Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Gap between Old and New Home Prices Narrows

If you’re planning a move and decided to buy an existing single family home instead of new construction, that decision could save you money…but maybe not as much as you think. Continue reading

How To Competitively Price Your Home

Most sellers have an emotional connection to their home and feel it deserves top dollar when sold. Everyone naturally wants to get the most money for his or her product.

Therefore I like to offer you some practical advice for establishing a fair, competitive and marketable sale price for a home: Continue reading

September 26, 2012

Should It Stay or Should It Go?

Autumn is here. Leaves will soon change colors, the air is already starting to feel cooler, and more and more signs will soon fill telephone poles around town, advertising tag sales bound to be chock full of household goodness. But it doesn’t always have to take a pending tag sale to attract the cleaning bug. Continue reading

September 24, 2012

William Raveis Ranks #1 on Fox News/Hartford Courant’s “Top Workplaces” List for Second Year in a Row

On the evening of Thursday, September 20th, William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance was awarded 1st place in Fox News and Hartford Courant’s “Top Workplaces in Connecticut” survey for the second consecutive year.  William Raveis was nominated amongst nearly 700 top Connecticut companies, nonprofits and public agencies.  Awards were based on thousands of employee surveys completed at companies of varying sizes. Continue reading

September 22, 2012

Where to Go & What to Do in & Around New England

Moving to a new town can mean big changes – a new home, a new job, new friends. When deciding where to put down roots, it may be helpful to know what’s around – where to go to eat, shop, hang out and enjoy yourself.

Like in any area of the country, too much of the same can get old real fast. Here’s a compilation of some of the best of what’s around, so mix it up next time you’re out and about! Don’t forget to check out and plan your purchase or rental around some of these hotspots! Continue reading

September 17, 2012

Get a C.L.U.E.

This is a recap and follow up to a post that I wrote several years ago on the often-overlooked insurance process involved in a real estate home purchase.  Performing office meetings at real estate offices and speaking to mortgage brokers on a multiple state basis, I find it is an appropriate article to begin the first of many articles William Raveis Insurance shall provide to increase awareness of the insurance side of the real estate and mortgage business. Property insurance is required if there is any mortgage, or, in the case of a lease, any landlord requirement.  This post speaks to what has become a little known fundamental step in the insuring process that every insurance agent and every insurance carrier performs.  Please spend a moment to review the article, digest it and provide me your thoughts, ideas and concerns or if you have found out that claims do impact home insurability the hard way. Continue reading

September 14, 2012

Comfortable Couches for Super Laziness

Never has the word “comfortable” had so much meaning as when discussing a couch.  And for all you armchair quarterbacks out there, the comfortable couch is now a second home with the official kickoff of the NFL season yesterday!  But what really is a comfortable couch?  Is it one that can Continue reading

September 10, 2012

The Most Popular Homes of the Week

Friday is here and so is another edition of this week’s Most Popular Homes!  We have a ton of variety this week, from a lovely cape in Fairfield County to a lavish manor in Chappaqua, New York.  So without further , here are the homes that are burning it up on!

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September 7, 2012

How to Minimize Long-Term Cost When Shopping For Appliances

Purchasing a home signals the start of a new life and new…. bills.  Though we all love our homes and the memories we create in them, there are some parts of homeownership we’d all like to see less of.  Bills are certainly on the top of that list.  Receiving water, gas and electric bills often generate unwanted stress and anxiety.  However, continuing to fret is not the answer.  Do your homework, instead.  Wendy Martinenas, an associate in our Fairfield, CT office, writes about some simple solutions to achieve energy efficiency and reduce the costs of those pesky monthly bills, by thoroughly researching the types of appliances you purchase for the home.  Take a look at what she has to say below. Continue reading

September 4, 2012