Buying a Boston Seaport condo for sale can be one of the biggest investments people make throughout their lives. The purchase price of a Beacon Hill condo automatically makes owning one a big investment! But, how about buying a second home? For many people, a second home gives them a chance to live somewhere else and be somebody else. Just imagine, leaving your current home in the burbs, making no reservations, and going to your second home where every day seems like a vacation. But, owning a second home comes with many strings attached. You have to run the numbers and see whether you can afford it. Then you have to find a downtown Boston real estate agent and find the best location for your new home. All of this requires a lot of researching and hard work. So, if you are planning on buying a second home, here are some things to consider:


It goes without saying that this is one of the most important questions you must ask yourself before starting this journey. Run your numbers, check your mortgage, debts, and savings to see if purchasing a Boston North End condo even an option. Remember buying a second home is just as big of an investment as purchasing your first home. Not only will you have a double mortgage, you will also have double the bills, taxes, insurance, maintenance cost, etc. Yes, owning a second home sounds like a dream come true, but can you afford to pay for everything that comes with it? Resist your urge to impulse buy a second home and make sure to do your research. Second homes can come with the expenses buyers did not know existed. We recommend doing thorough research and/or to talking to specialists like a real estate agent and lender. 


After setting your budget, you must make sure that you know exactly what you need in your second home for. Some people want it for extra income. You can make money by investing in a second home but it also comes with a lot of obligations. So, ask yourself whether you can be a landlord or not. Many people want a break from everyday life and want to purchase a vacation home. Bear in mind, that vacation homes come in all shapes and sizes and that you must purchase one that suits your needs. That means that if you want a weekend getaway home, you must find one that is a couple of hours away from your current property. If you want to buy a vacation home on some island far away, you must consider whether or not you can maintain it while living in your primary home. These are just some of the things you need to consider before buying your Boston Seaport District condo. Before you buy your second home and make any major decisions, make sure that you can handle everything first.



When it comes to location, your options are limitless. It all depends on your needs and your budget, see what suits you best. For example, if you plan on buying a second home in Beacon Hill that you will rent, you must find a suitable location. You cannot rent a city home that is secluded and far away from amenities. If you plan on purchasing a Boston Midtown condo, you must find something that you will enjoy for the rest of your life, not just for a couple of seasons. If you plan on retiring, you must find a home that is suitable for elders and close to the amenities you might need. 


Finding a local downtown Boston real estate broker can be hard, especially if you plan on buying a second home and you live far away like another country or continent. You do not know the local trends and you may not even speak the language. That is why it is really important to find a Beacon Hill real estate agent. They will show you to properties you did not even see. They will also help you find a home that suits your needs within your budget. A real estate agent will tell you about the property, it’s amenities, safety, schools, and so much more.


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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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Ford Realty Inc
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