December 7, 2013
Bettie Torreso is the receptionist for William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage Insurance’s headquarters. Learn more about her in today’s Raveis Faces, a weekly blog post where we profile a new Raveis employee each week!
In three-sentences or less, how would you describe your job to a 7-year-old? I answer lots of telephone calls, say hello to people who walk through the front door and say goodbye to people when they leave. I try to be happy and smile and make people feel good. I do work on the computer for a lot of people in the building.
If you were a crayon, what color would you be and why? I would be red because it is so pretty and goes nicely with a lot of other colors. I like bold colors opposed to pastels. Also, I have a strong love of sparkly things!
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? I always loved to dance, LOL, as you may have seen. I wanted to be a NYC Rockette!!
Top item on your bucket list…go! So much!!! Love to work, but love time off, too. Need to get things organized at home that I throw downstairs in the family room. We don’t use that part of the house since Kristine got older. Now time to clean it up!!!
What is your favorite YouTube video? Animal videos!!!! Love them J
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Pizza!!!!
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be? Make ALL CANCERS GO AWAY!!!
Article source: http://blog.raveis.com/2013/12/06/raveis-faces-bettie-torreso/
December 6, 2013
Each month listings on Raveis.com get thousands of views. These four are the best of the best in each state. From a beautiful beachfront home in Bristol, Rhode Island (GO HAWKS!) to a dramatic contemporary with an in-house artist’s studio in Bedford, New York, these homes garnered the most views this month. Which is your favorite?
Listed by: Al Filippone Associates
Total views: 8,593
Listed by: Joan Capano
Total views: 1,941
Listed by: Melinda Birs
Total views: 1,844
Listed by: Anthony DeBellis
Total views: 1,202
December 4, 2013
This is part three of a four-part blog series on the power of Instagram. To read part one, all about choosing the right content for Instagram, click here. To read part two, a breakdown of each Instagram filter, click here.
As a social network, Instagram provides a great opportunity to engage with other users. Because people are typically sharing personal content, they’re more apt to participate in a conversation with you over the content they’re producing. These types of interactions help to grow your following and extend your reach.
Photo courtesy of @WilliamRaveis on Instagram
There are a lot of ways that you can engage with your Instagram followers, but there are a few that are tried and true:
- Take the time: The most important part of engaging with your Instagram followers is just that: engaging. Take 5 minutes to go through your feed and like photos. Take it a step further by commenting. Something as simple as “beautiful picture” or “great shot” can spur someone to visit your page and check out your photos. Social media is reciprocal—put out a bit of good karma and you’ll get it back.
- Use appropriate hashtags: Hashtags are how people find content on Instagram. There are so many you can use, and each one adds value to your post. Posting a photo of a home? Include some of these hashtags: #realestate #home #Connecticut #Fairfield #beautiful #photooftheday #beautiful #luxuryhome #homeforsale #luxuryproperty #waterfront #lakeside #oceanview #privacy, etc. You can customize the hashtags to fit your particular photo. Some other popular ones include: #TBT #inspiration #selfiesunday #flashbackfriday #pretty #cute #love. Bonus! We use #raveispride for all our photos, so feel free to join that conversation!
- Hold a photo contest: Ask your followers to tweet a photo with a specific hashtag (make it easily identifiable, like #MostBeautifulHomeFairfield) during a specific time frame, with the promise of a prize for the winner (it could be as simple as a $20 gift card, or something more elaborate.) Then, aggregate all the posts and choose a winner—it’s a great way to build good will among your followers.
How do you engage with your Instagram audience?
Are you using Instagram? Leave us your username as a comment and we’ll follow you! Be sure to follow @WilliamRaveis, too!
Article source: http://blog.raveis.com/2013/12/03/how-to-rock-instagram-part-3/
December 3, 2013
The holiday season is in full swing, and while it’s supposed to be a time for relishing in the love of your family and friends, more often than not it ends up being a stressful time for most. Luckily, if you’re hemming and hawing over what to get your cube-mate, office secretary or boss, we have some cute options that are appropriate, cost-conscious and are sure to make an impression.
- Bubble Calendar: Okay. This might not be a great idea for your OCD coworker who’s desk is always in perfect order, but for someone with a great sense of humor this bubble-wrap calendar is a great option. With 365 daily bubbles to pop, someone will have a lot of fun with this unique gift.
- Tetris Stress Blocks: For your perpetually stressed cube-mate, these stress blocks are a fun throw-back to the classic game, and will hopefully help alleviate some of their pressure.
- Personalized Coffee Cozy: You definitely work with someone who has a serious caffeine addiction. Up their morning coffee game with this personalized leather cup holder. Beautiful AND functional, win!
