I am a full-time, professional sales associate with ABR, CRS, e-PRO, GRI. My passion is ethics in real estate so I'm a member of the Texas Association of Realtors Professional Standards Committee.
Get to know Ann Barker
When you work with The Barker Team, you can expect an outstanding experience, we really know real estate. Ann and Colin Barker and their family have lived on four continents; bought, sold or leased properties in 6 countries and moved 22 times mostly with 3 small children! Experiencing the challenges of moving both locally and internationally has given them insight into the processes involved and empathy for their clients' concerns.
Originally from the U.K. we had always thought of ouselves as British until March 2005 when we became American citizens. Although our children sound Texan, we still speak "British English" which is why ...
OUR ACCENT IS ON SERVICE!
Colin brings years of experience to our team in remodeling, having sold his company, Neighborhood Handyman & Remodeling as a going concern. Colin is able to help Buyers with the practicalities and costs of remodeling the homes they're considering. Investors also find his knowledge invaluable in evaluating an investment property. If you need recommendations to plumbers, painters and other trades people then Colin keeps lists of service providers who've either worked for us or our clients.
Ann works directly with buyers and sellers, helping buyers find the right house at the right price and aiding sellers so that they get the best price in the shortest possible time. She is always available for consultation on what improvements will enhance the value of a house and how to prepare your home for sale. Ann has attained several real estate designations:
CRS - Certified Residential Specialist - Realtors® who receive the CRS Designation have completed advanced courses and have demonstrated professional expertise in the field of residential real estate. Fewer than 38,000 Realtors nationwide have earned the credential. Home buyers and sellers can be assured that CRS Designees subscribe to the strict Realtor code of ethics, have access to the latest technology and are specialists in helping clients maximize profits and minimize costs when buying or selling a home.e-PRO - This designation is awarded to Realtors® who complete a rigorous certification program. E-Pros are Internet Professionals who are trained to help clients take advantage of the latest internet innovations resulting in considerable savings and speed for both buyers and sellers GRI - Graduate Realtor® Institute - The GRI designation is awarded to top performers in the real estate industry who attend a specific, intensive series of classroom instruction covering subjects including: contract law, professional standards, sales and marketing, finance and risk reduction, and the use of technologY
ABR - Accredited Buyer Representative - The ABR designation is the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation, awarded following the successful completion of both comprehensive educational courses and pertinent personal experience. It provides proof to prospective clients of the Realtor's® proficiency at servicing the special needs of buyers
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We live in The Estates of Forest Creek in Plano, Texas and particularly enjoy selling homes in the surrounding area but we place no geographic limits on our services - to us the people are always more important than the place!
On the listing side we specialize in
First-time sellers - if you've never sold a house (or not for a long time) then you are at a disadvantage in the market place. It's so easy to be drawn in by real estate agents who say they can get a super-high price for your house or those who promise to "sell your house in X days or it's free!". We can help you identify what's real, what's possible and what's too good to be true.
Hard-to sell homes - if you've tried to sell your house in the past year without success then we need to talk! We can identify the problems and suggest possible solutions. But beware, we are both honest and forthright in our comments - only call if you're prepared to hear it "like it is"
On the buying side our strength lies in
New construction - builders are ready to make deals and we love to negotiate! We regularly help our buyers get a better deal than if they'd worked directly with a builder plus, our buyers get excellent representation throughout the process. Builders routinely offer bonuses to real estate agents when they sell a home (up to $10,000 currently) we ALWAYS give the bonus to our clients so they get an even better price!
Out-of-area buyers - people relocating to this area need extra help in identifying the right house, the right price, the right schools etc. We have personal experience of moving to a new area, of not knowing anyone, of not knowing where to live and of not knowing what questions to ask so we know how it feels. We love to help you find your way through the confusion and keep the stress on you to a minimum while you're in transition. Our contacts with lenders, home inspectors, title companies etc. ensure that you get the best possible service at reasonable prices so that your transaction is as smooth as possible.