Blog :: 12-2014

Not Your Typical Top 20 (#'s 13, 14, 15)

We're not your typical real estate team, and this isn't your typical list! In case you missed it, check out our previous posts (1-12) of the top things to do in Arlington and see if you agree! Now here's #13, #14 and #15 for this week...

#ArlingtonMA #Top20

#13 Boo! (ya)


There is plenty to do when that spooky time of year rolls around. You've never seen so many adorable princesses and superheroes at the Trick or Treat Halloween parade. Or, get yourself a great costume at The Costume Company for a fun night out!

#14 Do You Want to Build a Snowman?



When its winter and you are feeling Frozen, there's no better place to embrace your inner Olaf than at Robbins Farm Park. Grab your boots, your sled, (and your courage) and fly down the hills!

*image via: Wikimedia Commons

#15 Go Take a Hike


No really! Go take a hike at Menotomy Rocks Park! With plenty of trails, picnic areas, a pond and playground - you can find your Zen and or just burn off some steam. The park is beautifully maintained and enjoyed by all in town.

Local Holiday Gifting

Tis better to give than to get, tis better to 'do' than to have.

Looking for something fun and different to get that special someone who has everything this season?

How about a furniture refinishing class at Sand and Petal Co. in West Medford?

Owner Stephanie McWethy runs her furniture refinishing classes from her barn-studio. Our very own Annie Kelly created this masterpiece during a fun and relaxing class recently.

Learning a skill and trying something new is truly a gift that keeps on giving!

#ShopLocal #MedfordMa


Not Your Typical Top 20 (#'s 10, 11, 12)

We're not your typical real estate team, and this isn't your typical list! In case you missed it, check out our previous posts (1-9) of the top things to do in Arlington and see if you agree! Now here's #10, #11 and #12 for this week... #ArlingtonMA #Top20


#10 The Cutting Edge


Whether you fancy yourself a Zdeno Chara or a Nancy Kerrigan, the Ed Burns Arena will have you cutting up the ice - or icing parts that you never knew you could hurt. Rentals are available as well as plenty of hot chocolate when it's Zamboni time.


#11 They'll Steer You Right


Jimmy's Steer House - or as we like to call it, the 'Cheers' of Arlington - is where everyone knows your name and your favorite steak and potatoes entrée.


#12 The Arlington Heights Trifecta


If you live in Arlington, you know what we're talking about. Step 1: Gear up with a Starbucks coffee. Step 2: Make the rounds at Trader Joe's - don't forget the sample station! Step 3: Hit CVS for the non-Trader Joe items - just don't trip on the coupon printout on your way out!


Images: Wikimedia Commons, #10, #11, #12

Santa Paws Success!

The first annual Santa Paws event at Thorndike Field Dog Park was a rollicking success!  


Sponsored by Tracy Wallace, a long-time Arlington resident, dog owner, and REALTOR® with Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team, the event was introduced as a fun and festive way to bring the Arlington dog community together in the holiday spirit.  


Participants were treated to free hot chocolate, a free photo of their four legged friend with Santa, and enough adorableness to last through the season. There's no way any of these furry faces could be on the naughty list! 


Many thanks to those who participated, we hope you enjoyed your picture and we'll see you next year!




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    The Home Advantage Team Pet-Match-up Challenge

    People love their pets. A lot.

    Sixty-two percent of U.S. households have a pet, according to the American Pet Products Association, and owners spent a whopping $56 billion on their pets last year. Studies suggest that pet owners tend to exercise more and stress less than non-owners (we also think people who own pets sell more homes, but that's a study for another day).

    The Home Advantage Team loves their pets, too. And since they say you can tell a lot about a person by the type of pet they have, we challenge you to see if you can match The HAT human to their furry or finned counterpart! (counterpet?).

    Be sure to leave your guesses in the comments section - we'll reveal the results at a later date!

    A                                                                1






    B                                                                   2


    C                                                         3







    D                                                   4





    E                                                   5






    F                                                                  6






    G                                                              7






    H                                                 8



    Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week!

    What a great weekend to be in Arlington! The holiday festivities are on, kicking off with Stroll the Square tonight from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Capitol Square, East Arlington. Then First Lights in East Arlington on Saturday December, 6th with holiday treats and shopping specials. And don't miss out on a chance to have your pet in a photo op with Santa at the Thorndike Field Dog Park on Sunday!

    Finally, swing by this fantastic new listing on Broadway in Arlington. So close to everything, you'll be home sweet home for the holidays!

    56 Broadway   

    56 Broadway

    This is a traditional two-family that has been in the same family for years and is close to Route 16, public transportation, Teele and Davis Squares and East Arlington. Enjoy walks along the new DCR path to Medford or Alewife. This home features two units - the first floor has 2 bedrooms and 1 bath and central air conditioning. The second floor unit has 2-3 bedrooms and 1 bath. Gas has been brought into the second floor. Each unit will need updating but some updates have been made, including double pane windows, newer roof (approx. 2005) first floor boiler (approx. 2001) and second floor boiler (approx. 2005). There are built-in china cabinets, hardwood floors, enclosed back porches, open living room and dining rooms, and great molding throughout both units. There is plenty of storage space in the basement along with a garage and small back yard. With some work this could be a great investment or owner occupied multi-family! (MLS#)

    Listed: $619,000

    What's Nearby: East Arlington shops and restaurants, Mass. Ave., Davis Square, Teele Square, Route 16, Mass. Ave., Alewife Station.

