2379 Marsh Hill Road McHenry MD

2319 Marsh Hill Road McHenry MD
Betsy Spiker Holcomb, Deep Creek Lake’s Favorite Realtor

 

2319 Marsh Hill Road McHenry MD
Taylor-Made Real Estate Betsy Spiker Holcomb-301-616-5022

 

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Enjoy beautiful Deep Creek lakefront living at Marsh Hill Road. As you walk into the main level, you’ll notice a good view of the lake from a perched kitchen and dining living area. Just down the hall is a wonderfully cozy sitting room with a huge stone fireplace that also overlooks the lake. On the opposite end of the main level, you’ll find a huge master bedroom with plenty of closet space and a washer/dryer area with an enormous folding space. This joins a massive and gorgeous master bathroom which gives a mini-suite feel. You’ll notice beautiful wood floors throughout the entire main level as a class accent. Upstairs you will find three additional master bedrooms that have plenty of space and that are laid out perfectly. Downstairs you have a great sized recreation area with a pool table next to a nice wet bar. You also have an additional laundry room downstairs which has plenty of room for ping pong tables and bumper pool style games. There’s also a spacious bedroom that walks out onto a stone terrace and hot tub. This property is perched perfectly above Deep Creek Lake across from the 219 Bridge.  The landscaping throughout the entire property is gorgeous. There’s plenty of room here with 180′ of lakefront.  The house almost has a park-like feel to it. Take some time on your next visit to come visit this gorgeous property. You will not be disappointed.

 

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Betsy Spiker Holcomb Deep Creek Lakes Favorite Realtor
Betsy Spiker Holcomb, Deep Creek Lake’s Favorite Realtor

 

Taylor-Made Real Estate Betsy Spiker Holcomb-301-616-5022
Taylor-Made Real Estate Betsy Spiker Holcomb-301-616-5022

2149 Marsh Hill Rd McHenry Maryland

Betsy Spiker Holcomb Deep Creek Lakes Favorite Realtor
Betsy Spiker Holcomb Deep Creek Lakes Favorite Realtor
2149 Marsh Hill Rd McHenry Maryland
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This beautiful blue Lakefront home with tin roof and a detached garage is perfectly perched above Deep Creek Lake. It has been masterfully nestled into the mature local Timber with a very elaborate driveway for easy access to this home.The driveway is lined with rock walls made from huge local stones that releases perfectly at the front door of the lakefront home. Continue reading 2149 Marsh Hill Rd McHenry Maryland

Betsy Spiker Holcomb Nominated for Realtor of the Year!

Betsy Spiker Holcomb Nominated for Realtor of the Year!
Betsy Spiker Holcomb Nominated for Realtor of the Year!

Betsy Spiker Holcomb Nominated for Realtor of the Year!

 

This year has been fantastic for many, many reasons. My wife Betsy and I are expecting a little boy, due on New Years Eve of 2012. It’s hard to top that with anything else, but I can tell you that I am very proud of my wonderful wife,Betsy SpikerHolcomb, for being nominated for the State of Maryland’s Realtor of the Year award.

 

Betsy has learned a lot growing up with a Mom that has had her hands deeply submerged in the real estate business for over 35 years. That being said, Betsy has developed her own vast understanding of every specific part of this complex business, like a horologist who masterfully puts together thousands on tiny pieces to make something that runs with surgical precision. I can tell you, having been in this business less than five years, that it will take me many more years to become as knowledgeable about the intricate details that need to be understood to make clients feel secure spending large amounts of money on an investment here at Deep Creek Lake.

 

Betsy has served the Garrett County Board of REALTORS® (GCBR) in various capacities over the years, including secretary and director of their Board. “Her dedication and commitment in serving on the committee of Public Relations, Task Force, and Builder Liaisons have been instrumental in others becoming involved,” said a spokesperson of GCBR. Holcomb just finished a second term as the chair of the Realtors Action Committee and as a 3-year Director.

Betsy Spiker Holcomb Nominated for Realtor of the Year!

 

Real Estate is only a piece to a puzzle that led her to be dearly respected by her peers. She leads the county in her volunteer work and continually works selflessly as a leader in fund raising to acquire more modern equipment with the Garrett County Memorial Hospital Foundation board. She is also dedicated to the Hospital’s Board of Governors, the GCMH Life Savers Club, as a volunteer for Partners of Animal Welfare and Safety, and as a Garrett Lakes Arts Festival & Dancing Classrooms sponsor.

