Esther (Essie) Cruz, Manalapan Marlboro, NJ Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty/Monmouth-Ocean) Real Estate Agent



Esther (Essie) Cruz
Manalapan Marlboro, NJ Real Estate
location_on Manalapan, NJ — Coldwell Banker Realty/Monmouth-Ocean
Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC
Get to Know Esther (Essie) Cruz


Business Philosophy:

Hi, I'm Esther Cruz, but most people know me as "Essie". I have lived in Manalapan, NJ since July 1992. My husband and I have raised two children, in Manalapan, and have enjoyed the wonderful lifestyle this town has to offer. For the last 31 years, I have had the opportunity to watch Manalapan and the surrounding neighborhoods grow from small towns into one of the most desirable areas in which to live.

For the past 26 years, I have been a part of the Monmouth County Association of Realtors. My clients are my top priority. I put their individual needs above all else. I will be with you through every step of your real estate transaction and beyond! You can trust my experience and my knowledge. Each transaction is handled personally by me. This will ensure a smooth and  successful real estate transaction, and the excellent service you deserve. A satisfied client is my primary goal!

I am proud to say that my extra effort to accommodate my client's needs has earned me the excellent reputation I enjoy today!


"Oh, by the way, I'm never too busy to take good care of your referrals!"


Professional Credentials:

Licensed New Jersey Realtor Associate ~ 1998 Member of National Association of Realtors (NAR) Member of Monmouth/Ocean & Middlesex Counties Multiple Listing Service Member of New Jersey Association of Realtors Member of Monmouth County Association of Realtors

Achievements and  Awards:

Awarded NJAR Circle of Excellence Sales Award 2003, 2004, 2006-2010, 2012-2017, 2020, 2022

Weichert Realtors Million Dollar Sales Club 2000-2020

NJAR Distinguished Sales Club 2014

Weichert Realtors Executive and Directors Club

Weichert Realtors Marlboro/Manalapan office: #3 Top Sales Associate 2010

Weichert Realtors Marlboro/Manalapan office: #3 Top Listing Associate 2012

Monmouth County Board of Realtors: Serving on the Associates Committee

Weichert Realtors Marlboro/Manalapan office: Awarded Most Revenue Units March 2008, January 2011 & 2012, November 2012 , September 2013 & 2016

Weichert Realtors Marlboro/Manalapan office: Awarded  Top Sales Associate - March 2008

Weichert Realtors Regional Sales - Awarded Highest Dollar Volume- November 2008

Weichert Realtors Marlboro/Manalapan office: Awarded Highest Revenue Units for 2008

Weichert Realtors Marlboro/Manalapan office: Awarded Pride Award - October 2010, September/November 2011, December 2012, November  2014,  2015, 2016, 2018 & 2019

Weichert Realtors Marlboro/Manalapan office: Awarded Top Sales & Listing Associate - March 2019

Weichert Realtors Mentor Training Certification ~ 2003

Educational Seminars: Commercial, Short Sales & Ethics Feng Shui Course,  Brookdale Community College ~ 2005

Accredited Weichert & Sirva Relocation 2020 Specialist

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Servicing Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties:

Selling and buying real estate in Manalapan, Marlboro, Freehold, Colts Neck, Holmdel, Matawan, Aberdeen, Howell, Millstone, Monroe, Old Bridge, Sayreville and Parlin.

"The referral of your friends and family is the greatest compliment you can give me." ~ Thank you for your trust.


It was difficult enough going through a job relocation to the Midwest, and getting two kids ready to go off to college.  Selling a home during the best of markets would be stressful enough in this situation, but in today's real estate market it seemed like an impossible task.  

Selecting Essie Cruz as our real estate agent was the best decision my wife and I could have made.  With her professionalism and thorough knowledge of the market she was able to guide us through this process.  Essie knew what we had to do with our property to make it as marketable as possible, without breaking our bank account or doing any unnecessary renovations.  She had a realistic idea of what to expect in today's real estate market.  Within an incredibly short period of time we had a buyer at a price that was reasonable and fair, and the closing went smoothly.

