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

10 Years of Deep Creek Vacations!

 

We are celebrating 10 years of Deep Creek vacations! There have been many changes in the past decade, but our commitment to our guests, home owners and the community remains steadfast.

 

Deep Creek Vacations

the beginning

Jodi Taylor Refosco, her husband, Joe Refosco, and her brother, Chad Taylor, started Taylor-Made in April of 2008. Each had many years of experience in the vacation rental and hospitality industries. Chad and Jodi were continuing a tradition that was started by their parents, Zachary and Linda Taylor, who previously owned a vacation rental firm.

With only one home and no employees, Jodi, Joe and Chad did everything themselves. From lawn care and maintenance to reservations and housekeeping, the trio built the company from the ground up.

They started with the mission statement “Creating Memories & Exceeding Expecations”.  Their goal was to help both guests and owners create lasting memories in a place that they love while providing exceptional customer service. That is still the philosophy of the company today. Continue reading 10 Years of Deep Creek Vacations!

March 2018 Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Update

Your Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Update

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

New: Deep Creek Travel Insurance Update

 

Our new Deep Creek travel insurance allows you to make reservations with confidence. From illness and injury to weather and school schedule changes, there are a variety of situations that might affect your travel plans.

 

Deep Creek Travel Insurance

covered situations

We recently partnered with Rental Guardian. They offer Cancel for Any Reason coverage. If you cancel for a covered reason, they cover 100% of your reservation cost.

Covered reasons include (but are not limited to):
-Illness
-Injury
-A death in the family
-Required to work
-Extension of the school year

There are more than 30 covered reasons to cancel. Get more details on coverage.

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Cancellations for any reason not covered by the policy will receive 70% reimbursement. (excludes NY and WA travelers) This option gives you peace of mind. Should something that is not covered arise, your financial risk is minimal. Continue reading New: Deep Creek Travel Insurance 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

Deep Creek Lake St. Patrick’s Day Rundown

Deep Creek Lake St. Patrick’s Day celebrations will keep you entertained all weekend. Pack up all of your green gear and take advantage of last minute specials. There are lots of fun activities for all ages!

Spring skiing and snow tubing conditions at Wisp Resort should be excellent too.

Deep Creek Lake St. Patrick's Day

Deep Creek Lake St. Patrick’s Day Events

Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center
Saturday & Sunday
Throughout the weekend, the Discovery Center offers great activities for the kids.
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St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Celebration at Alpine Lake Resorts
March 15, 2019 – March 17, 2019
Enjoy live music plus food and drink specials! While you’re there, check out our listings in the area!
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St. Patrick’s Day Weekend at MoonShadow
March 15, 2019 – March 17, 2019
Enjoy live music: Friday with Buffalo Run, Saturday with the Tom Bachelor Band, and Sunday Brunch with Charles Wesley Godwin. Check out Buti and Brews on Saturday (more info below) plus delicious food and drink specials all weekend!
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Beachin’ Weekend
March 16
Head to Wispers Bar & Grill at Wisp Resort for giveaways, swag and drink specials. Fun for the whole family! DJ from 1-5pm.

Buti and Brews at MoonShadow
March 16, 10:15-11:30
Come and shake your shamrocks to authentic Irish tunes in a fun and freeing Buti Yoga class hosted by Roots: a Yoga and Movement Studio MORE INFO

St. Patrick’s Day Party with Lady Invidia
March 16, 8PM-12AM
Head to the Honi-Honi, and dance the night away to the sounds of Lady Invidia. MORE INFO

A Night at Blarney Castle by Our Town Theatre
March 16, 7 PM – 10 PM
Join us on Saturday for a fun-filled evening celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with featured performers Buffalo Run! Tickets are $20 each. Cost includes dinner and 2 adult beverages. MORE INFO

St. Paddy’s Celebration at Sipside
March 17, 2-8PM
Located in downtown Oakland, Sipside invites you to wear your green and enjoy Maryland craft brews, fine wines and spirits and Irish themed snacks. Paul Burger will provide music from 3:30-6:30. MORE INFO

St. Patrick’s Day at Black Bear Tavern and Restaurant
March 17 Try our food and drink specials with St. Paddy’s flair! Lunch feature: Guinness and Rueben sandwich for $12. All day whiskey and Guiness specials! You’ll love our Beef and Guinness stew, try it with soda bread, and Irish cream cake! MORE INFO

St. Patrick’s Day Party at Mountain State Brewing Co.
March 17, 1-10PM
Mountain State kicks things off with Team Trivia at 1PM, and they are serving up corned beef and cabbage all day. There will be drink specials, bagpipers start at 3PM and Jason Shaw provides live music at 5PM. MORE INFO

Continue reading Deep Creek Lake St. Patrick’s Day Rundown

Meet Our Vacation Rental Maintenance Team

 

Taylor-Made owners and guests benefit from our in-house vacation rental maintenance team. They have the experience and expertise to handle almost any situation that may arise.

Over the past year, we sought out local talent with specific skill-sets to save our owners money. We identified tasks associated with high-cost vendors, and hired new team members accordingly. Once they were onboard, they received extensive customer service training so that they could easily interact with guests or owners. Expanding our team to include HVAC, plumbing and electrical experts can save owners $150+ on a routine service call.

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Gary Paugh, Maintenance Manager

Gary Paugh

Gary has been with Taylor-Made for eight years. His background in the military and positive attitude make him a natural leader. A native of nearby Mineral County, WVA, his years in the Army took him around the world to Korea, Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan. While in the service, he was a Platoon Sargent who supervised thirty-one people.

In his years with Taylor-Made, Gary has earned certifications for the repair of HVAC systems, hot tubs, plumbing and appliances. He feels that we have the best maintenance team yet with a very diverse knowledge base and willingness to learn new things. Gary says, “It makes me feel proud to work here – like I did in the military.” Continue reading Meet Our Vacation Rental Maintenance Team

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

Book Direct: Get the Best Price for Your Deep Creek Vacation

Book direct with Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales to be sure you get the best price! February 6th is “Book Direct Day”!

book direct

We want you to get the best possible value when it comes to your Deep Creek Lake vacation rentals. When you make your reservations on our website, you can be sure that you are getting the lowest possible rate and great customer service.

Here are just a few of the benefits when you #bookdirect:

Avoid Costly Fees Charged by 3rd Party sites

Websites like VRBO, HomeAway and Air BNB tack on service fees that can be hundreds of dollars. Why pay more for your Deep Creek vacation rental? Book direct with Taylor-Made to avoid those extra fees. That money can be better used to play mini golf, rent a boat or take the kids snow tubing. Continue reading Book Direct: Get the Best Price for Your Deep Creek Vacation