Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Host an Eco Friendly Party this Holiday Season!

We hope you enjoyed a great Thanksgiving last weekend with family and friends!  Whether you were here celebrating on Deep Creek Lake or are hoping to spend Thanksgiving next year in your new Deep Creek Lake home; this is a great time to remember all we have for which to be thankful.

A few weeks ago, we talked about ways you can go green in your home during the cold weather season.  It’s important that we all do our part to keep Deep Creek Lake a beautiful place to live or vacation and each one of us doing our part can make a big difference!  If you’re going to be hosting friends and family this season for holiday gatherings, we thought we’d point out a few ways that you can host an environmentally friendly party in your Deep Creek Lake home!  Take a look!

1. No-Cook Dishes- Save energy and give your oven a rest by preparing dishes that don’t have to be cooked. Think: salads, fruit dishes, veggie dips, yogurts and much more!  You’ll find yourself being more creative and spending less time in the kitchen!
2. Buy Local- Shopping locally from farmers and other various growers for ingredients for your holiday party (or any time!) is a great way to cut down on our carbon footprint as well as help support sustainable growing around Deep Creek Lake and surrounding areas.
3. Nix the Microwave- As much as possible, reheat or cook items in the oven or on the stove.  Certain plastics can produce harmful fumes when put in the microwave and, while not overtly harmful, microwaves do leak radiation.  It’s just better for your health and for the environment to use other options as often as you can!
4. Reusable Towels- When cleaning up after your holiday party; be sure to use reusable towels instead of paper towels.  Microfiber towels will hold on to dust, dirt and food particles since the fibers act like a magnet.  After cleanup, throw them in the wash and you’ll be able to reuse them over and over!
5. Switch to Convection- Now, we don’t expect that you’ll run out and buy a new oven before your holiday party, but this is something to consider for the very near future!  Switch from a conventional oven to a convection oven.  The difference?  A convection oven continually circulates heated air, which means food cooks more quickly and reduces energy usage by 20%!  Imagine being able to prepare food faster and save on energy- all from one appliance!
6. Cloth Napkins- These “things of the past” are making a comeback!  The average American will use around 2,200 paper napkins per year- which are never recycled!  Using cloth napkins will cut down drastically on waste and will make any event feel more special.
7. Chill Out- Be sure to put a pitcher of water in your fridge at least an hour before your party to ensure it’s completely chilled.  Those that prefer water won’t have to stand at your sink and let the water run until it gets cold.  The average kitchen faucet flows at a gallon per minute!  Thinking ahead can help to chill water before will reduce the waste that a running faucet will produce!
8. Glass Containers- Storing leftovers or dried foods in glass containers with lids are much safer than the plastic alternative.  When heated, certain plastics can break down and put chemicals into your food.  Learn more about harmful and safe plastics.
9. Fill the Dishwasher- To avoid wasting water and energy, be sure to have a full load each time you use your dishwasher.  Surprisingly, new energy efficient dishwasher can be more eco-friendly than washing dishes by hand!  Be sure to air dry and skip the pre-rinse cycle as most newer models are effective enough to get your dishes clean without the added step!
As Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agents here at Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty, our goal is to provide you with tips and advice on getting the most out of the Deep Creek Lake lifestyle and we hope these ideas help!
We are always here to help with your real estate needs by answering questions about buying or selling a home on Deep Creek Lake, or any other real estate questions you may have.
Please feel free to contact us anytime!  We would love to help you reach your Deep Creek Lake real estate goals!

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

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Don't Miss the Festival of the Trees This Weekend in Garrett County!

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just a few days away and with it marks the beginning of the festive holiday season!  As Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agents here at Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty, this is always one of our favorite times of the year.  It seems the Deep Creek Lake community grows a little closer as we find ourselves taking part in local events with neighbors and joining together in celebrating the holidays!

If you’re visiting friends or family this coming Thanksgiving weekend, or you live on Deep Creek Lake all year long and are looking for a way to kick off the holidays; you won’t want to miss this weekend’s Festival of Trees; one of Garrett County’s favorite celebrations!  Take a look!

Festival of Trees
Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall
Hwy 219 in McHenry

Friday, November 23 from 9am-8pm
Saturday, November 24 from 10am-8pm

- The Festival of Trees is a two day event that allows you to stroll through decorated trees, wreaths, centerpieces and other inspiring holiday decorations while experiencing the sites and sounds of Christmas!  Take pictures with Santa, sing at Kris Kringle’s Karaoke, decorate cookies in Santa’s Bakery, play Reindeer games or navigate through Frosty’s Funland.  Elfenheim mall is a children's shopping area, where all gifts cost $1 and is a great way for kids to find the perfect gift for loved ones!

Silent auctions take place on both days where you can bid on your favorite tree, holiday decorations and gifts!  Have breakfast with Santa on Friday or Saturday morning at 9 or 10am ($10) which includes a full pancake breakfast, gift and a photo with Santa! Reservations are encouraged to take part in the breakfast.  All proceeds go to benefit the Garrett County Dove Center. This non-profit is an agency that helps victims of physical abuse to develop self worth and be able to take control of their lives. 

This fun filled weekend is the ideal way to get in the holiday spirit, so don’t miss out!  View more information regarding tickets and daily schedules at the Festival of Trees website.

We hope you have an opportunity to take part in this great holiday event!  Whether you live on Deep Creek Lake year round or are just visiting; you’ll appreciate the sense of community and cheer that will fill the air and get you in the holiday mood!

As always, we are here to help in any way we can regarding living or vacationing on Deep Creek Lake!  If you would like more information on the current Deep Creek Lake Real Estate market or are interested in viewing some of the homes currently available on Deep Creek Lake; please feel free to contact us today!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Boost Your Home's Selling Appeal this Holiday Season!