We would definitely recommend Essie Cruz as a capable, efficient, and knowledgeable real estate agent.

Joel & Nora Levinson, Manalapan NJ


I recently had the privilege of working with Essie Cruz at Weichert Realtors this past summer, 2008.  I met Essie at an open house in my prior neighborhood where we quickly started a very comfortable rapport.  After I sold my condo I immediately called Essie to take me out "shopping" for a new home in Jackson, NJ.  My husband and I met Essie and she took us to see several homes within the area we requested.  She was well informed on each home she showed us.  Unfortunately during my search my father took ill and passed away.  Essie was extremely patient and understanding during this difficult time.  After we found our home she guided me through the purchase, finance and closing process ensuring I didn't miss a beat.  When we movied in she called to check in on me to see how I was doing and offered much comfort.  Essie Cruz is a professional who took the time to understand our needs and worked with us to make the entire process seem effortless.    I would recommend my "friend" Essie to anyone who was looking to purchase a home.


Tracie & Rob Ramirez, Jackson NJ


Essie Cruz, We want to thank you for all your help in finding our house and within our budget. I have to say working with you for the last 8 years have been extremely pleasurable both socially and professionally. You are always professional and always went over and beyond your duties even when you were under the weather and you always kept your cool. You always listened for what we were looking for and were always on point when we looked at each house. Your knowledge of the neighborhoods, surrounding areas and schools were impeccable. We just wanted to thank you again and we will always refer you to anyone who is looking for a real estate agent.

Love, Stephen & Claudia Attardi, Manalapan NJ 


Essie Cruz was a pleasure to work with.  Throughout our entire selling/buying process, Essie was-- friendly, professional and always updated us on any progress.  Even though the state of the economy wasn't ideal during the sale of our condo, Essie remained optimistic and marketed our listing to the best of her ability and made sure that we received top dollar for our sale.  When it came time for us to purchase our next home, Essie walked us through the entire process and made sure we were comfortable with our decision.  We would definitely use Essie in the future, as well as recommend her to family and friends.

Todd & Agatina Sharron, Parlin NJ


Essie Cruz, from Weichert Realtors, helped make one of the most stressful decisions in my family's life a pleasurable one.  We purchased a home last April through Essie in Manalapan, NJ.  My wife and I began our search six months prior from NY with two children.  As difficult as that may sound, looking for our first home in a different state with two young children was actually very easy.  All we had to do was follow Essie's lead.  As a broker, she was extremely professional, working around our schedules and never late to an appointment.  As a person, she was very compassionate to our feelings when things didn't work out the way we hoped.

All in all, she was able to find a perfect first home for me and my family to create many wonderful memories in.

Stephen & Ilona Hofmann, Manalapan NJ


We can't say enough positive things about our realtor Essie Cruz. We ran into her when looking at houses and truly took an instant liking. Despite the poor economy, Essie successfully helped my husband and I sell our condo and purchase a home within a few months. Essie guided my husband and I, who barely knew anything about selling/purchasing, and was there to immediately help and respond to any questions that we had. 

Through the process, Essie was quite patient and never pressured us to make any decision that we were not comfortable making. She is quite knowledgeable and will work quite diligently to make her client extremely satisfied.

Essie is very professional and will treat you like she would one of her own children. She is highly respected and has a great network of professionals that she works along side with. For example, Essie provided us with the home inspector we used. In addition, she also provided us with an attorney. Both of these professionals were wonderful to work with.

Working with Essie was a wonderful experience. Everyone should share in the same experience that we had!

Lauren & Marc Rosenthal, Manalapan NJ 


Dear Ms Berg (Weichert Marlboro Manager),

On January 22, I purchased a home in Freehold, NJ.  I wanted to take a few minutes to let you know of the excellent service I received from Weichert. I had the good fortune to meet and work with Essie Cruz. She was not the first agent I met with in my search for a home, but she was by far the best.

