Friday, April 22, 2011

!!! Important Greenwich Planning and Zoning - Action Needed

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Dear Colleagues,

The P&Z has not only brought back the previous issue that we discussed in November regarding FAR calculations they have also proposed a new change relating to Grade Plane.

The GAR Board of Directors believe that the far reaching impact of these changes may negatively effect a broad section of properties; their value, use and potential. As such, the Board unanimously agreed to take a position encouraging P&Z to delay voting on these measures until there is greater (and clearer) public understanding of these potential measures.

We know that you attended and supported us in November, however, this time we need you to actively engage your clients, your neighbors and friends to join in their support of more transparent government.

We have put together a web site ( where you can sign in your support of the following:

As a Greenwich resident I object to the policies and practices used by the Planning and Zoning Commission in creating new codes regulating property use. I believe that the Planning and Zoning Commission should:
  • Offer the public credible research and reporting about P&Z proposals.
  • Explain specifically which homeowners benefit and which are potentially adversely affected by these proposals.
  • Use plain language when describing zoning codes.
  • Communicate to the Public via televised meetings and direct mail.
  • Seek input from local land use professionals before creating policy/code.
  • Submit proposed policy/code changes to the RTM Land Use Committee for informal review.
  • Do not vote on any policy or code changes after 10:00 PM at public meetings. 
  • All proposed code changes should appear on the three previous agendas before any action is taken.

I hope that you (and your family, friends and clients) will attend Tuesday night's meeting. I believe that we should (and will) make a difference in this process.

Thanks in advance,

Please forward this email and the information about these new regulations and the processes currently in place to your contact lists. There is also a paper petition that you can download and print out to collect signatures.

Doug StevensDouglas Stevens
Greenwich Association of REALTORS®
530 Old Post Road #3
Greenwich, CT 06830

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Recommendations For Fernando Branco: Latest by Raffy Dakessian, PhD

Recommendations For Fernando

Vice President - Realtor NY & CT

Manhattan Custom Real Estate Services

“Fernando Branco was a tremendous resource in my apartment search in Manhattan. He is extremely knowledgeable about the housing market, very well organized, a strong negotiator, and has a great personality. For example, Fernando was able to effortlessly schedule a complex itinerary of property visits when I had out-of-town family accompanying me during my search. I highly recommend Fernando to anyone in the market for a new home - it was a terrific experience working with him!” April 20, 2011
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity
1st Raffy Dakessian
hired Fernando as a Real Estate Agent in 2010
When we decided to retain a broker to assist us in renting out our condo in Greenwich, Fernando was the only broker that we considered. Despite the less than favorable economic environment, Fernando identified two very desirable tenants QUICKLY! We listed the property during the latter part of April and our tenant moved in on June 1st. Talk about results! We HIGHLY recommend Fernando and will definitely retain him again in the future!


