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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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

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.

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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

154 Stilwater Drive-Upscale Lakefront

Betsy Spiker Holcomb Deep Creek Lakes Favorite Realtor
Betsy Spiker Holcomb, Deep Creek Lake’s Favorite Realtor
154 Stilwater Drive-Upscale Lakefront
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154 Stilwater Drive-Upscale Lakefront
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154 Stilwater Drive-Upscale Lakefront. If you are searching for nice, upscale lakefront living in the quiet community of Stilwater, look no further. Continue reading 154 Stilwater Drive-Upscale Lakefront

939 Glendale Road, Glendale Shores #1

 

Betsy Spiker Holcomb Deep Creek Lakes Favorite Realtor
Betsy Spiker Holcomb, Deep Creek Lake’s Favorite Realtor
939 Glendale Road, Glendale Shores #1
939 Glendale Road, Glendale Shores #1

939 Glendale Road, Glendale Shores #1

939 Glendale Road, Glendale Shores #1 Oakland, Maryland 21550. This town home goes under the category of great Deep Creek Lakefront! The first thing you’ll notice as you walk up to the house is the new railing and steps built out of pressure-treated lumber. Continue reading 939 Glendale Road, Glendale Shores #1

16 Cedar Shores Drive #17

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

16 Cedar Shores Drive #17. In the heart of McHenry at Deep Creek Lake, you will find this three level log townhome at Cedar Shores. Walk into the spacious great room where you’re immediately struck by beautiful hardwood maple floors. There’s an open floor plan with kitchen and entertaining room perfect for family get-togethers. There is also a cozy dining area with a nice view of Deep Creek Lake and Wisp ski slopes. Continue reading 16 Cedar Shores Drive #17

1278 Deep Creek Drive Sundown Chase BLDG 3 #3C

Betsy Spiker Holcomb Deep Creek Lakes Favorite Realtor
Betsy Spiker Holcomb, Deep Creek Lake’s Favorite Realtor
1278 Deep Creek Drive Sundown Chase BLDG 3 #3C
1278 Deep Creek Drive Sundown Chase BLDG 3 #3C

1278 Deep Creek Drive Sundown Chase BLDG 3 #3C is a beautiful townhome that has a great location and view!  You’re walking distance from many popular restaurants, amenities and activities in the popular Northern end of the lake. Continue reading 1278 Deep Creek Drive Sundown Chase BLDG 3 #3C

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
2149 MARSH_front exterior

 

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