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And remember, if you are buying, selling, or downsizing your home, YourHomeForSale.com gets results. YourHomeForSale.com is your local and trusted real estate resource for Greater Boston and beyond - contact us today.

 

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    Arlington & Medford Real Estate Over the Years

    End of Year Market Report, 2020

     

    Arlington and Medford have been, and continue to be, strong real estate markets in Greater Boston. Both towns have seen lower inventory levels in 2020 as compared to 2019, but home values have remained strong and steady for the last 8+ years. Medford in particular has seen a steady uptick in total market dollar volume, with 2020 being the strongest year yet!


    If you are a home buyer, rest easy knowing homes in these towns tend to hold or increase in value over the years. If you are a home seller, it’s a great time to sell while there’s less competition and many buyers who are ready to get moving in 2021!

     

    Single Family Home Sales Volume

    Single Family Home Sales Medford

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      Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team Deliver Results in 2020

      Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team persevered through uncertainty, persisted through a pandemic, and prevailed by delivering unparalleled results for clients in 2020.

      Last year at this time we wrote, We are entering the year 2020 with many changes upon us… and we encountered more changes than any of us could have imagined. Throughout 2020 we provided our input and insights, as well as masks and hand sanitizer, so our buyers and sellers would feel safe, informed, and confident in the real estate process.

      Our commitment to client service has resulted in these impressive stats for 2020:

      • #1 team in Arlington for more than 30 years (by units sold and volume)
      • #1 team in Medford (by volume)
      • #1 team in Arlington & Medford combined (by units sold and volume)
      • #2 team at Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty (by units sold)
      • #25 team in Massachusetts (by volume)

      It is worth noting that in Arlington, the team’s total sales volume is more than double that of the next leading agent.

      None of this is coincidence, nor is it luck.

      The team’s tailored, concierge approach to client service has earned us the trust of the buyer and seller communities across Greater Boston, time and again.

      Whether you are looking to buy, sell, or you would just like some real estate insight and guidance in 2021, put your home in our hands, and let us get to work for you.

      Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team deliver results in 2020

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        One Constant in a Year of Uncertainty

        As we wrap up a challenging year and look ahead to better times, it is safe to say that Greater Boston real estate was a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy year. Home sales in Greater Boston were strong, with homes selling quickly and competitively. Inventory remained low, but an active market meant multiple offers and buyers extending their home searches far and wide.

        The real estate market in our area typically remains steady during difficult times, and this time was no different. In this case, a unique driving factor was that working, schooling, and living would occur out of the home more than anyone could have imagined a year ago. And when two home offices and two or more in-home classrooms are all under one roof, it can get a little – cramped.

        As a result, we saw a demographic shift out of high-rise condos in the city and into the homes and converted condos of the suburbs. Elevators, shared spaces, common areas could make life downright difficult during a pandemic. On the flip side, Greater Boston homes with yards, extra space for offices (or just separation of space in general) – took off.

        When our world turned upside down in March, we were all ‘flying the plane as it was being built,’ as they say. But even with incredible uncertainty early on in the pandemic, we were one of the first real estate teams to suspend our open houses and put the safety of our clients first. We adapted by providing private tours and equipping buyers with hand sanitizer, gloves, and masks.

        In a time of upheaval, we provided our input, insights and expert advice so our buyers and sellers could understand the current climate and assess the best course of action at that time.

        We implemented new technologies, including virtual tours, live walk-throughs and live webinars to reach potential buyers for our sellers, and to help clients understand a real estate landscape that changed almost weekly.

        But with all these changes, there has been a constant that the Home Advantage Team has relied on for more than 30 years in the business.

        Whether it’s a pandemic, a recession, political unrest or economic fluctuation, The Home Advantage Team approaches uncertainty by adapting and adjusting. But our unwavering constant in the face of any challenge is and has always been, putting the best interest of our clients first. 

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          A Decade of Arlington Real Estate

          Over the past 10 years, single-family home sales in Arlington have risen steadily. Despite varying ups and downs of the economy and market, Arlington home sales remain solid and upward trending.

          In 2019, the average single-family home price reached its highest point in 10 years at $916,393. With home prices averaging $537,511 in 2010, that is a 70.5% increase YTD. Not a bad return on investment.

          As we enter the holiday season, remember that Arlington has been, and continues to be, a strong real estate market in Greater Boston.  

          If you are thinking of selling, inventory is down and home values are up, giving potential home sellers an opportunity to selling quickly and for a good price.

          If you are thinking of buying, Arlington is a premier community for anyone looking for more square footage, in-home office space, or a yard outside of Boston – and you can rest easy knowing that your investment in Arlington is backed by years of steady growth rising values. 

          We are ready to guide you through the process and nuances of this specific market and season. Contact us today for all your home buying and selling needs!

