The internet is a powerful tool for those interested in real estate aside from providing useful information to buyers and sellers.  It may start to change the way we do business and this is a good thing.  Today I got a call from a buyer.  It was a telephone interview as this buyer was not just asking me about properties he had seen online. He questioned me on references, recent sales ect.

This buyer figured out that for him, he did not want to be involved in a dual agency situation when he finds a property he wants to buy.  He wants his own agent and he wants access to information about the Boston condo market and the comparables and all the things he needs to know, he wants a buyers agent to represent him not the seller. Numerous states across the country have now outlawed dual agency but this is still permitted in the great state of Massachusetts. I know I’m going to get a lot slack for stating this but I do not believe it’s in the best interests of either the buyer or seller when an agent works as a dual agent, and I would like to see it outlawed.  The agent is in a tug of war between the buyer and seller and walks a very narrow line of what they can say and to who. How does this benefit anybody? What do you think? Am I off base on this one?

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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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