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May 15, 2014 - Image 90

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2014-05-15

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Jeff Barker Homes Advertisement

Jeff & Matt

From generation to generation, our commitment to exceed
our clients' expectations continues.

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thics and
integrity are the
cornerstone of
this father-and-son
real estate team. Jeff
Barker, an associate
broker with Max
Broock Realtors for
15 years, is in the top
1 percent of Realtors
nationally. Matt
entered into the busi-
ness as his partner
last year.
"It is the thrill of
my life to spend each
day with my son and
best friend," Jeff said.
"We have always
been extremely close
in our relationship,
which is the founda-
tion for us working
seven days a week
together."
Jeff and Matt Barker
Matt received his
real estate license
five years ago at the age of 18 and went on to
earn a bachelor's of arts degree in economics
from Michigan State University. He recently
passed the state broker's license exam.
"I have someone that I trust completely
with our clients and that provides them with
the highest level of service in the industry,"
Jeff said. "I am so proud when I receive
compliments from clients and other Realtors
about my son's professionalism. He has estab-
lished himself in a very short period of time
and has become successful in his own right."
Added Matt, "My dad and I compete to see
who can find the perfect house for our buyers
first."
Matt's social media and Internet market-
ing skills add the essential elements that are
critical in marketing properties in today's real
estate business. "Ninety percent of buyers are
searching on the Internet. I use a wide-angle
lens to photograph our properties and create

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custom videos and place them on multiple
websites," he said.
Both Jeff and Matt's desire to help others is
clearly reflected in their approach to business.
Jeff often sums up his philosophy by saying,
"No one deal will ever change my lifestyle.
What is most important to me is maintaining
my reputation and always placing my clients'
interests first. I enjoy helping people, and I'm
compassionate with my clients. I'm able to be
there for my clients who are going through
major life-changing experiences."
Matt has adopted his father's philosophy
and is quick to say that he "has learned from
the best."
"I have told my son that he needs to be
able to put his head on the pillow at night
with a clear conscience. I want to be a great
role model for how business should be con-
ducted. Never worry about the commission; if
you do a great job and are honest, the success

will follow," Jeff said.
"We operate from
the heart."
Jeff added, "I
believe successful
real estate agents
are not determined
based on sales vol-
ume alone, but on
their reputation with
their colleagues and
clients. It's important
to have a strong re-
lationship with other
Realtors; it takes
both sides to get to
the closing table."
Ninety percent
of the Barkers' busi-
ness comes from
referrals, a strong
testimony to their
proven track record.
When they counsel
potential clients,
they advocate
choosing an agent
who is committed to the profession full-time.
Clients should request a record of an
agent's recently sold properties as well as a
list of references. Jeff and Matt recommend
above all else that clients choose a profes-
sional they trust.
The Barkers achieved a record-breaking
year in 2013 with more than 75 homes sold.
They have been recognized by The Wall Street
Journal, Hour Media and are among America's
Best Realtors ranked by Real Trend 500.
"Our highest honor is having assisted five of
our local rabbis with their real estate transac-
tions. I feel that is the strongest testimonial to
our character that we could ever aspire to. It
is a supreme compliment to be referred from
one rabbi to another," Jeff said.
Jeff, his wife, Liz, Matt and his two sisters,
who attend University of Michigan, are mem-
bers at Temple Israel. Contact them at (248)
425-6000 or jeff@jeffbarkerhomes.



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