Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Don't Miss these Tips for Buying a Deep Creek Lake Home!


Buying a home on Deep Creek Lake may seem exciting and daunting all at the same time.  While you are looking forward to seeing what homes are on the Deep Creek Lake Real Estate market, you also know the wide variety of details that go into buying a home. 

As Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agents here at Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty, we want to ensure that your home buying process runs smoothly and that you can find and settle in to the home of your dreams in no time.  We have years of experience working with buyers who want to move to Deep Creek Lake as their permanent home as well as though looking for their ideal vacation property on our beautiful shores.

If you have started looking online at some of the homes currently for sale on Deep Creek Lake; we’re glad you stopped by our blog to learn more about the Deep Creek Lake Real Estate market and our services.  As you continue to pursue buying a Deep Creek Lake home, here are four home buying tips you’ll want to keep in mind throughout the entire process. 

1. Do Look at Many Houses Before You Buy- Although you may fall in love with the first Deep Creek Lake home you tour, it’s wise to view other homes in the area.  You never know if the home across the street is more in line with what you’re looking for in a home!  It’s also good to see the comparables to ensure you’re not overpaying for the home.  View at least three houses before making your decision and, if you still are in love with the first Deep Creek Lake home you saw, make an offer!

2. Do Research the Community- Not only do you want to find a Deep Creek Lake home that fits your needs and lifestyle, you’ll want to feel at home in the community as well!  Decide what you would and wouldn’t like to see in the area in which you live, and make finding the right fit in a community a high priority as well.  I’d love to discuss the various areas of Deep Creek Lake with you to determine which fits you best!

3. Do Invest in a Professional Inspection- While you may be trying to cut down on costs; this is one you don’t want to skip!  Sellers may not disclose everything about the home or they may have done a quick cover-up fix to a larger problem in the home.  Have a professional check over every detail of the house could save you thousands of dollars in the long run.  You’ll also feel very comfortable in making your final decision knowing  the condition of the home.

4. Do Buy Based on Needs, Not Wants-  On average, Americans live in a home for nine years, so when thinking long term; it’s best to decide on a Deep Creek Lake home based on your needs.  Some of the items you may want now, such as choosing a gourmet kitchen over square footage, may not be what you need in five years if your family is going to grow.  Make a list of your needs and be sure to follow it to be sure you don’t have buyer’s remorse down the road.

We hope these tips are helpful as you take the next steps in buying a Deep Creek Lake home!  As always, we are here to answer any questions you have and to guide you through the home buying process.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Patrick Kane
Sales Manager/Co-Owner
Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty
Your Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Expert

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Don't Miss These Spooky Events This Weekend on Deep Creek Lake!


As Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agents here at Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty, we always want to provide you with up to date market information as well as events and special highlights that make up the Deep Creek Lake lifestyle.  We understand that, whether you’re vacationing or living on Deep Creek Lake all year long, the community in which you live plays a large role in how much you enjoy your Deep Creek Lake experience.

Luckily for us, there seems to always be something to do and a way to get out in the community, meet new neighbors and take in the beauty of our location at the base of the Allegheny Mountains in Maryland.  Our goal is to keep you informed of local happenings, so you can be sure to enjoy all that the Deep Creek Lake area has to offer.

If you’re looking for a family-friendly and spooky way to celebrate Halloween this weekend; you’ll want to check out these events!

The Haunted Shack
Wisp Resort
Outdoors Adventure Park
Friday, October 26 - Saturday, October 27 beginning at 7pm
- Don’t miss the Haunted Shack at the Wisp Outdoors Adventure Park!  You’ll make your way to the Haunted House, go through a maze of spooky scenes, props, and characters that wait around every corner!  Your tour ends with a thrilling ride on the Mountain Coaster.  The Light Scare goes from 7pm until Dusk, while those who are more brave can experience the Full Nightmare from Dusk till Close.  View more information on the Wisp Resort website


The Haunted Hayride at Broadford Park
Bradford Park in Oakland

Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27 from 7-10pm

- Get spooked on the Haunted Hayride at Broadford Park this Friday and Saturday.  Rides are $5 per person, which goes to benefit the SHS Theater Program, and run between 7pm and 10pm.  You can also enjoy a Mechanical Bull for all
ages, an Inflatable Obstacle Course and Bungee with a special performance of “Thriller” on Saturday at 7pm!  Roasted hot dogs and s’mores by the fire are available at the campfire each night for that perfect end to a fall day!  View more information on the Oakland website.  

