Blog :: 12-2015

Home Advantage Team 2015 Year in Review

2015 was very busy for Steve McKenna & Home Advantage Team, despite historically low inventory levels in the Greater Boston area. Steve continues to maintain his position as the #1 REALTOR® in Arlington, with the most homes sold by any other REALTOR® or real estate team in town.

In addition to helping our clients buy and sell homes, we worked to continually educate and inform potential home buyers and sellers with market updates and seminars, in addition to giving back to the community in which we work and live. We also work to educate ourselves and keep up-to-date on the latest accredidations. The sales team recieved their ABR (Accredidated Buyer's Representative) and SRS (Seller Representative Specialist) designations this year as well.

We are already planning for next year and we’re looking forward to a busy and eventful 2016. If the New Year has you wondering about your own real estate needs, just give us a ring and we would be happy to help (781-645-0505). Or, if you are interested in upcoming 2016 events, contact us to be added to our mailing list: info@yourhomeforsale.com.

Here is a quick overview of the activities Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team either organized or participated in this year.

 

February 13th -$2,500 donation to the Arlington Heating Assistance Program. This contribution was made to help ease the burden of heating costs on our neighbors.

Steve McKenna donates to Arlington Fuel Assistance

April 18th – Arlington Spring Home Expo. A free event at the Whittemore Robbins House to address home buying and selling questions - from the most complex real estate sales to moving fundamentals.

Arlington Spring Home Expo

June 9th – Free Lunch & Seminar: Planning for Your Future (SPRING). This informative seminar had experts on hand to give insight on everything about downsizing and planning for your future.

Downsizing Seminar, Planning for Your Future

August 31st – Market Updates. A handy update on market conditions in Arlington and Medford to keep you up-to-date on the latest and ever-changing real estate.

Arlington and Medford Market Updates

September 12th – Arlington Town Day. The Team was out in full force – giving away free water, prizes and plenty of real estate advice.

The Home Advantage Team at Arlington Town Day 2015

October 6th – Free Lunch & Seminar Planning for Your Future (FALL). This seminar covered all the variables that come into play when downsizing – selling your current home, buying a home to fit your current and future needs, estate planning, tax implications, and financial strategies.

October 16th – Tailgate Open House at Appleton Farms. What’s better than football and real estate? We invited everyone to a Sunday Funday at Appleton Farms in Arlington. It was fantastic tailgate open house with lots of food, fun and raffles.

October 23rd – $2,500 donation to The Children’s Room. We are proud supporters of the Children's Room in Arlington. This is truly an amazing resource for children, families and the community.

November 17th – $2,500 donation to Arlington Eats. When school is not in session, Arlington Eats makes sure kids don’t go hungry. This is a wonderful volunteer organization dedicated to community food assistance.

December 5th – 2nd Annual Santa Paws Event at Thorndike Field Dog Park. Santa Paws has proved to be a success for the Arlington community. A record number of people showed up to have their pet’s picture taken with Santa, and more than $500 was raised to benefit the park.

 

December 9th – Hosted a client appreciation and holiday party at Flora with more than 150 guests in attendance.

December 12th – Complimentary tickets to the Ben Rudnick & Friends Holiday Show. Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team purchased a number of tickets for the Ben Rudnick Holiday concert for clients and friends.

December 14th – $2,500 donation to both Food Link and Operation Success. We were so moved by the heartfelt notes that people sent us about their charities of choice that we couldn’t select just one. Which is why we chose TWO.

2015 – Once again, Arlington Massachuestts’ #1 REALTOR® and #1 Real Estate Team!

Another Santa Paws Success!

Thanks to everyone who joined us for Santa Paws at the Thorndike Field Dog Park on December 5th! It was a perfect day for people, pets and pictures with Santa. We had a great time with our enthusiastic furry friends and we hope you did, too.

For the second year in a row, Santa Paws has proved to be a success for the Arlington community. Tracy Wallace, REALTOR® with Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team, coordinated the event to benefit the Thorndike Field Dog Park. A record number of people showed up to have their pet’s picture taken with Santa, and more than $500 was raised to benefit the park. 

And we couldn’t have done it woof out you :)

Special thanks to ‘Santa’ (Dog Park Manager, Tony Morello), Arlington K-9 Activities Director, Daria Pannesi.

Best wishes for a Happy Holiday and healthy New Year, and be sure to check back with us for another great event next year!

Final Arlington Charity Donation Selected for 2015

Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team is pleased to announce the final winner of the charity nomination for 2015.

As part of the ‘Move Forward by Giving Back’ campaign we began in early 2015, three Arlington charities – Arlington Fuel Assistance, The Children’s Room, and Arlington Eats – each received $2,500 over the course of the year. We called on the community of Arlington to nominate the fourth and final charity.

We received nearly 80 submissions from the community, and we would like to thank everyone for taking the time to support their causes. It was truly eye-opening to see so many organizations in Arlington, both big and small, well known and not that well known, that contribute to the health and wellness of our community.

