My Recommendations

"Melissa was great!" We has alot of complicated issues and she was able to resolve and handle them with the utmost professionalism.  I feel that she went above what would typically be required.  I would highly recommend Melissa and if the need arises would certainly use her services again.



It was fantastic working with you on the purchase of my new home, and I want formally express my gratitude for all your efforts and consideration. You brought not only professionalism and patience to my search and purchase, but also insight and knowledge.  Together these qualities equated to my trust in you, and confidence in my decisions every step of the way.More specifically, during my search you worked hard to determine my needs and aesthetic sensibilities and were very selective in what you showed me.  In that regard the search was more efficient, productive and enjoyable.For the negotiations, inspections and closing you exceeded my expectations, always put my interests first, and offered me the guidance and support that was truly vested in my satisfaction, as opposed to your own.  I also appreciate your referrals to contractors who I could work with to remediate repairs and address renovations, which streamlined this part of the journey. Melissa I do plan to enjoy this home for years to come, that said if I learn of anyone interested in a home in NJ and when I am looking to sell or buy another, you will be the first realtor on my call list.  Lets have that glass of wine to celebrate before to long.



Melissa is the consummate professional.  From knowledge of the market, construction, initiative in tracking down information, to responsiveness and a wonderful personality to wrap it up, we could not have been happier with her as our agent.  I joke to her that i need a Melissa in every area of my life!  She goes above and beyond and we have come to trust her and rely on her expertise and judgement in the various real estate transactions where she has ushered us through on both sides of the transaction.

Stephanie & Dave


Melissa Raffay is an experienced realtor that listens to her clients.  She was ever so patient in our search for the perfect home.  Melissa was very responsive to our calls and was excellent in walking us through the home buying experience step by step without over whelming us. 

Melissa was so professional.  We were proud to have her represent us in the sale of our home and the purchase of the new one.  It was apparent that she cared about us and wanted to help us find a home that suited our lifestyle and family. 

Glenn and Amy


Melissa was a pleasure to work with and a true professional with a wealth of valuable experience to offer even the experienced home buyer. Despite being in the potentially challenging position of representing both the Seller and us as Buyers, her advice was always sound, unbiased and in our interests.   We were continually impressed by her responsiveness, helpful insights and impressive follow-through on questions we had and issues that arose throughout the process.

Stephanie and Dave

January 2014

Melissa is an Ultimate seasoned professional who puts the needs and wants of her clients first! Pleasure working with her and would highly recommend her to all potential buyers and sellers.I have been working with many Realtors over the years and find Melissa one of the few agents who tell it like it is without making open ended promises! She has shown me many properties that I have a high interest in while other Realtors show me properties that waste my time. If your looking for a no nonsense seasoned veteran, Melissa gets my vote!


June 2014

Hi Melissa,

We wanted to thank you for your assistance in finding our new home! You were very accessible, positive, and knowledgeable throughout the process. We would recommend your services to anyone interested in purchasing in the area. Thanks again!

Liz and Tom

January 2014

I met Melissa Raffay a few years ago while searching for a beach house as an investment.  I had a strong desire to purchase a home but I was not able to  devote 100% to the search.  I asked Melissa to just send me listings of towns I was interested in so I could look at them in my own time and drive by the area before I asked her to see the inside.  She followed my lead and did not "hound" me like some realtors do.  She let me be and would reach out once in a while.  This worked for me and as a result my dream came true. 

Melissa was critical in helping me achieve my goal.  She has strong business sense and negotiation skills.   Her guidance in construction and referrals were spot on.  And I appreciated her opinions.  If my friends or family are looking to buy a house, I would not hesitate to recommend Melissa.  




Hi Melissa, 

I wanted to thank you for all your assistance in the purchase of our new home on Bruns Rd. Your diligence and knowledge was a huge help in navigating the complexities involved in this purchase. We will be sure to give your name to any of our friends and family who may be in the market to either sell of purchase a home. 

Best regards, 
Kevin and Midge Leys

20 Bruns Rd
West Allenhurst NJ

December 15, 2012

To whom it may concern,

My wife and I would like to recommend Melissa Raffay as an excellent real state broker.

