Buying a Home in New York City

Buying a home in New York City typically involves the purchase of either a cooperative or a condominium. When you’ve found that perfect home, what are the steps you need to take to make sure the process goes smoothly? With any luck you’re already working with a qualified, experienced broker who can help you navigate the process, but it’s still important to be informed and ready for the process.

Raveis Wellness Challenge: A Walk to Lake Placid, NY

In June, William Raveis Headquarters set out on a challenge—to trek across the Northeast  before the end of 2014. Okay, so it isn’t a literal trek, but, it is focused on getting our employees out and above, walking and moving on a regular basis.

Current Market Conditions: July 2014

In July 2014, as compared to July 2013, Average Sales Price* continued to rise across the Northeast. Prices rose 3.2% in Connecticut, 6.7% in Massachusetts (5.1% on Cape Cod, alone), 6.9% in Westchester County, New York, 8.5% in Rhode Island and 7.1% in New Hampshire. Additionally, Unit Sales saw a slight bump in Vermont, with sales increasing 0.2% year-over-year.

Don’t Rush an Estate Sale

This is an ongoing series of posts on assisting seniors and their families during transition. Read Ann’s other posts here.

The sale of any residential property is a process that can take time. It involves decision making about agency and agent selection, pricing, market timing, property maintenance and preparation. When the house or condominium is an estate sale, the selling experience can be even more complex.

Top Viewed Homes: July 2014

Each month listings on get thousands of views. These four are the best of the best in each state. From a Mediterranean-style villa on the water in Darien, Connecticut to a private, one-of-a-kind estate in Newport, Rhode Island, these homes garnered the most views this month. Which is your favorite?

Entering Vermont Market, William Raveis Announces New Affiliation

BCK Real Estate and Stowe Realty bring seven combined offices across Vermont, and an experienced team of sales associates

Back-to-School Tips for Parents

A new school year is on the horizon, and the transition from August to September can be difficult for both children and parents, as families face new organization challenges. Papers and hand-outs pile up, the days are shorter, and there’s an increasing amount of sports, school activities and events. Those calendars fill up pretty quickly, and it’s easy to become frazzled.

The New York City Rental Market

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When moving to most places in the U.S. people pick up the local paper or go to the web. They look at some ads and pick a couple of places to see, and then…simply rent an apartment. No big deal. Renting an apartment is a pretty civilized process in most cities. Throughout our country apartments have washers and dryers, garages or parking spaces, walk-in closets and plenty of storage room. Here in The Big Apple, a parking space in a garage usually costs as much as a one bedroom apartment in the rest of the country.

Need to Know: August 2014

Social media is constantly changing. We know that it can be hard to keep up, so each month we’re going to provide you with a quick round-up of the latest news in the space. We stay on top of all the changes so you don’t have to.

The Millennial Generation and the Booming Rental Market

When young renters finish college, they are not necessarily driven by the prospect of settling down anywhere right away. In fact the number of young renters who say they rent in order to have more flexibility in their future choices jumped last year from 16% to 19%, according to CNBC. It is the ease of knowing if one had to relocate, the process would be less complicated that keeps the millennial generation in the market for rent.

Companion Apps for Social Media

You’re a social media whiz, right? You’re posting on a regular basis, finding content and engaging with your followers. To take your social media presence to the next level, it’s important to incorporate other apps and services into your routine—whether they help you make your photos better, manage your presence or monitor your interactions. Keep reading for a round-up of my must-have companion apps.

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