VANESSA POLLOCK, CEO/TEAM FOUNDER/REALTOR® The last 12 years have brought success to both Vanessa and her clients, as her team has negotiated and closed new housing for hundreds and hundreds of families, amounting to over $200,000,000 in sales. Currently, a KWU approved Trainer, Cultural Ambassador to KW and the Leader of a top Team at Keller Williams Midtown Direct Realty, she was previously the #1 Agent for all 3 offices at her former franchise, as well as the #1 Agent in the Maplewood and Short Hills Office for 2007/08. This simply means that Vanessa’s formula for marketing, service and generosity is winning! Years ago, Vanessa appeared in two seasons of the real estate show “Bought & Sold” on HGTV, where she became a recognizable face for honest and ethical real estate practices. Her sales goals are important because they help her reach as many people as possible with service that is fair, honest, ethical and at a concierge-level and just as important is her “giving goal”. Vanessa has a mission/vision to give back to her community in ways that surprise people and have a lasting impact. The team had a goal to give a total of $25,000 to local community events, initiatives and client-chosen charities in 2014, and the team surpassed $30,000. In 2015, their givings were over $42,000 and in 2016 the team raised/donate over $50,0000! Vanessa and the team hope to increase the giving every year to come. On a national level, Vanessa is the creator of the #CareServeGive business model and teaches, trains and speaks to audiences of all sizes about how to grow a profitable business by being servant-hearted, community-focused and generosity-based. Learn more about Vanessa as a national speaker and trainer HERE. On a personal level, Vanessa, her husband and their 3 children reside in Maplewood, NJ, after having lived in both NYC, Downtown Jersey City, as well as South Orange. She is a proud SOMA School District parent, who is active at church and in the community.
“For the first time in my life, I understand how important a good real estate agent is, and Vanessa Pollock does it ALL! She’s the real deal, folks: smart, super-organized, compassionate and always available. She’s like a rock star in the real estate world. Like Madonna, but taller. And with darker hair. And less Kabbalah.” – Norbert Leo Butz, Maplewood
CARRIE SCHWARTZ, DIRECTOR OF SALES/REALTOR® Carrie Chamberlin Schwartz has lived in South Orange and Maplewood for 10 years. She is originally a Midwest native and has been relocated many times with her husband’s career (therefore, she is familiar with starting from scratch!). Carrie is a Mom of 3 kids, ages 18, 16 and 11. Before joining the Vanessa Pollock team in 2014, Carrie had a vast professional life highlighted by teaching preschool and practicing midwifery, however, her love of sales has trailed her throughout her life and she was ranked #1 several times in her career for phone sales. Being genuine and caring are traits that made this easy. Whatever is needed for the best customer service, it will be Carrie’s pleasure to accomplish it. This means Carrie will help our clients have the best real estate experience possible, as well as aid the team in giving back within our great community.
I wish to express immense gratitude for your help and patience in helping us purchase the home and answer this apartment-dwelling/city boy’s questions as we moved towards becoming homeowners in the state of NJ. Your patient and calm energy, as well as your generosity in providing answers and insights to questions I had were greatly appreciated. Thank you very very much. –New South Orange Homeowners, Farid and George
SHERI GREENMAN, SALES ASSOCIATE/REALTOR® Sheri is an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) extraordinaire, as well as listing agent. Sheri brought 13 years of local real estate experience to the table, when joining the Vanessa Pollock team in 2010. In addition to her ABR designation, she also holds the National Associate of REALTOR’s GREEN designation, as well as being an e-PRO. Sheri is also a three-time Top Real Estate Professional, as seen in NJ Monthly. Sheri loves her clients–and they love her back! Sheri and her husband have been long-time residents of South Orange, where they raised their three children. All of them went through the S.Orange/Maplewood school system. Her husband was born and raised in South Orange, and both Sheri and her husband spent many years active in the community. As empty-nesters, they now reside in West Orange.
