Whether you’re looking at new penthouses or loft condos in Beacon Hill, you need to be vigilant about securing the property you want and staying away from problems that could lead to buyer’s regret. Avoid the following potential home buying horror stories and save yourself some headaches.

1. Horrible Neighbors

When you purchase a condo, loft, or penthouse, having a good idea about neighbors in the building can help you prevent many potential problems. This is because you may find yourself right down the hall from an annoying neighbor rather than one who lives down the street.

2. Useless Board or HOA

Make sure the board or condo association is a good fit for you and your ideals. Ask current tenants if they feel the board  is fair and does its job well. You don’t want to end up with a neglectful or arbitrary condo association.

3. Sudden Special Assessment Fees

Daunting though it may be, you’ll want to review over all the papers you’re given in escrow. It’s not uncommon to be slapped with an unexpected fee mere days or weeks after your purchase. Oftentimes the minutes for HOAs or boards are given in the documentation you receive, and reading them over allows you to better prepare for otherwise unexpected fees.

4. No Designated Parking Spot

Though usually not a problem, you should make sure you not only have a designated parking spot, but that there are no restrictions on said spot. Some Beacon Hill buildings require you only have a compact car, which is something you should be aware of before you buy.

5. Failed Closing

An unbelievable amount of deals don’t go as planned due to mortgage companies. Whether they delay closing by days or weeks or they get the wrong paperwork and deals fall through, they’re to blame for too many botched closings. Choose a mortgage company with a good reputation, and ask your realtor if there are any companies he or she prefers working with.

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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.


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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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