Why Work With Us?
Here's what our satisfied customers are saying about us:
I would like to take a moment to thank you [Steve and Erika] for everything you have done for us. This wasn’t an easy sale on many levels, and yet you both gave it your all and persevered to the finish . It is difficult to express how grateful I am for your good nature, warmth, competence, generosity, optimism, and equilibrium under way-less-than-ideal circumstances. I hold both of you – and your work – in the highest regard. I am a firm believer in the “Pay it Forward” concept. Kindness is always repaid in one way or another. With your reputation I can’t imagine you are much in need of references, but if ever you are, I am happy to help.
Candice – Seller from Grove Street
Erika Pereira helped us in a real estate search that lasted many months. Her expertise, promptness, commitment, and overall professionalism are unrivaled.
I am sure that most agents would have lost patience with us, given the duration of our search, and the fact that we modified our search criteria many, many times. Not Erika. Erika told us to walk away from several properties, even when we were interested – we found this compelling because she could have earned her commission and moved on. Instead, she took the time to steer us in the right direction.
Erika promptly and clearly responded to every question we asked – many of our questions were about minor or even insignificant details – and maintained enthusiasm even when we grew weary. On one occasion, we backed away from a property after making an initial bid; I feared that at this point Erika would write us off as unreliable or undecided clients. When a listing appeared that finally met each of our many criteria, Erika took immediate action so that we could bid before the property’s scheduled open house.
She then helped us negotiate credits to our offer, enduring, again, what felt like an excruciatingly detailed back and forth series of emails between the various parties. Erika looked after our interests through this entire process and helped win our prize without over-bidding. After our deal closed, she remained available to us when we sought recommendations for local contractors.
I would not consider making a real estate decision without her.
David – Buyer in Arlington
Steve was instrumental in the sale of my home. Selling a home requires a very specific skill-set — it is complex, detailed, and demands constant attention. Steve was very professional throughout the entire process. He had thorough knowledge of the marketplace, he was realistic in setting expectations, and he had a comprehensive understanding of buyer demographics in the area .
To top it off, he has a well-organized team overseeing the transactions to provide guidance and support every step of the way. Everyone did an excellent job making the transactions and the sale of my home go as smooth as possible.
Bill – Seller in Arlington
We chose Steve as our real estate agent because of his reputation for excellent marketing, planning and negotiation strategies. He is a highly ethical business person with expert knowledge about the housing markets he serves.
Every aspect of Steve’s approach to the home buying and selling process is extremely competent, efficient and effective . He gets things done fast and with minimum fuss. He also put us in touch with resources needed for moving: stager, engineer, house cleaner, painter, repair people, plumbers, movers, etc.
Steve is charming, witty, courteous, and patient, making him an all-around wonderful real estate agent to work with.
Lorne and Linda – Sellers on Pleasant View Road in Arlington / Buyers on Maple Ridge in Burlington
Steve and Erika were very effective in selling my home. I was a first-time seller, and I was living in my place for nearly forty years. Steve was clear and informative, and guided me through what can be an overwhelming and emotional process .
Erika was patient, persistent and worked with me closely until I found – and was able to buy – my condo. She kept up with my needs, and set the bar high in order to attain exactly what I was looking for.
The reassurance I found with Steve and Erika made the process of selling my home and finding a new one much smoother.
Dotte – Buyer on Mass. Ave. and Seller on Robbins Road in Arlington
It was a pleasure working with Steve and his very nice, very competent team of professionals. I could not have picked a better team to work with. I did my due diligence and interviewed five other firms, and selected Steve and his team based on their outstanding reputation in town .
Not only did they perform a job well done, he also referred me to four professionals to get the house spruced up for sale, and all did excellent work at wonderful prices. Given other constraints we had coming into the deal, the price that we achieved was perfectly satisfactory.
I look forward to working with Steve and the team on other real estate endeavors in the future. Thanks again.
John – Seller on College Ave.
Steve was fantastic to work with on many levels. He was completely committed to our search, he worked to understand our unique needs and goals, he was incredibly patient and he was always accessible throughout the process.
Steve’s long-time success makes him extremely knowledgeable about the local market and the business . His industry acumen and understanding of basic psychology provided us with direction and advice that was always spot-on.
Steve truly became our trusted advisor and I would highly recommend him to anyone buying or selling a home.
New Home Buyer
It’s never easy to sell your home, but with a toddler, a dog and a new baby due soon, we had a recipe for disaster on our hands. Thank goodness we chose to go with Erika and Bowes Real Estate! She went above and beyond to help us sell our home, making sure the entire process went smoothly.
When it came to buying a home, we were worried about finding a house right for us, especially considering Arlington’s competitive housing market. We ended up finding a house that had everything we were looking for and more! Without Erika, I’m sure we never would have ended up getting such a wonderful home.
I am so thankful that we decided to go with Erika to sell our first home and buy our new one. There is just so much involved in both processes, but Erika helped us every step of the way and ensured both deals went smoothly, helping us even after all papers were signed! And especially considering we were so busy with the new baby coming, it was just such a relief to have such a kind and hard-working real estate agent that we knew we could completely trust. I’d recommend her to anyone!
Sara – Buyer on Waverley Ave. and Seller on Mystic Ave. in Arlington
My experience with Bowes Real Estate and with Steve McKenna’s team was an A+ experience. As a first-time seller, I had a lot of questions, and a bit of trepidation. Steve’s team was supportive and walked me through every step of the process. I recommend them enthusiastically.
Karen – Seller on Pleasant Street in Arlington
I think Steve is a terrific leader and we were impressed with his professionalism and sincerity. Steve led our family through the home selling process during a difficult time. From securing contractors for home repairs, to a stager, to finding charities to donate items no longer needed – Steve & The Home Advantage Team handled every aspect of the preparation and selling of our home.
His knowledge of local real estate is unprecedented – he knew how to price and market our home for the current pool of buyers. We had more than 100 people come through the open house and it sold immediately.
My family has moved many times throughout the years, and I am familiar in working with real estate professionals. Steve & The Home Advantage Team are a cut above the rest. When he says he’ll get back to me, he does. He was always there to help every step of the way and we never felt alone.
I would recommend Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team to anyone with real estate needs.
Seller on George Street in Arlington