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10 Questions With Steve McKenna Of The Home Advantage Team

In case you missed it, Steve was recently featured in a Q&A on the Arlington Patch. Click the link or check the full article below!

10 Questions With Steve McKenna Of The Home Advantage Team

The Home Advantage Team is like no other in the business — just ask Steve McKenna, the No. 1 real estate agent in Arlington.

By Olivia Halevy, Patch National Staff  | Updated 

Buying or selling a home can be one of the biggest challenges you will ever take on, but when you put your trust in The Home Advantage Team, you're guaranteed premier service and experience.

Realtor Steve McKenna of The Home Advantage Team is Arlington's No. 1 real estate agent. Having lived and worked in Arlington for almost 30 years, McKenna possesses a deep understanding and expertise when it comes to home value, neighborhood dynamics, schools and other critical factors when it comes to making life-changing real estate decisions.

Read on to learn more about McKenna and get a sneak peak of what to expect from The Arlington Home Show on April 22:


Patch: How long have you been doing business in town or how long has the organization you represent been around in the community?


McKenna: I have been with Bowes Real Estate since 1986, and have been the No. 1 agent in the area for more than 25 years. Time flies when you're having fun, and helping thousands of sellers and buyers over the years has been truly rewarding.

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Patch: What attracted you to the line of work you're in, and how did you get started?


McKenna: I am originally from Allston. I bought my first place in my early twenties and sold it for a profit only two years later. That's when I saw the value, literally and figuratively, in real estate. More importantly, I realized how much I like helping people. I have lived and worked in Arlington for almost 30 years now, which gives me a deep understanding of home values, building and zoning codes, neighborhood dynamics, schools and all the critical factors that come into play when making important real estate decisions.


Patch: If you had to sum up your business mission to a stranger in five words, what would those words be?


McKenna: Never (ever) stop reinventing yourself.


Patch: What's the biggest challenge or most difficult moment you've faced in your job?


McKenna: Right now, inventory is a big struggle. There are so many buyers who want to live in Arlington, but there are a limited number of homes available on the market. This isn't unique to our town. In general, housing availability in Greater Boston is relatively low. So if you live in Arlington and are thinking of selling, this is a great time. Buyers, on the other hand, need to be savvy about the real estate process so they are prepared when something does become available that suits their needs, and they're ready to act.


Patch: What's the most satisfying part of your job?


McKenna: Well, you wouldn't do this job if you didn't like helping people. When someone is moving, chances are they are experiencing a major life event. Whether it is a marriage, a divorce, downsizing, a death in the family or a child on the way, these are big events and emotional times, and when you add the process of moving to the mix it can be incredibly stressful. We have helped thousands of buyers and sellers in all of these situations, so I think we bring an empathy, understanding and knowledge of how best to guide people through the process to make it seamless and less stressful them. There is great satisfaction in that.


Patch: How would you say your business or organization distinguishes itself from the others?


McKenna: I think The Home Advantage Team is like no other. We have in-depth local knowledge for buyers, sellers and developers. We have dedicated support for transaction coordination, marketing, property coordination, and content and social media development. We are a well-oiled team that has evolved to list and sell more homes than any other team in Arlington – and we have fun doing it.

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. We're 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. That's pretty unique.


Patch: What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given when it comes to success?


McKenna: I have been given a lot of great advice over the years. Some you take with a grain of salt, and some you take to heart. But I think more often than not, you have to trust your own instincts.


Patch: Are there any new projects or endeavors you're working on that you're extra excited about?


McKenna: We are always working on something behind the scenes! We have a number of new construction projects in the works, which is exciting. Inventory, much less new construction, in Arlington can be hard to come by. But we have 15 new construction projects in the works right now and many more listings including, single-family homes, condominiums, and multi-family homes coming on the market this year. Anyone who would like more info can visit our siteor contact us directly.

We are also in the process of updating our website to reflect the needs of today's buyers and sellers. Expect a clean, easy to navigate and visually engaging site – coming soon!


