Top 5 Tips for Buying a Fixer Upper

Buying a fixer upper can be a great way to get a property for less than the price of surrounding homes. However, it can be an intimidating undertaking with a lot of unknowns. To avoid unpleasant surprises that drain your wallet, it is key to have it properly evaluated before signing on the dotted line. Choosing the “right” fixer upper makes all the difference. Decide early on how much your budget, and patience, will allow.

Fixer Upper Tips

Fixer Upper Flaws that Can Break Your Budget

Foundation, structural and roofing issues are just a few items that have a big price tag. Go into the project with open eyes. By partnering with a knowledgeable agent, you will have access to experts who can properly assess the property.

Additionally, replacing major systems like heating, ventilation and air conditioning can be costly. Issues like mold can be resolved but can also come back over time.

Consider the Location & Layout

Evaluate the potential of the fixer upper you are looking at. One of the most important factors is location. It should be just as desirable as a home that is in perfect shape. Seek out project homes in sought after areas. Check out neighboring homes to see if they are in good condition.

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Deep Creek Lake Real Estate News for Fall 2018

Deep Creek Lake real estate news shows good activity throughout the fall months, even with the small uptick in interest rates. As many of my clients realize, a slight rise in interest rates indicates that the market is healthy enough to sustain an increase. You can see that our average sold price is up considerably compared to last year, which correlates to the number of $1M+ homes that have sold in 2018. Another sign of a strong housing environment.

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Cold weather has arrived at Deep Creek, so I put together some winterizing tips for vacant homes. Be sure your home is ready for winter’s chill! Continue reading Deep Creek Lake Real Estate News for Fall 2018

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and Sales Celebrates 10th Anniversary!

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and Sales marked their tenth anniversary in 2018! This is a great company to work for, and I am proud to be a co-owner of the real estate division. In addition to celebrating ten years in business, we recently completed the addition of 4,500 square feet to our office!

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Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and Sales History

Taylor-Made was started in 2008 by Jodi Taylor Refosco, her husband Joe and her brother Chad Taylor. Jodi and Chad had years of experience in the vacation rental industry. They worked for their parents at Deep Creek’s largest rental company until they sold it in 2007. Joe has a strong background in hospitality and also worked for the elder Taylor’s and played a key role in developing their in-house laundry facility. Continue reading Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and Sales Celebrates 10th Anniversary!

3 New Listings at Deep Creek Lake

New listings at Deep Creek Lake are still popping up everywhere this fall. Summer was a very busy season for me, and things have not slowed down much at all. From ski in/ski out to lake front, there are options for every budget.

I am excited to introduce 3 of my new listings at Deep Creek Lake. Each offers an opportunity to enjoy the best of #lakelife.

New Listings at Deep Creek Lake

New Listings at Deep Creek Lake

425 Hines Drive

This stunning lake front, e log home is impressive inside and out. It offers four spacious bedrooms and four bathrooms. Filtered lake views can be seen from almost every room. Situated on 1.6+ acres, you can enjoy the spectacular scenery from the massive deck. A trail leads to a lakeside platform that is tucked in the trees. Close-by, you will find your boat slip at the community dock. Plus, this home has a great history as a vacation rental. Continue reading 3 New Listings at Deep Creek Lake

New Listings: Lake Front Homes for Sale at Deep Creek Lake

There are lots of lake front homes for sale at Deep Creek this summer! I recently listed two of them. Each is an example of the different types of experiences you can have at the lake. You can be off-the-beaten-path or right in the heart of area activities. Choose from stunning chalets or amazing cottages.

Deep Creek Lake is truly a place where you can get away from it all in a manner that suits your personal and family needs.

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746 Pine Tree Point Road

Enjoy the quieter side of life at the southern end of the lake!

Lake Front Homes for Sale

Situated on 100 feet of stunning lakefront, you will love this nicely updated cottage. It offers four bedrooms and two baths. Highlights include wood cathedral ceilings and two fireplaces. Each level has scenic lake view. Continue reading New Listings: Lake Front Homes for Sale at Deep Creek Lake

Deep Creek Lake Summer Real Estate Update

Deep Creek Lake Summer Real Estate Update

My Deep Creek Lake summer real estate update brings you news about a market that is in full swing!

