Greg, asked me a question. Why do I think that South Boston condo prices per sq. ft. have gone down in the last several years?

My answer may come across simplistic. But here it is. I think the reason prices per sq. ft. are coming down in South Boston is because South Boston was is in a classic “housing bubble.” The speculation of developers, housing prices, were just unsustainable compared to average wages of buyers for that area.

I guess the next question would be, what caused the housing bubble. According to Wharton finance professor Richard Herring “Bubbles occur when people are willing to buy something simply because they believe they can sell it for a higher price. {Bubbles} Often have an aspect of mania”

Housing booms and busts are “almost always linked to the banking system,” he added. “When something good happens in an economy, it tends to drive up real estate prices, and banks tend to lend to support that, because people now have collateral.”

Optimism about rising prices feeds the frenzy, and as an increasing number of novice investors enter the market, prices and enthusiasm also increase.

“You get into this upward spiral that can take you a very long way for a very long time. You may ask where the supervisors and regulators are in all of this, and often, they tend to support it. They really like to see loans that are collateralized by real estate because it’s tangible.”

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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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