Monthly Archives: April 2015

Google-friendly Websites

Local businesses (including William Raveis Stowe Realty and William Raveis BCK Real Estate) were in a “good position this week when Google unveiled a new algorithm for browsing the Internet on a mobile device, such as a cell phone or tablet,” reported the Stowe Reporter this week.

With a new formula effective April 21, more “mobile-friendly” sites, those with a responsive design that adjusts to the current browser window and scales text, design, pictures and other elements accordingly, will have a higher search-engine ranking.

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William Raveis BCK Real Estate and Stowe Realty mobile sites

What are some of the factors that Google looks for in a quality, “friendly” web design?

  • Keep calls to action front and center
  • Keep menus short and sweet
  • Make it easy to get back to the home page
  • Make site search visible
  • Ensure site search results are relevant
  • Implement filters to narrow results
  • Guide users to better site search results
  • Optimize your entire site for mobile

“A well-designed responsive website helps a business build its brand and strengthen relationships with its customers,” noted the Stowe Reporter in its article.

Since the re-launch of StoweRealty.com and BCKrealestate.com, our company has seen improved traffic and visibility on both sites. Agents, customers and clients have been pleased with the new look, clean functionality and seamless transition from a desktop computer to any mobile device.

Our new platform integrates the most advanced real estate website features – content management, IDX property search, lead management, deal tracking, marketing automation, email marketing, blogging, mobile usability, and much more – to help users navigate through the sales process from beginning to end.

If you want to see how your site is doing, then take Google’s mobile-friendly test. Here’s our results: Awesome! This page is mobile-friendly.

Most buyers and sellers start their real estate search online (more than 90 percent). We want to make sure that the tools and information available to them at StoweRealty.com and BCKrealestate.com will create a worthwhile and educative experience.

We keep our fingers on the pulse of technology in an effort to keep our clients and customers better informed!

Stowe Ranked Top 20 Small Town

Why do we love our small town? History, recreation, music and a localvore food culture are just a few of the accolades Stowe received in “The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2015” list from Smithsonian Magazine!

The fourth annual version of the Smithsonian’s list ranks small towns (those with a population under 20,000) according to their “number of cultural attractions, historical sites, nature opportunities and food-and-drink destinations.”

Stowe garnered the No. 18 spot for musical theater history at the Trapp Family Lodge (with skiing and beer, too), diverse performances at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center and exhibits at the Helen Day Arts Center (including the upcoming Exposed!). Residents and visitors to the area know they have both the natural beauty of mountains and rivers and an exceptional array of artistic beauty out their doors.

Stowe offers some of the best skiing in New England, as well as charm, history, great dining and shopping. Our Main Street has a quaint charm and an abundance of shops and eating establishments. Whether you are on a budget or want to soak in luxury, you can find your niche in Stowe.

Among others on the “20 Best Small Towns” list were Estes Park, Colorado; Vernal, Utah; Whitefish, Montana; and Nashville, Indiana. Stowe is honored to be included with these other outstanding towns!

William Raveis Honors Vermont Agents

Raveis Awards 2014(April 6, 2015) – William Raveis BCK Real Estate and William Raveis Stowe Realty announced that several agents have been honored for industry achievements by the William Raveis brand of companies. The Raveis Agent Awards recognize the contributions of key associates in each region to the real estate profession.

For their work in 2014, Kevin Copeland (Barre), Susan O’Rourke (Stowe), Tim Scott (St. Johnsbury), Bernie Nash (Mendon) and Butch Churchill (Montpelier) were named as the Top Producing Associate in his or her office, with the most closed units and successful business. Also from the Stowe office, David Jamieson received accolades as the Top Listing Sales Associate.

For excellent client assistance and care, Shari Aja (Barre), Ken Libby (Stowe), Joyce Wieselmann (St. Johnsbury), Matt Lumsden (Essex Junction), Bernie Nash (Mendon) and Chrissy George (Montpelier) received the Customer Service Award.

Agents were selected based on a multi-part evaluation, including market data and nomination.

“We’re pleased that our agents have been recognized,” said owner/broker John Biondolillo. “These awards show our dedication to creating the best possible environment for employees so that we in turn can provide the highest level of service to our clients.”

The Raveis Agent Awards establish a legacy of values for future business. Through increased sales, a customer-oriented approach, marketing, networking and training, these awards bolster the Raveis brand, its partners and agents as leaders in the real estate industry.

William Raveis BCK Real Estate, founded in 1981, is a full-service real estate brokerage company with offices in Barre, Montpelier, Mendon, St. Johnsbury, Essex, Stowe (William Raveis Stowe Realty) and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Together, they have more than 30 sales associates and employees. Through its affiliation with William Raveis, the company now joins 100+ offices and 3,500+ sales associates throughout the Northeast.