Patch: Do you have any events coming up in your community?


McKenna: As a matter of fact, we do! On Sunday, April 22 we will be hosting the second annual Arlington Home Show. The Arlington Home Show is for anyone owning a home, selling a home, buying a home, or renovating a home. It is designed to help educate people on how best to achieve their real estate goals, and it's a great way to "shop local" as they say, and support some fantastic local businesses. We have a number of local vendors who will have gifts, giveaways, as well as discounts and incentives on many of their services. We will also offer free shredding services by Shred King. It's a great event and we hope people will come check it out.


Patch: How can Patch readers learn more about your work and business?


McKenna: The quickest and easiest way to contact us is by phone at 781-645-0505 or email. And of course you can find us on the web and social media. Check out our website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Erika Pereira Receives High Honors in Client Service

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Contact: Matt Wimpress, Customer Service Manager

Quality Service Certification, Inc.

949-481-4438

Matt@QualityCertified.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 26, 2018

 

Pereira Receives Platinum Service Recognition

Erika Pereira of BOWES Real Estate Real Living in Arlington, MA was awarded the highest level of service achievement in the real estate industry, Quality Service Certified® Platinum.  The award is in recognition of earning 100% client service satisfaction in 2017, as measured by Leading Research Corporation (LRC).

Quality Service Certified (QSC) status is the only award in the real estate industry based on independently validated, measurable service results.  Clients of QSC agents receive a customer satisfaction survey at the end of each transaction.  The surveys are administered and the results are compiled by LRC.

Client feedback from the surveys becomes part of the agent’s credentials.  An overall satisfaction rating is displayed on the consumer website (www.RatedAgent.com) where buyers and sellers have the ability to select a real estate professional based upon each agent’s validated record of service satisfaction.

“Nothing is more important to a prospective client in selecting a professional than the service results achieved with past clients,” says Larry D. Romito, President and CEO of QSC.  He adds, “Consumers have greater confidence in service reliability, results and satisfaction with a Quality Service Certified real estate professional because they know that the agent’s service record has been validated by an independent third party.  100% service satisfaction record like Erika Pereira has achieved is just awesome.”

About Quality Service Certification, Inc. (QSC) 

Quality Service Certification, Inc., based in San Juan Capistrano, California, is recognized as the real estate industry’s earliest advocate and the leading provider of independently administered customer satisfaction surveys.  With nearly a 20 year history and over one million post-closing surveys sent, QSC’s unique “closed” survey process ensures that consumers access legitimate reviews from actual home sellers and buyers reports on past customer satisfaction.  QSC is the only source for objective and validated agent ratings designed to help consumers make informed choices in selecting real estate professionals.  For more information contact QSC at 888-547-4772.

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Come to the Arlington Home Show on Sunday, April 22nd!

Come to the Arlington Home Show to have your real estate questions answered (and stay for the great gifts and giveaways)!

Everyone wants to know that their contractor or designer is vetted, trusted and can accomplish the task at hand. We've done the work for you, and we have an amazing array of talented contractors, landscape designers, professional stagers and organizers, lenders, movers and more lined up for the Arlington Home Show --  ready to answer your questions, give you suggestions and address your real estate needs - for FREE!

Here are a few of the vendors we having lined up with more on the way....

What: The Arlington Home Show

Where: Arlington Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Ave.

When: Sunday, April 22nd, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

Advantage Remodeling

Arlington Chamber of Commerce

Capone Carpet Cleaning

Classic K&B

Clean Out Your House

Creative Designs

DiNucci Corporation

Guaranteed Rate- Allyson Kreycik

Inspired Gardens

Jackson Shutter & Millwork

KLH Home Staging

Leader Bank – Sherry Keenan Burke

Living Peace

McDonald Contracting

Mini Moves & More

More Than a Move

Oliver Enterprise

Road Warrior Moving & Storage

Rush-Kent Insurance

Spongies

Wells-Fargo – Meredith Spence

Wannamaker Hardware

Yankee Pest Control

You Call We Haul

So What IS The Arlington Home Stroll?

