Monthly Archives: January 2012

William Raveis Raises Over $1.6 Million in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

William Raveis recently announced the results of its successful 2011 breast cancer campaign.  The William Raveis Charitable Fund, an organization formed by William Raveis devoted to the fight against breast cancer, raised over $131,000 to support this important cause.  This resulted in a grand total of over $1.6 million raised in just six years, when this program was first conceived.  All proceeds go to The William Raveis American Cancer Society (ACS) Patient Navigator Program at the University of Connecticut and the ACS Patient Navigator Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Top Viewed Listings of the Week

It’s Friday and that means it’s time to look back at the week’s most popular listings!  This week, we are picking the most viewed listing from four states: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island.  Take a look at the homes that made the cut and let us know why you think they’re getting all the clicks.

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January 28, 2012

Common Seller Mistakes to Avoid When Listing Your Home

Sellers face many challenges when placing their home on the market.  However, given careful study of local market trends and the right guidance from a local realtor, sellers can achieve an fair price on their home and find the right buyer.

In order to make the home-selling process a little simpler, we thought it would be a good idea to post a compilation of some common seller pitfalls.  William Tierney, a Raveis agent in the South Shore, Massachusetts, did just that!  See his comprehensive list below and check out his phenomenal blog, here.

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January 26, 2012

Bill Raveis Profiles our Relocation Division

Bill Raveis, our Chairman & CEO, took some time to talk with Kim Givens, Director of Relocation, on what makes the division so different from other relocation companies.  Check out the entire interview in this post!

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January 24, 2012

Top 10 Viewed Homes of the Week

Let’s face it-everyone has their own taste when it comes to a home.  Several factors can come into play: room for children, how much remodeling might be needed, number of garages and the list goes on and on.  But, there are some homes on the market that seem to have mass appeal.  We’d like to present you with a list of 10 such homes every week, starting today!  Here are the top 10 viewed homes on raveis.com for this past week.  What do YOU think makes them so appealing?

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January 20, 2012

How Congress Stirred the Interest Rate Pot

Interest rates have been a hot topic of conversation for the past several months, and it’s likely that by now those following the market have gotten a hang of how interest rates and the market are correlated.  “What is good for the stock market is bad for interest rates, and vice versa” became the familiar saying… that is, until Congress shook it up.

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January 20, 2012

Dealing with Asbestos

Buying or remodeling a home is a big undertaking.  Though there is the excitement of calling something your own, you owe it to yourself and your family to make sure your new (or remodeled) home is conducive to healthy living.  That will usually involve testing for asbestos.  Asbestos is a health hazard in many homes, but can be dealt with effectively.  But, what exactly is asbestos and how can it get into your home?  Wendy Martinenas of William Raveis Fairfield/Southport, CT, defines this hazardous material and how you can get rid of it quickly.  You can read more about home maintenance and safety on her blog, Snappy Green.

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January 18, 2012

Fourth Quarter Market Update

Fourth quarter of 2011 showed the real estate market stabilizing when looking at most major metrics.  Take a look at the quarterly charts below from the northeast to see how your market fared.  And to get an even more granular look into towns and counties, check out local housing data.

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January 12, 2012

10 Commandments to Follow Before Buying a Home

Buying a home can be alot like when you were learning to ride a bike as a kid (or an adult, if you happened to wait that long!)-pretty unsteady at first and tough to predict bumps in the road.  However, the key is to have the right guidance to make sure the learning process is as smooth as possible.  The same applies when making a home purchase.  And you can start by reading the 10 must-follow-commandments below before buying a home!  This post by Fairfield, CT agent, Veronica Iseppi, was written about one year ago, but the lessons are timeless.  Take a look at her wonderful pre-home purchase advice.  And check out her blog, where she talks all things real estate http://veronicaiseppi.raveisblog.com/.

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January 10, 2012

Real Estate, the Wright Way

I took a trip last month to Arizona with my family to take in a bit of the southwest’s sunshine and clean, desert air.  I thoroughly enjoyed walking down the artsy streets of Scottsdale, driving by the expansive desert dotted with plant life unknown to most northeasterners (that’s where I’m from!) and standing amongst Continue reading

January 5, 2012