          Arlington single-family home sales, 2010-2019

          Arlington Single-family home sales, 2010-2019

          Additional Data and Information on Arlington MA Home Sales:

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            Light It Up This Holiday Season!

            The holidays look a little different for many of us this year, and we send our sincerest best wishes to all of our clients, business partners, family and friends as we kick off the holiday season.

            If you find yourself at home and with time on your hands (as many of us do), why not find a way to light it up! There are several holiday light festivals that are nearby, outside, socially distant and sure keep your spirits bright!

            Here are just a few in and around our area to get you started:

             

            Light it up this Holiday Season!

             

            ZOOLIGHTS

            Stone Zoo, Stoneham, MA

            November 27 – January 3 (Closed Dec. 25)

            4:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

            This winter wonderland will take you on a one-way stroll through the Zoo, along tree-lined paths lit by twinkling lights. Spanning the Zoo's 26 acres, walk through the beautifully lit Yukon Creek and see black bears, a bald eagle, Canada lynx, arctic foxes, and even reindeer! The bright nights of sparkling lights are sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit!

             

            MAGIC OF LIGHTS  

            Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA

            Nov. 13th - Jan. 2nd

            Monday - Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

            Magic of Lights is a dazzling, drive-through holiday lights experience featuring favorite holiday scenes and characters of the season using the latest LED technology and digital animations. Experience Magic of Lights from the comfort and safety of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path of Foxborough’s favorite holiday tradition.

             

            BRIGHT NIGHTS

            Forest Park, Springfield, MA

            Nov. 25th – January 6th

            Mon – Sun 4:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

            Bright Nights at Forest Park has become known as the Northeast’s premier holiday lighting experience. Since 1995, Bright Nights has been a unique public/private collaboration between the City of Springfield’s Department of Parks, Buildings & Recreation Management and the Spirit of Springfield, a private non-profit organization.

             

            GIFT OF LIGHTS

            New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH

            Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020 (Thanksgiving) – Sunday, Jan. 3

            4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sundays – Thursdays

            4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays

            The 2.5-mile drive-thru light show is even brighter with 3.5 million lights, a new 150-foot RGB Tunnel of Lights and new scenes including the Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks, Mother Goose, Jack Be Nimble, Deer Beach Vacation and a package wrapping machine.

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              Planning for Your Future

               

              Are you or your parents one of the 344,000 people over the age of 60 living in Middlesex County?

               

               

              Living in a home with stairs and a big yard can be a lot to manage, and it might be time for a more manageable and safer option.

              Steve McKenna The Home Advantage Team have been helping people downsize for decades. We have the resources to support you through every step- decluttering, cleaning, staging and helping you find a perfect place to live for the next chapter of your life.

               

              If you've been thinking about downsizing, this is a great time to sell your home in the Greater Boston area. Inventory is low and demand is high, and we have the answers to your questions, 'Where do I begin?' and 'What do I do next.'  

               

              Contact us today, and let's get started together. 

               

               

               

               

               

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                Create the Space You've Always Dreamed of, at 25 Brunswick

                If you ever wanted to create a fresh new interior from scratch – this is your chance, but for a limited time only!

                Reserve your dream home at 25 Brunswick and we will open the door to a multitude of design opportunities that will allow you to customize the inside of your home from top to bottom. Meet with our design team to create the look and feel you’ve always wanted using a generous allowance. Select flooring, lighting, bathroom fixtures, kitchen and bath cabinets and countertops, and other features that will your home unique and special to you!

                Unparalleled design, quality construction, and panoramic views all within a few miles of Cambridge and Boston. Create the living experience you have been dreaming of!

                Contact us today to learn more and reserve your space. 781-645-0505, YourHomeForSale@GibsonSIR.com. 

                *The following images include a variety of vendor showrooms and highlight design opportunities. The images are not a representation of 25 Brunswick.

                25 Brunswick, Arlington

                25 Brunswick, Arlington

                25 Brunswick, Arlington

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                  Arlington Home Sales - 2019 vs. 2020 to Date

                  The Arlington home sale numbers are in and the average sale price for condos, single-family homes and multi-family homes are up across the board in 2020 as compared to 2019. 

                  Inventory is about what you'd expect, with number of condo home slightly up, and number of single-family homes slightly down as compared to last year. Multi-family homes are always popular with their versatility and investment opportunities.

                  As we head into the holiday's and the colder months, we expect things will stay fairly similar. But remember, if you are thinking of selling, this is a time when you will have less competition among other sellers, yet there are still plenty of buyers still looking for a home that's right for them. Is it yours?

                  Contact us today and we can help you find out. 781-645-0505, YourHomeForSale@GibsonSIR.com. 

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