You claim your serious about buying a Boston condo. Maybe you’ve been looking on the internet for a while, but haven’t been successful to date. Or you’re planning to kick off your home search in 2018.

I’ve been selling Boston condos for more than 20 years, and I’ve learned that it takes more than the will to purchase a Boston condo of your dreams. Listed below are 3 factors you must commit to before buying a Boston condo:

1. You need to be preapproved for a loan. I know I’ve said this many times, but you really can’t shop for a Boston condo without a pre-approval letter, unless you can buy with all cash. You and your real estate agennt must  know what you’re qualified to purchase, and have a firm understanding of what your monthly payments, property taxes, and insurance costs will be. Without this knowledge its very difficult to place a serious offer to a buyer or his/her agent. so please,strt off meeting with a mortgage broker or bank representative. He or she will run your credit, and the best lenders will put your application through underwriting before you’re even in contract so you can be competitive when you write an offer.

2. You must selecet a real estate agent.  You mighy have fun every Sunday jumping from one open house to another, but playing the open house circuit may be fun when it’s early on and you’re looking for something to do after brunch. But if you’re serious, you need to be ready to move quickly and that can be best done with a knowledgable broker that knows the local market. At Ford Realty Inc, we can help you with the process.

3. You must commit to a timeframe. “I’m not in a rush” is not your mantra. Serious buyers set a timeframe for their purchase. Maybe you want to get started after the new year and be in your new place by Spring of 2018. Or you want to get settled before the summer. Set your timing goal at the outset, and make buying a Boston condo a priority.

I’m currently taking on new buyer clients for 2018, so give me a cail at 617-720-5454, if you’d like to sit down and discuss your Boston condo plans.

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Updated: January 2018

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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John Ford and his staff can be reached at 617-595-3712 or 617-720-5454. Please feel free to stop by John's Boston Beacon Hill office located at 137 Charles Street.

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