maryland: Ocean City,Maryland: Hey,Girls! What Are You Doing Next Tuesday Night? - 11/16/13 05:14 AM
Ocean City,Maryland:Hey, Girls! What Are You Doing Next Tuesday Night?
If you're here at the beach in Ocean City next Tuesday night, let me suggest a fun and reasonably priced evening.
First of all, call the movie theaters (Sun 'N Surf or Gold Coast Mall) and see what  features are playing.  It's $5 Tuesday!  That's right! All non-3D movies cost just $5!  What a bargain!
After you've laughed, cried or scared yourself silly, drive down to Hooked on 81st street!  This restaurant has fabulous, non-traditional food and every Tursday night is Ladie's Night!  That means that their wonderful, yummy menu is 1/2 priced for … (1 comments)

maryland: Another Ocean City, Maryland Holiday Favorite! - 11/11/13 01:47 AM
Another Ocean City, Maryland Holiday Favorite!
Every year, beginning the last weekend in November (actually Thanksgiving weekend!), Ocean City, Maryland has "Light Up Downtown"!  During this time, the businesses and residents turn on their Christmas decorations and displays! And light up the town! (Although, truth be told, lots of us turn them on before the Official turn-on, because we just can't wait!)
The exact dates are Nov. 29-Dec. 14 (weekends only).  Besides seeing Holiday decorations, there are many activities to do, ie: singing, dancing, carriage rides, Santa,etc.  The activities take place in Sunset Park, which is located on the south end of Philadelphia Ave. Bayside. For … (0 comments)

maryland: Get Ready for the Holidays in Ocean City, Maryland! - 11/04/13 01:03 AM
Get Ready for the Holidays in Ocean City, Maryland!
When you look at your calendar, you realize that the HOLIDAYS will be here before you can say "Where did 2013 go?"!
So NOW is the time to mark your calendar with upcoming events.  Ocean City,MD has a ton of events for you to attend.  One event that occurs every year is the Holiday Shoppers Fair.  It begins the day after Thanksgiving(Nov. 29th) at the Ocean City Convention Center.  Vendors, who have a variety of wares, continue to amaze with their creative endeavors. Team sports items, tree decorations, paintings, wall hangings, baby items, are … (1 comments)

maryland: Trying to Find Active Listings in OCEAN CITY, Maryland? - 11/01/13 04:54 AM
Trying to Find Active Listings in OCEAN CITY, Maryland?
Finding Listings to suit YOUR criteria can be totally frustrating, especially if those sites are not up-tp-date! There are a ton of well-known sites on the Web, but only one site gives you accurate and up-to-the-minute Listings! You can access this site by going to my website (listed below) and clicking on "Search MLS Listings" at the bottom left on the first page.  Call me if you'd like me to automaticly email you listings with your criteria.  The Listings arrive in your inbox as soon as they are entered into our LOCAL MLS … (3 comments)

maryland: Fall Activities Still Abound in Ocean City, Maryland! - 11/01/13 04:03 AM
Fall Activities Still Abound in Ocean City, Maryland!
Just because the weather has a tiny chill in it, doesn't mean that there are no activities to attend at the beach!  Now is the time to check www.ococean.com for the upcoming fun activities!
The Christmas Craft Expo and the Fallfest of Fine Art are both scheduled for this weekend- 11/2-3,2013!  Rev up your car and head "down the ocean, Hon'"!
Hope to see you here!
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maryland: OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND: The Second Season Begins! - 10/16/13 01:56 AM
OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND: The Second Season Begins!
As most of you know, Ocean City, MD is located on the coastline ,bordering the Atlantic Ocean. It is a barrier island,about 10 miles long & 1/2 mile wide. Our main season takes place during the warmer months.
We are now entering what is called "Ocean City's Second Season"!  This is when the crowds have thinned out and the people are seeking a less crowded beach on which to walk and absorb solitude. Now is a fabulous time to vacation!  Rentals are cheaper, restaurants have no lines and offer less expensive menus, and there … (5 comments)

maryland: First March 2011 & Now April 2011; Stats Are Even Better! - 06/14/11 02:53 PM
First March 2011 & Now April 2011 ; Stats Are Even Better!
As I stated in an earlier blog, concerning the increased Real Estate sales for March 2011 in Worcester County Maryland, we are seeing Buyers purchasing their dream homes at the beach!  When we compare April 2010 to April 2011, we have an increase of 27.7% of homes purchased!  Of the 24 counties located in Maryland, only 5 counties can claim an INCREASE during April!  Ocean City's valuable Real Estate has a lot to do with these numbers climbing! I'm looking forward to this trend continuing through the rest of 2011!
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maryland: Stats Are In For Worcester County Maryland... March 2011! - 06/14/11 02:39 PM
Stats Are In For Worcester County Maryland... March 2011!
Although March 2011 seems like a long time ago, it's great to know that Worcester County,MD actually had a 4.4% increase in Real Estate sales as compared to 2010! What is really great about this increase is the fact that out of the 24 counties in Maryland only 9 saw an increase in sales compared to March 2010!  In my opinion, this statistic is the result of Buyers realizing the great values available in Ocean City Maryland, a fabulous beach town located on the Atlantic Ocean!
I think we'll continue to see … (2 comments)

maryland: Today's The Day!!! - 01/04/11 07:05 AM
Today's The Day!!!
It was suppose to happen last May.  And then in June.  And then September.  And then December.
But on January 4,2011, it actually happened!  Ocean Downs CASINO opened! (Located in Berlin,MD... about 10 minutes from Ocean City,MD!)
Now this might not be a big deal if you live in Las Vegas,NV or Atlantic City,NJ.  But this resort town is excited!  We have tons of fun things to do while vacationing in Ocean City,Maryland. And now we have one more!
GAMBLING!
There are about 720 Slot machines available.  (Table games are not available.)
I haven't been there YET!  I'll … (2 comments)

