For some Boston condo buyers, the best part of a real estate transaction is getting to the closing table. For others, it’s touring and viewing properties. Walking through a listed property is a visceral experience that many buyers find the most enjoyable aspect of the Boston condo-buying process. It’s the moment when prospective buyers start to trust their gut instincts and see themselves actually living there. Since buying a downtown high rise condo is a financially significant decision, it’s in your best interest to view listings with a critical, objective eye. Here are some recommendations you can follow to get the most out of your viewing.

Get Second and Third Opinions

It’s easier to be objective when you bring someone else along, preferably a real estate professional who can provide a second opinion and ask sellers the right questions. If you think of yourself as someone who doesn’t perform well under pressure, you’ll be better off having a dependable person by your side. Try not to settle for a second opinion. Once you feel strongly attached to a certain listing, get a third opinion from another professional—this time, a home inspector.

Become Familiar with Surface Area Measurements

Think of how much space your furniture and personal property will need as you view listings. Measure your current interior square footage and compare it to the MLS entries your real estate agent suggests. Also take measurements of your furniture and closets to estimate if everything will fit. Keep in mind some condominiums offer additional storage space to homeowners.

Set Your Dwelling and Neighborhood Priorities

It’s easier to improve a Boston condo than it is to improve a neighborhood. For example, a professional executive may be very interested in high rise luxury condos in downtown. Boston has a huge variety of neighborhoods, each with its own unique personality,  Beacon Hill and Back Bay for its old charm and Seaport District for is well known restaurants and waterfront views. It’s easier to move into a new place when you believe the neighborhood is perfect even if the property itself may not be the most ideal. You can always work on your Boston condo’s interior and make it as pleasant as the neighborhood. Similar priorities can be set regarding condo amenities. If a building has a rooftop lounge with a fire pit and a sweeping view of the Boston skyline that captures you, this could be all the convincing you truly need to make an offer on a listing.


It can be easy to get overwhelmed when you’re choosing a home from the myriad of options available in downtown Boston real estate. If you follow the suggestions we’ve mentioned here, you’re sure to feel like a property-viewing pro. Of course, don’t forget to call the real professionals at Ford Realty to guide you through the process of buying your perfect dream home. Call one of our friendly agents today at 617-720-5454 and set up an appointment to discuss all your home-buying needs.

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Author Profile

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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