Our History

Leading the way…

Since 1906 this office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Signature Properties has set the standard for the real estate market of the New Jersey Shore. We were a catalyst in the shore’s development and expansion over 100 years ago and have remained at the leading edge ever since. We are at the forefront of the exciting boom that is revitalizing the shore market.

We strive to provide our clients with the utmost level of excellence in every stage of their transaction, and we use both innovative and proven resources to generate better results for our clients. We know which marketing tools will work best for your specific property. This same level of commitment stays true for our relationship with our buyers. All of our agents are local experts and have been provided with all the necessary tools to make the difference. Along with having the most prominent name in real estate on the Jersey Shore on your side, our pioneering strategies give you an edge over the competition. It’s not just about getting the job done. It’s about getting the job done right.

John C. Conover – The Founder

John C. Conover founded the agency in 1906, in the budding seaside town of Allenhurst. As prospective buyers began arriving in droves, the agency quickly outgrew the space it shared with the town’s post office. To accommodate his mushrooming business, Mr. Conover bought a building for the agency next to the train station, a building that remains an Allenhurst landmark today. Besides representing individual buyers, Mr. Conover also cultivated a client base of entrepreneurial developers that were buying tracts of land to build homes in the towns that were expanding along the Jersey shore in the early 20th century. He died in 1940 and left the agency in the management of his wife.

John C. Conover, Jr. – A Leader in the Community

John C. Conover, Jr. joined his mother in the agency in 1946. Business quickly hit new levels of success as the post-war economy brought unprecedented growth to the real estate market. Like his father, John Jr. took a leadership role in both in the evolving shore community and the real estate community and was a founding member of the first Multiple Listing Service on the Jersey Shore. He guided the agency in all aspects of the real estate business for more than 50 years.

John (Jack) C. Conover III – Continuing the Tradition of Success

John (Jack) C. Conover III joined the agency in 1973 after graduating from the University of South Carolina. Following his father and grandfather, Jack continued to find innovative ways to adapt the company to current times while preserving the agency’s core values of honesty, integrity, experience, and market knowledge. Jack served as a director of the Monmouth County Board of Realtors from 1996 to 2006 and was chairman of Multiple Listing Service from 2000 to 2005.

Anthony Newarski – New Heights

Anthony Newarski joined the agency in 2004 and spent a few years splitting his time between the Jersey Shore and Washington DC. In 2008, during one of the worst economic downturns real estate has seen, he was asked to help manage the company. His acceptance brought decades of financial and marketing experience to the team. In 2010 he became a partner at the agency, becoming the majority owner in 2014. In 2017 Newarski bought the business and was joined by his son Travis Newarski as partner and broker of record. Later that year, Anthony focused on the new property management division while Travis ran the real estate side of the business.

Joining Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – A New Day In Real Estate

Beginning April 30, 2018, The John C. Conover Agency and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Signature Properties merged to create a $125+ million Jersey Shore real estate powerhouse through a combination of their Asbury Park offices.