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Torch Light Music School: Q&A with Maura Lynch

Welcome to the first edition of Arlington Storefront Stories! As we mentioned in our previous intro, we believe in giving back to the place where we live and work, and we’re continuing that trend by focusing on some of the businesses that make Arlington GREAT.

Without further ado, our first story features Torch Light Music School, located on Medford Street in Arlington. Torch Light is Directed by the renowned singer and musician, Maura Lynch. It is a music school designed to help young musicians and artists find their true voice, as well as cultivate self-confidence and self-discovery.

Read our Q&A with Maura to see what makes Torch Light SHINE!

How is Torch Light different from other music schools?

At Torch Light we are committed to training the whole artist; their vocal technique, presentation, confidence and their ability to communicate the story inside the song.  While most music schools are comfortable with a piano and music stand for their studio, Torch Light offers each of our students a professional experience using state of the art audio gear.

Students are able to train on microphones, full PA system and performance lighting and will find that they are prepared for any audition or performance experience they may encounter.

What musical endeavor has had the greatest impact on your own life?

One of the most amazing experiences that I had with music was as the creator of Musicians for Peace in Northern Ireland. I was able to go to Derry, Northern Ireland and work first hand with the peace leaders there. When the conferences started to break down and animosity ran high between the Catholic and Protestant attendees, the leaders chose a song that I had written, One Day at a Time, to bring the group of broken factions together.  In that moment, I realized the profound effect that music could have, not only on each individual person, but on the group and global collective. 

My commitment in owning and creating a music school has been to infuse my students with the love of their own Voice and also to train them to use their Voice to better their own lives and the world that they live in… to be a Torch Light themselves!

Who was your most influential mentor? 

I’ve been blessed with amazing mentors! I’m hard-pressed to choose just one. I realize while writing this list, I have loved many artists such as Pat Benatar, Annie Lennox, Barbra Streisand and Adele, but the most influential of my mentors have been teachers – Valerie Walters as a child, Phyllis Curtin & Allen Rogers for my classical training, and Richard Berberian my high school music director who inspired me to no end and is still a dear friend. Last but not least my dear friend Michael Vaughan who inspired and trained me for years to be the best Music Director that I hope to be!

What would you say to someone interested in music but is self-described as having “no musical ability” at all?  Is ‘music’ something anyone can do? 

When I’m meeting a student for the first time who may want to study privately but may have those feelings, I will offer them a simple test, to sing “mi, re, do” in tune.  If a student is able to even softly sing those three notes in tune and has the desire to sing, I can train them!  If a person tries to sing ‘mi, re, do’ and is unable to hold the pitch, the private lesson route maybe a bit advanced for them.  I would recommend at that point, if their desire to sing is great, to join a group class or a community choir to build up their ability to hear pitch and come to test again.  I do believe music is something that can reach all of us on a soul and heartfelt level…I truly believe music is a universal language and can have profound impact on a person in performance or in a listening setting.

If you had to choose one, which would be your pick for a movie about music:

School of Rock, b) Walk the Line, c) Pitch Perfect, d) Amadeus, e) Almost Famous, f) Other

Wow, again, choosing one is really tricky but I can choose one for each category!  For Classical music – Amadeus!  That movie has brilliant performances but historically it shows that ‘those musicians’ like Mozart were the Pop Stars of their day and real people!  I find this inspires young artists to hear and be open minded to the magnificence of the music. The artists who created the music had a major impact on history itself, and they were not just dusty old men!  For arranging and incredible harmonic singing for younger artists, Pitch Perfect was amazing as it highlights the desire for excellence and transcending daily life trials. The movie Almost Famous was wonderful for showing the ‘less than glamorous’ parts of the music world and how attention to excellence in the craft of music can help a young artist stay on track in a world full of illusion, temptation and bling.

Does self-esteem build confidence in music or does music build confidence and self-esteem?

Music is an amazing tool of self-expression.  A very confident person will approach music as a vehicle for what they may already wish to share with the world and will discover how music will best express themselves.  For a student struggling with self-esteem, music is a fantastic opportunity to gain that inner core confidence. Through a song that reaches them, they will not only learn more about singing, they will find their “Voice”. 

Students who come to me are all welcome to bring their favorite songs to their lessons.  For students craving increased self-esteem, I encourage them to dig deep into the message in those songs and how it pertains to their own lives and circumstances and how those words can help them in their own journey.  If a student is going through a particular issue, such as bullying, we may even write a song from words in their journal that they may fully express themselves in a safe venue about their experience.  Their own personal improvement in their singing absolutely leads them strongly to ‘who they are’ and the confidence that they feeling reaching that goal.  The artists and songs that they admire give them permission to speak for themselves in a way that works for them.

