Consumer report has released some interesting findings on trends in the real estate marketplace. The report is showing that the real estate downturn has been second guessing seller decisions on going the FSBO route. An increasing number of sellers are finding it more beneficial to hire a real estate agent to assist in selling real estate.

On the same token, real estate agents are also finding these times difficult in the current market. More real estate agents have considered cutting deals with sellers to gain their business. Instead of taking in the full real estate agent commission, their negotiating the agent fees with sellers. Projo.com provides more detail on this…

“Last year, a Consumer Reports readers survey found that just over 80 percent of home sellers used the services of a real estate agent, about 17 percent tried to sell on their own, and just 1 percent used a Web site.

The Consumer Reports survey also found that “many real-estate brokers are willing to cut a deal on their commissions, and readers who successfully negotiated for a lower commission, often cutting the traditional 6 percent to 3 or 4 percent, tended to be just as satisfied with the result as those who paid the full fare.”

Source: Fewer sellers going the ‘do-it-yourself’ route – By Christine Dunn, Journal Staff Writer, Projo.com

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.


Back Bay

Beacon Hill

Charles River Park


North End

South End

Seaport District

South Boston



Surrounding Communities of Boston
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



Call Now