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About the RJ Soens Group

RJ’s team is amazing! We are so impressed that they not only took care of everything during the buying process but continue to be helpful years after our purchase.

Peter & Karen Appieciafuoco 

The best! We would never use anyone else! We were treated like family. It was clear that RJ and his team were interested in “us” not just the sale. We enjoyed staying in touch with our friends at the RJ Soens Group.

Andrea Bianco Rieti & Donte Rieti

Meet the Team

RJ Soens, III

I have had the privelege of helping people invest and vacation in this special place since 1986 and I’m fortunate to be a part of the fastest growing and most experienced real estate team in the area.

By providing tangibly superior results, enjoyable experiences and someone to count on going forward, I have been able to sell nearly eight times more real estate than competing agents and establish lifelong relationships with clients who often become friends. I hope this website demonstrates how you will benefit from our vast resources, market insights and honest advice which result in highly informed decisions a smooth process and of course the outcome you deserve.

Please allow me to put my decades of knowledge and experience to work for you and let’s get started on what is sure to be a great relationship!

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Bill Soens

Bill Soens is a Graduate of William Penn Charter School then attended Villanova University and University of Miami. He boasts a 48 year career as a Realtor/Developer in the Avalon/Stone Harbor market earning many accolades including the Top Producer Award. Until he sold the company in March of 2013, Bill was the President, Co-owner and Broker of Record for Avalon Real Estate Agency since 1986; prior to that, he was a salesperson with Avalon Real Estate Agency.

In his free time, Bill is an avid golfer and a founding partner and developer of the Cape May National Golf Club. Bill is the proud father of David, Scott and Michael Soens and a Grandfather of 5. Bill is a RYT registered yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance; conducts classes on a regular basis and attends periodic yoga seminars and retreats.

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Janet Bogorowski

Janet has made a tremendous impact on our team, earning impressive top honors as one of Long & Foster’s highest producing agents in her first year alone.  She is well on her way to having another successful year representing our clients.  She credits her impact on the island’s market to her desire to go above and beyond for each client she is privileged to work with.  Janet’s energy, enthusiasm and keen knack for matching buyers and sellers has quickly made her a valuable asset to our group.  Her clients appreciate her attention to detail, knowledge of the market, and unparalleled customer service.

Janet and her husband are 21-year residents of Avalon.  After earning a degree in journalism, she began a career in advertising and public relations in New York and Philadelphia as a fashion and travel writer.  While raising “four of her favorite people” she worked as a tireless advocate for children, education and other important community issues.  She is an avid reader, writer and lover of words, and is known for the daily “Thought for the Day” that makes a daily appearance outside their Avalon home.

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Dennis Calabrese

Dennis has been a southern NJ seashore seasonal resident since 1982, with the last 20 years on Seven Mile Island. A licensed Realtor since 2006, Dennis has a broad base of real estate experience to include residential and investment property sales as well as property development, the latter as co-owner of a former Long Beach Island firm focused on condominium development.

Retired from a 43 year career in Information Technology with Honeywell and French owned Groupe Bull / Atos in 2015, Dennis last served as a Director with responsibility for the largest clients, U.S. Veterans Affairs and the State of New Jersey.  Dennis oversaw the sales and implementation of mission critical IT infrastructure and software systems for many NJ agencies, including Treasury/Taxation.

In recent years, seashore real estate transactions have become increasingly complex. Dennis offers a broad range of experience and knowledge in seashore real estate as well as local and state government regulations. More complex transactions and investments on behalf of buyers warrant the breadth and experience of a team, such as the RJ Soens Group and the extensive support systems of  Long & Foster. I am most pleased to join this leading edge group of real estate professionals.

Dennis continues to promote the island experience for extended families throughout the year, as has been the case for his own family. A place to make lasting and wonderful memories for summers, seasons, holidays and lifetimes. We look forward to assisting clients in these same wonderful experiences.

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Brian Campbell

Brian Campbell has been affiliated with Long and Foster (formerly Avalon Real Estate Agency) since 1977. His experience with hundreds of transactions gives him the expertise to address all of your resort real estate needs with exceptional knowledge, integrity and professionalism. From a weekly vacation rental to the sale or purchase of a multi-million dollar seashore home, Brian has the experience necessary to assure that every transaction runs smoothly.

