When under pressure in the Boston downtown real estate for sales business, it can get heated between the Seller and the listing broker, especially when personalities clash or a real estate sales deal isn’t going as planed or promised

The best thing you can do for yourself (and for others) is to end a relationship before it escalates to the point where you want to kill each other.

Here are some of the signs telling you that it’s time to call it quits:

  • Both of you vehemently disagree, are at opposite ends of the spectrum and believe you will never see eye-to-eye.
  • When you talk about the situation, your voice rises a notch or two in volume.
  • Unflattering adjectives precede the person’s name every time you talk about them.
  • Irrational thought processes begin to cloud your judgment.
  • You’ve made repeated requests that are ignored by the other party.
  • When the person’s name shows up on your cell phone, you send the call to voicemail.
  • When the broker wants to lower the price but recent sales comps show otherwise

The single most commonly heard complaint that Boston downtown real estate sellers voice about their agents is dissatisfaction with communication.

It can be very irritating to work with an agent who doesn’t promptly respond to voicemails, text messages or e-mails. If that happens to you, it might be time to fire the agent and hire somebody else. But first, lay it on the line. Tell your agent what you expect and ask your agent if it’s possible for the agent to perform in that manner.

How to Cancel Agreements/Contracts

So, you’ve determined that you’re fed up and want out. How do you do it? Legal issues aside, because this is not legal advice—the best way is by mutual consent. Do not enter into a contract in the first place if the other party will not mutually agree to a release if requested. You can ask about cancellation policies in the event of a dispute before entering into the contract.

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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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