Choosing a Local Real Estate Team

Written by Posted On Tuesday, 31 March 2015 07:06

Buying or selling a home can be one of the biggest, sometimes most overwhelming, endeavors you will take on. But it doesn’t have to be the headache that many assume it to be.

We’ve talked about some warning signs when working with real estate professionals (beware the ‘Yes’ REALTOR®). And we’ve shared feedback direct from clients about the characteristics they value, as well as what separates the best from the rest.

With the right help, buying or selling a home can be a smooth, successful and rewarding experience. Choosing a local real estate team to get you there is the first step, and these important concepts will get you started:  CHOICE. LOCAL. TEAM.

CHOICE. Choice is a beautiful thing. It means that you’re not stuck, and that you have options. But choice also means you have to do your homework. When it comes to finding someone to represent your real estate needs, you want to choose someone with the skill set and expertise to get the job done.

Not only that, but you want to feel good about your choice. A real estate professional might be good at what they do, but if they come across as abrasive, distracted or not in tune to your specific needs, then it might be time to look elsewhere.

LOCAL. We can’t emphasize this enough. Sure there is a proliferation of information about neighborhoods, schools, demographics and real estate data for any given town. But fact of the matter is, that information is just the tip of the iceberg.

Theoretically, any real estate agent from Sudbury, Weymouth or Peabody could come in and help you buy or sell an Arlington or Medford home. But the nuances of knowing a town include critical things like having good connections to partners and vendors you can trust (think handyman, contractor, cleaning person, etc.) and a deep understanding the pool of buyers that’s out there.

TEAM. Real estate is a 24/7 job. There are no weekends. It is challenging enough for one person to manage the ins and outs of a real estate transaction, much less one person handling all of that as a side gig. A real estate team with experience, skills and knowledge (buying, selling, marketing, transactions, negotiating, scheduling, follow-up) ensures that the burden of buying or selling a home falls squarely on their shoulders – not yours. 


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Steve McKenna

Steve McKenna has been affiliated with Bowes Real Estate, Real Living since 1986, and has been Arlington Massachusetts’ #1 real estate agent every year since 1991. Steve is committed to providing each of his clients with the highest quality of professional service. His reputation for selling homes in Arlington, MA has resulted in numerous awards and recognitions over the years, including Boston Magazine’s Top 10 Power Brokers Award and many National Top Ten Sales Awards.

Steve is dedicated to serving clients as well as community, and he supports Arlington, MA schools and sports teams, as well as to numerous civic organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club, The Children’s Room, and other charitable organizations.

Steve has taken years of experience and developed a successful business model with the Home Advantage Team – a group of highly qualified support staff. A combination of cutting edge technologies, personal service and attention to detail has resulted in generations of satisfied sellers and buyers.

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