maryland: Magnetic Car Signs Are a Great Marketing Tool! - 09/15/10 06:32 AM
Magnetic Car Signs Are a Great Marketing Tool!
I want to share something that occurred at the local Ocean City gas station this morning.
I was pumping much needed gas when I started chatting with the fellow at the next pump.  He was gassing his motorcycle.  It's Bike Week in Ocean City Maryland and I assumed he was a tourist.  It turns out that he is a local.
He looked at the signs on my car and requested a handful of my business cards.  Apparently, he is a local BUS DRIVER and likes to give REALTOR cards to the people who … (3 comments)

maryland: The Tourists Have Arrived in OCEAN CITY,Maryland - 07/04/10 07:23 AM
The Tourists Have Arrived!  Summer has officially begun in Ocean City, Maryland! It's sunny,hot and a perfect beach day here at the BEACH!
There will be 3 sets of fireworks tonight! Northside Park, Division Street over the Ocean and 49th Street,bayside thanks to Seacret's! If you're not here in Ocean City, get in your car and start driving!
Happy 4TH of July from Ocean City, Maryland!
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maryland: Planning Your MAY Vacation In Ocean City,Maryland! - 03/28/10 05:15 AM
Planning Your MAY Vacation In Ocean City,Maryland!
While making your May vacation plans at the beach, please consider some of these fun activities to enhance your time spent here:
May 1...Crab Soup Cookoff!  For a tiny pittance, taste & help judge these yummy crab soup recipes!
May 6-9... Springfest in Ocean City!  This is one of the BIGGEST Festivals of the year.  It is used to kick-off the Summer Season! 2 huge tents house the Crafts, Food, & Entertainment!
May 7-8... Music Festival for the upper grades!  Held at the Convention Center!
May 15-16... Salute to the Services! Special discounts to … (1 comments)

maryland: Dressing DOWN For Success! - 02/22/10 02:47 AM
Dressing DOWN For Success! 
This might sound a bit strange but I had to change my mode of dressing when I moved to OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND!
I started in real estate in 1986 in Severna Park, MARYLAND.  This was a PRIMARY market area. Because we are judged on how we present ourselves, it was suits (not sports coats!) for the men and suits/dresses with nylons and heels for the women!  This mode of dressing was very appropriate for the communities between Baltimore and Annapolis!
Then in 1992, I moved to OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND, a SECONDARY market place.  I continued dressing as … (10 comments)

maryland: Google Alerts! Thanks Sam Miller! - 02/17/10 07:15 AM
Per Sam Miller's suggestion in his Activerain Blog, I signed up for Google Alerts!  It's only been a couple of days, but I've already received VALUABLE information that I wouldn't have known about without Sam's great Blog!
The first day I put in my Listings.(I haven't fine tuned this area yet! We use building names here and I'm getting information about far away places!) ) Then I alerted Google to look for my name,(Kathy Opatka,Opatka) my town (Ocean City,Maryland),and areas in the surrounding states( Fenwick Island, Delaware) and my company name (Remax)!  I received great information about local happenings and also … (1 comments)

maryland: Stuck in an OCEANFRONT Hotel! - 02/13/10 06:30 AM
Two weekends ago, I continued to work  as the "light dusting" of snow fell from the sky in OCEAN CITY, Maryland! On Coastal Highway, which I could see from my window, the cars were moving nicely, though the snow continued to fall.  What I hadn't considered, was the wind swirling the snow around my van in the back parking lot!
After much effort to dig my van out of the two foot drifts, I called my trusty AAA!  Told that It would be a 90 minute wait for the tow truck to arrive, I returned to my office to continue working.  … (6 comments)

maryland: Are We "flipping" into a Sellers Market? - 01/17/10 07:21 AM
While reading my December 2009 REALTOR (Maryland) magazine(yes, I'm a bit behind in my reading!), I noted that we had a large increase of properties sold in Worcester County,Maryland (Ocean City is located in this county). This increase was comparing October 2008 with October 2009.
 Apparently, 67 properties were sold in 2008 compared with 101 settled properties in 2009!  Sales are usually very slow in Ocean City from Thanksgiving to the third week of January, as Holidays and weather dictate our visitors.  Because of this, I won't be using November, December nor January to help determine whether our market is changing.
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maryland: Our Beach Took a Beatin'! - 11/27/09 05:35 AM
Nor'Ida stopped by Ocean City, Maryland a little over a week ago and overstayed her visit! Tropical Storm Ida pounded our beach, grabbed our sand and headed up the coastline, only after a 3 day long visit!
Pictures in today's local paper show that huge chunks of beach have disappeared, with 6 foot dropoffs being the norm!  It has been estimated that it will take $10 million dollars to bring the sand back inland from the Atlantic Ocean. 
Having lived in Ocean City for a long time, I know that the Beach will be replenished way before our tourist season begins … (7 comments)

maryland: Thank Goodness I Didn't Need to Show Property on Saturday! - 08/09/09 09:21 AM
What? You don't want to show property on a Saturday ... the Prime Time showing day? Are you... (fill in the blank with your favorite word for "unbalanced"!)?
Those were my exact thoughts last Saturday as I attempted to return home from an early breakfast meeting. Using every short cut I knew, it took me one and a half hours to drive a normal 25 minute ride! And I was eternally grateful that I didn't need to enter the island, meet Buyer's ,find parking spaces, apologize to cleaning crews and maneuver around our wonderful vacationers!
Saturday is Turn-Around Day in Ocean … (10 comments)

 
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