Cornerstone Realty's new office at 508 Yampa Ave. is one part of the business' recent expansions. The new office is about 600 square-feet larger than the old one, with enough space for two offices and two new staff members.

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Cornerstone Realty's new office at 508 Yampa Ave. is one part of the business' recent expansions. The new office is about 600 square-feet larger than the old one, with enough space for two offices and two new staff members.

Cornerstone expands office, staff

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It's better to own than rent, Stacey Mathers said.

As a real estate broker, she practices what she preaches.

Mathers, who co-owns and works at Cornerstone Realty, thought her business outgrew its old office space at 529 Yampa Ave. In late April, the business stretched its wings.

Cornerstone purchased a 2,100-square-foot office across the street at 508 Yampa Ave., shortly after hiring two new real estate agents.

Both expansions were needed, Mathers said.

"We had basically outgrown the space we were in," she said. "The market is picking up. We had a slow first quarter, but that's probably somewhat due to the weather."

Winter typically is slow for the real estate market, Mathers said.

She added that lending adjustments made by the federal government - such as lowered interest rates - have helped turn the market around by encouraging people to invest.

Cornerstone hired local resident Chuck Cobb and area newcomer Aaron Larry to its staff to meet market demands.

Mathers said the quality of their work and effort was enough to hire them both.

Cobb didn't have any real estate experience but knows the area well from being born and raised here and can offer knowledgeable advice to those looking to sell or buy homes in Moffat County.

Larry, who moved here for the job, has experience in the industry and his familiarity with the market can help people who have questions about when to buy or sell property.

"They both bring things to the business we can definitely make use of," Mathers said of the two men.

Although Cornerstone's old location downtown proved too small for the business's growing operations, Mathers said the business was committed to staying in the heart of Craig.

Downtown Yampa Avenue, she said, is a snapshot of what she loves about the town.

"It's like a little village," Mathers said. "We just love the atmosphere. I think a downtown like this is very needed in a small town like Craig. We didn't want to leave that, and we probably never will."

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