October 3, 2017 - Event Recap
A tiny house, food truck and photo booth were newly welcomed additions to the most recent Trolley Tour. More than 250 potential homebuyers joined the Live Baltimore team on Saturday, Sept. 23 with the hopes of finding their dream home.
While some participants found the traditional workshops most valuable, many native Baltimoreans were able to take a look at neighborhoods they hadn't taken the time to explore before.
"There is more to Baltimore City than what you see," said Donisha Johnson after taking the tour. "I saw a lot of nice houses and I'm really happy to be here."
Assembling a Dream Team for Buying a Home
Financing the perfect home can be easy when a buyer is connected to the right lender. The event's City Living Fair connected lenders, real estate professionals and neighborhood organizations to people looking to assemble their dream team for financing.
Kelly Gray, a representative of 1st Mariner Bank said she spent time at the Trolley Tour event in order to connect with new clients. And although she was looking to drum up business, she also felt like being able to give advice and support to potential buyers helps the community.
"Homeownership adds value to Baltimore City," she said. "You can own a home in Baltimore."
She also emphasized the impact community banking is having on the housing industry and how homeownership can help to create sustainable jobs and amenities within the City.
Volunteers also participated in the event in an effort to have an impact on Baltimore's housing community. Irene Mabry-Moses has been a volunteer with Live Baltimore for more than 17 years and is proud to be part of the movement to increase residency in Charm City.
"The different neighborhoods [are what make Baltimore great]," she said. "There are so many areas in Baltimore that you can live in. Every neighborhood is unique in its own way."
The Fall Trolley Tour highlighted a thriving, local culinary district in Woodberry, the historic Ashburton neighborhood and the Forest Park Golf Course located in the green space of Hillsdale Park. Mabry-Moses recalled her first Trolley Tour, which was held in the Patterson Park neighborhood nearly 20 years ago, and said she's delighted by how the event has grown over the years.
"Baltimore has a lot going for it," she said. "And there are a lot of new things coming to Baltimore. It's so much that is going on right now and Live Baltimore is doing a wonderful job getting the word out."