Top 5 Tips to Increase Your Home Value

You can increase your home value no matter what your budget. If you are thinking of selling, little upgrades can mean a lot to buyers. You should focus your efforts (and your dollars) on tasks that pack the biggest punch.

Our real estate team put together a list of some proven ways to increase your home value. To be sure you spend appropriately for your target market, it is always recommended that you speak with an agent before getting started.

Increase Your Home Value

Kitchens Count

Buyers have always been focused on kitchens, and most are looking for something that is modern/updated. You don’t necessarily need a total overhaul. Even small investments can increase your home value.

Go for a fresh, coordinated look with new suite of appliances and a new countertop and flooring. Paint walls or cabinets and update hardware too. “Stainless steel” isn’t new but still indicates “modern” in the mind of the buyer. Also, quartz countertops are becoming increasingly popular due to their resiliency.

Focus on Floorplans

Adding to the living space in your home can definitely boost value. Many buyers are looking for either an open layout or flexible spaces that can suit a variety of purposes. Continue reading Top 5 Tips to Increase Your Home Value

April 2018 Real Estate Update

 

Flowers are starting to pop up for a late start to spring, trees are beginning to bud and the Deep Creek Lake real estate market is starting to wake up.

April 2018 Real Estate Update

The inventory in Garrett County grew a little to 338 homes but more importantly the sales are climbing out of the early year slump with thirty-eight homes sold in the past thirty days. Fourteen of them were lake area sales which is down over last year at this time, but still showing signs of a growing market.

The average sales prices was over $390,000 with the highest price sold being just under $1 million. Homes priced between $300,000 and $500,000 have been especially popular in the past few months. That has been a struggling market last few years as more of the higher priced homes were gathering more contracts. 

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Buyer Tip

Your best source is a local real estate agent. Let them guide you in the right direction. This market is starting to pick up and information on popular websites might not be updated. Let us help you find the perfect Deep Creek Lake home.  Continue reading April 2018 Real Estate Update

March 2018 Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Update

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Winter is still holding on and giving us a few more blasts of snow, just like our inventory of homes. The number of homes on the market is still lingering around 330 in all of Garrett county with a little more than half of them being lake area homes. The activity is typical for this time of year and has slowed down in the past couple of months.

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Twenty-two lake area homes sold last month for an average price of around $351,000. While this is down from last year at this time when the average was $510,000, the number of units are up from only 10 homes sold last year. Continue reading March 2018 Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Update

5 Tips to Sell Your Home this Spring

 

Check out our 5 Tips to Sell Your Home this Spring to get a leg up on the competition. Set yourself up for success during this busy buying and selling season!

 

5 tips to sell your home this spring

hire a realtor

First and foremost, you should partner with a real estate professional. Look for someone who is a full-time agent. They will know the local market. Your agent can also do the heavy lifting when it comes to negotiating with buyers.

Ask them about their marketing strategy for your listing. You want it to appear on all of the major sites like Zillow, Trulia, etc. Be sure your home will be professionally photographed as well. If your home doesn’t show well in the photos, buyers won’t want to see it in person. You can ask to see examples of their print or online advertising for past listings. Social media should be part of their marketing strategy as well.

make sure the price is right

Setting the right price is a big determining factor in how quickly your home will sell. This is where a good sales agent can really help you out. They will help you set an appropriate, realistic price for your location. Overpriced homes might sit on the market for a long time. That could scare away potential buyers. Sometimes, the assumption is made that something is wrong with the house if it is an old listing. Continue reading 5 Tips to Sell Your Home this Spring

February 2018 Deep Creek Real Estate Update

Old Punxsutawney Phil said 6 more weeks of winter. He might be right this time, because someone has been shaking the snow globe here at the lake. We have had over 80+ inches for this winter!

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Deep Creek Real estate Buyers tip

Low housing inventories begin to put the sellers in the driver’s seat. When the right property comes along, be prepared to make a decision fast. A good agent will be able to help you with preparation and finding the right house. Contact one of our agents today to get that process started.   Continue reading February 2018 Deep Creek Real Estate Update

Tips for Buying Lakefront Real Estate at Deep Creek

Buying lakefront real estate is a different experience than buying an ordinary home in a typical neighborhood. When you buy lakefront real estate at Deep Creek, you are also buying a way of life.

