Meet Justine!

Kaitlyn Barks Real Estate Leave a Comment

The word is out… The KBCO team has expanded once again! Join us in welcoming Justine to the team. Justine joined KB Collective at the end of 2021 as Real Estate Assistant. Similar to Kaitlyn and Kristen, Justine is also a member of the new mom club! She welcomed her daughter Tessa in August of 2021. When she’s not working …

2021 in Review

Kaitlyn Barks Real Estate Leave a Comment

Happy 2022! We can’t believe it’s been 8 years since KB Collective was formed. All of the showings, listing appointments, tough conversations, new introductions, closing day celebrations and everything in between has led to more success and growth throughout the years than we could have imagined. We are so proud of how far we’ve come as a team, and we …

Why we work with both buyers AND sellers (and always will!)

Kaitlyn Barks Real Estate Leave a Comment

Some teams structure themselves such that their clients work with one realtor® as their buyer’s agent and a different realtor® as their listing agent. We do NOT, and here’s why: Empathy! Without have recent experience in the other agent’s shoes, it’s very difficult to understand their perspective when negotiating or problem solving as hiccups may arrive at various milestones from …

Don’t forget to change your address!

Kaitlyn Barks Real Estate Leave a Comment

And we’re not just talking forwarding with USPS! Yes, you should forward your mail with the USPS when you move, but that’s just the starting point! We have heard some funny (and some not-so-funny) stories after closing about mail showing up at the wrong place. Here are 10 other places besides USPS that you’ll want to be sure to change …

10 Tips for Preparing Your Nursery

Kaitlyn Barks Real Estate Leave a Comment

As new moms, we recently found ourselves decorating a nursery or two in preparation for our little ones’ arrivals! We have also had the privilege of listing recent homes with adorable nurseries, and we get inspiration during showings on occasion as well. Below, you’ll find our 10 best tips for preparing your nursery: Consider an accent wall Board and batten, …

Bridge Loans: what are they & how can they help?

Kaitlyn Barks Real Estate Leave a Comment

We’re starting to consider bridge loans more often in this low-inventory market. So what is a bridge loan? It’s essentially what it sounds like – a loan that helps bridge the gap for home buyers when they need funds from their current home in order to buy a new home. Previously, a home sale contingency may have been a way …

Your Spring Cleaning Checklist is ready!

Kaitlyn Barks Real Estate Leave a Comment

‘Tis the season for cleaning up and cleaning out! Here are our top 10 recommendations to make your list this spring: Tune up your HVAC – this includes changing out that air filter and calling our friends at B & B for a routine maintenance check. Power wash the exterior – no one likes that green tint of mildew on the …

But why is inventory low?

Kaitlyn Barks Real Estate Leave a Comment

So you’ve heard us say about 1,000,000 times that industry is low. And you’ve seen or heard this in your Morning Brew, on the nightly news or even throughout the neighborhood. But why? While there is not one simple answer, there are a few large contributing factors that we find highly impactful. Rising lumber costs Lumber costs have been on …

Buyers, help us help you!

Kaitlyn Barks Real Estate Leave a Comment

We want to help you find your dream home! Now more than ever, as inventory is down nearly 50% from this time last year*, it’s critical that we are on the same page and have a strong understanding of what you are looking for and what truly matters to you. Here are some tips for what you can do to …