As the aging population increases, more and more people have aging relatives with financial and/or physical and cognitive difficulties living in their current homes. There are many factors in the decision-making process of “what comes next? “and can be extremely difficult to navigate. This was the primary reason why we created a special group of Berkshie Hathaway HomeServices Abbott Realtors agents called the “Golden Homes Experts”.

Our mission is to provide our Senior clients with superior service, caring professional sales agents, and to give the entire family a sense of peace during what can be a tumultuous time. Call us at 201-447-6600 for more information.


(left to right) Mary Sullivan, Darlene Jelen, Michele Italia, Dorothy (Dotty) Monopoli, Janeanne (Nan) Mitchell, Fabian Taliercio



Jelen, DarleneWyckoff, NJ  — Darlene Jelen with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Abbott Realtors in Wyckoff has earned the nationally recognized Seniors Real Estate Specialist® designation from the Seniors Real Estate Specialist Council of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).

Darlene joins more than 15,000 real estate professionals in North America who have earned the SRES® designation.  All were required to successfully complete a comprehensive course in understanding the needs, considerations, and goals of real estate buyers and sellers aged 55 and older.

Working with seniors to meet their housing needs requires an expert understanding of their lifestyle and financial needs, and the SRES® designation means that a Realtor® has that understanding. Whether they are buying, selling relocating or refinancing, seniors can be confident that a Realtor® designated SRES® will be able to help them every step of the way.

SRES® Council, founded in 2007, is the world’s largest association of real estate professionals focusing specifically on representing senior clients in real estate transactions. There are more than 15,000 active members of the organization world-wide.

NAR, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

In addition to the SRES® designation, Darlene also holds the ABR® designation, which stands for Accredited Buyers Representative. A Realtor® who has earned an ABR® designation has an established track record, with proven experience in representing the concerns of home buyers.  The ABR® designation is awarded through the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council, or REBAC, which was founded in 1988 to promote superior buyer-representation skills and services. REBAC is an affiliate of NAR.  Darlene also has earned the SFR (Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource) and ePRO certifications and is a Certified Relocation Specialist.

Darlene will be celebrating her 30th wedding anniversary this year with her husband, Chet, also a Realtor® with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Abbott Realtors.  They are the proud parents of one daughter, Dana, who lives in Hoboken and are pet parents to two adorable Toy Poodles, Pepper and Peanut.  Darlene is a lifelong resident of Bergen County and has lived in Mahwah since 1998.

Darlene can be reached at 201-995-7770 or  Please visit her website at



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106 Terrace AvenueRochelle Park, NJ 07662
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Active Adult community located on Terrace Avenue in the heart of Rochelle Park, NJ. The development consists of 57 luxurious 1 & 2 bedroom apartments on 4 floors of a newly constructed elevator building. Park Terrace offers residents wonderful views, great amenities, and an easy, maintenance-free lifestyle. This community, exclusively for those 55 and older, is conveniently located near great shopping, fine dining and exciting entertainment. The township of Rochelle Park is located next to Paramus, with three large malls, movie theaters and hundreds of restaurants. The township is situated in the center of affluent Bergen County but boasts a genuine small town feel.  View photos and get detailed information at the website:


bright3Relocation for seniors is not easy; however, we can help it to go smoothly with all of the right resources.  I like to refer to this transition as ‘the next chapter.’  BrightStar provides home care wherever your home is, whether that be a house, assisted living or other facility.

We work with you and your family to help with the transition by going the extra mile to make the seniors in your life know that we really do care.  Often an aide who was working with you in your home before the move can remain with you in your new home. If we cannot make this happen, we can help to arrange for you to meet the new people who will be providing assistance.  Our social worker can provide guidance and connect you with resources that you may need.

As a boutique or concierge home care company, BrightStar is available 24/7.  Nothing is too small or too big for us to handle and we look forward to the opportunity to provide the highest quality, family-oriented customer service possible.  Working with the Senior Real Estate Specialists at Abbott and Caserta’s Golden Home Experts make selling and moving a stress free event.





Shelley Edelson
Community Resource Manager
BrightStar Care
70 Kinderkamack Road, Suite 101
Emerson, NJ  07630
P:  (201) 483 8490
C: (201) 679 4884



Our congratulations go out to Lee Springmeyer



Lee Springmeyer now has his SRES certification. Seniors Real Estate Specialists are REALTORS® who have additional training to work with older clients. If we compare a real estate license to a bachelor’s degree, the SRES® designation is the agent’s major.

Read more on SRES agents here.

Congratulations, Lee !!