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Meet Our Team

Distinctive Properties Group is a real estate team founded by Kathleen Nittolo and Carrie Schwartz. Our team includes Kathleen, Carrie, Maggie Axelrod-Calister, Chris Danuser and Mark Truscinski. We bring a sense of humor to the serious business of real estate. We put PEOPLE first and do #realestatedifferent. Together we bring many years and miles of experience to the table. Our relationship based approach seems "like a breath of fresh air". We pride ourselves in being experts in the industry, each bringing varied skill sets to address all aspects of a transaction.

We look forward to building this relationship with you!

Kathleen Nittolo

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Carrie Schwartz

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Maggie Axelrod-Calister

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Chris Danuser

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Mark Truscinski

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Carrie Schwartz

Phone: 973.386.3188


Carrie Schwartz has never met a stranger. She immediately finds connections with people from all walks of life. Raised in the Midwest and relocating with her husbands career she knows what starting over in a community looks and feels like. Before her career in real estate she was an early childhood educator and midwife. She has 3 nearly grown children. Given success in sales she has continued to enjoy marketing and negotiating for her clients buying and selling needs. 


Experienced as a sales associate, Director of Sales and Lead Listing Specialist prior to her team at Distinctive Properties Group.

As a Member of The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing®, Carrie Schwartz is part of an international network of real estate professionals who specialize in the luxury market.

Kathleen Nittolo

Phone: 973.714.8921


Kathleen Nittolo has an enormous eye for detail. She is able to connect with people on a personal level while providing the facts and figures they need to make informed decisions. Kathleen grew up in Short Hills where she met her husband. They raised their 3 children in Madison and are enjoying being empty nesters with 1 married daughter and a son and daughter finishing college. Kathleen has worn many hats in her real estate career ranging from sales, to managing the accounting and finances of an office as the Market Center Administrator, to managing operations of a sales team, to managing the entire office as Team Leader. Kathleen provides a great resource to her clients in the multiple facets of a real estate transaction.

Maggie Axelrod-Calister

Cell: 973.271.6951


Five Star Professional NJ Monthly award 2015-2018, Circle of Excellence winner, 2000-2018, Top Agent award 2015-2016, Distinguished Sales Award 2010, 20 Years in Business 

Maggie's job is to connect people with the right house for their needs.     
She is an experienced, focused Realtor and will get results for you. She will call you back and will be responsive to you. Let her produce results for you! Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Maggie has lived in the South Orange/ Maplewood, area for 25 years, sent her children through the public school system and LOVE the area. This is a Cosmopolitan community closely connected to NYC by mid-town direct train service and mindset. Let her use her skills to find you your next home and make your next move, your best move! 

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chris danuser

Cell: 917.549.1078


With every client, Chris Danuser starts from a place of empathy, conscious of the thrills, delights, challenges, and tensions that come with selling or buying a home.

When meeting Chris, he’s locked in - listening to your needs, crafting the best course, and escorting you through every step with passion and tenacity. His extensive background in customer service, creative arts, marketing, and sales, along with training and consulting make Chris an unparalleled communicator, leader, and unique thinker. As a Distinctive Properties Group team member, Chris and his clients forever benefit from the expertise and support from the best in the business.

Chris was raised in Georgia, where his father was a prolific architect and builder. After earning a BA in Communications from the University of North Florida, he and his wife moved to New York City where he began showing real estate in the late 90s.

Though still licensed in New York, Chris has never been more happy representing clients in Maplewood, Montclair, South Orange, West Orange, Millburn, Summit, and Short Hills.

Chris is a father of two, an award-winning screenwriter, director, producer, and meditator. He loves live music, vinyl records, visual arts, tennis with his family, gardening, and volunteering in his Maplewood/ South Orange community.


mark truscinski

Cell: 917.757.5765


Providing people with meaningful connection to their passions has been a hallmark of Mark's life. 

A native New Englander, he has spent the last eight years as the CEO of fun as a stay home dad for his two children. Prior to that he spent over 15 years as a non-profit fundraising and communications professional for some of New York City's most well know cultural and educational institutions. A lifelong love of theatre - onstage, backstage and in the audience - brings an artistic vision and a focus on the fine details to everything he does. A resident of SOMA (South Orange-Maplewood) area for over a decade Mark brings his love and expertise of the community to our team and can help you fall in love with this wonderful community.