My Boston roommate is insane

As a Boston condo landlord, you learn real quick not to judge. Yes, you can ask pertinent questions, but not too many questions.

There were these two young women that wanted to rent an apartment from me. They both worked at a restaurant. One was a bartender, the other was a waitress. This was a very typical situation for me.

One was in the middle of a divorce and the other was just looking for a place to live.

They showed up to tour the place and immediately handed me first month’s rent and a deposit in cash before I even asked what their names were… literally! I’m not making this up.

In my infinite wisdom, I thought they would be great tenants since they had all this cash.

See where this is going?

Over the next couple months they painted and fixed the place up. I always assumed they were a couple but evidently I found out they weren’t.

(Quick note: Possibly one of my worst personality traits is I feel this need to text people back. It’s a very bad trait when you have crazy tenants.)

One day, she starts texting me, incessantly complaining about her rommate

I was on a family -trip and she’s texting me over 100 times a day.

  • She’s loud at night.
  • She parties.
  • She stays up drinking.
  • And countless other details.

I couldn’t take it anymore. I told her to call the cops. I suggested she move out. I was fine with her doing anything other than texting me. She wouldn’t though. She just kept texting and texting.

FINALLY, she texted me this:

Her:  I think she’s even having sex with men for money.

Me: Really? How much does she charge?

She never texted back and moved out the next day.

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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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