A 1969 graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, Brian is a former English teacher and football and wrestling coach. He received his New Jersey real estate broker’s license in 1979 and he is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the New Jersey Association of Realtors and the Cape May County Association of Realtors. Through the Council of Real Estate Managers, Brian earned his certification as a Broker’s Price Opinion Resource (BPOR) in 2013 and his certification as a Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE) in 2016. He completed the requirements for his designation as a Seller’s Representative Specialist (SRS) in 2014. He served as Director of Operations for Avalon Real Estate Agency from 1992 to 1996 and as Director of Rental Operations from 2005 to 2014.

Brian was elected to the Avalon Board of Education in 1985 and served until 1992; his last seven years as its president. He was an active member of the Avalon Volunteer Fire Department for fourteen years and is a Life Member of the New Jersey State Firemen’s Association. He coached the Avalon/Stone Harbor team in the Cape May County Little League for several years and is a Past Commodore of the Avalon Yacht Club having served as its 50th Commodore in 1991. Brian is currently a member of the Avalon Lions Club.

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Stephanie Cook

Stephanie is a life-long native of Cape May County who considers herself lucky to have grown up at the shore. She graduated from Ocean City High School and Rutgers University summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts. As the team’s Marketing Director and Licensed NJ Realtor, Steph brings over 15 years of assorted business experience including retail, hospitality, fashion, and public sector administration. Other than having an extremely diversified background, Stephanie is a natural artist who has a sharp design eye.

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Giovanna D’Alessandro

Giovanna was born into the business of managing residential and commercial properties. When she was in her twenties she purchased a boutique hotel in Wildwood Crest and by her thirties she owned an additional six resort properties in Florida. Licensed and practicing real estate full time in New Jersey since 1999 and in Florida since 2003, and bringing forth an entrepreneurial spirit and business background to the table, it’s clear that Giovanna possesses the fortitude and experience to ensure that your resort home or investment property is in good hands.

In addition to her Broker’s license, Giovanna holds several other professional designations, including Graduate REALTOR Institute (GRI), Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource (SFR), Community Association Manager (CAM) and Certified Professional Landlord (CPL).

Giovanna received her Master’s of Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology and her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Rowan University. Active within her community, Giovanna serves as the Organizational Leader for 4H Cloverbuds in Upper Township, NJ and has been a Group Leader of the American Red Cross Disaster Action Team.

Contact her today to learn how you can become a part of her legacy of success!

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Denise Doyle

Denise is thrilled to be a part of the RJ SoensGroup of Long and Foster. She has been enjoying summers in Avalon for over 25 years. In 2013 she and her husband bought their first home on the island and have been excited to share this special place with family and friends. Denise has been a licensed realtor for over 15 years and is committed to helping buyers and sellers find their perfect vacation home or investment opportunity at the Jersey Shore.

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Susan Gebauer

Sue has been a full-time summer resident, enjoying Avalon and Stone Harbor her entire life. While working for many local businesses, she has developed lifelong friends in the community. After meeting her husband in Avalon, there was no doubt that they would always consider this island home. Sue pursued a 20-year career in education and is now embarking on the next chapter of her professional career as a real estate agent at Long & Foster. She joined the RJ Soens Group in 2014 and looks forward to helping her clients find the perfect vacation rental or fulfill their dream of owning a piece of “Seven Mile Island.”

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George Gillespie

Growing up in suburban Philadelphia,Georgewas always excited about going to the Shore and anxiously awaited his annual winter visit to select a rental property. It was exciting to get back to the shore even for just one day. As summerapproached,George’s excitement and anticipation grew until he and his family finally arrived for their vacation! The beach, the boardwalk , the smells and sounds were all part of the experience!

George attended St. Joe’s Prep and St. Joseph’s College followed by service in the Marine Corps. Once Nancy and George married and had a family, the highlight of their year was going to the Shore with theirchildren.In 1989, George and Nancy decided to stay and raisetheir family in Cape May County.

