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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.

Local Housing Market Looks Stable

How does the second quarter for residential sales compare with last year’s figures? Is it the right time to sell? What should a potential buyer look for and expect in today’s real estate market?

Overall market conditions read: Stable.

Local homes sales have slowed this quarter, compared to 2014 figures, but that isn’t a bad sign for buyers or sellers. On a statewide level, there was a 16 percent increase in homes sales between the first six months of 2015, at 2,600 sales, compared to 2014, at 2,241 sales*.

Agents in our local Vermont offices have seen customers and clients more excited about the market then in other months (and years) and current sales prices are more closely aligned with town-assessed values – a sign of market stability.

Buyers are looking at features that add real value and factors such as proximity to good schools, town amenities and recreation that will impact future worth, which is setting a higher standard for sellers. In the luxury market, especially, homes that are out-of-date or require multiple upgrades – or are over-priced – continue to see unsuccessful sales.

Regardless of market conditions, a strong understanding of pricing and a clear home-selling strategy are important for success in real estate. It seems simple, but not having factors in place to be really ready to sell can make all the difference. With a flood of housing information available on the web, properties need to be positioned (and staged) well from their first day on the market, helping the home or land put its “best foot forward.”

For a perspective on real estate conditions across New England, William Raveis offers the following statistics: “In May 2015, as compared to May 2014, Unit Sales rose 5.8% in Connecticut, 10.8% in New York, 25.1% in Manhattan, 16.3% in Brooklyn, 4.6% in Rhode Island, 14.6% in Vermont and 5.8% in New Hampshire. Meanwhile, Sales Price rose 2.1% in Massachusetts and 4.2% in Maine.” (To download the full report, click here.)

As we move into the third quarter, our agents offer the following take-away messages:

- People are more excited about the market
- Sales prices are aligning with town assessments (in most cases)
- Correct staging and sales pricing are even more paramount
- Market properties with “value forward” for today’s savvy buyer
- Deferring maintenance or upgrades will diminish home appeal

If you have questions about local real estate, please do not hesitate to contact one of our agents, and in the meantime, explore our websites at BCKrealestate.com and StoweRealty.com.

*Statistics are based on current Northern New England Real Estate Network’s MLS data. For additional information, please read the Stowe Reporter’s article “Market regains stability,” with references pertinent to this post.