When a student grows from singing in a group to becoming a soloist, I have found that the confidence they earned to be able to accomplish that goal has often stayed with them into adulthood as some, much to my great delight, have shared with me years later!

What impact have shows like American Idol, The Voice and Glee have had on the perception of music and musical performance? 

Simply put, these shows made singing become one of the coolest things you could do! Instead of singing in the Glee Club being what ‘those kids do’ it’s now a cutting edge symbol of confidence and unique expression.  Most students who have the leads or sing solo are often seen as those who will also be very successful in high school, college acceptances and finding a satisfying path for their life.

What should new students expect when they sign up with Torch Light?

Brand new students will immediately be able to sing and train on professional microphones and through a PA system the moment they arrive.  They will have the freedom to co-create their experience by being welcome to bring in their favorites songs and artists that are influencing them at the time.  If I find that their technical advancement calls for a specific training, I have a vast library of songs to choose to teach them. I have discovered that the level of enthusiastic focus is more easily attained when the student feels that their input is most welcome!

A brand new student should know that they come to Torch Light their love of music and desire to find their most excellent Voice has just begun!

What is the one thing you would want every student to walk away with?

A Love of their Own Voice – not just as a singer, but as a person and as a leader in their own life; that their pursuit of their love of music will be a gift that will be with them for the rest of their life.

If you had the chance to perform anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I would like to produce an event through Torch Productions called Power Chords for Peace and I would like the concert to be held at the Muslim center in New York near Ground Zero.  After my experience working with the peace leaders in Northern Ireland, I realized that a group of terrorists are NOT regular folks and that all of us suffer when labels are put upon people that promote prejudice and hatred. 

The world cannot be a more peaceful place if we don’t see the heart of the matter and stand for it.  I would like to align the business world, spiritual world and the artistic world in a global musical endeavor that would gather more of us together who believe in the magnificent possibility of a world at peace.

 

Do you know of an Arlington business that should be covered? Just let us know! Leave a comment or email info@yourhomeforsale.com with your suggestion.

The Home Advantage Team Featured in The Patch as Part of Small Business Saturday

In case you missed it, Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team were featured in the Arlington Patch as part of an ongoing series focusing on small business owners in the city.

See what Steve has to say about some of the best things about Arlington, what he sees as the biggest struggle, and where he sees Arlington in the future.

For the full article, click here.

*Note: our Small Business Saturday promotion is still happening! Hop over to our Facebook page and leave your name in the comment section of the Charlie Brown Christmas post and we'll leave two free tickets for you at the Regent

Will you do anything special or have any special promotions on Small Biz Saturday? 
As a real estate team (and a small business ourselves), we support our local Arlington businesses and organizations in a number of ways. We are a proud sponsor of the Regent Theater, and for Small Business Saturday we will be hosting a Facebook promotion. Anyone who likes our page on SMB will get 2 tickets to The Boston Children's Theater production of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" at the Regent on December 9 at 1 p.m. We have a limited supply, so will be on a first come first serve basis.

When did the business open?
Steve has been associated with Bowes Real Estate, Real Living for nearly 30 years and Bowes Real Estate has been a part of the community for over 70 years

What made you decide to go into this type of business? And why here? 
Steve is originally from Allston and believes that being sincere and honest are the key to success in any industry. But real estate in particular is a business where a positive attitude and strong work ethic goes far. Steve lives and works in Arlington, has a deep understanding of home values, neighborhood dynamics, schools and all the critical factors that come into play when making important real estate decisions.

What do you like best about it?
Arlington is a town unlike any other, and its mix of social and cultural capital have made it one of the most sought-after suburbs in Greater Boston. As a densely populated town that enjoys many benefits of being close to Boston and public transportation, it also has a thriving business community of its own that makes it vibrant place to live and work. Young working professionals move here from the city because it's more affordable yet still has that urban feel. Families move here because of the good schools and kid-friendly amenities. Downsizers move here because of the vibrant arts scene. As we like to say, come for the city-like vibe, stay for the family-like atmosphere.

Biggest struggle?
Right now inventory 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 Arlington, 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.

What do you see for the future?
I think Arlington will continue to grow and evolve, but its identity which has diversity and culture at its core will always be there. We have so many smart, talented people in town with great ideas and a vision to make the community a strong one – both now and in the future. 

Politics and business - how does it affect yours?
It doesn't, really. Buying or selling a home is such a personal endeavor. It does not really cross the realm into politics – unless you're talking interest rates. But even so, it generally stays under the political radar.

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.

