Real Estate & COVID-19: What Buyers & Sellers Need to Know

Real estate has felt significant impacts due to COVID-19. The pandemic has created uncertainty in our daily lives that affects everything. That being said, real estate transactions can move forward for buyers and sellers.

You can rely on my years experience. Now more than ever, having a knowledgable agent is key.

Buyers

Here are some important points for buyers in the age of COVID-19:

  • Find the right real estate agent. I am comfortable with technology and can offer virtual home tours & consultations.
  • Virtual home tours – many Taylor-Made listings have 3D tours available online. Facetime or Zoom tours with your agent are also an option. If you want to see a home in person, Maryland Association of REALTORS® has mandated that no more than 3 people be at the showing and practice social distancing/masks/gloves/etc.
  • Remote mortgage pre-approval – many lenders are working remotely and are able to pre-qualify you via online applications and interviews via phone or video.
  • Remote home inspections – home inspectors are offering buyers home inspections with videoconferencing to review any findings discovered.
  • Virtual home appraisals – rather than site visits, many lenders are allowing video or desktop appraising using the data and photos from the listing and comparing it with other similar properties.
  • Remote closings – many title companies prefer virtual closings where the buyer is sent the closing package via email, having it notarized and mailing it back to the title company. Funds would be wired to the title company from the lender and no one ever has to come in contact to facilitate the closing except for possibly the walk through which agents are handling with kid gloves so that no one is compromised.
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588 Bench Road: New Listing in Sky Valley

588 Bench Road is a new listing in the popular Sky Valley subdivision. Homes in this area tend to sell quickly due to the beautiful natural surroundings and access to community amenities.

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588 Bench Road – A Closer Look

Built in 2005, this spacious chalet is immaculately-kept. It offers five bedrooms and 3 baths. The main level has an open floor plan that is ideal for gatherings. Cathedral ceilings highlight the great room. A stunning, floor -to-ceiling stone (gas) fireplace is flanked by large windows that reveal beautiful scenery.

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Adapting Real Estate Services During the COVID-19 Crisis

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Adapting real estate services during the COVID-19 crisis is key. As a real estate professional, my goal is to continue to serve buyers and sellers to the best of my ability.

Even during uncertain times, the market continues to move. I am here as a resource for buyers and sellers who need assistance, information and reassurance.

Adapting real estate tactics can maintain the personal, interactive and relationship built nature of this business. I am committed to keeping everyone safe and healthy. Through the use of technology, I can continue to work hard for my clients.

Adapting Real Estate Service

I am working remotely along with my licensed assistant, Karen Doerr. The two of us are readily available for clients. Here are just a few of the ways we are staying connected:

-As always, buyers can search Garrett County and Deep Creek Lake real estate online. If you are interested in seeing more of a particular listing, one of us can go to the property and Facetime with you. Other types of video calls like Zoom meetings are an option too.

-I use my Facebook page to highlight listings for my sellers. It is also an educational tool. People want to stay up-to-date with the Deep Creek Lake real estate market. It is a great way to communicate with a wider audience.

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400 Close Road – New Listing Near Deep Creek Lake

400 Close Road is a new listing in an ideal location. You will find the best of Deep Creek Lake within easy reach of this lovely chalet.

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About 400 Close Road

Located within 1 mile of McHenry, the location offers you the privacy of a wooded community and convenience of lake living. You are close to skiing and golf at Wisp Resort, restaurants, marinas and more. Whether you are looking for a second home or primary residence, this is a spot that is definitely a must-see!

The Rolling Oaks subdivision is a quiet area where you can truly appreciate nature on the 1.04 acre lot. This beautiful chalet has six bedrooms (two are master suites) and four and a half baths.

Ideal for entertaining, the main level has an open floor plan. The focal point of the spacious great room is a floor-to-ceiling gas fireplace flanked by large windows. Cathedral ceilings add just the right touch of drama.

The adjacent kitchen boasts ceramic tile and granite counter tops. There is ample space to prepare homemade meals with ease.

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Deep Creek Golf Courses

Deep Creek golf courses will start their season in just a few months! The are four courses to play in Garrett County. Each offers its own unique challenges.

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About Deep Creek Golf Courses

Lodestone Golf Course
This stunning course was designed by Hale Irwin, 3-time U.S. Open Champion. It is laid out to highlight the contours of the mountaintop terrain. Lodestone was ranked the #2 public course in the state of Maryland by GolfWeek Magazine. Players will appreciate the stunning lake as well as mountain vistas. The tentative opening date for 2020 is May 1.

Fantasy Valley Golf Course
This course is a long-time favorite that opened in 1980. There have been many changes and improvements since then. It surrounds the base of Wisp Resort. The tentative opening date is April 17, 2020.

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New Ski In Ski Out Listing Near Wisp Resort

Ski in/Ski out properties are a hot commodity at Deep Creek Lake! They offer easy access to Wisp Resort chairlifts and trails. My new listing at 200 Camp Road is a mountaintop duplex that’s ideal as a second home or investment property. Currently, it is an established vacation rental known to guests as “Big Sky”.

