When Boston condo buyers find a condo that they like, one of the first questions they ask me is “Why are the sellers moving?” This is a personal question and not all sellers are willing to say, “Because it is personal.”

As a listing agent we are obligated to protect the seller’s interests and if they request that we not disclose their reason for moving, we don’t disclose it. Job relocations, divorces, loss of a job all are personal, and a buyer does not have a right to know that information. A buyer has a right to know anything and everything about a property they are considering buying.

But if a seller wants to keep his private stuff private, does that in some way effect the value of the condo? I don’t think so.

Today, I hope to be taking a listing. In doing so, I’ll explain to the seller that the potential buyers will ask why they are moving and what are they comfortable with me disclosing. Sometimes there is no problem and a seller will say downsizing, relocating, etc. but sometimes things are a whole lot more complicated, like a divorce or perhaps a job change where the seller’s current employer hasn’t been told yet.

So I’m wondering, how important is it to you, as a buyer, if I don’t disclose why the owner is sellling? Does it have any impact on the market value of the condo?

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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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