We’re already halfway through 2019 which means it’s time to take a quick look back at how the Boston condo for sale market is doing and my local Beacon Hill apartment rental market.. From slow growth to fast-moving fraudsters, here’s my outlook om what Boston condo buyers/ sellers and Beacon Hill apartment renters should know about real estate in and around Downtown Boston

The growth and speed of Boston condos for sales is slowing

After years of median Boston condo for sales prices with increases in single and sometimes double digit gains is slowing. The Boston condo for sale market stabilized a bit. As of this posting, the median home price has grown just slightly  this year, with prices falling in some market sectors. It’s not an alarming change for those who have been in the Boston condos for sale business for a long time, but it was surprising to see such a quick slowdown after the headline-grabbing buyer frenzy we saw just three years ago in the downtown Boston area. 

Beacon Hill Apartment Rentals are moving FAST

Anyone who has rented for any length of time knows the mantra, “The only constant is change.” Four years ago in Boston, the mayor declared a “Affordable Boston apartment rentals market in crisis” Basically outlawing short-term rentals, while watching rents increase by 6 or 7 percent every year. Since then, about hundreds of new apartment have been built, especially in the Boston Seaport District. But the impact has been minimal in my neighborhood of Beacon Hill. I’ve noticed a rapid increase in apartments being fetched off the market in record time. And if you’re looking for a Boston Beacon Hill apartment under $2,000 per month, good luck. 

Wire Fraud is on the Rise.

Email scams are nothing new, but what is new is the level of professionalism that scammers have risen to in order to get their hands on Boston downtown condo buyers’ money. Local news sources reported on some of those scams this year, and we just want to reiterate the take-away point: Don’t trust emails asking you to wire money, even if they look like they came from your lawyer or real estate agent. Always call to verify.

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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.

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