Arlington's #1 Real Estate Team

SOLD Listings for the Month of April!

SOLD! By The Home Advantage Team in the month of April. If you are thinking of selling, this is the time and we are your team. Contact us today to set up a free custom market analysis of your home.

Pictures from The Arlington Home Show

Many thanks to attendees and vendors for making the 2018 Arlington Home Show a hit with anyone looking to buy, sell, renovate, refinance or just ask a few real estate questions. Here are some day-of shots, and we look forward to seeing everyone next year!

Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week!

38 Brantwood Arlington, MA

One-of-a-kind Jason Heights Arts and Crafts Bungalow is brimming with charm and character! Beautiful 4-bed 3.5 bath home authentically restored in 2005, preserving gorgeous hardwood floors throughout, detailed moldings and craftsman-style features – all with modern conveniences and updated systems. The gourmet kitchen w/ granite counters, stainless steel appliances has it all, and opens to a deck with a private, wooded, professionally landscaped yard. Sunshine floods the expansive living room, catching the light from stained glass windows, and the fieldstone gas fireplace makes for cozy winter nights. Upstairs the master bedroom has beautiful morning views of Boston, custom walk-in closets and a spa-like retreat bath. There is a finished basement w/ full bath, bedroom, living area, additional office/playroom space and private entrance. Top it off with spectacular Boston skyline and Spy Pond views, close to Menotomy Rocks Park and public transportation!

Click here for the full listing.

 

 

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

Join Us for the 2018 Arlington Home Stroll!

Looking to buy a house in Arlington? This is the time to get in the market - and this is the event to attend!

Do you have questions? (How do I buy? Can I buy & sell at the same time? How can I finance a home?) We have the answers.

Join us for a sneak preview and “stroll” through Arlington with Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage team, including:

  • Single Families
  • Condominiums
  • Multi-Families, AND
  • 18+ New Construction Homes

We will take you on a tour of these fantastic homes, the neighborhoods, and we'll answer all your questions.

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

*This is an event for non-real estate professionals.*

This is YOUR Team in 2018.

The real estate idea that started 30 years ago has turned into one of the best real estate teams in Greater Boston, and the #1 team in Arlington -- from Steve and his real estate dream, to Steve and his real estate team.

We might be real estate agents and support, but we’re also volunteers, parents, local consumers, business partners, and enjoyers of all things Arlington and beyond.

Bet you didn’t know we had so much in common!

And there’s more to us than transactions, negotiations and open houses - just take a look and see the people behind the For Sale Signs...

 

Steve McKenna – The Master. Steve’s insight is as close as you’ll get to a crystal ball in real estate. He has been with Bowes Real Estate since 1986 and has represented thousands of sellers and buyers throughout his career. Steve lives in Arlington with his wife Heidi and has been the #1 agent here for more than 25 years. If he is not working, which is rare, you’ll find him on the golf course reading the fairways just like he does the real estate business – with patience, persistence, dedication and drive.

 

Erika Pereira – The Cambridge Girl. Street smarts meets real estate savvy – with this winning combo, you definitely want Erika on your side. Erika lives in Cambridge and knows all the hottest places to eat and drink (and she can navigate local neighborhoods and the real estate market without getting lost). She has over 20 years of real estate experience and has worked with Steve since 2005. She is loyal to her clients and passionate about protecting them through the entire home buying/selling process. 

Erika Pereira

 

Annie Kelly – The Soccer Mom. She’s got kickin’ real estate skills and can juggle it all.  No one can multi-task and negotiate like a mom of four kids. Annie’s got the inside scoop on local schools, best neighborhoods, sports programs and places to shop or meet up with friends. She lives in West Medford with her husband Mike and family, and has been a real estate agent for more than 14 years. Annie knows that family is at the heart of a home, and she puts her heart into helping each and every one of her clients.

