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YourHomeForSale Welcomes the Newest Member to Its Team

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YourHomeForSale Welcomes the Newest Member to Its Team
The #1 Real Estate Team in Arlington Has a Nose for Talent


Arlington, Mass. (Wednesday, October 26, 2011) - Steve McKenna and the Home Advantage Team today announced the newest member to the #1 real estate team in Arlington, Mass., "Cooper." After much deliberation, it was determined that the team needed a colleague that could sniff out the best real estate deals in Arlington, shake hands with clients, and speak the team's message loud and clear.

"Cooper keeps us on a short leash," says Erika Pereira, Realtor for Steve McKenna and the Home Advantage Team. "He only barks at us when we need to focus and keep on the task at hand. He's great at walking the neighborhoods, and he's a champ at meeting people and drumming up business. Plus, he runs circles around the competition."

Cooper comes from a long line of multi-taskers with a pedigree for leadership and guiding groups in the right direction. While Cooper does have a tendency to nap on the job, his exceptional skills in chasing new deals and retrieving new leads will no doubt earn him a spot on the couch.

"I must admit that I was hesitant about having an employee that was so... rambunctious. For example, he likes to chase cars, but he's sure not going to ride in mine! What won me over was his uncanny ability to get people to open up - one wag of the tail and everyone wants to be his best friend. He's a real pack leader and an asset to the team."

Cooper's real estate expertise does not deal specifically with condos, multi-families, or single family homes. His unique niche? Dog houses. He is currently working on his new Website: www.YourDogHomeForSale.com, so check back soon for more information.

Please join us in welcoming Cooper!

Good dog.

Arlington, Mass. 2nd Best Housing Market, According to Bloomberg Businessweek

There is a miracle on Pleasant Street. And on Mass. Ave., Park Ave., Summer Street and Highland Ave. as well. In fact, streets and neighborhoods across Arlington, Massachusetts have seen home values improve against all odds, and many have seen the light of double digit growth. According to a recent survey of the 1,000 largest cities nationwide by Zillow for Businessweek.com, Arlington, Massachusetts is the second best performing housing market in the US.

Of course, we know what makes this a great place to live, but what is causing Arlington to outshine the rest of the country according to the survey?

 

1.      Relatively high median income
2.      Good schools
3.      Green parks 

Not to mention the median home value in Arlington has increased by 14.8 percent since February, 2009.

These statistics are only part of the story behind Arlington's success. Proximity to Boston and world-renowned universities like Harvard, Tufts and MIT, access to historic and natural resources like Walden Pond and the Charles River, and it's very own thriving arts and restaurant community make Arlington a well-situated, well-rounded town.

Whether you believe in miracles or not, this is a great place to call home under any economic circumstances.  

 

Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week, 24 Ottawa Road

This house rocks the parks. Picture yourself in a wonderful Colonial, located steps to Menotomy Rocks Park, Skyline Park, the Brackett School district, and you're in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Arlington! You will be overwhelmed by the absolutely spectacular two level master bedroom suite with 11 skylights, a sitting area, private office, lots of storage and a private bath. The first floor has a spacious living room with a fireplace, and a formal dining room and kitchen. Many updates have been made to this lovely home - it is a hidden gem!

What's Nearby: Arlington Center, MBTA, Restaurants and Shops, Minuteman Bike Path, Menotomy Rocks Park, Brackett School
Address: 24 Ottawa Road
Listed: $539,000

Still want to look around? Then check out these new listings in Arlington this weekend!
SINGLE FAMILY



Address

Rooms

Bed

Bath

Style

Price

3 Old Middlesex Path

7

4

2/1

Colonial

$989,000


CONDO


Address

Rooms

Bed

Bath

Style

Price

975 Mass. Ave. U:508

4

2

2/0

Mid-Rise

$347,000


 


Contact me for additional details. 781.645.0505, steve@yourhomeforsale.com.

Win a Pot O' Gold and Help a Good Cause

Everyone knows that at the end of every rainbow is a pot of gold. The trick is to find it. Here is a chance to find the elusive treasure and help a good cause. The Visiting Nurse and Community Health (VNCH) are holding its 6th annual "Pot of Gold" fundraiser. Join Bowes Real Estate committee member, Bob Bowes, for an evening of prizes, food and fun.
When: Thursday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Sons of Italy Hall, 19 Prentiss Road, Arlington, Massachusetts
What: The "Pot of Gold" is a fun-filled evening where participants have the chance to win $10,000!  A buffet will be provided to all guests, and a cash bar will also be available.
How: Tickets are $100 each and only 200 tickets will be sold. Contact Meredith Lambroff at 781-643-6090, ext. 1322, MLambroff@TheVisitingNurses.com, or by visiting our website at http://www.thevisitingnurses.com/.   
In addition to the $10,000 pot of gold, there will be there will be a silent auction, and a host of prizes which include Bruins, Celtics and Red Sox tickets, hotel stays, restaurant gift certificates, handcrafted jewelry, a catered Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey dinner for 10, Sam Adams "beer for a year", and an after-work pool party at Jillian's in Boston.
Pink hearts, yellow moons, orange stars, green clovers - bring whatever happens to be your lucky charm and have fun!
 About VNCH
For over 110 years, VNCH, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, has been acknowledged as the preeminent home health care provider in eastern Massachusetts.  It has a deep-rooted tradition of providing its patients and the communities it serves with compassionate, quality home care, and unparalleled health care expertise.  VNCH's response to questions and concerns is immediate and knowledgeable, and its medical technology is state-of-the-art.  To learn more about VNCH, visit the agency's website at www.TheVisitingNurses.com.

