Here are a few of quesions that blog readers asked.

Hi John,

I own a condo in a rowhouse in the South End which currently does not have any decks in the back of the building. All the members of the condo association are interested in having decks put on but I am not sure (a) how to find out if we have deck rights or (b) how and where to apply for deck rights. I have searched on the cityofboston website with NO luck. Any advice?

Ans – Contact the Boston Building Dept located at 1010 Mass Ave. Phone nummber is 617-635-5300 they will be able to ans both your questions.

2. What is the difference from the asking price to selleing price in the $400,000 to $600,000 range?

Ans: Based on MLS sales data of the last 6 months of sales in the $400,000 to $600,000 it breaks down as follows:

Average asking price: $499,599.00
Average selling price: $479,002.00

3. Can you please provide a history of South Boston condo sales price.

South Boston condos – One bed – 4/14/04 – 4/14/05
Listings: 184
Avg. $: $280,477
Median $: $270,000
Avg. $/SF: $429
Avg. DOM: 66

South Boston condos – One bed – 4/14/05 – 4/14/06
Listings: 150
Avg. $: $291,805
Median $: $284,500
Avg. $/SF: $463
Avg. DOM: 72

South Boston condos – One bed – 4/14/06 – 4/14/07
Listings: 108
Avg. $: $254,515
Median $: $251,000
Avg. $/SF: $427
Avg. DOM: 99

South Boston condos – One bed & one bath – 4/14/07 – 4/14/08
Listings: 87
Avg. $: $265,526
Median $: $267,500
Avg. $/SF: $434
Avg. DOM: 86

South Boston condos – One bed & one bath – 4/14/08 – 4/14/09
Listings: 68
Avg. $: $264,201
Median $: $264,500
Avg. $/SF: $430
Avg. DOM: 77

South Boston condos – Two bedroom – 4/14/06 – 4/14/07
Listings: 147
Avg. $: $426,820
Median $: $415,000
Avg. $/SF: $369
Avg. DOM: 113

South Boston condos – Two bedroom – 4/14/07 – 4/14/08
Listings: 298
Avg. $: $384,146
Median $: $380,000
Avg. $/SF: $378
Avg. DOM: 105

South Boston condos – Two Bedroom – 4/14/08 – 4/14/09
Listings: 354
Avg. $: $379,172
Median $: $373,250
Avg. $/SF: $355
Avg. DOM: 116

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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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