Choosing to sell your Boston condo for sale without the assistance of a Boston real estate broker is a major decision that can have far-reaching consequences. Unfortunately, many downtown Boston real estate condo owners do not know how to sell a condominium by owner, and they do not know the process usually requires extensive knowledge of the downtown Boston real estate and banking industries. If you are currently looking to sell a condominium without an agent, here are some potential pros and cons of your choice.


  • The prospect of listing a Boston condo for sale by owner can be appealing to homeowners hoping to avoid paying a listing agent commission. When a home is sold, an agent automatically takes a percentage of the final purchase price (usually between four and six percent). This fee is typically paid out of the homeowner’s profits from the sale.
  • Midtown condo owners with inflexible schedules may enjoy the ability to schedule their own open houses and showings. Showings are an essential part of the selling process, but if you hire an agent, you may have to work around their busy schedule.
  • When listing your Boston condo for sale on your own, many potential buyers will appreciate your inside knowledge of the neighborhood.


  • Boston real estate agents have access to a variety of listing portals, such as the MLS. Sellers do not have access to such resources, and it will be much harder for them to market their home to a wide and diverse audience.
  • It can be hard to remain objective while showing and marketing your own Beacon Hill condo for sale. Sellers are often emotionally attached to their homes, making it difficult to remain professional and detached when interacting with buyers.
  • Selling a home involves completing an immense amount of paperwork. Agents who regularly list Beacon Hill condo for sale have experience filling out these numerous forms and documents

Making the Right Choice

Before going the real estate for sale by owner route, you may want to consider the pros and cons listed above. Every seller must choose the approach that will get their home sold quickly and for the highest dollar. Contact an agent today if you are ready to discuss selling your home.

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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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