Boston condo buyers always want to know how many condominiums should see before they make an offer. A decade or so ago there were many downtown Boston real estate options on the market to choose from. Today there are more, thanks to the Seaport expansion, but the answer to the question: “How many condos do I need to see?” hasn’t changed, it is still “it depends”.
It helps to start with a list of “must-have” and “nice to have”. Choosing a neighborhood or a couple of neighborhoods makes the home shopping process much easier. During my 20 plus years, I have helped people find that perfect home I have observed that people who are open to any neighborhood and who search in many neighborhoods usually do not find the perfect Boston condo for sale that they want to buy.
Some home buyers spend hours online doing research and end up making an offer on the first or second Boston condo for sale they tour. The internet is the best screening tool ever for real estate hunters. Use Google Maps to view the home from the street and check out the properties next door. Access sites like Zillow to get a rough estimate of the value of the home. Check property tax records for tax assessors’ valuation.
Part of my job when I am in the role of a Boston real estate buyer’s agent is to provide information about real estate. I can answer most questions because I have access to a lot of data and because I know the right people.
Some condominium buyers drive by homes for sale, others walk the neighborhood and talk to nearby neighbors.
Most buyers need to see as many condos as they need to see before they are ready to make an offer. I have worked with clients who have looked at dozens of homes over a period of a couple of years before they have found the right one. Every year I work with at least one buyer who tours one home and makes an offer on the spot.