- Our History -

Circa 1944

Circa 1944

Thomas W. Brackin worked in E.B. Dawson’s hardware store in Boonton for 30 years. In 1918, in order to supplement his income, he went into the insurance business. Working from a rolltop desk in a spare bedroom of his home at Intervale Road in Mountain Lakes, he sold life insurance part time in the evenings.

His son, Thomas B. Brackin, entered the life insurance business in Binghamton, New York, in 1935. Having learned his profession, he returned to Mountain Lakes in 1950 and started a new agency, which absorbed his father’s part-time insurance agency. He expanded it to include real estate.

For a few years the business operated out of a small office located at Lake Intervale in Parsippany and sold homes at that lake development. In the mid-1940s the firm joined forces with C.W. Sanders and operated a full service real estate and insurance agency as Sanders and Brackin, Inc.

The third generation of Brackins, Thomas S., joined the organization in 1961 and the name was changed to Thomas Brackin Inc., its present name. Currently, Tom’s wife Marilyn is President of the business. It is one of only a handful of real estate firms in the county that have had continuous family operation since their inception.

The company offers a wide variety of real estate and insurance services, concentrating on personalized service to clients. In the field of insurance, it covers industrial and commercial services, residential, homeowners, and life and tax planning.

In addition to the usual real estate transactions, Thomas Brackin, Inc., is unique in that it also provides a specialized service to those interested in purchasing, selling, or insuring a historic home. In this regard the firm has handled a large number of historic properties over the years. This is a natural aspect of the business for Tom since he is the former president of the Historical Society of the Rockaways and takes an active interest in historical functions in the area.

The site of the present headquarters of Thomas Brackin, Inc., at One Boulevard Mountain Lakes, has had a checkered background. The building was constructed in the 1920s to serve as a grocery store and a trolley stop for the growing community of Mountain Lakes and nearby Boonton. It had seen use as an ice cream parlor and a hot dog stand before becoming the real estate and insurance firm’s office.

- Our Team -

Thomas S. Brackin   After graduating from Mountain Lakes High School, class of 1953, Tom graduated from Colby College, class of 1957.  The next 4 years he spent as a Marine helicopter pilot flying off carriers in the West Pacific.  Upon returning to civilian life, he took charge of the agency and attained his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation, followed by the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.  Serving most of North Jersey with property and casualty insurance has been his major interest.  Tom serves on the Boards of Historical Society of Rockaway Twp., and Kiwanis Ambulance.  He enjoys singing with the New Jersey Conservatory Chorus.  “After all these years, I still enjoy the insurance business and love working with my customers to help them with all their insurance needs.”

Thomas S. Brackin

After graduating from Mountain Lakes High School, class of 1953, Tom graduated from Colby College, class of 1957.  The next 4 years he spent as a Marine helicopter pilot flying off carriers in the West Pacific.  Upon returning to civilian life, he took charge of the agency and attained his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation, followed by the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.  Serving most of North Jersey with property and casualty insurance has been his major interest.  Tom serves on the Boards of Historical Society of Rockaway Twp., and Kiwanis Ambulance.  He enjoys singing with the New Jersey Conservatory Chorus.  “After all these years, I still enjoy the insurance business and love working with my customers to help them with all their insurance needs.”

Marilyn L. Brackin   Marilyn is a licensed Insurance Agent as well as a licensed Realtor.  She has worked in the business since 1961.  She is a member of GSMLS, NAR, NJAR and NCJAR.  Marilyn is also a member of the Board of Trustees at The Craig School in Mountain Lakes, NJ.

Marilyn L. Brackin

Marilyn is a licensed Insurance Agent as well as a licensed Realtor.  She has worked in the business since 1961.  She is a member of GSMLS, NAR, NJAR and NCJAR.  Marilyn is also a member of the Board of Trustees at The Craig School in Mountain Lakes, NJ.

