Potential condominium buyers are facing a tough choice right now: new or used?

There are deals to be had on new condos, as developers heavily discount units to move inventory. But getting a mortgage is tough. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-controlled mortgage companies, have put in place even tighter guidelines for making condo mortgages. That’s leading some developers to seek FHA approval for their buildings, as Wednesday’s WSJ story explains.

Used condos have their own financing issues. As some condo owners fall behind on mortgage payments, they’re also missing payments for condo association dues, which pushes more buildings to make up that debt by passing hefty special assessments on residents. Fannie Mae has also stopped making mortgages in buildings where more than 15% of owners are 30 days or more late on paying their condo dues. That means some owners can’t refinance or sell their units because their neighbors aren’t paying.

Either way, buying a new or a used condo its getting harder and harder to be approved for a mortgage.

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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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Ford Realty Inc
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