NEWSSTANDS—The latest issue of Washingtonian goes deep into the area's luxury houses and finds out who lives in each one. It is on newsstands as of today. [Washingtonian]
DC—Bob Peck, the latest fall guy for the scandal at the GSA, has a slew of connections in the local real estate scene and most people think he's a pretty good guy. [WaPo]
HAMPDEN—The Live Baltimore group is preparing for its next pop-up that mixes fun with an information session on how to buy a house. This event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25 at 5717 Jonquil Avenue Baltimore, MD 21215. [CurbedInbox] UPDATE: Our apologies, we accidentally pasted the information for one of their events that took place yesterday. The post has been changed to include the info for next week's pop-up since they aren't offering time travel as a part of the deal.
Live Baltimore Helps Buyers Divide and Conquer City Homebuying with April Pop-Up Events
Local organization spotlights three up-and-coming Baltimore City neighborhoods
April 2, 2012, BALTIMORE—This month Live Baltimore
In recent years Live Baltimore has become known for their bi-annual Buying into Baltimore events. Buying into Baltimore West in May and Buying into Baltimore East in September help potential homebuyers divide and conquer the city’s real estate opportunities while offering an incentive worth $4,000. A homebuyer must go under contract within 90 days of the Buying into Baltimore event. This incentive, like all Baltimore City homebuying incentives available, requires a buyer to earn a Homeownership Counseling Certificate. This process is simple; homebuyers need to attend one group counseling session and one individual counseling session. Live Baltimore hosts two group counseling sessions, led by city-certified counselors prior to the Buying into Baltimore events.
“As the experts on Baltimore City living, we go through a checklist of sorts to determine what neighborhoods are on the brink of being discovered, what sort of lifestyle they offer and then we use our resources to connect homebuyers with the neighborhoods that match the lifestyle they’re seeking” explained Steven Gondol, Live Baltimore’s Executive Director. “We look into the area’s home sales which should be stable if not increasing; is there a neighborhood association or voice that takes care of the community; last but not least we also look for a desirable main street feel with walkable access to shopping, entertainment and dining options.” Live Baltimore has carefully selected the most promising communities on the West side of town to highlight during their pop-up events this April, giving homebuyers a chance to mingle with potential neighbors, learn more about the home-buying process and get a feel for life in these areas:
• On Wednesday, April 11, Live Baltimore will pop up smack dab in the middle of downtown for a rooftop cocktail party in Pigtown. Close to everything, this area will highlight Pigtown along with Barre Circle,Hollins Market, Ridgely’s Delight and Union Square. 805 Scott Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
• On Wednesday, April 18 homebuyers will be introduced to the Northwestern areas of Medfield, Remington,Reservoir Hill and Wyman Park at a dessert happy hour hosted in Hampden, home to a bevy of eclectic art galleries, restaurants and boutiques. 2906 Keswick Avenue Baltimore, MD 21211
• On Wednesday, April 25, Live Baltimore will pop up in Glen for a backyard barbeque to spotlight theCheswolde, Cross Country, Fallstaff and Mount Washington communities of single-family homes, spacious yards and tree-lined streets. 5717 Jonquil Avenue Baltimore, MD 21215
These pop-up events will take place between 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., with special sessions occurring 12-1:00 p.m. and 5-7:00 p.m. Live Baltimore partners will be on hand to help potential homebuyers prepare for the home-buying process, learning about incentives available and qualification requirements. In addition they’ll be able to walk through homes for sale in the area. Guests will be able to learn more about and register for the Buying into Baltimore West event as well as enroll in Live Baltimore’s group counseling sessions on May 2 or May 3.
The pop-up locations will be announced each Friday before the Wednesday event via Live Baltimore’s newsletter, Twitter, Facebook, and website. To RSVP go to http://www.livebaltimore.com/BIBwest. Live Baltimore’s mission is to promote the benefits and facts of Baltimore City and its 225-plus neighborhoods. Live Baltimore hosts homebuying and city living events, and is a comprehensive and up-to-date resource of homebuying incentive programs, rental living options and tax credits. To learn more about Live Baltimore visit www.livebaltimore.com