July 23, 2008
William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance Wins the “Gold”!
MASSACHUSETTS - Chris Raveis, executive vice president and managing partner of William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance, MA, recently announced that the company has received top residential real estate honors in the Banker & Tradesman Best of 2008 readers' poll.

"We are quite proud of this tribute," said Mr. Raveis. "Being chosen as the 'Best of 2008' by our customers adds testimony to our commitment to provide the highest caliber service to the residents of Massachusetts."

"Banker & Tradesman is a leading publication in New England with a broad readership of key people in the banking and real estate industry," he added.

More than 2000 readers responded to this first annual Banker & Tradesman readers' opinion poll. The subjective survey measures the loyalty and satisfaction the publication's readers have with service providers. It is an opportunity for the Bay State's financial and real estate community to speak up for those providers they believe are the best.

Banker & Tradesman, established in 1902, is published by The Warren Group which covers the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine. The informational publication, geared to business professionals, offers a combination of industry news, weekly real estate transaction listings and up-to-date coverage of the latest trends and strategies.

Since first entering the Massachusetts marketplace in 2003, William Raveis has experienced phenomenal growth, becoming the 3rd largest real estate company in the state. In 2007, the company opened three new offices- in Marblehead, Orleans and Osterville, with statewide sales volume jumping 48% from the previous year. "We've significantly outpaced the market every year we've been in Massachusetts," Raveis said, "and we're right on track to continue our strong growth trend in Massachusetts as well as the rest of New England." Currently, the company has 15 offices and over 400 sales associates in Massachusetts. As 2008 progresses, plans are to launch four new offices.

The William Raveis Family of Companies attributes its success to a consistent emphasis on integrity, service and experience. Offering one-stop shopping for its clients, William Raveis provides mortgage and insurance with the additional ability to earn points, services and cash back via the company's own Visa®/Bank of America credit card, a part of the William Raveis Rewards program. The firm's website, raveis.com, offers homebuyers local housing charts and statistics, property comparisons, price per square foot calculations, online appointment scheduling, online home value capabilities, interactive neighborhood mapping of all active and sold listings, relocation information and the ability to conveniently search more than 100,000 properties listed through various multiple listing services. With the recent launch of a new interactive widget and RSS technology, the site is now capable of delivering the latest customized listing and mortgage rate notifications directly to customers' computer desktops and favorite RSS readers. Annually, raveis.com attracts more than 6 million visitors worldwide.

William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance is New England's largest privately held, family-owned real estate firm. With a 2007 sales volume of $5.5 billion, the innovative company is nationally recognized as an industry leader and is dedicated to providing an unparalleled real estate experience to its customers. Since 1974, the firm's 2,000 highly trained sales professionals have been dedicated to strengthening their position as industry leaders in technology, marketing and REALTOR® education. The company has 60 offices, including two affiliates, in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Future plans entail expansion into New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

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