Renting a Boston condo

Question: I am relocating to Boston for a job and have started to research Boston condos to rent. When would be the ideal time to start reaching out to brokers, agents, landlords and owners about apartments they have posted? Answer Congratulations. The simple answer is that you shouldn’t have any trouble moving in on the date you expect. If a place is on the market and the agent or landlord says it will be available for move-in on a given date, you can pretty much be assured it will be ready. As for timing, take your desired move-in date and count back about six or seven weeks. That should give you plenty of time for a two-or-three-day reconnaissance mission, time for the property owner to check out your credentials and time for you to arrange your move. It also gives you some negotiating flexibility. If there’s a lot of interest in the apartment you want, you can offer two weeks or a month’s rent before you actually move in.

Best time to rent a Boston condo

Now is a good time to rent a Boston condo. Most tenants in Boston are on a September cycle and it picks up again in January, this when you’ll see the most inventory, but also the most competition. Tenants usually do not move between Mid-October through December. The key to renting is being prepared. You must have your copies of W2’s, credit report, and usually three months rent to secure the apartment. If you do not have the paperwork handy or the money, save time and effort because you are competing against dozens of other tenants who are ready to rent.

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Author Profile

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.

John Ford
Ford Realty Inc
137 Charles Street
Boston, Ma 02114



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