The Pollock Properties Group is a group of "go givers":

We are a team of “go-givers” who CARE about our clients and our community.  We do not “sell”, we SERVE through giving: we GIVE time, attention, counsel, education, value, education and resources to our clients and community.   We are also committed to giving back to our communities AND to where our clients hearts are – please ask about our “Closing for a Cause” closing gift.  Our team serves an average of 100 families per year and has raised and donated over $165,000 to local and global charities, foundations and community events.  We serve clients and communities with honesty, integrity, and sincerity.  We also work very hard to break down the home selling and buying process, as well as the realtor stereotype, while building genuine relationships.  We commit to be real, stay open, listen to you & always put you first.  The Pollock Properties Group agents have served over 600 families in Northern New Jersey in over 50 years of combined experience.  When you work with us, you work with the best.  We put YOU first. And we make YOUR goals a reality.  Contact us today so that we can start serving your real estate needs immediately. (973) 544-8484

{Portraits by Thomas Shaffer & Maplewood/S. Orange Community photos provided by Cindy Price and Jamie Meier @livelovelens}

Our Associates:


Vanessa Pollock, CEO/Founder (Realtor/Sales Associate)

    The last 14 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 $250,000,000 in sales. Currently, a KWU approved Trainer, Cultural Ambassador to KW and the Leader of a top Team at Keller Williams Realty, she was previously the #1 Agent for all 3 offices at her former franchise. 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 Group has raised and donated over $165,000 in the last few years to local charities, community events and global initiatives!... READ MORE HERE

    Sheri Greenman, Buyer & Seller Agent (Realtor/Sales Associate)

    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... READ MORE HERE.

    Denise Payne, Buyer & Seller Agent (Realtor/Sales Associate)

    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 sons... READ MORE HERE.

    Kelly Lombardi, Buyer Agent (Realtor/Sales Associate)

    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... READ MORE HERE.

    Kristen Torkelson, Buyer Agent (Realtor/Sales Associate)

    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... READ MORE HERE.

    Thomas Shaffer, Showing Partner (Realtor/Sales Associate)

    • (201) 820-8653
    • thomas.w.shaffer@gmail.com

    As a lifelong New Jersey resident, Thomas has a passion for serving the local community. As such he has come on to the Pollock Properties Group as a Showing Partner, to work with the our agents in making sure that our clients showing requests can be accommodated at any time it is needed. Thomas is excited to be a part of the team and continue to learn how best to care for our community.

    Kelly Tornberg, Listing Manager (Realtor/Sales Associate)

    Kelly recently moved to New Jersey after 18 years of living in both Northern & Southern California.  Originally from Chicago, Kelly and her husband, Scott, have bought and sold their share of million dollar homes and have lived through the real estate downturn in Orange County, California.  With her personal experience, her previous work experience in real estate, as well as her love of anything and everything relating to home design and decorating, Kelly decided to get her real estate license here in New Jersey.  She is excited to bring her love of real estate and client services to the Pollock Properties Group. When not serving our clients, Kelly is busy driving her kids (ages 18-10) to their respective sporting events and loves to run, bike, practice yoga and just be active & outside.  Her and her family live in Chatham, NJ.

    Elisabeth Watson, Listing Manager 

    • (901) 340-7093
    •  pollockgrouplistingmanager@gmail.com

    Elisabeth is a native of Tennessee and moved to NYC to join her husband four years ago.  After four years of living the tiny apartment, no green space, city life, she and her husband decided it was time to make their dream of owning a home with a back yard and extra space for family and friends to visit, a reality.  They visited Maplewood and fell in love with the small town, historic vibe as well as the town’s heart for diversity and the quick commute to the NYC.  With the personal care and guidance of the team at Pollock Properties Group, she and her husband found a cute little craftsman in the Hilton area of Maplewood.  As someone who was served by the incredible Pollock Properties Group, Elisabeth is so excited to be a part of such a service minded, hard working, and caring group of people.  As both creative and detailed oriented, she is thrilled to serve as Listing Manager.  It is her goal to make listing your home as smooth and efficient as possible as well as to create a marketing plan that makes your home stand out as the unique property that it is.  

    Teresa "Teri" Pilling, Closing Manager (Realtor/Sales Associate)

    •  pollockgroupclosingmanager@gmail.com

    Originally from the UK, Teri arrived in the US in 1996 after 7 years in Asia – Japan for 2 years and then Singapore. In England she worked in the hotel business for several years, training and setting up systems in 5 star hotels in London. Her favorite job was being part of a team opening Le Meridien Hotel in Piccadilly. Seeing it go from a construction site to a beautiful hotel was so rewarding.

    Teri loves this little corner of the world where we are a short train ride to the city with its wonderful theatres and restaurants, the shore and beautiful countryside that reminds her of home. She has lived in Springfield for the past 3 years, Madison for 10 years before that and Summit from 1996 till 2004 so is very familiar with the area.

    Teri got her real estate license in 2004 and brings her love of helping people and administrative skills to the team to help deliver great service to clients. In her years in real estate, she has helped over 250 families and is looking forward to helping many more! READ MORE ABOUT TERI HERE


    Christopher Gray, Administrative Assistant

    •  pollockgroupexecutiveassistant@gmail.com

    Chris joined our team in early 2018.  As the Administrative Assistant, he helps our team be where they are supposed to be, when they are supposed to be there!  Chris also helps the entire Administrative team to deliver the high-level of service that we demand for each of our clients.  His background in client care and task management, as well as a desire to SERVE people, make him another perfect fit for the Pollock Group. 


    Kevin Kern, Director of Business Acquisition (Realtor/Sales Associate)

    Kevin Kern has been in service for over twenty years.  As an accomplished Broadway performer and concert artist, he has been able to successfully serve casts, companies and audiences with his dedication to their enjoyment!  Kevin has appeared in six Broadway shows, a show in London’s West End, and performed in concerts all over the world. He is now excited to share his exuberant drive for excellence with his friends and neighbors in his home town of Maplewood and beyond with their real estate needs!


    Kevin, his wife Megan, and their four kids, Gus, Sunny Jo, Magnolia, and Clover, have lived in Maplewood for over a dozen years.  They followed many of their other theater friends out to this perfect “Theater District West” enclave and have been happy ever since.  Over the years, Kevin has met so many great people from all walks of life here in myriad ways. Whether it’s meeting new theater buddies on the train, getting to know parents at a little league softball game, or cheering on his kids at a middle school chorus concert, Northern New Jersey has come to feel like the close knit community he had been looking for since moving to NYC 25 years ago.  And it’s hard to not become an expert of an area when you have four kids in four different schools as he currently does!


    Kevin is overjoyed to be a part of the Pollock Properties Group and join a dream team of service professionals led by Vanessa Pollock.  He can’t wait to use his years of sales experience, marketing, and knowledge of the area to serve our clients and help them meet all of their real estate needs

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