Making the highest offer on a Boston Midtown condo, or any other Boston Downtown condo doesn’t guarantee that you’ll win in a bidding war. There are a number of factors that can influence seller decisions, many of which aren’t tied to money at all. Following are some of the most common reasons why a seller might accept a lower offer and force more aggressive bidders to search for other prospects.

Cash Trumps All Other Payment Methods

In many instances, all-cash sales are the most appealing to sellers. They close fast and there are no costly, time-consuming, lender requirements that must be met. If you haven’t got cash, approaching sellers with apre-approval letter in hand can be just as appealing. Most sellers are cognizant of the fact that cash-only deals lack many of the protections that lender-financed sales provide.

Emotional Connections Between Buyers and Seller

You don’t have to have the most money in order to gain favor with sellers. Most people have strong emotional connections to their condo or high rise in Downtown Boston and they are often eager to see their properties go to people who will love and cherish them just as much as they do. This is why it always pays to submit heartfelt letters to sellers telling them why you want their condo, loft, or penthouse. A letter will personalize your offer and could give you a shot at beating out a higher bidder.

Flexible Timelines

Sellers may need to remain in their condo until the purchases of their new place closes. Being flexible with your timeline is another way to gain favor without having to spend beyond your planned budget. Being willing to customize the closing process according to the needs of the seller is a great way to increase your appeal. Simply ask sellers what their plans are and let them know that you are willing to work with them to ensure a desirable timeline for closing.

Fewer Contingencies

Adding contingencies to your offer will increase your ability to walk away from the deal without suffering any financial consequences. Inspection, appraisal and financing contingencies are all common. The more contingencies that you add, however, the weaker your offer will become, especially if you’re going up against an all-cash buyer with few or no contingencies.

Work with an Experienced Agent

Navigating the buying process can tricky, especially if you enter into a bidding war for the property you love. Working with an experienced real estate agent in Downtown Boston who is not only familiar with the area, but can help you personalize your offer and find other ways to give you a leg up will improve your chances of securing your first-choice condo.

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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.

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