A brief history of why this is happening:

National Association of Realtors lost a class action lawsuit which resulted in the creation of the listing category “Entry Only”, which allows “For Sale by Owners” to place their properties on the Realtor owned Multiple Listing Service. That’s for every mls in the country. The flat rate “no representation” brokers and marketing companies like MLS My Home came about as a result of this federal law. Are FSBO Sellers successful in selling their homes themselves? A small percentage are successful and buyers agents wind up doing part of the sellers transaction paperwork to make it happen. The rest pay $99 for a hands on lesson in what it takes to sell a house. Most eventually list with a full service broker. The trend toward lower commissions is here to stay. Technology has played a large role in this. The general population is better informed on the market and the process. These sellers turn to an experienced agent or an attorney when they hit a snag in the process. Escrow companies are also assisting FSBO sellers. These times, they are a changin!


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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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