September 22, 2008
William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance Moves its Hingham Office to More Expansive North Street Quarters
HINGHAM, MA-William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance, New England's largest privately held, family-run real estate brokerage, has relocated its Hingham Office to 40 North Street, announced Chris Raveis, executive vice president and managing partner of the firm.

The new sales office, located in a completely-renovated building, is double the size of the previous location which is an essential element in the fast-growing company. Having the significance as the first William Raveis sales office launched in Massachusetts, Hingham holds a special meaning for Chris Raveis. "Many of the agents in the Hingham office joined us when we were new and unknown in the state and I thank them for taking a chance with us. They have played a significant part in our success in the region. I am also delighted to announce that many of them have increased their growth and taken their business to the next level while with us."

"We are committed to building premier offices that provide the highest level of support and the state-of-the-art technology that has made William Raveis Real Estate prominent in the Massachusetts real estate arena," he continued. "These capabilities, combined with our entrepreneurial spirit and proactive management, enable us to attract the best and brightest sales associates around."

According to Mr. Raveis, the company is planning to open an additional office in the South Shore within the next month. "We are proud of our success in Massachusetts.
From our real estate and mortgage companies to our title, insurance, and home service capabilities, the family of services we provide enhances our sales associates' success. This ultra-efficient 'one stop shopping' approach benefits not just our sales associates, but our customers alike", Raveis continued.

Since first entering the Massachusetts marketplace in 2003, William Raveis has experienced phenomenal growth, becoming the 3rd largest real estate company in the state having closed more than $1 billion in sales volume in 2007. Last year, 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 three additional 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 one of the top companies in the nation. It is rated as the #1 family-owned real estate firm in New England, the #2 family-owned real estate company in the United States and #12 out of 100,000 real estate firms nationwide. 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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