June 6, 2018 - Event Recap
It was a day filled with "firsts" for Trolley Tour guests, exhibitors and partners on Saturday. Hundreds of potential buyers with hopes of homeownership packed the Live Baltimore Trolley Tour event to explore neighborhoods, meet real estate professionals, take classes and enter the $5,000 incentive lottery.
More than 340 people joined the Live Baltimore team on Saturday, June 2 to learn about buying a home in Baltimore City. While some guests joined the event to start the process as first-time homebuyers, others were ready to apply for the $5,000 Buying Into Baltimore incentive that is given away upon completion of the Trolley Tour. Event attendees are invited to do three activities including taking a workshop, touring city neighborhoods and meeting exhibitors in the City Living Fair.
DESIRING CITY LIFE
Tanika Lynch, a Baltimore County resident, found the classes to be the most compelling part of the event. She learned about incentives that she'll be able to use toward purchasing a home in the City.
"I've been living in the county and I've been there, done that," she said. "I'm ready to move to the city."
She also attended a home maintenance class where she picked up valuable tips geared toward owning a house including the importance of cleaning out a dryer vent and how to check the caulk on a bathtub.
"I learned things about homeownership that I wouldn't have thought of," she said. "Usually people think they need to learn about mortgages and the process, but this class gave me tips about what to look for in the inspection and what I will need to be prepared to do as a homeowner. It was definitely helpful."
MEET AND GREET
Live Baltimore's partners see the event as an opportunity to connect with enthusiastic, motivated potential homebuyers. Dave Caplan, a real estate partner, has been working with Live Baltimore for more than a year but hadn't been to a Trolley Tour. The June event gave him the chance to check out the Trolley Tour for the first time while helping to inform homebuyers about the Baltimore market.
"Meeting with people who want to live in the city is awesome," he said. "It's a great feeling to know that so many people are interested in living here."
FIRST TIME HOMEBUYER
Trolley Tour guests like Max Madden were happy to venture into the City Living Fair to meet people like Caplan. Madden, who is just getting started in the homebuying process, hasn't assembled his homebuying team yet and met with several experts to learn about city life.
"I'm from Annapolis and I came to this event to just start fact finding about the process of buying a home," he said. "I'm starting graduate school and it would be nice to have a house with enough space for a roommate."
While Madden is very interested in neighborhoods near downtown, he was pleasantly surprised by the neighborhoods featured on the tour. Emanuel Figueroa, a Live Baltimore volunteer, was also surprised by the tour. As a tour navigator he was able to board the bus and explore the northeast neighborhoods too. Figueroa, who lives in Hampden and hadn't been to a Trolley Tour event before, said he has not taken much time to learn about northeast Baltimore. The stop at Walther Gardens blew him away.
"I never knew this was over here," he said. "I told my girlfriend we have to go back there and check it out."
Figueroa's reaction is exactly what neighborhood representatives love to hear. Being able to show Baltimore residents new things to love in their own communities is a great benefit of the Trolley Tour.
SPREADING THE WORD
Jessica Feldt staffed a table with information all about the Waltherson Improvement Association and the Waltherson neighborhood, which was one of the communities included on the tour.
Fedlt, a Waltherson resident, was familiar with Live Baltimore through past events but had never been to a Trolley Tour before.
"Unless you know someone who lives up here, you don't really hear a lot about the northeast," she said. "It's a quietly cool part of the City that is discovered by word of mouth recommendations. So even if someone decides not to buy here, hopefully, they'll tell someone else about the area and they'll come check it out."