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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.

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.

Stowe Realty Home To REALTOR® Of The Year

Stowe Realty is home to REALTOR® of the Year Ken Libby. A member of the Lamoille Board of Realtors (LABOR) and an invaluable member of the Stowe Realty team, Ken continually exceeds his clients’ expectations. The current president of LABOR Ken is active at both the state and national levels as estate professional.

Ken served as President of the Vermont Association of REALTORS® (VAR) in 2003 and was the State of Vermont REALTOR® of the Year in 2003. Ken has served many years on VAR Board of Directors and Executive Committee and has chaired the REALTORS® Political Action Committee for over a decade.

At the national level, Ken currently serves on the Executive Committee of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), a 43 member leadership board of the 1.1 million member organization. Ken is also very active in the NAR International & Global division including serving as the Presidential Liaison for that division in 2010. Ken serves as the Chair of the Board of Advisors for the Associated Realty of the Americas (AREA), an invitation only Luxury Real Estate referral network, which has members in Mexico, Canada, the US and a number of European countries. Ken is also a Founding Board member of INV-AMERCIA, a recently formed company with international board members dedicated to providing consulting services to inbound foreign nationals looking to purchase commercial or luxury real estate.

It goes without saying that Stowe Realty is honored to count Ken Libby among our staff. Clients looking to buy or sell Stowe real estate can rest assured they have experience on their side when they work with Ken.

Stowe Realtor Secures Top Position

A Stowe REALTOR® has recently secured a top position in a national real estate organization. Ken Libby was recently appointed as the first chairman of the board of the Associated Realty of the Americas. The Associated Realty of the Americas (AREA) was created to provide a connection between luxury real estate agents around the nation, and Ken’s appointment exemplifies not only his experience with buying and selling Stowe luxury real estate, but the respect that real estate professionals from all over North America have for him.

Ken Libby has been representing buyers and sellers of Stowe real estate since 1979, and has been an integral part of the Stowe community since 1969, coaching softball and basketball, serving as the Stowe police chief for 17 years, and appointed in a number of positions at the National Association of Realtors (NAR) throughout the years. Ken has also served as president of the Vermont Association of Realtors as well as honored with the title of state Realtor of the Year.

Ken Libby exemplifies the quality of the real estate service offered by Stowe Realty. If you are interested in learning more about Stowe real estate and current opportunities in our market please give Ken a call today.