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1. Why is this house for sale?

This simple question may provide useful insight when writing up your offer for a Boston condo for sale. It may win you the condominium over the other bidders.

An example is with sellers who prefer to sell to co-buyers and first-time homeowners instead of investors: they have cherished their home and want to pass it on to good hands.

If the answer you get is evasive, ask more questions to different people.

2. Where is the seller’s disclosure?

Many disclosure packets from listing agents come with different items: from inspector reports to real estate agents’ and seller’s disclosures. Do you know which items to read more than one time?

One of them is the seller’s disclosure: even if you fall in love with a Beacon Hill condo, you should be aware of all its flaws. No condo is perfect. The seller is required by law to let you know in this form what is not working or substandard.

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Out of hundreds of pages, those 2 to 3 pages are the “must read” for any buyer and co-buyers.

We recommend that you, as co-buyers, divide the reading work to make sure you cover all the disclosures. Flag areas of concern or questions to your co-buyer and take further actions before you make the final decision to buy.

3. What is the neighborhood’s crime rate?

Even though this information is available online, it may be outdated or inaccurate. How does an app know about the neighbors who just move in next door? Drive or walk around the neighborhood at night, during weekdays and weekends; talk to people who work or shop at local supermarkets; you get the idea. Remember, neighborhood character is one thing no one can change easily, including you.

Even as co-buyers, you should take safety as seriously as somebody living there alone. Your next buyer might.

4. What home inspections are available?

Get the main types of inspections such as foundation and roof to avoid costly problems down the road. Some sellers provide you as co-buyers inspection reports from companies they hire so they are free to you.

Is it worth your money to hire your own inspector to check on a few problematic areas? Yes, we recommend you spend a few hundreds to avoid thousands in the future, after you move in as co-buyers.

Your own inspector will warn you about the warped, cracking sidewalk at the base and the small leaks in the basement as an example.

5. Are there many kids and/or dogs in the neighborhood?

This will either be a plus or a minus, depending on your lifestyle and desires. Again, this is something that will not change overnight.

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Anything else we have not mentioned that you have experienced yourself? Write us and let us know!

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Author Profile

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.

John Ford
Ford Realty Inc
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