(Feb. 8, 2019) Larry Holdren Sr., 76, and a longtime veteran of the local real estate business, has watched how Ocean City changed since he first set up shop here 48 years ago, in 1971.
Originally from the Midwest, Holdren moved to Ocean City and became the self-proclaimed “Montego Bay Specialist.” Based on 139th Street, Holdren and his family have been offering services to the town for nearly five decades.
“I like helping people,” he said. “I try to help them find their dreams.”
He experienced a version of Ocean City that was not heavily developed, with buildings like the Carousel on 118th Street standing alone for several blocks. In the 1970s, the town did not extend past 133rd Street as it was not accessible.
Back then, lots were selling for between $2,500 and $5,000, and waterfront homes were sold for $8,000-$10,000.
In Montego Bay, there are 1,523 residential lots with 500 yearlong residents. It is the largest residential community in the in town, Holdren said.
“I’ve been to a lot of peaks and valleys,” he said. “When you do a good job for somebody a lot of people say, ‘Oh gee, that was easy.’ But, I have to relate the number of years that I’ve been doing that, and what I think that I can help people do to make them happy and find their dream place.”
With so many years of experience, Holdren certainly has made it his mission to help people find the right home.
“If I can’t place you, no one can,” Holdren said. “I’m often imitated, never duplicated.”
For more information, visit www.larryholdrenrealestate.com or call 410-250-2700.