    Arlington Real Estate 


    Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
    5 King St. 6 3 1f Cape $469,000
    104 Lancaster Rd. 8 3 2f Cape $639,000


    Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
    52 Montague St. U:B 6 2 2f Townhouse $386,500
    64 Newport St. U:64 6 2 1f 2/3 Family $415,000


    Address Rooms Bed Bath Style Price
    56 Broadway Rd. 2 unit, 11 total 4 total   2 Family $619,000


    Santa Paws is Coming to Town!

    Bring your dog to the Thorndike Field Dog Park in Arlington

    for a FREE photo op with Santa!


    Sunday, December 7th from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


    There will be free hot chocolate & lots of fun photos.


    Our helper Miles will be there will bells on!




     Sponsored by, Tracy Wallace

    Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team


    An Open Letter to Multi-Family Homeowners

    Timing is everything. For owners of multi-family homes in and around Arlington, this is a truly unprecedented time to consider selling your home.

    Thanks to shifting demographics, evolving lifestyle preferences, and the rising cost of single-family homes in our area, multi-family home sales are through the roof!

    Today's homebuyers want their commute times down and walkability scores up, but they also want something they can reasonably afford in a town they love.

    We know there is something special about a multi-family home in the Boston area, and there are plenty of eager buyers out there who feel the same way. We know this because we see it first-hand every week.

    To give you a real-world example, The Home Advantage Team just listed and sold 65 Broadway Ave. in Arlington. As soon as the property was listed the phones were ringing off the hook. There were hundreds of people at private group showings and buyers proved they were not just tire-kickers. With more than 20 offers submitted, these buyers were all business.

    No one knows how long the market of low inventory and rising home values will continue. But right now the timing couldn't better to consider selling your multi-family home.

    Call for a free and confidential custom market analysis of your home today.

    17 Palmer

    Not Your Typical Top 20 (#'s 7, 8, 9)

    We're not your typical real estate team, and this isn't your typical list! In case you missed it, check out our previous posts (1-6) of the top things to do in Arlington and see if you agree! Now here's #7, #8 and #9 for this week...

    #ArlingtonMA #Top20

    #7 Get Cultured

    Whether you're on a first date or taking a client out to close a deal, knowing how to select a good wine ups your cultural cache. Refine your taste buds with complimentary wine and beer tastings at Menotomy Beer & Wine on Fridays and Saturday's from 4 p.m. -7 p.m.


    image via: WikimediaCommons 

    #8 Get Smart

    "Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school." - Albert Einstein. Never stop learning! Take an adult education class at Arlington Community Education or Arlington Center for the Arts and learn something new.


    image via: WikimediaCommons


    #9 Get Lit

    Go to the Robbins Library and brush up on your lit(erature). Or just read a newspaper or magazine in the beautiful Reading Room (no one needs to know you're there to read the latest People!). The Reading Room features a fireplace, marble mosaic floor, antique oak wall, marble columns and gold leaf accentuated arches and ceiling.


    image via: Rachel James


    Buyer Seminar: Top Takeaways

    Recently, The Home Advantage Team hosted a seminar 'From Buyer Beware to Buyer Prepared' at Retro Burger in Arlington. It was a fantastic evening with a great turnout and lively discussion.

    Buyer attendees had questions and our experts in real estate, mortgage lending and real estate law had answers - and we're going to share these insights with you.


    If we had to sum up the session in two words it would be these: Process and timing. Process and timing are two key components to buying a home, but they're also the most complex and difficult to understand.

    The process of buying a home can seem like a daunting task - in most cases it is and even more so in today's crazy real estate market of low inventory. It is more important than ever for buyers to see the big picture, and then break it down step by step.

    This means having a thorough understanding of the home buying process and having a clear list of priorities (What town to you want to live in? Which neighborhood is most desirable? What schools are preferable? Why type of home? Which amenities? etc.). This must goes hand-in-hand with an understanding what needs to happen in order to buy a home (schedule open houses, structure the offer, plan financing, arrange for an inspection, understand contingencies, prepare for closing, etc.). And that's just the tip of the iceberg!

    Understandably, buyers don't often have answers to these questions. If they're going it alone or working with a real estate professional that is not from the area, it will be very difficult to get a grasp of aligning your preferences with the sequence of events that also need to happen.

    Timing is right up there with process. If you don't have all of your ducks in a row going into the home buying process, important details could fall through the cracks and jeopardize your odds of getting that home you've always wanted. Time is of the essence, and if it takes you take 3-4 days to find an attorney, lender or inspector, it's going to add stress to an already stressful situation. A good real estate team has relationships with people they already know and trust, which minimizes surprises and speeds the process along.

    Our goal as a real estate team is to educate buyers throughout the entire home buying process - soup to nuts. We understand that you're not just buying a home, you're buying into a town, a location and a lifestyle. As the #1 real estate team in Arlington, we move more home buyers from beware, to prepared, and into their new home than any other team in town.

    If you are thinking of buying, contact us today and we'll put you on the right track to buying your next home.

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