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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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Women Are Making Their Mark in Commercial Real Estate

GlobeSt.com  |  04/12/2019

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  |  04/04/2019

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

ROI-NJ  |  01/02/2019

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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Rutgers real estate center names latest committee, board, council members

ROI-NJ.com  |  09/24/2018

The Newark-based center, part of the Rutgers Business School in Newark and New Brunswick, said the panels include some of the state’s top real estate professionals and rising stars.

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Research: MF Development Has Bigger Impact On Schools Than Believed

GlobeSt  |  07/24/2018

NEWARK, NJ—Municipalities may need to increase their expectations of how new multifamily construction will affect their schools, and probably should stop using a “one size fits all” model in determining the impact of multifamily construction on local school capacity, according to research released by The Center for Real Estate at Rutgers Business School.

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For real estate pros, landmark white paper was more than worth the effort

ROI-NJ.com  |  07/20/2018

Tantleff, Ladell explain why Rutgers Center for Real Estate white paper can have impact for years to come.

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Rutgers study seeks to unravel debate over rental units and school children

Re-NJ.com  |  07/19/2018

A new study is shedding new light on a widespread, age-old debate between developers and local governments in New Jersey: Do new apartments mean new school-age children?

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Rutgers Real Estate Center releases landmark study on school-aged children in multifamily properties

ROI-NJ.com  |  07/19/2018

Rutgers Real Estate Center releases landmark study on school-aged children in multifamily properties. White paper finds number of children living in new rental buildings closely tied to renter household incomes, density, demographic shifts.

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A Retail Revolution

New Jersey Realtor Magazine  |  05/01/2018

The bad news for retail marches on: Sears is closing 103 stores. Walmart's Sam's Club plans to shutter 63 stores. Macy's is closing 11, and J.C. Penny is closing 8, according to CNBC.

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Injecting Urban Excitement Into Suburbs

GlobeSt.com  |  03/14/2018

Suburban communities trying to transform their retail centers must approach the issue differently than their urban counterparts, according to speakers at the New Jersey Future Redevelopment Conference

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NJBA honors standouts in housing, building industry at annual luncheon

Real Estate NJ  |  01/26/2018

The New Jersey Builders Association recognized more than two dozen developers and professionals earlier this week as part of its annual Industry Awards.

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Mayor Fulop Announces Next Step for New 20-Unit Veterans Housing Project as Administration Continues to Expand Housing and Services for Veterans

InsiderNJ.com  |  01/23/2018

JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced today that plans for the new, 20-unit veterans housing development on Ocean Avenue are headed to the City Council for approval at the January 24th meeting. The project, which is being developed by Terzetto NJ LLC, a woman-owned, Jersey City small business, was approved by the City’s Planning Board in 2017.

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30-year tax break for Jersey City project with veteran housing

NJ.com  |  01/22/2018

JERSEY CITY -- The City Council this week will consider a 30-year tax break for a four-story, 20-unit building at Ocean and Bayview avenues that will include three units set aside for homeless veterans.

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Jersey City Council set to vote on 20-unit veteran housing project on Ocean Ave

Hudson County View  |  01/22/2018

The Jersey City Council is set to vote on a new 20-unit veteran housing project on Ocean Avenue this Wednesday, a project Mayor Steven Fulop calls a “crucial and exciting step forward.”

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At NAIOP forum, coalition unveils playbook for redevelopment policy

Real Estate NJ  |  12/06/2017

A group of commercial real estate leaders gathered Tuesday to unveil a new policy agenda to promote smart growth and redevelopment, urging lawmakers and Gov.-elect Phil Murphy to take action that will help New Jersey stay competitive in the years to come.

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paceadv.com  |  11/27/2017

Our Common Ground campaign for Gender Equality continues! Today, we salute another pioneering woman in real estate: Debra Tantleff!

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With ‘critical’ election looming, industry leaders set to gather for NJBA fundraiser

Real Estate NJ  |  09/05/2017

In a state that is undergoing sweeping changes to its economy and demographics, real estate leaders are gearing up to make sure that those changes are well-known to elected officials.

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Jersey City Development With Units Reserved for Veterans Moves Forward

Jersey Digs  |  08/24/2017

After nearly two years of planning, a proposed mixed-use development near the border of Jersey City’s Greenville and Bergen-Lafayette neighborhoods has finally been approved.

