John C. Conover Agency
John C Conover Agency brings it with the hottest real estate at the Shore
By Elana Knopp
The John C. Conover Agency is practically synonymous with the Jersey Shore.
The real estate agency, which deals in both commercial and residential properties, as well as property management, has been serving Monmouth County since 1906, and has been at its current home on Main St. in Asbury Park since 2003.
Anthony Newarski, owner and president of the Conover Agency, said that it is the company’s commitment to community and customer service that accounts for its longevity.
“We attribute our longevity to a company-wide dedication to customer service and community involvement,” Newarski told JerseyShoreVibe. “We sponsor RunAPalooza, the yearly 5K on the Asbury Park boardwalk, have a vendor booth at NJ Pride every year, donate to local causes like the Environmental and Shade Tree Commission and local law enforcement, and are active members of both the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Merchants Guild.”
According to Newarski, the revitalization that has come to Asbury Park has been an exciting time for the company.
“We have been and continue to be excited to contribute to the revitalization and diversity of Asbury Park,” Newarski said. “We're number one in sales in Asbury Park, which isn't easy because we're a boutique agency. But it's helped us, too. Part of why franchises haven't been able to knock us out of the number one spot is that we're local and have deep roots.”
Newarski said that there are a lot of condos that are just on the market or soon will be.
“Our agent, Sammy Boyd, is working with developers to bring The Metro on Third, 16 well-outfitted one and two bedroom condos, to market in the next couple months," said Newarski. "Travis Newarski who recently became our broker of records, has almost sold out of Deal Lake Garden Village.”
Deal Lake Garden Village are garden condos on Deal Lake Drive, just two blocks from the ocean. Other upcoming condos that Conover is working with include The Lofts, which will be luxury condos in a repurposed lumber yard warehouse, as well another working with a developer to bring 18 high- end condos to Lake Ave. at the east side of the Cookman corridor.
Another top agent, said Newarski, is Phyllis Maffucci, who just closed on 21 Main St. for Second Life Bikes. Just sold is also a commercial space in the 700 block of Cookman Ave. that will be converted to condos with retail space on the ground floor. In addition, the Corbo Building is for sale, which can be converted to condos and retail space, according to Newarski.
Newarski said that there are several areas that are attracting buyers across all demographics.
“The Northwest area of Asbury Park is booming for single family homes,” said Newarski. “They don't stay on the market for very long at all. We're seeing a lot of families interested in Wanamassa because of the school system. Younger buyers seem to be gravitating towards Neptune City, which is close to nightlife but more affordable. I'm going to predict that the Southwest of Asbury Park is going to be the next hotspot in a couple years because of the city's commitment to redevelopment of the Springwood Ave. corridor, the beautiful houses, and the relative affordability of that area.”
Superstorm Sandy had a huge effect on real estate, said Newarski.
“2013 was harder than the crash, and a lot of agents didn't stay in business,” Newarski said. “People were afraid to stay, and they were afraid to move. Certain towns’ move to raise homes was a hardship on a lot of people. Our area of the Jersey Shore has rebounded from that though, with consistent double digi t growth every year since then. We were without electricity for a couple weeks in some areas and there was a tremendous amount of damage, but other communities further north and south of us got hit a lot worse.”
According to Newarski, the local real estate boom has made it possible for smaller, quirkier shops to open in the area and thrive.
“There are a lot of areas that are still affordable up and down the Jersey Shore, including in Asbury Park and Long Branch,” said Newarski. “Most of the Deal Lake Garden Village condos are under $200,000 and there are pockets of affordable housing in every community we work in. You just need a realtor who knows where to look.”
The John C. Conover Agency is located at 200 Main Street, Asbury Park or visit them at conovernj.com or call 732-897-9200.