Saturday, April 9, 2011

William Raveis Real Estate Partners With Zillow


The Largest Family-Owned Real Estate Company in the Northeast Begins to Display Listings On Zillow®

SHELTONCT, April 7, 2011- Today, William Raveis Real Estate and Seattle-based Zillow announced a partnership which enables William Raveis Real Estate to automatically feed all of its listings to Zillow on a regular basis.  With this syndication, properties listed with William Raveis Real Estate are now accessible on the Zillow/Yahoo!® Real Estate Network, the largest real estate network on the web, and across Zillow Mobile apps on the iPhone®iPad®,Android, and BlackBerry®.
William Raveis joins the Zillow Listings Feed program, which launched in November 2007 and has grown to more than 4 million for-sale listings, and hundreds of thousands of rental listings.
Ninety percent of all homebuyers begin the home search on the Internet, according to Colleen Kasper, Director of E-Commerce for Raveis. This new connection allows properties listed on raveis.com to be searched for and found onZillow, as they are already on websites like that of The New York Times®.
“If it’s on the MLS and on Raveis.com, it’s going to be on Zillow,” said Wayne Edmonds, Vice President of Information Technology for William Raveis. “We’re trying to attract more leads to the Raveis agents and Zillow is another leading aggregator for real estate listings, both online and on the mobile web.”
“Zillow is very excited to have partnered with William Raveis Real Estate,” said Sara Bonert, Director of Broker Services for Zillow. “With thousands of for-sale listings in key markets throughout the northeast, the partnership is extremely valuable to home shoppers on Zillow and Yahoo!. Additionally, this will help William Raveis agents maximize online exposure for their listings.” Zillow provides real estate information on millions of homes for sale in the northeast and across the United States. The company also calculates Zestimate® home valuations for most homes in the United States, and provides the Zillow Home Value Index, which can help homebuyers, sellers and owners make smarter decisions about their homes.
Kasper said the Internet doesn’t take the place of using a real estate agent, but it’s an information source many use for initial home searches. 
William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance is one of the top companies in the nation. It was recently ranked in 2010 by sales volume in REALTOR® Magazine as the #1 family-owned real estate company in the Northeast and the 11th largest real estate company in the USA.  The innovative firm is nationally recognized as an industry leader in technology, marketing and REALTOR® education. Its award-winning Web site, raveis.com, draws more than 10 million visits annually and includes more than 300,000+ MLS listings in ConnecticutNew YorkMassachusettsRhode IslandNew HampshireMaine and Vermont.
William Raveis Real Estate is a household name in its founding state, CT and is the #1 real estate company in world-renowned Fairfield County.  The company entered the Massachusetts marketplace in 2003 and, according to the 2009 closed sales volume in the Multiple Listing Service Pin, is now the largest independent brokerage in that state with 22 offices.  William Raveis recently expanded into New York and presently has offices in Rye, Harrison, Katonah, Chappaqua and Sleepy Hollow in Westchester County.  The firm has 2,700 highly trained sales professionals and 80 company-owned and affiliate offices in New YorkConnecticutRhode Island and Massachusetts.  For more information, visit raveis.com or blog.raveis.com.
About Zillow
Zillow is a real estate marketplace where homeowners, buyers, sellers, renters, real estate agents and mortgage professionals find and share vital information about homes and mortgages.  Launched in early 2006 with Zestimate® home values and data on millions of U.S. homes, Zillow has since added homes for sale and homes for rent, Rent Zestimates, a directory of real estate and lending professionalsZillow AdviceZillow Mobile apps and Zillow Mortgage Marketplace.  One of the most-visited U.S. real estate websites, with 19.4 million unique visitors in March 2011, Zillow's goal is to help people become smarter about homes and real estate in every stage of their lives -- home buying,selling, renting, remodeling and financing.  The company is headquartered in Seattle.
Zillow and Zestimate are registered trademarks of Zillow, Inc.
Yahoo! is a registered trademark of Yahoo! Inc.
iPhone and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple, Inc.
Android is a trademark of Google, Inc.
BlackBerry is a registered trademark of Research in Motion Limited.
The New York Times is a registered trademark of The New York Times Company.

(i)                 Source: comScore Media Metrix Real Estate Category Ranking by Unique Visitors, February 2011.

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