Blog :: 01-2017

Steve McKenna Featured as a Guest Speaker on Real Estate Radio Boston (WBZ 1030)

Listen up! Steve talks interest rates, inventory, and why downsizers are poised to do well in this market - catch him in the next episode of Real Estate Radio Boston this Sat., Jan 28 at 8:00 p.m on WBZ 1030.

Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week!

Looking for a bright spot on this gray day? We’ve got three! These fantastic listings are shining with updates and glowing with warmth and charm. Plan your Friday lunch break accordingly - all three will have open houses from 11:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m!

 

Start off the New Year with a move in the right direction, and find that just-right home for you!

307 Park Ave., Arlington  

Open House:

Friday, January 27th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 28th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

307 Park Ave., Arlington

Impeccably restored, tastefully designed and perfectly situated, once you see this home you’ll look forward to your future living here! Enter the spacious foyer and immediately feel the warmth and airiness of this lovely home. The kitchen has been completely renovated with modern appliances, custom cabinets, quartz counters and all the details you hope for. Convenient mud room & ½ bath just off the kitchen. A gracious dining room, fireplaced living room and bonus office/playroom round out the first floor. The 2nd floor boasts 2 bedrooms with ample closet space, a luxurious Pottery Barn bath, laundry closet and additional office space. As you head up to the 3rd floor, you’ll find a serene master suite with custom bath. Oversized completely fenced yard is great for family football, skating rink, or hammocks! Situated just up the road from shops & and restaurants, near public transportation, Robbins Farm Park and the Dallin School, you’ll want to claim this jewel as your own! (MLS # 72112284) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $799,900

What’s Nearby: Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway, Alewife Station, Route 2.

 

396 Appleton Street, Arlington   

Open House:

Friday, January 27th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 28th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 29th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

396 Appleton Street, Arlington

Happy New Year and Happy New-to-you Home! Welcome home to a bright and sunny storybook cape that offers 8 spacious rooms and a great amount of space both inside and out. The first floor offers a living room with fireplace, a den/family room off the living room, dining room with corner built-in, a freshly updated kitchen with new stove & refrigerator and granite counters, and half-bath off the kitchen. Easily access the deck off the kitchen or the yard through the sliders located off the den/family room. Upstairs you will find 3 spacious bedrooms, great closet space and a renovated bath. A bonus room on the lower level was just completed. The spacious backyard offers endless opportunities for the gardener, play area, or anyone that enjoys the outdoors. Some features of the home are hardwood floors, garage parking, newer heating system, and walk-out basement. Close to Route 2, public transportation, the Dallin School and Sutherland Woods. (MLS #72112296) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $599,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway, Alewife Station, Sutherland Woods, Route 2, Dallin School.

 

25 Harvard Street, #25, Arlington   

Open House:

Friday, January 27th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 28th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  

25 Harvard, #25, Arlington

Magnificent 2 level condominium located on a quiet, dead-end-street close to Mass Ave and conveniently located near shops, restaurants and the bus line. The main floor is airy and bright. Open living room and dining room create cozy spaces to relax on long winter nights. A large kitchen features tile floors, lots of counter space and an oversized pantry. At the back of the house there is a heated sun porch overlooking the lush back yard which can be used as a den/office or sitting area. Two large bedrooms and full bath complete the main floor. Recently finished upper level boasts open master suite with ample closet space, skylights for tons of natural light, and a full bath. Hardwood floors, great closet space, basement storage, parking and pet-friendly! Two parking spaces located in the driveway and possibly an opportunity to park one car in the garage. Mature plantings and serene outdoor space complete the package! (MLS # 72112297) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $595,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway, Alewife Station, Route 2.

 

Captain Obvious

Some things don’t need explaining. For example,

  • Would you go to the dentist for a broken leg? No.
  • Would you have your landscaper rotate your tires? Of course not.
  • Would you bring your iPhone to the plumber to get fixed? Maybe if you dropped it in the toilet.

Obvious answers to silly questions, right?

Then why would a home buyer or home seller choose a real estate professional….

  • Who is not from the area?
  • Who does real estate as a side job?
  • Just because they are a friend or family?

You wouldn’t put your health at risk by going to a part-time or unqualified doctor, nor should you risk one of the biggest financial transactions of your life by going to a part-time or unqualified real estate professional.

If you need a check-up we’re happy to refer you to a great practice in town. But if you need to list or buy a home, we are the #1 REALTOR® and real estate team in Arlington who have listed and sold more homes than any other team for the past 30 years.

Who are you going to choose to represent your real estate needs? The answer is obvious.

 

Take the Plunge in 2017

Like jumping into the icy waters for a polar bear plunge in January, the thought of diving into selling your home can make your teeth chatter – you may also start to hyperventilate, go into (sticker) shock and have difficulty breathing.  

If you’re thinking of selling and experience any of these symptoms, you should call Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team immediately. We’ll have a warm blanket and a hot cup of cocoa ready for you, and we’ll take all of the stress and pain out of selling your home.

Having been in the Arlington real estate business more than 30 years, we know what exactly needs to happen in order to sell your home quickly and for the best price - when to start cleaning it out, when to have it photo ready, when to have the first open house – and we handle the process every step of the way.

If lack of inventory in the Greater Boston area has left you feeling frosty in 2016, then the fact that the recent election pushed mortgage rates up to 4.25 should light a fire under you to get moving in 2017. There is rarely a ‘perfect’ time to sell your home, sometimes you just have to get off the sidelines and take the plunge.

Contact Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team today for a free and confidential market analysis of your home.

Come on in, we’ll make sure the water’s fine.

Take the Home Selling Plunge