Corken Corner Blog

Selling Your House? Why Your Asking Price Matters More Now Than Ever

There’s no doubt about the fact that the housing market is slowing from the frenzy we’ve seen over the past two years. But what does that mean for you if you’re thinking of selling your house? While home prices are still appreciating in most markets and experts say that will continue, they’re climbing at a slower pace because rising mortgage rates are creating less buyer demand. Because of this, there are more homes on the market. And in a shift like this one, the way you price your home matters more than ever.   Why Today’s Housing Market Is Different …

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August 2022 Market Trends Report

The data confirms that the Denver Metro area is no longer in a shifting market. Instead, it has shifted, and the real estate market is more balanced.  Month-over-month, the market is down 3.33 percent but compared to last year, it is still up 11.04 percent, indicating that a more balanced market, combined with slightly decreasing interest rates, may create opportunity for those who previously felt burned out on the process.   One of the primary indicators of a shifted market is the close-price-to-list-price ratio, which was down to 100.81 percent. Buyers have become more specific about what they are looking …

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day trips

4 Unbelievable Day Trips from Denver

There’s no doubt about it – with an almost 20% increase in growth since 2010, Denver is much more crowded than it used to be. Fortunately for residents, the capital city also happens to be in close proximity to some of the best destinations for natural scenery and culture in the United States. We’re talking mountains, plains, stunning views and unbelievable adventure!   All this to say, our team at Corken + Company felt that you NEEDED this list of day trip options. All of which average only about an hour and a half drive or less out of town.  …

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why renting might be better than buying

10 Reasons Why Renting Could Be Better Than Buying

Owning a home may be a lifelong goal for many Americans but that doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. Homeownership rates are currently high in the U.S., but this hasn’t always been the case. Families have historically needed to either build their own homes or rent a home from someone else. Although it may not be ideal, renting has advantages, too. For some people renting might make more sense for their financial circumstances. Our team at Corken + Company wants to make sure that you have all the necessary information to help make wise decisions for your future.    No Maintenance …

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home improvement

Affordable Home Improvement Tips

Owning a home is an incredible thing! But sometimes you need a little improvement to make a house a home. You’ll save money on remodeling projects if you plan well in advance, get several bids, do simple parts yourself, shop for materials, design with energy savings in mind, and follow these other home improvement tips from our team here at Corken + Company    Tip 1: Plan your project and get bids well in advance Have you ever tried to find a contractor in March to start your new three-season porch that you want to be completed by Mother’s Day? …

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DIY tool kit

7 Essential Items for Every DIYer Tool Kit

A well-stocked tool kit is key for any home project. We asked DIY pros for their can’t-do-without tools, tips, and products. The right tool is vital to a successful DIY project, whether it’s a small home decor how-to or a large-scale renovation. After all, the last thing you want to do during a job is drop everything to run to the hardware store. Better Homes & Gardens asked DIY experts and editors for their most trusted tackle-anything tools. Here’s what they recommend for upgrading your DIYer tool kit.  1. Glue Gun  Most DIY projects require some form of adhesive. Hot-glue guns are …

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Single-Family Renters Report

Single-family rentals have experienced an unprecedented surge in demand over the last two years. Their appeal comes from their ability to provide the space that families need to live comfortably; the benefits of living in a house without the financial obligations of homeownership; and the access to lower-density neighborhoods that many of today’s residents crave. With the shortage of starter homes showing no signs of easing, renters are on the hunt for properties that allow them to work and relax in their own space and accommodate their needs. Single-family rentals are the property type that’s best able to satisfy their evolving …

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A Window of Opportunity for Homebuyers

Mortgage rates are much higher today than they were at the beginning of the year, and that’s had a clear impact on homebuyers and the home buying process. As a result, the market is seeing a shift back toward the range of pre-pandemic levels for buyer demand and home sales.But the transition back toward pre-pandemic levels isn’t a bad thing. The years leading up to the pandemic were some of the best the housing market has seen. That’s why, as the market undergoes this shift, it’s important to compare today not to the abnormal pandemic years, but to the most …

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10 Genius Back-to-School Tips

The School year is quickly approaching and the team here at Corken + Company wants you to have all the best tips to prepare for those hectic mornings. Every parent has that one trick up their sleeve that helps make life just a little simpler amid a crazy school year. Try some or all of these best tips, clever tricks, and genius hacks for a better back-to-school.    Share the Daily Action Plan: Laurie Loudenback hands her kids, ages 12 and 14, a clipboard each morning which includes the day’s schedule, chores, and screen time limits. “This chart has been …

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Back-to-School Supplies Every Student Needs

You’ll need a lot more than three-ring binders and pencils to kick off the school year right. Lucky for you, it’s all right here on this list of back-to-school supplies that are essential!   The ultimate back-to-school checklist: It’s that time of year again! The kids are back in the classroom, which means you’ll need to stock up on school supplies. Whether your child, teen, or college-goer is learning in person, online, or a combination of the two, items like affordable laptops and laptop backpacks, in addition to regular backpacks and other learning essentials, are necessary to stay ahead of …

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