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.


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.

lake front home for sale

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.

Continue reading Amazing Lake Front Home for Sale!

4 New Deep Creek Lake Listings for Spring 2018

New Deep Creek Lake listings are popping up right and left! It is not quite spring, but the market is already heating up. If you are thinking of selling, now is the time to work on your “to do” list. Curb appeal, de-cluttering and staging should be top-of-mind. Buyers should be getting their financing squared away. Pre-approval will give you a competitive edge when you find your perfect home. Interest rates are low now, but they are projected to increase.

Here are a few of my new Deep Creek Lake listings to check out.

New Deep Creek Lake listings

new deep creek lake listings

646 Mountaintop Road

Located in the gated Deep Creek Highlands Community, this beautiful log home offers 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. The view of Deep Creek Lake is spectacular! This home is an established vacation rental with excellent income potential. Continue reading 4 New Deep Creek Lake Listings for Spring 2018

Deep Creek Lake Event Update

Your Deep Creek Lake event update includes fun activities for St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and more! Winter is hanging on at Deep Creek Lake, and Wisp Resort expects to be open through St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Over 10 inches of snow in early March has given us some of the best slope conditions of the year!

Deep Creek Lake Event Update

The Deep Creek Lake real estate market is heating up! I have lots of new listings. Vacation rental rates are low, so it is a great time to plan a weekend getaway and shop for homes.

March & April Deep Creek Lake Event Update

Hiking & Snowshoeing Tours
Saturdays thru Mid-April, 10AM-Noon
Head out with the local guides from All Earth Eco Tours to explore Swallow Falls State Park.

Indoor Flea Market & Crafts
March 17, 8AM-3PM, Ag Hall at the Garrett County Fairgrounds
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure! This indoor yard sale is a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

St. Patrick’s Day Party at Mt. State Brewing Company
March 17, 5-9PM
Celebrate with corned beef & cabbage, drink specials, contests and bagpipers at 6PM!
Continue reading Deep Creek Lake Event Update

Maryland Smoke Alarm Law Reminder

The Maryland Smoke Alarm Law was recently updated. New requirements went into effect January 1, 2018. The goal is to reduce the number of fire related deaths. I put together a rundown of the requirements and why they are important. Click here for full details on the Maryland Smoke Alarm Law.

Maryland smoke alarm law

Maryland Smoke Alarm Law Requirements

The new Maryland Smoke Alarm Law applies to any battery-only operated smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old. Home owner should replace them with an alarm with a 10-year sealed-in battery having a “hush” button. Continue reading Maryland Smoke Alarm Law Reminder

Home Winterization Tips for Deep Creek Home Sales

home winterization tips

Home winterization is on the minds of many of my sellers in the Deep Creek Lake are this time of year. I put together my top tips for home winterization to be sure you are ready when Old Man Winter knocks at the door.

prevent frozen pipes

Home winterization starts with protecting your pipes and water system. Avoid costly water damage that can occur from freezing pipes. A plumber will check everything and get it ready it for cold temperatures. Water should be drained from places where it is stored, like water heaters and hot tubs.

Once the water is drained, you won’t need to keep the heat turned up. Your pipes are safe and you will have lower utility costs.

check the gutters for leaks & debris

If water collects and freezes, your gutters could be damaged. The weight can pull them off of the house. Also, this could cause water to collect around your foundation. Most home owners know, that is never a good thing. Clean them out and seal up any leaks that you find. Continue reading Home Winterization Tips for Deep Creek Home Sales

Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Market Update for November 2017

Deep Creek Lake Real Estate market update for November 2017:

Your Deep Creek Lake real estate update gives you a snapshot of both Garrett County stats as well as the state of Maryland for comparison.

Residential home sales in Maryland rose by 2.5 percent over 2016. That indicates a steady fall market, according to the Maryland REALTORS. For the fifth month in a row, there were steady increases. The average and median home prices rose by 1.7% and 2.6% percent respectively, as compared to the same time in 2016. 

Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Market Update

“We are encouraged by the reversal from last month, as seen in the modest climb in home sales.”  said Maryland REALTORS President, Boyd Campbell.  “More importantly, there has been a 4.9 percent increase in homes under contract or pending units,” Campbell added. “This heralds more active home sales through the end of the year.” Continue reading Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Market Update for November 2017

Maryland Mortgage Program- FREE Closing Cost Assistance

Maryland Mortgage Program- FREE Closing Cost Assistance
Betsy Spiker Holcomb, Deep Creek Lake’s Favorite Realtor
Maryland Mortgage Program- FREE Closing Cost Assistance
Call Betsy @ 301-616-5022 with questions.

Maryland Mortgage Program- Closing Cost Assistance

  • Effective 1/20/17, the Maryland Mortgage Program is offering the Maryland Mortgage Grant Assist Program.

  • Grant Assist offers homebuyers closing cost assistance in the form of a 4% grant of the first loan amount.

  • Grant funds must be used exclusively for closing costs of the mortgage loan/home purchase.

  • Grant funds may not be used for down payment or combined with any down payment assistance products offered by CDA.

  • The grant must always equal 4%; no higher or lower percentages are allowed.

  • If the grant exceeds closing costs the excess will be applied as a principal curtailment.

  • Employers, builders, developers, non-profits or other contributors may offer additional assistance; however, the Partner Match Program is not available and the assistance will not be matched by the Department.

  • The Fact Sheet with all details will be available on the MMP website Fact Sheet Page at:


Call Betsy Holcomb for more information @ 301-616-5022 or email her at

Ski/In Ski/Out Property-Wisp Resort

 Ski/In Ski/Out Property-Wisp Resort
Deep Creek Lakes Favorite Real Estate Agent


 Ski/In Ski/Out Property-Wisp Resort
Taylor-Made Real Estate Betsy Spiker Holcomb-301-616-5022

 Ski/In Ski/Out Property-Wisp Resort


Ski/In Ski/Out Property-Wisp Resort. Ski in/ski out or slope side access have different personalities just as lakefront does. For example, you may be able to ski-in but not out or vice versa.  You might have to walk to the chairlift to get to the slopes but then you can ski back to your property. True ski-in/ski-out access means you’re actually skiing to and from your mountain property. Ski-in/ski-out can be located here at Wisp on the upper to mid portions of the mountain. Wisp Resort has condos at the base of the mountain near the lodge as well. The perks and conveniences of this style property is second to none. Imagine having a cocktail watching the game while rotating time on the slopes with the family. Boot warmers, ski lockers, washer/dryer with a mud room help keep everything convenient and easy. Come in from a ski sesh, strip and get into warm clothes and defrost by the fireplace with a hot cup of cocoa! When you get warmed and energized, hit the slopes again!

Here on Marsh Mountain surrounding Wisp Resort, there is a nice selection of different ski-in/ski-out neighborhoods. Boulder Ridge, Kendall Camp, Highline, Villages of Wisp, are all solid options that have different personalities.  Give Betsy Holcomb a call at 301-616-5022 on your next visit and explore the wonderful wintertime real estate options for both personal and investment opportunities.

Here is a link to a few townhome’s for-sale that offer affordability and slope access.

11 Liftside Drive

4 Lakeview Court

Call Betsy Holcomb At 1-301-616-5022 for more information.

Also, check out this amazing ski/in ski/out rental with a slope-side indoor pool! Call Taylor-Made today for availability.  Call toll free for information at 1-866-351-1119.

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