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"Very knowledgable of the local real estate market and understood our tarket market which saved time and made the process more efficient. Also Hugh was very helpful with the closing process and with needed vendors after the closing."

"Hugh has helped us buy and sell then buy again In Stone Harbor, New Jersey. Hugh Merkle is a true professional at all times. His knowledge of the local real estate market is far better then any computers. Hugh was always there for us, honestly answering all our questions, sharing his time generously with us, and really making all 3 real estate transactions fun and very financial rewarding for us. Hugh really cares that we make the right choice for our families happiness and success when we ask for his help with any real estate questions and goals. We look forward to working with Hugh again....Thank you, Hugh, for a fantastic experience!!" - Harry and Ginny

"Growing up we’d always come to Stone Harbor for two weeks every summer, and they were the best two weeks of the entire year, and we always wanted our own house in Stone Harbor. And I remember b egging my father and trying to convince him that he should buy a place, and he would hem and haw, but I always knew he wanted one because he grew up coming down and visiting his Uncle here in Stone Harbor, who had a place on 111th Street. So, one summer, I think I was 12 or 13 years old, I found a found a phone number for real estate company in Stone Harbor, and Mr. Merkle answered the phone, and took the appointment to take me and my father to see a couple of houses. And eventually - I’m not sure how long it took, maybe a year or so - we found one and here we are, twenty-something years later, and it has been the best place ever. We come down all year round, and I think that’s been more New Year’s Eves here in Stone Harbor than anywhere else, and I had my Sweet Sixteen party here, and now I get to share it with my grandkids who love coming to Grammy and Ted’s as often as they can." - Heather

"Three years ago, my daughter and I were on a search for a property in Stone Harbor, trying to convince my husband that this would be a good idea. And we caught Hugh Merkle by chance. He showed us a condominium originally, and decided that that probably wasn’t going to work for us, because the reason I wanted to make a move was that my daughter and grandchildren would spend the summers with me in Stone Harbor, and our husbands would come on the weekend. And it’s been a dream of mine and my husband’s for a long time. Hugh directed us to look at lots that were over-sized, probably not quite as close to the beach as we would have liked, because we had a budget and we were very concerned about it, and he was very gracious and very helpful in trying to have us stay on budget. But he found us a place, suggested we come see it, and we came down in the fall, and it was perfect. The house had already been removed, so all we had to do was go ahead and develop plans and build the home. He was great at finding the lot in Stone Harbor, great at pointing out the advantages of this particular lot, and also was wonderful to work with while we were building our Stone Harbor home. He was a great resource, constantly available to us, and continues to be available to us even today when we have questions or concerns or want to know things about the Stone Harbor community. He’s just a pleasure to work with." - Becky

About Hugh
Hugh and his wife, Lynn, started vacationing in Stone Harbor and Avalon in 1977 and ten years later decided to change careers and move to the Jersey Shore and become Realtors. Hugh is passionate about Stone Harbor & Avalon and strongly feels that 7 Mile Beach is a very special hidden treasure on the Jersey Shore. Providing his clients with the most accurate, up-to-date local real estate information to make the right decision for themselves and their family in both sales and vacation rentals is very important to Hugh. He feels deeply that buying or renting should be an exciting decision that positively impacts his clients and their families for years and creates wonderful family memories for generations to come. With over 31 years of Stone Harbor, Avalon and Cape May County real estate experience, Hugh specializes in the highest level of professional real estate service available. He is dedicated, detail oriented and extremely knowledgeable about the local real estate markets, to the point that everyone, his clients, rental owners, rental guests, colleagues and investors all seek his opinion and advice regarding local real estate. With his easy and friendly manner, Hugh is someone to count on to make your real estate buying, renting and investing experience successful for everyone involved. Hugh is the creator, owner of the highly successful, ​HUGH MERKLE TEAM that has annually received National, Regional and Local real estate awards yearly for Top Producer Productivity consistently for the last 25 years serving the Stone Harbor, Avalon and Cape May County Real Estate Market. Striving to give back to the local community for his strong record of success, Hugh created the very popular and informative Hugh’s News publication that helps everyone stay informed about the local Stone Harbor & Avalon Real Estate market, trends and activities.

Well before his 31 years of success in resort real estate, Hugh graduated from Camden Catholic High School, New Jersey class of 1960, West Chester University, Pennsylvania Class Of 1965, was a former American Government teacher at Haddon Township High School in the 60’s and 70’s as well as a very successful High School, Gloucester County YMCA and AAU/USA Club Swim Coach at Jersey Wahoos Swim Club in Mt. Laurel, NJ from the mid 1960’s thru the mid 1980’s. Hugh has a daughter, Becky, and four grandchildren and Lynn and Hugh have a son, Hugh Victor, currently in school at Temple University. Wonderful years to look back on and enjoy the friendships that the many associations above created for Hugh through the 60’s, 80’s and up to 2019 and beyond. The future holds more special relationships that Hugh is looking forward to discovering and enjoying.

Vacation Rental Search

Whether you're looking for a large vacation home to fit all of your extended family in Avalon, NJ, or want to be right on the water in Stone Harbor, the Hugh Merkle Team at COMPASS RE, has an incredible selection of vacation rentals to choose from. Browse by date, price and amenities, or search for the perfect rental based on size and number of bedrooms and bathrooms. Need a little extra help finding the perfect vacation rental at the Jersey Shore? Contact us today and we'll find just what you're looking for.


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Our Mission
Professionals helping people achieve the dream of homeownership.

Our Core Values (EPIC)

  • Ethical - We demonstrate the highest degree of integrity and ethical behavior in everything we do. We foster powerful stakeholder relationships that are based on trust and respect. We are honest and provide complete transparency. We always strive to do the right thing.

  • Professional - We are an accomplished team of skilled, seasoned professionals, delivering the highest level of personalized service, knowledge and expert advice. We are passionate about what we do and strive for excellence every day. We have an unwavering commitment to service and hold ourselves accountable to all.

  • Innovative - We are proud of our past successes, but we continue to focus on the horizon. We are proactive in enhancing the homeownership experience, making it convenient, effortless and understandable in an increasingly complex world.

  • Caring - We care about one another and all of our stakeholders. We provide a supportive culture where everyone can learn, grow and achieve maximum success. We believe in social responsibility and give back to our communities through philanthropic and volunteer activities.

Hugh Merkle’s Listings

Listed By Compass
Under Contract
905 Highway 9

Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

Listed By Compass
387 83rd Street

Stone Harbor, NJ 08247

3 BD
2 BA
1,424 SF
Listed By Compass
155 97th

Stone Harbor, NJ 08247

3 BD
1 BA
1,091 SF
Listed By Compass
Under Contract
4 BD
2 BA
1,600 SF
Listed By Compass
Under Contract
24 Doe Drive

Woodbine, NJ 08270

4 BD
1.5 BA
1,536 SF