Blog :: 11-2015

2nd Annual Santa Paws Event at Thorndike Dog Park!

tech <h3 style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color:#008000;">What: Santa Paws!</span></strong></h3> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color:#ff0000;">When: Saturday, December 5th, 10:00am - 12:00pm.</span></strong></h3> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color:#008000;"><strong>Where: Thorndike Field Dog Park in East Arlington</strong></span></h3> <p style="text-align: center;">Join us for the 2nd Annual Santa Paws Event! Bring your pet to the Thorndike Field Park in East Arlington for a FREE photo op with Santa Paws! </p> <p style="text-align: center;">Sponsored by Tracy Wallace, East Arlington resident, dog owner, and REALTOR® with Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team, this event was introduced last year as a great way to bring the Arlington dog community together. Join us again for free hot chocolate, treats, photos and frolicking good fun!</p> <p style="text-align: center;">Our sponsorship will benefit continuing maintenance and upkeep of the dog park. </p> <p style="text-align: center;">For more information, contact Tracy:<strong>, 781-645-0516</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Tracy Wallace, Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img alt="" src="" style="width: 500px; height: 333px;"></strong></p>

Moving Forward by Giving Back (Part III)

As part of our ongoing commitment to the community in which we work and live, it was our pleasure to present $2,500 to Arlington EATS this week.

Arlington EATS is a group of local volunteers who believe that no child in Arlington should be hungry. When school is not in session, family food resources are stretched. Arlington EATS’ mission is to help students Eat All Through Summer and the school year.

This time of year can be especially tough for families and children. We hope this contribution helps Arlington EATS provide the services to fulfill the needs of all Arlington children.

*Left to right: Mitzi Pallotta, Donna Agostino, Kristen McKenna, Steve McKenna, and Tracy Wallace of The Home Advantage Team. Vicki Rose, Lauren Ledger, and Susan Stewart of Arlington EATS.


Previous contributions of Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team this year include:

Arlington Fuel Assistance

The Children’s Room

In The News

In case you missed it last week, Steve was busy fielding questions about different real estate topics from Zillow Real Estate and U.S. News & World Report.

In the Zillow article, How Does Your Vehicle Impact Your Business, Steve talks about how his vehicle is an extension of his office. He also chooses a vehicle based on the level of comfort and amenities it provides clients.

U.S. News & World Report Real Estate covers 4 Things You Should Know Before Your First Buyer-Agent Meeting, and Steve discusses the importance of understanding the timing, process and flexibility as buyers begin their search for a home.

If you haven’t seen them, check them out. And just as Steve doesn’t mind giving his two cents, we don’t mind hearing yours.

Give us your feedback and let us know what you think!

Spotlight: Belmont & Burlington Homes of the Week!

We are in the ‘B’ towns this weekend! A beautiful ‘Mad-men’ style home in Belmont, and a home nestled just outside the bustle of Burlington!

Don’t miss these real estate opportunities in Greater Boston!


135 Radcliffe Road, Belmont      

This is truly the quintessential Better Homes & Gardens Home of the 1950’s. While it could have been used in the filming of Mad Men, it reflects “True Pride of Ownership”. Custom built in 1954, it has been beautifully maintained and shows the care, love and attention given by the original owners. From the moment you enter this home, you will notice its quality and integrity; with its stone fireplace, custom built-ins, light fixtures, kitchen cabinets and finished lower level with built in bar. The 3 bedrooms have gleaming hardwood floors with spacious closets. The main level bathroom is in amazing condition with its original features. The yard is beautifully maintained and landscaped. If you have been looking for a home in Belmont with great schools or searching for one level living, stop by and be pleasantly surprised. (MLS #  71931037) Click here for the full listing

Listed: $629,000

What’s Nearby: Belmont Center shops and restaurants, Commuter Rail, conservation land, Route 60, Route 2.  


21 Azalea Drive, Burlington 



Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to own a home at Holly Glen, Burlington's newest neighborhood. Conveniently located, but off the beaten path, these highly desirable single family homes, offer condominium style living, in an idyllic, cul-de-sac, wooded setting. Perfect for the down-sizer or busy family, this home was built in 2014 and has many custom features. Surrounded by conservation land, you will enjoy the views and the top of the line finishes, granite and stainless, gas cooking, heating and fireplace, wood floors, high ceilings, tiled baths, great storage and thoughtful details. The first floor boasts an open floor plan and a master bedroom suite. The upper floor offers a gallery den/office with custom built desk and bookcases, plus a full bath and sizable second bedroom with large walk in closet and additional storage. The lower level offers another large bedroom, full bath and terrific family room. Tastefully decorated, move-in and entertain-ready! (MLS# 71931037) Click here for the full listing

Listed: $899,000

What’s Nearby: Burlington shops and restaurants, Middlesex Mall, Burlington Mall, Lexington Center, Winchester Center, Route 128, Route 3.  

Why East Arlington?

tech <p>Interested in East Arlington? Don’t know where to begin in this competitive area? Let me help. I’m the local REALTOR® who can guide you through the competitive buyers market. I live in the neighborhood and I know what the neighborhood has to offer, so let’s talk about the process and how you can prepare for the steps ahead.</p> <p>If you see Miles around town, stop us and we will be happy to tell you about the East Arlington real estate market. Or just give a call. Miles might like to take me on long walks, but I can help you find the perfect East Arlington home in just a few steps.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 500px; height: 324px;"></p> <p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 566px; height: 186px;"></p>

Unique Home Selling Techniques That Earn Points

*Originally posted to the blog on Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012

Some time ago, I was checking out an open house and it was a very lovely home. The structure, layout and landscaping were all very nice, but it had some quirks that could easily turn off certain groups of buyers. 

It is common knowledge in real estate circles that it's better to de-personalize a house before putting it on the market - take down the photos and personal memorabilia collections, remove the magnets on the fridge, put away the family portrait, etc. etc. 

The theory is that seeing less of someone else's personal items will make it easier for buyers to picture themselves living there. But sometimes, if done correctly, a little bit a personalization can go long way.

Which brings me back to the open house. After going through many of the rooms we came to a family room with a scrabble board set up on a table. On the board was spelled out:

T H I S  I S  A  G R E A T





It was clever, subtle and earnest without feeling pushy or over the top.  It made buyers feel like they were being let in on a secret, and it made the house feel like it was a happy home. The Boston Globe recently had an article called, The sad house. The happy house., which talked about the power of projecting a positive image of a home for sale - but also the need for discernment when emotions come into play. Valid points on both sides.

From a buyers' perspective, of course it is easier to love a house that's been loved - just be sure you're loving it for the right reasons.

From a sellers' perspective - if done properly - sharing the love and giving some insight into what makes your home great is a technique that can earn you extra points (maybe even triple-word points).


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