Yesterday, an agent in my office rented a two bedroom apartment in Beacon Hill, the applicants were two MIT students. While the MIT students were completing the paper work they mentioned to us how other real estate offices were advertising the same apartment even though we were the only office with the listing.

This morning, I checked into their claim and sure enough another agent was advertising our apartment even though he doesn’t have the listing.

The reason I bring this up is not that I’m upset with the other agency but I strongly believe that Craigslist has become a joke with the overwhelming duplications of the same apartments being advertised over and over again.

I think I blogged about this before but I’ll say it again, needs to put in place in Boston what they have in NYC. They need to charge a minimum fee to real estate brokers for each posting to at least try to minimize the duplication of apartment rentals.

Any 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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