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Cornerstone at Stafford Named ‘Community of the Year’

BARNEGAT, N.J., March 12, 2020 – Walters was honored with eight awards at the 17th Annual Fabulous Achievement in Marketing Excellence (FAME) celebration presented by Shore Builders Association of Central New Jersey (SBACNJ). Among the accolades, Walters came home with the highly prized Community of the Year Award for Cornerstone at Stafford, a premium age- and income-restricted community.

The FAME Awards recognize companies and individual builders, remodelers and associate member for excellence in marketing accomplishments in the homebuilding industry. The awards ceremony was held at South Gate Manor in Freehold, N.J.

“We’re proud to have been recognized for our efforts to develop high-quality service-enhanced housing that meet the needs of our communities,” said Walters Partner and Director of Affordable Housing Joe Del Duca. “We congratulate all the winners at the ceremony for their significant contributions to the industry.”

The highly-coveted Community of the Year award was presented to Cornerstone at Stafford, a LEED® and ENERGY STAR®-certified apartment development completed last year in Manahawkin. Comprised of 100 units, the eco-friendly community is part of the larger Stafford Park redevelopment which is comprised of retail, affordable, market-rate and single-family homes. In addition to Community of the Year, Cornerstone at Stafford won two additional FAME awards in the categories of Brochure for an Affordable Housing Community and Sales Office for an Affordable Housing Community.

Walters’ award winners included Cornerstone at Stafford which won Architectural Project Design for an Affordable Housing Community and Cornerstone at Seaside Heights, honored with an Interior Merchandising for an Affordable Housing Community award.

Caity Thomas, a member of Walters’ property management team, was presented with an Individual Achievement Award for Property Manager of the Year at Cornerstone at Seaside Heights and Cornerstone at Toms River. Thomas has been instrumental in the operational efficiencies and customer service at both communities.

The custom home division of Walters also garnered two awards in the categories of Digital and Billboard ads. The award-winning custom design, build and architectural firm has a sales office at 880 Mill Creek Road in Manahawkin. An Ortley Beach sales office is under construction and is expected to open this spring.

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Photo Caption: Pictured (L-R) are Pat Burke, Maintenance Technician; Lisa Ertle, Leasing Agent; Myra Hamilton, Community Manager; Ed Walters, Founder and Partner; Melissa DeMayo, Director of Property Management; Rylie Smith, Regional Manager; Matt Walters, Director of Business Development.

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