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  • Fire Safety Tips

    Because of the tragic fire the Taylor family faced recently, we thought it prudent to share some very important fire safety tips obtained from local fire department experts. Please take time to review these each of the items and share them with your family. Any one of these could very well be lifesaving!

    Install and Maintain Smoke Alarms: A working smoke alarm can double the chance of survival in a house fire by warning residents when there's still time to escape. Install a smoke detector on each level of your home near stairwells and bedrooms to maximize protection. Change the batteries on smoke detectors when you change your clocks to or from Daylight Savings Time, and test them once a month. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for installation and never take the battery out for other uses.

    Practice Your Escape Plan: Have a family meeting to discuss what to do if fire breaks out in your home. Plan two ways out of every room and make sure every member of the family knows the routes and can get out fast. Check your windows to see if they operate properly. Choose a safe meeting place outside the house where everyone knows to meet in a fire emergency. Have the whole family practice the escape plan at least twice a year. Once you are out of the house, stay out!

    Sound the Alarm: Call 9-1-1 from a cell phone or a neighbor's house to report a fire after you have escaped.

    Stop, Drop and Roll: If your clothes catch fire, don't run! Stop where you are, drop to the ground and roll over and over to smother the flames, making sure to cover your face with your hands to protect your face and lungs.

    Feel the Door: Feel the door with the back of your hand. If it is hot, do not open it. Find another way out. If the door is not hot, open it slowly and peek to see if the path is clear of fire and smoke. Close the door behind you to slow the spread of fire.

    Stay Low and Go: If there's smoke, escape by staying low to the ground. If you must exit through smoke, you will find the cleanest air several inches off the floor. Get down on your hands and knees and crawl to the nearest safe exit.

    Walk Quickly, Don't Panic: Leave the building immediately when you hear an alarm.

    Never Hide: Firefighters and other potential rescuers can't find you in an emergency if you hide. While your instinct might be to hide from flames, get out of the house as fast as possible.

    Don't Go Back: Do not go back into a fire for anything. Possessions can be replaced, your life cannot.

    Cool a Burn: If someone gets burned, immediately place the wound in cool water for 10 to 15 minutes to ease the pain. Never use butter on a burn, as it could prolong the heat and further damage the skin. If a burn blisters or chars, see a doctor immediately.

    Be Careful Cooking: Keep cooking areas clear of combustibles such as paper towels, cereal boxes and dish towels. Never leave cooking unattended. Keep pot handles turned inward so children can't pull them over the edge of the stove or knock them off. If grease catches fire, slide a lid over the pan to smother the flames, then turn off the burner.

    Use Appliances Wisely: If an appliance smokes or begins to smell unusual, unplug it and have it repaired. Unplug appliances when not in use. Use safety caps to cover unused outlets, especially if there are small children in the house.

    Use Electricity Safely: Check all your electrical cords, and replace any that are frayed or cracked. Replace frayed or cracked extension cords and don't overload them or run them under rugs. Fuses and circuit breakers protect you from fire, so don't tamper with the fuse box or use fuses of an improper size.

    Practice Candle Safety: Never leave a lit candle unattended in the house; Never leave candles burning when you go to bed; and never use candles near combustible materials such as curtains, drapes, bedding or cabinets.

    Children and Fire Safety: Teach children that firefighters will help them in a fire emergency. Make sure children know how to call for emergency assistance. Teach children how to stop, drop and roll if their clothes catch fire. Keep matches and lighters away from children.

  • Real Estate News

    May is one of the busiest months for real estate. Every day I check the MLS, I find new homes on the market in Deercreek or others under contract. Buyers often look for a specific type of home and ask me if I know of homes coming on the market. I currently have a buyer looking for a home in Deercreek with a 3 car garage and a pool. Other buyers may be looking for an updated kitchen and baths, or an incredible outdoor living space. The point is if you decide to sell your home, you want to expose it to the largest group of buyers possible as buyers already have in mind what they want. Home prices are trending up, yet still require to be marketed well to obtain the best price.

