John J Circello

John J Circello

Real Estate Broker Associate / GRI

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Prudential New Jersey Properties Joins Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Real Estate Brokerage Network

Regional brokerage leader to operate as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties

SOMERSET, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the real estate brokerage network operated by HSF Affiliates LLC, today announced that Prudential New Jersey Properties has joined the network operating as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties. The regional brokerage leader adds to a growing roster of affiliates that have transitioned to the network since September. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices now counts more than 29,000 agents and 825 offices in 42 states.

“We are pleased to make this transition to the brand we believe is reinventing real estate,” said Bill Keleher, the brokerage’s Chairman and CEO. “Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is about innovation, outstanding service and unparalleled results. We take great pride in our new affiliation and we look forward to the significant advantages it will bring to our clients and agents.”

General Manager Chris Brown said the brand will add even more distinction to New Jersey Properties, a company recognized nationally for sales production and customer care. “Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ namesake is Berkshire Hathaway Inc., one of the world’s most trusted and respected corporations,” he explained. “We have experienced a heightened interest among seasoned and top-producing agents throughout our marketplace who want to join our team because they are drawn to the brand and want that affiliation for their business.”

New Jersey Properties agents gain access to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ Global Network Platform – a robust suite of real estate tools and resources – plus professional education, business consultation, marketing support and the exclusive Luxury Collection program for high-end listings. “The BHHS franchise offering positions us to create a highly competitive value proposition for our agents, focused on business-building and career development,” said Chief Operating Officer Steve Janett. “We are confident our new network will facilitate opportunities for our company’s growth throughout the New Jersey marketplace and in turn enhance our ability to deliver seamless support to our agents.”

As part of its transition, New Jersey Properties moved its Montclair office from Church Street to a new location at 695 Bloomfield Ave., one block from the Montclair Art Museum. This “office of the future” blends new technologies with an open and contemporary style, plus an art gallery to showcase the works of professional and emerging artists. Landscape artist Catherine Kinkade, a master pastelist, will help launch the gallery with a show of oils and plein air studies in pastel and pen and ink starting June 23.

Stephen Phillips, president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, applauded New Jersey Properties’ brand transition. “We are proud to welcome Bill Keleher, Chris Brown, Steve Janett and their skilled team to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices,” he said. “New Jersey Properties sets high standards for professionalism, customer care and corporate citizenship and will be a fine brand ambassador.”

New Jersey Properties’ new Cabernet and Cream yard signs will begin appearing throughout northern and central New Jersey starting today.

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties is an independently owned and operated real estate company and affiliate member of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network. Serving northern and central New Jersey with more than 600 sales associates in 19 offices, the full-service residential and commercial brokerage perennially ranks among the nation’s Top 100 brokerages for sales volume. or contact the corporate office in Somerset, New Jersey at 800-LIVE-IN-NJ (800-548-3466) for details.

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, based in Irvine, CA, is a brand-new real estate brokerage network built for a new era in residential real estate. The network, among the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name, brings to the real estate market a definitive mark of trust, integrity, stability and longevity. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in early 2014 was named “Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year” by consumers in the 26th annual Harris Poll EquiTrend® study of the largest real estate networks. Visit

Irvine, CA-based HSF Affiliates LLC operates Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate franchise networks. The company is a joint venture of which HomeServices of America, Inc., the nation’s second-largest, full-service residential brokerage firm, is a majority owner. HomeServices of America is an affiliate of world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices received the highest numerical Equity Score among real estate brands included in the 2014 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study. Visit for details.


Warren Buffett Just Made A Huge Bet On The Housing Market

Warren Buffet 


Perhaps the most bullish indicator for U.S. housing is Warren Buffett.

The legendary investor has been buying up real-estate brokerages around the country as he bets on a housing turnaround. Now, he is partnering with Brookfield Asset Management, a Canadian real-estate investor, to more than double the size of his brokerage business.

Bloomberg Businessweek's Noah Buhayar has the details:

Berkshire’s HomeServices of America Inc. unit will be the majority owner of the venture to manage a U.S. residential real-estate affiliate network, according to a statement on the new company’s website. The firms plan to offer a new franchise brand, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, starting next year. Brookfield’s network has operated under the Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate brands.

Berkshire’s managers have been positioning the firm to benefit as the U.S. home market recovers from its worst slump in seven decades. The Omaha, Nebraska-based company has bought a brickmaker, won the loan portfolio of bankrupt mortgage lender Residential Capital LLC at auction and built its HomeServices unit by agreeing to acquire real-estate brokerages in states including Oregon and Connecticut.

