One thing is for certain if you expect to write a competitive offer in the Boston condo market: Obtain a preapproval for a loan before you start hitting the Sunday Open House Boston condo market

Prospective Boston condo buyers would traditionally chat with a lender rep, get an idea as to what they could afford based on basic financial details and then submit all the financials after getting into contract.

However, that won’t fly in the  Boston condo market these days. Limited inventory and high-buyer demand translate into routinely competitive, multiple-offer situations that require short (or no) loan contingency timeframes. Winning offers rarely happen for buyers who need a loan contingency timeframe that accommodates underwriting review of their financials after they go into contract.

So if you’re a serious Boston condo buyer, suck it up and get your financials together for underwriting approval before you start making appointments with your agent to see properties. Here’s a list of the docs you’ll most likely need to pull together:

1. Two most recent paystubs

2. W-2s for last two years

3. Two most recent statements for all checking, savings, CD, money market and/or securities brokerage accounts

4. Most recent statement for all retirement accounts (IRAs, SEP-IRAs, 401ks)

5. Most recent statement of stock options, employee stock option purchase plans, etc. if part of the down payment or closing costs of a purchase

6. 1040s for last two years (federal tax returns, all pages)

7. Mortgage, real estate tax and insurance premium statements for all properties currently owned

8. Leases on all rental properties you may own

9. Divorce decree and settlement statement, if applicable

10. Name, address and phone number for your landlord covering past 24 months

11. Twelve most recent cancelled rent payment checks or bank statements if your landlord is a private party

12. Copy of your state-issued driver’s license or passport and your date of birth

13. Copy of current mortgage statements on all outstanding mortgages.

Your lender will submit your docs to underwriting, leaving your future purchase contract subject only to property-related details. You’ll then know how competitive you can be when it comes to the loan contingency.

If you’d like to talk more about the process or need local lender recommendations, give me a shout at 617-595-3712 and I can point you in the right direction.

Contact me to set up an appointment to start your Boston condo buying process.

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John Ford
John Ford
EXPERIENCE

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.



HISTORY

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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Back Bay

Beacon Hill

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Seaport District

South Boston

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Surrounding Communities of Boston
Contact
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.




John Ford
Ford Realty Inc
137 Charles Street
Boston, Ma 02114

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