Monthly Archives: December 2011

The 5 Most Shared Real Estate Posts of 2011

It’s almost the end of 2011 and it’s time to reflect.  What are the best ways media outlets and pretty much any blog does that?  Through lists- the top 10s and 5s that shookup headlines during the year.  Though they are borderline cliche, we all know how much we love these lists-they can be a handy way to summarize important occurrences, as well as keep your own life in order.  William Raveis is no exception to list usage-in fact, we just posted a top 5 apps list a week ago. And, in the spirit of reflection, we thought we would create a  list of our most shared posts from the past year.  We hope these words provide you a mini patchwork of major real estate happenings in 2011.  Enjoy and have a Happy New Year! Continue reading

Lower Your Energy Bills with Ceiling Fans

Sales Associate, David Popoff from the William Raveis Darien office, explains how to save money and stay green this winter with ceiling fans. Check it out:

Thanks David!

December 27, 2011

5 Awesome Time-Kill Apps

One of the main reasons we whip out our smartphones these days is to utilize apps.  Particularly in real estate, there are myriad apps that can help with productivity if you’re an agent and help you understand the market if you’re a consumer-Evernote, DocuSign, RECalc and USHUD are just a few examples.  But, let’s face it, all work and no play makes for a really boring day.  Those daily lulls while waiting for a client, for a meeting to start or to meet up with friends are stolen moments for smartphone users looking to rendezvous with their favorite time-kill apps.  Don’t look so perplexed-you know you’re guilty of it!  So what are some of the more entertaining apps out there that are as addicting as holiday sugar cookies?  In honor of the infamous “end of the year top 10s and 5s list” style, we decided to name our top 5 time-kill apps:

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December 21, 2011

Bill and Ryan Raveis Talk Mortgages

Bill and Ryan Raveis (Executive VP of William Raveis Mortgage) took some time this week to talk about the current state of the mortgage market and what homebuyers and sellers should be aware of as they enter 2012.  They also took a walk behind the scenes into our Mortgage Division to see what’s involved in the underwriting process.  Check out the footage below!

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December 15, 2011

Heating Bills Got You Down? Read This

In the midst of the cold months, we all start to shiver just thinking about the cost of our heating bills. I know in my family (and many others, I’m sure), this is a frequent topic of conversation with the goal of keeping costs from spiraling out of control. However, if you feel like you’ve done all you can to keep your heating bills from spiking, but with no success, it may be time to Continue reading

December 13, 2011

Social Juice: Week 26

Social Juice has been on hiatus for the past month or so, but it’s back!  This week, we will be talking about twitter’s new “brand page” and Apple’s new store opening in one of the nation’s greatest landmarks.

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December 9, 2011

Our Luxury Wish List

Holidays can be such a magical time when family and friends are all together.  However, they can also be a time of stress.  The full office schedule; the parties/planning; cooking/baking; house cleaning; buying/wrapping/hiding presents… and if you were too late for online shopping, finding a parking space at the mall.  I still enjoy the holidays just as much as my kids. Some years Continue reading

December 8, 2011

8 Reasons Why You Should Market Your Home During Winter

Many people question whether the winter months are a good time to sell a home.  Contrary to popular belief, there are several distinct advantages to putting your home up or leaving it on the market during wintertime.  Veronica Iseppi, and agent in our Trumbull, Connecticut office, gives some excellent advice on why sellers have a leg up in the winter.  This post originally appeared on Veronica’s blog, which you can find here.

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December 6, 2011

4 Housing Metrics You Need to Know

Alot of buyers and sellers tell me they have trouble understanding the housing market.  “How do I know if it’s the right time to buy?”  “How do I know I’m getting the best deal possible on a home purchase?”  “Is now a good time to put my home on the market?”  These are just a few questions I hear all the time.

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December 1, 2011