Blog :: 11-2016

Giving Thanks and Giving Back

Thank you for a fantastic year! We are grateful for the continued support of our friends, family, clients and business partners in the Arlington community.

We enjoyed celebrating with many of you at my 30-Year celebration at The Thoreau Club this past July. And while we love a party, we also believe in giving back to the community that gives so much to all of us.

This year, in lieu of our holiday party, I am showing my client appreciation on #GivingTuesday* through a number of donations on behalf of local charities, including:

The Children’s Room. The Children’s Room creates safe, supportive communities so that no child, teen or family has to grieve alone.

Prom Angels. Prom Angels is dedicated to providing quality and social activities, which empowers the quality of life for our special needs communities.

Arlington EATS. Arlington EATS’ mission is to make sure that our students have healthy, nutritious food over the long summer vacation, February and April vacation and over the weekends.

Arlington Heating Assistance. The Town of Arlington Heating Assistance Program helps Arlington families with home heating emergencies on behalf of donations from local businesses and residents.

Organizations like these make our community a better place to live. On #GivingTuesday, I hope you’ll consider donating to these or a charity of your choice this holiday season.

Thank you for your business and support for the past 30 years. We wish you a happy holiday season and all the best in 2017.

Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team

* #GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together to celebrate generosity and to give.

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

What: Ben Rudnick Holiday Concert

When: Saturday, December 10th at 10:30 a.m.

Where: The Regent Theatre, Arlington

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 & friends. If you are interested in attending, please R.S.V.P. with the number of people attending by Monday, December 5th.



The Best in 'Surban' Living

Not urban. Not suburban. Surban.  

That’s right, and Arlington could be the poster child for ‘surban’ living.

A recent article by MarketWatch talks about 5 Big Real-Estate Trends to Watch in 2017, one of which is
“the move from suburban-style sprawl — marked by McMansions and strip malls — to more dense communities of different housing arrangements, such as town houses, apartments and single-family homes, together in the same neighborhoods. In 2017, look for a new name for it: surban.”

Hmm, sounds familiar. Arlington has long been a surban oasis, in fact, we talk about this specifically in a post from a few years ago, “Where 'Suburbia' is No Longer a Four Letter Word.” Blending city and suburbia is what Arlington does best - Arlington Center and East Arlington restaurants, shops and theaters,  the Minuteman Trail, good schools, and parks in almost every neighborhood, and you get a best-of-both-worlds atmosphere.

Welcome to Arlington

According to John Burns Consulting in Chicago, it is expected that nearly 80% of residential growth will occur in surban communities over the next 10 years — up from 71% from 2015 — compared to just 15% for “urban” areas through 2025.

So if you’re currently a young professional in Cambridge, Somerville, or South Boston and your thinking about making a move out of the city, but you’re not quite ready for an hour+ commute – consider the 02476 and 02474 for a blended atmosphere.

And if you’re a 50+ couple looking to sell the family home and get a little closer to city culture, but you’re not quite ready to immerse yourself as a city slicker, Arlington might be the perfect fit for your next phase of life.

Arlington has a little something for everyone. We are the #1 real estate agent and #1 real estate team in Arlington. Give us a call and we'll help you find a home that is the perfect fit in a great place.

Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team


Arlington Home Sales for October 2016

See how single-family, condo and multi-family home sales fared for October 2016. If you are thinking of selling, our local expertise, years of experience, and community connections is your home's advantage. Contact Steve today for a free and confidential Custom Market Analysis.

October 2016 Home Sales, Arlington MA

Medford Home Sales for October 2016

Check out the October 2016 home sales for Medford! Medford is a Greater Boston 'It' town and popular among today's buyers. If you're thinking of selling, contact Annie Kelly for a free and confidential Market Analysis of your home!

​Medford MA October 2016 Home Sales

Real Estate and Politics. Do They Mix?

Thanksgiving is just weeks away and can you imagine the political discussions that are going to happen around the mashed potatoes this year? Better load up your plate and find a seat at the kids table.

While it’s not our business to talk politics, politics does affect our business.

This particular election has been a contentious one. It has made people a little nervous and a lot on edge. According to the Huffington Post, this election is so stressful psychologists have decided to measure it. And when people are nervous or stressed they tend to hold off on making big decisions.

According to a study of the California real estate market, house prices typically rise 1.5% less during an election year than in the year prior to the election, and 0.8% less than in the year following the election. However, while there may be some impact to the housing market, it’s only after policies of the elected candidate are implemented and begin to take effect would we potentially see a more significant shift.

Real Estate and Politics - Do They Mix?

So, yes, there is uncertainty around any election. But because of Arlington’s location, schools, public transportation and many other amenities, it has historically been a stable market through election years, housing downturns and economic uncertainty.

Having been in this market for 30 years, we’ve seen it all and can speak to these fluctuations first-hand.

What does this mean for you? Home buyers and sellers willing to move ahead in a market of relative uncertainty are poised to benefit when others might be more hesitant. And as they say, he who hesitates might miss a great opportunity to sell their home for a great price or find their dream home. Or something like that.

And if the thought of having a Thanksgiving dinner conversation with Uncle Tom has you on edge, well you may just want to turn the topic to real estate and talk about those cool new listings in town.