Steve McKenna And 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.

 

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 - Annie Kelly

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.

In case you missed it, we called out Mike Pallotta and Tracy Wallace on their three truths and a lie, and now we're going to see if Annie Kelly can dupe us into believing hers.

Can you guess the lie?

I am Annie Kelly and …

 

… I kissed the Blarney Stone.

… I met my husband in London, England.

… I am a six-time Bocci champion.

… I have been white water kayaking and hiking in the Alps.

Ponder that over your coffee, make your best guess, and head over to Three Truths and a Lie for the answer!

Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week!

New listings are popping up like peonies and the Arlington real estate market is looking strong for buyers and sellers. We have three NEW listings this weekend:

  • Is a great home with lots of updates in a fantastic neighborhood on your list? Look no further than 87 Stowecroft!
  • Looking for a little more space outside the city, but still want that easy commute? Check out 35 Rockmont!
  • Want one of the best locations in Arlington for an active lifestyle? 30 Hamilton will make you stand up and sing!

Check the open house schedules below, beginning tomorrow and going through Sunday!

87 Stowecroft Road, Arlington

Open House:

Friday, June 16th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 17th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lovely open concept Cape situated on a dead end street a short distance to the Bishop School, playground, and easy access to public transportation. Leave your car in the attached garage and hop on the bus to Alewife Station, Harvard Sq, or Lechmere. There’s much to love about this location & home including the many recent updates: new roof and gutters (2016), newer hot water heater (2015), newer windows (2012), freshly painted walls and refinished hardwood floors. The main level has an updated kitchen with granite counters and opens to the large dining room which creates an easy flow throughout the space. Kick back and relax in the living room with the gas fireplace or in the updated three-season porch overlooking the fenced in backyard. A first floor bedroom and full bath complete the main level. Upstairs has three good sized bedrooms and ½ bath. The partially finished basement awaits all your HGTV inspirations. This home is not to be missed! (MLS #72182675)  Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $679,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, public transportation, Alewife Station, Harvard Square, Lechmere, Bishop School.

 

35 Rockmont Road, Arlington

Open House:

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

Saturday, June 18th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

A Cape that you will love to come home to! Looking for a little more space outside the city, but still want that easy commute? This well-cared for 2 bed, 1 bath home is a picture perfect starter home or condo alternative. The landscaped walkway w/ pavers, slate and stone make a welcoming first impression. The 1st floor has a nice entryway, circular flow, with an eat-in kitchen, dining room, & living room w/ fireplace. There are hardwood floors throughout, French doors, & plenty of natural sunlight makes it feel warm and cozy. Enjoy the screened-in back porch on warm summer nights, admire your large backyard, mature trees – and stay protected from the bugs! Upstairs has two good-sized bedrooms both with built-in dresser cabinets, full bath, linen closet and storage. All of this and easy access to public transportation, the Minuteman Bikeway, Mystic Lakes, Arlington Center shops & restaurants, close to the Bishop School and Arlington High. Kick off summer by making this home yours! (MLS# 72182687) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $599,000

What’s Nearby: Minuteman Bikeway, Mystic Lakes, Arlington Center shops & restaurants, close to the Bishop School and Arlington High.

 

30 Hamilton Road, U: 104, Arlington

  Friday, June 16th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 17th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Talk about Location! Location! Location! Look out the slider at Spy Pond-think sunsets, swans, & spectacular views. Hop on the Minuteman Bikeway to Arlington Center or East Arlington shops and restaurants. Walk or bike to Alewife Station in minutes! This 2 bed, 1 bath condo has a tastefully updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counters and lots of cabinet space. The open concept allows for beautiful views of peaceful Spy Pond from the main living areas. Sliders open to a private deck which is great for sipping morning coffee or evening cocktails. There is nothing to do but enjoy the summer breeze. With in-building laundry, 1 parking space, and some additional storage this is a must see! A true Arlington gem – close to everything yet you have biking, kayaking, and natural beauty at your fingertips. Don’t miss this chance for easy, maintenance-free living where you can accommodate an active life-style and still enjoy all the benefits of homeownership in Arlington! (MLS# 72182715) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $459,000

What’s Nearby: East Arlington and Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Spy Pond, public transportation, Mass Ave., Route 2, Minuteman Bikeway, Alewife Station.

