...

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