Venus Stark, REALTOR®, is the latest addition to Taylor-Made’s growing real estate division.
About Venus Stark
With over fifteen years of real estate experience, Stark has helped hundreds of buyers and sellers in Garrett County as well as neighboring Pennsylvania counties. She is an outdoor enthusiast with a passion for sharing her love of the area with her clients.
“I am native to the mountains and lakes, I have always enjoyed all the wonderful things the area has to offer. I am very fortunate to be able spend my life in mother nature’s playground surrounded by unlimited activities. I love the outdoors in all seasons from boating to snowmobiling,” said Stark.
She enjoys showing clients all there is to love about the area. Her goal is to be a valuable resource for sellers and buyers to make the real estate process enjoyable.
Why Venus stark Joined Taylor-Made
“Venus Stark has long been known as a top producing agent in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and we are very excited to have her back working with us at Taylor Made,” states Taylor-Made Co-Owner and Sales agent, 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 find out more about me personally and my background here.
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.
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, analysis and let you interpret what you read. This first post will be longer than most, as I have more background to cover to bring you up to speed.
January 2019 Real Estate Rundown
So, without further ado, lets jump into some numbers!
2018 was an off-year compared to the robust numbers we experienced in 2017. The market was down in almost every measurable category. Total sales volume (-12.36%) and average sales price (-6.78%) both dropped over the past year. The total number of units sold was down nearly 6%. Continue reading January 2019 Real Estate Rundown By Jay Ferguson
Your Deep Creek real estate update brings good news about the winter market! The snow guns are pumping out the snow on the slopes and buyers are still pumping out contracts. We may have slowed down with showings for the year, but the buyers are serious.
The sales have stayed steady for this time of year with 42 closings in November. The county average sales price was $454,200 and a lake area average of $601,398 is up over last year’s average. The inventory continues to trend down for the winter with 371 active listings for hungry buyers.
Buyer’s Tip: First time home buyer money is available from the Maryland Home Mortgage program. Contact one of our agents about getting some free money from the state. All of Garrett County is a target area for this program. Continue reading Your Deep Creek Real Estate Update
Deep Creek Lake real estate news October 2018 is positive for the beginning of fall!
Deep Creek Lake Real Estate News October 2018
The leaves may not have changed colors early this year, but the listings statuses have been making a colorful changes. We currently have 22 homes under contract status right now and have put SOLD signs in the yard of 17 homes in past 30 days. The average sales price was $550,513. That’s a 25% increase compared to last year! Home inventories are still low giving buyers less competition going into the winter months.
Your Deep Creek Lake real estate update for August shows that pending sales are up 9% when compared to last year.
We had 24 homes under contract with an average sales price of $501,566 and heading to close soon. We had a great summer by helping 50 sellers move on to their next chapter and we had 50 buyers that fulfilled their dream of a new home in Garrett County and Deep Creek. Our sales volume for the summer topped off at $31.7 million in sales. We look forward to the cooler weather and all the festivals that come with it. It will bring in a whole new herd of buyers.
Buyer’s Tip: Ski season is coming up. Start looking at potential investment properties near the slopes before everyone else does. During the quieter fall season, it is easier to access homes that are for sale and also on the vacation rental market.
Seller’s Tip: Fall weather is a upon us bringing leaves and spider webs.We love the colors of fall — until we need to clean up the leaves. Maintaining curb appeal
becomes a challenge this time of year, but do your best to keep up with it.You never know when the right buyer will come along.
Taylor-Made’s Deep Creek real estate company is excited to announce that we have a new Broker of Record! Bob Carney, Sales Manager, recently obtained his brokers license!
In order to earn this designation, Carney successfully completed the required educational hours and the exam as outlined by the Maryland Real Estate Commission.
Deep Creek Real Estate Company Background
Taylor-Made co-owner and sales agent, Jay Ferguson, previously held this role since 2014 when the real estate division was originally launched. The company has grown rapidly in four short years, and he is pleased to pass the torch to Bob so that he can fully focus on his strengths – real estate sales and serving Deep Creek Lake area buyers and sellers. Continue reading Deep Creek Real Estate Company has a New Broker!
Congratulations to Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales co-owner, broker of record, and top producing real estate professional, Jay Ferguson! Jay has been named the 2018 REALTOR®️ of the Year by Garret County Board of REALTORS®️ in a unanimous vote from the GCBR Board of Directors.
About Jay Ferguson Garrett County 2018 REALTOR® of the Year
For over 18 years, Jay has been striving to provide a fresh approach for his clients. In his first full year in the business, he was honored as “Rookie of the Year”. Throughout his career he has received many other well-deserved awards and designations.
Jay lives locally with his family; his wife Jessica and their two children Kayleah and Noah. He and his family all proudly serve the community through activities and participation of the ministries and efforts of their church, Loch Lynn Church of God. He is a Garrett County native who chose a career in real estate because of his knowledge of ,and passion for, his beautiful home. Ferguson on being named Garrett County 2018 REALTOR® of the Year: “I am truly honored to receive this prestigious award. It’s a big deal to be selected by my peers in the real estate industry. I’ve been in the business for 18+ years and I have witnessed many deserving people win this award. I am beyond blessed and very excited to be among them.” Continue reading Jay Ferguson – Garrett County 2018 REALTOR® of the Year
Real estate activity at Deep Creek Lake is heating up with the warmer spring temperatures. We are seeing positive signs of a seller’s market in the making!
May 2018 Real Estate Update
Out of the 200 active lake area homes, 17 of them sold in the last month. And better news, the average sales price to average list price was only a 5% difference. In other words, the offer price is getting closer to the listing price. Historically, that number has been around 8-12%. The average days on market for these homes was about three months. As we get into the summer months, I will take a guess that timeframe will get shorter.
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.
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.