Monthly Archives: June 2015

William Raveis BCK Real Estate is the BEST OF THE BEST Real Astate Agency

Times Argus Best of the BestWe have some exciting news! The readers of the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus have selected William Raveis BCK Real Estate as the BEST OF THE BEST real estate agency. Agent Sue Arguin was also named the BEST OF THE BEST Realtor®.

Congratulations to everyone who made this honor possible!

Voting for the 2015 Times Argus Best of the Best Readers’ Choice awards opened on May 19, 2015, and locals made their selections for the best businesses, people, venues and places in Central Vermont; the Times Argus staff’s welcome message said: “Make your vote! … Your voice will be heard!” The ballots for Real Estate Agency and Realtor were cast under the header “Getting it Done” for superior services and business practices, alongside banks, law firms, contractors and other personnel.

Sue Arguin

“It’s wonderful that our dedication to the real estate profession has been recognized by the community. Our agents work every day to put clients and customers at ease during the stressful process of buying and selling property,” said owner/president John Biondolillo. “We will continue to share our market knowledge, show our commitment to a quality experience and connect our services locally and globally for the best outcomes in our business.”

Please share this news with your clients, friends, associates… EVERYONE (via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)!

Vermont From Above

Vermont’s mountainous terrain and quaint hamlets consistently rank the state as one of the top places to live, work and holiday in the United States! We’re excited to share this video – and help people find their homes here.

Vermont Sellers Are Getting Better Prices

Vermont real estate prices are on the rise! A recent article in the Financial Times, “New England’s new groove,” notes that after a two-year lull the high-end market is gaining more traction.

There was an 8 percent increase in Vermont sales at the 1-million-dollar and above price point, comparing 2015 and 2014, and the average selling price rose from $1.41 million to $1.45 million, according to Northern New England Real Estate Network (NNEREN) statistics for January 1 through May 29. Properties also spent fewer days on the market, dropping from 308 to 217.

Stowe, Vermont, saw a similar number of closed listings in that same time frame, but the average selling price was in line with a stronger market, increasing from just over $1 million to $1.33 million.

Vermont is only a three- or four-hour drive from New York or Boston, so buyers from these locations are making their way back up to enjoy the area’s pristine lakes and mountains, community events and diverse recreation available to all ages. Vermont also consistently ranks high for best places to live and work.

Current mortgage rates, an ever-improving economy and a small inventory are also bolstering sales (and prices) of affluent homes.

Home owners and buyers in locations such as Stowe, Stratton, Woodstock or Killington can also utilize the area’s attractive, year-round vacation market, fetching huge price tags for weekend getaways and seasonal rentals.

An improved market doesn’t guarantee a quick sale or even a successful one. Sellers need the right combination of marketing tools, proper pricing and networking to ensure the high level of local, national and international exposure needed to find the right buyers for their exceptional properties.

A marketing plan for high-end properties should include at least:

  • Professional photography
  • Visual tour(s)
  • Website advertising – LuxuryPortfolio.com, LuxuryRealEstate.com, Realtor.com and others
  • Active social media – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.
  • Print publications specific to the property (local and national publications)
  • A dedicated, local real estate professional

Contact us today to learn more about current market conditions and how we can showcase your home, land or business. We keep our fingers on the pulse of our communities to keep clients informed and up to date. Let our knowledge and experience work to your advantage to complete a successful real estate transaction.

William Raveis BCK Real Estate Adds Stratton Office

Stratton

Stratton

STRATTON, VT (June 2, 2015) – William Raveis BCK Real Estate is extending its reach into southern Vermont through a merger with Winhall Real Estate, Inc., in Stratton.

As of June 1, the firm will operate with co-branding as William Raveis Winhall Real Estate and be part of the William Raveis BCK Real Estate family of companies owned/operated by brokers John and Marcia Biondolillo.

When discussing the new affiliation, Winhall Real Estate brokers/co-owners Ted and Betsy Cetron said, “We wanted to partner with a local real estate firm that has strong national and international connections. This combination of local experience and global exposure, through Raveis.com, marketing tools and networking, will provide a new level of visibility for our clients’ homes, lands and businesses.”

The Cetrons have managed Winhall Real Estate since the early 1970s, serving on local and state boards of REALTORS® and real estate advisory committees. The Stratton team comes with eight agents who specialize in the sale and rental of luxury homes, slopeside condos, village townhouses and mountain properties in Stratton, Winhall and Londonderry.

“We are excited to bring together these two exceptional Vermont organizations,” John Biondolillo said. “What appeals to the brokers we partner with is the fact that they can maintain their local independence while tapping into the successful infrastructure of William Raveis.”

“The Stratton office has a proven track record of delivering top-quality service to clients for many years in all kinds of market conditions,” Biondolillo continued. “I’m also excited to see how the addition of a rental division at Stratton Mountain, combined with Stowe Realty Rentals in Stowe, will expand our offerings to customers looking to vacation in Vermont.”

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 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.