April 17, 2012
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Olga Bruce of Stamford Wins Trip to the Bahamas Courtesy of William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance
Olga Bruce of Stamford is the newest winner of the William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance annual drawing for a trip to the Bahamas. Bruce won by attending a public open house hosted by Dorothy Darlington, a Greenwich Raveis agent, at a condominium in Riverside on May 22, 2011.
"It was a total surprise," Bruce said of when Darlington told her she had won. "I thought it was a solicitation call at first."
Customers become eligible for the trip by filling out an entry form at any Raveis open house throughout the year. A longtime contest, it's hosted by William Raveis Real Estate as an incentive for buyers and sellers, (as well as a marketing tool for agents?)
The winner may opt for the trip or its cash equivalent. The drawing for this year's trip was held in March.
Bruce said she is taking the cash equivalent of the trip and using the money to continue her master of business administration classes.
"This contest is a thank-you to the communities we serve for choosing our services," said William Raveis, chairman and CEO of William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance. "Congratulations to Ms. Bruce on the win, and much success with her studies and her future house hunting."
Hesitant at first about putting her information on the contest form, Bruce said she's glad she did; this is the first time she has won such a prize.
"It's great to know that it actually happens," she said of the contest win.
Bruce said she had been looking at homes during last year's spring market, when she happened across Darlington's open house, just looking to see what was out there.
While she hasn't yet bought a home, Bruce said, "Eventually we're going to get back out there."
William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance is one of the top companies in the nation. It was recently ranked in 2010 by sales volume in RisMedia's Real Estate® Magazine as the #1 family-owned real estate company in the Northeast and the 9th largest real estate company in the USA. The innovative firm is known as an "Award-Winning Team," being nationally recognized as an industry leader in technology, marketing and REALTOR®education. Such recognition includes winning the coveted "Most Innovative Brokerage or Franchise" distinction and placing as a finalist for "Most Innovative Website or Web Service" at Inman News' 2011 Innovator Awards, held in San Francisco, California. William Raveis' award-winning website, raveis.com, draws more than 10 million visits annually and includes more than 300,000+ MLS listings in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.
For four consecutive years, William Raveis has also been named as "The Best Real Estate Company" in 2 states* and as a "Best Place to Work" in 2010 and 2011 by the prestigious Boston Business Journal.
William Raveis Real Estate is a household name in its founding state, CT and is the #1 real estate company in world-renowned Fairfield County. The company entered the Massachusetts marketplace in 2003 and, according to the 2010 closed sales volume in the Multiple Listing Service Pin, is now the largest independent brokerage in that state with 27 offices. William Raveis recently expanded into New York and presently has offices in Rye, Harrison, Katonah, Chappaqua, Tarrytown and Briarcliff Manor in Westchester County. In addition, the company has an office in Nyack, Rockland County. The firm has 2,700 highly trained sales professionals and 80 company-owned and affiliate offices in New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. For more information, visit raveis.com or blog.raveis.com.
*Commercial Record, 2009, 2010, 2011; Banker & Tradesman, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011