Barker and Hedges Real Estate Blog

Thank You for Supporting Us


Thank you to all of our family, friends, past clients, and vendors that work with us every day.

The RE/MAX awards just came out and our team is No. 4 in the state of Minnesota! We are also one of the top 50 real estate teams in the entire country. We cannot thank you enough.
There is no way we could have done this without you and our great staff.

If you are thinking of selling your home in 2017, give us a call. Also, send us your real estate questions and we’ll answer them with a video. We are always here to help you!

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Thanks to our wonderful clients!



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As you may already know, we recently hosted a client appreciation event at Base Camp in Fort Snelling. There were too many people to thank individually who made 2016 such a wonderful year for us, so we threw a party.

We had a bouncy castle and slide, a ropes course, a climbing wall, an archery range, magician, and plenty of other games and entertainment for all the families that came. We were honored to be able to give back to so many people, and we can’t wait to be able to do it again soon.

If you were there, we were glad to have you. If you weren’t able to make it, ...

What's in Store for the Twin Cities Market in 2017?


Today we wanted to bring you a quick recap of what we saw in the Twin Cities market in 2016 and also give some predictions for the market going forward in 2017.

Last year ended up being a great one in our market, going from an average of having around 15,000 homes on the market at any given time in 2015 to about 13,000 in 2016. That's a 16% drop in the amount of homes for sale in our market. This low inventory led to a big decline in the average days on market for a home, from 41 in 2015 down to 33 days in 2016.

Homes are simply selling much faster, and that's fantastic.

As you might expect, both of these factors have led to an increase in median sales price. It's up just over 5% to about $232,000 for the median sales price in our market. When we think back to that 12-month period around 2011 when our market was at its lowest point, there were about 36,000 home sales. Over 50% of those were lender-mediated,...

Avoid Damage by Preparing Your Home for Winter

It’s very important to prepare your home for winter. Otherwise, you could run into some costly problems down the road.

For example, you need to take care of the exterior faucets on your home in order to avoid water damage. First, go inside your home and disconnect the water line. Then, go outside and disconnect any hoses. Open up the faucet valves to relieve any pressure from water left in the pipe. Once that is done, go back inside and finish draining the pipe.

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Is Your Home Prepared for the Minnesota Winter?



With fall in full swing, today we’d like to ask you one simple question: is your home ready for the winter months? There are a few things you can do to the exterior of your home now to winterize it and avoid costly problems in the future:

1. Trim back your trees and bushes. If there are branches up against the exterior of your home, cut them back. In our climate, the high winds that we experience can cause those branches to freeze and scrape your siding....

The Importance of Green Photos


We strongly feel that the best time to sell a home is in early spring between February and March. This is when home supply is extremely low and buyer demand is extremely high. One problem many sellers have during this time, though, is showcasing their home underneath all that snow.

Enter green photos. If you’re thinking you might want to sell sometime during winter and spring in Minnesota—seasons that occupy a large timeframe—
consider contacting a Realtor and having them send a professional photographer to take pictures of what your yard looks like right now.

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The Best Time of Year to Buy a Home


When is the best time to buy a home?

Just as in selling a home, the answer to this question all comes down to supply and demand. As far as our buyers are concerned, they typically want the most amount of homes to see and they want to be able to bid the lowest amount possible when it comes to negotiation.

Throughout the course of the year, we usually see inventory levels rise from January to December. It usually starts at the bottom in January, then ratchets up during the summer and fall months. During fall, the number of sales is usually inversely proportional to the number of listings. The later months of the year, then, tend to be the ones with the lowest amount of sales but the highest available inventory.


It all comes down to supply and demand.

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How Contingencies Protect Twin Cities Home Buyers


We wanted to take a minute to talk about real estate contingencies today. They are an important part of every real estate contract because they can help buyers protect themselves if problems come up after earnest money has gone into escrow.

There are two primary contingencies: for the inspection and for the financing. These are the two that we see come up in just about every transaction.

We typically start with the inspection contingency. The inspections usually take place in the first week after contract, and the buyer has the opportunity to say whether or not everything checked out and if they want to move forward. Sometimes after an inspection, buyers will ask the seller to make certain repairs or something may get renegotiated.

Then, we typically move into the second tier of contingencies, for the financing. Buyers need to be pre-approved in almost all situations to buy a property, and that’s because the seller will want assurance that the buyer actually has the means to buy the home.

After the inspection, things shift to the lender to do their due diligence with the buyer. This is when the appraisal takes place in order to...

Twin Cities Real Estate Market Update


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At the beginning of the year, we predicted that the Twin Cities real estate market would continue to improve throughout the year, and we’re seeing this improvement in real time with many of our sellers getting multiple offers on their homes within just a few days on the market.

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The Importance of Staging in the Twin Cities

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Today we're at a beautiful new Twin Cities listing to tell you about the three main components to getting a home sold in today's environment: price, marketing, and staging. We're happy to be joined by Kristina Leone from Lionheart Staging to discuss the importance of home staging.

Staging is so important today, and that's what we want to focus on. Years ago, you could simply put a sign in the yard, but buyers have shifted since then...