“Sheri Greenman was a consummate professional in every stage of the process! Her follow up was appropriate but not pushy, she understood our preferences and needs (at times better than we did ourselves). She showed us a variety (which we wanted to see) but also kept us focused. We would unequivocally recommend her and use her again!” – West Orange Homeowner
DENISE PAYNE, SALES ASSOCIATE/REALTOR® Denise first met Vanessa Pollock in 2014, and was immediately inspired by her genuine passion to serve her clients, and her desire to reach out and give back to the community. Denise is thrilled to now be a part of her team! Born and raised in Buffalo, NY (the city of good neighbors), Denise moved to New York City in 1999 to pursue a career in theatre. After more than ten years performing in Broadway tours across the United States, Canada, Korea, and China, Denise switched gears, and allowed her love for real estate and design to take hold. With a keen eye for detail, and a love for unique and beautiful spaces, Denise began working as an interior stylist for real estate and photo shoots throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. She has also owned and renovated numerous homes in New Jersey and Manhattan, so she knows first hand what it feels like to undertake a huge home improvement project, and how truly important it is to have a good real estate agent’s support and expertise when buying and selling. She loves homes, she loves this diverse yet tightly knit community, and she LOVES helping people to find the perfect home that speaks to them and suits their needs. She is extremely committed to building strong and lasting relationships with her clients. Denise resides in Maplewood with her husband and son, where they love to explore, hike, renovate, and EAT.
My husband and I just closed on our home in Maplewood. We are moving from Brooklyn after the birth of our son, 6 weeks ago. Life has changed a lot for us in the last 2 months. I was signing mortgage documents from the hospital bed! The process went so quickly and so well even though everything hinged on us selling our Brooklyn apt. Denise was always in touch & checking in. Working with her was so enjoyable. She was well informed, honest & always cheerful. I can’t wait to move into our house & become part of the Maplewood community. I’m sure you already know how great Denise is, but we wanted you to know we think so too! –New Maplewood Homeowners Lisa & John
Kelly Lombardi, SALES ASSOCIATE/REALTOR® Kelly has always been about the love of the hunt. Whether it’s going to auctions and estate sales for hidden treasures, or seeking out the tastiest bahn mi in driving distance, research in pursuit of the best is just part of her daily life, and especially when it comes to finding a home. When she and her husband set out to buy their first apartment in Brooklyn, she spent a spring wearing out brokers with questions and leading her husband up countless flights of stairs in search of just the right apartment. In short fashion, she found a cozy, charming little place to call home and start her family. As the family grew, time came for her and her husband to leave Brooklyn in search of more space, and this time even more methodical research (punctuated by several tidy spreadsheets) led her family to Maplewood for its good schools, easy commute, strong sense of community, and lively culture. Kelly is a recent addition to the Vanessa Pollock Team, where she is inspired by the team vision of honesty, service, hard work, and transparency, and now she gets to continue the hunt by helping other families search for their own perfect home.
Eliza Danielson, SALES ASSOCIATE/REALTOR® Eliza is thrilled to be part of the Vanessa Pollock Team! Previous to becoming a Realtor, Eliza worked as a product manager within multinational corporations and went on to obtain her Masters in Public Administration from NYU Wagner School. After moving to Maplewood (which she chose because it fondly reminds her of her hometown of Portland, Oregon!), she fell in love with the design process and renovation of her 1908 Victorian / Arts & Craft home. As a Realtor, Eliza draws from her professional background and personal aspirations to serve her clients. She loves managing the home buying and selling process from start to finish.
Eliza currently resides in Maplewood with her husband and two girls and loves to travel, garden, watch her kids grow and help people find their happy place!
Kristen Torkelson, Sales Associate/Realtor® A recent transplant from San Clemente, CA to Chatham, NJ, Kristen brings over 20 years’ experience around the home building industry to her role as Sales Associate/Realtor with the Vanessa Pollock team. Specializing in relocation, Kristen knows what it is like to be new in town and yet she has the knack to help her clients find the best of local everything—from schools and churches to shopping, restaurants, contractors and more! She has renovated several homes, including her historic Chatham Tudor—and she has personally designed and managed the entire process. She is a Mom of three boys—the oldest one is 17 and the twins are 14—ensuring her ability to juggle multiple duties without dropping a single ball! Entrepreneurial spirit and love of sales is in her blood too–she founded and sold her own high-tech company before the age of 21! But the Care, Serve, Give mantra runs deep within her. She has served in leadership positions, including President, of a nonprofit foundation for over 9 years. Kristen brings a wealth of expertise in customer service and caring to help her real estate clients have the best possible experience.
