Corken Corner Blog

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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Market Update: June 2022

DMAR released their May report last week to much “fanfare” because home inventory levels increased by 76% from May 2021 as there were 3,652 properties for sale as of May 31st in our 11-county area. Still, there are only 0.67 months of inventory for sale.However, before Covid, there were 8,891 properties for sale in May 2019 and 6,437 properties for sale in May 2018 using DMAR stats. Thus, the number of properties for sale is still down a whopping 59% from 3 years ago and down 43% from 2018. This means inventory needs to double before appreciation drops below 10%. Before Covid, …

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Dig Into June – What to Eat and Drink in Denver This Month

Want an amazing itinerary for where to eat and drink in Denver? Included in this itinerary is what’s recently opened and what’s worth celebrating for no reason at all. Great Stops: Fuel & Iron Bar has opened in LoDo to offer the best of Pueblo to the neighborhood. The bar serves up bites of Slopper Sliders ($15), Pueblo Poutine ($7.50), and even a Green Chili Porter ($8). A Tom Colicchio’s Sandwich concept has opened in Denver but only until early June. The concept dishes out a limited menu of celebrity chef-created sandwiches. MJ Hong – The Korean BBQ Chef – …

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7 New Restaurants and Bars Heating Up the Denver Restaurant Scene

Corken + Company loves giving our clients suggestions on fun and exciting new additions to the Denver restaurant scene. Here is a list of new places that have recently popped on the scene!   BB.Q Chicken 2495 S. Havana St., Unit H Fried chicken is extremely popular in South Korea. As of 2019, the country had more than 87,000 fried chicken restaurants. In March, one of South Korea’s popular chains—BB.Q Chicken—expanded to the Centennial State. They opened their first location on South Havana Street in Aurora. They have plans to launch outposts in Capital Hill and Lone Tree this summer. …

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Bigger Isn’t Always Better: What Today’s Home Buyers Are Looking For

After the mad dash by home buyers made in height of the COVID-19 pandemic for larger homes, some experts are making a case for more efficiently designed, smaller homes. With home prices rising, and supply chain shortages, there’s a convincing argument for seeking smaller houses.A new book by Sheri Koones, “Bigger Than Tiny, Smaller Than Average,” posits that functionality is more important than square footage. An example of this could be transforming your dining room into a workspace.“People want quality rather than quantity,” says Koones. “People want spaces where they can be together.”Small homes are around 1,400 to 2,000 square …

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What Does the Rest of the Year Hold for the Housing Market

If you’re thinking of buying or selling a house, you’re at an exciting decision point. Anytime you make a big decision like this, one thing you should always consider is the timing of your decision. So, what does the rest of the year hold for the housing market? Here’s what our team at Corken + Company would like you to know!   The Number of Homes Available for Sale Is Likely To Grow There are early signs housing inventory is starting to grow and experts say that should continue in the months ahead. As a buyer, having more options is …

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Homeowner’s Guide to Summer Home Maintenance

Fixing, cleaning, and maintaining a home while it’s warm and dry is like shopping for the winter holidays in July. It’s smart to get it done early — before the bad weather comes along. Here are some tips for getting home maintenance done during the summer.  Gutters: Suppose the gutter system — including gutter guards, downspouts, and gutter extensions — is working properly. In that case, water will flow through and out at least five feet away from the house, says Dan DiClerico, a home expert for a national online home renovation website. Start with a visual inspection of the …

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