The Barker Team Blog

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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...

Fill a Belly (and a Heart) This Summer!

The end of the school year is fast approaching, and for most kids and families, summertime means freedom, fun and making memories.  Even though the end of school usually throws a wrench into the family schedule, most parents will admit that they’re delighted to have...

Landscaping tips for summer curb appeal

Flower Power! By now you can probably tell that we at Barker Team Realtors have summer on the brain!  We can’t help it; the warm weather brings with it so many thoughts of outdoor activities, home improvement projects, and today’s topic – landscaping (specifically,...

Time to Relocate?

Although job hunting may seem like a strange topic for a real estate blog, it is not entirely uncommon for a couple or family to relocate due to one spouse’s job, leaving the other spouse in need of work in a new locale.  Many young people take the leap of relocating...

Auctions and Why You Should Find One This Spring

Auctions truly provide the best of both worlds – they offer the flexibility of a private purchase along with the security of a formal, time-honored process. Auctions are filled with so much potential for finding hidden treasures, that can be both rewarding for wallet or tapping into your nostalgic side.

The Heart of Ohio

Warm weather brings with it thoughts of long, lazy days and relaxing getaways! If a Disney vacation with the family or a couple of weeks on the coast with your beach chair is in the budget, we applaud you (and wish we could tag along)! But if your vacation funds are...

The Best Cheesecake EVER

We here at the Barker Team love all things real estate, but this week we're going to veer slightly off course in favor of something sweet. We're talking about cheesecake. It's rich, it's creamy, it's sweet but not too sweet, it's...perfection. Seriously, is there...

Curb Appeal 911

Everyone knows that first impressions last a lifetime, and it's no different the first time a potential buyer lays eyes on your home. Don't let a rundown or disheveled exterior stand between buyers and the charm inside your four walls. Take a walk to the curb, do an...

What Do You Really Want in a Home?

In the last twenty years, HGTV has grown steadily to become a top-10 cable network in prime time, available in 96 million homes. This is due, in part, to the rising popularity of programs such as House Hunters, which invites viewers to follow along as families tour a...

25 Things to Love About Spring

Spring is here…finally! March welcomes in spring and all it’s glory. Flowers, baby animals, sunshine, the list continues. So open up those windows and let the breeze come in to freshen up your home and blow away those winter blues.

Cost Savings

Decorating Without Deep Pockets Moving into your new home is probably one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do, but it can also be one of the most expensive! Whether you hire professional movers or ask family and friends to chip in, there are some costs that...

Now May Be The Time For Buying A Home

If you are thinging of buying a home and don’t have much savings, low-down-payment mortgages making a comeback If you have good credit and a steady income but not much savings, you may want to look into the low-down-payment mortgage options that recently became...

Have You Considered Selling Your Home?

Now may be the perfect time! If you have considered selling your home, now may be the perfect time! January’s average home price reflected an 8 percent increase from January 2014. The desire for home ownership remains strong and the low inventory levels are...

Trade In Your Home!

Did you know you could TRADE IN your home? We can eliminate a lot of the hassles of selling and buying a new home! The Trade In Program, exclusive to Trinity Homes, offers a guaranteed sale option at fair market value for sellers interested in building a new home with...

Refinancing Your Mortgage?

Is it time to think about refinancing your mortgage? The average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was below 4 percent at the end of last month. That is down from 4.5 percent as recently as last spring, the lowest since May 2013 and much lower than the 5...

Homeowner Tax Deductions

Don’t Miss These Home Tax Deductions Condensed from HouseLogic.com article by Dona DeZube published: December 22, 2014 Owning a home can pay off at tax time. Take advantage of these homeowner tax deductions to lower your tax bill: Mortgage Interest Deduction One of...

How To Buy A Home

How to Buy Wisely in 2015 House hunting is just like any other shopping expedition. If you identify exactly what you want and do some research, you’ll zoom in on the home you want at the best price. These tips will help you come up with a solid game plan and narrow...

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