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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.

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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

Deep Creek Dunk Quick Guide

Deep Creek Dunk weekend is fast approaching! I’ll give you all the info you need to thoroughly enjoy this favorite winter event. The 2020 date for the dunk is Saturday, February 22.

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About the Deep Creek Dunk

The MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk started in 1998. Dunkers plunge into Deep Creek Lake’s frigid water to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD). Individuals and teams raise money to benefit this worthy cause. Prizes are awarded for the most money raised as well as for the wild costumes that help to make the event so much fun!

Goosebumps, Grapes & Growlers

The 2020 Deep Creek Dunk festivities kick-off Friday, February 21 at the Honi-Honi Bar. This wine and beer tasting is held in the heated tent on the deck. A $20 donation benefits Maryland Special Olympics. Continue reading Deep Creek Dunk Quick Guide

Ski In Ski Out Wisp Resort Communities at Deep Creek Lake

Ski In Ski Out Wisp Resort communities are ideal for winter sports enthusiasts. The are the perfect choice for a second home or primary residence at Deep Creek Lake. Because they are centrally located, they have great rental potential too.

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Ski In Ski Out Wisp Resort Communities

Recent development has added to the list of options. There are several communities that offer direct ski in ski out Wisp Resort access.

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This is a gated slopeside community on top of Marsh Mountain. The impressive homes in this area offer amazing views. You can step outside your door and access Main Street or Eye Opener slopes. Plus, chairlift 4 & 5 are close-by. The convenient location is also within walking distance of the Adventure Sports Center International’s (ASCI) Mountaintop Whitewater Course.


The views from the Highline community feature Deep Creek Lake and the surrounding mountains. All of the homes are free-standing. Highline has slopeside access to Main Street while parts of the community overlook hole #6 of Lodestone Golf Course. Depending on the season, you can walk to the slopes or to ASCI. Continue reading Ski In Ski Out Wisp Resort Communities at Deep Creek Lake

Homeowner’s Tax Reform Quick Guide

homeowner’s tax reform quick guide

This homeowner’s tax reform quick guide will focus on the biggest real estate oriented tax polices that were recently enacted. The new tax law is known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. It may change how buyers see homeownership incentives.

Here is a brief rundown of some of the most noteworthy real estate-related tax policies and how they may affect homeowners.


New SALT Deduction Limit

SALT stands for “state and local taxes”. In the past, taxpayers could deduct what  they pay in state and local property, income, and sales taxes from their federal returns. It was unlimited. The new law caps any combination of these deductions at $10,000. Continue reading Homeowner’s Tax Reform Quick Guide