The press release says the brokerages that will make up the new company did a combined $72 billion in sales in 2011. That's more than twice the $32 billion in sales that Berkshire did in 2011 without the new brokerages.

More from the release:

The combined networks of more than 53,000 Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate agents generated in excess of $72 billion in residential real estate sales volume in 2011, and operate across more than 1,700 U.S. locations.

“Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is a new franchise brand built upon the financial strength and leadership of Brookfield and HomeServices,” said Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. “I am confident that these partners will deliver value to the residential real estate industry, and I am pleased to have Berkshire Hathaway be a part of the new brand.”
“The strength of the Berkshire Hathaway name, coupled with the operational excellence of HomeServices and the franchising experience of Brookfield, positions Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices® as a leading real estate franchise in the U.S., building on our traditions of exceptional client service and innovation. Brookfield is excited to be a partner in creating a home for the best real estate brokers and agents in the country,” said Bruce Flatt, Brookfield Asset Management CEO.

Buffett has been public about his bullish housing call for a while as he's built his residential real-estate brokerage business, but this is a big addition.

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Designations: Broker/Associate

  • Relocation Specialist
  • Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI)
  • Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR)
  • Quality Service Certification
  • Leading Edge Society
  • E-Pro


Licensed New Jersey Sales Associate


National Association of Realtors
New Jersey Association of Realtors
Somerset / Hunterdon Board of Realtors
Garden State Multiple Listing Service
Ocean County Board of Realtors
Jersey Shore Multiple Listing Service

GRI Designation
Certified Relocation Specialist
BHHSNJ e-Certified Professional
Quality Service Certified
Actively Continuing Education


Service Areas:
Somerset, Hunterdon, Morris, Union, Monmouth and Ocean Counties



  • Lisenced Broker / New Jersey
  • GRI Designation (Graduate Realtor Institute)
  • Annual RIS-Media (Real Estate Information Systems) Seminar NYC
  • NJAR (New Jersey Association of Realtors) Continuing Education Programs and Designations
  • HSAR (Hunterdon Somerset Association of Realtors) Education Programs
  • NCAR (North Central Association of Realtors) Education Programs
  • BHHSNJ Corporate Head Quarter's Education Programs
  • Spring and Fall Otteau Valuation Group Seminars on Market Status
  • E-Pro Certified Continuing Computer Education
  • Annual Tri-State Convention Atlantic City
  • Annual Prudential Real Estate Convention


Dear Prudential,

     We had the pleasure and fortune of working with John Circello to the purchase of a home we love at Canterbury Estate of Basking Ridge. So terrific was the experience I felt compelled to first tell you what a valuable asset that John is. He represents the epitome of a pleasant, polite, ethical, acuminous and consummate professional.

     For nearly two years in helping us find a new home, John demonstrated a rare balance of patience, persistence, and sound judgment. He has a great flair for knowing when to be aggressive and when to lay back. Along the way, he offered valuable insights about neighborhoods and individual houses, freely offering his own helpful perspectives without ever losing sight of the fact that we would be the one’s living with the ultimate decision. His instinct in anticipation of the unforeseen and preventing crisis was impressive. Additionally, his expertise in house construction and engineering were tremendous.

     John is very responsive and understands what it takes to get things done. From within days presenting our offer to seller to eight months later securing the contract right before the listing set to expire, John made the transaction happen through his incredible hard work, devotion, intelligence, strong negotiating and interpersonal skills. Now the transaction was closed as of last week, John continues his extraordinary assistance for our post closing activities. Thanks to John, we very much look forward to moving into our new home.

John has a real treasure. Prudential Realty has got such a talent. We will recommend John to friends and acquaintances without hesitation and are happy to wish John and Prudential Realty Basking Ridge Office continued success.


 Tony & Helen



Dear Prudential,


     My name is Ilene. My husband and I just signed the contract for a new beautiful home in Warren, NJ that listed at $1,399,000 with the incredible help of John Circello.


  There are times when outstanding performance must be recognized and this is clearly one of them. As you were aware, acquiring this property was EXTREMELY difficult from many standpoints. First and foremost, the seller was also the listing agent for this property and was less than forthright. We were basically deceived throughout the process and ultimately had “ the rug pulled out” from underneath us with outrageous demands during the attorney review process, only to hold us in limbo long enough to find other buyers.


