April 2020 Real Estate Rundown By Jay Ferguson

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” – Mark Twain

My name is Jay Ferguson and I am one of the owners of the real estate division of Taylor Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales. I am entering my 19th year in the real estate business here in Garrett County and at Deep Creek Lake. If you are interested, you can click here find out more about me personally and my background.

I will be writing a monthly blog post about our local real estate market, sharing & interpreting statistics and offering some insights into the market as a whole…as I see it. These are my personal thoughts and musings about the market in general and are not intended as anything more specific. And, to be clear, I am an optimistic, glass half-full kind of guy.  

Lastly, every stat I reference is based on the official stats published by Bright MLS on or around the 15th of each month. My plan is to give you straightforward stats coupled with my analysis from the front lines and let you interpret what you read in your own way.

Our first month of ‘COVID 19’ real estate stats really wasn’t that bad, overall. I expected the month of March to be down considerably (because of Marylands lockdown/quarantine in place strategy), but what I have discovered is actually surprising. Stats are up. The market is doing fine, so far.

Transactions are still closing – on time – which is spectacular. Homes are still being listed for sale. We have modified our approach to get our agents, photographers and video/3D tour folks into homes one at a time – adhering strictly to social distancing policies. Our staff and marketing department are getting the job done – from home. The only challenge is coordinating buyer showings and keeping everyone safe, but we have great processes for that, too – reliance on ‘virtual walkthroughs/showings’ and videos. Our core principle of investing in technology is paying off more than ever. Its helping to keep a vital part of our economy moving!

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Summer Vacations at Deep Creek & Safe Social Distancing

Summer vacations are something that families look forward to throughout the year. They give you an opportunity to press the pause button on your everyday life and truly enjoy your favorite people. Memories are made and traditions are started.

Now more than ever, we need a chance to decompress. The recent crisis has us all on edge. As we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel, many are starting to think about planning safe summer vacations. Choosing a professionally managed vacation rental is by far the best vacation choice at the moment. Discover below why Deep Creek Lake is the perfect option for a safe and healthy summer trip.

If you decide you are interested in Deep Creek Lake real estate while you are here, contact Betsy Holcomb at 301-616-5022 or email betsy@deepcreekvacations.com.

3 Reasons for Deep Creek Lake Summer Vacations

A Safe Vacation within Driving Distance
After all the recent uncertainty, you likely feel hesitant to plan a trip that air travel or public transportation. It is normal that you will still have concerns about venturing out into the world. Deep Creek Lake is within two hours from Pittsburgh and less than three hours from Baltimore and Washington, DC. A trip to the lake will give you a much needed change of scenery that is still close to home.

Deep Creek Lake Summer Vacations

Deep Creek Lake vacation rentals offer the same privacy you experience in your own house… just with a better view! Unlike a hotel, you won’t have to deal with shared spaces. Vacation rentals give you peace of mind that the only contact you and your family have is with each other. Your can make meals in your own kitchen and recreation is available right outside your door. Your vacation rental is exclusive to your family.

deep creek lake summer vacations

Deep Creek Lake has Plenty of Room for Social Distancing
With nearly 90,000 acres of public lands, there is room to roam at a safe social distance. Eight state parks offer miles of trails for hiking, biking, cross country skiing and ATVs (permit required). From swimming and fishing to kayaking and canoeing, there is plenty of on-the-water fun too. Our wide open spaces offer a family-friendly experience at a relaxed pace. Spring and fall are quieter times of year when you can feel like you have the whole place to yourself.

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Deep Creek Lake Zoom Backgrounds

Deep Creek Lake Zoom backgrounds for your next meeting! People are using video conferencing now more than ever. While you are stuck at home, keep your vacation dreams alive with a scenic virtual background from Deep Creek.

You probably won’t convince any of your friends or coworkers that you are actually at the lake right now, but it doesn’t hurt to dream … right?

Take advantage of this Zoom feature and bring Deep Creek Lake to your next meeting or happy hour! Click here for Zoom’s instructions to change your virtual background.

