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This is YOUR Team in 2018.

The real estate idea that started 30 years ago has turned into one of the best real estate teams in Greater Boston, and the #1 team in Arlington -- from Steve and his real estate dream, to Steve and his real estate team.

We might be real estate agents and support, but we’re also volunteers, parents, local consumers, business partners, and enjoyers of all things Arlington and beyond.

Bet you didn’t know we had so much in common!

And there’s more to us than transactions, negotiations and open houses - just take a look and see the people behind the For Sale Signs...

 

Steve McKenna – The Master. Steve’s insight is as close as you’ll get to a crystal ball in real estate. He has been with Bowes Real Estate since 1986 and has represented thousands of sellers and buyers throughout his career. Steve lives in Arlington with his wife Heidi and has been the #1 agent here for more than 25 years. If he is not working, which is rare, you’ll find him on the golf course reading the fairways just like he does the real estate business – with patience, persistence, dedication and drive.

 

Erika Pereira – The Cambridge Girl. Street smarts meets real estate savvy – with this winning combo, you definitely want Erika on your side. Erika lives in Cambridge and knows all the hottest places to eat and drink (and she can navigate local neighborhoods and the real estate market without getting lost). She has over 20 years of real estate experience and has worked with Steve since 2005. She is loyal to her clients and passionate about protecting them through the entire home buying/selling process. 

Erika Pereira

 

Annie Kelly – The Soccer Mom. She’s got kickin’ real estate skills and can juggle it all.  No one can multi-task and negotiate like a mom of four kids. Annie’s got the inside scoop on local schools, best neighborhoods, sports programs and places to shop or meet up with friends. She lives in West Medford with her husband Mike and family, and has been a real estate agent for more than 14 years. Annie knows that family is at the heart of a home, and she puts her heart into helping each and every one of her clients.

 

Tracy Wallace – The SubURBANite Whether she’s strolling the streets with her pug Miles, or dropping in to one of her favorite Arlington spots, Tracy ‘gets’ the urban/suburban lifestyle that so many people desire. As a former Bostonian, she’s been there done that, moved here, loved that. Tracy lives in Arlington with her husband, David, and raised their daughter who is an alumni of the Hardy School, Ottoson Middle and Arlington High. Tracy has been through the process of building a new home from the bottom up, knows the beauty of the multi-family home and appreciates Arlington’s walkable streets.

 

Mike Pallotta – The Rising Star Mike is a native of Arlington and the newest member of the team. He brings a fresh perspective and understands the needs of young working professionals, and millennial home buyers and sellers. Let’s just say, he’s really good at SnapChat. Mike is a graduate of Roger William University, has his B.S in biology, and had a prestigious internship at the New England Aquarium. Mike has already made a mark in the real estate community, and his skills can find you Nemo and your new home.

 

The Support Team

Mitzi Pallotta – The Commander. As the Lead Transaction Coordinator for the team for 12 years, Mitzi ensures every process is seamless and well-executed – and does it with a smile. She facilitates the transaction paperwork and coordinates every step. Communication is the key to a successful sale, and Mitzi makes sure everyone has their marching orders, with a skip in her step. The Pallotta family has a strong community presence, raising money for charities and helpings local organizations. Mitzi is as committed to helping our clients as she is her community.

 

Kristen McKenna – The Master Marketer As the Marketing Coordinator for the team since 2014, Kristen’s goal is to get maximum exposure for your home. Kristen’s creativity sets your home apart and ensures all the marketing bases are covered and accounted for. She is meticulous, she is organized, she is thorough – she is Steve’s niece after all. Kristen has a B.S in Marketing from Johnson & Wales University, and is also involved in her community through her advocacy for animals and the environment.

 

Donna Agostino – Six Degrees of Donna. Everyone in town knows someone who knows Donna. Donna has worked with Steve for 15 years as a Property Coordinator. If you’re a seller, she coordinates and meets our cleaner, stager and photographer to prep your home for sale. If you’re a buyer, Donna meets, greets and coordinates the access to your new home with inspectors, contractors and your family. Donna is the team’s calm, cool, coordinator, and her pleasant personality and kindness will put your mind at ease.