 
Jennifer B. Schneider   Jennifer Schneider (fourth generation), daughter of Tom and Marilyn Brackin, has worked full time in the family business since 1998.  Jennifer has been a Realtor since 1991, earning recognition in the New Jersey Realtors Quarter Century Club.     "My family had the requirement to sell our bungalow located in Green Pond, NJ.  The property had been in the family for four generations.  Although it had not be upgraded since the 70’s, it still was occupied in the summer, up to last year.  When we decided that it no longer met our needs, we were faced with the task of cleaning it out and putting it on the market.  Taking the advice of a close family friend, we chose Jennifer Schneider of Thomas Brackin, Inc.  As with most realtors, the process of selling was carried out professionally and quickly.  What makes Jennifer and her company stand out is the extra effort Jennifer put into helping us with the property.  We are located out of state, and Jennifer took care of many of the little things that an owner normally does, and kept us informed of all aspects of the sale.  I strongly recommend Jennifer to anyone selling their property in her local."   -Eric E. Schoneberger    Commander USNR (ret)    Captain, Delta Air Lines (ret)         "I had the pleasure of working with Jennifer Schneider, Realtor, of Thomas Brackin Inc., for the purchase of my house. Jennifer represented both the seller, and myself, the buyer, and she nailed it! We were able to close on the house in only 4 weeks due to Jennifer's persistence in getting the job done. Jennifer was always 100% professional, in addition to being thoughtful and caring. I highly recommend Jennifer to be your Realtor."  -Joann Hill        "I worked with Jennifer on a tough assignment (finding a rehab, a short sale - patience and fortitude required!) She was a trooper, worked hard for me - and I always felt that my interests were her priority. That said - she really exhibited great ethics and consideration for everyone involved in the transaction - making it work - always going the extra mile to ensure things were done, and done right. Jenn and Thomas Brackin, Inc. come highly recommended!"   - Bud Walder, KWW Properties, LLC             

Jennifer B. Schneider

Jennifer Schneider (fourth generation), daughter of Tom and Marilyn Brackin, has worked full time in the family business since 1998.  Jennifer has been a Realtor since 1991, earning recognition in the New Jersey Realtors Quarter Century Club.

 

"My family had the requirement to sell our bungalow located in Green Pond, NJ.  The property had been in the family for four generations.  Although it had not be upgraded since the 70’s, it still was occupied in the summer, up to last year.  When we decided that it no longer met our needs, we were faced with the task of cleaning it out and putting it on the market.  Taking the advice of a close family friend, we chose Jennifer Schneider of Thomas Brackin, Inc.  As with most realtors, the process of selling was carried out professionally and quickly.  What makes Jennifer and her company stand out is the extra effort Jennifer put into helping us with the property.  We are located out of state, and Jennifer took care of many of the little things that an owner normally does, and kept us informed of all aspects of the sale.  I strongly recommend Jennifer to anyone selling their property in her local."

-Eric E. Schoneberger

Commander USNR (ret)

Captain, Delta Air Lines (ret)

 

 

"I had the pleasure of working with Jennifer Schneider, Realtor, of Thomas
Brackin Inc., for the purchase of my house. Jennifer represented both the
seller, and myself, the buyer, and she nailed it! We were able to close on
the house in only 4 weeks due to Jennifer's persistence in getting the job
done. Jennifer was always 100% professional, in addition to being thoughtful
and caring. I highly recommend Jennifer to be your Realtor."
-Joann Hill
 

 

"I worked with Jennifer on a tough assignment (finding a rehab, a short sale - patience and fortitude required!) She was a trooper, worked hard for me - and I always felt that my interests were her priority. That said - she really exhibited great ethics and consideration for everyone involved in the transaction - making it work - always going the extra mile to ensure things were done, and done right. Jenn and Thomas Brackin, Inc. come highly recommended!"

- Bud Walder, KWW Properties, LLC

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth  Abbracciamento, GRI   Betty has 40 years of experience being a broker.  She is a licensed state instructor in Real Estate sales and continuing education.  Betty has a successful career in real estate management in New Jersey, developing start up offices for a national company.  In addition to her sales management, Betty was the Director of Career Development in CT, also for a national company. Betty welcomes new agents and continues to help them develop as real estate professionals.

Elizabeth  Abbracciamento, GRI

Betty has 40 years of experience being a broker.  She is a licensed state instructor in Real Estate sales and continuing education.  Betty has a successful career in real estate management in New Jersey, developing start up offices for a national company.  In addition to her sales management, Betty was the Director of Career Development in CT, also for a national company. Betty welcomes new agents and continues to help them develop as real estate professionals.