    According to the 4/2/18 NEFMLS, 12 homes are for sale in Deercreek,. Priced from $319,900 to $899,900, they range in size from 1904 to 5741 sq ft. The List price averages $150.29 per square ft; yet, ranges from $126.44 to $199.35. These homes have been on the market on average 148 days. At least 3 homes are on the market For Sale By Owner, a challenge in a gated community.

    Over the last 3 months, 8 homes sold & closed ranging from $360,000 (10040 Ashford Crossing) to $675,000 (7949 McLaurin Rd), The average selling price was $494,188. Average price per sq ft was $147.04, yet ranged from $127.03 to $164.61 per sq ft. Six homes are under contract: 10117 Bishop Lake; 8209 Persimmon Hill; 10143 Deercreek Club Rd; 10075 Persimmon Hill Ct; 7702 Watermark; and 8206 Ashworth.

    Deercreek is my home and I can’t see myself leaving; however, others have great reasons for a change in their life. If you are looking to sell, even in an active market, remember the homes selling the quickest and for the best price are the ones which have been maintained, updated, priced appropriately and marketed well.

  • DCCOA Tribute to George Partin

    The DCCOA Board of Directors, with heavy hearts, share with you that our neighbor and longtime Deercreek resident George C. Partin passed away on February 24, 2018 at the age of 73.

    As many of you know, George volunteered his valuable time and services for many years to our community and to the HOA. He was a former board member, DCCOA President, and most recently he served on the Finance Committee. George could always be counted on to provide valuable and level headed suggestions to the Board with the sole purpose of making our neighborhood a better place in which to live. He was present at our February Board of Directors meeting offering much appreciated advice and opinions on critical matters. His contributions were significant and his wisdom and the respect he showed others will be greatly missed.

    George C. Partin Obituary

    “George was born to parents George and Jean Partin on June 1, 1944 in Miami, FL. He grew up the youngest of two siblings and graduated from Forest High School in 1962. He graduated from Florida State University in 1966 with a degree in Criminology. Upon graduation, George served four years in the U.S. Air Force. George went on to receive an Accounting degree from Florida Southern University in 1977 and an MBA from the University of North Florida in 1982.

    He started his career as a probation officer counseling at-risk youth in Orlando. George spent most of his career working at Blue Cross / Blue Shield, where he served as an accountant and director, retiring in 2004.

    George was a faithful Christian and a kind and giving person who was always quick to offer help to someone in need. He loved to travel, and he loved to dance. George was a huge Florida State football fan and spent many years as a season ticket holder and Seminole Booster. He was also a patriotic American who loved his country. George loved spending time with his kids and grandkids, who all adored him. He is described by his children as “The World’s Best Dad.”

    George is survived by his wife, Diana Partin; daughter Bonnie Tripp-Hamme (Donnie Hamme); son Craig Partin (Jenni); his grandchildren, Cole Tripp, Connor Tripp, Blake Partin, and Landon Partin; niece, Valecia Walker, great-niece, Candee Walker; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He will also be greatly missed by his step-children and their children, Mac Kelly (Kimmie), Jennifer Adams (Paul), Michael Kelly, and grandchildren Lucy, Leo, Kelly Jane, Marshall, and Lilly Mae.”

    May God bless Diana, and all of George's family with strength during this difficult time and may George rest in peace. Please keep the Partin family in your prayers.

    May God bless Diana and all of George's family with strength during this difficult time and may George rest in peace. Please keep the Partin family in your prayers.

  • April Quarterly Assessment Due!

    Don’t be late! Homeowner Quarterly Assessments are due April 1. Late payments are subject to a $30 late fee plus interest if not received by April 30. You can pay by check or electronic payment from your bank or ACH direct debit payments. Checks should be made out to Deercreek Owners Association, and it should include your association/account number for correct payment recording. Questions should be directed to Marsh Landing Property Management Company.