Deep Creek Lake Summer Real Estate Update

When comparing to the average from the last 5 years, closed sales are up. Also, pending sales/contracts are up. Active listings are down, and the days on the market are down.  There are pockets of our market that are doing really well. We are even seeing  an occasional multiple offer situation.  Then there are other segments where properties are getting activity but moving at more of a pace we are used to seeing in G.C. with a 6-12 month average time on the market.  Nothing to complain about it.  Garrett County has been on the uptick for the past few years. I like the balance that we are seeing with buyers and sellers when it comes to negotiating for the good of both parties. Continue reading Deep Creek Lake Summer Real Estate Update

Featured Community: Waterfront Greens at Deep Creek Lake

Waterfront Greens at Deep Creek Lake is a favorite community. Year round residents, second home owners and vacationers love the scenic location and numerous amenities. Also, it is close to popular activities.

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Waterfront greens amenities

There is something for every member of the family to enjoy. All of the homes have access to the common lakefront gazebo. Many have dock slips as well. There are a total of eight shared docks. The quiet cove is ideal for fishing and kayaking.

A signature feature of Waterfront Greens is the catch and release fishing pond. Surrounded by picturesque gazebos, it provides recreation and a great photo op. Little kids especially enjoy casting their line. Continue reading Featured Community: Waterfront Greens at Deep Creek Lake

New Lakefront Home for Sale at Deep Creek Lake

This new lakefront home for sale at Deep Creek Lake is truly a stunner! I just listed 320 Lake Forest Drive and am excited to share it. Inside and out, it offers #lakelife at its best.

new lakefront home for sale at Deep Creek Lake

New Lakefront Home for Sale at Deep Creek Lake

This immaculate six-bedroom chalet is the ideal second home. Because it is situated on an uncommonly level lot, it is very family friendly. Almost every room has unobstructed lake views.

Main Level

Inside, there are many custom details. The main level layout is open and ideal for entertaining. Cathedral ceilings, a stone fireplace and a massive wall of windows are highlights of the great room. Also, there is a Bose whole home audio system.

new lakefront home for sale at Deep Creek Lake

The kitchen features recent updates that include tile floors, granite counters, two dishwashers, two garbage disposals, double ovens and an under counter icemaker. It is easy to imagine hosting your favorite folks for a fun dinner party or afternoon barbecue. Continue reading New Lakefront Home for Sale at Deep Creek Lake

15 Staging Tips to Sell Your Home

Staging tips can give you an edge over your competition. Almost everyone wants to sell their home as quickly as possible. Knowing where to focus your time and energy is key.

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20 Staging tips

I have collected lots of staging tips over the years. Here are a few of my favorites that I hope you find helpful as you prepare to list your home.

1. clean FROM TOP TO BOTTOM

This step is key. From windows to floors, everything should be sparkling clean. This is a cost-effective way to show off the best features of your home. You don’t want potential buyers to be distracted by dirt. If you have a larger house, you may want to hire professionals. Taylor-Made’s housekeepers will do the dirty work for you.

2. Stage your dining room table.

A styled dining table can make the room look more inviting. A simple flower arrangement, decorative placemats or an attractive piece of pottery can spruce up a bare table. Continue reading 15 Staging Tips to Sell Your Home

Amazing Lake Front Home for Sale!

Finding a lake front home for sale that is as exquisite at 308 Lake Forest Drive is truly a rare opportunity. Attention to detail and luxury finishes are found inside and out. It offers eight bedrooms and seven full and three half baths.

Because of its convenient location, you can easily enjoy the best of the Deep Creek Lake area. Skiing, restaurants, shops and state parks are within a ten-minute drive or less.

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Inside this Lake Front Home for Sale

Designed by architect Darrin Peterson, this home is an Adirondack-style lodge. Nearly every room has windows that highlight soaring lake views.

The highest quality materials were carefully chosen and constructed to blend form and function. Area craftsman created one-of-a-kind features that include Groll Ornamental Iron, Eastern White Cedar beams with flared roots in-tact and custom woodwork throughout.

Keeping the home’s history alive, the original 1941 cabin that was located on the lot was incorporated as part of the dining room. Wormy chestnut walls, exposed beams and the original fireplace give it an authentic Deep Creek Lake vibe.

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