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An Exciting Paradigm

TANTUM is a dynamic real estate development and advisory firm that provides integrated solutions based on a cohesive vision and unrelenting commitment to creating vibrant multi-family and mixed-use communities.

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Next Generation

A certified Women’s Business Enterprise, TANTUM is one of the most distinctive multi-family development organizations in the New Jersey region. With comprehensive knowledge of the municipal land use process, leading-edge construction practices, and expansive insight into regional and local market trends, TANTUM has the experience and integrity needed to realize exceptional results and deliver extraordinary communities to the marketplace.


Seamless Execution

TANTUM operates with a special focus on bridging the transitions from entitlements through construction to operations. Our success is the result of a thoughtful approach to design, a qualitative approach to cost, and a collaborative approach to enhancing community, maximizing value at every level.

With expertise in a diverse range of disciplines, TANTUM is uniquely positioned to identify and execute on development opportunities, delivering quality residential and mixed-use communities designed to enrich neighborhoods and provide lasting benefits that will sustain our cities for the future.

Leveraging this same commitment to excellence, TANTUM also offers a variety of third-party real estate advisory and project management services to other owners and developers, from entitlements and design, to leasing and marketing.


Leading The Way

As Founding Principal of TANTUM Real Estate, Debra Tantleff operates a certified Women’s Business Enterprise development and advisory firm focused on creating boutique multi-family and mixed-use communities in the New Jersey region. Prior to founding TANTUM, Ms. Tantleff was a Vice President of Development at Roseland Property Company, where she established a highly-acclaimed reputation for delivering exceptional mixed-use projects, with a portfolio consisting of more than 5,000 residential units and 200,000 square feet of retail space.

Ms. Tantleff serves on the New Jersey Committee of the Regional Plan Association, the Executive Board of Directors for Downtown New Jersey, and is also a member of New Jersey Future and the New Jersey Builders Association (NJBA). She was named on ROI-NJ’s 2018 Real Estate Influencers List, recognized as a “Top Forty Under 40” both by Real Estate Forum in 2012 and NJBiz in 2016, and in 2015 received the Women Builders Council’s Outstanding Women Award. She has also been recognized numerous times by the National Association of Home Builders and the NJBA, including twice being awarded the Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Political Action and the 2018 Special Service Industry Award.

An honors graduate from Rutgers University, Ms. Tantleff holds a B.A.S. from the School of Communication and Information Studies and is a member of the Executive Committee at the Center for Real Estate at Rutgers Business School, where she also serves as Chair of the Emerging Leaders Council. She holds a Masters in Real Estate Finance from the Schack Institute of Real Estate at New York University.



Today’s world is experiencing a fundamental shift in social dynamics that has transformed the way we look at our communities. Guided by these trends, TANTUM focuses on developing communities that cater to a growing population with a strong affinity for an amenity-rich home environment that offers exceptional design, convenient access to transportation, vibrant, walkable public spaces and an overall efficient lifestyle.


What's Up Downtown

Municipalities everywhere are responding to increased demand among people of all ages for the maintenance-free lifestyle and activity offered by animated downtowns and urban areas. The need for independence and flexibility requires the creation of stimulating environments that provide a comprehensive living experience and foster a meaningful life outside of the workplace.


The Future is Right Now

In a world where quality continues to be redefined, TANTUM combines enhanced construction methods with cutting-edge strategies, integrating lifestyle as a fundamental component of development and design to continuously meet the needs of an evolving market.


Downtown Animation

Consistent with its vision for unlocking the opportunities inherent in New Jersey’s great downtowns, TANTUM is developing a boutique multi-family redevelopment in Red Bank situated along the Navesink River. Benefitting from a rich art and antique district, the convenience of mass transportation, the nationally reputable Count Basie Theater, and the adjacent Riverside Gardens Park, the Element at Red Bank is poised to become a landmark addition to this emerging downtown.


Affordable & Supportive Housing

TANTUM is proud to be developing supportive veteran housing that will provide stable, quality and affordable rental residences for veterans, while providing valuable support services to enhance and improve their quality of life. Through a collaborative effort capitalized by a variety of public and private funding sources, TANTUM welcomes the opportunity to provide long-term reinvestment back into the community, while supporting those who have served our country. In a legislative climate where municipalities are challenged with creative ways to implement affordable housing, this redevelopment exemplifies the power of thoughtful and sustainable public-private partnerships that can lead to the long-term well-being of our communities.


Suburban Revitalization

A model for “urban-lite” living, Madison exemplifies the best of a desirable suburban neighborhood complete with the dynamic characteristics of a quaint urban core. Direct access to mass transit, charming shops, and a variety of restaurants all position this coveted downtown as an enticing destination rich with professional, social and cultural amenities.


Metropolitan Charm

This quintessential New Jersey suburb balances the charisma of a small town with the allure of urban living. With a myriad of choices to dine, shop and play, a convenient one-seat ride to Manhattan, and a number of neighborhood parks, this bustling downtown is strengthened by its strong sense of community, earning its reputation as one of new Jersey’s favorite downtowns.


A City Redefined

The Peninsula City is the latest beneficiary of the surge of economic investment into New Jersey’s Gold Coast. The strategic repositioning of the Military Ocean Terminal, coupled with comprehensive urban infill redevelopment, are all benefiting from the City’s inherent amenities, including extensive Hudson River waterfront access, a walkable downtown core and tremendous transportation resources.


