The Boston’s Beacon Hill condo market right now is competitive! Everyone is moving fast, so some good tech tips can go a long ways.
Stalk an excellent buyer’s agent.
Only joking! However, finding a buyers’ agent who will truly work for you is the single most important thing you can do as a Beacon Hill condo buyer in this market. Our Beacon Hill condo buyers team has a custom home search website where you can save your favorites. If you do so, it notifies the buyer’s agent right away so we can keep track of what you’re interested in. You can talk back and forth with your buyers agent on the same mobile friendly site.
Click the virtual tour and video links.
I know that sometimes you’ll get cheesy photo slides with terrible music But, many real estate agents, like our team, have moved on to creating cutting edge 3D home modeling video walk throughs, and more. Where do you find these informative feature on a home listing online? Typically you need to click the virtual tour or video tour link, and almost every real estate website has those.
In a study reported on by Psychology Today, people who had a difficult decision to make were split into three groups: One had no time to think about it, the second had distraction-free time to mull over the options, and the third was distracted with an addictive game. The third group ended up making the best decision! With all of the entertaining content on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Pintrest/you-name-it, some Boston Beacon Hill condo buyers may feel a bit guilty indulging in this kind of distraction. Turns out it might be the best thing you can do — for a few minutes a day, anyway.
Bug your buyer’s agent.
Maybe while you’re on Facebook, you see a cute dog video from your cousin and wonder, did that home we looked at this morning have a fenced-in backyard? You should be able to shoot off a quick text, email or message to your buyer’s agent and get an answer. Most real estate agents these days check their messages across platforms and respond within a few hours. Just remember real estate etiquette and ask your buyer’s agent, not the selling agent for the home.
Sign documents with your phone.
Your smartphone is a personal computer in your pocket — use it! Some documents can be signed with mobile apps or websites, which can make the home buying process go much more quickly and securely. Even if you prefer old-fashioned paper, there are apps to help you take measurements (will your armoire fit in the walk-in closet?) and calculate mortgage payments. And, of course, there’s the camera, useful for taking selfies with your Beacon Hill real estate agent, and remembering key details about the home!
Get advice online, but make sure it’s the right kind.
Social media is great for getting certain types of help with buying a home. If you already have Facebook friends in the Boston area, ask them for tips on which neighborhoods to check out, what the schools are like, etc. When it comes to more real estate specific questions, though, you’re better off asking your Boston buyer’s agent. Examples include, “What is the seller required to disclose about a home?” and “Should I wait to list my current home until I’ve had an offer accepted on my new home?”
Do you have more questions about how to make the most of technology in your Boston Beacon Hill condominium search? Got a cute dog picture to share? Contact our Boston real estate agent team anytime.
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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