The Boston luxury condo sales forecast in 2018 does not indicate it will stop favoring sellers, at least not during the Fall season of this year. What this means for prospective buyers is that they must pay closer attention to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) if they want to score a great deal on Boston high rise condos in Seaport District, downtown Boston or other neighborhoods in Boston

There was a time when Boston luxury condo sellers believed they could list their properties as “For Sale by Owner,” thus bypassing the brokers. Even in a seller’s market, the local real estate agent stands as the best marketing tool for Boston high rise condo owners. For buyers, this local broker can also be a place where they find great deals if they know how to search for them on an agents website. Here are three recommendations for using the real estate websites for maximum advantage.

1. Work with Real Estate Agents

The MLS information displayed on the websites of real estate agencies is enabled by plugins that do not show all the information available about the listings. Just like some stock brokerages offer Level Three quotes to traders who are either very active or willing to pay extra fees, full MLS info is mostly available to licensed agents. Buyers who work with Ford Realty can receive fresh listings based on their needs and goals.

2. Be Quick When You See Fair Market Sales

When sellers list their Boston condos as fair market deals, it usually means they are aware their properties are not in a condition to attract competing bids. Flippers tend to actively look for fair market sale situations, which means speed is of the essence when these listings appear.

3. Watch for Properties That Come Back on the Market

A listing that is pulled from the market before getting to the closing table may later return as ACTV, BOM. These are MLS codes that indicate the listing is once again active, back on the market, and with a price change, usually at a lower price.

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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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