Boston condos for sale: You accepted the buyers Offer, now what?

You decided to put your Boston condo up for sale. You had many buyer showings and at last a buyer made an offer on your Charles River Park condo which you accepted. The contracts are signed. You  hired a Boston downtown estate lawyer to represent you through closing. Now that the “attorney review” period has begun in the contract, what should you as a Boston downtown real estate seller do next?

5 Easy Tips for Boston Downtown Real Estate Sellers

Gather your Master Deed.

The Boston condo for sale buyer will request to review this during the attorney review period. You should have received the Master Deed when you purchased. It’s a 1+ inch thick document which contains the public offering statement and floor plans when the condo conversion took place. The master deed also contains the bi-laws and rules for the condo association. If you do not have a master deed or cannot locate it, check with your management company. If your building is self-managed, ask a neighbor. Someone should have a copy.

Gather the financial statements of your condo association

The buyer’s attorney is going to review them during the attorney review period along with the budget for the condo association. The management company will have these as well. No management company? Someone in the association should act as the Treasurer.

condo association master insurance policy and master flood policy

Obtain a copy of the condo association master insurance policy and master flood policy(if necessary). The buyer’s mortgage company is going to request this policy to review. If your building is in a FEMA flood plain, the condo association is going to need to have the required flood insurance. Your management company should have this policy on file as well.

contact name and phone # for your management company or condo association president

Give your Realtor the contact name and phone # for your management company or condo association president. The buyer’s mortgage company is going to require a condo questionnaire. This document contains about 20 questions regarding the condo association (percentage of owners vs. tenants, pending litigation, etc).

Make sure your taxes and monthly maintenance fees are paid

Make sure your taxes and monthly condo fees are paid. The buyer is going to conduct a title search against your Boston condo and the condo association. Making sure all the bills are paid ensure that there should be no liens against the unit or condo association. This will avoid any last minute delays before the closing takes place.

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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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