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We offer the Coldwell Banker Seller Services Guarantee with every listing. The Seller Services Guarantee commits us to a high standard of performance, gives you confidence in our services, helps you know exactly what to expect, and sets Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty apart from the competition! The Coldwell Banker Seller Services Guarantee describes the full service of Coldwell Banker including Marketing, Customer Service, Financing, Counseling Services, and Contract Guidance. We guarantee that we will perform these services as part of your exclusive listing contract.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Find Your Dream Home on Deep Creek Lake!

When searching for a home on Deep Creek Lake, narrowing down your options can be tough since there are so many beautiful homes from which to choose.  Whether you’re hoping to find that ideal vacation getaway or are ready to become a permanent resident of Deep Creek Lake, determining what exactly you’re looking for in a home can help you narrow down your search.
Oftentimes, as the team of Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agents here at Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty, we work with buyers who are just in for a quick weekend to try to find their dream home.  We always encourage buyers to come to Deep Creek Lake with their list of wants and needs in order to hone in on the Deep Creek Lake homes that will best suit their lifestyle.  This can help tremendously as time can be limited and great homes move quickly off the market!  


Below are four of the key factors you’ll want to think through when considering buying a Deep Creek Lake home
1. View- You’ll want to determine how important view is to you and what type of view you want.  If a panoramic lake view is what you have your heart set on, point this out to your Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agent as the item on the top of your list for your home.  However, if a beautiful wooded view is just as appealing, or you’re not too concerned with what you will wake up to each day, knowing the lake is only a few minutes away; acknowledging this to your agent will move the process along.
2. Level Lot- Oftentimes, buyers will come to Deep Creek Lake hoping to spend time gardening or on their outdoor patio.  They may even have plans for a pool or simply want a large lot for their pets to run around.  Finding a nice, level lot may be a big wish on the list, and your Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agent will be able to provide you with some great options.
3. Proximity to Water- For those who long to enjoy boating, fishing, water skiing or swimming in Deep Creek Lake; a lot that has a boat slip or backs up to the lake will be a main priority.  Determine how close you’d like to be to the lake and you’ll easily cut down on some of your search time and can more easily find the home of your dreams!
4. Privacy- A quiet respite is a top priority for many when they come to Deep Creek Lake. Whether it’s for a secluded vacation getaway or retiring without a neighbor in site; privacy can be a key factor in determining which home is right for you.
Buying a lake home comes with a different set of criteria, so you’ll want to think through these options before beginning your home search on Deep Creek Lake!  As always, our team of trusted Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agents are here to help you navigate through the home buying experience and will guide you each step of the way.  
If you’re thinking of buying a Deep Creek Lake home this spring, contact us today to get started!  
Patrick Kane
Sales Manager/Co-Owner
Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty
Your Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Expert

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Help Maintain an Eco-Friendly Environment on Deep Creek Lake!

If you’ve spent any amount of time on Deep Creek Lake, you’ve been able to experience the stunning beauty of its natural surroundings, which makes it such a desirable place to live or vacation.  And, for many of us, our goal is to help preserve this natural beauty to the best of our ability!  
Here at Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty, we love showing people around as they consider buying a home on Deep Creek Lake.  As Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agents, the comments we hear about the lake, hills, foliage and breathtaking views inspire us to maintain this untouched atmosphere for current residents and for buyers for years to come. 
Yet, we know that it takes more than just a few people; it will take all of us!  If we all do our part, although seemingly small, we can ensure that Deep Creek Lake will remain an eco-friendly environment.  Take a look at some of the practical ways you can “go green” in your Deep Creek Lake home!
Install a programmable thermostat. That way, if you leave your Deep Creek Lake home during the day, you can program the thermostat to adjust while the house is empty, allowing you to save ample energy and money on your air-conditioning bill. You can set the thermostat to return to its regular setting about an hour before you return home, so you’ll never know the difference!
Replace your light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs. They provide just as much lighting while using less energy and lasting far longer.
Switch to energy efficient appliances.  When it’s time to replace a kitchen appliance, choose one with an Energy Star label on it. These appliances meet efficiency guidelines created by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environment Protection Agency. While they are more expensive initially, the amount of energy you will save makes up for it in the long run.
Only run your dishwasher when it’s full. This will ensure you’re only using the dishwasher when you absolutely have to.  Also, after the dishes are clean, open the dishwasher door and allow the dishes to air dry rather than using the washer’s drying cycle. 
Switch off your electronics. Though many people have gotten use to the idea of having electronics available 24/7, you should turn off your computer and monitor when not in use. You could turn off your cell phone at night too, if not using as an alarm clock.
Plug as many electronics as you safely can into a power strip, which allows you to easily turn the strip off when the items are not in use. This could include TVs, DVD players, computers, toasters and more, which all use several watts of power even when not in use.
Reduce water usage.  Take shorter showers and turn the water off while you wash your hands, brush your teeth, apply face wash and any other time the water is not in use.
Recycle!  You’ll find a complete list on Garrett County’s website on what items can be recycled at various locations around Deep Creek Lake.  Garrett County is committed to educating residents on cutting down on their use of wasteful materials and to offering a wide range of ways to recycle to help maintain a healthy community! 
We hope these tips give you ways to begin, even today, to promote an eco-friendly lifestyle and atmosphere on Deep Creek Lake!  This natural surrounding is one we want to preserve for those seeking a peaceful, clean and healthy place to live or vacation. 
If you haven’t visited Deep Creek Lake yet or are just now considering buying a home on Deep Creek Lake; please let us know!  We would love to help you set up a time to come experience the Deep Creek Lake lifestyle and see some of the gorgeous homes currently on the Deep Creek Lake Real Estate market.  
We look forward to meeting you!
Patrick Kane
Sales Manager/Co-Owner
Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty
Your Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Expert

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Experience the Deep Creek Lake Community this Weekend!

