William Raveis Real Estate Opens Woodstock Office

WOODSTOCK, VT

A new real estate office is opening in Woodstock with some familiar faces. William Raveis is opening its new office located at One Elm Street in downtown.  This new office will be a part of the William Raveis Real Estate family of companies owned/operated by brokers John and Marcia Biondolillo.

Local agent Daphne Lowe has been appointed to Managing Broker and brings a decade of expertise to the company.  A top producer in the Woodstock area, her clients appreciate her commitment to high standards of individualized and knowledgeable customer service.

Lowe says “I am really excited to combine the local knowledge and high standards of our real estate team with the advanced technology and support that William Raveis provides.”  The team she speaks of includes agents Mary Mayhew, John Wetmore, and Suzy Hickey.

The Woodstock William Raveis office is the newest member of the William Raveis Real Estate family, which includes offices in Barre, Montpelier, St. Johnsbury, Essex, Stowe, Stratton, Bath, Maine, and Dover, New Hampshire. Together, they have over 50 sales associates and employees. Through its affiliation with William Raveis, the company now joins 120+ offices and 3,600+ sales associates throughout the Northeast.

To contact, call (802) 479-3366 or visit WRBCK.com.  The new office number will be (802) 457-1515).

William Raveis Winhall Real Estate Appoints Carrie Mathews As Managing Broker

STRATTON, VT (December 17, 2015) – William Raveis Winhall Real Estate announced today that Carrie Mathews will be the new managing broker. Mathews will oversee the company’s growing portfolio of properties, business operations and sales leadership. She takes over managing from Ted and Betsy Cetron, who established the business in 1974.

Carrie Mathews

Carrie Mathews

Mathews comes with a wealth of industry experience, beginning her 11-year career with Winhall Real Estate in 2004, and helping the brokerage list and sell numerous luxury residences while providing exceptional client care. Mathews is also the current South Central Vermont Board of Realtors® state director, served as its secretary from 2009-2014 and was recognized as the board’s Realtor of the Year in 2014. Mathews transitions to the Winhall team from Four Seasons Sotheby’s.

John Biondolillo, president, highlighted that “Carrie has a true passion for helping customers and clients with their real estate goals, whether it be a primary home or vacation property! She has tremendous energy and enthusiasm. We are delighted to have her head the team in Stratton.”

Mathews comments: “I am excited at the opportunity to serve our clients not only as a broker but as a manager coordinating all aspects of their experience. John and Marcia Biondolillo have the same energy, vision and values that I do. They are extremely supportive and have a genuine interest in helping their agents succeed. Also, Raveis has cutting-edge technology and marketing. Raveis is widely recognized as the leader in markets where so many Stratton home buyers have their primary residences. Raveis has the marketing that will deliver our Vermont property offerings to the right clientele, especially in southern New England and New York. That is a huge advantage for our seller clients.”

Outside of real estate, Mathews enjoys volunteering her time for Habitat for Humanity, the Stratton Foundation and The Mountain School at Winhall.

William Raveis Winhall Real Estate is the newest member of the William Raveis BCK Real Estate family, which includes offices in Barre, Montpelier, St. Johnsbury, Essex, Stowe and Dover (New Hampshire). The agents at William Raveis Winhall Real Estate specialize in listing and selling luxury homes, slopeside condos, village townhouses and mountain properties and managing a sizeable inventory of seasonal and short-term rentals in southern Vermont.

To contact Winhall Real Estate, call (802) 297-1550 or visit winhallrealestate.com.

Stowe: A Top Ski Destination For International Travelers

TripAdvisor analyzed its “vacation home interest” from people outside of the United States for the months of December, January and February, 2014-2015. Stowe was the number 11 most looked-at destination.

You’re not the only one hitting the slopes this winter. America’s top ski resorts are preparing for another snow season, hoping that Mother Nature delivers the goods.

So it makes sense that vacationers are starting to plan their winter escapes. After all, nothing brings a family or group of friends together like renting a cozy ski house directly on the mountain. Ski-in/ski-out perhaps? Or maybe nearby so you get the best of the trails and the town, without worrying about that long, damp drive home after a day of shredding. Having a comfortable home base close to, or on, the slopes means you can be the first one there and last to leave. Beat the chairlift lines? Sign us up. And you’ll save hundreds compared to a hotel. Not only are rentals up to 60 percent more affordable, but you’ll also be able to cook your own group meals (no eating out all week) and have more living space for hanging out. Snuggle up to the fireplace, enjoy a game night, or stargaze off the outdoor patio with a nightcap.

