Real Estate Advice

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.

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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.

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Low Inventory? We Know All About That. But How About This...

The Arlington real estate market is strong, inventory is low, demand is high, and the potential for selling your home for a great price and fantastic terms is unprecedented.

According to NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, “The combination of the stock market being at record highs, 16 million new jobs created since 2010, pent-up household formation and rising consumer confidence are giving more households the assurance and ability to purchase a home.”

Yun said sales would be even stronger if not for the extremely tight inventories of low and mid-priced listings.

We know all about that.

Arlington homes recently had the fewest average days on market before a sale in Greater Boston.

But how about this.

Despite all this talk of low inventory, we have SIXTEEN NEW LISTINGS coming on the market over the next few weeks. Things are looking up.

Whether you are upsizing, downsizing or just wondering what the value of your home is – there are many variables that come in to play. More than ever, it is vital to have someone who understands the local market and will work hard for you.

Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team has been the #1 real estate team in Arlington for more than 25 years, and we have received numerous local and national awards for exceptional client service.

Don’t go it alone – contact us today so you don't miss out a fantastic opportunity to find or sell a home in Greater Boston!

Trending With Tracy: What to Expect in the Framed-Out Mechanical Stage

If you are a new buyer in the process of building or renovating a home, there are likely to be some surprises along the way.

In this installment of Trending With Tracy #TWT, Tracy talks to developer David Serabian of Serco Painting & Restoration about the framed out mechanical stage of development. Here you can pick up some quick tips on what happens at this stage, and what decisions you should be prepared to make.

In case you missed it, check out other helpful videos from #TWT on the website.

The Best of the Best of the Best

We’ve been seeing a lot of rankings lately, and they shine a pretty nice light on our piece of the world.

First, according to U.S. News and World Report's 2017 "best high schools," Arlington High comes in at #12 out of 86 high schools in Massachusetts.

Then we learned that according to a Niche 2017 ranking of the "Best Places to Live" in Massachusetts, Arlington came in with an A+ at #29 out of 491.

And finally, according to a U.S. News and World Report ‘Best States’ ranking for 2017, Massachusetts earned the #1 spot.

So basically, calling Arlington home means you have one of the top High Schools in a town that’s one of the best in the state, in a state that’s the best in the country.

Proximity to some of the best universities in the world, innovative healthcare, and hospitals, all within a vibrant community with great schools, parks, shops and restaurants - it doesn't get much better than this.

If you want to make the best of the best of the best your home, too, then call the best of the best in real estate – Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage team has been Arlington’s  #1 real estate team for nearly thirty years! Our local expertise is your advantage in a competitive market.

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

It's one thing to know what's going on in real estate, it's another to know what's Trending with Tracy #TWT.

Tracy Wallace talks with Jay Tuli of Leader Bank about the importance of using a local lender for the home buying process. Be sure to check out Part II where they discuss what home buyers should expect from a loan officer.

 

 

Thank You For Attending The Arlington Home Show!

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 info@yourhomeforsale.com. We are always up for ideas and suggestions for next year!

 

Home Sellers: The Ball is in Your Court!

Unprecedented? Extraordinary? Exceptional? These are just a few words to describe the current real estate market for sellers in and around Arlington. Today there isn't one single-family home on the market, only 9 condos and just 4 multi-family homes in Arlington. Medford has 6 single-family homes, 6 condos and 1 multi-family. It's a similar situation in other surrounding towns. 

What does that mean for you?

For potential home sellers, this is like having tickets to the March Madness finals and seeing if you could sell them for a good price. High demand and a lot of takers means the ball is in your court!

The real estate market is always changing, and so is the value of your home. If you are interested in taking advantage of this real estate March Madness, it's time for a fresh market analysis of your home. Contact us today for an updated Comparative Market Analysis - so easy to do, it's a layup. 

Home Sellers, the ball is in your court