 

Tracy Wallace – The SubURBANite Whether she’s strolling the streets with her pug Miles, or dropping in to one of her favorite Arlington spots, Tracy ‘gets’ the urban/suburban lifestyle that so many people desire. As a former Bostonian, she’s been there done that, moved here, loved that. Tracy lives in Arlington with her husband, David, and raised their daughter who is an alumni of the Hardy School, Ottoson Middle and Arlington High. Tracy has been through the process of building a new home from the bottom up, knows the beauty of the multi-family home and appreciates Arlington’s walkable streets.

 

Mike Pallotta – The Rising Star Mike is a native of Arlington and the newest member of the team. He brings a fresh perspective and understands the needs of young working professionals, and millennial home buyers and sellers. Let’s just say, he’s really good at SnapChat. Mike is a graduate of Roger William University, has his B.S in biology, and had a prestigious internship at the New England Aquarium. Mike has already made a mark in the real estate community, and his skills can find you Nemo and your new home.

 

The Support Team

Mitzi Pallotta – The Commander. As the Lead Transaction Coordinator for the team for 12 years, Mitzi ensures every process is seamless and well-executed – and does it with a smile. She facilitates the transaction paperwork and coordinates every step. Communication is the key to a successful sale, and Mitzi makes sure everyone has their marching orders, with a skip in her step. The Pallotta family has a strong community presence, raising money for charities and helpings local organizations. Mitzi is as committed to helping our clients as she is her community.

 

Kristen McKenna – The Master Marketer As the Marketing Coordinator for the team since 2014, Kristen’s goal is to get maximum exposure for your home. Kristen’s creativity sets your home apart and ensures all the marketing bases are covered and accounted for. She is meticulous, she is organized, she is thorough – she is Steve’s niece after all. Kristen has a B.S in Marketing from Johnson & Wales University, and is also involved in her community through her advocacy for animals and the environment.

 

Donna Agostino – Six Degrees of Donna. Everyone in town knows someone who knows Donna. Donna has worked with Steve for 15 years as a Property Coordinator. If you’re a seller, she coordinates and meets our cleaner, stager and photographer to prep your home for sale. If you’re a buyer, Donna meets, greets and coordinates the access to your new home with inspectors, contractors and your family. Donna is the team’s calm, cool, coordinator, and her pleasant personality and kindness will put your mind at ease.

 

Carolyn MacNeill – The Word Girl. Carolyn is the Social Media and Marketing Manager with more than 20 years of experience in these fields.  She writes the words that make the whole world sing the praises of your home, and ensures the social media world knows it, too. Not only is she part of the team, she was a client first. Carolyn works from home and lives with her husband, their two children, and her two trusted cat-sultants. Word up.

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 Homes of the Week!

Happy fall! It is officially pumpkin latte and sweater season (according to the calendar, maybe not the weather). Grab your coffee and take a stroll to these open houses around town. You never know what home you might fall in love with!

74 Wollaston Ave., Arlington

74 Wollaston Ave., Arlington

Open House:

Saturday, September 23rd, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 

52 Washington Street, U:B, Arlington

Open House:

Saturday, September 23rd, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

23 Harvard Street, U:1 Arlington Heights

Open House:

Saturday, September 23rd, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week & Open House Schedule!

Listings listings, listings! We are in full fall swing, so don’t leave the house without a schedule of Arlington open houses – after you come visit us at Arlington Town Day of course. We’ll be at the Bowes Real Estate booth with lots of fun giveaways. See you there!

 

74 Wollaston Ave., Arlington Heights

Open House:

Friday, September 15th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 16th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

52 Washington Street, Arlington

Open House:

Saturday, September 16th, 1:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 

36 College Ave., Arlington

Open House:

Friday, September 15th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 16th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

33 Newman Way, U:2, Arlington

Open House:

Friday, September 15th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 16th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

7 Greenwood Road, Arlington

Open House:

Saturday, September 16th, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 

364 Gray Street, Arlington

Open House:

Saturday, September 16th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

18 Harvard Street, Arlington

Open House:

Friday, September 8th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 9th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.