While most talks center on buying a place to live in, today I want to talk about investing in real estate instead, specifically, why condos are better for the small investor than a detached house. There are four reasons for this;

1. First, condos are cheaper than houses. You can buy one for less than half the price of a house.

2. Secondly, condos are better for renting. There is a bigger pool of renters and people renting condos move 12 months of the year and not just in June and September.

3. Thirdly, there is less maintenance to worry about for a landlord. You are liable for only the appliances. For houses, there are furnaces, roofs, and shoveling snow. Yes, it is the landlords, not the tenant’s responsibility for shoveling snow and the same goes for grass cutting.

4. And finally, if you buy a pre-construction condo, you can spread the minimum down payment of 20% over two or more years, not just up front. So if you consider these factors, It’s obvious that investing in a condo is the preferred choice for small investors.


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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.

John Ford
Ford Realty Inc
137 Charles Street
Boston, Ma 02114



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