Everyone needs to take a break now and again, even the hardest working real estate team in Arlington! So we took a lovely afternoon off and headed out the history Publick House in Sturbridge to look back at 2017, look ahead to 2018, enjoy a delicious lunch and of course, some holiday shenanigans.
Thank you for your continued business and support and remember we are here for all of your real estate needs. We wish you a Happy New Year, and all the best in 2018 and beyond!
Good question. And one we thought some of you might have, so we’re going to tell you the story of our mission.
Once upon a time, a long, long, time ago (say, about 30 years), it was just Steve and his real estate dream. After a lot of working, networking, weekend open houses and many sold signs later, Steve created a successful business that required him to hire people so he could focus on providing the best possible client service.
Along came Erika to help with buyers and developers, Mitzi, to help with transaction coordination, additional agents Annie, Tracy, and Mike, Kristen for marketing, Donna for property coordination, and Carolyn for content and social media development.
Today, the business is not the one person show of 30 years ago,but awell-oiled teamthat has evolved to list and sell more homes than any other team in Arlington.
We talked about where the team has been, where it is now, and where we want it to go in the future. We drafted. We designed. We laughed.
We revised. And then we went for lunch because it was noon and we were hungry.
Many, many, (many) emails and iterations later, we have a collectivevisualfor who we are, and what we represent.
The hands in the shape of a home. We really wanted to show that we care for our clients, and beyond that, we aretrulyprotectors of their best interests – whether it’s buying, selling, downsizing redesigning, or building. The hands in the shape of a homeconvey just that. Which naturally led us to…
Your Home is in Our Hands. Quite literally. We take the aggravation, stress, thousands of tasks and to-do’s that go along with buying or selling a home and we handle it all.
Our main color is a navy blue (#21455 if you’re a design nerd like us) and it represents us in the truest sense: trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence. The green (#BDCC74 ) is tied to safety, freshness, and energy.
Our true colors, shining through.
Yes, we have a standard team picture (see below): five standing in back, four sitting in front – say cheese! But we’re just not a standard team. We’re more dynamic than that. We like to work hard and have fun. The selfie pic is us. Sure, you’ll see the traditional team pic in some of our materials, but the selfie says, ‘The Home Advantage Team.’
Speaking of ‘The Home Advantage Team,’ we all know there’s no ‘I’ in ‘Team’, you’ll also notice ‘Steve McKenna’ is not part of the official logo name. Whaaaaattt???
Back up the bus.
Fear not, friends and clients. Steve isn’t going anywhere. He is still the master of all things real estate, and still our fearless leader. But back to one of the reasons why we have gone through this exercise - to emphasize the team.
We are always surprised when people don’t realize that whether you’re listing or just looking, you get the whole team - and all of the support staff - as part of the deal. All of that expertise, knowledge, and know-how, at no extra cost.
So that's where we are – full circle (also part of our theme, by the way).
Personal, professional service has been the foundation of our business for more than 30 years – and will continue now, and in the future.
We hope you like it.
Many thanks to our design and photography partners who helped us through this process.
Looking for a downright gorgeous single-family home in Arlington? Check. Or do you prefer a hip condo in happening East Arlington? Roger that.
Or, are you looking for something a little more under-the-radar and up-and-coming? Got that too. Did you know that Malden is ranked as one of the hottest up and coming neighborhoods in the U.S.? Check out this article from Boston Magazine.
In the meantime, take a look at our listings in Arlington and Malden below to see what suits your fancy, and come by the open houses happening today and tomorrow!
Sparkling, shiny & new! Impeccably designed & beautifully finished with every detail carefully considered so you don’t have to. This home was renovated from the inside out, with beautiful hardwood floors, recessed lighting, open concept, first-floor laundry & a kitchen that is right out of a magazine! Enjoy making culinary creations amidst bright cabinets, gleaming granite counters, stainless steel appliances, fixtures & custom mosaic tile backsplash. The fireplaced living room is a warm, welcome retreat after a long day. There are 3 oversized bedrooms upstairs with plenty of closet space and a tastefully renovated new full bath. The lower level boasts another bedroom, full bath, family room and plenty of storage – perfect for an au pair or in-law suite! There is a lovely, private back patio for those neighborhood barbecues or fire-pit gatherings. Close to Trader Joe’s, Starbucks, & public transportation. For the outdoor enthusiast Sunderland Woods & The Minuteman Bikeway are nearby. (MLS #72178653) Click here for the full listing.
What’s Nearby: Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway, Trader Joe’s, Starbucks, Sunderland Woods, Dallin School.
Welcome to East Arlington! You have nothing to do but move right in to a lovely, renovated, energy-efficient, first-floor condo in perfect proximity to all Arlington has to offer. This 2-bed, 1 bath home has what you’re looking for – gleaming hardwood floors, high ceilings, open concept, beautiful woodwork, lots of natural light, & spacious rooms. Open concept living & dining area with original built-in china cabinet. The kitchen is bright & airy with stainless steel appliances, new fixtures, cabinets & tile floor. The bedrooms are good-sized & offer ample closet space. 1 deeded parking space in new garage (2017), cedar closet, storage, & laundry in the basement. Kick back and relax on your charming front porch after a busy day, or go to Arlington Center or East Arlington shops & restaurants. Close to public transportation, the Thompson School, & a short distance to Alewife, Teele Sq, and Davis Sq! You get that space you need yet keep that easy commute and urban life-style you love! (MLS# 72178624) Click here for the full listing.
What’s Nearby: East Arlington and Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Mass. Ave., Davis Square, Teele Square, Thompson School.
