Deborah James has made Monmouth County, New Jersey, the newest luxury waterfront destination. Getting her start in real estate while earning her graduate degree from Columbia University, James has always had an eye for the potential of waterfront properties. As a graduate student, she purchased properties and oversaw their development, working closely with architects, builders, interior designers, and landscape architects. Deborah has been in the business since 1995 and is the leader of a highly specialized new construction team with Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty.
Deborah has brought hundreds of savvy buyers to Monmouth County to introduce them to a new level of living in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Bloomberg News recently confirmed the Jersey Shore is now a luxury destination. The Jersey Shore continues to bring new businesses to grow its economy. Netflix recently struck a deal to build one of their biggest film studios in the world at a long-closed U.S. Army base in Fort Monmouth.
Deborah not only spearheads development but also helps with the financing and investor relations to enable redevelopment in areas where old dwellings and abandoned buildings dot the waterfront transforming the land into highly desirable locations. Deborah also uses her expertise to assist NJ Repertory Company find housing for actors and celebrities while obtaining sponsorships for the development of NJ Repertory’s new performing arts center in Long Branch, New Jersey. New Jersey Repertory Company has been a cultural arts icon in Long Branch, NJ since 1997. Her dedication and love for her area is apparent, and she is an advocate for athletic programs and education in Long Branch as well as assisting with the development planning and funding needed for a handicapped beach mat that allows wheelchair accessibility onto the beach in Long Branch. She speaks of the importance of her work in supporting the local towns. “Without new development and redevelopment, many towns will struggle financially,” James states, “and new development helps infuse the towns with tax revenue, increases current property values, and enables the creation of new jobs.”
Since Deborah has found her niche for waterfront and oceanfront luxury development. She finds that at least 20% of her buyers go on to purchase properties for their real estate portfolios at her other developments. “I develop strong relationships with my clients and their families,” James comments, “they want to be in the know and trust I will develop properties that will exceed their expectations and add great value to their real estate portfolios.” James targets this clientele with listings that have clean videography and photography that are promoted through Sotheby’s International, which has a wide global outreach as a leading real estate brand. She also utilizes various social media platforms as well as her personal website to share her properties, throwing out a wide net of marketing initiatives. Her sales volume per year can run from 10 million worth of contracts at the start of a new construction project to well over 80 million when developments are complete. Her new construction projects can take anywhere from 1-3 years to develop, with an average listing ranging from $2.5 to $5 million. James currently has over 70 million in listings.
“I love taking a piece of land and creating a lifestyle that will attract people who would never [before] think of living there,” Deborah muses. She thrives on seeing projects through to fruition and bringing new buyers in to revitalize areas. Outside of work, James is a true local — she swims, kayaks, and bikes along Ocean Avenue. She loves to run in Monmouth County watching her new developments come to life. She like many locals believe northern Monmouth County is a hidden gem on the Gold Coast which should now be on everyone’s radar as a luxury destination within an hour from New York City.
To contact Deborah to discuss her waterfront properties, please call directly at (203)258-3398 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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