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Rutgers announces 2017 advisory board members

Real Estate NJ  |  07/31/2017

The Center for Real Estate at the Rutgers Business School has unveiled its 2017 advisory board and council of emerging leaders, adding to a roster that has come to include dozens of industry heavyweights and top professionals in New Jersey.

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20-unit veterans building gets Jersey City planning board OK

Nj.com  |  07/20/2017

Jersey City - Jersey City is moving forward with its plan to expand veteran housing in the city after the city Planning Board approved plans for a 20-unit building on Ocean Avenue.

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Downtownnj.com  |  03/31/2017

Everyone in municipal circles is talking about affordable housing. More than 325 New Jersey municipalities have entered the judicial affordable housing process established by the Supreme Court in In Re Adoption of NJAC 5:97 (Mt. Laurel IV).

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Downtownnj.com  |  03/10/2017

Downtowns across New Jersey are facing a unique set of challenges. While many towns are seeing a rise in the number of people who want to live in a walkable, mixed-use town center, they are also facing the challenges of keeping their downtowns vibrant and full of retail tenants when New Jerseyans increasingly do most of their shopping on laptops and not in stores.

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Two River Times  |  03/16/2017

RED BANK – The borough Zoning Board of Adjustment may have said “no” but the Planning Board said “yes” – after a little nudging from the Borough Council – for the upscale multistory apartment complex intended for the downtown

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Contentious 35-unit apartment project coming to Red Bank

App.com  |  03/06/2017

RED BANK -- A year ago, the borough's Zoning Board rejected a 35-unit apartment project planned for the heart of downtown.

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CRE MARKET FORECAST: Predictions from industry experts

Real Estate NJ  |  01/31/2017

What does the year 2017 have in store for the commercial real estate market? We can’t say for sure — and we know you can’t either — but we asked some of the industry’s top professionals in New Jersey to give it their best shot.

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WHO’S NEWS: Commercial appointments and promotions

Real Estate Weekly  |  01/19/2017

TANTUM Real Estate founding principal Debra Tantleff has been appointed to the Rutgers Center for Real Estate Executive Committee.

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Emerging leaders join Rutgers real estate executive committee

Real Estate NJ  |  01/04/2017

The co-chairs of an emerging leaders group at the Rutgers Center for Real Estate have joined the program’s executive committee.

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Real Estate Predictions 2017: Has multifamily housing finally hit its peak?

NJBiz  |  01/03/2017

Has multifamily housing finally hit its peak? That's the opinion of at least one of our circle of experts for our highly anticipated real estate predictions for 2017.

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Controversial plan for 35 apartments approved in Red Bank

app.com  |  11/21/2016

RED BANK -- The borough council on Monday approved a redevelopment plan that allows up to 35 apartments to be built on a downtown parcel, despite continued protest from some on the council.

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Women inspire for Plainfield's Neighborhood House

The Courier News  |  10/31/2016

NEW BRUNSWICK – An ensemble of prominent women will highlight Neighborhood House's second annual "Still I Rise: Conversations with Phenomenal Women" fundraiser. The event features local and state women leaders performing dramatic readings 6 p.m. Thursday at Crossroads Theatre.

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Red Bank advances contentious downtown redevelopment plan

Asbury Park Press  |  10/18/2016

RED BANK -- The borough Planning Board has advanced a redevelopment plan that would allow up to 35 apartments to be built on a downtown parcel.

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Redbankgreen.com  |  09/29/2016

Advancing a plan to ease the possible redevelopment of a vacant Red Bank lot again proved controversial Wednesday night.

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NJBIZ celebrates 2016 Forty Under 40

NJBiz  |  09/28/2016

On Monday, NJBIZ welcomed more than 300 people to The Palace at Somerset Park to honor this year's class of the Forty Under 40 award winners.

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NJBIZ names Forty Under 40 for 2016

NJBiz  |  08/03/2016

NJBIZ is pleased to present its 2016 Forty Under 40 honorees.

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Red Bank Planning Board Studies Redevelopment Plans

Two River Times  |  07/17/2016

RED BANK – The borough Planning Board’s endorsement of a study permitting redevelopment of two downtown properties is getting mixed reviews.

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Rutgers names Center for Real Estate's 2016 advisory board

NJBiz.com  |  06/21/2016

The Center for Real Estate at Rutgers Business School has unveiled its 2016 advisory board, a roster of industry leaders and top professionals who serve the sector in the Garden State.

