Real estate agents have strict legal and ethical requirements they must follow when it comes to disclosing things about a downtown Boston condo for sale. But that doesn’t mean they won’t try to gloss over problems by using some common real estate code words.

1. Cozy

“Cozy” is a term that typically means comfortable and warm, but in real estate parlance it is often used as a word to put a positive spin on a condo that is small.

2. Unique

“Unique” means one of a kind. In the world of real estate, one of a kind often means that a property has extreme personal touches that are not going to appeal to most buyers, which can make it very hard to sell.

3. Conveniently Located

Whether a property is “conveniently located” is in the eyes of the owner. While many people may like to be located in a busy area close to shopping and entertainment, others may simply consider a central location a noisy nuisance.

4. Needs TLC

“Needs TLC” or its sister phrase, “fixer upper”, are code words for the fact that a property needs significant work to be livable. Buying a fixer-upper can be a good way to get into a pricey area, but it also can turn into a marathon remodel with ballooning costs.

5. Up-and-Coming Neighborhood

When a neighborhood is “up and coming” it usually means it’s in transition and may be a great place to live in a few years but not necessarily now.

When looking for a place to call home, take your time. Those who practice patience will thank themselves in the end for not rushing to buy a place that doesn’t ultimately fit their needs. Ready to kick your home search into overdrive? Give us a call at 617-720-5454. We can show you downtown Boston condos for sale.

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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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