Buying a new Beacon Hill condo is a life changing and monumental decision for yourself and family, so finding the perfect fit may seem tricky. Not sure where to start on how to buy a new Boston condo for sale? Here are 5 simple tips to check off your list before securing your dream house. 

  1. Consider personal factors and interests 

When you begin your hunt for a new Back Bay condo for sale, ask yourselves these questions in order to find the perfect location on where to buy a Boston condo to match your desired lifestyle. How big is your family? What type of neighborhood do you wish to live in? Do you wish to be near a school, conveniences, or bustling downtown? Are you looking for a single-family home or a condo? What kind of home can you afford based on your income? After considering possible answers to these questions, you can narrow down options and dive into your home search. 

  1. Check your credit score 

The next step in purchasing a new North End condo is looking into your credit score. An excellent credit score will get you a good interest rate. Credit scores are used by lenders to determine how much interest they charge borrowers. Borrowers with great credit are at a lower risk of defaulting on the mortgage so they are able to pay a lower mortgage interest rate. This step may be the most tedious but is absolutely necessary to make the home buying process run smoothly.  

  1. Hire an experienced real estate agent 

With a qualified Boston real estate agent your likelihood of finding the perfect Back Bay home will shoot up. An agent can help with referring you to lenders, appraisers, title companies and buyers. Research various Boston real estate agents’ sales track record, how familiar they are with the area you wish to purchase in and on they handle multiple offers. 

  1. Sign a contract 

Along with buying a Boston high rise condo comes mounds of paperwork to be filled out and signed. Many of these papers or contracts seemingly pose as non-negotiable, however contracts are meant to be negotiated.  A standard agreement does not need to be signed right away, you are able to take some time to review your inspection, waive a radon test, or make a purchase subject to mortgage approval. 

  1. Review your home inspection report and take a final walk through 

When reading through your home inspection look carefully at roofs, HVAC systems and the structural integrity of the Boston condo building If you happen to notice major issues, you will have time to talk to your agent about discussing repairs or sale price. If everything is clear, it is a good idea to do a final walk-through with your real estate agent who serves as a witness and will help you answer any final questions you may have. 

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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.

John Ford
Ford Realty Inc
137 Charles Street
Boston, Ma 02114



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