Monday, January 29, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
SNOW SHOWERS AND SQUALLS WILL DEVELOP DURING THE DAY ON THURSDAYAND CONTINUE THURSDAY NIGHT. THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR 6 INCHES ORMORE OF SNOW BY FRIDAY MORNING. THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS WILL RECEIVETHE MOST SNOW. AREAS WEST OF THE RIDGES IN INDIANA, WESTMORELANDAND FAYETTE COUNTIES WILL RECEIVE LESSER AMOUNTS. NORTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WILL ALSO CAUSE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Wisp has announced that the Main Street and Down Under trails will finally open today. For those of you new to Wisp, Main Street is one of the most unique trials, a steep black diamond slope that offers a fantastic view of the lake during your ascent.
Cold and occasionally snowy conditions look to prevail over the long range, and later this week, an arctic air mass will bring the coldest temperatures of the winter so far to Garrett County.
Monday, January 22, 2007
Also with the recent cold temperatures the lake is starting to freeze over, starting with McHenry Cove. The cold and snowy weather looks like it will stick around for the foreseeable future.
At Wisp, after a busy mid winter weekend, conditions are nearly perfect with packed powder conditions. It is likely the eastern ridge slopes, Main Street, Eye Opener etc. will open this week for the first time this season.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Friday, January 19, 2007
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Additionally, computer guidance is indicating a wave developing over the Gulf on Sunday and moving eastward early next week. Depending on the track and intensity of the low, there is the potential for accumulating snow from this event as well. Wisp currently has packed powder conditions after several days of snowmaking, and hopefully we'll see some natural powder this weekend and early next week!
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
The area woke up this morning to a bitter 6 degrees, due in part to the recent 2 inches of snow we received as well as clear skies overnight. Temperatures will only rebound into the 20's today, and the extended forecast looks cold and at times snowy for at least the next week to 10 days.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Aside from elevation, Garrett generally receives snow from 3 separate meteorological phenomena:
Garrett County is part of Appalachian mountain chain that is situated perpendicular to the usual jet stream flow, west to east. As air runs up against the Appalachian Mountains, it is forced upward. Any moisture at the surface lifts upward, condenses, and forms low clouds above the ridges. Eventually those clouds will precipitate. The upslope phenomenon dovetails with lake effect snow. While many times upslope snows are due to an arctic frontal passage, bands of lake effect snow from Lake Erie also tend to reach Garrett County, where the same upslope effect occurs.
While lake effect and upslope snows are referred to as mesoscale events (i.e. not generally associated with a large low pressure system), there are several synoptic scale events that give Garrett County snow as well. Note however that even in synoptic scale events, Garrett's elevation and upslope effect will often produce larger amounts of snow than in neighboring lower elevation areas. The first of these systems is the Alberta clipper, nicknamed such because it originates near the Canadian providence of Alberta. These systems are generally associated with a large trough over the eastern United States that allows the clipper to dive southward out of Canada, with an associated polar or artic air mass. While Alberta clippers and other west to east oriented systems usually do not tap into any Gulf of Mexico moisture, they do often maintain enough moisture of their own to produce anywhere from 4 to 8 inches to Garrett County. The recent event that blanketed the area with 7 inches on January 9th was a classic example of an Alberta clipper with associated upslope effect.
The second type of synoptic event is the coastal or nor’easter. These systems, unlike clippers, usually originate further south, often along the gulf coast, and track northeastward up the eastern coastal areas. Also unlike clippers, these systems do often tap into Gulf moisture as well as moisture from the Atlantic Ocean. While Garrett County is usually on the western end of coastal systems, the county often sits just east enough to receive substantial snows from these systems. Coastal systems can become very intense, produce very high winds, and provide memorable snow events in Garrett County. Most of Garrett County's largest snowfall events were associated with coastal-type systems.
To summarize, while some areas in the east are known for their lake effect snows like Erie or Buffalo, and others for their propensity for coastal storms such as Boston or Albany, Garrett County is perfectly situated to benefit from several types of weather systems and thus explains why the County typically averages over 100 inches annually.
REALTORs have access to statistics such as DOM, and both sellers and buyers can utilize DOM in formulating a listing or offer price. The DOM figure can also be used to gauge the effectiveness of a seller's listing agent. For example, if the DOM in an area is 1 month, but the property has been on the market for over a year, the listing agent may not be marketing the property effectively enough.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
For one, FSBO properties often attract "bargain hunter" buyers. That is, often the bargain hunter buyer makes an offer on the FSBO property thinking that the property can be obtained at a bargain price since the seller is not paying any commissions. Secondly, and probably most importantly, FSBO sellers lack the marketing capability of a REALTOR. The usual methodology of FSBO sellers is the cliche red sign in the yard and ad in the paper. However, the seller is missing out on the marketing tools of the REALTOR or broker, most importantly having the property listed in the local multi-list service (MLS). In the long run, the increased buyer activity that a REALTOR creates through effective marketing will often bring about a sale price over and above (commissions included) what the seller would have commanded in a FSBO sale.
Below are some statistics complied by NAR regarding FSBO sellers:
The typical FSBO home sold for $187,200 compared to $247,000 for agent-assisted home sales.
FSBO Methods Used to Market Home:
Yard Sign . . . 51%
Friends/neighbors . . . 53%
Newspaper ad . . . 31%
Open House . . . 29%
Listing on the Internet . . . 22%
Most Difficult Tasks for FSBO Sellers:
Getting the right price . . . 11%
Understanding paperwork . . . 16%
Preparing/fixing up home for sale . . . 18%
Attracting potential buyers . . . 9%
Having enough time to devote to all aspects of the sale . . . 9%
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Monday, January 08, 2007
Friday, January 05, 2007
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Monday, January 01, 2007
To illustrate, if seller and buyer sign a contract on January 1st for the purchase of a home, and closing is to take place on February 1st, but the house burns down after being struck by a bolt of lightning on January 15th, under Maryland Law, and unless the contract stated otherwise, given the buyer took equitable title on Jan 1st it is the buyer who is responsible for the loss.
As you can see, who bares the risk of loss is one of the most critical terms in the contract of sale and thus it is wise that both parties seek the assistance of a REALTOR who is well-versed in contract law during the negotiation process.