Saturday, September 8, 2007
The realtor must have been sorely tempted to describe this Baltimore dog as a "hot property". Thankfully and tastefully, that temptation was resisted. This fire damaged house is currently listed for $120,000.
Back in the good old days, many houses in Baltimore looked very similar to this one. Along comes gentrification, and houses, which were ignored for decades, become suddenly viable again. Of course, it is great to see urban renewal, but what is really behind it? Have these neighborhoods really changed? Or have greedy gullible investors been duped into thinking that a sow's ear is actually a velvet glove?
So, what are we to make of the realtor's claim that this house is a "Great opportunity to invest in up & coming area!" Look very closely at this photo. In the bottom right hand corner, you will see written "no sitting on steps". Why would an owner feel the need to write that in front of their house? Gentrification is a troubling phenomena. Is it sustainable? Or are people being tricked by realtor hype into buying overpriced crackhouses?
Many thanks to "DC sports chick", who sent in this one. The listing can be found on zipreality.com.
Posted by Best at 9:03 AM