It’s those exact benefits that have travelers from all over the world flocking to the vacation rentals in America’s best ski destinations. TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals analyzed U.S. vacation home interest from international travelers, for the months of December through February. Only guests coming from outside the United States were factored. We then identified the 21 ski destinations that were most popular among foreign vacationers. There aren’t too many “hidden gems” here, as many of the known staples are on the list. But some of the visiting countries represented are fascinating.

13 Most Popular Ski Spots

Read the full article via TripAdvisor.

Lamoille Realtors® Attend Green Real Estate Symposium

William Raveis Stowe Realty agents Ken Libby, Bunny Libby and Teresa Merelman attended the 2015 Green Real Estate Symposium. The event sought to educate industry professionals about appraising, selling and financing with energy-efficient and renewable-energy features.

2015 Green Real Estate Symposium

Posing for a quick picture by Lake Morey, as the 2015 Green Real Estate Symposium wrapped up, are Realtors Bunny Libby, Ken Libby, Joni Gaines, Teresa Merelman and KC Chambers.

(November 2, 2015) – Lamoille area Realtors® joined more than two hundred real estate professionals on Oct. 29 at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee for Vermont’s first Green Real Estate Symposium. The event, sponsored by the Vermont Green Home Alliance (VGHA), was designed for real estate professionals, home inspectors, appraisers, mortgage lenders and anyone interested in learning more about energy efficiency and renewable energy features for residential and commercial properties.

The symposium provided insights into the wide variety of green and “smart” home features now available to consumers. Attendees also received updates on Vermont and New Hampshire energy codes, new residential evaluation tools, the costs associated with owning a green home, and much more.

“Cutting-edge smart-home technologies are becoming more and more mainstream,” said Isaac Chavez, CEO of Vermont Realtors®. “As the trend towards more eco-friendly, energy-efficient homes continues to grow, it is important that real estate professionals and those involved in the real estate transaction, gain the knowledge they need to help consumers make informed decisions about buying and selling a home with these features.”

“This was one of the most exciting training programs we have attended in years,” said Ken Libby of William Raveis Stowe Realty. “The knowledge we gained will help make us more than just the professionals who help people buy and sell homes. We will be the ones that home owners trust to become smart, hands-on managers of their most important asset.”

Press release via vermontrealtors.com.

John Biondolillo Inducted Into Athletic Hall Of Fame

Broker/Owner John Biondolillo was recently inducted into the University of Rochester’s Athletic Hall of Fame. John was the number one player on the golf team for all four years and the first All-American golfer in Rochester history! He was honored alongside eight other athletes who displayed the highest skill in his or her sport.

Congratulations, John… what an animated and touching speech about your passion for golf!

Sale Of Lackey’s Variety Store Finalized

Lackey's Variety Store Closing

From left to right: Frank and Ann Lackey, Ken Libby, Graham and Christina Mink and Richard Bennum

Frank and Ann Lackey, with William Raveis Stowe Realty’s Ken Libby, congratulate Graham and Christina Mink and Richard and Nancy Bennum (not pictured) as the new owners of the iconic Lackey’s Variety Store building at 109 Main Street, Stowe. The sale was finalized October 15.

For six decades, Lackey’s was a consistent figure on Main Street, a favorite stop for local children and visitors, selling candies, postcards, books and other sundries.

At the closing, Frank Lackey said that he is pleased to see the building will be restored to nearly its original configuration and will again be an anchor in Stowe.

The new owners have already started retrofitting the 7,900+/- sq. ft. space and look forward to having retail back in the building as quickly as possible.

Libby represented the Lackeys; and, buyer Graham Mink, sales agent at New England Landmark Realty, represented his group.

(This article also appeared in the Stowe Reporter.)

Libby Installed As Vermont Realtors® President

STOWE, VT (October 7, 2015) – Ken Libby of William Raveis Stowe Realty has been installed as the Vermont Realtors® (VR) 2016 president. The 2015 VR Awards & Installation was held Wednesday, Oct. 7, in Burlington. Libby was sworn in by 2011 National Association of Realtors® (NAR) president Ronald Phipps of Rhode Island.

