Greater Boston Real Estate

A Piece of the Pie

What day is more appropriate to talk about a slice of the pie than March 14th (3.14), the calendar version of the numerical constant.

Funny thing about pi is that while it is a mathematical constant, it is also an irrational number. So kinda like real estate. As a potential home buyer, the need for a home is always there, yet the process doesn’t always quite make sense.

For example, take your list of ‘must-have’s.’ They might include things like location, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, square footage, garage, fireplace, yard size, etc. These are all important and logical choices as you begin your home search.

But, as we all know, once your home search gets cooking, trying to find everything on your list at a price point that is within budget can be like figuring out E=MC2. That’s when you need to start re-slicing and dicing. Maybe you wanted a nice big yard, but realizing that comes with a longer commute might put it lower on the priority list. Or, if you have a growing family, square footage might take the biggest slice of the pie with location being less important.

As you begin your home search you should definitely make that list and know what’s important to you. But also know that it is not a constant – while you may not get everything you want, the more you can shift and adjust your priorities based on what’s available to you in the market, you just might find you get your slice of the real estate pie.

 

 

 

Home Sellers: Opt-in.

So maybe it’s been a while since you purchased your home in the Arlington area.  Maybe you’ve had thoughts of selling but you’ve heard about the low inventory, the competitive market among buyers, the frustration in finding a new home, and you’re opting to wait and see.

You’re not alone. Like many of our clients, you’ve thought about selling, but you’re concerned about finding a home to move in to. We understand. We’ve helped them and we can help you, too.

As a home seller in Greater Boston, you have many options – a strong market, low interest rates and one of the best real estate teams around, to start.

Opting in to the home selling process is the first step towards realizing what the sale of your home means to your future.

The second step is to contact us for a Current Market Analysis (CMA) of your home. The CMA will give you insight on the value of your home, potential expenses, the best timeline as well as a comprehensive overview of the market conditions.

It’s up to you to opt-in and move forward. We’re ready when you are.

What Do Local College Rankings Mean to You?

Speaking of back to school, U.S. News and World Report just released their 2017 college rankings – a pretty big deal for our institutions of higher education.  Just as the quality of a public school system has a significant influence on home values for a town, colleges have an equally significant influence on the economic and social development of the cities and towns where they reside as well.

When you think of economic fluctuations with regards to jobs, industry (even housing) academic institutions provide an anchor to a community even as times change. With a college or university comes a constant population for local business, a source of community involvement, a workforce, arts and sports programs.... the list goes on.

Boston and the Greater Boston area have 8 nationally ranked schools:

#2 Harvard

#7 MIT

#27 Tufts

#31 BC

#34 Brandeis

#39 BU

#39 Northeastern

And a Liberal Arts College:

#3 Wellesley

So what does this mean to local homeowners and potential home buyers? It means that the Greater Boston area, including Arlington, Medford, Belmont, Somerville, etc. are favorably impacted by the stability, resources, brainpower and buying power that comes with these great schools.

It’s no wonder that Greater Boston has been, and continues to be, one of the most sought after locations for students, professionals, and families.

Want to call Greater Boston home? Sounds like a smart move to us.

Contact Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team for all of your real estate needs.

Call (781-645-0505), email (info@yourhomeforsale.com), or go to our website (www.yourhomeforsale.com) and ask a question directly to the team. 

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

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.

Inventory, Investments and Interest Rates: Catch Steve's Talk on Real Estate Radio Boston

In case you missed it, Steve McKenna shared his thoughts about the Greater Boston real estate market with Real Estate Radio Boston, WBZ 1030. Hear what he had to say about long-term investments in the area, the recent lack of inventory, and what might be the driving factor to turn that around for buyers in the near future.

Take a look here for his thoughts...

​Interested in hearing more? Click here for the full video,

SAVE THE DATE! The Arlington Home Show, Coming this Spring

Sunday, April 9th, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - The Arlington Home Show 

Mark your calendars! It’s never too early to start planning your next move – and now it’s never been easier!

Join us at the Arlington Home Show, Sunday, April 9th from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Arlington Town Hall. From Appraisals to Zoning Laws, we’ve got your real estate needs covered. Get advice and guidance from builders, lenders, lawyers, stagers, real estate professionals and more. Save the date and make The Arlington Home Show your one-stop-show for all of your real estate needs!

Go to www.TheArlingtonHomeShow.com for updated information and a full list of sponsors.

Interested in becoming a sponsor of The Arlington Home Show? Contact us at info@yourhomeforsale.com for details.

The Arlington Home Show

Find, and be Found, With the #1 Real Estate Team Around

FIND.

It can be a tough market for home buyers in the Greater Boston area. Inventory has been low and homes are selling fast. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a home out there just right for you.

When you have the #1 team real estate team that works around the clock for you, you won’t miss a new listing and we’ve got your back when it comes to tough negotiations. Our experience is broad and our knowledge is deep when it comes to identifying homes that match up to our client’s needs. And we’ll stick with you until the keys are in your hand.

BE FOUND.

It is a seller’s market, but that doesn’t take the stress out of selling a home (we do). When it comes to selling your home, you want the world to know so you can sell fast and for the best price possible. We make your home stand out, with marketing that spans from hyper-local ads to a broad reach across social media. Our understanding of the available pool of buyers, along with years of experience handling the negotiations and transactions that come along with one of the biggest sales of your life.

From preparing your home to sell, tactical marketing, negotiations, and closing, we handle the entire home selling process so you don’t have to.

Whether you are in the market to FIND a home, or list your home to be FOUND, turn to Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team FIRST for all of your real estate needs.

Find and Be Found, with Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team

 

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.

A Piece of the Pie

What day is more appropriate to talk about a slice of the pie than March 14th (3.14), the calendar version of the numerical constant.

Funny thing about pi is that while it is a mathematical constant, it is also an irrational number. So kinda like real estate. As a potential home buyer, the need for a home is always there, yet the process doesn’t always quite make sense.

For example, take your list of ‘must-have’s.’ They might include things like location, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, square footage, garage, fireplace, yard size, etc. These are all important and logical choices as you begin your home search.

But, as we all know, once your home search gets cooking, trying to find everything on your list at a price point that is within budget can be like figuring out E=MC2. That’s when you need to start re-slicing and dicing. Maybe you wanted a nice big yard, but realizing that comes with a longer commute might put it lower on the priority list. Or, if you have a growing family, square footage might take the biggest slice of the pie with location being less important.

As you begin your home search you should definitely make that list and know what’s important to you. But also know that it is not a constant – while you may not get everything you want, the more you can shift and adjust your priorities based on what’s available to you in the market, you just might find you get your slice of the real estate pie.