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Rutgers real estate center names Emerging Leaders Council

NJBiz  |  06/07/2016

Packed with industry giants and power players, the advisory board of the Rutgers Business School Center for Real Estate has no shortage of leadership or experience.

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TANTUM Real Estate’s Debra Tantleff Public-Private Housing Advocacy Recognized With NJBA Award

Globest.com  |  05/12/2016

JERSEY CITY, NJ—Debra Tantleff, founding principal of TANTUM Real Estate, is concerned about the economic forces that are combining to raise development costs across New Jersey, in urban infill and suburban redevelopment locations, and she’s trying to help local governments cope with that reality in her own development practice.

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Developer Cited by Builders

The Jersey Journal  |  05/04/2016

Tantum Real Estate founding principal Debra Tantleff was recently honored by the New Jersey Builders Association (NJBA) with the organization's "Distinguished Service for Outstanding Political Action" award.

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Power 50: Others receiving votes

NJBiz  |  11/16/2015

As regular readers know, NJBIZ puts this list together after meeting with key players in the industry. Not everyone mentioned can make the Top 50, so we thought we'd give you a few notes and quotes about people in the industry that some felt were worthy of recognition.

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Final Fate Of Residential Project To Be Determined

Two River Times  |  11/05/2015

RED BANK – The borough Zoning Board of Adjustment may cast the deciding vote for a project that could finally result in building on a long-vacant West Front Street lot.

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Boomers, Millennials, Have Similar Apartment Tastes: Panel

GlobeSt.com  |  10/28/2015

LIVINGSTON, NJ—Empty-nesters and millennials have more in common regarding their tastes in rental properties, but at the same time, investors are getting very specific about the kinds of assets they want to buy, according to panelists at CapRate’s fifth annual New Jersey Apartment Summit, held Tuesday at the Eisenhower Conference Center in Livingston, NJ.

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Officials preside at Tudor House dedication

Madison Eagle News  |  10/23/2015

MADISON - A former Drew University complex was formally opened as a luxury apartment complex.

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Redevelopment Agency Moves Forward With Key Downtown Sites

Highland Park Planet  |  09/17/2015

Highland Park - The Highland Park Redevelopment Agency (HPRA) at its Sept. 3, 2015 meeting took a significant step forward towards implementing a long-awaited redevelopment of Highland Park’s downtown by unanimously voting to appoint two conditional redevelopers – Anton Popov and Highland Park Development Partners LLC (HPDP) – for parcels along Raritan Avenue between North Adelaide and North Second.

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Rutgers' Center for Real Estate names advisory board members

NJ Biz  |  06/01/2015

The Rutgers Business School's Center for Real Estate has unveiled the founding members of its advisory board, a star-studded roster than includes more 60 of the most influential developers and industry professionals in New Jersey.

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The Importance of Placemaking for Suburban TODs

NJTOD.ORG  |  04/14/2015

The trend toward transit-oriented development is certainly not new. In New Jersey, the presence of a train station is widely considered prerequisite to the creation of a successful destination community. And the numerous virtues of mass transit – such as reduced traffic congestion and improved quality of life for the corporate commuter – continue to drive demand for new residential and commercial development along public transportation corridors.

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Going Out on Her Own

NJ Biz  |  04/06/2015

It was nearly a decade ago when Debra Tantleff, then a young executive with Roseland Property Co., took a lead role in a project that would define the future of downtown Morristown. You might say it also did the same for her career.

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Redevelopment Agency develops its plans for moving Highland Park forward in 2015

Highland Park Planet  |  01/20/2015

Highland Park - The members of the Highland Park Redevelopment Agency at its Thursday, January 15, 2015 meeting, reorganized, elected officers, discussed amending the Highland Park Redevelopment Plan, and heard presentations from developers interested in pursuing mixed-use development in Highland Park’s downtown area

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Real estate execs see more opportunity beyond luxury properties

NorthJersey.com   |  10/30/2014

WHIPPANY - Real estate executives remain bullish on the market for apartment dwellings in North Jersey next year, however, some predicted that rent increases could stabilize and the best opportunities could be in older buildings, not new luxury properties.

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The Grapevine

Real Estate Alert  |  06/11/2014

Development pro Debra Tantleff has launched her own shop, Tantum Realty of Jersey City, N.J. The firm will develop properties and provide consulting services to other developers, with a focus on the Multi-family sector.

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