Your Arlington Open House Weekend Update

Hooray for Friday! There's a great mix of new listings in Arlington this weekend. Be sure to make the rounds and visit the homes that look like a fit for you!  



SINGLE FAMILY



Address

Rooms

Bed

Bath

Style

Price

24 Epping St.

5

2

1/0

Ranch

$299,900

6 Dothan St.

6

3

2/0

Ranch

$349,000

188 Cedar Ave.

4

2

1/1

Cape

$399,000

6 Reservoir Rd.

7

4

2/0

Colonial

$479,000

11 Valentine Rd.

6

3

2/0

Colonial

$489,900

24 Ottawa Rd.

7

3

2/0

Colonial

$539,000

5 Webster St.

10

6

2/0

Antique

$549,000

11 Hawthorne Ave.

7

3

2/0

Colonial

$559,000

9 Montrose Ave.

10

4

4/0

Colonial

$625,000


CONDO


Address

Rooms

Bed

Bath

Style

Price

990 Mass. Ave. U:31

4

2

2/0

Garden

$279,000

82 Marathon St. U:1

5

2

1/0

2/3 Family

$399,900

83 Orient Ave. U:83

5

3

2/1

Townhouse

$539,900

85 Orient Ave. U:85

5

3

2/1

Townhouse

$539,900


MULTI-FAMILY


Address

Rooms

Bed

Bath

Style

Price

1-3 Laurel St

12

5

3/0

3 Family - 3 Units Up/Down

$599,000





Light it Up

If you could save money, use less electricity, create less pollution, and have less hassle, wouldn't you be on board? It's time to flip the switch and start using Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs).
CFLs are one of the quickest and easiest ways to 'Green-ify' your home.  They use up to 75% less electricity than regular bulbs, and while they cost more up front, they last up to 10 times longer and can save you $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb.
 Watch this video from Real Living with tips from The Home Depot to learn more.

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    Your Arlington Open House Weekend Update

    Fall today, summer tomorrow. No matter what's it's doing outside, it's always open house season on the weekend! Grab your scarf and flip flops (to be on the safe side) and check out these new listings!



    SINGLE FAMILY



    Address

    Rooms

    Bed

    Bath

    Style

    Price

    67 College Avenue

    7

    4

    2/1

    Contemporary

    $539,000

    168 Park Ave

    12

    7

    2/0

    Victorian

    $629,000


    CONDO


    Address

    Rooms

    Bed

    Bath

    Style

    Price

    1 Watermill Pl. #110

    4

    2

    2/0

    Mid-Rise

    $315,000

    1 Watermill Pl. #509

    4

    2

    2/0

    Mid-Rise

    $349,000

    78 Cleveland #1

    6

    2

    2/0

    2/3 Family

    $375,000

    15 Mary St. #15

    7

    3

    1/0

    2/3 Family

    $415,000

    25 Linwood St. #1

    9

    3

    2/1

    Townhouse

    $759,000

    25 Linwood St. #2

    9

    3

    2/1

    Townhouse

    $759,000



    Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week, 36 George Street

    There are many famous George's: George Washington, George Carlin, Curious George,  Boy George, George Costanza, George Clooney... but there's only one George in the Arlington Home of the Week Spotlight this week!

    Looks can be deceiving (unless you're George Clooney) - 36 George Street is a spacious Cape-style home on a quiet tree lined street near the Dallin School, recreation fields, and playgrounds. Offering a flexible floor plan, this charming home has an oversized addition that is perfect for a family room, au-pair suite or master suite. 

    Meticulously maintained, there is a great updated kitchen with a separate eating area, 3 ½ baths and 2 additional bedrooms on the second floor.  A state-of-the-art heating system will have you warm and cozy this winter. Enjoy a private rear yard and settle right in to this wonderful home!

    What's Nearby: Arlington Heights, MBTA, Restaurants and Shops, Arlington Boys and Girls Club
    Minuteman Bike Path.

    Address: 36 George Street

    Listed: $489,000

    Contact me for additional details. 781.645.0505, steve@yourhomeforsale.com.

    Get Your Halloween-face On

    Let's face it. These days reality can be a lot scarier than a bad zombie costume. It is officially October, and what better way to distract ourselves from a lousy September than with a little Halloween fun?
    Maybe that's why spending on the holiday is expected to increase by 9 percent to $6.86 billion, making Halloween decor spending second only to Christmas decorations. So jump on the bandwagon - or the hayride - and see why New England is a great place to be in the fall.
    ·    'Spooky' is a year-round pastime in Salem, MA, and this town knows how to throw a Halloween party.
    ·    If you're looking for something more local, go check out Wilson's Farm for the cider apples, pumpkins and haunted hayrides.
    ·    And don't miss the Keene Pumpkin Festival! Carve a pumpkin and bring your creation to downtown Keene, NH on Saturday, October 22. Join thousands of others to create a pumpkin tower, support the festival, and try to break a world record!
    Intimidated by all those intricate carvings? We're here to squash your fears! Check out this video from Real Living with 'Halloween Pumpkin Carving Techniques' - you'll be a pro in no time.

     

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