The History of Westchester County's
Oldest Family Owned Real Estate Firm
The Ragetté family real estate business had it's beginnings in this building in New York City in 1885.
The History of the Ragetté Real Estate begins on the shores of the New York harbor in the late 1800's when millions of immigrants arrived from Europe. One of those immigrants was 23-year-old Anton Ragetté who came to the United States from France in 1879 and settled in the Bronx. There he earned a living doing a variety of jobs. He sold coal, wood, steamship tickets, and real estate from an office he opened on Third Avenue. In 1885 he founded the present real estate agency and later began building apartments in the Bronx.
Anton Ragetté with a client. Anton's rolltop desk remains in Ragetté Real Estate's main office today.
The business was later passed on to Rudolph Ragetté, one of seven children in the Ragetté family. Rudolph, who began his career as a newspaper reporter and later, advertising manager for The North Side News, took over as president of Ragetté Realty in 1918 and moved the office to Mount Vernon. Two years later, Ralph E. Ragetté was born in Mount Vernon.
In 1938, Ralph, then 18-years-old, received his real estate licensed and joined his father's firm. He sold real estate during the day and took business courses at night at New York University. After his father's death in 1941, Ralph and his sister Madeline took over the business. When Ralph left the company to serve in the Army during the war, Madeline continued to operate the business. After the war, Ralph, who by then was married, moved the business to larger quarters in Eastchester and served as President of the firm.
In the late 1960's, Ralph responded to the changing trends in the real estate business. He created an in-house training program for sales associates and expanded the firmâ€™s business into insurance, corporate relocation and commercial real estate. In the late 1970's, the fourth generation of the Ragetté family joined the firm: Ralph R. Ragetté II as treasurer of the real estate company.
Ralph E. Ragetté with the staff of the Armonk office in 1974.
Ralph E. Ragetté and Ralph R. Ragetté II, with the staff of the Eastchester office in 1981.
Today, Ragetté Real Estate continues to provide dedicated and committed service to Westchester and Putnam County homeowners. Ralph Ragetté III, represents the fifth generation in the Ragetté lineage. Ralph R. Ragetté II is the current President of the company where he is proudly leading the organization into their 129th year of business.