You got married, had 3 kids, and definitely need a new home. The one you bought when you were single, no longer fits the bill, although you tried like heck trying to. 3 people brushing their teeth around one sink used to be cute…but no more. So now what? It’s easy, right? You just look at a few houses, and pick the one you want, and you’re good to go. WRONG!

Why? You ask! Well, the first time you bought, you had no baggage. You had your savings, your pre-qualification letter from the bank, you found a house, and 30 days later you moved in. Now, that house you used to love could be the ball and chain that keeps you from moving…unless you put the horse before the cart, if you will.

Now, you likely need to sell your current home before you buy a new one. Most sellers today will not accept an offer from you if it contains a contingency for you to sell your current home. Coming to the table with such a contingency puts you in a poor bargaining position, and really will do you no benefit because you will be working a fictional figure as to what you estimate your home to sell for.

The best plan is to market your property first, then find a new home. You may need to consider temporary interim housing to pull it all off. If you play it right, you will now know exactly what funds you have to work with, and will be in a MUCH better position to negotiate with any seller because you are now a “ready, willing, and able” buyer.

I sit with clients sometimes for hours just discussing how this process works. I have just touched on it here to give you something to think about. I will be happy to answer your specific questions, so write today. Remember, your question is likely to help others as well.

Thanks for reading,

Rick Nazzaro, Boston Real Estate Blog Writer.

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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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