She was informative, patient and paid attention to every detail. She made every part of the process easy for me.  I want to express my thanks to Essie and Weichert for an outstanding job.


Louise Ianazzi, Freehold NJ


My family and I have relocated 6 times with my company. We have experienced many levels of realty services. We began our most recent relocation to New Jersey using another realtor from a competitive firm. The experience was far from ideal. In fact of all twelve transactions (buying and selling) we had never had such a poor experience. We terminated that relationship and asked our relocation firm for a new realtor at a different agency. Due to the time we had already lost we were under heavy time constraints and running low on patience.

Within 24 hours we received a communication from Essie Cruz the new agent from Weichert that  would be working with us to find our new home. From day one Essie was everything we had hoped for in an agent. She was a great listener and quickly caught on to those intangibles that make a house a potential home. Her preparation and strong work ethic allowed us to quickly narrow our search to only homes that had what we were looking for. Essie is very personable and we found her both insightful and enjoyable to speak with. Furthermore, she is very knowledgeable about the area which was vital as we had no prior insights.

Of all of our home buying or selling experiences Essie is the best. She went out of her way to accommodate our schedule. She was flexible and tireless often working an entire weekend to get us into a home within our tight time constraints. While under contract Essie continued to work hard for us asking tough questions and following up with the seller's agent on open items. She is dedicated and demonstrates impeccable follow up.

It is rare to find some of the traits I have described above and even more uncommon to find all. I would recommend Essie to anyone seeking a property in Central New Jersey. It is my pleasure to be able to share our experience with you.


Anthony Capobianco, Freehold NJ


"I was very lucky to have the opportunity to work with Essie Cruz as my realtor when buying my first place.  My mom met Essie at an open house in Manalapan and she knew she would be the perfect realtor for me because she had such a caring and nurturing way about her that would be wonderful for a first time home buyer.  Essie helped me find my ideal condo in my ideal development at my ideal price, all in time for the $8,000 tax credit.  She made all of my dreams come true!  My deal ended up becoming very complicated and drawn out, but Essie stood by me the entire way and walked my fiancé and me through the entire process.  I had confidence that Essie would close the deal, and I was right because she did after many endless hours of work, sweat and tears.  Essie always gave me the right advice and helped me keep my head up during the difficult times, which I needed as a first time home buyer.  She explained to us everything we needed to know and gave us great recommendations for our lawyer and loan officer.  I would highly recommend Essie to all buyers, especially the first time home buyers out there.  When my fiancé and I are ready to sell, we will definitely be calling Essie!"

Amy Green, Manalapan, NJ



Hi Helen,

Just following up to give you feedback on Essie Cruz. 

She was 1 of 2 agents that you originally assigned to me several weeks ago. She immediately made contact with me to introduce herself. We set up appointments and off we went. 

She was extremely knowledgeable about both the process and the area that I was interested in. She also made several professional suggestions to me based on my wants / needs list. She was very flexible with our schedule and was always willing to accommodate anything we needed.

Even though our final decision was New Construction, Essie stayed in close contact with me to make sure I was getting the best service possible. Always asking if I had any questions, offering legal contacts, insurance contacts, so on and so forth.

One specific example that I want to share with you:

One evening me, my husband and my 2 small kids had to meet the selling agent to sign contract. Being new to the area we were lost and running late. After we finally arrived, we were all very hungry and cranky. Essie immediately assessed the situation and volunteered to go out and pick us up dinner. (in the pouring rain, I might add). Now that's service and support  =)

Essie saw the process through right to the very end and supported us at our closing date. She is a great asset to your company, and we are very thankful for her support.

Donna & Lindsey Wyatt, Manalapan NJ






Essie Cruz specializes in buying and selling Monmouth and Ocean County real estate! I am dedicated, experienced, hard-working, and ready to put my knowledge to work for YOU!