December 29, 2010
My sellers often ask me whether they should put their home on the market now, during the winter months, or wait until the Spring market. Certainly, most homes look better when the flowers are blooming, birds are singing and the grass is green. But there are advantages to putting your home on the market NOW, while the temperatures are low and the skies are often grey.
- You have less competition now than in the Spring market.
- Your home can show very cozily with a fireplace alight with logs and candles, and the warmth of the indoors contrasts to harsher outdoors temperatures.
- The less bright light of a winter’s day softens some flaws of the interior;
- Immature landscaping or a less-than-flat backyard is not as important when covered with snow;
- Buyers out there in the market under severe weather conditions are much more serious and anxious to buy;
- If you want to sell your home, don’t keep it a secret! Market it to sell!
- Sloping driveways need to be snow and ice-free;
- Heating needs to be uniform.. no cold rooms or drafty places!;
- Windows with the “steamy” look of broken seals must be replaced;
- House smells need to be fresh and not reminiscent of last night’s dinner;
- Interior lighting needs to be even and bright enough that reading and other activities are done easily;
- Expect fewer showings.
August 17, 2010
Add some Wow Factor to your Home
Add value and Attract Buyers- What IS the WOW factor?
Curb appeal has always been important for homesellers. With the vast majority of today’s homebuyers starting their search on the Internet, the appearance of your property is more critical than ever. You only have a few seconds to catch their attention as they scroll through listings online to get them to stop and take a closer look.
But the role of curb appeal goes beyond just making a good first impression.
How to Get the WOW Factor: Selling for a Better price!
- Paint the house
- Have the house washed
- Trim the shrubs and green up the yard
- Add a splash of color: It could be a flower bed of annuals by the mailbox, a paint job for the front door, or a brightly colored bench or an Adirondack chair. You can get a cute little bench at Home Depot for $99. Spray paint it bright red or blue and set it in the yard or on the front porch.
- Add a fancy mailbox and house numbers
- Repair or clean the roof
- Put up a fence
- Perform routine maintenance and cleaning
Remember: The way your house looks from the street can impact its value. It can also shorten the time it takes to sell your house.
June 15, 2010
Bill Raveis sent his MA associates news of this prestigous award:
Recently, we participated in a survey by the Boston Business Journal for the Best Places to Work. There are thousands of companies in the Massachusetts area that participated but most of them did not make the first cut only 443 qualified. The second round selection was even tougher and only 60 companies qualified among those only one real estate company…William Raveis made the cut. William Raveis was one of the 5,000 or so real estate companies in the State of Massachusetts that made the top 60. That honor alone is very big.
Since we made the top 60, I was invited to come along with Chris and his management team to a function in Boston which over 500 participants attended. In the top 60 there are many national and international firms such as Microsoft, Google, Harvard Health Care, Accenture, Ritz Carlton, and Comcast. During the meeting, they were presenting the awards starting with the 60th company and counting down to #1. It was very exciting because we made the cut in the Top 20 and then we made the cut in the Top 10 and when the top 5 were announced we were still in the running. Microsoft was announced as the Top #3 Best Company to Work for and we were still yet to be announced. When #2 was announced Chris and I looked at each other and realized that we won the #1 Best Place to Work in Massachusetts. It was quite a moment for me, Chris and his management team.
William Raveis is the #1 Best Place to Work in the State of Massachusetts which was produced by an online anonymous survey that are 600 sales associates, administrative and sales management team filled out. We are humbled by our award and very appreciative of our team.
Congratulations to Chris Raveis, Alain Pinel, our management/administrative team, and our sales associates!
Friday’s recognition is particularly meaningful because it proves that our mission statement for our entire company located throughout four states – Our agents are our customers are not just words on a piece of paper it is the way we are.
Thank you, team. You are the Best!
William M. Raveis, Jr.
Chairman and CEO
William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance
Licensed Broker in CT, MA, NY, RI
May 11, 2010
There was quite a bit of discussion in this week’s Town Meeting as members voted to address the inclusion of attic space in calculating the size of new residential builds in Wellesley. At issue was the town’s desire to limit the size of new construction in Wellesley. Read the article
and you decide.. are these limitations good or bad for Wellesley? Make a comment!