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From the Mass. Association of Realtors: “The Boston City Council is considering a new ordinance that will act like a new tax on condominiums, require reporting of utility and water bills to your condo association, and impose fines on condo associations which fail to conduct energy audits and report results to city hall regulators.”

No objections here about promoting, implementing and enforcing energy efficiency — and this idea appears to effect only larger condo associations and buildings. But here’s the problem: Letting government know just a little bit more about how you conduct your life. It may be good-intentioned and even necessary, but it’s still a little creepy.

File under: Nanny-state creep

Update: Here’s an interesting story on an unrelated issue that nevertheless applies here: “Three cheers for the nanny state.” The lead sentence says it all: “Why has there been so much fuss about New York City’s attempt to impose a soda ban, or more precisely, a ban on large-size ‘sugary drinks’?”

OK, we’ll try to answer that mocking question from the philosophy professor: Taken individually, many of these ‘nanny state’ laws are good-intentioned and fine. But taken collectively, they add up. Put another way: How about only one or two cheers for nanny staters? Why the three cheers? The enthusiasm to boss people around is creepy.

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John Ford
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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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