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Buyers frequently ask our agents about lakefront real estate. Our experts point out all of the differences and things to be aware of. Here are some of their best tips to get you started on your Deep Creek Lake real estate search.

Secure Financing Early

Figure out your financing early on in the process. Unless you are paying in cash, you will need to obtain a mortgage. Getting pre-approved is key when buying a lakefront home. Lakefront home sellers are often advised by their agent to only accept an offer from a pre-approved buyer. Continue reading Tips for Buying Lakefront Real Estate at Deep Creek

Pros & Cons: Buying A Home In the Winter

Buying a home in the winter has its pros and cons. In this article, I’ll explain both sides to help you make an informed decision when you are browsing Deep Creek Lake real estate.

Buying A Home In the Winter

Some people to think that the summer is the best time to buy or sell. A ski in/ski out townhome might not have any issues selling in the winter. Meanwhile, a lakefront home at Deep Creek Lake may have more appeal in the summer. It depends on the specifics of the deal.

Pros of Buying a Home in the Winter

Motivated sellers.  Agents often advise clients to wait until the spring to list their home.  A seller who lists in winter likely really needs to sell. This can work to a buyer’s advantage. It can give you leverage when negotiating the price.

Less competition from other buyers. With fewer people shopping for homes, you may be able to take more time putting in your offer. During the summer, you might feel more rushed to make your decision. Continue reading Pros & Cons: Buying A Home In the Winter

December 2017 Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Statistics

December 2017 Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Statistics

The lake maybe frozen over right now, but it was hot last year! The county showed 32% sales volume increase in total sales over last year. The lake area sales were up 44% over last year. That tells me buyers are getting comfortable with the economy and ready to spend. The market was showing mixed signs with listings. It was neither a seller’s market or a buyer’s market. Each property was different. Some properties sold less than list price, some at list price, some over and we even had multiple offers on listings with escalation clauses. Things have slowed down since the snow has been falling, but things are simmering and getting ready to boil over for strong spring market.

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Top Tips for Deep Creek Vacation Rental Owners

Deep Creek Vacation Rentals

Many people who love vacationing at Deep Creek Lake dream of one day owning a home here. Putting your home on the vacation rental market can make the cost of a second home more affordable.

Deep Creek vacation rental owners want to be sure their home rents well. There are important things to know so that you can maximize your income. Things like location, amenities and size should play a key role in the decision making process.

Invest in the Right Amenities

Speaking of amenities, we have done the research for you so that you know exactly what vacationers are looking for. We analyzed searches performed on our website during a six month timeframe and determined that hot tubs, WiFi and air conditioning are the most popular among our guests.

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Hot Tubs are the #1 requested amenity. 15% of searches include this year round feature, and it is the reason many choose a particular property.

Wifi is a necessity for today’s traveler. It is looked at as a “utility” like electricity. Guests need to stay connected to work, social media and more.

Air Conditioning is also an expectation for many people. If you cannot get central AC, consider split systems or standing units for upper level bedrooms that tend to get hot.

Pool Tables give guests an option for indoor entertainment and are popular with both families and groups of couples staying together.

Private Pools are well worth the investment if you have the space to add one. Indoor pools have an especially good return on investment since they can be used no matter what the weather.

Outdoor firepits/places are a way to expand gathering space and have become sought after. You can go from basic to elaborate – basic will get the rental, elaborate will bring them back.

Community Pools are something to consider if you are buying a home. Communities like Blakeslee, Ski Harbor, Sunplace and DC Highlands are popular because of their pools. Continue reading Top Tips for Deep Creek Vacation Rental Owners

Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Update October 2016

deep creek lake real estateTaylor-Made’s acquisition of Long & Foster’s Deep Creek branch brought big changes to the Deep Creek Lake real estate landscape. It made our company the largest Deep Creek vacation rental provider and the second largest real estate office in Garrett County.

With our Deep Creek Lake real estate team having grown overnight through the acquisition, it is an exiting time as the agents transition to the new company. Taylor-Made offers agents new and innovative marketing tools as well as a very large marketing budget to attract buyers to their client’s homes. This has created a positive and exciting environment for the agents and staff.

The Taylor-Made brand is very recognizable in the area and with more than 350 rental signs and 280 real estate signs throughout the county, it is easily seen by 1000s of potential clients.

MARKET UPDATE Continue reading Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Update October 2016