Boston condos for sale: The importance of energy efficient devices

Boston condo for sale buyers are becoming more pickier in 2019. As of today, our Boston condo inventory is on the rise. In just a few weeks a spring surge of Boston condos for sale will hit the market.

With high utility rates and the threat of climate change on everyone’s mind, many buyers are factoring energy efficiency into their decision-making process. But while it’s easy to compare the number of bedrooms or square footage of different Boston condos, how do you tell if one home is truly more efficient than another? Here’s our Boston condos for sale agent guide to understanding which Boston Beacon Hill are truly efficient:

  1. Smaller = better (when it comes to efficiency). There’s no getting around it, bigger homes just cost more to heat. Longer ductwork means more heated or cooled air is lost in transit. 
  2. Newer = more efficient (but also bigger). Energy efficiency wasn’t really a priority for home builders until the last couple of decades. In fact, a National Association of Homebuilders study found that homes built in 1999 were no more efficient than those constructed pre-1950. 
  3. Utility bills are tricky. Yes, you can look at what the previous owner paid in utility bills, but those numbers just reflect usage, not efficiency Looking at utility bills often doesn’t provide much information about a home’s performance under different owners.

When you go Boston condo for sale shopping, your Boston downtown real estate agent should be able to assist you.

Ready to start comparing downtown Boston condos for sale? Contact us at 617-595-3712.

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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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