Torch Light Music School: Q&A with Maura Lynch

Welcome to the first edition of Arlington Storefront Stories! As we mentioned in our previous intro, we believe in giving back to the place where we live and work, and we’re continuing that trend by focusing on some of the businesses that make Arlington GREAT.

Without further ado, our first story features Torch Light Music School, located on Medford Street in Arlington. Torch Light is Directed by the renowned singer and musician, Maura Lynch. It is a music school designed to help young musicians and artists find their true voice, as well as cultivate self-confidence and self-discovery.

Read our Q&A with Maura to see what makes Torch Light SHINE!

How is Torch Light different from other music schools?

At Torch Light we are committed to training the whole artist; their vocal technique, presentation, confidence and their ability to communicate the story inside the song.  While most music schools are comfortable with a piano and music stand for their studio, Torch Light offers each of our students a professional experience using state of the art audio gear.

Students are able to train on microphones, full PA system and performance lighting and will find that they are prepared for any audition or performance experience they may encounter.

What musical endeavor has had the greatest impact on your own life?

One of the most amazing experiences that I had with music was as the creator of Musicians for Peace in Northern Ireland. I was able to go to Derry, Northern Ireland and work first hand with the peace leaders there. When the conferences started to break down and animosity ran high between the Catholic and Protestant attendees, the leaders chose a song that I had written, One Day at a Time, to bring the group of broken factions together.  In that moment, I realized the profound effect that music could have, not only on each individual person, but on the group and global collective. 

My commitment in owning and creating a music school has been to infuse my students with the love of their own Voice and also to train them to use their Voice to better their own lives and the world that they live in… to be a Torch Light themselves!

Who was your most influential mentor? 

I’ve been blessed with amazing mentors! I’m hard-pressed to choose just one. I realize while writing this list, I have loved many artists such as Pat Benatar, Annie Lennox, Barbra Streisand and Adele, but the most influential of my mentors have been teachers – Valerie Walters as a child, Phyllis Curtin & Allen Rogers for my classical training, and Richard Berberian my high school music director who inspired me to no end and is still a dear friend. Last but not least my dear friend Michael Vaughan who inspired and trained me for years to be the best Music Director that I hope to be!

What would you say to someone interested in music but is self-described as having “no musical ability” at all?  Is ‘music’ something anyone can do? 

When I’m meeting a student for the first time who may want to study privately but may have those feelings, I will offer them a simple test, to sing “mi, re, do” in tune.  If a student is able to even softly sing those three notes in tune and has the desire to sing, I can train them!  If a person tries to sing ‘mi, re, do’ and is unable to hold the pitch, the private lesson route maybe a bit advanced for them.  I would recommend at that point, if their desire to sing is great, to join a group class or a community choir to build up their ability to hear pitch and come to test again.  I do believe music is something that can reach all of us on a soul and heartfelt level…I truly believe music is a universal language and can have profound impact on a person in performance or in a listening setting.

If you had to choose one, which would be your pick for a movie about music:

School of Rock, b) Walk the Line, c) Pitch Perfect, d) Amadeus, e) Almost Famous, f) Other

Wow, again, choosing one is really tricky but I can choose one for each category!  For Classical music – Amadeus!  That movie has brilliant performances but historically it shows that ‘those musicians’ like Mozart were the Pop Stars of their day and real people!  I find this inspires young artists to hear and be open minded to the magnificence of the music. The artists who created the music had a major impact on history itself, and they were not just dusty old men!  For arranging and incredible harmonic singing for younger artists, Pitch Perfect was amazing as it highlights the desire for excellence and transcending daily life trials. The movie Almost Famous was wonderful for showing the ‘less than glamorous’ parts of the music world and how attention to excellence in the craft of music can help a young artist stay on track in a world full of illusion, temptation and bling.

Does self-esteem build confidence in music or does music build confidence and self-esteem?

Music is an amazing tool of self-expression.  A very confident person will approach music as a vehicle for what they may already wish to share with the world and will discover how music will best express themselves.  For a student struggling with self-esteem, music is a fantastic opportunity to gain that inner core confidence. Through a song that reaches them, they will not only learn more about singing, they will find their “Voice”. 

Students who come to me are all welcome to bring their favorite songs to their lessons.  For students craving increased self-esteem, I encourage them to dig deep into the message in those songs and how it pertains to their own lives and circumstances and how those words can help them in their own journey.  If a student is going through a particular issue, such as bullying, we may even write a song from words in their journal that they may fully express themselves in a safe venue about their experience.  Their own personal improvement in their singing absolutely leads them strongly to ‘who they are’ and the confidence that they feeling reaching that goal.  The artists and songs that they admire give them permission to speak for themselves in a way that works for them.

