Corken Corner Blog

Ways to Cool Down During Colorado’s Summer

Our team at Corken+Company wanted to give you a way to beat the heat by savoring refreshing Colorado! Here are 10 of the best local summer activities to help you cool down.   Never Summer Mountains Home to pockets of snow regardless of season, this range west of Fort Collins is a hikeable wonderland where you can spot moose and rare high-altitude bogs.   Summer Chairlift Rides Many of our 28 ski resorts offer warm-weather jaunts for views of lush valleys, stunning peaks as well as mountain hamlets.   Summer Tubing Soar down engineered tubing slopes year-round at places like …

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Why You Need an Expert for Pricing Your Home Correctly

If you’re ready to make a move this summer, taking advantage of today’s market might be just the answer for you. With homes continuing to get multiple offers, this could be the perfect time to get the offer you’re looking for on your house. To do this, you need a realtor on your side to ensure you make the right choices, especially when selling your house. A very important piece of the puzzle is setting the right asking price. This can help buyers notice your home (and get excited about it) from the first time they view the listing. That’s where …

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A Majority of Consumers Say It’s a Good Time To Sell Your House

If you’re thinking about selling your home, you’re probably asking: is it a good time to sell a house? You’re most likely balancing several factors, like your changing needs, where you’ll go when you sell your house, and today’s mortgage rates to time it just right.According to recent data, that perfect time could already be here. The graph below from Keeping Current Matters shows the percentage of survey respondents who say it’s a good time to sell a house. The big dip in March and April of 2020 reflects how consumer sentiment dropped at the beginning of the pandemic as uncertainty …

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Things To Avoid After Applying For A Home Loan

Once you’ve applied for a mortgage to buy a home, there are some key things to keep in mind. While it’s exciting to start thinking about moving in and decorating, be careful when it comes to making any big purchases. Here are a few things you may not realize you need to avoid after applying for your home loan.   Don’t Deposit Large Sums of Cash: Lenders need to source your money, and cash isn’t easily traceable. Before you deposit any amount of cash into your accounts, discuss the proper way to document your transactions with your loan officer.   …

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How to Cool Down a Room: 5 Ways to Hit Back at Heatwaves

For all the outdoor fun we can have in them, heatwaves do have their disadvantages – especially if your home is prone to overheating, you don’t have AC, or it isn’t quite up to the job. We have all experienced those sweltering Colorado heatwave days, and Corken + Company is here to help you manage them!If you find yourself facing a heatwave, or even just a particularly hot day, it is perhaps inevitable that you will wonder how to cool down a room.While some methods of keeping a home cool in a heatwave can work in the long term, some …

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10 Ways to Brighten Up Your Living Room

A lighter, brighter color scheme brings affordable elegance to your home. Corken + Company wants to give you some amazing tips and tricks to brighten up your living room.   Bring In the Bling: A polished coffee table both reflects light and doubles the impact of the accessories atop it. Even better: Glass and metallic pieces complement any color schemes.   Wash the Walls: The gradual accumulation of particulates like dust and soot can make a space look subtly dingy. While it doesn’t catch the eye at first, is it noticeable when you rearrange wall decor. Head off the heartbreak …

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How to Qualify for a Mortgage: Income, Credit, and Debt Requirements for a Loan

If you’re curious about what qualifying for a mortgage looks like, you’re not alone. Do you just show up at a bank with a checkbook, and hope for the best? Not quite! Mortgages aren’t handed out to just anyone—they require a lengthy screening process. If you’re buying your first home figuring out what you need to qualify for a mortgage can be tricky. But Corken + Company is here to help!  How to qualify for a mortgage: It’s important to know everything you need to bring to the table when you need to qualify for a mortgage. Here’s a guide on …

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7 Best Colorado Towns for a Summer Vacation

Today’s travel is all about feeling better — feeling better about you, the planet, and everyone on it. There’s no better place to start this new kind of adventure travel than in the state of Colorado. Whether you’re planning a trip to Colorado or are a native looking to get out for the summer, here is a list of the best Colorado towns for a summer getaway.  Snowmass Village Snowmass Village is a stunning hamlet in the Elk Mountains. While it has the feel of a small ski town, it is only nine miles from Aspen. If you ask any …

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Pending vs. Contingent: What’s the Difference?

When you’re in the homebuying process, you’ll probably notice a lot of different lingo used. You’ll often see that homes are marked as either pending or contingent. Our team at Corken + Company wants to make sure all of our clients are well versed in all real estate terminology, specifically pending vs. contingent.There are differences between the two, and understanding those differences can help you know if a house is worth trying to pursue.   Contingent First up, there’s contingent. Contingent means that a seller has accepted an offer. These listings are still active, so you can still see them …

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9 Colorado Travel Tips You Need To Know

The Corken + Company team cannot get enough of beautiful Colorado. These helpful Colorado travel tips will let you enjoy the state by traveling at off-peak times, exploring lesser-known treasures, and traveling like a local.  Travel Tips: The more time you’re in the car, the less time you have to breathe in Colorado’s fresh air. Maximize your vacay days with these helpful hints:   1. Make longer drives during the weekdays and avoid holiday weekends. The roads will be clearer and, as a bonus, many hotels offer lower rates to mid-week travelers.   2. Heading to the mountains? Peak travel …

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