We began to work with her about a year ago. At that time, we were looking for a second home in the Red Bank, NJ area 

Melissa listened well, was attentive to our needs and strived to understand our likes and dislikes. Unlike other brokers we had worked with,  she didn’t try to steer us to view homes that didn’t fit the profile we discussed with her.

We didn’t feel rushed, nor were her opinions about each home we viewed anything less that 100% sincere.  Some homes were just not ‘us’ and she shared that opinion with us as well.

Several months later, our situation changed and we began to seek a primary home, with different requirements. Again, Melissa rolled with the punches and we didn’t miss a beat. 

We found Melissa to know the area intimately, to know the inventory available, she knew the back story on properties which was very helpful, and she kept up with new inventory that came onto the market that might interest us.

When we found the right home for our family, Melissa helped us close the deal, negotiate favorable terms, and was there to assist us until we had the keys in our hand! 

In short, Melissa is the model of real estate professionalism, she’s a likeable and friendly person, she’s easy to work with, and we wouldn’t hesitate to use her services again in the future.

Robert Pistella

 February 16, 2012


We have only the highest praise and recommendation for Melissa Raffay and Diane Turton Realtors.  In the purchase of our home, we never felt rushed or pushed to go in any direction on any of the homes we viewed.  Melissa listened to our thoughts and opinions and ensured any home we looked at always met the mark.  Melissa made us feel as though her schedule was completely open for us, accommodating our hectic lifestyle and awkward hours.  Her vast knowledge of market analysis, contractors, financial options, legal issues, etc. showcases that she is best in the industry.  Through our journey, we watched Melissa educate the other realtors while they provided misinformation or demonstrated a lack of experience.  This type of behavior allowed us to have a comfortable environment for negotiation.


Melissa provided valuable input during the contractual period, which enabled us to make the best financial decisions.  All responses to our questions and concerns were answered in a timely manner.  Her patience with us and our lack of understanding was beyond that of realtor, but more resembling a friend. 


We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Melissa Raffay to any person who is looking to buy or sell a home, as well as seek her service in any of our future real estate transactions. 

 Brian and Grace M

October 7, 2011

To Whom It May Concern:

Buying a house is probably one of the  most important and stressful experiences people encounter during their lives. It is very important to engage the right person  who provides personalized service to guide you  through this purchase. Melissa Raffay  is the right person for you. Her 20+ years experience , professionalism and responsiveness would be an asset to any individual or family seeking a real estate transaction.

Melissa has been our realtor for seven years. She has helped us purchase two homes and recently managed to sell one of our homes within three weeks.  Her performance exceeded our expectations  and she was very professional in every aspect. Selling your house in today's market and setting a realistic sales price is critical. Therefore Melissa's expertise of the market values and explanation of pricing ranges were extremely important to us. 

Melissa's  involvement with clients is to get to know them and understand their needs. She is very responsive to any questions and her "calming" demeanor is very important during the stressful time of purchasing a house and knowing there is a closing date to move.  She is very knowledgeable in market analysis of what is a realistic price for the home you are seeking to buy. She looks at recent sales based on sales price compared to tax assessment, etc. This was critical to our success in our recent purchase of our new home.  We looked at many houses and Melissa  always had appointments scheduled, maximizing the number of houses  to view by the next day. Melissa is also a valuable resource on other components  ( e.g., financing options, contractors, legal, etc.)related to the purchase of a home.

In summary, we had a great experience utilizing Melissa Raffay of Diane Turton for the sale and purchase of  our new home. In today's world, customer service is very important and we feel Melissa is the epitome of delivering customer service that would exceed your expectations. We recommend you find out for yourself!


Marc and Patricia Stein


To Whom It May Concern:


Due to the economic downturn in 2008, the NJ Blind Citizens Association was prompted to sell a waterfront piece of property on the Sandy Hook Bay.


The property was listed with two different realtors for six month contract periods without success.   There had been no formal offers.


Melissa Raffay was recommended to me by a member of the Middletown Lions Club.  The marketing approach was much more professional and aggressive than the prior two realtors.  Four interested parties were attracted, and an offer received toward the end of the contract period.


Subsequently, Melissa guided us through an extremely arduous seven month period of negotiations.  She provided more advice and service than our attorney.  We closed in August of 2010.