- USB Toaster Hub and Thumbdrives: Seriously. Could backing up your files get any cuter? These are all sold separately, but with four thumbdrives with names like Crisp, Ry Ry, Tato and Butta AND a matching toaster hub, it might just be worth it.
- Mini Business Card File Cabinet: Instead of stacking business cards to the ceiling, file them away in this mini filing cabinet, meant to hold up to 500 business cards. Customizable tabs let you keep them organized. Genius!
November 26, 2013
This is part two of a four-part blog series on the power of Instagram. To read part one, all about choosing the right content, click here.
One of Instagram’s biggest upsides is its no-nonsense approach to photo editing. Simply add a filter and BAM! you have an artsy, inspired photo to share with your friends and followers. But how do you know which filter to add, when? Keep reading for our breakdown of each Instagram filter.
Photo courtesy of @WilliamRaveis on Instagram
- Amaro: Adds more light to a photo. For darker images, it will be more pronounced and can provide an “aged” look, like the picture was left in the sun.
- Mayfair: Darkens photo edges while brightening the center and exaggerating shadows.
- Rise: Adds a golden tint to photos. It makes pictures look softer and more forgiving.
- Hudson: Produces a cold, icy hue. It will make photos look like they were taken on a winter day.
- Valencia: Fades quality without completely washing out color. Great for adding an antique look to photos.
- X-Pro II: Darkens the edges of a photo and makes colors pop. This is a very flattering filter for photos of people, and adds a touch of drama and sophistication.
- Sierra: Washes out some of the color of photos, giving them a cloudy, dream-like feel.
- Willow: An antique black and white effect. Darkens edges and plays with shadows to give more depth than standard black and white.
- Lo-Fi: A great all-purpose filter. It heightens contrast and gives pictures a warmer temperature, instantly making colors look richer and shadows look stronger.
- Earlybird: Adds “vignette” corners (a darker frame) and a sepia-like tint. Makes photos look like they’re from another time.
- Sutro: Darkens corners and makes shadows more dramatics. Adds almost a sinister richness to nearly every photo.
- Toaster: Gives an orange hue to photo centers, while darkening the edges. Gives an aged, almost burned effect to photos.
- Brannan: Richens deep colors while softening neutrals, adding a sepia-like effect.
- Inkwell: Black and white, plain and simple.
- Walden: Adds a yellow tint and sharpens exposure, muting harsh lines. It adds a soft, dreamy quality to photos that have a lot of light.
- Hefe: Darkens edges while providing a vibrant boost to photo colors. Hefe is also very flattering for people, but is best used with photos that have a lot of color.
- Nashville: Adds a pastel overtone to your photos, softening them and warming them up slighty. Very romantic in nature.
- 1977: Ages photos by adding a red tint and cloudy texture.
- Kelvin: Adds an almost severe-level of warm saturation, giving photos a lot of orange-yellow overtones. Best used sparingly.
What’s your favorite filter? Are you using Instagram? Leave us your username as a comment and we’ll follow you! Be sure to follow @WilliamRaveis, too!
Article source: http://blog.raveis.com/2013/11/26/how-to-rock-instagram-part-2/
November 25, 2013
Since 2001, the William Raveis Greenwich office has celebrated Thanksgiving in a unique way. The Thursday before Thanksgiving, our local offices gather together to “practice” before the big holiday arrives. Each person brings an appetizer or dessert, and Blue Ribbons are awarded for the best recipe in each category.
Here’s what a few Thankful Thursday attendees had to say about the event:
“I won the blue ribbon! I would like to express my appreciation to Beckie Hanley and William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage Insurance for giving us this opportunity to enjoy a Thankful Thursday. We all have much to be thankful for at this time. This was a very fun event with tons of camaraderie. Thanks.” –Jeff Lane
“It was great to try the delicious sweet and savory offerings and we got to socialize on a relaxed basis with our colleagues!” –Maria Ruggeberg
“Yet another successful Thankful Thursday. Much talent and creativity exhibited and consumed by all. Great team and office spirit, a springboard for the holiday season.”—Nahed Hallaba
“This is my third Thankful Thursday and I think it is a wonderful way for all of us to come together, share our baking/cooking skills and be thankful for our freedom to do so.” –Alice Farina
“Sometimes I think that William Raveis needs another affiliated business dedicated to all our fabulous, in-house chefs. I’m glad I walked 4 miles yesterday; I had to just to keep even with yesterday’s caloric intake. Great event!” –Ward M. Davol
November 22, 2013
Gail Sweetman is the Director of Career Development for William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage Insurance. Learn more about her in today’s Raveis Faces, a weekly blog post where we profile a new Raveis employee each week!
If you were a crayon, what color would you be and why? LOVE green, the color of grass and gardens. Love being outside and gardening. Reminds me of summer, my favorite time of the year.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? Famous.
