This is a story from the New York Times about a Boston University graduate and her sister on the breaking point of renting an apartment

The shower had a “mind of its own,” Dominique said. An attempt to turn the cold water slightly higher would result in an icy blast, or maybe a scalding one. In winter, there was insufficient heat. The wooden floor started to bubble and warp, and the deadbolt wouldn’t stay screwed into the rotted door frame. It was hard to get anything fixed properly.

By spring, the sisters saw rental prices dropping, but their landlord refused their request to reduce the rent by $100. “We didn’t feel we were getting our money’s worth,” Mariah said.

So they pounced when their father, Joe Freda, a builder in their hometown, Sea Isle City, N.J., suggested they hunt for a home to buy so they would no longer have to deal with difficult landlords.

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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

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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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