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How To Have A Fake Immaculate House

A clean home is a welcoming home. It’s calm. It’s a haven. It’s a place everyone wants to be. Once you realize that there is a manageable way to keep up with housework, and children, and other activities, your cleaning will become less of a burden. When you break down your home into sections or zones, you can really get it clean in less time than you may think! These 8 simple steps can teach you how to have a home that can look clean, but one that doesn’t take [...]

The "Show-Ready" Home Checklist

Getting your house ready for the real estate market involves a lot of boxes, cleaner, and “editing” of things. Also, probably a bit of sweat. Unless you’re one of the lucky ones who sells his or her house in the first or second visit, you’re probably going to have multiple showings to contend with. They can be scheduled at nearly any time of day, and can sometimes be thrown up on you in the last minute.   It’s good advice that if your agent calls [...]

Before You Sell: Fix It Or Leave It?

If you're thinking of selling your house down the line, some items lingering on your to-do list could make buyers turn and run. Here are the repairs and upgrades you should do and the ones you can leave for the new owners: Outdated Appliances: A buyer may have very specific tastes, so it's not worth splurging on appliances that you're not using yourself. However, dated models can distract from an otherwise okay kitchen, so give them an inexpensive cosmetic boost with stai [...]

Gloria Zastko, Realtors Celebrates 23 Years

Gloria Zastko, Realtors celebrates 23 years as one of Central Jersey’s most formidable brokers and year after year remains North Brunswick’s #1 Broker.  “Becoming No 1 is an awesome feat; remaining No. 1 is an everyday challenge”, cites Gloria Zastko and Andrew Zastko, co-owners of Gloria Zastko, Realtors.   Gloria Zastko, Realtors celebrates its 23rd anniversary on March 15th.  Zastko, who has been listing and selling real estate for more than 43 [...]

5 Tips For Tiny Bedrooms

Bedrooms are a place for resting, reading, and sleeping. And besides a bed and a lamp, there's really nothing else that must go into it. So there are a lot of options for how much or how little you want to incorporate. Many have gone the route of keeping it simple with no artwork; just dark walls, patterned curtains and a white bed. But there are lots of options for packing style into a small space:   • Add One Punch Of Pattern. Keep everything simple but add a colorful he [...]

Ten Receive NJAR Circle Of Excellence Award

Ten Gloria Zastko, Realtors received the New Jersey Association of Realtors® Circle of Excellence Sales Award® for 2013.  All are consistent and repeated top producers in the industry. The NJAR® Circle of Excellence Sales Award® is our industry's way of saluting outstanding sales achievement.  There are four levels:  The Bronze level must have $2.5 million in production plus 15 transactions; the Silver level must have $6.5 million in production plus 20 t [...]

Andrew Zastko Achieves #1 Status

At the Middlesex County Multiple Listing Stockholder’s meeting held on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the Pines Manor in Edison, Andrew Zastko, Broker/Owner of Gloria Zastko, Realtors in North Brunswick, was awarded the Middlesex County Multiple Listing First Place President’s Award, in recognition of having the greatest number of listings taken and closed for the fiscal year from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.  This is the 15th year Zastko achieved the #1 status in the County [...]

5 Easy + Green Home Improvement Tips

Reducing your family’s environmental impact might be easier than you think, especially if you live in an older home. Even for beginning DIYers, there are simple, cheap fixes that can make your home greener and less expensive to live in. Here are a few of the easiest projects to get you started. 1. Clean your A/C condenser This is the simplest job on our list, and it’s one of the most effective ways to reduce your energy costs—especially if you live in a hot climate. Ch [...]

5 Fall Curb Appeal Upgrades

Fall is a prime time for those looking to sell their houses before the end of the year. Fitting in a few simple exterior home improvements can add value and curb appeal to your home helping to snag those end-of-season real estate browsers. So what upgrades are easy, cost-effective and will make potential buyers “fall” in love with your home this season? Here are five fantastic tips: 1. Front Door Décor – The front door leaves a lasting first impression of your hou [...]

