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Help With Buying In Baltimore; Green Passport DC Begins Tues.

BALTIMORE—The organization called Live Baltimore is hosting three pop-up events this month to help people learn about homebuying in Baltimore (Dates: April 11th, 18th, 25th). Attendance at these events counts as part of the requirements for the Homeownership Counseling Certificate (which equals an incentive of $4,000). For the locations of the events and more information, click through for the press release. [OfficialSite; CurbedInbox]

DC—Tomorrow is the first day of Green Passport DC—a program by Clean Currents that lasts until May 6th, 2012. Check in to any of the 48 locations that are wind-powered clients of Clean Currents and earn $2.50 for yourself plus a matching donation to the location where you checked in. One winner will win $2,000. [OfficialSite via CurbedInbox]

PRESS RELEASE:

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, the area’s most comprehensive organization focused on Baltimore City living, will host a series of free pop-up events in up-and-coming neighborhoods to introduce potential homebuyers to untapped areas of the city while preparing them for the home-buying process. These casual gatherings will allow homebuyers to connect with neighborhood residents as well as get invaluable advice and see each neighborhood from a local’s perspective during Buying into Baltimore West on Saturday, May 12, 2012.

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. Apr 11 Pigtown: 805 Scott St. 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. Apr 18 Hampden: 2906 Keswick Ave. 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.
Apr 25 Glen: 5717 Jonquil Ave. Baltimore, MD 21215

These pop-up events will take place between 11:00 a.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.