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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

Attention Arlington Condo Owners!

As a condominium owner in Arlington, you might be interested to know that, in 2017, condominium values in Arlington increased more than 8% over the previous year. As of January 12, 2018 there were ONLY TWO condominiums available for sale in the entire town!  This lack of inventory is unprecedented and has contributed to the increase in condominium values. 

What does this mean for you?

The very limited supply combined with high demand means, if you are thinking of selling, your timing is perfect.  Let us help you get moving!  Now is the time to capitalize on the current market condition, no one really knows how long this lack of inventory will last.

Contact us for a comprehensive market analysis to understand the value of your condominium and the current market conditions. There is no cost, no obligation, and all information is confidential. 

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.*

Relax. It's Summer. We've Got you Covered.

Who wants to think about moving when it’s a beautiful beach day? This summer especially, you have to take advantage of the sunny warm days when you can.

So go! We insist.

When you have Steve McKenna and The Home Advantage Team for your real estate needs, you’re not just working with one real estate agent. You have a talented staff of professionals searching for homes on your behalf, processing the paperwork, facilitating negotiations, researching neighborhoods, promoting your home  - so you can dip your toes in the ocean or get a quick nine holes in before lunch.

We cover a broad market in the Greater Boston area, and we cater to the specific needs of our buyers and sellers – from Millennials to Boomers and everyone in between.

So go out and enjoy some local summer fun - check out Reservoir Beach in Arlington, Medford Boat Club, Walden Pond in Concord, Charles River in Watertown, or just relax in that hammock that's been calling your name since June.

Summer is fleeting, but we’re not.

As the #1 REALTOR® and #1 real estate team in Arlington Massachusetts for 30 years, we’ve got your real estate needs covered.

Photo by Monkey Business

 

Three Truths and a Lie - Mike Pallotta

Just when you think you know someone. You may THINK we’re just a real estate team, but there’s more to us than meets the eye.

Did you know one of us was a nightclub bouncer, one of us owned a ’68 Camaro, and one of us is a 6-time bocce champion?

You probably know this classic get-to-know-you icebreaker can reveal surprises about people you’ve known for years. Check out our ‘Three Truths and a Lie’ and you might be surprised by what you learn about The Home Advantage Team.

We’re going to kick it off with the new guy (in case you haven’t heard, we have a new addition to the Home Advantage Team – Mike Pallotta!). If the name sounds familiar, he is our own Mitzi’s son (not a lie). And truth be told, he is a great addition to the team.

Can you guess the lie?

I am Mike Pallotta and I …. Three Truths and a Lie

… am a certified Rescue SCUBA diver.

… lived in Bermuda for 3 months.

… am allergic to bees.

… used to have a scorpion as a pet.

Mull it over, make your best guess, and head over to Three Truths and a Lie for the answer!

 

 

Find, and be Found, With the #1 Real Estate Team Around

FIND.

It can be a tough market for home buyers in the Greater Boston area. Inventory has been low and homes are selling fast. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a home out there just right for you.

When you have the #1 team real estate team that works around the clock for you, you won’t miss a new listing and we’ve got your back when it comes to tough negotiations. Our experience is broad and our knowledge is deep when it comes to identifying homes that match up to our client’s needs. And we’ll stick with you until the keys are in your hand.

BE FOUND.

It is a seller’s market, but that doesn’t take the stress out of selling a home (we do). When it comes to selling your home, you want the world to know so you can sell fast and for the best price possible. We make your home stand out, with marketing that spans from hyper-local ads to a broad reach across social media. Our understanding of the available pool of buyers, along with years of experience handling the negotiations and transactions that come along with one of the biggest sales of your life.

From preparing your home to sell, tactical marketing, negotiations, and closing, we handle the entire home selling process so you don’t have to.

Whether you are in the market to FIND a home, or list your home to be FOUND, turn to Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team FIRST for all of your real estate needs.

Find and Be Found, with Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team

 

Mike Pallotta Joins Arlington's #1 Real Estate Team

Please join us in welcoming Mike Pallotta to Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team! Mike is a REALTOR® who brings a hardworking attitude and new insights to the Arlington real estate market.

Many Millennials and young working professionals are ready to make the move out of Boston, Cambridge or Somerville to a place with a little more space and room to grow for families. Arlington and nearby towns are often high on the list. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Millennials have surpassed Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest living generation.

Even with a persistent, lower-than-normal housing inventory where many real estate teams are shrinking, Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team continue to evolve and grow to accommodate client needs and a changing real estate market. Mike has the professionalism and dedication to client service that is necessary in this business, and as a Millennial himself, he brings another level of insight and expertise to the team.

Mike is a graduate of Roger Williams with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. His experience includes a prestigious internship at the Boston Aquarium, a research assistant for the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, as well as an assistant at KAP Energy Group where he oversaw bids and proposals for clients, and communicated environments services to prospective clients.

Please join us in welcoming Mike to the team. If you are interested in contacting Mike for your real estate needs, he can be reached via email at mike@yourhomeforsale.com, or by phone, 617-968-1431. Or, connect with Mike on social media: Facebook, Twitter.

Visit us at: www.yourhomeforsale.com