The Baltimore Maryland Agent: I Sold it Before I Could Blog About It

I Sold it Before I Could Blog About It

I sold it before I could blog about it. Here's what you missed.....


Baltimore City has a lot of undervalued neighborhoods, Hillen is my favorite example on the east side of town. The Hillen neighborhood is located next to historic Northwood near Morgan State University. Last summer I found a wonderful home for my buyer client's on Shadyside Rd. A mere eight months later I got a call that they needed to relocate. 


1508 Shadyside Ave Baltimore MD 21218


When my client's and I were searching for the perfect home last summer, this gem came on the market after we had already previewed 20+ properties. We knew it was "the one" right away. All brick, end-of-group, refinished hardwood floors, updated kitchen, wood burning fireplace, two full bathrooms, detached garage, fenced backyard, mature shade trees, I could go on........


master bedroom

Or I could just let you enjoy the pictures....


kitchen on Shadyside Rd


Not everyone will see this as a perfect basement, but if you've ever wanted a c.1940 notty pine paneled wet bar, this space will not disappoint!


notty pine basement in Baltimore

Why is this place the bee's knee's? You can't beat the price. It's going to trade under $140,000. For any buyer who is out shopping the $120,000 - $140,000 price point, much of the inventory is just not up to snuff.

That's why this property had multiple offers after only a few days on market, a crowded open house, and appeals from agents to allow showings after it was already under contract.

I sold it before I could blog about it. I was working on getting the blog together, I had even taken pictures of my favorite nearby dining + shopping destination Belvedere Square....


Belvedere Square Market Baltimore MD

So why is the Hillen neighborhood undervalued?

The closest amenity is the Northwood Plaza Shopping Center. It's simply not a contemporary  destination. This large commercial area is the linchpin for the entire neighborhood revitalization. Once this plaza is revamped, the real estate values in the Hillen and Original Northwood communities should follow.

Who is going to lead the charge on the Northwood Plaza Shopping Center Revitalization? My money is on Morgan State University. They have the most to gain and they've already started building on an adjacent lot. I've kept my eye on this area for years, my husband is an alumni of the architecture graduate program. Hillen is also my go-to neighborhood when I've done leasing for Morgan community members.


Morgan State University Baltimore MD


So how did my client's do on property values after only owning the home for less than one year?

We've achieved a result 12% higher than Summer 2013.

I knew we had a serious deal on our hands when we closed on the house last year.


Rachel Rabinowitz

Broker / Owner Guerilla Realty  and

Vice President Tranzon Fox Auctions

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Comment balloon 7 commentsRachel Rabinowitz • April 22 2014 03:16PM


It's gorgeous, I can see why it went so fast!  Congrats on the sale!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) about 5 years ago


My money is on Morgan State University as well.  Thanks for sharing even though you sold it before you could blog about it. Great information.

Posted by Diana White-Pettis, GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale (Bennett Realty Solutions) about 5 years ago

Great post that shows the advantages of the home and neighborhood.  Well Done!!!

Posted by Tarris Rogers, Bend Oregon Real Estate (Cascade Sotheby's International Realty) about 5 years ago

Rachel, I would spend a lot of time in the fabulous basement. I see why you sold it so FAST. Congratulations!

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, about 5 years ago

Kerrie, Diana, Tarris, and Jerry;

Thank you for the 'rain community support and feedback. Happy Spring!

Posted by Rachel Rabinowitz, The Baltimore Realtor (Guerilla Realty) about 5 years ago

Nice post. The house is wonderful and obviously had neighborhood advantages to help sell too. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Lori Scardina, Homes by Scardina (Arizona Premier Realty Homes and Land) about 5 years ago


This is a beautiful home in a great neighborhood with much desired amenties close by which is a big plus.  Congratulations on the sale and great job on the blog.

Posted by Dinah Stallworth-Lewis, NATCHITOCHES, LA HOMES FOR SALE (Priority Real Estate LLC - 800.978.4847) about 5 years ago