Our Company History
A strong work ethic, family-first philosophy and ahead-of-the-curve technology has made ERA Central Realty what it is today: an intrinsic part of the real estate landscape in central New Jersey.
Our journey as a family owned and operated real estate icon began in 1986, when Ann Davis challenged two industry standards by opening the doors of her real estate brokerage. In a field long dominated by men, Ann Davis & Associates was a brokerage owned and managed entirely by women. Furthermore, the company was founded on Ann’s unique vision – that by fostering a culture of teamwork, education and shared expertise, she could guarantee success for her growing organization of real estate professionals. This cooperative concept was a dramatic departure from the idea that competition was the key to success in real estate – and one that Ann Davis has stayed true to for her more than 30 years as a business owner. Ann Davis has instilled this culture and work ethic in her daughter, Stephanie Bellanova. Growing up in the family real estate business, Stephanie was shaped into the role she plays today. Talented in areas that she learned organically by being in the office from a young age such as systems, marketing and agent training, Stephanie continues to work closely with agents to make them more efficient and productive. Ann and Stephanie grew the company from three sales associates to nearly 100 in 2014, most of whom are still with the company today in the Cream Ridge, Bordentown and Robbinsville, NJ offices.
As fate guided the company through the years, they were excited at the opportunity in 2011 to bring Carol Stevenson and her team ERA Advantage Realty of Freehold, NJ into the fold. Also a family-oriented business woman, the culture of teamwork fostered by Carol made the partnership a perfect fit into the ERA Central family.
In 2015, ERA Central Realty Group again had the opportunity to grow by merging the operation with Scott Lauri and his team at ERA Central Levinson.
As with Ann and Stephanie, Scott also grew up working in his family’s businesses. Capitalizing on his experience and knowledge in new construction, commercial real estate and property management, Scott and his father, Arthur Lauri, opened the real estate company ERA Absolute Realty in 1997. Intertwining a higher level of technology with an already robust work ethic and family-first culture, ERA Absolute grew from four agents to 30. In 2014, ERA Absolute merged with like-minded real estate broker, Robert Levinson of Levinson Associates of Monroe Township, NJ. Already the market leader in the adult community in Middlesex County, the combined companies, now named ERA Levinson and managed by Scott, became the the #1 real estate company in Monroe Township and the largest ERA office in New Jersey.
Today, ERA Central Realty Group and ERA Central Levinson operate together marketing central New Jersey’s properties at the highest level. Keeping true to their vision of teamwork and family culture, partners Scott Lauri, Stephanie Bellanova, Ann Davis and Carol Stevenson and the amazing management team, are excited to lead the company into the future of real estate in New Jersey.
Ranked the No. 1 ERA Real Estate company in New Jersey and in the Top 25 of ERA Real Estate Companies nationwide, ERA Central is a full-service real estate brokerage with a team of over 150 dedicated sales associates in five branch offices in four counties of central New Jersey – Cream Ridge, Bordentown, Freehold, Monroe Township and Robbinsville.
The vision of ERA Central Realty is to keep front-of-mind the fact that the success of our clients, our agents and our company is interdependent. As an integral part of the lives of our agents and our communities, we remind ourselves that our successes are achieved to enable us to make a difference, regardless of the need. We strive daily to make our company Part of Something Bigger, and wholeheartedly believe that we are Stronger Together.