Here’s an interesting piece from Banker & Tradesman, headlined Boston’s hardest hit neighborhoods finally hitting bottom:

… Sure, condo prices and sales finally slowed in downtown Boston, but Dorchester, Roxbury, East Boston, Mattapan and Hyde Park saw thousands of homeowners fall behind on their mortgages over the past few years, many losing it all.

But here’s one key sign: The number of foreclosed homes sitting empty and inviting trouble in these neighborhoods has fallen dramatically, reports Evelyn Friedman, head of the Department of Neighborhood Development.

After rising as high as 1,200 at one point, the number of foreclosure specials is now down to 778 – and dropping fast,

City Hall is moving to buy up these homes and resell them to individual home buyers, community nonprofits and contractors. City officials now have either bought or have under agreement 120 foreclosed homes, with more on the way.

The number of sales and open houses in Dorchester is on the rise after years of decline, the Dorchester Reporter notes.

I’ll take open houses over foreclosures any day.

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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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