A Model for Successful Partnership

The revival of downtown Morristown exemplifies the powerful dynamics created by successful public-private partnerships. The strategic and simultaneous execution of multiple mixed-use communities has catalyzed lasting economic development, serving as a model for smart growth redevelopment throughout New Jersey.


A New View on Community

The redevelopment of Weehawken and West New York’s Hudson River waterfront is a quintessential example of place making. Incorporating a variety of housing types including apartments, condominiums, and townhomes, and with multiple public transportation and retail options, Port Imperial offers a unique and special lifestyle complemented by miles of breathtaking waterfront walkway.


Urban Transformation

The introduction of quality housing options in New Brunswick has served as a conduit for transformative growth anchored by Rutgers University and other top New Jersey research facilities. With an appreciative eye towards the expansion of technology and innovation centers, TANTUM succeeds in providing alternative housing opportunities for the professionals who seek to collaborate with these institutions.

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The Word on the Street

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How a Small Town Tries Working With Developers to Grow

CoStar News  |  6/25/2019

Red Bank, a riverfront town in New Jersey about 50 miles from Midtown Manhattan, had been sleeping on its laurels in terms of fostering new development, according to its mayor. But that's changing. The borough recently welcomed several new projects and has others in the works.

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Red Bank lost its mojo to Asbury, Long Branch. Could downtown housing bring it back?

App.com  |  6/17/2019

RED BANK - In the late '90s and early 2000s, Red Bank was hailed as the SoHo of the Jersey Shore.

New Jersey Monthly magazine called it “the hippest town in New Jersey.” A few years later, the 12,000-resident borough landed on Smithsonian magazine’s list of the “hippest enclaves on the East Coast.”

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Panelists Offer Up Guidance on Making TOD Real

NJTOD.org  |  6/17/2019

The first installment of the new TOD in Your Downtown Forum Series, organized by Downtown New Jersey (DNJ) and NJTOD.org, was held on May 30 at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Planners, municipal officials, and other practitioners assembled at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy to hear from expert panelists who work on the front lines of planning and implementing transit-oriented development.

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Developers see new, long-awaited opportunities in Red Bank

RE-NJ.com  |  6/3/2019

It’s often mentioned in the same breath as Morristown and Montclair, but Red Bank has mostly lacked the type of new investment and mixed-use development seen by its northern counterparts.

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Element at Red Bank called game-changing development for community

ROI-NJ.com  |  5/30/2019

Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna was thrilled.  As he stood beside Tantum Real Estate founder and President Debra Tantleff and development partner Joe Bezzone and cut a bright red ribbon signifying the grand opening of The Element at Red Bank, he said the boutique urban infill development will help change the heart of downtown Red Bank.

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RedBankGreen.com  |  5/30/2019

Finalizing a development process that began a dozen years ago, a new 35-unit apartment building made its debut in downtown Red Bank Wednesday.

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Red Bank apartments at The Element go for up to $5K a month

APP.com  |  5/30/2019

RED BANK - The Element, an upscale 35-unit “boutique” apartment building marketed for well-heeled baby boomers and empty nesters, opened its doors Wednesday, marking another milestone in the downtown’s budding residential renaissance.

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Red Bank’s Element Apartment Building has Ribbon Cutting

Tapinto.net  |  5/30/2019

RED BANK, NJ – The Element apartments had their ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Red Bank Mayor Pat Menna, state senator Vin Gopal, former senator Joe Kyrillos and Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger, and a host of other political and business notables. 

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Developers, officials hail completion of key redevelopment project in Red Bank

RE-NJ.com  |  5/30/2019

A joint venture has unveiled a boutique apartment building in downtown Red Bank, bringing new life to a long-vacant site and paving the way for additional redevelopment in the borough.

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Women Are Making Their Mark in Commercial Real Estate

GlobeSt.Com  |  4/12/2019

Career opportunities in commercial real estate run the gamut from architecture, asset management and investment banking to engineering and environmental science.

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Women Are Making Their Mark in Commercial Real Estate

NJBIZ.com  |  4/4/2019

Women are increasingly breaking gender stereotypes and stepping into historically male-dominated fields, and the commercial real estate industry is no exception.

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To Save New Jersey Suburbs, Developers Shouldn't Think Too Big

Bisnow  |  3/13/2019

New Jersey has large-scale problems with its demographics and its real estate, but their solutions could come at the smallest of scales.

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Real estate predictions: Experts tell ROI-NJ their thoughts on 2019

ROI-NJ  |  1/2/2019

Has multifamily finally hit its peak? Can industrial continue its big push, buoyed by the ports? Will Newark and Jersey City continue to lead the way in urban development? What’s the feeling on retail? And how will Gov. Phil Murphy’s goal of an innovative economy impact all of this?

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ROI-NJ reveals 2018 Real Estate influencers list

ROI-NJ  |  10/22/2018

In 2017, ROI-NJ unveiled its first ROI Influencers Real Estate list. In 2018, we’ve created our latest version, capturing who the most powerful, most influential people in the industry are today.

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Demographics, other factors helping to spur suburban revival

NJBIZ  |  10/15/2018

Migration from the suburbs to urban areas — a pattern that’s ruled for more than a decade — may finally be turning around, according to a report from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.

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