Moving in and out is one of the biggest stresses in our lives. Deciding to make the move is not easy. How can you keep your stress levels down while browsing the real estate/ Boston condo market? Here are some guidelines that should help you land the home you’ve always wanted.

Start early enough

Time and timing is a huge part of the stress inherent in house hunting. No one likes feeling rushed into making a life-changing decision. You can beat this by starting your search early and finding answers to questions you may have. If you are worried about your current lease, bear in mind that it’s possible to break the lease early. Yes, it would mean paying it out, but closing the deal on the perfect Boston house or condo should be worth it.

If you feel pushed because you’re moving out soon, take into account that you could rent a place for a month or two until you find something. If you haven’t found what you’re looking for, it pays to wait a bit longer. Boston condo market is dynamic and you shouldn’t go for a deal because you’re afraid there won’t be anything better. There will be.

Keep a clear picture of what you want

You may have figured out how many bedrooms and bathrooms you want and whether you want a large backyard or you’d be happy with just any. However, you’d better make a very particular list.

When you’ve made your definitive list, you’ll want to order the items by priority. There’s no such thing as perfect house or condo, and weighing options will be easier if you think through the aspects that truly matter to you. These are some aspects that you could include in your considerations:

  • Square footage of the interior and the outdoor space
  • Type of housing
  • Number of levels
  • Type of exterior
  • Number of rooms and bathrooms
  • Floor plan (especially if you have children or elderly relatives)
  • Neighborhood amenities
  • Noise levels
  • School districts
  • Proximity of expressways, freeways, etc.
  • Distance to work
  • Distance to family members
  • Age of home
  • Amount of maintenance necessary

Get pre-approved for a mortgage

This move has threefold benefits. The most straightforward one is that the funds will be ready once you find the property you like. Secondly, this process will give you a good idea of what your budget is, all things considered. Lastly, you can use the fact you got pre-approved to convince a prospective seller that you really mean business.

Organize the viewings

If you schedule the viewings on weekdays, you’ll have the advantage of viewing the properties at your own pace. Fewer potential buyers are likely to book a viewing during the week.

It could also be a good idea to group the viewings together as much as possible. That could make it easier to listen to your gut reaction when you visit a property.

Be systematic in your notes

Even though closely spaced viewings could be good for your instant reactions, they can also play games with your memory. Regardless of how you organize, you’re advised to take detailed notes to make it easier to compare listings later on. What you can do is use your priorities’ list from the point #2 in this post and use it as a table to add check marks and notes.

Find a trustworthy and reliable agent

Your real estate agent is your house-hunting partner. Make sure you find the best one – in other words, your real estate agent should be someone whose advice and judgement you trust. It’s important that you can communicate well and that you can rely on the agent’s expertise. Experienced real estate agents easily navigate the realm of negotiations and paperwork, plus they have early access to listings.

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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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