 

Carolyn MacNeill – The Word Girl. Carolyn is the Social Media and Marketing Manager with more than 20 years of experience in these fields.  She writes the words that make the whole world sing the praises of your home, and ensures the social media world knows it, too. Not only is she part of the team, she was a client first. Carolyn works from home and lives with her husband, their two children, and her two trusted cat-sultants. Word up.

Join Us for the 2018 Arlington Home Stroll!

Looking to buy a house in Arlington? This is the time to get in the market - and this is the event to attend!

Do you have questions? (How do I buy? Can I buy & sell at the same time? How can I finance a home?) We have the answers.

Join us for a sneak preview and “stroll” through Arlington with Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage team, including:

  • Single Families
  • Condominiums
  • Multi-Families, AND
  • 18+ New Construction Homes

We will take you on a tour of these fantastic homes, the neighborhoods, and we'll answer all your questions.

Contact us today to reserve your spot: 781-645-0505, info@yourhomeforsale.com.

*This is an event for non-real estate professionals.*

Attention Arlington Condo Owners!

As a condominium owner in Arlington, you might be interested to know that, in 2017, condominium values in Arlington increased more than 8% over the previous year. As of January 12, 2018 there were ONLY TWO condominiums available for sale in the entire town!  This lack of inventory is unprecedented and has contributed to the increase in condominium values. 

What does this mean for you?

The very limited supply combined with high demand means, if you are thinking of selling, your timing is perfect.  Let us help you get moving!  Now is the time to capitalize on the current market condition, no one really knows how long this lack of inventory will last.

Contact us for a comprehensive market analysis to understand the value of your condominium and the current market conditions. There is no cost, no obligation, and all information is confidential. 

Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week!

38 Brantwood Arlington, MA

One-of-a-kind Jason Heights Arts and Crafts Bungalow is brimming with charm and character! Beautiful 4-bed 3.5 bath home authentically restored in 2005, preserving gorgeous hardwood floors throughout, detailed moldings and craftsman-style features – all with modern conveniences and updated systems. The gourmet kitchen w/ granite counters, stainless steel appliances has it all, and opens to a deck with a private, wooded, professionally landscaped yard. Sunshine floods the expansive living room, catching the light from stained glass windows, and the fieldstone gas fireplace makes for cozy winter nights. Upstairs the master bedroom has beautiful morning views of Boston, custom walk-in closets and a spa-like retreat bath. There is a finished basement w/ full bath, bedroom, living area, additional office/playroom space and private entrance. Top it off with spectacular Boston skyline and Spy Pond views, close to Menotomy Rocks Park and public transportation!

Click here for the full listing.

 

 

10 Questions With Steve McKenna Of The Home Advantage Team

In case you missed it, Steve was recently featured in a Q&A on the Arlington Patch. Click the link or check the full article below!

10 Questions With Steve McKenna Of The Home Advantage Team

The Home Advantage Team is like no other in the business — just ask Steve McKenna, the No. 1 real estate agent in Arlington.

By Olivia Halevy, Patch National Staff  | Updated 

Buying or selling a home can be one of the biggest challenges you will ever take on, but when you put your trust in The Home Advantage Team, you're guaranteed premier service and experience.

Realtor Steve McKenna of The Home Advantage Team is Arlington's No. 1 real estate agent. Having lived and worked in Arlington for almost 30 years, McKenna possesses a deep understanding and expertise when it comes to home value, neighborhood dynamics, schools and other critical factors when it comes to making life-changing real estate decisions.

Read on to learn more about McKenna and get a sneak peak of what to expect from The Arlington Home Show on April 22:


Patch: How long have you been doing business in town or how long has the organization you represent been around in the community?


McKenna: I have been with Bowes Real Estate since 1986, and have been the No. 1 agent in the area for more than 25 years. Time flies when you're having fun, and helping thousands of sellers and buyers over the years has been truly rewarding.

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Patch: What attracted you to the line of work you're in, and how did you get started?


McKenna: I am originally from Allston. I bought my first place in my early twenties and sold it for a profit only two years later. That's when I saw the value, literally and figuratively, in real estate. More importantly, I realized how much I like helping people. I have lived and worked in Arlington for almost 30 years now, which gives me a deep understanding of home values, building and zoning codes, neighborhood dynamics, schools and all the critical factors that come into play when making important real estate decisions.