George started his real estate career and hasn’t looked back. The families hemeetsshare the same enthusiasm for the Shore.It has been enormously satisfyingto help clientsfulfill their dream of owning a Shore home. George’s large repeat and referral business is based on providing the honest advice and quality service which leads to long term friendships. George is very fortunate to love what he does and where he does it and looks forward to helping you buy, rent or sell here at the Shore!

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Dave Gorelick

Dave was born and raised in Avalon. After attending Avalon Elementary School, he went onto graduate from The Hill School and then Mount Saint Mary’s University. In addition to his academics, Dave played four years of Division 1 Lacrosse.

Dave went onto achieve a successful career in the Staffing Business where he developed strong sales skills, a personable management approach, and effective communication skills.

Dave looks forward to sharing his lifelong knowledge of Avalon and Stone Harbor with his clients. His one on one approach helps buy and sell homes to meet his client’s needs. His difference is in the details.

Dave has three children and is active in their schools and athletics.

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Thomas Kirsch

A lifelong summer resident, Tom finally moved to the shore full time and joined the RJ Soens Group this past year. Tom brings almost 20 years of diverse and geographic sales experience that ranges from a Fortune 500 company in San Francisco specializing in healthcare technology to a regional South Jersey developer focused on land acquisition and fully approved lots for National builders.

His attention to detail, strong communication skills and passion for technology advancements ensures that our buying and selling clients have a clear vision in maximizing their real estate investments. Tom is a graduate of Fairfield University in CT.

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Jaye Johnson

Jaye was born and raised in North Jersey and moved to Cape May County in 1988. She started her career in Real Estate in 1992 and began working for Avalon Real Estate in 1996 as the manager of the Support Staff as well as the Client Service Department. In 2001, Jaye became a licensed Real Estate Agent. Assisting clients secure vacation homes in Avalon and Stone Harbor since 2001, Jaye cherishes the relationships she has developed with renters and property owners alike.

Jaye has a wide-range of experience in customer client care along with expertise in the rental market on Seven Mile Island. If you are in the area and want a Realtor® to help you find that special place for you and your family to vacation, stop by and Jaye will be happy to assist you in your search.

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Jonathan Landon

Jonathan Landon is one of the longest serving, experienced, and most energetic real estate professionals on seven mile island. Jonathan grew up on Philadelphia’s Main Line and never missed a summer in Cape May. After attending Ithaca college, Jonathan took the advice of a friend and looked into real estate as a potential career, leading him to join Avalon’s First Eastern Realty in 1976. This happened to be my father’s first job in real estate as well. Jonathan was always a go getter and in 1985 he purchased the existing firm Holiday Realty and began his successful run of nearly 30 years as owner/broker.

In late 2013, Jonathan decided to simplify his business life and focus on his passion, helping people by and sell real estate in Cape May County which he knows and loves so well. This led to the sale of the property which housed Holiday Realty and his decision to join our group. Boy are we glad he did! By leveraging the team’s resources and support along with his enormous talent and contact base, Jonathan has emerged as one of Long & Foster coastal region’s leading producers and completed the two largest transactions of his career. On joining the group, Jonathan says “I’m really happy, this is a great situation for both me and my family”. We are equally happy to have Jonathan as a colleague!

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Barbara Mehl

Barbara Mehl has been a year-round resident of Cape May County since 1992 after summering in Stone Harbor for decades. Family history in Stone Harbor since 1939 has given Barbara expertise of the diversity of locations and communities here on the Seven Mile Island. Barbara and her husband, Steve, raised their family on both the island of Stone Harbor as well as the mainland of Cape May Court House.

Barbara has been actively involved in a wide-range of affiliations including; community, church, school and private club events in Cape May County for 25 years. Being an active member of both Middle Township Chamber of Commerce as well as Stone Harbor Chamber of Commerce, gives Barbara a strong pulse on history, current changes and future opportunities to both year-round and summer residents of Cape May County.

Barbara previously came from a background of retail sales and management in Stone Harbor for over 15 years. Intrigued with the Real Estate Market on Seven Mile Island, Barbara obtained her Real Estate License in 2008. With her diverse background, Barbara has been able to serve her clients with both listings and sales throughout all of Cape May and Atlantic Counties.

In 2014 Barbara became a Sales Representative with Long & Foster. This transition has given Barbara the ability of offering her clients much more diversity. “Coming on board with Long & Foster, and specifically The RJ Soens Team, allows me, as a Realtor, the professionalism and presence on the Jersey Shore to better serve my clients!” says Barbara.

