Stephen Mckenna Real Estate Agent at Bowes Real Estate Real Living

Stephen Mckenna

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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 developed a successful business model with the Home Advantage Team - a group of highly qualified support staff. Cutting edge technologies, personal service and attention to detail has resulted in generations of satisfied home buyers and sellers.


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Boston Magazine Power Broker, National Award Real Living 2015, 2016 & 2017 #1 Team

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  • Stephen worked with me as a Mover
    • Local Area Expert
    • Spent Quality Time

    Stephen and his team of professionals are committed to providing a high quality level of service. He is a wealth of knowledge that will put together the appropriate market strategy for your home. He also has all the right recommendations, the can-do approach and is just a true professional who cares for the clients that he serves. Over the years, I have worked with many of Stephen’s clients to plan and coordinate their relocations. So, while I have not purchased or sold a home with Stephen, I have had the pleasure of meeting many of his buyers and sellers. In meeting and speaking with his referrals, the feedback on Stephen is always consistent. His attention to detail, responsiveness, professionalism, knowledge & market expertise are the reasons for his success.

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  • Stephen helped me buy a home

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    • Stephen listed and sold my home

        Stephen is a great guy who helped us with the process. He’s the best!

      • Buying a home can be a fun but very stressful process. We wanted someone that we could trust, that took the time to understand our needs and that we could get along with during the long process of viewing potential homes. We first met Erika Pereira in 2006 when we bought our first home in the area and have used her services three times now. We will never use anyone else. Whenever we would call or email Erika her response was always very quick. We called her several times on short notice to see a property and she would always make it happen.What makes working with Erika so great is her patience in finding the perfect home for each individual client . It took us more than 4 months of searching to find the house we wanted and at times it was very frustrating finding exactly what we wanted. During this time, Erika would never let us lose sight of our goals or settle on something that didnt fit what we told her we wanted from the beginning. When we ultimately did find our new home, Erika was also there to protect our interests when dealing with the sellers. We were very comfortable through the entire process of selling our old home and buying our new one. Erika and the entire Home Advantage team were there to tend every detail and make the process very smooth. Erika is not only a great buyers agent, but now a dear friend.

        - Tina, Jack & Jake – Buyers from Arlington
      • My association with Steve McKenna was extremely positive. Steve and his team honored every arrangement they made with me; provided me with accurate answers to my many questions, advised me as to when I should consult/obtain legal advice; made positive suggestions regarding things required so that I could sell my property for top dollar (I received two offers that were above the asking price) and stood by me with further advice and guidance when my first offer fell through. I never felt like I was receiving any pressure and it was always made clear to me that all decisions were mine and that no action would be taken on anything (no matter how small) without my permission. This was explained to me clearly up front and Steve and his team lived up to exactly what they said. They far exceeded my expectations . Their professionalism and dedication certainly showed!

        - Jim & Kathy – Sellers from Medford
      • Working with you on the sale of my condominium has been such a pleasure. You have made a potentially stressful time quite the opposite. Ive appreciated your timely communication, straightforward approach and offers of help above and beyond the norm. Your professionalism and kindness has marked every interaction. Many, many, thanks! Thank you for going above and beyond our expectations.

        - Maureen (& Sam The Wonder Dog) – Sellers from Webster Street, Arlington
      • "I think weve pretty much recovered from selling the house, though we havent finished unpacking yet! But if I wait for that to be done, youll never get this note and Ive been thinking about sending it since the day of our closing on July 20 th and its already August!! I just didnt grasp that I suddenly wouldnt see you again after all those weeks of intensive work together, obvious though it was!! So Im writing to say goodbye and thank you and your whole team. Ive bought and sold quite a few houses in my life with a variety of real estate brokers, and Jack has sold even more during his days working in real estate development in Boston. You are the best by a big marginin fact; you have become our standard for a good agent.We were very impressed by your whole approach, expertise and attention to detail from that first meeting with all the stats about Arlington real estate to the very last day when you were already several steps ahead in dealing with the trash on the morning of the closing. The work you did, day by day, making the right judgment calls and staying on top of everything enabled us to sell our house quickly and as painlessly as possible in a scary market and was worth every penny of your commission. Ive seen many people struggle through trying to sell their house without a good brokerthats even happened to me once in the pastso I especially want you and your team to know what a pleasure and relief it is to work with the best in the businessit really makes a difference. Thank you all."

        - Christine – Seller from Hemlock Street, Arlington
      • We talked with Steve for quite a while before putting our house on the market. He performed an initial market analysis and several updates before we finally decided the time was right to pull the trigger and put our house on the market. Steve was patient and very helpful during the time we were making up our mind. He never used pressure and waited for us to make the decision. When we did put our house on the market, Steve was very helpful to explain the marketing activities, showing details and open house schedule. We were very lucky as we received an excellent offer during the first open house, with other back up offer opportunities. I should not say it was luck, it was due to Steves help in setting the right price for the market and his excellent marketing activities. After the offer and conditions were successfully completed, Steve and his team were very helpful through out the entire process leading up to closing. Steve and his team were also great about returning emails and phone calls promptly during the process. We would not hesitate to use Steve and his team again if the need arises again to sell or purchase a home in the Arlington or surrounding area .

        - Jeff and Luiz – Sellers from Richfield Road, Arlington
      • We would like to thank you, on behalf of our entire family, for the outstanding real estate services you have provided to us over the last 5 years. You have been able to find just the right place for each of us and to help us through every step of the transaction from providing advice in connection with the offer, to assisting with the myriad, easily overlooked details of closing, and finally to supporting us through the process of moving in. Your close attention to our projects, and the range of services provided by your team, have consistently been of the highest caliber . We appreciate not only the high professional standards your team exemplifies, but also your warm understanding of our needs and your candid advice on the tough choices.We confidently recommend your services whenever we have the opportunity to do so, pointing out that we have dealt with serveral competent real estate agents over the years, but that the quality of your support is beyond anything we have seen or heard of and that your honest candor has always been right on target. We look forward to having you handle the real estate aspects of our next downsizing move!

        - Kitt and Judy – Repeat Clients
      • We just wanted to send you a quick note of thanks for all your help with our house sale. Were so pleased with how everything went. We very seriously considered trying to sell the house ourselves it looks so easy from the outside. Setting a price, having an open house, making the sale. We couldnt have known what a difference your expertise about the market, about advertising, and about negotiating would make throughout the process . We also couldnt have predicted how much time and energy went into the negotiation. Very soon after we started working with you, we felt sure wed made the right decision (and we were also relieved not to be doing the house sale on our own!).

        - Ryota and Sarah – Sellers from Udine Street