“We recently bought [a home] in West Orange with the help of Kristen Torkelson, and wanted to reach out to say what a great experience we had with her. We were a special case — flying up to NJ from Florida for a whirlwind weekend, not knowing anything about the area. We couldn’t have asked for a better guide. She was reachable at all times, generous with her attention, patient with our questions and ready with goodies to keep our toddler happy, from house hunt to closing day. We will certainly recommend your company to anyone who wants to buy or sell a home..” -Alexandra Zayas and Shannon Breen
Kathryn “Kat” Timpson, Showing Assistant/Realtor® is very excited to join the Vanessa Pollock Team as a Showing Assistant, after 20 years as a real estate owner of several homes in the Maplewood/ South Orange Area.
Kat graduated from Smith College and worked for a decade in Broadcast Media and Journalism in both Boston, MA and Atlanta, GA before moving back to her hometown of New York City to join forces with her fiancée (now husband of 23 years). There, Kathryn spent several years in consumer and pharmaceutical Public Relations as a specialist in press materials and media training. For the next 20 years, while raising her two children in the suburbs, Kat acted as general contractor for home renovations, was a lead volunteer in school and sports activities, and a member on several Community Boards including Mothers and More and The South Orange/Maplewood Coalition on Race. She has been a Member, Officer and Director in Toastmasters International since early 2012.
Now living in Summit, NJ, Kat is a Co-Founder and Executive Producer for KBX2Media Video Production, has completed 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training and is now acquiring advanced education in Corporate Yoga and Stress Management. Kat obtained her Real Estate license in 2017.
STEVE HOGLE, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS/LISTING MANAGER® Steve joined our team in early 2014. As the Listing Director, he oversees each Seller client’s experience and insures the home preparation process is as smooth as possible. He oversees the over-arching marketing plan for each of our listings. Steve helps us to deliver the high-level of service that we demand for each of our clients. His background in client care + task management, as well as a desire to SERVE people, make him the perfect fit for our team. Steve and his wife, and their 2 children recently purchased a new home in West Orange, so he knows the home buying process intimately! He loves all kinds of music (especially in the office) and being a Dad.
JENNIFER GREENBERG, CLOSING COORDINATOR/REALTOR®, Born and raised in South Orange, Jennifer never strayed too far from her native roots. Studying at New York University, earning degrees in Psychology and Music, Jennifer worked in advertising and marketing before coming back across the river to raise her growing family. Moving back to SOMA was the obvious choice for the perfect blend of the arts, diversity, and community. Most recently, Jennifer has successfully embraced her passion for interior design and histori- cal home preservation through real estate. Combining her extensive local knowledge and enthusiastic commitment to her community, Jennifer makes a valuable addition to the Vanessa Pollock Team.
And a note about our preferred Loan Officer:
JUSTIN MESSING / Senior Loan Officer, Eagle Mortgage. Justin has over 13yrs of experience originating Mortgage Loans. Born and raised in NJ, he is a second generation Loan Originator. What sets Justin apart from other Mortgage Professionals is his outstanding level of customer service. He prides himself on being available for his clients at all times (nights/weekends). He also understands everyone has their own unique set of circumstances, so he listens carefully to make sure to select the right Mortgage product for their particular needs. His goal on every home purchase or refinance is to deliver clear communication, quick turn times, and provide an overall stress-free experience! Over the past 3 years, Justin has worked very closely with all members of the Vanessa Pollock Team. They’ve worked on dozens of successful purchase transactions together. It’s a huge advantage to have everyone “under the same roof” as it streamlines the entire process. It’s easy when everyone is on the same page, working towards the same goal!