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A lot can change over the course of 10 years - people were still using MySpace, selfies were not a thing and neither was binge watching on Netflix (how did people live??). But it is comforting to know that some things don't change, and Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team were selling houses and making real estate dreams come true just as they do today.

The Home Advantage Team has evolved into a team of nine and remains the most successful real estate team in Arlington for the last 30 years (luckily there's no #30yearchallenge - yet).

Here are Steve, Erika, Mitzi and Donna from 10 years ago and today, and like a fine wine, have only gotten better with time.

Challenge us to help you buy or sell your home in 2019!



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    When is the right time to sell your home?

    Have you been thinking…

    • My property taxes are too high and are going up
    • My home is too big for me
    • I need to know the value of my home

    Selling your home is personal.

    My team and I can explain the current real estate market, help you understand the value of your home, and guide you through the home selling process. 

    Contact us when it’s right for you!


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      Bloopers & Outtakes From our 2018 Video Shoot

      Last year we had some professional video taken to showcase our real estate expertise in the community. It was an interesting process and we learned a lot along the way. For example, it's waaaayy harder than it looks. But of course, being who we are, we had a lot of fun, a lot of takes, and confirmed that we are real estate professionals - not actors!

      Here are some outtakes and bloopers from the shoot, guaranteed to put a smile on your face!



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        Sellers Workshop for Arlington Residents – Tuesday, March 19th

        We had a packed event back on February 25th despite a wacky, windy weather day. Arlington residents braved the elements and came out to hear speakers on a variety of real estate-related topics, but more importantly, they were able to ask questions and get detailed answers to their specific questions. Everything from capital gains taxes, buying and selling at the same time and the importance of staging.  

        The venue is local, the speakers are experts in their fields, and the attendance is limited, making for an interactive dialogue among participants.

        Join us for the second in the series, a FREE Sellers Workshop for Arlington Residents:

        Date: Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

        Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

        Location: Robbins Library, Arlington (700 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington)

        RSVP: Please email: Christina@timvanderveenlaw.com or call 781-829-2003. Space is limited and registration is mandatory. We hope to see you there! REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 15th

        The event will cover recent changes in the law and other trends affecting local real estate transactions in the past year. A panel of industry experts including, Andrew Bunnell of The Law Office of Timothy J. Van Der Veen, Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team of BOWES Real Estate, Thea Simolari of Mortgage Network, and Kim Hackett of KLH Home Staging will cover topics such as:

        • Will you owe capital gains tax if you sell?
        • Selling or transferring a property held in trust or if an owner is deceased
        • How to get the most return on your home sale through staging
        • Formula to calculate your net sale proceeds to within $1,000
        • Importance of conducting a preliminary title review
        • State sales tax and other forgotten closing costs
        • Strategies for simultaneously selling and buying in a low inventory market
        • Pros and cons of For Sale By Owner
        • Pre-sale repair & improvement strategies (update or leave alone?)
        • Can you buy before you sell? Bridge loans and other financing option in carrying 2 properties

        This is NOT a solicitation for legal services pursuant to Rule 7.3 of the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct

        Home Seller's Workshop for Arlington Residents


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          Quality Service and Real Estate Success Go Hand-in-Hand

          We all know how frustrating it can be when you’re just not getting the response you’re hoping for. Unreturned phone calls, ignored emails, dropped balls, misinformation – it’s enough to make you want to cry sometimes.

          This is also true in real estate, a service industry where the barrier to entry is quite low and turnover is particularly high. Pass an exam and (poof!) you are a real estate agent. But becoming a true real estate professional takes time, experience and a lot of hard work. And as anyone in the business knows, you will learn so much more on the job than you ever will on the test.  

          So it’s no surprise that poor service is a by-product of so many unskilled, part-time, not-in-it-for-the-long-haul, not-from-around-here, agents.

          This is why Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team pride themselves on high-quality service. We have a team of dedicated professionals to ensure that your calls are answered, emails are returned, questions are addressed, and that you receive the time and attention you deserve whether buying or selling a home.

          Recently, Steve, Erika & The Home Advantage Team received Quality Service Certification’s Platinum status. Based on survey results compiled and validated by Leading Research Corporation for the year 2018, their scores reflect 100% client satisfaction with the overall service provided.

          Steve McKenna, Top Rated Agent

          Erika Pereira, Top Rated Agent

          Awards are great, but the true testament to our service comes in the form of our client testimonials, customer referrals and the fact that we have been the #1 team in Arlington for 30 years.

          There are plenty of agents desperate for deals that are willing to offer discounted fees for their services. But as the tried-and-true saying goes, you get what you pay for. When you’re about to navigate the complex and multi-phased process of buying or selling a home, why wouldn’t you opt for experience, know-how, local expertise and superior service?

          Go with anything less and you’re going to need that box of tissues to wipe away the tears. Quality service and real estate success go hand-in-hand – put your home in our hands and see how we can serve you. 


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            Arlington is a Town Enriched by Its Variety of Neighborhoods and Style of Homes

            Big home, small home, older home, newer home – we value YOUR Arlington home.

