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Should Brittany give up on her condo hunt?

Posted by Scott Van Voorhis June 13, 2013 07:00 AM

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A nurse at a Boston hospital, Brittany wants to buy a condo but can't find a decent unit worth putting money down on.

At this point, she's all but resigned herself to renting for another year.

"If you like a place, you had better have an offer on it or it will be off the market tomorrow," Brittany told me in a recent interview. "You don't have a second to think."

No, she's not looking in Cambridge, Davis Square or Arlington.

Instead, she's looking in Natick.

OK, we all know it's tough to find a condo in the hipster zones of Cambridge and Somerville.

But for condo buyers in the suburbs, it's not easy right now either.

I took a look at the condo market in the western suburbs in this piece that just ran today in the Globe West.

The better units are in high demand, while the lower quality stuff is more likely to languish on the market.

Some new stuff came on line in Natick before or just after the Great Recession hit, but a lot of that is snapped up now.

Brittany works in the city and does not want to live there. She'd prefer to be near the commuter rail.

So what's your advice for Brittany? Should she rent, redouble her effort to find a condo in the western suburbs, or start looking in another area outside Boston?

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Scott Van Voorhis is a freelance writer who specializes in real estate and business issues.

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