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Real Estate a Greater Boston Bright Spot

Despite a global pandemic, social unrest and economic challenges, the real estate market in Greater Boston remains strong – a true testament to the robust and real-estate-resilient area we live in.

Buyers are still buying and sellers are still selling.

Based on the data comparing Arlington home sales in 2020 vs. 2019, you’ll notice that both single-family homes and multi-family homes are on the market slightly longer in 2020 than 2019, but home values for both properties continue to rise in 2020.

Interestingly, condo homes are the opposite – selling faster in 2020 than 2019 but at slightly lower values.

Overall, the real estate market is strong, buyer demand is high and prices are stable and rising. This is good new for anyone thinking about buying or selling their home this year. Don’t wait, just put your home in our hands.

*MLS data Jan 1 – May 31, 2019-2020

Arlington Single-family home sales (listed and sold)

Arlington Multi-family home sales (listed and sold)

Arlington Multi-family home sales (days on market)

Arlington condo home sales (listed and sold)

Arlington condo home sales (days on market)

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    The Age of Concierge Real Estate

    Gone are the days of setting aside entire weekends to drive house to house or town to town in search of the next perfect home. No longer are home buyers slogging it out, often at the mercy of the open houses, fighting crowds, sacrificing time and putting forth a lot of effort.

    Today looks a little different. While some brokers are still hosting open houses, many are not for obvious social-distancing and safety reasons. So where does this leave today’s home-buyers?

    Perhaps in a better place.

    The idea of ‘concierge real estate’ is one that The Home Advantage Team adopted at the very beginning of the COVID outbreak. It is custom, tailored, and convenient. It allows buyers to ‘cut to the chase,’ so to speak, and get down to the business of buying a home in a way that is flexible and practical to today’s new norms.

    Concierge real estate allows buyers to browse high quality images and videos online from the comfort of their own homes. Find a home that looks promising? Buyers can book a private viewing – no crowds, no fuss. What is lost in not being able to touch, feel and smell, is gained in efficiency and focus.

    Not only does this make the process more streamlined for buyers, it ensures that sellers are getting good quality prospects looking at their home. Sellers may not have the same quantity of buyers, but they are vetted and higher quality.

    In a sense, you could say it is a healthy adjustment to the real estate market overall.

    The current COVID world we live in has created an elite group of buyers who require the services of concierge real estate that can only be offered by a seasoned and premier real estate team.

    If you are ready to make a move, there is no reason to wait. Put your home in our hands and Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team will guide you through each step of the home buying process at the highest level. 

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      Coming Soon! 5 Oldham Rd., Arlington

      One of a kind! Exceptional 2010 construction in coveted Morningside neighborhood with easy access to Boston and Cambridge. Thoughtfully set back from the road and situated on over 14,000 square feet, 5 Oldham Road boasts bright natural light throughout over 6,000 square feet of living space.

      A gracious two-story foyer invites you into spaces ideal for comfortable entertaining, including a formal living room and spacious dining room with butler’s pantry. Ideally designed with large windows and access to the rear yard and heated swimming pool, the spectacular open-concept kitchen and family room allow easy indoor-outdoor living. Two powder rooms, a mudroom and access to the 3-car garage complete the first floor.

      The second level features a luxurious Master Suite with fireplace, dressing room and en-suite bath as well as four additional bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms. The finished lower level offers a fitness studio and enormous playroom/media room with projection screen. The radiant heat throughout will warm you up on winter days.

      Take in this beautiful aerial footage of 5 Oldham Road, Arlington, and then contact us to schedule your private showing. 781-645-0505, info@yourhomeforsale.com

       

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        Greater Boston Real Estate Update

        Looking for a level-headed take on today's real estate market? Steve & The Team cover Greater Boston real estate, what today's buyers and sellers should expect, and how the market compares to previous years.

        You might be surprised at what you learn.

        View our YouTube channel @yourhomeforsale for additional resources and information. 