This did not deter John. During the whole process, his “calm and collected” style confronted the owner’s “sense of honor” on multiple occasions without ever alienating this person. He also did an excellent job of “not pushing” us into continuously raising our bid during attorney review but very professionally provided us with his opinion and allowed us make our own decisions. John comes across to clients as extremely competent, empathetic, passionately customer-focused and most importantly—authentic and genuine! He is a sincere pleasure to work with. If not for John, we would have surely given up on this property (which I wanted so much!!!) weeks ago. In fact, once the attorney review process was “dead”, on his own, John maintained contact with the owner to keep his pulse on the situation.


Secondly, John’s work ethic is phenomenal. John is accessible all hours of the day, night and weekends. Throughout this process, we kept asking John to show us new and repeat properties so we would have a  ”back-up” just in case. John tirelessly gave up many hours on three weekends, regularly met us at night and never showed any frustration. The bottom line…he was always there when we needed him!


Third, John is an excellent project manager and relationship builder. During the past two weeks, he interceded, as appropriate, with our lawyer, the mortgage broker, and coordinated our home inspection in 3 hours. John can be counted on to represent Prudential in the manner it deserves and you should be VERY proud having him as part of your team!! I would not hesitate to recommend John to all of my friends. You are lucky to have him at Prudential!

Thanks for listening. I look forward to listing my home with John and hope it can be sold by your office!! 


 Ilene and Richard


 Dear Prudential,

    It was quite a 'journey' to purchase our house, as we were also selling our house and would like to buy and sell at the same time, and we are so glad to have chosen John Circello as our buying agent. His attention to detail, follow-up with other agents and lawyers was exceptional. We also want to thank John especially for his counsel and patience throughout the process, and helping us finalize the mortgage in such a short period of time.

    If you ever need us to talk to a potential client about John and your services, we will be more than happy to oblige. Just let us know. Thank you for your help and friendship.


Brenda and Eric Chen

  • Residential/Commercial/Land/
  • Fine Homes and Estates
  • Relocation Specialist working with corporate clients nationwide and from around the world.


Professional Background

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services New Jersey Basking Ridge Office Broker/Associate John Circello has earned the Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation, an established symbol of excellence and commitment to client services. This puts him among a distinguished group of New Jersey Realtors and Realtor-Associates who have achieved this designation. John works with home buyers and sellers throughout Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, and Union counties.

"John places high importance on continuing education programs to provide his customers with the best possible services," says Ernie Smith, manager of the Basking Ridge office. "He goes above and beyond for every buyer and seller, while helping each achieve their real estate goals."

Personal Background

                          "Higher Standards" 



    A life long resident of Somerset and Union Counties, John is a father of three, has been a Scout leader, coached soccer and participates in a wide variety of community activities.


    Successful as a former contractor and business owner, John has extensive experience in sales, marketing, customer relations and more importantly, an exceptional understanding of real estate value and quality throughout Somerset, Hunterdon, Morris and Union Counties.


    John knows the area well and will keep you informed on today's current market trends. He is a Broker/Associate, Certified Relocation Specialist with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey properties Relocation Management, working with corporate clients who have transferred into the area from all points across the country and around the world. He is also Government Certified and well versed in the "Fine Homes, Luxury &  Estates" markets throughout the "Somerset Hills" and surround counties.


    John has also earned the Quality Service Certified recognition, which dictates that all member sales agents follow a well-defined and prescribed process of service to each and every client. He is also tech savy and up to date with the latest in technology for all of your website listings and Internet needs.


    If would like to experience John's dedicated professionalism, loyalty and commitment... give him a call and he will help guide you through the complexities of today's market place.

Personal Interests


  Raising my boys and skiing are two of my life's passions.

Community Involvement

Liason for "The Sunshine Kids Foundation", A nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children with cancer.

      The Sunshine Kids. Dedicated to Children with Cancer.

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3 Coyle Trail, Martinsville, NJ 08836
Beds: 5 / Baths: 3.5
173 Woodward Ln 173, Bernards Twp., NJ 07920-2735
Beds: 2 / Baths: 1 Living Area: 957
63 Grove St 63, Somerville Boro, NJ 08876-1912
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3 Coyle Trail Martinsville, NJ

11 Levan Court Bridgewater, NJ

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58 Sentinel Drive Basking Ridge, NJ "The Hills"

36 Lancelot Drive Berkeley Heights, NJ

173 Woodward Lane Basking Ridge, NJ "Society Hill"

63 Grove Street Somerville, NJ "Commercial"

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