Monthly Archives: April 2012

Most Popular Homes of the Week

As the housing market really heats up this spring, it makes it even more exciting to see which homes are the most viewed for the week!  Take a look at the fabulous properties that made the list this week.  Kudos to the William Raveis agents that are marketing these homes so well! Continue reading

Quarterly Market Update

The first quarter has come to an end and the real estate market is showing noticeable patterns of recovery.  If you happen to sift through news headlines on your smartphone, or have NPR as your morning companion on the way to work, you’ll likely see and hear something like this: Continue reading

April 26, 2012

William Raveis Contest Helps Connecticut Local Pay for Her MBA

Olga Bruce of Stamford is the newest winner of the William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance annual drawing for a trip to the Bahamas. Bruce won by attending a public open house hosted by Dorothy Darlington, a Greenwich Raveis agent, at a condominium in Riverside on May 22, 2011. Continue reading

April 24, 2012

Most Popular Homes of the Week

April is fast coming to a close but the list of most popular homes for the week is just about to begin.  Take a look at the brand new list below:

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April 20, 2012

Real Estate Agency Relationships

My last post addressed the basics of buyer representation and emphasized how important it is for consumers to understand their options for representation in a real estate transaction.  Since most states require agency disclosures, consumers might confuse the disclosure with a contract.  It should be noted that the disclosure is NOT A CONTRACT and Continue reading

April 19, 2012

What Really Determines the Value of a Home?

With everyone looking for the next great deal during these tough economic times, it’s important to realize what you have, what it’s really worth and how much you can get for it. These days everyone in the real estate industry is working in overdrive to get the same results as in years past. Keeping in mind the state Continue reading

April 17, 2012

Most Popular Homes of the Week

The most popular homes of the week are here!  We have a whole new list this week. What do you think makes the homes below so appealing?

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April 13, 2012

The Homebuyer Checklist- 5 Concepts for Homebuyers to Ponder

William Tierney, an associate in our Scituate, MA office and one of our tech superstar agents, discusses 5 key concepts for homebuyers to ponder.  Buying a home can be daunting process.  However, some of the key steps for homebuying preparation are more intuitive than you think.  We’ll let William take the floor and discuss some of the key steps in homebuying prep.  For more buying and selling tips, please visit William’s blog.

Any good real estate professional who has ever spent time with a prospective home buyer would more than eagerly work with a buyer who is candid and methodical Continue reading

April 10, 2012

This Week's Most Popular Homes

Can’t end your week without it….here are’s most viewed homes for the first week of April!

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April 6, 2012

What The Heck is a Mill Rate?

When venturing out into the world of homebuying and selling, you will likely hear many finance-y terms that you may not be entirely familiar with.  One of them is “mill rate.”  Investopedia defines the mill rate as “The amount per $1,000 that is used to calculate taxes on property. Millage rates are most often found in personal property taxes, where the expressed millage rate is multiplied by the total taxable value of the property to arrive at the property taxes due.”  To put this simply, the mill rate is the amount of tax paid for each dollar of a home’s assessed property value.

Mill rates will vary depending on location.  This is why it is important for you to gather information from the town in which you live regarding the rates.  The mill rate is a key component in determining the taxes you pay on a property.

Chris Sigg, head of the Chris Sigg Team with William Raveis in New Canaan, goes into more detail Continue reading

April 3, 2012