Let’s start 2019 off right. If you’ve been dreaming of a downtown Boston condo, it’s time to get started. Here’s a month-by-month guide to planning for and buying a new Boston Midtown condo. It’s about time to set your new year’s resolution, right?

January: Brush Up on Your Market Knowledge

The best way to get started? Brush up on your Boston downtown real estate knowledge. Scour the market with a fine-tooth comb. Check out things like current inventory in your desired downtown Boston neighborhood , average sales prices, and the listing-to-sales-price ratio.

This research will help you familiarize yourself with the downtown Boston real estate market.

February: Address Your Budget

Let’s finalize our budget shall we? The easiest way to do this is to get pre-approved for a mortgage. In other words, can you afford downtown Boston real estate? Meet with a lender (let us know if you’d like a recommendation) to review your finances. The lender will go over your financial history, and then let you know what the bank is willing to lend you.

March: Find Your Perfect Location

Do some soul searching. Where will you be happiest? Explore locations based on their job market, housing affordability, and overall quality of life. The goal is to narrow down your search to one downtown Boston real estate area

April: Find the Right Agent

Find the downtown Boston right real estate agent to help you buy a downtown Boston condo. Trust us: they’ll save you time, money, and more than a few headaches. Hint: keep me in mind.

May: Define Your Dream Home

Now is the fun part! Start putting together a list of everything you want in your ideal Boston downtown condo. We recommend starting by defining your “must-have” features. Think of the things in your home you can’t live without. That’s a great place to start.

June-July: Begin Searching

Use a handy home search tool like ours to begin browsing downtown Boston real estate for sale in your target area. Once you find a home that you like, it’s time to schedule a tour.

August: Fall in Love and Make an Offer

You’ve found the one; now make an offer! Work closely with your agent to compare recently sold homes in the area and craft the perfect offer.

September: Schedule All the Things

Let’s get down to business. It’s time to negotiate with the seller, schedule an inspection, have your real estate agent complete any renegotiation (based on that inspection), and get the home appraised by a professional.

You’ll also have to take care of some more paperwork to finalize your mortgage loan.

October – December: Let’s Start Closing

Next, you’ll start the closing process.

Buckle up, because we’re in it for the long haul! Here’s where you’ll finalize your mortgage approval (this requires a ton of paperwork) and meet with an attorney to set closing dates and sign paperwork prior to closing. This is also the time when you’ll review closing fees and the exact monthly costs for your home.

At the end of it all comes the close. You’ll pay the remaining closing fees, sign all the paperwork, and collect your keys Congratulations! You just bought a piece of Boston downtown real estate that you can call home.

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Author Profile

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.

AREAS COVERED

Back Bay

Beacon Hill

Charles River Park

Downtown/Midtown

North End

South End

Seaport District

South Boston

Waterfront

Brookline

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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