Lake Title: Taylor-Made’s New Sister Company

Lake Title Joins Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales

Lake Title, LLC is the newest addition to Taylor-Made’s full service Deep Creek Lake real estate division. Offering competitive rates, it is one more way that we are making transactions smoother for buyers and sellers

With the closing of another local title company, we identified a void in marketplace. Our agents have numerous real estate transactions. In order to best serve clients, this was a natural next step in Taylor-Made’s “one-stop-shop” approach.

We are thrilled to have David R. Collins join the team as our attorney. He is licensed in Maryland and West Virginia. His background includes more than ten years in litigation, real estate, and appeals in West Virginia. Mr. Collins graduated from West Virginia University College of Law, where he served as Publications Editor for the West Virginia Law Review. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Collins worked for the Preservation Directorate at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. 

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June 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.

The month of May was a steroid shot for the Deep Creek Lake market. Even after being shutdown for the first half of the month, the second half of May was on fire. Vacation rentals are booked solid through the summer as demand ‘to get out the house’ finally gave way with the opening of our transient vacation rental homes.

You can see it in the numbers below – people are buying homes left and right. We continue to have inventory issues and thats good news for sellers, but buyers now have fewer homes to choose from. Many people that I spoke to about selling this summer have decided to keep their property for the time being and are spending their time here at the lake instead. That’s part of the inventory problem.

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May 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.

The second month of COVID 19 was exactly what you would anticipate with regards to the real estate market. Bad. Almost our entire real estate market was on lockdown. Our office was shutdown to the public. The Governor had determined that the only ‘essential’ home shopping was for a primary residence, which really rules out 80% of our clientele that is coming to look at 2nd homes or vacation/investment properties. The strategy was a success, and as I write this, Garrett County is now re-opened, as of last Friday at 5pm.

Update on existing business, transactions are still closing on time. Lenders are getting the job done, even working remotely. Homes are still being listed for sale and often selling quickly. We are entering Memorial Day weekend and the traditional kickoff to summer. Based on how busy I have been over the past few weeks, I am confident the market will stabilize. Hopefully, this time next month, we have stronger numbers to report. All in all, the median prices are up, days on market is still down and we still have declining inventory, so the news isn’t all bad.

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April 2020 Real Estate Rundown By Jay Ferguson

Jay Ferguson GC REALTOR®️ of the Year!

“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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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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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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February 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 market remains hot so far in 2020.You would think the warmer temperatures and winter weather ‘struggles’ we have experienced would put a damper on things here, but the truth is – the numbers tell a different story. Vacationers are still coming up, regardless of the weather. We are selling out 100% of our rentals on these prime ski weekends, so that tells me there is more than a ski resort that is a draw to so many. We are blessed to live in a special place and I think people truly love coming here as their sanctuary/family getaway. THAT – and not the weather (or lack thereof) is what is driving the real estate market we see. Supply is LOW. Demand is HIGH. That is a winning recipe for shedding inventory and driving prices up. I think our ‘spring market’ is here in full force, albeit a little earlier than usual.

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5 Tax Benefits of Owning a 2nd Home

tax benefits

Tax benefits are definitely something to keep in mind if you are considering purchasing a second home at Deep Creek Lake. I put together some of the top tax breaks that you can use.

tax benefits

1.) Mortgage Interest – your mortgage interest is deductible up to $750,000 in combined total mortgages.  

2.) Home Improvements – you can deduct interest on a home equity or line of credit (there will be limits).

3.) Property Taxes – You can deduct your second home property taxes up to $10,000/year for all state and local taxes.

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January 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.

January 2020  – Two part stats update.

I will look back on 2019 as a whole first, and then see where we ended up for the month of December 2019.

2019 turned out to be a spectacular year on several fronts, as you can see from the chart below. ALL OF THESE NUMBERS ARE IMPRESSIVE:

-Our total sold volume was up 16% to nearly $190 million dollars county-wide.

-The average sales price was up 3.82% to $348,960

-There were 516 units sold vs 487 in 2018 – that’s an increase of 5.95%. That’s the most robust year we have had in a long time!

-Days on market were lower by 4.1%

-The average list-to-sale price was 90.3%

And for those of you who are curious, there were 126 cash deals were no financing was involved. That’s close to 25% of our transactions for the year. 320 deals used conventional financing and there were approximately 50 deals that were VA, FHA or USDA financing.

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Deep Creek Lake Real Estate: Why List with Us?



Deep Creek Lake real estate experts at Taylor-Made can guide you through the selling process from start to finish. You can rely on them for a successful outcome so that you are ready to make your next move. With decades of experience in the area, they know the finer points of the local market.

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales started offering real estate services in 2014. In just a few short years, our team produced over $400 Million in sales for Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County home owners.

We want to show you that we are the best at the lake when it comes to the sale of your home. You can count on us to go the extra mile. 

Partner with a Taylor-Made agent, and you will always get the highest possible service at the best competitive price.

Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Marketing

We focus our marketing efforts on where the majority of buyers are searching. Using a variety of online channels in combination with tried-and-true print pieces, your listing gets the maximum exposure possible. 

Our in-house team also partners with experts in Google Ads so that we are driving qualified traffic to your listing on our site.

Deepcreekvacations.com receives more than 1.5 million website visits annually.

-Largest Facebook business audience in the Deep Creek Lake area. We maintain a primary profile with over 45K followers along with a real estate specific profile with an audience of 7K+.

-Email marketing database with 50K+ addresses.

-Strategic purchasing of TV ads in major markets with Comcast.

Staff Photographers Capture the Highlights of Your Home
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