Repurposed Dresser As Kitchen Storage

Dressers don't have to just be for bedrooms anymore! Repurposed dressers make terrific storage pieces in entryways, living rooms, and yes, even kitchens. Take this thrift store cast off for example. When the homeowner bought it there were plenty of scratches, missing knobs, and even some peeling laminate. After using some wood filler to fix the cracks and adding some base trim on both sides the dresser was ready for primer and paint. Now the dresser is the perfect addition to her [...]

From Paneled to Perfect

Dated paneling. If you are searching for a home in a nice neighborhood that needs a little bit of love you're bound to come across dated paneling. Whether it be in an office, a basement, or even the kitchen, you need not fear the paneling! If you are looking to sell your home with dated paneling, consider taking the time and effort now to transform the space and you will certainly reap the rewards in your sales price! This kitchen makeover is a prime example of taking an outdated space you [...]

Featured Listing: 2343 Berkshire Lane

This new construction end-unit townhouse in the Hartland Square development of North Brunswick boasts three bedrooms, three baths, and is listed at $428,260.  This home has beautiful upgrade potential, a pond view, and is completely move-in ready. The stunning two-story living room, which opens right up into the kitchen, makes the home feel larger than it already is. This gourmet kitchen is a chef's dream complete with dark wood cabinets, stainless steel appliance [...]

Open House Bonanza

Spring has sprung in Central Jersey Real Estate. Great economic reports, more job creation, continued low interest rates, pent-up buyer demand, and improving consumer confidence are all positives signs turning the Central Jersey real estate landscape from an icy white to a beautiful green.  Low interest rates and stabilized prices create “Affordability,” the key word to a healthy market.     Gloria Zastko, President and founder of Gloria Zastko, Realtors s [...]

30 Quick Tips!

Did you know toothpaste can remove scratches from glass? Or that cold water can help you remove rubber gloves in a snap? Check out this fantastic list for these great tips and more! For more great ideas or inspiration for your home, check out the Gloria Zastko Pinterest page!

The Zastko Report - March 2013

The Zastko Report March 2013 Reports in the real estate market continue to be very positive.  Is this also consistent with our local market in Central Jersey?  What about rising interest rates and fees?  This month, Andrew Zastko and Cooper Ford take another look at the activity in the local real estate market and the shortage of available homes, and what it means.  Also, they discuss the rising mortgage rates and fees and how it impacts home buyers and sellers. Curre [...]

Featured Listing: 5 Pleasant Place

Move right on in to this lovely, well-maintained 4 bed, 3 bath home located at 5 Pleasant Place in North Brunswick. The home is located in the desirable Farrington Lakes section and can be yours for $517,000. This fantastic home boasts an open floor plan with updated kitchen featuring granite countertops and stainless steel appliances with separate casual dining room. All of the bedrooms are nicely sized and the main bath boasts dual sinks. The home's spacious great room with [...]

Featured Rental: 16 Julie Court

Looking for a new home but are not in the market to buy? This fantastic rental in Somerset county may be just what you need! Located at 16 Julie Ct., this 4 bedroom home built in 2001 is move-in ready. The beautiful kitchen with large breakfast nook island and newer appliances opens right up to the adjoining dining area. All of the bedrooms are generously sized and the home can comfortably sleep four or more! To view this property (MLS #1309114) or for more information, contact [...]

Banner Year For Andrew Zastko

Andrew Zastko, a Broker-Owner with Gloria Zastko, Realtors® enjoyed a record-breaking 2012 in real estate sales, topping $35 million for the year. Zastko cites that his intense knowledge of the market, telling the truth and working hard and smart as the keynotes to his success. Zastko feels that 2013 will bring another year of challenge to the industry, but a rewarding year. He believes that this year, more than ever, one should demand the resources of a realtor with a proven and cons [...]

