When downtown Boston condo damages occur during escrow (under contract), sellers may wonder whether or not they should tell buyers. Once everything has been cleaned up and repaired, it might be impossible to tell that any problems ever existed. It is important to note, however, that dwontown condo investors have a legal right to know about these events, even if highly qualified professionals can attest to the fact that the related issues have been fully resolved.

The Residential Purchase Agreement

The Standard Residential Purchase Contract or the Residential Purchase Agreement (RPA) that is currently being used in the state of Massachusetts has a special provision for these events, given that damages during escrow can and do occur. According to this document, if a seller has made disclosures prior to adverse conditions or events, these disclosures must be duly amended and submitted to the prospective buyer in a timely fashion. This portion of the RPA is designed to ensure that buyers are fully knowledgeable about the nature and condition of the Downtown Boston condos or lofts they’re investing in.

Issuing a Timely Response to Disaster

As with all forms of property damage, the best way to mitigate these events and limit their impact is to issue a timely response by contacting the appropriate repair professionals right away. Sellers should schedule clean up as quickly as possible and document the related event as best they can. These efforts will show prospective investors that there was a concerted effort to protect property values.

What Options Do Buyers Have?

When disclosures are made concerning property damages that have occurred after offers have been submitted, buyers do have the right to rescind their offers. The RPA states that this must be done within three days of in-person delivery of this information and within five days of delivery by regular mail. This grace period is identical to that of the Transfer Disclosure Statement. It is applicable even if investors have already removed their contingencies in light of positive inspection reports.

Talk with Your Agent

It is vital to contact your agent immediately after property damages have occurred. Your real estate agent in Downtown Boston can give you advice on how and when to make disclosures and can even recommend local contractors who can help clean things up. Should buyers choose to rescind their offers, agents can also help sellers craft plans for relisting their condos after their problems have been resolved.

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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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