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Desperate Real Estate Times Call for Desperate Marketing Measures

October 23, 2007

Posted on internet classifieds site on Oct. 22:

“2 Bdrm townhouse—Baltimore. Price: U.S. $189,900

Street address [redacted number in the 2600 block] Hampden Ave., Baltimore

Gorgeous Rehab in Remington area 0f Hampden! Best Buy in neighborhood – don’t miss out. See it today!

Central A/C, Hardwood floor, Living room, Office/Den, Dining room, Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Stove/Oven, Microwave, Stainless steel appliances, Basement, Washer, Dryer, Balcony, Deck, or Patio, Yard”

We know the market is slow and all, and houses are just not selling like they used to a few years back, when it seemed like the only place one could afford to buy a house was in one of the city’s “up and coming” neighborhoods. Like Remington, for instance. But come on, now, that’s no excuse for redrawing the city map: Despite the listing’s claim, Remington is not an “area of Hampden.” In fact, it’s, like, its own neighborhood, with its own neighborhood association and everything, called the Remington Neighborhood Alliance. While the neighborhood has its own fabulous local watering hole popular with all the hip kids, called Dizzy Issie’s, Hampden it ain’t. Don’t miss out, indeed.