11 Zastko Realtors Achieve Circle Of Excellence Award

“The New Jersey Association or Realtors’ Circle of Excellence Sales Award® is our industry’s way of saluting real estate achievement. 2012 was a very challenging year in real estate and to have 11 outstanding recipients under one roof (a Platinum, a Silver and 9 Bronze winners) is an extraordinary accomplishment,” states Gloria Zastko, founder of Gloria Zastko, Realtors. Andrew Zastko, Broker-Owner, attained the 2012 NJAR® Circle of Excellence Sales Award&r [...]

Twelve Added to the Quarter Century Club

Gloria Zastko is "honored to have twelve Quarter Century Club Members and a Realtor Emeritus under one roof." Twelve member of the Gloria Zastko, Realtors have been awarded the New Jersey Association of Realtors (NJAR) Quarter Century Club which signifies 25+ years of membership in the NJAR: Ginger Boyle, x24 Sima Brokowsky, x33 Marilyn Dixon, 20 Maria Reynolds, x40 Robert Parillo, x 32 Joyce Ann Staples, x30 Judith Dredge, x21 JoAnn Lacina, x19 [...]

Gloria Zastko Realtors Voted Best of the Best!

In a Home News Tribune Reader’s choice contest, Gloria Zastko, Realtors was again voted Best Realtor for 2012.  Gloria Zastko, and Andrew Zastko, co-owners of the firm, are delighted with this award which the firm has repeatedly received.  Zastko states, “Every day, every hour, we strive to be the best”.   "Becoming No. 1 is an awesome feat . . . Remaining No. 1 is an every-day challenge."  "Seeing longtime competitors and now the new k [...]

The Zastko Report - August 2012

The Zastko Report August 2012 The Summer is coming to end, but is it the same for the Central Jersey market?  This month, Andrew Zastko and Cooper Ford take another look at the activity in the local real estate market, the shortage of homes, and what it means.  Also, they take a look at the latest on the Transit Village in North Brunswick, as well as the rise of rentals.  Finally, an explanation of "average home prices" and what it really means for local homeowners [...]

Gloria Zastko Realtors Leads the Way in North Brunswick

As the real estate market continues to pick up in activity, Gloria Zastko Realtors continues to provide leadership in helping both home buyers and sellers in North Brunswick.  As a pillar in the community, the agency continues to be number one in helping home owners successfully sell their home.  So far in 2012, they have outperformed their nearest competitor by a margin of almost 6 to 1.  Similarly, in helping potential residents find a home in the community of North Brunswick, [...]

How Reliable Are School Rankings?

For many home buyers, one of the most significant criteria is the quality of the school system.  After all, what parent wouldn't want their child to receive the best education possible?  When considering different communities, one source often considered are rankings put out by different publications, such as the one just released by NJ Monthly.  Yet, how helpful are these really in finding the best quality school system?  What else can home buyers do to evaluate the sc [...]

Your Vacation Home at Home!

Once you visit 23 Point of Woods in the elite Hidden Lake area of North Brunswick, you will know you have arrived! Location and home where no expense has been spared.  From the 2-story entry foyer, the soaring staircase is awesome. Flanking the center hall is the banquet-sized dining room and the spacious living room. The family room is huge and yet boasts an addition with full panoramic views of the gardens and heated inground gunite pool. The kitchen befits any gourmet cook.  T [...]

THE ESTATES AT DUNHAM'S FARM - NEARLY SOLD OUT!

The Estates at Dunham's Farm in rural South Brunswick is one of Middlesex County's most sought after and prestigious new subdivision in Central Jersey.  When completed there will be a total of 46 homesites, each one is on approximately 2-acre lots with all homes ranging from 3,900 to 5,100 sq. ft. As of this writing, there are only eleven lots left.  To assist perspective purchasers, the Estates @ Dunham's Farm is now building two popular models, both scheduled to be co [...]

The Zastko Report - June 2012

The Zastko Report June 2012 The momentum continues to build in the Central Jersey real estate market.  This month, Andrew Zastko and Cooper Ford discuss the current state of affairs locally, as well as some of the continued challenges.  Also, they highlight their experience with a new, no-PMI program from Sun Home Loans that's helping many buyers save money on buying a home.  Finally, they discuss some helpful tips for buyers preparing to buy a home, as well as sellers p [...]

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