Whether it is the first-time home buyer, an investment opportunity, or a summer vacation home; Barbara knows the Seven Mile Island, Barbara knows the Beach and the Bay, and Barbara knows the Mainland…Barbara is ready to help you navigate throughout Cape May County today!

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Marilyn O’Donoghue

Marilyn has been involved in real estate from a young age. Her parents were licensed realtors in the Atlantic City area and focused on investment and rental properties. She grew up in Margate and is a graduate of Holy Spirit High School and Villanova University. Marilyn has owned property in Avalon since 1998 and has been an active real estate agent since 2006.

Marilyn was named the top first year agent in production for Long & Foster 2014. She owns a home staging company and provides sellers the direction to achieve a memorable first impression. Buyers appreciate the insight she can provide regarding the hidden potential of a property. Marilyn understands the importance of social media in the marketplace and has a presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Hubdin, Foursquare, Yelp, and LinkedIn.

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Joan Staszak

Joan Staszak obtained her NJ real estate license in 1988 and has worked in the business or related fields ever since. Joan joined RJ Soens Group in 1993 and has handled all aspects of the real estate business with a commitment and passion which has earned her the respect and admiration of her peers and colleagues both in the agency and island wide.

Joan’s tireless efforts helping me and my clients and willingness to jump into any needed situation make her essential to our success. Joan’s current focus is marketing, client communication, and much of the group’s administrative needs.

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Mimi Szegda

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Mimi spent her childhood summers “down the shore” vacationing at her family’s Avalon and Ocean City beach houses. A graduate of St. Basil Academy, she earned a degree in Marketing and Business Administration from LaSalle University. Upon graduation, she spent “one last summer” at the shore – but fell in love with the lifestyle and has never looked back!

Now a year ’rounder for over 15 years, Mimi has gained a keen knowledge of the entire Jersey shore area. She began her real estate career in 2004 at MM Real Estate as a licensed assistant to Mark Marroletti, focusing on vacation rentals. An avid yoga practitioner, Mimi met her teacher and mentor, Bill Soens, the long-time broker of Avalon Real Estate, on the mat. As a co-owner of Stone Harbor staple Marabella’s Family Restaurant, she has honed her friendly and outgoing personality into a killer set of people skills and learned the meaning of hard work and dedication. With her background in customer service, marketing and her obvious love of the island, a career selling real estate at the shore seemed the perfect fit!

Mimi is a member of the SH and Avalon Chambers of Commerce as well as a member of the SH Women’s Civic Club and a Bishop McHugh mom. She loves the beach, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Mimi is excited to bring her positive energy and enthusiasm to the RJ Soens Group at Long & Foster. Let her help you find your dream home at the beach!

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Christine Tumelty

Christine (Chris) Tumelty’s expertise centers on her extensive experience in establishing, developing, and maintaining customer relationships in conjunction with her real estate market and advertising knowledge.

Chris adds an abundance of energy and enthusiasm to our team as well as a strong foundation in sales, marketing, and technology. This skill set allows her to creatively assist our clients with unique marketing strategies for their properties. Chris provides a combination of “old school sales techniques” coupled with advanced aggressive internet marketing campaigns to provide our clients with the perfect “audience” to market their home. Her people skills, negotiating expertise, responsiveness, and attention to detail ensure a smooth and hassle-free process from beginning to end.

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Annmarie Ulissi

Lifelong Cape May County native Annmarie Ulissi graduated from Rowan University with a B.A. in Health & Exercise Science and a teaching certification for grades K-12. While a full time student, Annmarie also held a full time managerial positon resulting ten years of management experience.

After pursuing teaching she became interested in real estate and obtained her real estate license in 2012. Annmarie has been assisting clients secure vacation homes on Seven Mile Island since then and cherishes the relationships she has developed with renters and property owners.

Annmarie’s wide-range of experience in customer-client care along with her strong background in technology is a welcome addition to our group which she joined in spring 2015. Her focus will be servicing rentals, client communication, administration, and marketing for Jonathan Landon and RJ Soens. We are fortunate to have her!

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