We hope you can get out and enjoy this festive activities this weekend around Deep Creek Lake!

If you have any questions about buying a home on Deep Creek Lake, or would like to see some of the homes currently available; please contact us today!

Have a safe and happy Halloween!


Patrick Kane
Sales Manager/Co-Owner
Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty
Your Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Expert

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Buying VS. Renting a Home on Deep Creek Lake


If you’ve ever vacationed or if you currently live on Deep Creek Lake’s shores; you’re well aware of this beautiful areas’ appeal.  As Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agents at Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty; we enjoy being able to work and live in this environment and help others find their getaway home or permanent respite on Deep Creek Lake!

In the past few years, there has been a decrease in those buying due to the national housing market, and many have found themselves leery of jumping into buying a home.  An emerging topic has been renting versus buying a home and what is the best choice.  Yet, with the market on the rise, we’re seeing that now is a great time to buy before home prices continue to increase.

We, however, don’t recommend buying to everyone.  Sometimes, renting is the better option!  For instance, if you’re only planning on visiting Deep Creek Lake a few weeks out of the year, you’ll find we have a wide variety of rental options from which to choose.  Yet, if you are planning on either living on Deep Creek Lake as your main home, or you want to enjoy vacationing here a few months out of the year; buying will be the best option.  Here are just a few reasons to lean towards buying instead of renting your home on Deep Creek Lake.

1. You can determine your homes’ energy efficiency-  From adding insulation, to upgrading your air conditioner or hot water tank; you are in control of the energy efficiency of your home.  Making these bigger changes, that you wouldn’t make in a renting situation, will save you money in the long run and will make you feel better about what you’re doing for the environment.

2. You can customize your space- This is an important part in making a house feel like a home.  You don’t have to worry about paint colors, what you put on the walls, and even have the freedom to knock out walls to reconfigure a space!  Owning a home means you have endless possibilities to make your Deep Creek Lake home exactly what you envision.

3. You know what you’ll be paying from year to year- Unlike rent, a fixed mortgage means your monthly payment won’t change.  With inflation, rents oftentimes increase each year and you can get caught with paying more than you imagined.  A fixed mortgage is great in allowing you to determine your yearly budget and stick to it.

4. You can take advantage of currently low interest rates and prices- Last but certainly not least, the current home prices and low mortgage rates are a huge advantage of buying a Deep Creek Lake home now.  With the market leaning heavily in the favor of buyers, now is the time to buy!
As you can see, buying has a number of advantages that will make you think twice before choosing to rent.  If you have any questions about buying a home on Deep Creek Lake, or you know that renting is for you and you’d like to see some of our beautiful rental options; please contact us today!

Patrick Kane
Sales Manager/Co-Owner
Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty
Your Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Expert

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Don't Miss the 45th Annual Autumn Glory Festival this Week!


We can all agree that Deep Creek Lake in Garrett County Maryland is simply stunning this time of year!  As Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agents here at Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Lake Realty; it’s one of the many reasons people find their way to live or vacation on our lake’s beautiful shores.

Of course we would be amiss if we didn’t take the time here in Garrett County to celebrate this scenic season.  If you’re visiting Deep Creek Lake this weekend or live here permanently and are looking for a way to get out and enjoy the views; you won’t want to miss the annual Autumn Glory Festival!  Check out the details below!