Top item on your bucket list…go! Can it be a tie? Want to explore Italy and also stay in one of those huts on the water in Bora Bora.
What is your favorite YouTube video? Any video that has cute dogs, as I LOVE dogs. My dog, Abby, is so cute, she has a strong personality and gets into mischief all the time, but that’s what I love about her, so I love laughing at other dogs.
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would be? Anything with wheat! (Having Celiac Disease, oh how I miss cakes, cookies, pasta, bread and beer.)
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be? There are not too many female superheroes to choose from, so I am going to go with Wonder Woman. She has a really cool outfit and any working wife and mother has to be a wonder woman to get it all done!
Article source: http://blog.raveis.com/2013/11/22/raveis-faces-gail-sweetman/
November 21, 2013
Social media is constantly changing. We know that it can be hard to keep up, so each month we’re going to provide you with a quick round-up of the latest news in the space. We stay on top of all the changes so you don’t have to.
Location Pins: This week, Pinterest unveiled new “Place Pins,” enabling users to map out the locations of all the items they share on their pinboards. This would be great for creating location-specific travel guides for someone new to the area. Think about creating a board focused on great restaurants in Fairfield, or Boston, and being able to show someone a tailor-made map they can follow. Genius!
Messenger Upgrade: Facebook Messenger got a mobile upgrade this month, allowing users to message anyone in their contacts who has the Messenger app, not just those they are Facebook friends with.
New Like Button!: You know the amazing “thumbs up” that signifies that someone on Facebook likes us, they really like us? Well, Facebook announced this month that they’re phasing out the iconic button. Instead, “liking” on Facebook will now be represented by the Facebook “f” logo.
Trending TV: New search filters debuted now allow users to see trending TV topics across Twitter. To access trending TV shows, users can simply go to the “Discover” tab and browse through the list to pull up trends related to TV shows and local content.
New Ads: Like most social networks, Instagram has announced they’ll be unveiling ads as a way to bring in added revenue. The sample ad will look like a typical image or video shared on the social network, will include a Sponsored label in the top right corner and offer users the option to hide it from their stream.
Article source: http://blog.raveis.com/2013/11/21/need-to-know-november-2013/
November 20, 2013
Instagram is a mobile, photo-sharing application. Considering the highly visual nature of real estate, it makes sense that the two would get along well. But, how can you leverage Instagram to get the most return? In this four-part blog series, we’ll talk you through the dos and donts of having a stellar Instagram account.
Photo courtesy of @WilliamRaveis on Instagram
The biggest value to Instagram is that it’s instant, and all about sharing content in the moment. For someone who isn’t confident in their photography skills, Instagram is a great place to start. Add a great filter to your less-than-awesome photo and suddenly, you have something worthy of a frame and a spot on your wall.
Because Instagram is a mobile app by nature (you can’t upload photos from the desktop site), it’s important to use it to its fullest extent. While adding MLS photos to Instagram might seem like a quick way to create content and punch up the social push of a listing, it’s by far the most valuable use of the mobile tool.
The important thing to remember on Instagram is to provide someone value they can’t get elsewhere. If they can see the same photo on your listing page, it probably isn’t great content for Instagram. But, that doesn’t mean the content you produce has to be hard or time consuming. Some great ideas for content include:
- Post detail shots: Instead of posting a photo of the whole front of the house, post a home’s great front door, or get down on ground level to post a different angle of the walkway. These are the shots that are going to capture someone’s attention on Instagram, and if they like what they see, they’ll likely search out more information.
- #ThrowbackThursdays: Instagram is big on tradition, and their biggest, by far, is the #ThrowbackThursday (#TT). Basically, you take an old photo of yourself and post it up. The more adorably embarrassing, the better. Did you have giant 80s hair once upon a time? #ThrowbackThursday! Do you have an embarrassing picture of your teenage son as a toddler in the tub? #ThrowbackThursday!*
- Food, glorious food: Food is undoubtedly the Internet’s universal language. Stopping by a great cupcake shop in town? Snap a picture! Eating a delicious, gourmet meal (or, hey, a giant, messy burger)? Post it up! People love this type of content and will respond in kind.
Whether you use Instagram for business, pleasure or both, it’s important to remember to just have fun with it. Are you using Instagram? Leave us your username as a comment and we’ll follow you! Be sure to follow @WilliamRaveis, too!
*William Raveis is not liable for teenage embarrassment or potential temper tantrums. Follow our advice at your own risk.
Article source: http://blog.raveis.com/2013/11/20/how-to-rock-instagram-part-1/
November 18, 2013
Article source: http://blog.raveis.com/2013/11/18/5-easy-tips-for-a-clean-home/