A few years ago buyers could act as impulsively as they wanted, reports The New York Times: if buyers changed their mind, they could always sell at a profit. But in today’s market, many buyers have cold feet, “buying a home is more psychologically demanding, fraught with conflict and confusion.” For buyers, especially those without much capital to burn, deciding on a home can be extremely stressful, since it involves a long-term commitment. And for sellers, some of them refuse to sell now, even if it’s a good idea for them, because they don’t want to feel regret or shame at having bought at the height of the bubble. Kathleen Gurney, the chief executive of the Financial Psychology Corporation in Miami, told the Times, “People will do anything to not regret how they feel.” The Times article also explores the differences in the market and people’s perception of the market. Even if this is a good time for some to buy or some to sell, we are pack animals, and when the pack is afraid of dealing in real estate, so is the individual. As Dr. Gurney said, potential buyers and sellers would rather “be a part of a crowd, even a crowd of losers, than stand out.”

If you are either a buyer or seller who has cold feet, your not alone. I think you’ll find this New York Times article In the Grip of Indecision interesting.
Source: NY Times

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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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