Beacon Hill condos for sale hunting for a new home can be a little intimidating, especially if you’re doing it for the first time. That’s why it can be a wise move to attend open houses when you begin your Beacon Hill real estate search. Open houses are a great opportunity to learn more about the local Downtown Boston real estate market and to define exactly what you’re looking for. Use these tips to make the most of open houses when you’re buying.

Learn about the neighborhood

Open houses offer an excellent opportunity to learn more about downtown Boston neighborhoods where you’re interested in buying. Chat with a Boston real estate agent about the area and get their take about what its best features are. After having a look at Boston condos for sale, take a stroll through the neighborhood and notice what you see. Do residents keep their yards looking nice? Are there any vacant properties? How close are amenities? What’s the street parking situation like?

Develop your priorities

Another great reason to attend open houses when you’re Boston real estate hunting is to develop your priorities. Take a look at different size Beacon Hill condominiums for sale and the layouts, and make notes about what you like and what you don’t like. You’ll begin to see patterns emerge, and they will help you to narrow down just what kind of house you’re looking for. Do you want a big yard or a small one? Do you respond to open concept condominiums, or do you prefer a smaller, cozier layout? Is it better to have a home that’s all on one level, or do you like having a second-story window to admire the view?

Imagine yourself living there

As you’re walking through Beacon Hill condos for sale, imagine yourself living there. Think about what your routine is like each day. Does the layout of this home support the kind of lifestyle you imagine yourself having in your new home? Does the home feature the kind of amenities you’d like to have, like a laundry room that’s easy to access or an area where you can wash your dog? Think about what it’s like while you get ready for work in the morning, and also how you like to spend your time on the weekends. Will this house provide what you need to have a happy life there?

Use your senses

Downtown Boston condo sellers stage their to make them appealing to potential buyers, but don’t let them fool you. Yes, the smell of cookies baking is wonderful – but is it hiding another, more unpleasant odor? The soft music playing might add to a sense of peacefulness, but is it covering noise coming from outdoors? How are the views out of the windows? Use all your senses to discover what it might be like from day to day living there.

Refine expectations

Visiting open houses will also help you to refine your expectations. After seeing many Boston condos for sale, you’ll have a much better understanding of how much home your money will buy. You’ll see where you may need to make some compromises and what kinds of features will be deal-breakers for you. It will ensure you’re that much more confident about making an offer when you find the Beacon Hill condo for sale you truly love.

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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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