Hileman Real Estate Introduces Money-Saving Mobile App

June 22, 2017
We've got exciting news! The mobile app created for our guests is now available to everyone who wants to save money on their Ocean City, MD vacation! The app has Super Deals on restaurants, shopping and activities, with TripAdvisor reviews of participating businesses. 
The app is easy to use. Just point your mobile browser to OCFun.mobi, and tap the OC Super Deals link. Browse the offers, and tap the green bars to redeem the offer of your choice. Enter your email address on the next screen, and you'll receive a coupon via email. There's no limit on how many coupons you can receive. The deals are subject to change, so check back often to see what we've added.
We've also included a schedule of events and entertainment, a list of area attractions, and links to local services and day-trip itineries. 
While in the app, Hileman Real Estate guests can review some basic rental information. All users can search and book our vacation rentals, right from your phone.
For easy access throughout your stay, add the app to your mobile device's home screen. Once on the app site, Android users tap the menu button and select Add to Homescreen. IOS users tap the download icon (square with an arrow pointing up) and select Add to Home Screen. 
Visit OCFun.mobi today and start saving money on your next Ocean City or Ocean Pines vacation!

Ranger-Led Programs Teach Children About Assateague Wildlife

June 12, 2017
Families learned to harvest their own clams and crabs this past weekend during ranger-led programs at Assateague Island National Seashore. During Happy as a Clammer!, participants borrowed clam rakes and headed into the shallow bay waters to try out their new skills. During the Beautiful Swimmers program that followed, adults and children alike used trot lines and chicken bait to attract blue crabs. 
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Yard Sales Galore in Ocean Pines

June 12, 2017
Ocean Pines just might be the Delmarva's yard sale capital. You'll find clusters of signs up and down Ocean Parkway most weekends, especially during the summer and early fall. Most sales end by noon, so you can shop all morning and still hit the Ocean Pines Farmer's Market before it closes at 1 p.m. Use these tips to make the most of your time.
1. Plan your attack. Most people put their yard sale signs out the day before. Drive along Ocean Parkway early Friday evening to see where sales are being held, and then enter the addresses into Google Maps to plan a route.
2. Start early. Yard sales begin as early as 7 a.m., and serious buyers show up first thing to grab the best items.
3. Bring plenty of change. Dollar bills and quarters keep you from skipping or overpaying sellers who can't make change.
4. Don't be afraid to bargain. The worst they can say is "no."
5. Have snacks and water on hand. Gotta keep your energy up to hunt down those great bargains!

Kick Off Summer at the Beach

May 25, 2017



Social painting, a free movie in the park, a ghost walk, arts & crafts and a Wild West show are just some of the events happening in and around Ocean City, MD this Memorial Day Weekend.  Check out what's happening, and then call Hileman Real Estate to book your vacation rental!

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4 Tips for Safe Hot Tub Use

May 22, 2017
A relaxing soak in the hot tub is a great way to relax and wind down the day, but hot tubs are not without risk. Use 
these tips to help keep yourself and and your family safe. 
1. Avoid alcohol
Alcohol is a vasodilator--it causes blood vessels to expand, which results in a dip in blood pressure. Soaking in hot water has the same effect. Mixing hot tub use and alcohol exacerbates low blood pressure and can lead to fainting, and ultimately drowning. In fact, Seattle PI reports that up to 70 percent of adult hot tub drownings involve alcohol.
2. Determine whether you're at high risk
The typical 104-degree hot tub water temperatures can cause hyperthermia, or excessively high body temperature. This 
condition is particularly dangerous for children under five; pregnant women, especially during the first trimester; 
and those with untreated high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease, or who take vasodilating drugs for their 
conditions. These individuals should avoid hot tub use without a doctor's OK, or reduce water temperature to 98 degrees or below and limit exposure to a few minutes. Adequate hydration before, during and after hot tub use also helps to prevent 
complications from hyperthermia. 
3. Test water chemistry.
The germs that flourish in hot tub water can lead to recreational water illnesses such as diarrhea and 
bacterial infections. Sufficient chlorine or bromine levels are crucial for disinfecting the water, but too much can 
cause irritation to skin, eyes and the respiratory system. Keep chlorine levels at 2-3 ppm and bromine levels at 2-4 
ppm. A pH between 7.2 and 7.8 is essential for proper water sanitization and to prevent clouding and scale 
formation. Test water twice daily. 
4. Use the buddy system
Having a friend or family member on hand to provide immediate assistance can mean the difference between life and death if a swimmer experiences a complication.
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