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          Live Virtual Tour of 152 Mystic St., Medford MA

          Join us! Friday, May 15th at 2pm for a live 'walk-through' of this beautiful Victorian home. 

          152 Mystic St., Medford MA

          Nestled among the grand homes of a prestigious West Medford neighborhood is this stunning Victorian with exceptional details and modern updates. A gracious and meticulously maintained home with high ceilings, period lighting, Jack and Jill staircase, gleaming wood floors and amazing bay windows. The first floor boasts a welcoming foyer, lovely front to back, fire-placed living room open to a formal dining room. The updated cook's kitchen offers a dining area, garden views and easy access to the mud room, half bath and perennial garden. A lovely second floor master bedroom open to a dressing area and updated bath, with soaking tub and walk in shower. There are three additional bedrooms and a finished attic with sitting area and adjacent bedroom, perfect for guests, teens or home office. The finished basement with bath, laundry and storage throughout, complete this spacious house. Enjoy the seasons from your front porch swing and stroll to historic Hastings Park from this must see home!

          REGISTER FOR THE LIVE VIRTUAL TOUR: Join us today (5/15) at 2pm for a live tour of this beautiful home. 

          VIEW THE HOME

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            Room-by-room Home Staging Tips

            Thanks again to Kim from @KLH Home Staging for producing these helpful videos. Kim is the style- behind-the-scenes of many of our listings, and we cannot emphasize enough the importance of preparing your home for sale.

            From the closet to the kitchen, staging can really make your home stand out from the competition and attract a broader pool of buyers. Kim shows us key tips for transforming 11 spaces, using her own home as an example of how you can take on the space in yours.

            So, if you’re thinking of selling (and maybe you finally have that extra time at home to tackle some projects), this is your chance.

            And if you are concerned about the real estate market today, and where it will be in the future, we can give you some insight into that, too (check out our tips on how to be an expert home buyer)

            Grab your gloves, get going and give us a call.

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              House Hunting During a Pandemic - What You Need to Know

              As you can imagine, house hunting during a pandemic is very different than house hunting during 'normal' times. Hear what Steve has to say about what's changed (and what hasn't) in this interview from ACMi News.

              View the Interview Here.

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                Live Webinar: Greater Boston Real Estate Update

                Over the past few weeks, many clients have reached out with questions about the real estate market and what effect our present economic situation will have on the value of their home. The reality is no one knows what the long-term effects will be, but there are steps everyone can take to be educated and prepared home buyers and sellers.

                Currently, the market is strong and values are holding. Over the past few weeks, we have listed properties and all of them had showings and received offers. Historically, this area has been insulated from economic downturns for a multitude of reasons - accessibility to all the major universities, hospitals, bio-tech and hi-tech companies. 

                In this Webinar, we will discuss our current situation and what it means for Arlington and the Greater Boston real estate market. Steve cover the pros and cons for both buyers and sellers, and what that might mean to you and your real estate needs.  

                Join Us!

                You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
                When: May 13, 2020 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
                Topic: Greater Boston Real Estate Update


                Register in advance for this webinar:
                https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EFJsAL-mQg2y8xBdFlZRbA


                After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

                 

                 

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                  Home Buyer Strategies for Today's Market (Part VI)

                  It this final installment of Home Buyer Strategies for Today's Market, Steve reviews the top tips homebuyers: #1: Assemble Your Team #2: Search & Determine #3: Make Your Wish List #4: Discuss Your Plans #5: Be Flexible (and Slow Down!) Let Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team guide you through your home buying experience with ease. Give us a call today: info@yourhomeforsale.com, 781-645-0505.

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                    Home Buyer Strategies for Today's Market (Part V)

                    TGIF! Steve McKenna dishes his next tip for home buyers - discuss your plans! What's your 1-year plan, 5-year plan and how does that relate to the home you are searching for? Hear what Steve has to say.

                     

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