 

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

 

Spotlight: Lexington Home of the Week!

What a difference a week makes! Don’t break out those flip flops just yet – winter is not quite done with us. But there is no flip flopping on this house! It is surely going to warm you up with its charm and fantastic renovations!

March real estate is roaring in like a lion with this home!

14 Chase Ave., Lexington

Open House:

Friday, March 3rd, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 4th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Your opportunity to live in Lexington is knocking! Open the door to this beautiful bungalow and be blown away by its gleaming hardwood floors, beamed ceilings, fireplace and detailed woodwork. This 1938-built home has all the updates and renovations you need - central A/C, master suite, high-efficiency appliances, fully insulated, and a new roof. The kitchen, is new, clean and bright with a great layout and a wonderful mudroom to hang your hat. The flexible floor plan boasts a first-floor bedroom or office/den, a 2nd-floor master suite with walk-in closet and private bath, plus two additional bedrooms and a guest bath. The lower level is a wonderful space for family room, teen/guest suite, with an over-sized walk in shower perfect for family and pets. Tucked in a quiet under-the-radar neighborhood yet just a short distance from Mass. Ave., Trader Joe’s, Starbucks, Minuteman Bikeway, Sunderland Woods and the fantastic Lexington schools, this is where your good luck meets a great opportunity! Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $1,079,000

What’s Nearby: Lexington Center and Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, Trader Joe’s, Starbucks, Sunderland Woods, public transportation, Mass. Ave., Minuteman Bikeway.  

Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week!

If it’s going to feel like spring, why not have a spring-like real estate market to go with it? We have THREE NEW single-family home listings this weekend and it’s the perfect opportunity stroll around town with a light jacket, an optimistic outlook and a skip in your step! Come and check them out!

32 Academy Street, Arlington

32 Academy Street, Arlington

Open House:

Friday, February 24th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Join us for lunch! Sponsored by Jay Bradley from Salem Five!

Saturday, February 25th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Wow! What a home! This center-entrance Garrison Colonial is an Arlington favorite among home buyers. Great flow, clean lines, and a fantastic location! You’ll enjoy gleaming hardwood floors throughout, and beautifully renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances that will have you eager to entertain family and friends. Just off the kitchen is an open, airy family room with vaulted ceilings and an over-sized picture window to brighten your day. Sliders open to a beautiful mahogany deck & backyard. There is a dining room, fireplaced living room, a full first-floor bath, an additional room that can be used as a bedroom, playroom or study. Upstairs you’ll find an over-sized master bedroom with extra closets, newly updated full 2nd-floor bath, and two very generous sized bedrooms. Perfectly situated on a quiet neighborhood street, yet close proximity to the Minuteman Bicycle Path, Whole Foods, and Arlington Center shops & restaurants. This is the home you’ve been waiting to see! Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $ $799,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Center and Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, Whole Foods, public transportation, Mass. Ave., Minuteman Bikeway. 

 

92 School Street, Arlington

Open House:

Friday, February 24th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Saturday, February 25th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

This classic colonial is picture perfect! Meticulously cared for throughout its entire history, you will want to move right in and make this your own. The first floor has a welcoming entryway, an over-sized living room with original gumwood beamed ceilings and a cozy fireplace. There is a lovely eat-in-kitchen, a bright and sunny dining room and a charming space that is perfect for a reading nook, office or play room. Upstairs are three spacious bedrooms, full bath and lots of closet space. The basement is equipped with tons of built-n storage, and the beautifully landscaped backyard has plenty of room for play structures or neighborhood barbecues. This lovely home also offers easy access to the shops and restaurants in Arlington Heights as well as to Robbins Farm Park, its playground and the stunning views of Boston. Enjoy close proximity to public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway and major routes. There are so many reasons to make this special house YOUR home. Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $689,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, Robbins Farm Park, public transportation, Mass. Ave., Minuteman Bikeway.

