Monthly Archives: April 2010

25 Years in Greenwich

The Raveis family is proud to celebrate its 25th anniversary in one of CT’s most beautiful towns, Greenwich.  This quarter century has been full of special events and people, helping the company become intimately familiar with the Greenwich community.

William Raveis’ success in Greenwich is attributed to the vision of entrepreneur and company founder, Bill Raveis.  After opening his first office in 1974, Raveis rapidly expanded through Fairfield County, reaching Greenwich in the mid-eighties.  The company acquired Thomas N. Cooke Inc., a highly respected family-owned real estate firm founded in 1899 and located at the corner of Greenwich and Putnam Avenue.  This purchase has always been of high value, for the acquisition has made William Raveis the oldest real estate firm in continuous service in Greenwich.  In 2002, William Raveis purchased the Connecticut offices of Douglas Elliman, a prestigious, long-standing firm, in Greenwich and Darien, adding to the company’s ambitious efforts at expansion.

Bill Raveis’s keen familiarity with the Greenwich community takes the form of long-lasting relationships developed with many people, organizations and clubs in the town.  Of particular importance are efforts to maintain Greenwich’s cultural heritage through a wonderful partnership with the late Claire Vanderbilt and her husband, Hugh.  The relationship with the Vanderbilts traces a 24 year history, when Bill was first getting to know the Greenwich community.  Through a meeting of the minds, Bill and Claire worked to create a program paying homage to historic homes in Greenwich for the Historical Society of Greenwich.  It was called “Signs of the Times” and featured over 200 plaques underwritten by William Raveis Real Estate; the program is still active today.  The relationship with the Vanderbilts is held close to the company’s heart, as this was the foundation toward building a synergy with Greenwich and understanding the town’s rich property history. Company involvement with the town includes sponsorship of The Greenwich Riding and Trails Association-Hunt Ball, The Greenwich Arts Council “Art on the Avenue,” Junior League of Greenwich “Enchanted Forest” and Montifore Children’s Hospital-Greenwich Polo Benefit, to name a few.

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Luxury Baths – Your Personal Retreat

Ahhhhh… a luxurious bathroom awaits you.  Once a private space, it is now a reflection of one’s personality.   The bathrooms can be colorful, simple, serene, opulent or elegant.

The master bathroom is viewed as a retreat and there is a much more open flow from the bathroom area into the bedroom area making the space into a suite.

Homeowners want to emulate and experience the design styles found in upscale hotels and resorts and spas.  Not only are fixtures high-end, but the bathroom is becoming high tech with features such as color changing tubs, color changing water flows in shower heads and faucets, mirrors with LCD television screens, fireplaces and heated towel racks.  Everything one could desire to enhance the senses.

Take a luxury bath tour:

Soaking Tubs –They provide a feeling of relaxation, even if you do not have time to use them immediately.  There is a trend towards deeper and smaller tubs (egg inspired shapes) allowing for full immersion.

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April 13, 2010


William Raveis Real Estate is excited to announce our April Open House Celebration!  On April 11th, 18th and 25th William Raveis will welcome spring with thousands of open houses occurring in four states: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York.  Be on the lookout for William Raveis Blue and come see what properties are available in your neighborhood, state or the northeast.  Bring your family and friends and be amongst the over 10,000 people expected to enjoy this unique showcasing of homes!

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30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage

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This is a housing market we have not seen since 1974.  Key factors have merged to make a ripe real estate climate for you, the homebuyer.  Low interest rates, currently around the 4-5% range, provide the ability to purchase a mortgage at an exceptionally affordable level.  Housing values are still declining, though this should level off through the end of the year.  In addition, you still have time to take advantage of the homebuyer tax credit, expiring on April 30th, 2010.  William Raveis Real Estate understands these aligning factors are very helpful for first-time and repeat homebuyers.  Check out for additional information and to view all open house listings.

April 6, 2010