If your Deep Creek Lake home is currently on the market, you may be worried about selling your home during the holiday season.  You fear that buyers aren’t looking and that you won’t be able to enjoy decorating for the season because you need to sell your home.

As a team of experienced Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agents here at Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty, we wanted to give those of you who are selling some encouragement!  Oftentimes, buyers will look at homes on the Deep Creek Lake Real Estate market during the holidays because they know there will be less competition than in the spring.  Also, decorating your home for the holidays can be just the thing to help buyers envision themselves gathered with loved ones in the home!  

Here are just a few ways you can highlight your home this holiday season as you show your home to potential buyers!

1. Give Warmth- Just before a showing, be sure to turn up your thermostat a few degrees to make it extra toasty inside.  Prospective buyers will be thankful for the change from Maryland’s cold winters.  Put a fire in the fireplace to add an extra sense of warmth and highlight the cozy atmosphere that this feature of your home can bring.

2. Mind the Tree- While a tall Christmas tree can showcase a two story living room, be sure to be careful of the tree’s width.  The last thing you want is to have your Deep Creek Lake home appear smaller than it really is.  Also, you’ll want to stick with a cohesive theme for your ornaments.  The family homemade ornaments may be meaningful to you, but can quickly make your tree look gaudy to outsiders. Keep it simple this year and remember, there’s always next year when you can display those keepsakes in your new home!

3. Complement Your Décor- You’ll want to make sure that your Christmas decoration palette matches or complements your current décor.  If the colors clash or seem to be fighting for attention, this can be very distracting to buyers and can take away from the great features of your home you’re trying to highlight.

4. Highlight the Highlights- Draw attention to a beautiful fireplace mantle with a few tasteful ornaments or enhance an arched doorway with hanging mistletoe.

5. Go Light on the Lights- An abundance of outdoor lights can leave Deep Creek Lake buyers wondering what the front of your home looks like.  And, while you may love your giant inflatable lawn ornaments; it may be best to leave those in storage this year.  Everyone has different tastes and you don’t want buyers to be met at your home with a sense of “tacky.”

6. Add Holiday Adornments- Again, you don’t want to go overboard, but a simple evergreen wreath, a poinsettia center piece or hot cider simmering on the stove can create a very warm and welcoming atmosphere.  Of course it’s best to avoid overly religious flourishes as this can be off-putting to some.
7. Offer Tasty Treats- While you don’t want to come across as trying to bribe buyers, everyone loves holiday treats and having a plate full of cookies and candy can make the home showing a little sweeter.  Hot chocolate and apple cider are always welcome and buyers will feel that you have their best interest in mind.

While these tips won’t guarantee that you’ll sell your Deep Creek Lake home this holiday season, they will boost your chances!  If you’re still concerned about selling your home this year, but know that it’s necessary to do so, please feel free to contact us!

We understand that going through the selling process can seem daunting, but with an experienced Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agent by your side; you’ll find selling your home can be a smooth and efficient experience.  We would love to help you get your Deep Creek Lake home sold!

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

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Save Energy & Go Green in Your Deep Creek Lake Home!

It’s hard to believe we’re in the month of November and that the holiday season is just around the corner!  As we enter into the cooler months here on Deep Creek Lake, we find ourselves ready for evenings cozied up by the fire with family and friends in our Deep Creek Lake home.

For those of you who currently own a Deep Creek Lake home, or you’ve visited our shores for a great vacation, you know that Deep Creek Lake is committed to keeping its surroundings as natural and beautiful as possible.  While our community is active in being as eco-friendly as possible; we can all do our part.  

As Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agents here at Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty, we are always helping buyers find their ideal home and go through the home buying process with ease.  But, we also want to help buyers keep their homes in great condition and make them aware of how to go green in their own home!  Here are a few tips that can make a big difference during the cold weather season.

1. Use Your Fireplace- It’s amazing how a fire in your fireplace can heat up a room instantly! Consider lowering your thermostat on cooler evenings and lighting a fire instead. You’ll instantly feel cozier in the midst of Maryland’s chilly winters.

2. Unplug- Not using an appliance? Unplug it! The Department of Energy notes that, even if appliances are not being used, they are still using energy. 40% of electricity used for your home electronics is used when they’re turned off, but still plugged in. Getting in the habit of unplugging will prove to be a smart habit in the long run!

3. Program Your Thermostat- Setting your thermostat to lower temperatures while you’re away from your Deep Creek Lake home or while you’re sleeping will automatically help reduce energy used, as well as costs! 

4. Prevent Leaks- Check all doors and windows for drafts. You can easily seal windows and doors to prevent the warm air from your Deep Creek Lake home escaping while making sure the cool air doesn’t leak in!

5. Use the Sun- During the day, be sure to leave blinds and curtains open to let in the sunlight and natural heat. At night, shut them to help “trap” the warmth.

6. Bundle Up- Feeling chilled? Instead of turning up the thermostat, throw on a pair of socks or an extra layer. These small choices to not turn up the heat can really add up in energy savings!

7. Switch our Your Lights- From lamps to the Christmas tree, all of your lights can be changed out for energy efficient LED lights! With the sun setting earlier, you’ll be using your indoor lights more often. Also, the festivity of the season’s decorations can spike energy bill. LED Christmas lights can cut back on costs and energy usage.

We hope these tips are helpful as you consider ways to cut down on energy usage and create an eco-friendly environment in your Deep Creek Lake home!  While it may not seem like you’re doing a lot; every little bit helps to keep our environment clean!

If you’d like to learn more about the Deep Creek Lake lifestyle or are interested in viewing some of the homes currently on the Deep Creek Lake Real Estate market; please let us know!  We would be happy to meet with you and help you find the home of your dreams on Deep Creek Lake!

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