When a student grows from singing in a group to becoming a soloist, I have found that the confidence they earned to be able to accomplish that goal has often stayed with them into adulthood as some, much to my great delight, have shared with me years later!

What impact have shows like American Idol, The Voice and Glee have had on the perception of music and musical performance? 

Simply put, these shows made singing become one of the coolest things you could do! Instead of singing in the Glee Club being what ‘those kids do’ it’s now a cutting edge symbol of confidence and unique expression.  Most students who have the leads or sing solo are often seen as those who will also be very successful in high school, college acceptances and finding a satisfying path for their life.

What should new students expect when they sign up with Torch Light?

Brand new students will immediately be able to sing and train on professional microphones and through a PA system the moment they arrive.  They will have the freedom to co-create their experience by being welcome to bring in their favorites songs and artists that are influencing them at the time.  If I find that their technical advancement calls for a specific training, I have a vast library of songs to choose to teach them. I have discovered that the level of enthusiastic focus is more easily attained when the student feels that their input is most welcome!

A brand new student should know that they come to Torch Light their love of music and desire to find their most excellent Voice has just begun!

What is the one thing you would want every student to walk away with?

A Love of their Own Voice – not just as a singer, but as a person and as a leader in their own life; that their pursuit of their love of music will be a gift that will be with them for the rest of their life.

If you had the chance to perform anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I would like to produce an event through Torch Productions called Power Chords for Peace and I would like the concert to be held at the Muslim center in New York near Ground Zero.  After my experience working with the peace leaders in Northern Ireland, I realized that a group of terrorists are NOT regular folks and that all of us suffer when labels are put upon people that promote prejudice and hatred. 

The world cannot be a more peaceful place if we don’t see the heart of the matter and stand for it.  I would like to align the business world, spiritual world and the artistic world in a global musical endeavor that would gather more of us together who believe in the magnificent possibility of a world at peace.

 

Do you know of an Arlington business that should be covered? Just let us know! Leave a comment or email info@yourhomeforsale.com with your suggestion.

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.

The Home Advantage Team Featured in The Patch as Part of Small Business Saturday

In case you missed it, Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team were featured in the Arlington Patch as part of an ongoing series focusing on small business owners in the city.

See what Steve has to say about some of the best things about Arlington, what he sees as the biggest struggle, and where he sees Arlington in the future.

For the full article, click here.

*Note: our Small Business Saturday promotion is still happening! Hop over to our Facebook page and leave your name in the comment section of the Charlie Brown Christmas post and we'll leave two free tickets for you at the Regent

Will you do anything special or have any special promotions on Small Biz Saturday? 
As a real estate team (and a small business ourselves), we support our local Arlington businesses and organizations in a number of ways. We are a proud sponsor of the Regent Theater, and for Small Business Saturday we will be hosting a Facebook promotion. Anyone who likes our page on SMB will get 2 tickets to The Boston Children's Theater production of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" at the Regent on December 9 at 1 p.m. We have a limited supply, so will be on a first come first serve basis.

When did the business open?
Steve has been associated with Bowes Real Estate, Real Living for nearly 30 years and Bowes Real Estate has been a part of the community for over 70 years

What made you decide to go into this type of business? And why here? 
Steve is originally from Allston and believes that being sincere and honest are the key to success in any industry. But real estate in particular is a business where a positive attitude and strong work ethic goes far. Steve lives and works in Arlington, has a deep understanding of home values, neighborhood dynamics, schools and all the critical factors that come into play when making important real estate decisions.

What do you like best about it?
Arlington is a town unlike any other, and its mix of social and cultural capital have made it one of the most sought-after suburbs in Greater Boston. As a densely populated town that enjoys many benefits of being close to Boston and public transportation, it also has a thriving business community of its own that makes it vibrant place to live and work. Young working professionals move here from the city because it's more affordable yet still has that urban feel. Families move here because of the good schools and kid-friendly amenities. Downsizers move here because of the vibrant arts scene. As we like to say, come for the city-like vibe, stay for the family-like atmosphere.

Biggest struggle?
Right now inventory 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 Arlington, 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.

What do you see for the future?
I think Arlington will continue to grow and evolve, but its identity which has diversity and culture at its core will always be there. We have so many smart, talented people in town with great ideas and a vision to make the community a strong one – both now and in the future. 

Politics and business - how does it affect yours?
It doesn't, really. Buying or selling a home is such a personal endeavor. It does not really cross the realm into politics – unless you're talking interest rates. But even so, it generally stays under the political radar.