Patch: If you had to sum up your business mission to a stranger in five words, what would those words be?


McKenna: Never (ever) stop reinventing yourself.


Patch: What's the biggest challenge or most difficult moment you've faced in your job?


McKenna: Right now, inventory is a big struggle. There are so many buyers who want to live in Arlington, but there are a limited number of homes available on the market. This isn't unique to our town. In general, housing availability in Greater Boston is relatively low. So if you live in Arlington and are thinking of selling, this is a great time. Buyers, on the other hand, need to be savvy about the real estate process so they are prepared when something does become available that suits their needs, and they're ready to act.


Patch: What's the most satisfying part of your job?


McKenna: Well, you wouldn't do this job if you didn't like helping people. When someone is moving, chances are they are experiencing a major life event. Whether it is a marriage, a divorce, downsizing, a death in the family or a child on the way, these are big events and emotional times, and when you add the process of moving to the mix it can be incredibly stressful. We have helped thousands of buyers and sellers in all of these situations, so I think we bring an empathy, understanding and knowledge of how best to guide people through the process to make it seamless and less stressful them. There is great satisfaction in that.


Patch: How would you say your business or organization distinguishes itself from the others?


McKenna: I think The Home Advantage Team is like no other. We have in-depth local knowledge for buyers, sellers and developers. We have dedicated support for transaction coordination, marketing, property coordination, and content and social media development. We are a well-oiled team that has evolved to list and sell more homes than any other team in Arlington – and we have fun doing it.

We take the aggravation, stress, thousands of tasks and to-do's that go along with buying or selling a home and we handle it all. We're always surprised when people don't realize that whether you're listing or just looking, you get the whole team - and all of the support staff - as part of the deal. All of that expertise, knowledge, and know-how, at no extra cost. That's pretty unique.


Patch: What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given when it comes to success?


McKenna: I have been given a lot of great advice over the years. Some you take with a grain of salt, and some you take to heart. But I think more often than not, you have to trust your own instincts.


Patch: Are there any new projects or endeavors you're working on that you're extra excited about?


McKenna: We are always working on something behind the scenes! We have a number of new construction projects in the works, which is exciting. Inventory, much less new construction, in Arlington can be hard to come by. But we have 15 new construction projects in the works right now and many more listings including, single-family homes, condominiums, and multi-family homes coming on the market this year. Anyone who would like more info can visit our siteor contact us directly.

We are also in the process of updating our website to reflect the needs of today's buyers and sellers. Expect a clean, easy to navigate and visually engaging site – coming soon!


Patch: Do you have any events coming up in your community?


McKenna: As a matter of fact, we do! On Sunday, April 22 we will be hosting the second annual Arlington Home Show. The Arlington Home Show is for anyone owning a home, selling a home, buying a home, or renovating a home. It is designed to help educate people on how best to achieve their real estate goals, and it's a great way to "shop local" as they say, and support some fantastic local businesses. We have a number of local vendors who will have gifts, giveaways, as well as discounts and incentives on many of their services. We will also offer free shredding services by Shred King. It's a great event and we hope people will come check it out.


Patch: How can Patch readers learn more about your work and business?


McKenna: The quickest and easiest way to contact us is by phone at 781-645-0505 or email. And of course you can find us on the web and social media. Check out our website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

What a Great Day at The 2018 Arlington Home Show!

What a great day at The 2018 Arlington Home Show!

This year’s event was even bigger and better than last year, and we’d like to thank everyone who came out to participate.

Special thanks to Jeff Oliver from Oliver Enterprise for the Touch-a-Truck portion of the event – it was a huge hit!

No one could resist the free ice-cream (especially Steve),

and the free shredding services proved that everyone is in spring cleaning mode - out with the old!

We enjoyed speaking with everyone who came through - we had many thoughtful questions and there was an enthusiasm that made it a truly enjoyable event for all.

Finally, we’d like to thank ALL of the vendors who put great effort into providing participants with their expert insight and free giveaways.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or feedback regarding the event.

In the meantime, we will be posting more event photos, plus winners of the raffles will be announced 

so be sure to check back soon!

Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week!

