The Gruska/Abella Team
The Gruska/Abella Team
Keller Williams Suburban Realty
4245 Town Center Way, Suite 2B
Livingston, NJ 07039
Tom Abella and Barbara Gruska
Tom Abella and Barbara Gruska head up this dynamic real estate team. Together they bring unique advantages to their clients and our local Real Estate Market. Tom has extensive business experience both in manufacturing and Wall Street and Barbara has wide-ranging experience from financial industry as well as extensive involvement in local school support. Over the past several years they have independently built strong residential real estate careers. In early 2011, Tom and Barbara brought their diverse professional and life experiences (they happen to be married to each other) together to form their team. In partnership and with the resources of Keller Williams, they can help you solve all your real estate needs.
Each has these Professional Credentials:
- Member National Association of Realtors
- Member New Jersey Association of Realtors
- Member North Central Jersey Association of Realtors
- Member Garden State Multiple Listing Service
- Full Time Licensed Sales Professional
As agents who are an experts in this area, they bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise about buying and selling real estate here. It's not the same everywhere, so you need a team you can trust for up-to-date information. They are eager to serve you. Here are some of the things they can do for you:
Find Your Next Home
You need someone who knows this area inside and out! I can work with you to find the right home at the right price for you, including all the neighborhood amenities that matter - not to mention the essential criteria you have for your ideal home
Sell a Home
When it's time to move, you need someone who will advertise your home, show to prospective buyers, negotiate the purchase contract, arrange financing, oversee the inspections, handle all necessary paperwork and supervise the closing. I can take care of everything you need, from start to close.
Consult on Home Selling Tactics
Oftentimes buyers don't visualize living in your home the way you do. I can make your home attractive to its ideal audience - which can help you get top dollar. Things like staging the home, making repairs or minor improvements, or even simply painting the walls can be the difference between a home resting on the market and one that's sold fast.
"We met Tom and Barbara at an open house a few months into our first home search, and I am so glad we did. We instantly felt comfortable with them and they were able to translate what we wanted into actual houses. Despite our less than desirable loan terms, they were extremely patient and looked at dozens of homes with us over the course of more than a year. With Barbara's good eye for staging, we could see the possibilities in many places, and Tom helped us to be realistic about plans for any type of work we thought of doing. We finally found the perfect house for us and were able to negotiate a great final deal. We are forever grateful to Tom and Barbara! We wouldn't have our home without them!"
"Tom Abella and Barbara Gruska recently helped us buy and close on our new home in Millburn, NJ. They are both very knowledgeable about the area and helped us tremendously in choosing the right location and narrowing down our search. We were very unsure and confused at first in terms of our needs and wishes and they were both so patient (and not pushy) in their work with us. They took the time to get to know us and our family and assisted us in balancing needs such as price, home size, and commuting options. Once we found our home, they were with us every step of the way during the attorney review, inspection, and closing process. I highly recommend to anyone who is looking to buy or sell their home in the area. "
"Highly likely to recommend 04/06/2017 - jay love 63 Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2017 for approximately $825K in Livingston, NJ. Local knowledge: ***** Process expertise: ***** Responsiveness: ***** Negotiation skills: ***** My wife and I just bought an amazing house and sold our current house with Barbara and Tom. Working with them was an amazing experience in customer experience. Both were hands on, always available, and were such a wealth of knowledge and experience to be able to tap into. We could not recommend them enough!!!"
-Jay Lovenheim, M.D., Client
"Dimitre Zahariev Client, Seller I had been trying to sell my house for a year with another agent without success. Finally, Barbara and Tom took over the sale of my home. They suggested some low cost updates to my home and recommended contractors who were available and reasonable to do the work. They then staged my home, adding many attractive pieces to make my house more appealing. They had a professional photographer to take photos for the listing. We immediately had a great deal of traffic and it continued for several weeks. We received two offers within three weeks and they successfully negotiated the sale of my home, working hard for me every step of the way, giving me advice on what to do and what not to do. They sourced our buyer as well and the buyer told me they gave them excellent advice. Once we were in contract, they helped me find and close on my new home. They knew me and my family well from their constant attention during the listing. They are good people ot work with, ex"
-Dimitre Zahariev, Client
"Tom and Barbara did a great job finding us our first house. We were in a time crunch with our first child on the way and they found us an amazing home that matched all our criteria. They also did a great job negotiating with the seller and getting us a bargain price. Finally, they got us in touch with a wonderful contractor and gave us very helpful home improvement tips. These efforts really have gone a long way to making our house a great long term investment and an amazing home to raise our first child. I strongly recommend them to represent your best interests and work tirelessly to find the right home that fits your needs. Sat, Sep 8, 2012"
-Tara Krauss, Client
"Tom and Barbara took our home of thirty-eight years and used their skills and sense of the market to reshape it into an instant seller. Tom was always available to answer questions, file construction permits, get needed building materials, and work with the carpenters, painters, plumbers, electricians etc. They took such an interest in our project that one would have thought it was their own home! The re-modeling was taking place while we were 2500 miles away in Arizona but their great communication skills kept us informed of every little step and left us with no worries. I would highly recommend Tom and Barbara to anyone, at anytime. We trusted them completely and the results were FANTASTIC. I really couldn't imagine a more caring real estate agent."
-Herb Obodda, Client
" Cigale Client, Buyer We met Tom by chance and we were very lucky! Having just transferred to the United States with a major multinational company he introduced us to the different aspects of residential properties in New Jersey. We explained to him our needs and he showed us the right variety of properties. During our visits Tom and Barbara assessed with professionalism and care both positive and negative aspects of each property. Also offered further advise for potential modifications and improvements. Tom has excellent knowledge of legal and financing aspects and also helped in the final negotiation of our property in Madison. Tom always available whenever we needed him. We would definitely recommend Tom and Barbara for their professional services. "
-Cigale Fatouros, Client
" Andrew Rankin Client, Buyer Tom Abella has been amazingly supportive and gone the extra mile (both literally and figuratively) in helping me buy my first US home. He has sought out and shown me numerous potential homes both rural and town until I was comfortable with what I really wanted (and more importantly needed). Since I was new to the US home-buying system Tom was patient and thoughtful in guiding me through the process. Even post-purchase, Tom has proactively helped in sorting out an outstanding problem with the house. I now have a beautiful home and a new friend - thank you Tom ! Andy "
-Andy Rankin, Client