William Raveis Real Estate receives a 2009 CQIA Innovation Prize Award for raveis.com Innovation

CT – William Raveis, Chairman and CEO of William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage and Insurance, is most pleased to announce that the company website, raveis.com, has recently received a silver innovation award from the Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Partnership, Inc. (CQIA)

“We are proud to receive this honor from the Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Partnership,” said Mr. Raveis. “This prize substantiates our efforts to make raveis.com the best website in real estate. Each year, raveis.com becomes more robust and

more popular as a result of our initiative to deliver leading-edge technology to our customers.”

Presently, raveis.com draws more than 10 million visitors annually and the most recent statistics show that more people visit raveis.com than any other regional website in the Northeast.

The Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Partnership, Inc., America's first state-level quality award, was founded in 1987 using the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for Performance Excellence criteria in an effort to advance innovative programs that improve quality, performance excellence, and marketplace competitiveness.

The Baldrige Award is given by the President of the United States to businesses and to education and healthcare organizations that apply and are judged to be outstanding in seven areas: leadership, strategic planning, customer and market focus, information and analysis, human resource focus, process management, and business results.

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 company in the Northeast, the #6 independent real estate company nationwide and most recently, rated by Realtor Magazine, as the 10th largest real estate company in the USA based on sales volume. The innovative firm is nationally recognized as an industry leader in technology, marketing and REALTOR® education. Its award-winning website, raveis.com, is recognized as “the best website in real estate” and draws more than 10 million visitors annually.

The company’s Massachusetts offices were recently voted “the best residential real estate company” in Massachusetts by the readers of Banker & Tradesman in the Banker & Tradesman Best of 2009 Readers Poll. This is the second year in a row that the company received the First Place Gold Award.

William Raveis began its New York expansion with the recent opening of the Rye office in Westchester County. Future plans entail expansion into Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Presently, the firm has 2,100 highly trained sales professionals and 63 offices / two affiliates in Connecticut; Massachusetts; Westchester County, New York; and Rhode Island.