 

She is an 11th generation resident ofGarrettCounty, which is something you do not hear as much in the country anymore. She has “deep roots” here in the county and community and is respected by friends, family, colleagues, peers, and mostly by her husband. I am a bit partial to this wonderful woman, who’s a fantastic wife and soon to be the mother of our first child, but she posses a quality of well rounded perfection that makes this entire community proud of her nomination for Realtor of the Year!

Betsy Spiker Holcomb Nominated for Realtor of the Year!

Hurricane Sandy-Frankenstorm-Garrett County

Hurricane Sandy-Frankenstorm-Garrett County

Hurricane Sandy-Frankenstorm-Garrett County

Hurricane Sandy first caught my attention barreling up from Florida towards our second home in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The original plan was to travel the 7 ½ hours southeast and ride out the storm protecting our beloved beach home. It wasn’t long before predictions were hailing it as a super storm that could possibly devour the entire east coast with wind and storm surges and threaten the mountains of western Maryland with a heck of a lot of snow. As Garrett Countyis our primary residence we chose to stay here and weather the storm and take care of our dogs, family and friends. I prepared over the weekend as the storm was supposed to hit early in the week. Although we are on public water, I filled all the tubs with water in case something was to go awry and we called our gas supplier to make sure we had a full tank. We also bought 6- one gallon containers of water to put in our main freezer to help keep it cold when the power went out. There was no doubt in our minds that we would lose power for days, maybe even weeks as the forecast got bleaker with every new report on the news channels.

Hurricane Sandy-Frankenstorm-Garrett County

 

On Monday afternoon, the snow started light and beautiful in our peripheral vision as we kept up the pace in preparation for the worst storm of the century. The days seemed short as we ran around the county collecting supplies to make sure there was nothing we would leave out in our preparations. As night cooled down the air, we sat in front of the TV waiting for the inevitable. The trees already weighted heavy from the wet snow that seemed to continue to stretch the limbs toward the ground inch by inch as the sky dumped at a steady pace. Without notice, the lights pulsed off, then back on which dropped our spirits and picked them up in an instinct. It was only a few seconds later that the lights went off and the last light of the TV constricted smaller and smaller until it was gone like a candle being extinguished by a winter wind.

Hurricane Sandy-Frankenstorm-Garrett County

 

The candles and flashlights were already in place to be lit and the gas fireplace’s steady hiss took over the ambience of the room replacing the lively TV. Our two dogs walked around for the next few hours confused as to what was really going on and we unwillingly hunkered down for a long, cool night.

Hurricane Sandy-Frankenstorm-Garrett County

 

There is something always very magical about the first snow of the season and this one lived up to every first snow from the past with beauty extending across all of GarrettCounty. First thoughts are…can we drive up to the top of the driveway to get out and about? I worked my way digging about half way up the 100+ foot driveway when I realized that the main road had not been plowed yet, which made my attempts to dig us out useless. It was then when I noticed the very heavy, clingy snow pulling down some trees and limbs with a fair, variable gusty breeze swirling across the mountain. I started to focus in on the damage around us caused by the heavy snow that had still not let up, and that were continuing to weight heavier on the trees as time clicked forward.

Hurricane Sandy-Frankenstorm-Garrett County

 

Word was out through Facebook that power would not be restored for over a week or more. The photos started to surface of huge trees falling over by the thousands, draping over power lines all around the county. It became very apparent that this ordeal had not peaked and that we still had more destruction possible to come. There was still no official word as to how this was going to be handled and who was going to do the work. County officials and volunteers were manned with chainsaws trying to open basic roadways with hopes of professional tree workers and power workers to take over soon. Betsy’s brother came over on Tuesday afternoon with his tractor to open up our driveway and with perfect timing the county plow truck followed suit and opened up the main roads. Another cool night with steady snowfall took us into Wednesday morning where the snowfall total was getting close to 30”. I decided  I would venture out to see what was actually going on and started down the mountain on Shingle Camp Road. As I passed the Lodestone Golf Course I realized that I had probably made a mistake getting out and about so soon. The problem…I could not turn around and the road was only plowed as wide as my car. I had no choice but to continue down the road weaving through small openings that the plow was lucky enough to punch through, many times going under trees pulled over the road like mini caves. As I turned up Oakland Sang Run, I started to fear a bit for my personal safety as power lines were everywhere as the result of tree after tree falling.  I turned up Mayhew Inn Road hoping to get back to the main highway quickly and out of harm’s way. I caught a county front end loader immediately and spend a good 45minutes following it watching as the heavy trees were pushed out of the way. I felt like I was going through a war zone, an apocalypse at times, and the power lines/downed trees were littered everywhere.