We were moved by the heartfelt notes that people sent us about their charities of choice. It was very difficult to select just one, which is why we have selected TWO.

Congratulations to Food Link and Operation Success on being chosen to receive $2,500!

Food Link serves Arlington and surrounding communities by providing good nutritional food such as fresh produce, meat, bread and grocery items to the Arlington Food Pantry and other organizations serving people in need.

Operation Success assists middle school and high school children who reside at Menotomy Manor. The group provides a safe, educational environment, as well as the necessary tools to help students complete school projects and homework assignments.  Organizational and personal skill sets are developed to help children achieve higher successes throughout their life.

In an effort to raise awareness for all of the nominations, please consider these local charities as you make your own donations this holiday season.

Food Link

Arlington Education Foundation (AEF)

Arlington Youth Counseling Center (AYCC)

Cause + Event 5K

Arlington Boys & Girls Club

Arlington Council on Aging Transportation

Arlington Center for the Arts

Arlington Food Pantry

True Story Theater

Retired Men’s Club

Whiskers for Hope

Friends of Spy Pond Park

Mystic LGBTQ+

Operation Success

The Old Schwamb Mill

I Can Shine Arlington Bike Camp

Organizations that Provide Housing, Fuel, Food

We will include these charities in the Move Forward by Giving Back campaign for 2016, when we donate another $10,000 to local charities in increments of $2,500.  Announcements will be made in March, June, September and December of next year.

Keep up the good work Arlington!

 

 

Get Your Complimentary Tickets to Ben Rudnick & Friends at the Regent Theater Here!

This is holiday fun for the whole family!  Bring the kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews or anyone who is a child at heart, and settle in for a morning of holiday entertainment at a great local venue.

Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team has purchased a limited number of tickets for the Ben Rudnick Holiday concert for our clients and friends. If you are interested in attending, please R.S.V.P. with the number of people attending for your complimentary tickets.

There are a limited number of tickets remaining, first come first serve!

Email: Info@YourHomeForSale.com

Phone: 781-645-0513

 
 

 

 

Arlington First Lights Starts Tonight!

It's going to be a great night to ring in the holiday season and celebrate Arlington! Tonight there is a tree lighting and  holiday singalong - tomorrow shop local for deals, discounts and raffles, along with carolers and Santa. See the full list of activities and participating shops here.

And don't forget Santa Paws tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. at Thorndike Field Dog Park!

Nominate Your Arlington Charity

It’s one thing to sell a home in town, it’s another to commit to the people and community of the town you work and live in.

Not only is Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team the #1 REALTOR® and #1 real estate team in Arlington – we pay prefer to it forward, and pay it back.

At the beginning of 2015 Steve committed to ‘move forward by giving back’ by donating $10,000 to four Arlington charities over the course of the year. To date we have contributed $2,500 each to Arlington Fuel AssistanceThe Children’s Room and Arlington Eats.

In case you missed it, check out the article, Get $2,500 for your favorite nonprofit thanks to an Arlington Realtor, in the Arlington Advocate last week.

We have one more donation to make and we’re looking to YOU to tell us which charity should receive the final $2,500 of the year.

To nominate your favorite Arlington charity just email your suggestion to: info@yourhomeforsale.com.

 

In the meantime, here is a sampling of how Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team work to find you homes, sell your homes, and improve the community in 2015.

February 13th -$2,500 donation to the Arlington Heating Assistance Program. This contribution was made to help ease the burden of heating costs on our neighbors.

April 18th Arlington Spring Home Expo. A free event at the Whittemore Robbins House to address home buying and selling questions - from the most complex real estate sales to moving fundamentals.

June 9th Free Lunch & Seminar: Planning for Your Future (SPRING). This informative seminar had experts on hand to give insight on everything about downsizing and planning for your future.

August 31st Market Updates. A handy update on market conditions in Arlington and Medford to keep you up-to-date on the latest and ever-changing real estate.

September 12th Arlington Town Day. The Team was out in full force – giving away free water, prizes and plenty of real estate advice.

October 6th Free Lunch & Seminar Planning for Your Future (FALL). This seminar covered all the variables that come into play when downsizing – selling your current home, buying a home to fit your current and future needs, estate planning, tax implications, and financial strategies.

October 16th Tailgate Open House at Appleton Farms. What’s better than football and real estate? We invited everyone to a Sunday Funday at Appleton Farms in Arlington. It was fantastic tailgate open house with lots of food, fun and raffles.

October 23rd $2,500 donation to The Children’s Room. We are proud supporters of the Children's Room in Arlington. This is truly an amazing resource for children, families and the community.

November 17th $2,500 donation to Arlington Eats. When school is not in session, Arlington Eats makes sure kids don’t go hungry. This is a wonderful volunteer organization dedicated to community food assistance.

December 12th – Complimentary tickets to the Ben Rudnick & Friends Holiday Show. Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team has purchased a limited number of tickets for the Ben Rudnick Holiday concert for our clients and friends.

December, 2015 – TBD by YOU!