home selling

The Wizards Behind the Curtain

At least 42% of people begin their home buying process online, according to a report by The National Association of REALTORS® (a number that is bound to keep growing).

As a first step, this makes perfect sense.

You can get a feel for what’s out there, how much homes are going for, and how fast they’re selling – all while drinking tea in fuzzy slippers on the couch. Looking at data and statistics, bedrooms and bathrooms, schools and public transportation options can take up a better part of a day, so you better make sure you’re comfortable.

When you go on the big sites like Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com you get access to a lot of information right off the bat. This is great when you’re getting the lay of the land and a feel for what is out there. But when you’re ready to go beyond ‘zesitmates’ and get serious about buying a home, you want a person behind those numbers.

The person or team behind the website should be able to answer your questions in real time, back up the data with an in-depth understanding of local dynamics, and address your specific needs without gimmicks or smoke in mirrors.

When you visit www.YourHomeForSale.com, you’re not only getting some of the best search capabilities, fastest alerts and notifications, and local insight and updates that are out there, but you also have a team of professionals behind every click of the mouse when you’re ready to take that next step.

Real estate isn’t magic, but when it’s time to make a move, you want a team with brains, heart and courage who believes there’s no place like a great home for you.

Contact us today. 781-645-0505, info@yourhomeforsale.com

 

 

*image via: Igor Mojzes, DollarPhotoClub

Did You Know That Spring has Sprung?

OK so maybe spring hasn’t sprung in a meteorological sense, but in terms of real estate it sure has.

Most people think that the spring real estate market coincides with the season, which is about mid-March through mid-June.  But Boston being the driven, ambitious kinda place that it is, it starts a lot sooner around these parts.

Buyers want to be competitive and beat out other buyers so the great home search of 2016 is well underway. And sellers want a head start over other sellers, so the listings are sprouting up sooner. Top that with the fact that winter has been particularly forgiving to us New Englanders this year, and the weather isn’t holding anyone back.

Voilà, spring has sprung.

There is still time to get in the market and beat the high-season rush. We have a number of new listings on the horizon for home buyers, and our team of trained professionals can get sellers ready and in the market faster than a crocus can bloom in March.

Contact us today for all of your real estate needs.

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.

How Many Steps Does it Take to Sell Your Home? Two.

So have you bought that pumpkin spice latte yet? Watched a little football? Craved some casseroles and soup? Leaves aren’t the only things that change this time of year – with the change of seasons often comes the need to tidy up, clean out, and clean up. Call it nesting, man caving, hunkering down, whatever. We just know when it’s this time of year there is work to be done before winter settles in.

Maybe you’ve been thinking of selling your home for some time, but the thought of getting it ready has been too daunting. We know from experience that the first step of cleaning out the clutter can be the hardest -- physically, mentally and emotionally.

The good news is, we’ve got a fool-proof plan to get you going. And since you’re in clean-out mode anyway, you’re setting yourself up for selling this spring without feeling rushed or overwhelmed.

Step 1: Here are some resources to get started on your fall clean out (below).

Step 2: Give us a call and we’ll handle all the rest of the 548 steps to get your home prepared and SOLD by spring (or sooner)!

Contact us today.

Phone: 781-645-0505

Email: Steve@yourhomeforsale.com

Web: www.yourhomeforsale.com

*From the Town of Arlington Website*

Recycling Center Open Saturday October 15, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (promptly) DPW Yard, 51 Grove Street

Upcoming Arlington Recycling Center days- Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (2016)

October 15
November 19 - Sharps collected. Read more about proper disposal of sharps.
December 10*

OTHER

Bicycles - for Bikes Not Bombs - here's what they accept.

Gently used toys, children’s clothes and books for Little Fox Shop and local shelters.

Books and clothing for local organizations such as More Than Words Bookstore and Mission of Deeds.

THESE re-salable building materials will be collected and re-sold by the nonprofit Boston Building Resources.

Textiles (other than wearable clothes) should be taken directly to the Goodwill Industries trailer behind Stop & Shop or the Planet Aid and Red Cross drop-off boxes along Mass Ave.

Curbside television pickup: Purchase your sticker by the Thursday before the event. Each TV and CRT is $20 payable (cash or check only) at DPW, 51 Grove Street, please pay ahead during regular office hours.

Dehumidifier Rebate Program- Recycle your old dehumidifier and Mass Save and Eversource will send you a $30 ebate (after you fill out the form) More Here

Sneakers- get turned into sports turf

Bulky rigid plastic items, such as outdoor furniture and large children's toys

Foam- check out ReFoamIt.com for what is recyclable

Scrap metal

Rechargeable, lithium, nickel cadmium and lead acid batteries (single-use alkaline batteries go out with your trash)

Redeemable bottles and cans- collected by Arlington High School SAVE Club students

Electronics- recycle almost anything with a plug, most items are free, TVs and monitors are $10, laptops are $5 (These are also recyclable during DPW business hours, five days a week!!)

NO large appliances accepted - these need an appointment for pickup at the curb and payment of $20 fee, call 1-800-323-4285 to schedule and pay by phone.

The Secret Sauce of Successful Home Selling (That No One's Telling You)

There are certain basic truths when it comes to successfully selling a home:Home Selling Secret Sauce

  1. Declutter
  2. Clean up the yard
  3. Price it right

These are all important steps. Decluttering the home enables buyers to picture themselves living there. Cleaning up the yard gives a positive first impression. Pricing a home correctly can mean the difference between selling it in three days or three months.