  • Let's Celebrate Deercreek's Graduating Students!

    Is your child graduating from high school or college this summer?
    We would love to celebrate their achievement in the upcoming newsletter!
    Send the information listed below to the Editor at dccoacommunications@gmail.com

    • Child's Name(s)
    • High School or College graduating from
    • College or University moving to & proposed Major OR Degree earned
    • Picture / headshot (optional) jpg format

    Please ensure the information reaches the Editor latest by May 1, 2018.
    Late submissions received after this date will not be included in the print edition of our Deercreek Living Newsletter for June 2018.
    We'd love to celebrate our Graduates!

  • Rules & Regulations: Realtor Signs

    Realtors may place directional signs to open houses on common property on the day of the open house provided the realtor removes the signs within one hour following the open house event. Deercreek Security Staff will remove and discard open house directional signs if not properly removed by the realtor as required herein. Rental signs are not allowed.

  • Real Estate News

    It’s April and as I write this, I think about the Taylor family who just lost their home on Cypress Lakes Dr in a fire. Everything can change in an instant. We should do what we can to prevent and take steps we can to prepare, just in case.

    In the category of prevention: make sure smoke detectors are functioning; dryer vents are clean; A/C filters are changed regularly; and repair any faulty outlets.

    In the preparation category: review homeowners’ insurance; purchase fire extinguishers; and have a family plan for escape and where to meet if a fire does break out. Our meeting place has always been our next door neighbor’s front door. While our homes are important, our lives are irreplaceable.

    Over the last 3 months, 8 homes sold & closed ranging from $365,000 to $675,000, according to the 3/1/18 NEFMLS. The average selling price was $480,875, up from $436,857. Average price per sq ft was $144.40, yet ranged from $122.16 to $159.80 per sq ft. Four homes are under contract: 9901 Windwater Ct; 10040 Ashford Crossing; 8204 Hampton Lake Ln; and 7717 Watermark Ln.

    13 homes are currently for sale in Deercreek. They are priced from $324,900 to $899,900 (ranging in size from 1904 to 5741 sq ft). The List price averages $154.27 per square ft; yet, ranges from $126.44 to $205.38. These homes have been on the market on average 109 days, down from 143 days. Home prices are trending up, yet still require homes to be maintained well, and updated to receive the best price.

    April is a time for jokes and pranks with April Fools’ Day. It is also a time for reflection and prayers at Easter and Passover. I think I’ll reflect on the many blessings I’ve enjoyed in the 24 years I’ve lived in Deercreek.

  • Rules & Regulations

    Outbuildings: No outbuilding, playhouse, doghouse, deck, platform, tennis court, swimming pool, dock or other structure separate from the residence shall be permitted without prior written approval of the ARB.

  • Thanks to Our Helper Elves!!

    A huge thank you to our helper Elves of 2017 who made the Season possible. Wesley and Haley Loveless spent many hours over the holidays helping Carson and I put up our Christmas decorations, we could not have done it without them. Andrew Tabor also helped again for his third year going, he carries all of the HEAVY stuff up into the attic. These fellows will also be helping us take things down at the end of the season.

    During this time, Wesley got to take me fishing in his secret spot and I watched him catch a BIG one, over seven pounds! Wesley and Haley also met Santa Claus this year as you can see. We simply could not have been able to get everything done without the help of our neighborhood kids. Even our golf Pro, K. W. Godwin used to help decorate over seventeen years ago.

    Happiest New Year to all and THANK YOU!

  • Rules & Regulations

    Animals: All pets must be kept under the direct control of their owners so as not to be a nuisance to other persons. Animals may be kept solely as pets and not for purposes of breeding or other commercial or business purposes. When a pet is taken beyond the owner’s property, it must be secured by a leash. Owners are responsible for cleaning up the pet droppings. If, in the opinion of the Association, any pet shall be deemed a nuisance to other residents, destructive of property or dangerous to persons or animals, such pet may be barred from the Deercreek Country Club community.

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