I met Fernando at an open house when I was opportunistically looking for an investment property in Greenwich. I stayed in touch with him for several weeks, during which time he kept me apprised of available properties in the area that he felt would be of interest to me. He was extremely personable, professional and knowledgeable of the Greenwich real estate market. He took the time to get to know what I was looking for and was able to pinpoint properties that were of interest to me. Once we zeroed in on one particular property, he was instrumental in negotiating an outstanding purchase price. I will definitely reach out to Fernando again when we will be in the market for either a new home or another investment property.” July 16, 2009
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity
1st Gabrielle Valiquette
hired Fernando as a Real Estate Agent in 2007, and hired Fernando more than once
“Fernando helped me with a corporate relocation. He was extremely professional and personable, plus he really took time to listen to what I wanted. He always found relevant properties for me to consider and never wasted my time. He is very comfortable with Internet technology and communicated with me using phone, Internet and e-mail seamlessly to get me complete information in a very timely manner. I was not sure which community I wanted to settle in so Fernando provided me with extensive reference material to evaluate several towns. He took me to look at relevant properties in a wide geographic area, always knew his way around and had previewed the properties. I've bought & sold several properties in several states before and I've been relocated by an employer in the past. Fernando made this relo easy and found me exactly the home I wanted. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Fernando to anyone seeking a real estate pro.” May 17, 2008
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity
1st Michelle J. Rutkowski
hired Fernando as a Real Estate Agent in 2005
“Fernando is an experienced, very well educated, hard working, multi-lingual and enthousiastic colleague who I work together with as a team.” March 4, 2008
1st Marianne BroekmeijerRealtor, William Raveis Real Estate
worked directly with Fernando at William Raveis Real Estate
“I strongly recommend Fernando -- and I've worked with several brokers.
Fernando found me the ideal place quickly, and assisted me through the process to ensure everything went extremely smoothly. He's a broker who will go to length to get you what you want while taking the pressure off of you.” November 16, 2008
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert
1st Joe DiPasquale
hired Fernando as a Real Estate Agent in 2008
“Fernando is an exceptionally talented and dedicated professional who cares about first class results and delivers them on a timely basis and with senstivity to the elements that make a transaction proceed smoothly.” March 4, 2008
1st John CacciaCounsel, Skadden
was with another company when working with Fernando at Fenwick-Keats Realty

SOLD by Fernando Branco! 433 West 24th Street, Chelsea, New York, NY 10011

Monday, April 11, 2011

William Raveis to acquire Bellmarc

Acquisition would bring Shelton, Conn.-based William Raveis Real Estate to the city for the first time; Bellmarc boasts nearly 250 agents.

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Bellmarc CEO Neil Binder and William Raveis' Westchester office

Bellmarc Realty is close to being acquired by Connecticut-based William Raveis Real Estate, sources tell Crain's. As The Real Deal previously reported in a profile of the firm in the April issue, William Raveis has sought to enter the Manhattan market ever since expanding to Westchester in July 2009. The Real Dealranked William Raveis the 10th largest firm in Westchester on the strength of its 80 agents and 98 residential listings averaging more than $1 million in value. Bellmarc had already sold its 50-building rental portfolio to Prudential Douglas Elliman last year. Crain's could not obtain details of the deal, and neither Bellmarc nor William Raveis would comment on the pending acquisition. The Real Deal

Manhattan-based Bellmarc Realty is close to being acquired by William Raveis Real Estate, a major Connecticut residential real estate firm, according to sources.
The deal, which is expected to close next month, would mark William Raveis' entrance into the New York City residential real estate market, sources said. They add that the nutmeg-state agency has been considering buying Bellmarc for a few years. The details of the pending deal could not be immediately determined.
A spokeswoman for William Raveis declined to comment, while Neil Binder, a principal of Bellmarc Realty, did not return a call for comment.
Last year, to strengthen its top position as the city's largest manager of rental apartment buildings, Douglas Elliman Property Management acquired Bellmarc's property management business in a deal that did not include its residential brokerage business, for an undisclosed amount. According to Bellmarc Realty's website, the brokerage has roughly 250 agents in five offices in Manhattan.
Recently, William Raveis has been expanding its presence north of the city, in Westchester county. Trade publication The Real Deal ranks the brokerage as No. 10 in its list of top brokerages in Westchester county, with 80 agents and 98 residential listings valued at about $104 million. Three years ago, the brokerage entered the Westchester market by snapping up Realty 3 Real Estate, a Rye, N.Y.-based boutique brokerage firm. In a recent interview with The Real Deal, Chris Raveis, executive vice president of the brokerage, admitted that the firm was interested in the Manhattan market.
Founded in 1974, family-owned and operated William Raveis has about 2,700 sales associates and managers in 75 sales offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York. According to the firm's website, the company generates “annual real estate sales of nearly $6 billion.” InREALTOR Magazine's most recent listing of top real estate companies in the nation, based on 2009 sales volume, William Raveis ranked No. 11 with $3.7 billion in sales. Crains New York