October 6, 2008
Never-Before-Seen Advancements for Home Buyers and Sellers Now Available on raveis.com



SHELTON, CT - The "best website in real estate" just keeps getting better. William Raveis, Chairman and CEO of William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance, recently launched the new and improved raveis.com website which includes several sophisticated updates and exclusive features not found anywhere in New England.

The new information-rich website features a powerful technologically-advanced mapping tool, Power Alert, not available to any other real estate company in the nation, that allows the consumer to highlight the neighborhood they desire, and when a property for sale appears in that area, the buyer will be notified via email.

Another exclusive feature on the versatile raveis.com website includes the Go Mobile tool, a new patented GPS mobile application which gives consumers the ability to search homes for sale in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, using their personal cell phones. Through the GPS application, consumers can stand on a street and view detailed home information on almost any home for sale in that neighborhood or the entire market at the touch of a button. Information includes sales price, square footage, tax information, beds/baths, interior and exterior features-even pictures!

The application also features a "Call to See" button. With one click, the consumer will be transferred to a William Raveis customer service representative who can answer in-depth questions or schedule a tour of the property.

William Raveis is the only real estate company in New England to offer the Go Mobile application.

A further development on raveis.com is the new open house feature on the property detail page which gives the date and time of the open house along with the weather forecast for that day. The raveis.com mapping application can even chart the consumers' open house itinerary with directions from one open house to another. The website advertises weekend open houses in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island on Fridays.

Local news, demographics and crime statistics are also additions to the new mapping site as well as information on neighborhoods such as - schools, crime statistics, child care, cafes, health care, fire department, hospitals, post offices, senior care, service providers and much more.

The new easy-to-use raveis.com also provides significant value-added features such as larger photos, local housing data and charts, sold homes, property comparisons, price per square foot, insurance quotes, and mortgage pre-approval directly on each listing's personal "Property Details" page. The site features a complete, printable Buyers and Sellers Guide and offers the ability for customers to search for rental properties as well.

"Being a family-owned real estate company with a strong focus on our customer, we're always looking to take our services to the next level," said Mr. Raveis. "Our new and improved raveis.com is a state-of-the-art 2.0 website, offering features not found on any other real estate website in the nation."

"At its essence, raveis.com provides an easy to use search experience in a one-stop shopping fashion for today's time-pressed homebuyer," he continued. "Our commitment to home buyers does not end with the purchase. And our support of home sellers does not end with the sale. Where else can a homebuyer conduct their home search, check out the neighborhood amenities and demographics, finance and insure their home, and coordinate everything from phone hookups to invisible fence installation - all in one place."

Raveis.com annually attracts more than 7 million visitors* worldwide. For more information and to view the improvements to the William Raveis website, please visit raveis.com today.

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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*estimated 2008


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