Towne Realty Group Opens Newly Renovated Office

Posted by Karen Bigos — April 30, 2010

Two businesses, one brand new to the area, and one that recently expanded, took over the first floor at 511 Millburn Avenue in the Short Hills, NJ shopping district. Studio 1200, an architecture and design firm, and Towne Realty Group, a Real Estate boutique which already occupied the second floor of the building since 2006, joined forces to celebrate their official openings of their newly renovated spaces.

Over 400 clients, friends, Realtors, architects, builders, attorneys, business owners from both the Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Millburn Development Alliance, streamed through all three offices to see over 5,500 square feet of completely rehabbed offices and to meet the eight agents who were recently hired by the Towne Realty Group. Almost everyone in the firm has an accreditation of either an e-PRO, ABR, CRS, Broker, C1276664583CIM and there is one MBA and one attorney among the ranks of the sales team.

Each of the 18 agents is connected on LinkedIn, Facebook and all are developing individual websites through our company site, which is the process of a complete makeover. Most exciting is our growing fan page on facebook with almost 800 fans. Please join us at and read our blog at

2009 marked a big growth spurt for Towne Realty Group who proudly increased their sales volume by 40% over their 2008 production. Focusing on hiring only full-time, experienced agents has proven to be a winning formula as the company is celebrating its fourth anniversary and almost $250 million in sales. 2010 is turning into another banner year as the office just received a Distinguished Service Award from the Maplewood NJ Chamber of Commerce as one of the Premiere Realtors who serve that community.

One of the best hires of the last year is newly appointed Broker of Record, Carolee Jones, who retired after a 30+ year career with Burgdorff Realtors, taken over by Coldwell Banker last year. Initially Jones was a top producer in the Maplewood Office and later as a VP and manager of their Montclair, Basking Ridge and Summint, NJ Offices. She brings a wealth of knowledge and training to the Towne Realty Group team. Broker Karen Bigos says, “There are few Brokers in our area who have the knowledge, respect, experience and class as Carolee Jones. Towne Realty Group is reaching new heights in our relocation department, our referral company and in recruiting, thanks to her efforts.”

1276664582Appearing in the photo for the ribbon cutting ceremony on the front steps are Nancy Dougherty and Sandee Markwith of Studio 1200, Millburn Township Mayor Sandy Haimoff cutting the ribbon, Karen Eastman Bigos and Daniel Cannizzo, Managing Partners of Towne Realty Group. On her way to Miami for the Luxury Real Estate Conference in early May, Karen Bigos is looking forward to networking with other top agents from around the country. For more information please contact at 973-376-8300. Feel free to get in touch with Broker & e-PRO, Karen Eastman Bigos at or 201-417-1600.

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