Monthly Archives: August 2012

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Out With a Bang! End of Summer Guide to a Beach Blowout at Your Home

Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon made beach parties cool in movies like “Beach Blanket Bingo” and “Back To The Beach,” and now with the unofficial end of summer here this weekend, you too can party ’til the sun comes up and hang out with the Big Kahuna, even in your own back yard. Continue reading

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Baby Proof Your Home for National Baby Safety Month

According to Familycorner.com, September is National Baby Safety Month!  In honor of this very important occasion, which starts in just one day, we wanted to create a post devoted to keeping your baby as safe as possible in your home.  As any new parent knows, homes can be potential land mines for a curious little crawler.  We decided to take a look at major parts of a home that could pose a problem to your child’s safety, if you’re not careful: The bathroom, doorways, windows, electric outlets and the kitchen. Continue reading

August 30, 2012

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7 Tips to Improve Your Credit Score

Credit score.  Those two words can inspire dread in the hearts of many.  Flippant credit practices on the behalf of consumers are one of the main reasons financial freedom is so elusive.  Without that freedom, it is difficult to make one of life’s most important purchases: a first home.  In this day in age, maintaining sound credit is a deciding first step towards homeownership.  However, if the thought of revealing your credit score is more frightening than a 2 week vacation with your in-laws, we have some tips to allay your fears.  Chris Pagli, a William Raveis associate in Westchester County, New York, provides 7 important tips below to to boost your credit score and your buying power.   Take it away, Chris!

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August 29, 2012

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Always Be Closing…With A Gift

Aesop, the Greek fable writer, wrote: “No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” This is so true in real estate!

In a world where experts make a living helping others start anew, it’s the little things that count… and are remembered. When all the T’s have been crossed and all the I’s dotted at the end of a real estate transaction, more than just a simple “thank you” or “congratulations” is often in order. Continue reading

August 27, 2012

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Most Popular Homes of the Week

Another week flies by in the blink of an eye!  And yet, there are even more juicy stories that have managed to make all kinds of headlines in the real estate world.  The market continues to show signs of improvement, as inventory is now at a nationally healthy 6-month level, according to New York Times report earlier this week.  Homebuyers, beware, with market stabilization comes increasing interest rates.  There have been several reports of rates inching upwards in different communities across the nation.  Mega-fashion designer, Oscar de La Renta, is expanding his resume, rolling out a revamped home line, complete with lamps, gifts and entertaining items.  And CNN released it’s “Best Places to Live if You’re Rich and Single” list.  *Hint* several of the towns and cities we service made the top 10! And, if that wasn’t enough for you to soak in, we’ve also got a brand new list of top viewed homes for sale this week.  So sit back, relax and enjoy!

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August 24, 2012

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Coolest Concept Houses

The word “cool” is certainly an overused term in daily vernacular.  But, at the risk of sounding boring, I’m going to have to say some of the homes you see below are way cool.  We always like to keep things fresh here at William Raveis and researching the newest trends in homebuilding and architecture are on our to-do list.  Check out some of these up-and-coming structural concepts, from a home that uses only 10% of the energy of typical homes, to a 330 square foot apartment that transforms into 24 rooms!

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August 23, 2012

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How to Make A Dorm Room a 'Home-Away-from-Home'

Summer is coming to an end and that signifies one surefire thing….the school year is upon us.  If your family is getting ready to send a son or daughter to college, this can be an even busier and emotional time. However, by ensuring your children can experience the familiarity of home in a dorm room, this transition can be made a little more smoothly.  Wendy Martinenas, an associate in our Fairfield, Connecticut office, provides some wonderful green tips to help students enjoy a healthy and productive next four years in their dorms!  For more of Wendy’s savvy home-living tips, please visit her blog. Continue reading

August 21, 2012

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Augusta National Golf Club Gives New Meaning to the William Raveis Annual Golf Tournament

The famous green jackets provided to Augusta National Golf Club members now have brand new shoulders to rest on- those of 2 prominent females.  That’s right.  I said females.  Augusta National Golf Club finally bid ironclad tradition adieu, welcoming its first women members-former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Caroline financier Darla Moore.  This momentous occasion comes after years of controversy around archaic Continue reading

August 20, 2012

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Most Popular Homes of the Week

Most popular homes has been on a small hiatus, but it’s back!  We love sharing our most viewed homes and what makes them so uber-popular.  We’ve got a great list for you today, from an early Norman farmhouse, to a quaint, elegant ranch on the Cape.   Sit back, relax decide which home is the most popular in your eyes!

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August 17, 2012

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Are the Days of Bargain Buys Over?

Housing affordability dipped slightly during the second quarter according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI), released today.  Additionally, this past week, Freddie Mac released their U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for the month of August, 2012 which revealed that their Price Index increased 4.8% from March to June, 2012 which was the largest quarterly increase in eight years.

So is this the end of the bargains for buyers?

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August 16, 2012