Working for a number of years as Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agents here at Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty, we have our finger on the pulse of the Deep Creek Lake Real Estate market and Deep Creek Lake happenings.  We understand that when you buy a home on Deep Creek Lake, you’re also buying into the lifestyle that surrounds your beautiful home.
We’re always more than happy to point out to buyers the fantastic lifestyle and sense of community that Deep Creek Lake has to offer!  Whether you’re a permanent resident on Deep Creek Lake, a regular vacationer to its shores, or just wondering what Deep Creek Lake is about; we’ll occasionally post what’s going on and hope that you’re able to jump in to this vibrant community.
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, you may want to check out a yearly event taking place at nearby Wisp Resort!   This enticing retreat is known as a four season ski, golf and recreational destination resort and is another fun way to experience Deep Creek Lake.  Events at Wisp Resort are oftentimes open to the public, so be sure to check out what’s going on this weekend!

Beachin Weekend/Cardboard Box Derby
Friday - Sunday, March 16-18
- Kick of this fun weekend with Friday nights’ Comedy Blast at the Wisp Resorts Main Lodge at 8pm.  Doors open at 7pm and tickets are $22 which includes hors d’oevres and a 90 minute show.  See who’s headlining and purchase your tickets at the Wisp Resort website.  
Saturday and Sunday are full of activities you won’t want to miss!  Check out the schedule below:

Saturday
12 pm - 6 pm  Music & Games at the Bear Claw Adventure Park
1 pm  - Cardboard Box Derby Registration at the Bear Claw Adventure Park
1 pm - 1:30 pm  - Cardboard Box Derby Judging
3 pm -  Cardboard Box Derby Race

Sunday

11 am - 2 pm  - Music & Games at the Bear Claw Adventure Park
As you can see, there are fun events taking place throughout the weekend and we encourage you to check them out!  You’ll find that living or vacationing on Deep Creek Lake means you’ll never have a dull moment; there is always something fun to enjoy.  
If you are interested in learning more about the Deep Creek Lake lifestyle or are ready to begin your Deep Creek Lake home search; please let us know!  The spring season is a great time to buy a home on Deep Creek Lake and we would love to help you find a home in time to move in and enjoy a beautiful summer here on Deep Creek Lake.
Feel free to contact us today to get started! 

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

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Deep Creek Lake Home Buying Tips You Won't Want to Miss!

The spring season is a beautiful time of year on Deep Creek Lake and we’re beginning to sense the excitement of the changing seasons.  As the activity around Deep Creek Lake grows with added outdoor events and things to explore, buyers find their way to Deep Creek Lake to scope out potential vacation homes or permanent residences. 
Here on Deep Creek Lake, there are a wide variety of homes from which to choose and chances are you’ll fall in love with a few of them.  If you’re interested in buying a Deep Creek Lake home this spring; you won’t be disappointed!  As the team here at Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty, we’re always excited to show the homes that are currently on the Deep Creek Lake Real estate market and to work with buyers throughout the entire home buying process.  
Buying a home, especially if it’s a second home, is a large decision and we always try to make sure our clients are fully prepared to take that next step.  Whether you’re relocating to Deep Creek Lake or looking for that ideal vacation home to enjoy on week long getaways; we’ve gathered a few tips for buying a Deep Creek Lake home that you’ll want to consider.
1. Think Long-Term- When buying a home in today’s market, you want to plan for the future. Consider your purpose for buying a Deep Creek Lake home.  Is it an investment property for you and your family to enjoy for years to come?  Are you using it as a vacation getaway?  Whatever your use for the home, you want to plan to own the home for a minimum of three to five years.

2. Research and Take Advantage of Low Rates- Many lenders are encouraging buyers to lock in a long-term loan, such as a 30-year mortgage, to ensure taking full advantage of the historically low interest rates. An adjustable rate mortgage can work for some buyers, but you’ll want to discuss with your Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agent which option is best for you.

3. Be Prepared to Make an Offer- Before you even begin searching for a Deep Creek Lake home, you’ll want to get pre-approved for a loan. This not only helps you determine your home buying budget, but will make the process run much more quickly once you’re ready to make an offer. This will also force you to get your credit in order and gives you the opportunity to correct any credit issues before entering the Deep Creek Lake Real Estate market

4. Find a Recommended Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Agent- Having the right agent journey with you through the home buying process will make all the difference. Conduct research online or talk with family and friends to get their recommendations. You’ll want to find an agent who has experience in the Deep Creek Lake Real Estate market and with whom you feel you can work with for however long it takes for you to find your Deep Creek Lake home.

5. Live Within Your Means- This is a lesson that our country seems to be learning collectively. We’ve seen the damage that can come from buying homes we can’t afford and digging ourselves further into debt.  Buying a Deep Creek Lake home that fits your budget as it stands now will give the home a chance to appreciate. In the long run, your finances will be healthier and you’ll more than likely be able to afford your dream home next time around.
Buying a Deep Creek Lake home can be a fun and stress free process if you’ve taken the time to determine your budget, needs, wants and goals.  If you aren’t sure where to begin, we’d love to talk with you and give you the guidance needed to have a successful home buying experience.
Feel free to contact us today with any questions or to get started! 
Patrick Kane
Sales Manager/Co-Owner
Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty
Your Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Expert