Ken Libby

Ken Libby

As president, Libby will set the direction for the VR’s 1,650 members statewide and will serve on the New England Realtor® Committee. Libby was also elected VR president in 2003 and prior to this appointment had been serving as the VR’s vice president.

Libby was selected as VR’s Realtor® of the Year in 2003 and 2012. He served as the VR’s national director for the NAR from 2008 to 2014. He holds numerous leadership roles for the NAR, including its executive committee and board of directors. Libby was also presented with a NAR award for excellence in commercial real estate in 2013 and is Vermont’s only member of the NAR Realtors® Political Action Committee Hall of Fame.

Libby is very active with the Green Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America, serving as president in 2013 and 2014. He is currently the vice president of development.

William Raveis Stowe Realty is a full-service real estate brokerage company. Through its affiliation with William Raveis, the company joined 100+ offices and 3,500+ sales associates throughout the Northeast.

William Raveis Stowe Realty Appoints New Vacation Specialist

STOWE, VT (September 28, 2015) – William Raveis Stowe Realty and Stowe Realty Rentals are proud to welcome a new vacation specialist to the real estate and rentals team.

Curry Galloway

Curry Galloway

Curry Galloway joins the Stowe office to oversee the rentals division and further develop the company’s growing portfolio of vacation rental properties. She has a background in business and administration working in commercial real estate for Equity Office Properties and in the biotech and healthcare industries of Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“We are fortunate to have Curry join the rentals division,” said John Biondolillo, principal broker and owner of William Raveis Stowe Realty. “With our Main Street office presence and the forward momentum of our William Raveis affiliation, I’m confident that Curry will play a key role in providing exceptional customer care and continuing our company’s evolution in the industry.”

Galloway commented, “I am excited for this new opportunity with Stowe Realty Rentals and look forward to growing our clientele base and implementing the top-quality service that Stowe renters and owners have come to expect.”

Galloway is also a recreation enthusiast and is actively involved in the outdoor industry in northern Vermont.

William Raveis Stowe Realty is a full-service real estate brokerage company. Its rentals division, Stowe Realty Rentals, markets and rents vacation, seasonal and long-term Stowe-area lodgings.

Ken And Bunny Libby Host AREA Retreat

By Ken Libby

I had the pleasure of hosting about 65 real estate agents for the annual Associated Realty of the Americas (AREA) retreat at the Stowe Mountain Lodge on Sept. 11-13. The three-day event sought to help agents learn more about “Harnessing the Power that is AREA.”

AREA is an international real estate referral network representing luxury residential properties, commercial properties, land, resorts and selected developments throughout North America. The event was an extraordinary networking and educational opportunity for some of the brightest and best agents from around the nation (many are board members and leaders, providing quality support to their peers and clients in an ever-changing marketplace).

During the series of informational sessions, panelists debated the meaning of leadership, what to do in gray and/or challenging real estate situations and best practices in the field. In the vein of education were discussions on marketing, client communication and improved business strategies with the help of AREA.

Throughout the weekend, it was great to see so many social posts from agents who enlivened our special place with pictures from the top of Mt. Mansfield, hiking in Smugglers’ Notch or enjoying the village. Some found the Depot Street Malt Shop for a step back to the 1950s while others ventured out to the Nebraska Knoll Sugar Farm. Fifteen agents also gave a huge thumbs up for dinner at Gracie’s on Friday night.

I would like to offer my sincerest thanks to all who attended the conference, agents from California to Florida and everywhere in between! Thank you to Bunny for being co-chair of the retreat, Jo Kenney (the Mistress of Ceremonies), Diana Bull, Suzanne Cooper, Ron Phipps, George Harvey, Jr., Kaki Lybbert, Ryan Asao, Audrey Novoa, Carl Bosse and so many others that acted as moderators and helped with the event. A big “Thank You!” to Trapp Family Lodge/Brewery, Stowe Mountain Lodge and other businesses that contributed their time and talents to host our group.

The members of AREA say that real estate requires a team to make any successful transaction possible and once those motivated professionals are gathered then “the world of real estate is at your feet!” I couldn’t agree more. Looking forward to next year’s retreat!