If you're tired of trying to find a home in Arlington, we'll open your eyes to 20+ new homes coming soon at The Arlington Home Stroll on Sunday, 1/28 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Common Ground Arlington.

What exactly is The Arlington Home Stroll, you ask? Good question.

The Home Stroll is like a virtual walk through more than 20+ homes, townhomes and new construction that we have coming on the market. It is an exclusive opportunity to get the inside scoop on these new opportunities.

There are no physical open houses; rather we will have renderings, photos, floorplans, descriptions and in-depth info regarding the specific neighborhood for each of the homes. We'll have all of this information conveniently at one location (Common Ground, 319 Broadway, Arlington). So no need to bring an extra pair of walking shoes, just bring your real estate questions.

We will be addressing common questions home buyers face today, such as,

  • How do a sell and buy a home at the same time?
  • Can I find new construction in Arlington?
  • What mortgage options are right for me?

You’ve been waiting long enough. Now is the time to get the ball rolling, and kick off 2018 with a plan to find the home you’ve been looking for.

Contact us today to reserve your spot: 781-645-0505, info@yourhomeforsale.com

The 2018 Arlington Home Stroll

Happy Holidays! From Our Team to Yours!

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!

Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team

Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team

 

New Look... Same Great Team!

The Home Advantage Team

In case you missed it, Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team have a new look, some fresh color, and a new logo to reflect our personal, hands-on approach to real estate.

But you might find yourself wondering: Why, Steve? You’re already the #1 team in Arlington, why bother?

Good question. And one we thought some of you might have, so we’re going to tell you the story of our mission. 

Our Story: The Home Advantage Team.

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 a well-oiled team that has evolved to list and sell more homes than any other team in Arlington.

Such an evolution requires some freshening up. Could you imagine if Steve used a profile picture from 1985? We can’t either. 

Steve McKenna: The Early Years in Real Estate

 

So we got together and brainstormed. 

The Home Advantage Team brainstorming session.

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.

The Home Advantage Team: Sometimes you just have to LOL.

We revised. And then we went for lunch because it was noon and we were hungry.

The Home Advantage Team: Lunch Break.

Many, many, (many) emails and iterations later, we have a collective visual for who we are, and what we represent.

*THE LOGO:

The Home Advantage Team: Logo

The hands in the shape of a home. We really wanted to show that we care for our clients, and beyond that, we are truly protectors of their best interests – whether it’s buying, selling, downsizing redesigning, or building. The hands in the shape of a home convey just that. Which naturally led us to…

THE TAGLINE:

The Home Advantage Team: Tag Line.

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.

*THE COLORS: 

The Home Advantage Team: Design Colors.

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.

**THE SELFIE

The Home Advantage Team: Selfie Pic.

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

The Home Advantage Team: Team Pic.

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). 

The Home Advantage Team: Just Sold postcard.

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.

*Design development and branding direction credit go to Anjehlina Marsh.

**Team photo credits go to Kristen Chalmers Photography.

 

Spotlight: Arlington and Malden Homes of the Week!

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!

38 Hibbert Street, Arlington

For sale: 38 Hibbert Street, Arlington

Open House:

Friday, June 9th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 10th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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.

Listed: $789,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway, Trader Joe’s, Starbucks, Sunderland Woods, Dallin School.  

130 Broadway, U:1, Arlington

Open House:

Friday, June 9th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 10th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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.

Listed: $469,000

What’s Nearby: East Arlington and Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Mass. Ave., Davis Square, Teele Square, Thompson School.

141 Daniels Street, Malden

Friday, June 9th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 10th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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.

Listed: $369,000

What’s Nearby: Orange Line T, Route 93, downtown Malden area, easy access to North Shore beaches. 

Trending with Tracy: Part II, Interview with Jay Tuli of Leader Bank

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.

Catch more vidoes and insights at, Trending With Tracy #TWT