Here a few of our favorite local scenes:

Deep Creek Lake Zoom
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Virtual Open House: 615 Sandy Shores Road

615 Sandy Shores Road is a stunning log home at Deep Creek Lake. Even though now is the time to stay home, you can still get a personal tour.

615 Sandy Shores Road

Tour 615 Sandy Shores Road

Sales agent Terah Crawford is your host for this virtual open house. She gives you a closer look at 615 Sandy Shores Road, listed by Beverly & Bob Everett.

Meticulously maintained and tastefully decorated, you will feel right at home the minute you step through the door. This five bedroom, 5.5 bath home has plenty of room for family and friends. The open floor plan and fabulous kitchen are ideal for entertaining. Multiple gathering areas, two fireplaces, hardwood floors and central air conditioning are a few of the highlights.

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5 Ways to Connect with Deep Creek from Home

Connect with Deep Creek Lake from home! These are challenging times for sure, but technology allows us to connect with our favorite places. We can’t welcome you to the lake right now, but there are a few ways to bring a little bit of the Deep Creek to you.

This post is brought to you by Betsy Spiker Holcomb, Sales Agent and Co-Owner of Taylor-Made’s real estate division. Should you have any questions about buying or selling at Deep Creek Lake, you can reach her at betsy@deepcreekvacations.com or 301-616-5022.

We hope that at least one of these ways to connect with Deep Creek Lake brighten your day or week! 

Connect with the Lake

1. Take a look at our live Deep Creek Lake web cam. Sometimes just looking at the lake can ease your mind. Treat yourself to a “lake break” and get a live look at Deep Creek on Taylor-Made’s webcam. It has great sunset views too!

2. Leave a review for your favorite Deep Creek Lake businesses. Small businesses are having a hard time right now. Show support to your favorite restaurants or activities at the lake by leaving a review. You can think about happy times you have spent at the lake and mention how that business made your experience better.

3. Connect with us on Facebook or Instagram. Stay in touch through social media. We are posting about what is happening in the area along with sharing beautiful photos and fun videos.

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Easter Dinner Takeout at the Lake

Easter dinner takeout options make holiday meal planning easy! Whether you pick-up an entire feast with all the fixings or just some sweet treats, it is a great way to show your support for local restaurants.

Lots of other area restaurants that are offering takeout will be open too, but keep in mind some may close for the holiday. Be sure to give them a call to verify their hours.

Easter Dinner Takeout

The Cornucopia CafeOrder by 6PM April 9th!
(301) 895-8142

Pre-order a dinner package for pick-up Saturday, April 11. Each package includes an entree, a hot side, two cold sides and a soup. Plus, you can pick-up wine to go with your holiday meal.

Trader’s Coffee House
(301) 387-9246

Easter bundles from Trader’s offer lots of options to enjoy starting with coffee and quiche for breakfast and peanut butter eggs and cookies to snack on throughout the day. Please order 24 hours in advance. Drop-off in Garrett County is available too!

The Casselman Bakery & Cafe
(240) 442-5202

Give them a call to order dinner for four that includes ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, bread and a fruit pie of your choice for $39.99.

The Vagabond Taproom
(240) 813-9373

Available for takeout or local delivery, this popular Oakland spot is serving a traditional Easter dinner on Sunday. You can get your growler filled with craft beer too!

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Check Out 3D Tours of Deep Creek Lake Homes for Sale

You can still get an inside look at Deep Creek Lake homes for sale. Even if you can’t be there in person, 3D tours allow you to do a “virtual walk through” of more than twenty Taylor-Made Listings.

Matterport 3D tours are a benefit for buyers and sellers alike. Buyer’s can get a closer look at listings while sellers get added exposure.

3D Tours of Deep Creek Lake Homes For Sale

Here are just a few of our listings with 3D tours. Sit back, relax and browse Deep Creek Lake real estate while practicing social distancing.

90 Bethesda Trail, Lake Front, 5 Bedrooms, 5.5 Baths

268 Lehman Lane, Established Vacation Rental, 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths

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