Many renters across the country are ringing in the New Year with a new apartment. According to a national survey conducted by, more than 95 percent of renters said they are planning a move in 2010.

Many renters are also moving earlier this year, searching for better deals and nicer apartments in more desirable neighborhoods. While the typical peak rental season extends from April through August, there have been some notable changes in renter moving behavior from year to year. Forty percent of renter respondents said they will be making their move during the first quarter of 2010, which is 16 percent more than 2009, the survey found.

Given the growing inventory of apartments across the country and competition to fill vacancies, many renters are moving on their own terms and seeking out better bargains during their apartment search.

Nearly 40 percent of renters told they are moving to live in a nicer apartment in a safer neighborhood. Renters are looking for value, and want to get more for their money, the survey found.

Renters moving into a new apartment in 2010 are going online to conduct their search. According to, more than 80 percent of renters said they will use an online apartment search site to find a new place to call home.

Source: via Banker & Tradesman

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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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