            One reason why Arlington thrives as one of Greater Boston’s most popular suburbs and is such a great place to live is its diversity.  Everything from the people who live here, to the businesses that serve the community, to the wide range of housing options that brings a unique character to the town.

            Explore Arlington neighborhoods from one end of Mass. Ave. to the other and you will see a variety of traditional triple-deckers, mid-century ranches, classic Capes, condos, townhomes, historic homes and some beautiful new homes. We understand that each brings its own style, features attributes from a given era. 

            As our saying goes, Put Your Home In Our Hands, and you’ll see that we treat every home and every customer with the utmost respect and care.  

            Contact us today.


            Put Your Arlington Home in Our Hands.


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              Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team Top 10 in Greater Boston

              Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team achieved the status as a top 10 real estate team in Greater Boston*!

              This is a great accomplishment as Greater Boston has a large field of very competitive and highly accomplished real estate professionals.

              The Home Advantage Team has proven time and time again that it delivers premium service and exceptional results for its clients - and the numbers validate our ongoing success.

              See how we can help you achieve your real estate dreams.

              Contact us today and put your home in our hands.

              *According to MLS data 1/1/19-5/31/19.


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                Arlington's #1 Real Estate Team for 30+ Years Is No Coincidence

                Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team have been Arlington’s #1 agent and real estate team for more than 30 years – and the reign continues.

                Through booms and busts, bidding wars, low inventory and saturated markets, The Home Advantage Team has seen it all. Kind of like that Farmer’s Insurance commercial (We Know a Thing or Two, Because We’ve Seen a Thing or Two). We’ve been there, sold that. There is rarely a home buying or selling situation that we haven’t experienced many times.

                With experience comes a deep understanding of the market and a trust that has been built and solidified with clients over time.

                And the numbers prove it.

                According to MLS data for Arlington, Jan. 1 – May 31, 2019, The Home Advantage Team closed 27 sales, the highest volume in Arlington and more than the next four agents/teams COMBINED.  

                It is not luck nor is it coincidence that Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team continue to provide solid results and consistent service at the highest level.

                Thinking of buying or selling? Put Your Home In Our Hands and see what we can do for you.


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                  Change is a Constant in Real Estate

                  As a real estate agent for four decades, I’ve experienced the ups, the downs and all the in-betweens. I’ve seen interest rates as high as 18.5 % and as low as 2.85%. I’ve seen houses sell in both hours and in months.

                  I have learned a lot over the years. Perhaps one of the most important lessons is, the real estate market is always changing.

                  The past five years have been no exception. We’ve seen an unprecedented increase in property values, bidding wars, lack of inventory, a seller’s joy of an amazing sale price and a buyer’s excitement of winning the bidding war. No one has a crystal ball, but I have experience on my side and I see signs that change could be coming.

                  Since mid-May inventory has increased across the board for all styles of housing in the area, days on market are longer and there have been price decreases instead of overbidding. Experience has taught us there are easy things to do to make your home stand out from others which could make your home the exception to the norm. This gives you the opportunity to potentially command a higher price through multiple offers. Our goal is to stay ahead of the changing market by educating you on what works and what doesn’t.

                  As a seller, you want to be sure you have the opportunity to sell your home quickly and for the best price possible. If you’re a buyer you don’t want to sit on the sidelines waiting for the market to change, but you want to buy a home at a price that makes sense for you. Our goal is to set everyone’s expectations correctly for the current market.

                  Fortunately, our changes are not extreme because we are surrounded by the best universities and hospitals in the country. The Greater Boston area is flourishing, with massive growth in Hi-tech and Biotech. Our communities offer easy access to the city via public transportation and bikeways.

                  In a constantly fluctuating real estate market the answer remains the same - the best time to buy or sell a home is when it’s best for you. If you’re thinking about buying or selling in the near future contact us and together we can prepare a plan that works for you.


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                    Arlington June Home Sales Snapshot

                    If June home sales are any indicator, it was a busy spring for Arlington real estate.

                    Out of the 29 single-family home sales in Arlington, 16 were over asking price, 10 were under and 3 were at list price. The average list price was $927,710, average sale price was $958,838, and days on market (DOM) was 20.6.

                    There were 30 condo homes sold in Arlington in June with 23 over asking price, 2 under, and 5 at list price. The average list price was $645,393, average sale price was $672,494, and days on market (DOM) was at 14.6.

                    So what does all of this mean? It means we’ve hit something of a sweet spot.

                    Inventory has loosened up for both single-family and condo home homes, which is great news for home buyers who are looking for more options. The average sale price is still trending above asking for both condos and S/F homes, which is great news for sellers who want to get a solid price on the sale of their home.

                    Condos in particular seem to be hot right now, with average days on market just under 15, they are moving fast, and over 75% of condos are selling for over asking price which means they are in demand as well.

                    While single family homes are also in demand, we seem to be seeing fewer bidding wars, and they’re sticking around a little longer with an average of about 20 days on market. About 55% of homes went over asking.

                    Overall the Arlington real estate market remains strong but ever-changing. Be sure to check in with us for updates, or contact us today to get a clear picture about what the current market means for you and your homeownership status.


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