When you’re searching for Boston condos or penthouses for sale, the right realtor can mean the difference between finding the Boston condo of your dream or a long, fruitless search. Here are 4 realtor red flags all Boston condo buyers should watch for and avoid.

1. Part-Time Commitment

Though many Boston condo realtors choose to moonlight on the side of another job, this is not necessarily the type of agent you want on your side. In a hot Boston condo market, good properties can go under agreement in a matter of hours, which means your agent has to be ready to show you a home at a moment’s notice and be available on the phone to wheel and deal on your behalf.

2. Different Specialization

No matter how much you like a realtor, it’s not the right fit if he or she isn’t intimately familiar with the type of properties you’re searching for. For example, if you have your heart set on a Boston Leather District loft but the agent has never worked with someone buying that type of property, someone with more experience would be a more appropriate choice.

3. No References

Buying a Boston condo is a very personal transaction, which means when it goes well, the client is likely to have good things to say about his or her realtor. If an agent you’re considering is reluctant to give references, it’s likely he or she won’t be a great choice for you.

4. Lack of Communication

Even full-time realtors can be challenging to connect with, but you shouldn’t work with an agent who doesn’t return calls quickly, doesn’t use email effectively, or has a full voice mailbox. Similarly, if you prefer to communicate by text, finding an agent who does the same can make the process flow much more smoothly.

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Author Profile

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.

John Ford
Ford Realty Inc
137 Charles Street
Boston, Ma 02114



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