You know this, and most real estate professionals know this. But there are other criteria that are equally important and often overlooked – particularly by novice or part-time agents and FSBO’s.

And that is knowing the pool of buyers that are out there.

Here’s the thing. The only way to know the pool of buyers is to be out on the streets, viewing open houses, and talking to people every week and every month of the year. The pool of buyers is constantly changing, so to assume you know who’s looking for homes in Arlington Heights in the $500,000 range because you spoke to one family at an open house four weeks ago is to give false hopes to your sellers.

Knowing the pool of buyers is our crystal ball. It allows us to become the matchmaker, helping buyers find the home they’re looking for, and helping sellers understand who’s out there and how long it might take to find a fit.

There are no guarantees in real estate, but there is a secret sauce to successfully listing and selling a home. Our recipe has been serving satisfied home buyers and home sellers in Greater Boston for more than 30 years.

Contact us today.

781-645-0505

info@yourhomeforsale.com

 

 

Home Selling Solutions: What to do With All 'The Stuff?'

If you’re thinking of selling but the thought of what to do with ‘the stuff’ puts that idea back on the shelf, then take a look at this…

Everything But The House (EBTH) is an online auction where you can sell your cherished items – anything from a rare collection, to common and useful household items. Sometimes the hardest part of selling a home is figuring out what do with what’s in it, now the process, the prep and the proceeds of the sale of your items are managed by EBTH, and it couldn’t be easier!

Click here to take a look at what’s on sale from this home in Arlington!

*photo via Everything But The House

Stop Wondering 'What If?' and Start Saying 'Why Not!'

There are a lot of variables when it comes to home buying, selling, downsizing or renovating. Is this the right time? What if I sell but can’t find a home to move into? Should I finally renovate that kitchen?

Knowledge is power, and knowing your options is a great start when making big decisions. If you have a real estate or home improvement question, we're pretty sure one of our vendors has the answer.

The Arlington Home Show has more than 50 vendors to fill you in on the where, when, how, what if and why not of moving to that next phase of life or tackling that home to-do.

Come see for yourself and turn that question mark into an exclamation point. Visit www.thearlingtonhomeshow.com for details.

 

What: The Arlington Home Show

When: Sunday, April 9th, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where: The Arlington Town Hall

Who: More than 50 vendors will be on hand to answer your questions

Why: (see above)

 

When Did you Buy Your Arlington Home?

There’s nothing like a new year to remind us that time flies (whether you’re having fun or otherwise). 

In the blink of an eye, the kids grow up, trends shift, technology changes and it can leave you wondering why you still have a flip phone and a stroller in the garage when the kids are in college. 

Four decades and thousands of home buyers and sellers later, Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team understand that time can sneak up on you.

Think about when you bought your Arlington home. Was it in the 1960s when the average home cost $19,482? Or the 1980s when the average mortgage rate was a whopping 17.16%?

If the New Year means a resolution to reassess your plans for the future, we can put you on the right path in no time.

Contact us today, and we can provide a free and confidential market analysis of your home to talk about your options, possibilities and a plan that’s right for you.

Here's to a Happy New Year!

Do You Remember When You Bought Your Arlington Home?

 

The Wizards Behind the Curtain

At least 42% of people begin their home buying process online, according to a report by The National Association of REALTORS® (a number that is bound to keep growing).

As a first step, this makes perfect sense.

You can get a feel for what’s out there, how much homes are going for, and how fast they’re selling – all while drinking tea in fuzzy slippers on the couch. Looking at data and statistics, bedrooms and bathrooms, schools and public transportation options can take up a better part of a day, so you better make sure you’re comfortable.

When you go on the big sites like Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com you get access to a lot of information right off the bat. This is great when you’re getting the lay of the land and a feel for what is out there. But when you’re ready to go beyond ‘zesitmates’ and get serious about buying a home, you want a person behind those numbers.

The person or team behind the website should be able to answer your questions in real time, back up the data with an in-depth understanding of local dynamics, and address your specific needs without gimmicks or smoke in mirrors.

When you visit www.YourHomeForSale.com, you’re not only getting some of the best search capabilities, fastest alerts and notifications, and local insight and updates that are out there, but you also have a team of professionals behind every click of the mouse when you’re ready to take that next step.

Real estate isn’t magic, but when it’s time to make a move, you want a team with brains, heart and courage who believes there’s no place like a great home for you.

Contact us today. 781-645-0505, info@yourhomeforsale.com

 

 

*image via: Igor Mojzes, DollarPhotoClub

Did You Know That Spring has Sprung?

OK so maybe spring hasn’t sprung in a meteorological sense, but in terms of real estate it sure has.

Most people think that the spring real estate market coincides with the season, which is about mid-March through mid-June.  But Boston being the driven, ambitious kinda place that it is, it starts a lot sooner around these parts.

Buyers want to be competitive and beat out other buyers so the great home search of 2016 is well underway. And sellers want a head start over other sellers, so the listings are sprouting up sooner. Top that with the fact that winter has been particularly forgiving to us New Englanders this year, and the weather isn’t holding anyone back.

Voilà, spring has sprung.

There is still time to get in the market and beat the high-season rush. We have a number of new listings on the horizon for home buyers, and our team of trained professionals can get sellers ready and in the market faster than a crocus can bloom in March.

Contact us today for all of your real estate needs.