Searching for the perfect Boston Midtown condo can be tedious and frustrating until the anticipated moment finally comes when you stumble upon the internet upon your dream Boston real estate for sale that satisfies all of your needs and desires. However, there may be one issue- it states sale pending. Does this mean your dream home you are looking to buy is snatched right out of your hands before you can even picture yourself in it? Not exactly. A pending Boston condo for sale does not mean a dead end, your dream home may still be available for you.

What does Boston condos sale pending mean?

Sale pending essentially means that the seller has accepted an offer, but the deal is not final and still remains open. This differs from contingent sales which are still active listings due to the fact that they are eligible to fall out of contract if requested provisions are not met. A property moves from being a contingent sale to a pending sale the moment a contract is executed. A pending sale has all contingencies satisfactorily addressed or waived and it is no longer considered an active listing. A Beacon Hill home will remain in the pending state until all legal work has been processed. Despite its inactive listing, ‘pending’ does not mean a ‘sold’ Back Bay condo. If the inspection doesn’t check out or the buyer can’t pull together the financing then the house will not be sold to them.

Pending condo sales

Pending sales may put up roadblocks in acquiring your dream Beacon Hill condominium, but these barriers are possible to break down. So, what can you do? Can you make an offer on a pending Boston condo for sale? Typically, the listing agent is no longer accepting offers once the property is listed as pending sale, so you won’t be able to place your bid formally. Instead, have your Boston real estate agent get in touch with the listing agent to inquire about the deal and in order to receive a heads-up if the property goes back on the market so you can make an offer before other buyers. Finding out how many other offers there are on the home and whether there are any potential concerns about the initial bid can be used to your advantage in your own bid. If you can’t imagine this home being taken away from you and are financially comfortable, you could consider offering more than the asking price. Being open to negotiation is one of the best things you can do to improve your odds of getting the home you want most.

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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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