Ever hear the expression a “moment lost in time.” I was in a conversation with a father and son the other day. The topic of course was about Boston downtown real estate, whether to rent or to buy a Boston condo for sale.

Obtaining a mortgage to buy a Boston condo

At some point in the conversation the father made a comment “My generation’s dream is to pay off the mortgage. The younger generation’s dream is to get one.” He went on to say perhaps we should wait til my son has a better paying job before purchasing any Boston downtown real estate. I was left a little speechless at that moment. I thought of a good comeback line, but of course they had already left. 

The comeback line

In a 1997 episode of Seinfeld called “The Comeback,” George Costanza is merrily stuffing himself with free shrimp at a meeting. His coworker mocks him: “Hey, George, the ocean called. They’re running out of shrimp.” George sits there humiliated as laughter fills the room, his mind searching frantically for the perfect riposte. It’s only later, on the drive home, that he thinks of the comeback. But the moment has passed. (That may have been a good thing, since George’s epiphany was, predictably, mediocre: “Well, the jerk store called and they’re running out of you!”)

The disappointing experience of thinking of the perfect response too late—l’esprit de l’escalier, or “staircase wit”—was identified by French philosopher Denis Diderot. He was so overwhelmed by an argument at a party that he could think clearly again only once he’d gotten to the bottom of the stairs.

We’ve all been there, late on an appropriate response. Learning from my lesson, I spoke with several mortgage brokers on how to obtain a mortgage even it you have college debt and your credit score isn’t stellar.

A deleted scene from Seinfeld

In this deleted scene from Seinfeld, George dreams about what it would be like if he had a good comeback line.

Time to buy a Boston condo for sale

Don’t let this moment pass you by if you’re thinking about buying a Boston condo for sale. Please stop by my office at 137 Charles Street and we can discuss your options even if you have college debt and not making 6 figures. Hey, you can even bring your dad.


Let’s get you started on the path to buying a piece of Boston downtown real estate and begin building your personal wealth.

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