April 25, 2018 (Shelton, Conn.) — Mortgage Executive Magazine has named William Raveis Mortgage (WRM), the top family-owned real estate and mortgage company in the Northeast, one of the top 100 mortgage companies in America in 2017, based on rankings of their total yearly mortgage volume. In addition, President Ryan Raveis was also named one of the top 100 most influential mortgage executives for 2017.
By Ryan Raveis, Co-President William Raveis Companies
I salute People Magazine’s announcement this week that they have rebranded their popular annual issue celebrating Hollywood’s beautiful people. Since 1990, the annual event has evolved from a list of the “50 Most Beautiful” to “Most Beautiful Woman” and now “The Beautiful Issue.” The editor-in-chief, Jess Cagle, noted in a statement that the change of the title is meant to “make clear that the issue is not a beauty contest … it will celebrate the most beautiful qualities of all: strength, humanity and artistry.” He added that the issue celebrates all kinds of beauty: “beautiful souls as well as beautiful skin.” [If you’re wondering who they chose for this year’s cover, it’s the musical artist Pink.]
April 20, 2018
April 13, 2018 (Shelton, Conn.) — William Raveis Real Estate (WRRE), the top family-owned real estate company in the Northeast, recently announced a multi-year partnership with the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park.
April 13, 2018
It’s our third week of introducing the William Raveis Charitable Fund Fellowship Recipients! Today we meet Dr. Megan Insco, from St. Joseph, Missouri!
March 23, 2018
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 (Shelton, Conn.) — The William Raveis Charitable Fund (WRCF) will host the fourth annual William Raveis Ride + Walk Connecticut, benefiting the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, on Sunday, September 30 at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, Conn from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
March 7, 2018
WIth the Olympics having said their goodbyes this past weekend, we’re still in the mood for some triple-axels and speed skaters! Luckily, today we talked to Collin Sullivan, an agent in our Back Bay Boston, MA office about his past in figure skating, and working with some of the best female figure skaters in United States Olympic past!
February 27, 2018
Thursday, February 22, 2018 (Shelton, Conn.) — William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance (WRRE) received Luxury Portfolio International’s® Top Luxury Brokerage Award for overall engagement in Luxury Portfolio; embracement of tools, meetings, events, advertising and brand usage; and outstanding marketing strategy in the discerning market of affluent buyers and sellers.
February 23, 2018
On our latest installment of Agent Spotlight, we caught up with Stacy Young of Greenwich, CT. She’s hugely involved in the community and loves being a part of William Raveis for the technology and marketing tools we have! We’re so happy to have such a dedicated team member in one of our biggest markets. Thank you, Stacy!
January 9, 2018
SHELTON, CT, October 19, 2017—Bill Gamelli has been named Executive Vice President of Customer Acquisition and Product Innovation at William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance. A 30-year-veteran of the Shelton, Connecticut-based company, he previously served as interim Chief Operating Officer since January, 2015.
In his new roles, Gamelli will focus on generating leads for the company’s more than 4,000 agents through e-commerce, call centers and relocation networks, and developing and integrating new technology tools into the company’s existing Raveis365 platform, in order to serve both agents and Raveis customers.
At the same time, Jason Wilson, Vice President, Regional Director of Operations and Affiliate Companies, will become Vice President, User Experience, Career Development and Affiliate Companies, charged with revamping the company’s education program and gathering feedback directly from agents on new technology and services.
By dedicating new departments under key senior executives, Raveis is signaling its next bold move in employing cutting-edge technology to challenge online real estate ventures, such as Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com, in the war for real estate listings and buyers. Delivering leads is crucial not only in supporting a company’s existing agents but in attracting new, top agents.
“Bill has critical experience sitting in the cross-roads where tech meets market viability,” said Ryan Raveis, co-president of William Raveis, Inc. “He has also been critical to the implementation of many technologies we have rolled out. His focus on this area will assure that William Raveis continues its role as an innovator in product development and in providing value to our agents in the form of buyer and seller leads.”
The ability to deliver quality leads to real estate agents is viewed as a significant advantage over online inquiries, which rarely generate leads that materialize. Two focal points of Gamelli’s energies will be Raveis call centers, where the company has built a hybrid model around both in-bound and out-bound calls, and the application of predictive analytics and scoring to target customers most likely to buy or sell a home.
“This is about more than delivering leads for our agents,” Gamelli notes. “It’s about helping them build their business, and giving them the products and tools to better manage their business so that they’re able to spend less time at their desks and more time in front of potential buyers and sellers.”
Training will be critical to the success of the new initiatives, as it has been for the company since its founding in 1972. “I have seen a lot of great real estate technology that has stayed on the shelf because the agents were not trained effectively,” says Wilson, who is also a real estate coach/trainer and a motivational speaker. “Our goal at William Raveis is to have the most innovative tools and the best adoption rate in the industry.”
William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance is the No. 1 family-owned real estate company in the Northeast and the No. 8 real estate company in the country, with 4,000 agents in 130 offices, including branches in Mid-town Manhattan and Naples, Florida. Last year, William Raveis Real Estate closed over $9 billion in sales and over $10 billion in mortgage transactions.
For more information on Raveis products and services, visit www.raveis.com.
October 20, 2017
FAIRFIELD, CT—Among the some 1,000 bicyclists and walkers expected to take part in this Sunday’s 3rd annual William Raveis Ride & Walk, a charitable fundraiser in partnership with the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, will be Fairfield resident Tom Berenberg, for whom the day holds several layers of meaning.
September 28, 2017