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Halstead wins the 2009 Real Estate Standard of Excellence WebAward

By Halstead Property

The Halstead Property Web Development Team is Recognized for the Fourth Year in a Row for Outstanding Achievement in Website Development

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Halstead Property has been honored by the Web Marketing Association with a 2009 WebAward for outstanding achievement in website development, the fourth consecutive award for Halstead. Founded in 1997, the Web Marketing Association’s mission is to improve the quality of online advertising, internet marketing, and website promotion. The WebAwards is the organization’s annual website award competition that names the best websites in 96 industries while setting the standard of excellence for all website development. More than 2,000 entries from 45 countries were judged in this year’s competition.

“We are extremely proud to be honored by the Web Marketing Association for the fourth year in a row,” said Diane Ramirez, President of Halstead Property. “We strive to keep at the forefront of technology by using the most innovative and resourceful tools for our users. We are deeply committed to using the best technology available to make it easier for our clients to search for a new home, explore neighborhoods and find the best value,” Ramirez continued. was named one of the best websites based on the seven criteria of a successful website: design, innovation, content, technology, interactivity, copywriting, and ease of use. Halstead’s website gives users the most up-to-date information; listings are updated in real time. The listing system provides Halstead website users with information for more than 3,450 Manhattan, Brooklyn, Riverdale, New Jersey and Connecticut residences.

Recently, Halstead launched a new web tool, the Halstead Value Factor, which features some of the firm’s best value listings. Each property featured in the Halstead Value Factor is pre-qualified for inclusion by meeting specific criteria and successfully passing an intensive review process. The Halstead website enables visitors to search the value properties by price, location, type of home and amenities. As a result, the website traffic to these properties receives at least 60% more traffic and at least half of the listings in the program are in contract or with accepted offers. also offers visitors access to the firm’s renowned market reports and economic briefings that are issued monthly, quarterly and annually. These reports and briefings provide buyers, sellers and the media with an inside look on current and past market trends for townhouses, condominiums and cooperative apartments in all neighborhoods throughout New York City as well as metro New Jersey and Fairfield County, Connecticut. All the information that users require is instantly available and directly linked with the cities largest database of property information.

Halstead’s online marketing initiatives are led by Executive Vice President/Chief Information and Technology Officer James Cahill and the team includes Web Operations Manager Vincent D’Agostino and Web Developers Oksana Gatsul and Stephen Kelley. They work closely with Halstead’s marketing division headed by Director Gerry Makowski building the industry’s most comprehensive marketing program available.

“We are constantly improving to keep up with the latest advances in technology and to be at least two steps ahead of our savvy clients and consumers. We are always developing versatile, unique tools that enable our buyers and sellers to accomplish their real estate goals in a timely, effective manner,” stated Jim Cahill. “Our steady enhancements to the site have increased traffic dramatically and we’re thrilled to be the recipient of our fourth WebAward. We are truly honored to achieve this recognition from our peers.”

About Halstead Property

As the first firm in New York to bring real estate sales out of office buildings and into retail storefronts, Halstead Property is one of the largest residential real estate brokerage firms in the metropolitan area. Headquartered at 770 Lexington Avenue, the firm has nearly 900 sales and rental agents throughout 19 prime retail storefront offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Riverdale, Hudson Valley, Hoboken, New Jersey and Fairfield County, Connecticut. In addition, the Development Marketing Division of Halstead Property is the exclusive sales and marketing firm for many new developments in the tri-state area and through the Property Management Division, Halstead manages more than 8,000 residential units within 82 buildings.

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