We’re All Not So Neighborly

It turns out we’re all not so neighborly, even around downtown Boston with the self proclaimed slogan ““Massachusetts: Kiss our Mass.””.A survey of over 1000 Americans was used to develop a “neighborly score”; a consolidation of responses that scored groups by gender, race, generation and political affiliation. The results were a bit surprising; turns out less than 50% of folks do much beyond the “howareya” head bob or smile. Only 34% of us have had neighbors over or been over at their Boston condo.

Boston Condos – Next-Door Niceties

The drop off after the “smile” is precipitous…Not many coming over to borrow a cup of sugar from Mrs. Cleaver.

Boston Condos – Neighbors by the Numbers

Look at the generational spread. 

Uh oh, the millennial bashing seems to continue with these scores. Perhaps the boomers have more time on their hands and the millennials are trying to knock down killer student debt? Gen-X…chilling in the middle.

Considering the data by race, Asian-Americans scored the lowest for both acts, with 65 percent learning their Asian-American neighbor’s name and only 15 percent inviting them over.


This must be the season for surveys as we just reviewed a study from the National Association of Realtors. They looked at home buyers by race and gender, by what motivated home buyers and multiple diverse findings about home buyers.

The full report can be seen here. In the meantime…

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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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