I’m not sure if this is a common story or not, but here it is:

One of my agents (yes I have two agents) just put a three-family under agreement in Somerville for $550,000. The buyers have good credit and are approved for a loan amount of over $550,000. The process was going smooth until the other day, when a Bank of America representative called to notify the buyers that one out of the two appraisals didn’t support the purchase price. (one was using a foreclosure sale)

Here’s my question, are foreclosed properties a good measure of “fair” value, and should they be included in appraisers comps? Some believe that foreclosed properties are often sold below market value, and are often times not not well maintained. On MLS many foreclosed properties are sold “as is” and, as Bill Clinton would tell you, the state of those properties often depends on what the word “is” is.

Your thoughts?

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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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