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About this New Ski In Ski Out Listing

Offering 4 bedrooms and 3 baths, 200 Camp Road is just steps away from Wisp Resort and ASCI whitewater course. It is in the Ridge Run community, a small, private and secluded area on top of the Wisp mountain. The duplex-style design has an open floor plan that is ideal for gatherings. A beautiful stone propane fireplace and cathedral ceilings highlight the great room.

The kitchen has stainless steel appliances along with granite counters. There is a a roomy dining area as well as seating at the breakfast bar.

Outside, there is a covered deck with a hot tub. The 1-car attached garage gives you additional storage space for all your gear.

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New Year’s Tips for Buying and Selling

New Year's Tips

New Year’s tips for buyers or sellers will help you position yourself for success! If you are thinking of buying or selling, now is the time to prepare. I put together some of my top suggestions for you. I also included some tips to build equity and what updates are best when investing in your current home.

New Year’s Tips for Buyers

Thinking about buying your first home? Considering upsizing or downsizing? Here are some things to do that will help you achieve your goal.

-Create a realistic timeline and work towards your goal. The items below should be on that list.

-Check your credit scores. If you need to improve your rating, start looking at items that are bringing it down. Work on lowering debt and making timely payments.

-Start or increase your savings for a down payment.

Choose an experienced real estate agent. You can contact me at betsy@deepcreekvacations.com or call 301-616-5022.

-Begin the loan pre-approval process. I can help you find a lender to work with. Mike Archer, from First Home Mortgage, is the in-house lender at Taylor-Made.

Start looking for homes. I can show you any home that is listed, even if it is with another brokerage. We can work together to find homes that meet your criteria and that are within your budget.

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New Listing: 28 Sandstone Circle at Deep Creek Lake

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This new listing is already part of the Taylor-Made family! Known to rental guests as Sheba Snow, it is in a quiet, mountaintop community.

New Listing Overview

28 Sandstone Circle is in the gated Greenbrier at Lodestone Community. It is a well-built Mountaineer Log Home with 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. The open floor plan is ideal for gathering and there are two propane fireplaces as well. This home features a beautiful kitchen with granite counter tops.

The outdoor space is just as pleasing with a hot tub for your enjoyment, an expansive deck and a covered porch. You will enjoy this space during every season at Deep Creek Lake. Situated on .52 acres, there is also ample yard space surrounded by trees. The two-car garage has lots of storage options, and there is a roughed-in suite above ready for your finishing touches.

About the Location

Greenbrier at Lodestone is adjacent to the Lodestone Golf Course. The Clubhouse is right around the corner from this new listing. Designed by 3 time U.S. Open Champion Hale Irwin, it has sweeping lake and mountain views.

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New Deep Creek Listing: 2062 Paradise Point Road

This new Deep Creek listing is truly special. Whether you are looking for a second home or investment property, it has endless potential. 2062 Paradise Point Road is a one-of-a-kind listing that will take your breath away.

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About this New Deep Creek Listing

Situated on .92 acres, is a stunner inside and out. The large, grassy lawn leads to more than 379 feet of prime waterfront. Your private Type A dock is a sought after amenity. You can keep your boat there spring through fall. The quiet cove location is ideal for swimming and fishing as well as kayaking.

Amazing water views can be enjoyed from the tiled, covered front porch. It has a built in fireplace that makes it a spot for entertaining no matter what the weather.

Inside, it is clear that this home was built with comfort in mind. It has 3+ levels that are bright and airy. No detail was overlooked. The high-end finishes include:

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Youghiogheny Mountain Resort Community Spotlight

Youghiogheny Mountain Resort is a unique Garrett County community. Outdoor enthusiasts with a sense of adventure love its scenic and rugged nature. It is a place where you can feel like you are away from it all but not too far from modern conveniences and area attractions.

About Youghiogheny Mountain Resort Mountain Resort

Tucked away, Youghiogheny (Yough) Mountain Resort community offers residents peaceful surroundings, beautiful views and lots of wildlife. It is a gated community that encompasses over 2400 acres. Also, it has about 43 miles of roads, 32 miles of maintained roads (mostly gravel) and more than 13 miles of trails for hiking and ORVs. There are several fishing areas as well as a designated hunting area. A community picnic pavilion is available for residents to rent for events.

The HOA is active and often hosts picnics throughout the summer.

Yough Mountain Resort located within about 15-25 minutes from popular area attractions and the town of Oakland. So you can easily reach Deep Creek Lake activities, Swallow Falls State Park, Wisp Resort and more.

Featured Yough Mountain Resort Listing

Youghiogheny Mountain Resort

118 Rhododendron Drive is situated on 1.18 acres in Yough Mountain Resort. Currently, it is listed for $224,9000.

This home offers two levels of living space, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, granite countertops and cathedral ceilings. This home offers plenty of room for a vacation get-away or full-time residence and includes an extra lot.

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