Janera Soerel

Second House Club

Janera Soerel


Janera Soerel is the Founder of SecondHouse and Managing Partner of Departure Agency

SecondHouse is where real estate, community, and wellbeing meet. Janera hosts regular retreats and dinner parties in and outside of the city, all focused on themes related to living a good life. As she’s fostering the community, she’s also building the global network of country, beach, and mountain houses. Her goal is for the community to have regular hassle free access to a second home, and thus improve their quality of life.   

Janera also runs Departure—a creative agency—with her writer/filmmaker husband Jack Stallings. They offer their clients creative solutions through video, brand strategy consulting, and experiences. 

Janera started her career in investment banking in Europe, where she worked in Amsterdam and Milan. She then moved to New York, attended Columbia Business School, and became an entrepreneur.

Her first venture, Global Nomads, was a boutique media company where she curated global conversations on the world’s most pressing issues. She subsequently became the Program Director at Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation. Here she produced programs to promote the foundation’s mission to improve the life of cancer patients.  

Janera is from Curacao and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son. She is a licensed real estate agent with Brown Harris Stevens, and speaks Dutch, English, Italian, and Spanish fluently.

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