From the day you decide to sell your Boston downtown real estate home to the moment you close on your Boston midtown condo for sale, there’s a lot of room for errors. That’s simply because a downtown Boston real estate transaction can be rather complicated.

Luckily, there are Boston downtown real estate brokers in this industry to help guide you through the process. And while they will be taking on a lot of the burden, it doesn’t hurt to know the potential pitfalls along the way. The only thing worse than dealing with an issue while selling your Charles River Park condo is to have never seen it coming.

Here are 5 potentially toxic mistakes you can make when trying to sell a home:

  1. Not Taking Marketing Seriously

    This is mostly going to be in the hands of your downtown Boston real estate broker, so make sure you find someone who takes marketing very seriously. Taking full advantage of every angle is going to get you your best exposure for your Boston Midtown high rise condos for sale and thus your fastest sale.Some sellers may think that all they need to do is take a few pictures, post an ad, and wait for the offers to come rolling in. Marketing is actually a multifaceted approach that involves many different outlets, follow up, and most importantly – a strong message.Remember – an agent can provide you with access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), the national database used by real estate agents, which is a key aspect of selling Boston condos for sale

  2. Setting the Price Too High

    It’s hard to hear that your Boston Charles River Park condo for sale isn’t worth what you thought it was. Sellers will frequently argue that they need to get more for their home and refuse to deflate their expectations. This can be a serious mistake. There are certainly situations in which you can get your expected asking price, however, you cannot go into this process in an unrealistic manner.Determining an asking price involves many things, such as the current housing inventory, condition of you home, and comparable sales in your area.When you have a Boston downtown real estate agent on your team, you can determine a fair price for your home. They can use all of their tools to create a reasonable asking price that will get you to the finish line.

  3. Being Too Emotional 

    This is actually tied into the previous mistake. One of the biggest reasons why Boston downtown real estate owners set unrealistic asking prices is because of their emotions. It is difficult to hear that the home you spent your time, money, and memories in isn’t worth what you thought it was.We know that emotions can easily cloud your better judgment. That is why it’s important to clear your emotional slate when starting this process so that you can act with a clear head.

    Chances are, you’ll have to get your ducks in a row before you can properly list your Boston Seaport condo for sale. Don’t be impatient.

    Chances are, there will be a low ball offer. Don’t be offended. Move on.

    Chances are, you’ll hit a wall while negotiating. Don’t get frustrated and don’t be stubborn over minute details.

    Keep in mind that you are a participant in a pretty large Boston downtown real estate business transaction here. There are a lot of steps in the process that will allow for your emotions to run high. Try to ground yourself and rely on your Boston downtown real estate agent to help keep you there.

  4. Trying to Ignore Repairs

    We get it. You’re leaving this Beacon Hill condo for greener pastures in the burbs. Why would you want to make a ton of repairs and spend money for the next homeowner? While it can be frustrating to do so, there are many repairs that should be taken care of before placing your Boston condo for sale. And while you think you might be “wasting” your money on them, keep in mind that a house sitting on the market for months and months will likely cost you more.

    If you’re not in a top market, chances are the number of days on the market will affect sales price.) 
    It is important to speak with your Boston downtown real estate agent about which repairs are the most important to take care of and which ones aren’t. For example, you do not want to ignore major plumbing issues. A home inspector will easily locate these. You also want to take care of any quick fixes like shaky door knobs or broken screen doors. They are easy to change out and can really change the mind of a buyer.
  5. Having False Expectations for Closing

    You’ve made it. You found a buyer. You’re ready to get this thing over with.Enter: the closing process.
    Often times the most difficult part of the process, the closing has the potential for many pitfalls that can stop a sale dead in its tracks. Your buyer can have a bad experience with their lender, there could be issues with documents as tiny as a misspelling, you can have issues with a title company. This is why it’s so important to be prepared. Speak with your agent on ways you can anticipate any problem that can come up with closing to ensure a smoother process.

When you are ready to sell your home, hope for the best, but prepare for everything. Take the time to talk with an agent about how you can handle all of these situations

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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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