The proceeds from this sale have literally saved our 100 year old organization.


My impression of the first two realtors is that they advertised the house for a month, and then moved on to other things.


I cannot praise Melissa Raffay and Turton enough for their efforts.




J. Douglas Scott

Executive Director

June 10, 2009

Melissa Raffay is one of the most professional realtors I have ever known and a pleasure to work with.  Over the course of the last 15 months, I utilized her services for both purchasing and selling a home and would not hesitate recommending her to the most discriminating clients.

Throughout the entire buying and selling process, Melissa was caring, creative, conscientious and motivated.  Her work-ethic was extraordinary.  She was easy to stay in contact with and would return emails and phone calls promptly.  Often I would send her an email in the late hours and receive an immediate reply.  I always felt as though I was her only client even though I knew she had a very busy schedule.

Buying and selling a home is stressful – and never more difficult as in the economic downturn of 2008 and 2009.  Melissa maintained an upbeat and positive attitude and constantly worked the “comps” in order to ensure we were in the right ballpark as a buyer or seller.

When I initially contacted Melissa, she was very responsive without being pushy.  I told her I was only “kicking tires” and she respected that.  She allowed me to work through the ups and downs of indecisiveness as a buyer while being very helpful.  She let me work the way I was comfortable and adapted to my style.

Diane Turton Agency is a very fine and reputable real estate firm – primarily because they employ people like Melissa Raffay.  I can honestly say that Melissa is one of the few professional people in any profession who actually exceeded my high expectations.

I would be happy to answer any specific questions regarding Melissa’s performance as a real estate agent on both the buying and selling end.  I can be reached  by email at:

Joe Cinege
Wall Township, N.J. 


Dear Ms.Penta,

We wanted to be sure that you were aware of the home buying experience that we had with Melissa Raffay of your Sea Girt office. To say that Melissa went above and beyond the call of duty would be an understatement. For over a year, Melissa spent countless hours showing homes to my fiancé, Priscila, and me until we finally found “the perfect home” in Jackson. She never made us feel as though we were taking up time that could be better spent elsewhere or that we needed to hurry the process. The three of us connected from the start and hope to remain friends even though the buying process is over.

Her knowledge of all areas of Monmouth and Ocean counties is impressive and made it easy to navigate during our multi-house appointments. Lots of laughs, lots of encouragement. We couldn’t have done it without her or her recommendation of Matt Pirnik to handle the mortgage app. Melissa is an asset to the Diane Turton organization and we’re not surprised in the least to see all of the sales awards that have come her way over the years. When the opportunity arises, we’ll be sure to send any real estate business in the direction of Melissa and Diane Turton.

Thanks for everything.

Don Bargholz and Priscila Zayas“I first worked with Melissa on management projects. She was well-organized and a true go-getter. I found out she was a real estate agent so when I wanted to sell my condo and move to a larger one, I couldn't think of a better more qualified person. The condo sold in three days, and her patience in finding me the perfect replacement was unequaled. I have had the pleasure of recommending her to many others, who have been equally satisfied!” October 8, 2010

Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Creative

Gail Berger,
hired Melissa as a Real Estate Agent in 2008

“Melissa is role model who consistently demonstrates excellence in the most important qualities that set truly great agents apart from merely good ones. She’s an amazing communicator and an open, patient listener. Melissa takes the time to understand the needs of buyers and sellers alike, and will move heaven and earth to make sure they get what they need. She’s smart, kind, generous and tenacious. She always has a smile on her face and has the gift of seeing the glass as half full even when others insist it’s empty. Melissa follows through on her commitments, and exceeds our clients’ expectations every time. I only wish I could clone her!” October 8, 2010

Diane Turton, Broker/Owner, Diane Turton, Realtors
managed Melissa at Diane Turton Realtors

“Melissa was a pleasure to work with when we sold our home and were looking to purchase another. She spent numerous hours taking me around to homes until I found the perfect fit. I have recommended her to others, and will not hesitate to contact her should we ever decide to move.” October 8, 2010

Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, On Time

Linda Ellison,
hired Melissa as a Real Estate Agent in 2005, and hired Melissa more than once