Fantastic opportunity to own a diamond in the rough in one of Greater Bostons up-and-coming neighborhoods! According to Boston Magazine, people are flocking to Malden for homes that are more affordable yet still an easy commute to Boston. This 3-bed, 2-bath home awaits your creative ideas the front entryway opens to a spacious living room, there is an eat-in kitchen, 2 beds and a full bath on the first floor. All the bedrooms have hardwood floors. The partially finished upstairs has great closet space and tons of potential for a master suite, office or family area. The basement also has... a full bath, storage, and is a blank slate that you can transform to suit your needs. There is a garage and fenced-in yard. Close to the Orange Line, Route 93, downtown Malden area, many public parks, and easy access to those gorgeous North Shore beaches! This is a great chance to invest in an under-the-radar neighborhood that is poised to take off. Get in while you can! (MLS# 72178616) Click here for the full listing.
What’s Nearby: Orange Line T, Route 93, downtown Malden area, easy access to North Shore beaches.
In case you missed it, Part I of Tracy's interview with Jay Tuli of Leader Bank talked about the importance of using a local lender for the home buying process. Did you know Leader Bank was founded in Arlington? And is the fourth largest lender in the state? Take a listen to learn how a community-driven bank can have a significant local impact.
In Part II of the Interview, you will get insight into the direction of 2017 interest rates and what it means for new homebuyers, as well as what to expect from a top performing loan officer and how they can inspire people to move in the right direction.
What an amazing day! From start to finish, The Arlington Home Show presented the best in real estate, renovation, home improvement and financing ideas and advice. The crowds were steady and came with questions, our vendors were prepared with thorough answers.
We’d like to thank EVERYONE who participated and made this one-of-a-kind local event a huge success! Here are some pics you might have missed from yesterday.
If you attended the show, let us know what you thought in the comments, or send us a note at email@example.com. We are always up for ideas and suggestions for next year!
Watermill Place - One of Arlington’s premier condominium buildings! Located next to The Minuteman Bikeway, offering easy access to Mass Ave and the shops and restaurants in Arlington Heights, and close to Rt 2 with accessibility to Alewife and I-95. Located on the top floor, this is one of the rare units with oversized greenhouse windows which make the unit very sunny and bright. With approximately 700SF this is a very spacious 1 bed 1.5 bath unit. The kitchen and baths have been tastefully updated. In-unit laundry, carport parking (space #75), common gym, and additional storage are added bonuses to this unit. If you are looking to downsize or are a first-time buyer this is a unit not to be missed. Watermill Place is professionally managed and meticulously maintained so there is little for you to do. Move-in, relax, and enjoy life! (MLS #72131158) Click here for the full listing.
What’s Nearby: Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, public transportation, Mass. Ave., Route 2, I-95, Alewife, Minuteman Bikeway.
A beautiful weekend is on tap, and a well-deserved reprieve after the one-two (maybe three) punch of winter storms that have rolled through. Not to mention – school vacation week! House feeling a little small to handle the kids for the next 10 days? Come to these open houses this weekend or contact us so you’re in the loop when that perfect home comes on the market!
Finding a home at Holly Glen is like hitting the home buying jackpot! This newly built single-family home, under condominium ownership, has it all –glistening floors, gleaming granite counter-tops, high ceilings, fireplace - all within minutes to the best shopping, restaurants and activities the area has to offer! With 2 beds and 2.5 baths, there is a well-thought-out open concept with a spacious loft and first-floor master suite. The elegant kitchen has GE stainless steel appliances and cozy island. The quality and craftsmanship is apparent through the moldings, details, and thoughtful layout. Never shovel a driveway or mow a lawn again – this is maintenance-free living at its best! Nestled on tree-lined street in a quiet newly developed community, yet minutes to a thriving area of commerce and activity - think 3rd Ave (w/Wegmans) and The District , and close to Boston, Cambridge, Lexington, the Burlington Mall, Middlesex Mall, shops, restaurants and highways, this home is THE ONE! Click here for the full listing.
What’s Nearby: Burlington Mall, Middlesex Mall shops and restaurants, Lexington Center, Winchester Center, major routes, Rt. 95, Mass Pike, Rt. 2, Rt. 3.
Are you looking for an opportunity to own a unique home within this hidden gem of a generational neighborhood? From the moment you enter through the mudroom with its tiled floor and built-ins it’s evident that this home is geared toward easy living. The open living, dining, and kitchen offer gleaming hardwood floors and lots of natural light. The kitchen has granite counters, stainless appliances, tiled back splash, and large center island with seating. Two bedrooms and a fully remodeled bath with tiled shower complete the first floor. The finished family room on the lower level offers plenty of space for friends and family. Featuring a ½ bath and sliders out to the patio and large backyard this is perfect for summer entertaining! Easy access to public transportation, shops and restaurants in Arlington Center, and close to major routes. Great closet space, central air, large lot, low maintenance, & irrigation are just a few reasons to visit this great home! (MLS # 72114785) Click here for the full listing.
What’s Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, public transportation, Mass. Ave., Minuteman Bikeway.
Sunday, April 9th, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - The Arlington Home Show
Mark your calendars! It’s never too early to start planning your next move – and now it’s never been easier!
Join us at the Arlington Home Show, Sunday, April 9th from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Arlington Town Hall. From Appraisals to Zoning Laws, we’ve got your real estate needs covered. Get advice and guidance from builders, lenders, lawyers, stagers, real estate professionals and more. Save the date and make The Arlington Home Show your one-stop-show for all of your real estate needs!
We had a great time at the dog park, and even better, contributions and donations from participants will help to maintain the park throughout the year. Take a look at some adorable and funny picture from the day. See you next year!
We all know holiday photos don't always go as planned. Check out some bloopers and outtakes from the event!