Hurricane Sandy-Frankenstorm-Garrett County

 

Maryland’s Governor came on Thursday to assess the damage, and it seemed like a switch was turned on with relief efforts. The main highway, Route 219, coming into McHenry was filled with tractor trailers, National Guard vehicles, tree cutting specialists, and power workers. By around 4pm we had our power back up and running. We were the fortunate ones because 65% of the county was still without. The County had a lot of shining moments with the help of many people – strangers to the area, neighbors, family and friends. The crews spent the next 5 days busting their tails to helpGarrettCountyresidents re-gain power and some normalcy throughout this disaster.

Hurricane Sandy-Frankenstorm-Garrett County

 

As of today we still have a lot of people powerless, but we seem to be getting closer to getting all of this resolved. The strength of our community, volunteers, friends and neighbors have taken a tragic situation and injected it with good ‘ole American perseverance to bring us all together as one to tackle unfamiliar obstacles confidently and compassionately. God Bless America and Garrett County!

Hurricane Sandy-Frankenstorm-Garrett County

Real Estate information from Deep Creek Lake

Betsy Spiker Holcomb Deep Creek Lakes Favorite Realtor
Betsy Spiker Holcomb Deep Creek Lakes Favorite Realtor

 

We’ve made it through the first 36-48” we received at Deep Creek Lake this weekend and now we’re bearing down for the next 12-20” coming tonight and tomorrow.  Having been housebound for a day, I was able to catch up on some market tidbits and interesting facts recently released by The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR®).

NAR® has recently released a book that outlines the buying habits of the previous year, 2009.  What we have believed over the past year is now official…90% of buyers use the internet to search for real estate.  Although these statistics are geared toward a primary residence homebuyer rather than a second homebuyer, the tactics are still the same for any buyer.  This information is helpful in ‘moving with the market’ and adapting your business plan to meet the wishes of your target market.

  • 47% of recent homebuyers were first-time.
  • 21% of recent homebuyers were single women.
  • Typical homebuyer searched for 12 weeks and saw 12 homes before buying.
  • Recent sellers sold their home for 95% of asking price and 60% had reduced the price at least once.
  • 42% of recent sellers offered incentives in terms of warranties and closing help.
  • Sources recent buyers used in home search:  90% internet, 87% agent, 59% yard sign.
  • Most frequently used sources by buyers:  76% internet, 68% agent, 24% yard sign.
  • “Most useful” information for buyers was found:  81% agent, 77% internet, 42% yard sign, 2% newspaper.
  • Buyers found the home they purchased using:  36% agent, 36% internet, 12% yard sign, 2% newspaper.
  • Website features buyers found “very useful”:  84% photos, 82% detailed information, 63% virtual tours, 46% agent contact information, 43% interactive maps, 40% neighborhood information.
  • What buyers want most from real estate agents:  46% finding home, 16% negotiating terms, 13% negotiating price, 9% help with paperwork, 8% comps.
  • What buyers considered benefits of using an agent:  63% understand process, 53% pointing out unnoticed features/faults, 42% negotiate terms, 41% improve knowledge of search area, 41% improved list of vendors, 20% expanded buyers search area, 18% narrowed buyers search area.
  • Number of agents interviewed by buyer:  66% one, 19% two, 10% three.
  • “Most important” factors for buyer agent selection:  98% honesty/integrity, 95% knowledge of purchase process, 93% responsiveness, 92% market knowledge, 84% negotiating skills, 83% people skills.
  • Methods used to find agent:  40% referral, 24% used agent used previously, 5% met agent at an open house, 3% saw contact information on yard sign or open house sign, 1% calendar, magnet, etc.
  • “Most important” factors for listing agent selection: 22% pricing help, 21% find a buyer, 19% marketing help, 19% selling home within specific timeframe, 10% find ways to fix-up home so it will sell for more.
  • 85% of all FSBOs had an agent bring the buyer.
  • FSBO vs Agent Assisted Sales Price:  FSBO $172,000, Agent Assisted $215,000
  • (Source: National Association of REALTORS®)

As always, feel free to contact me anytime concerning Deep Creek Lake or Garrett County real estate 301.616.5022.  With the upcoming President’s Day holiday and the fresh powder, it’s the perfect opportunity to visit Deep Creek Lake, Maryland for a long weekend and take on Wisp Ski Resort’s 30+ trails.

Real Estate information from Deep Creek Lake
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