45th Annual Autumn Glory Festival
Various Locations in Garrett County

Wednesday, October 10th through Sunday, October 14th

- Enjoy the beauty of the fall season in the mountains as Garrett County celebrates the 45th anniversary of Autumn Glory with five days filled with fun and gorgeous views!  From Wednesday through Sunday, the area offers a wide variety of things to do indoors or outdoors such as two large parades, concerts, band competitions, art exhibits, antique and craft shows and much more.

The Festival will kick off with a dinner hosted by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday evening.  Live music, entertainment and the recognition of the annual Autumn Glory Golden Ambassador will enhance this great way to start the festival. 

The weekend continues with an Oktoberfest dinner on Thursday and a fireman’s parade.  Friday is highlighted by a Banjo Championship and Saturday boasts a variety of live music, the Grand Parade and much more!  Sunday will close out the festival with a car show and a sundae eating contest!

For the past three years, Travelchannel.com has also listed the Autumn Glory Festival & Garrett County as one of America’s 3 Best Autumn Road Trips and in 2008, the Baltimoresun.com listed Garrett County as one of the top 5 locales for Fall Foliage.  You won’t want to miss this opportunity to  take in the breathtaking views of our spectacular Fall Foliage by driving or biking the 2012 Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tour and enjoying these great events!  To view more information and the entire schedule, please visit the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce website.  

We are proud of our Autumn Glory Festival as it showcases the beauty of Garrett County and Deep Creek Lake!  We hope you’re able to take part in this fun filled event!

As always, if you have questions about living or vacationing on Deep Creek Lake and would like more information about buying a Deep Creek Lake home; please contact us today! 

We look forward to hearing from you!



Patrick Kane
Sales Manager/Co-Owner
Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty
Your Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Expert

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

3 Great Reasons to Relocate to Deep Creek Lake!


If you’re considering relocating to Deep Creek Lake, you may feel excited and a little anxious all at the same time.  Moving to a new place means starting over with friends, your routine, favorite restaurants and shops, and a new lifestyle.  

As Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agents, we’ve helped many buyers find their ideal home on Deep Creek Lake and have provided the resources they needed to make a smooth transition and settle into the great lifestyle that Deep Creek Lake has to offer.

Whether you’re relocating because of retirement and you envision spending your days enjoying the beautiful scenery and sense of peace on Deep Creek Lake, or you’re simply moving because you have fallen in love with this Garrett County area; we’ve listed three of the highlights of relocating to Deep Creek Lake.  Take a look!

1. A Fresh Start- Having the opportunity to set up a new life for yourself can be very exciting!  You’ll learn about your new environment, make new friends, find new local spots to call your “favorite” and have the chance to feel like you’re getting a fresh start in life.  It’s a great way to bring a sense of adventure and liveliness to your life, and sometimes that’s just what many of us are looking for!
2. A Focus on Family- Starting over in a new location means that, since you don’t know anyone else, it’s an ideal time to focus in on family.  Whether it’s your spouse that you’re moving with or the family and friends that will love to come visit your new home on Deep Creek Lake; relocating can put you out of your comfort zone in a way that helps you appreciate your family so much more.
3. A Mortgage Free Lifestyle- Many of the clients we work with are excited about moving to Deep Creek Lake because they’re able to look forward to living mortgage free!  Oftentimes, they’re downsizing from a much larger house and choosing to move into one of our cozy, yet comfortable, Deep Creek Lake homes. The money made from selling means an all cash offer on their Deep Creek Lake home is possible.  This financial freedom allows them to enjoy a stress free and comfortable lifestyle on Deep Creek Lake.
We hope these reasons for relocating give you the boost of confidence you need to take the next step!  There are a wide variety of beautiful homes currently on the Deep Creek Lake Real Estate market from which to choose, and we would love the opportunity to show you around.  
Please feel free to contact us today to get started with your Deep Creek Lake home search or to ask us any questions you may have about relocating to Deep Creek Lake!


Patrick Kane
Sales Manager/Co-Owner
Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty
Your Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Expert