 

24 Eastern Ave., Arlington

24 Eastern Ave., Arlington

Open House:

Friday, February 24th, 11:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Join us for dessert treats! Sponsored by Wells Fargo

Saturday, February 25th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

One of the BEST locations in Arlington! Do you like spectacular views of Boston? Proximity to a highly acclaimed park with super sledding, beautiful sunrises and seasonal events? Do you want access to one of the highest rated schools in Arlington? Then this 3 bed, 2 full bath Colonial home in the Brackett School district is for you! With a few updates here and there, you can turn this into your own “Home Sweet Home”! Welcoming from the moment you step inside, the French doors open to a fire-placed living room with hardwood floors. The kitchen has an open concept-style flow to a dining/living area which has lovely views out the sliders to the deck and backyard. The large grassy yard has graceful mature trees and charming stone walls. Upstairs has 3 good-sized bedrooms and a full bath. With its proximity to Robbins Farm Park, Arlington shops & restaurants, public transportation, Route 2, and the Brackett School, this is an opportunity to put roots down in a great town! Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $659,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, public transportation, Route 2., Minuteman Bikeway, Robbins Farm Park, Brackett School.  

Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week!

Looking for a bright spot on this gray day? We’ve got three! These fantastic listings are shining with updates and glowing with warmth and charm. Plan your Friday lunch break accordingly - all three will have open houses from 11:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m!

 

Start off the New Year with a move in the right direction, and find that just-right home for you!

307 Park Ave., Arlington  

Open House:

Friday, January 27th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 28th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

307 Park Ave., Arlington

Impeccably restored, tastefully designed and perfectly situated, once you see this home you’ll look forward to your future living here! Enter the spacious foyer and immediately feel the warmth and airiness of this lovely home. The kitchen has been completely renovated with modern appliances, custom cabinets, quartz counters and all the details you hope for. Convenient mud room & ½ bath just off the kitchen. A gracious dining room, fireplaced living room and bonus office/playroom round out the first floor. The 2nd floor boasts 2 bedrooms with ample closet space, a luxurious Pottery Barn bath, laundry closet and additional office space. As you head up to the 3rd floor, you’ll find a serene master suite with custom bath. Oversized completely fenced yard is great for family football, skating rink, or hammocks! Situated just up the road from shops & and restaurants, near public transportation, Robbins Farm Park and the Dallin School, you’ll want to claim this jewel as your own! (MLS # 72112284) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $799,900

What’s Nearby: Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway, Alewife Station, Route 2.

 

396 Appleton Street, Arlington   

Open House:

Friday, January 27th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 28th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 29th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

396 Appleton Street, Arlington

Happy New Year and Happy New-to-you Home! Welcome home to a bright and sunny storybook cape that offers 8 spacious rooms and a great amount of space both inside and out. The first floor offers a living room with fireplace, a den/family room off the living room, dining room with corner built-in, a freshly updated kitchen with new stove & refrigerator and granite counters, and half-bath off the kitchen. Easily access the deck off the kitchen or the yard through the sliders located off the den/family room. Upstairs you will find 3 spacious bedrooms, great closet space and a renovated bath. A bonus room on the lower level was just completed. The spacious backyard offers endless opportunities for the gardener, play area, or anyone that enjoys the outdoors. Some features of the home are hardwood floors, garage parking, newer heating system, and walk-out basement. Close to Route 2, public transportation, the Dallin School and Sutherland Woods. (MLS #72112296) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $599,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway, Alewife Station, Sutherland Woods, Route 2, Dallin School.

 

25 Harvard Street, #25, Arlington   

Open House:

Friday, January 27th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 28th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  

25 Harvard, #25, Arlington

Magnificent 2 level condominium located on a quiet, dead-end-street close to Mass Ave and conveniently located near shops, restaurants and the bus line. The main floor is airy and bright. Open living room and dining room create cozy spaces to relax on long winter nights. A large kitchen features tile floors, lots of counter space and an oversized pantry. At the back of the house there is a heated sun porch overlooking the lush back yard which can be used as a den/office or sitting area. Two large bedrooms and full bath complete the main floor. Recently finished upper level boasts open master suite with ample closet space, skylights for tons of natural light, and a full bath. Hardwood floors, great closet space, basement storage, parking and pet-friendly! Two parking spaces located in the driveway and possibly an opportunity to park one car in the garage. Mature plantings and serene outdoor space complete the package! (MLS # 72112297) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $595,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway, Alewife Station, Route 2.