You’ve been hearing about the low inventory levels for some time now, but we have listings to refresh your weekend open house schedule. We have four fabulous listings in Arlington – a wonderful suburban single family home to a not-your-average condo that is a walkable wonderful place to live. Check them out!

Don’t forget Feast of the East is tomorrow, Saturday, June 18th – it’s shaping up to be one of the best community events yet!!

And a Happy Father’s Day to all of the great Dad’s out there! Enjoy your weekend!

“You can tell what was the best year of your father’s life, because they seem to freeze that clothing style and ride it out.” – Jerry Seinfeld

 

15 Apache Trail Road, Arlington 

Open House: Saturday, June 18th, 11:00 – 12:30               

Sprawling ranch located in the highly desirable Morningside area! Are you looking for a suburban feeling tree lined street then this is the home for you. From the moment you drive up you note the curb appeal-the manicured lawn, freshly painted exterior, and attention to detail, the serene setting, and notice only the birds chirping. Upon entering the foyer the oversized living room with fireplace and built-ins captures your attention. A large picture window allows lots of natural light to stream into the room. A formal dining area with built-in is great for hosting gatherings. A large family room overlooks the professionally maintained, fully fenced yard! There are 3 beds and 2.5 baths (including a master!). A giant lower level offers flexible space for an exercise area, another family room, lots of space for storage, or anything your imagination allows. Gleaming hardwood floors, garage, true pride of ownership, and unbeatable location make this a must see! (MLS # 72023394) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $819,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Minuteman Bikeway, Mass. Ave., Morningside neighborhood.

 

42 Warren Street, Arlington 

Open House: Saturday, June 18th, 11:00 – 12:30               

This is the perfect two-family home for investment, condominium conversion or first time home with rental income. The house has received many updates over the years and there are still some repairs needed. There is vinyl siding, newer windows, updated kitchen and bathroom on the second floor. The first floor has 5 spacious rooms with natural woodwork and a faux fireplace. The kitchen is older and will need updating, but the character is abundant. The second floor has 8+ spacious rooms and has two levels of living space. The kitchen and bathroom were updated and the expansion potential in the attic is evident. There are front and rear porches, a nice rear yard with a shed and plenty of parking. Close to Arlington Center and East Arlington with great access to Alewife and Cambridge. (MLS # 72023554) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $789,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Center and East Arlington shops and restaurants, public transportation, Mass Ave., Route 2., Alewife, Cambridge.

 

65 School Street, Arlington  

Open House: Saturday, June 18th, 11:00 – 12:30

Welcome to this charming 4 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom, Colonial located in the Brackett School District. It is within walking distance to Skyline Park, Mass. Ave., the Minuteman Bike Trail and public transportation to Alewife, Harvard Square and Boston. Routes 2 & 128 are minutes away. The first floor open plan has a large kitchen and adjoining dining room that overlooks a level backyard that is perfect for gardening, playing or just relaxing. The spacious fireplace living room looks onto a full length farmers, front porch. The second floor has 4 corner bedrooms with cross ventilation and ample closet space. The large, walk up attic has plenty of storage space. The basement is very spacious and open with new replacement windows and door that leads to an extended driveway that can accommodate 4+ cars. The detached, one car garage has been recently painted. Move into this lovely home in time for the school year. (MLS # 72023667) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $619,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway, Skyline Park, Alewife, Brackett School.

1 School Street, Unit 108, Arlington 

Open House: Saturday, June 18th, 1:00 – 2:30

A truly spacious, sunny and special one bedroom unit at the Cutter School! The windows are over-sized and the sunlight shining through them is magnificent. The unit has southern exposure and overlooks the playground. The living room is very open with high ceilings and huge windows and hardwood floors. The kitchen and dining room are slightly elevated overlooking the living room and is quite large with an abundance of cabinets and counter space. The master bedroom is extremely spacious with a built in hutch and walk-in closet. One of the many added bonuses of this condo is the in-unit laundry! Close to Mass Avenue and the bike path, the Cutter School is convenient to everything and is a step above the average condo. Stop by and see for yourself. (MLS #72023551) Click here for the full listing.

Listed: $359,000

What’s Nearby: Arlington Center/Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway, public transportation.