I can't say enough about Karen. Her knowledge of the market and dedication to her clients are invaluable. Karen always puts her clients best interest before her own. We feel comfortable knowing that Karen is always available to advise us and have always been satisfied with the end result,whether as a buyer or seller. I refer to her as our"guardian angel" and consider her a friend. She is THE BEST!!!"

kathy meyers1
Fair Haven, NJ 07704




"Karen in truly an amazing agent. She makes you feel that you are as important to her as her family. She goes above and behind the call of duty. I literally dragged her all over MONMOUTH and MIDDLESEX COUNTIES looking for the ''perfect" ranch home that my husband, myself and my Rhodesian Ridgeback could relocate too. Karen is extremely knowledgeable in her field. I truly appreciate everything she has done for us. It is rare that you find an agent that is as caring as Karen. Our needs were important to her. I am looking forward to having her visit us in out new MATAWAN home as soon as we settle in."

12 Jasmine Rd, Matawan, NJ 07747




Good morning Karen!...


My name is Sue Newton & I manage the relocation program for Yum Brands.  I wanted to send you a quick note of thanks for your diligence in supporting the Lavenders through their home sale.  I work with a number of real estate professionals, & your professional & unwavering attitude certainly stood out for me.  Both you & Jodie did an excellent job in supporting Dwight & I sincerely thank you!  You are an asset to the industry!  I hope our paths cross again!


My Best,  S

Sue Newton

Relocation Manager




Dear Karen,

It has been such a pleasure to work with you in the sale of two properties in Applebrook.  Your professionalism and knowledge of the area and the industry is profound.  The first sale was an estate sale of my mother’s house shortly after her death.  Our family was coping with a huge sense of loss along with the emotionally draining task of emptying a house of a lifetime of memories and treasures.  Your experience, knowledge and kindness helped us through the process and we always felt that we were in the best and most capable of hands.

Based on that experience I asked you recently to help me sell another property and it went exceedingly smoothly on my part, all that one could wish, especially since I live in California.  It takes a great deal of trust to do something like this long distance, but you handled all of the details for me, going the extra mile at every step to be sure that the sale was made to the satisfaction of all parties. 

I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you and I can recommend you without a moment’s hesitation to anyone who is looking for a trustworthy, responsible, knowledgeable and understanding person to help them sell or buy a house, home or property.   

Most gratefully,


CJ Van Pelt


Hi Karen,


Shashi and I want to thank you for helping us through the selling process of our rental home at 42 Melissa Lane in Middletown. Your advice regarding the price and buyer negotiation was useful to conclude the pre-sale activities and your professional conduct helped for the smooth closing.


We also want to thank you for about 20 years of help during the rental period with considerable ups and downs. We could not have managed the property without your professional expertise and advice.


Best regards,

Dhema and Shashi



"We contacted Karen upon the recommendation of another friend who had used Karen to help sell her home. We had impulsively purchased a home in SC, and needed to sell ours in NJ that we had owned for 30 nearly years. Although we had done a lot of renovations and we did live in a very desirable neighborhood, we really were not prepared to sell our house on such short notice. Karen was extremely responsive to our situation. She guided us through the process from the moment we signed a contract with her. We could not have been more pleased with the support and expertise she provided. Within 9 days we had two offers. The couple who purchased our home is wonderful, and it gave us a satisfaction knowing that we were passing along a placed that we had loved to a couple who appreciated it so much." Pam and Al Brown


 Although we have known Karen for years, we did not realize the amount of effort she puts into representing the interests of a homeowner who is ready to list their home. Karen spent many hours making sure we priced our home correctly to get the highest price. From staging advice to preparation, to her professional photographer, brochures and most importantly ; her ability to connect with other agents from other companies who may have purchasers within our price range , producing amazing results. Area photos were taken of our waterfront community, virtual tours and creative ad copy were incorporated into her display of our home's most favorable features. When web signed the listing, Karen worked very hard with mailing just listed announcements, she showcased our home on realtor. com with many photos, sent E-cards to agents that she knew and prospected in the MLS system to get us full exposure so we could then choose the best buyer.. Much preparation went into selling our home. Due to her experience and reputation as a outstanding agent our home was sold in two weeks. We had multiple bids and chose the best buyer at the full asking price. I would recommend Karen to anyone contemplating a move......bob & bernie


 Regarding Karen Blackbourn: There are no words of praise or respect to illustrate Karen's work ethics, honesty, compassion for her clients, and above all the ability to finalize a sale and the purchase of a future home or rental. After we sold our home, it was her recommendation and expertise to re-locate us to Long Branch and help us with a 2 year lease. We could not have accomplished this traumatic event in our lives without the years of experience and guidance of Karen. We have been so happy living in Pier Village that it would be hard for us to imagine any other residence. We unquestionably recommend her services to all concerned. Adele and Sal


Not only cared about me finding the perfect home but also cared about me as a person. Always went above and beyond throughout the entire process. Put it this way, if you are buying a house in her jurisdiction and you don't do it through her, you're wasting your time. She is an A+ PLUS! DJ and Pam


Karen did an excellent job in finding my new home. She was patient while I looked at a variety of homes and proactive when I decided on one. She is very knowledgable and detailed oriented. If you are buying or selling a home in the area, I would recomend you use Karen as your realtor. Chris C.

To Whom It May Concern:

I have been working with Karen for almost 20 years now. She sold us our first house in the early 90’s and 15 yrs later we went back to her and purchased an 8 acre estate on the Navesink from her. The level of commitment and professionalism that she displays are second to none. Karen will always go the extra yard and be completely focused on what needs to be done. She cares about her clients and you can tell by the way she conducts herself. We would highly recommend her for any listing.

P. Scire

Dear Karen:

Thank you for an excellent job selling our home. You gave us 100% more satisfaction than we ever had expected and my wife is very hard to please. Thanks for staging the house and for your professional photos and advertising. We were entirely impressed with your knowledge and your many years experience certainly is a plus. I would be glad to recommend you to any of my friends. Good luck, you are the greatest
Bob & Bernadette Patrick

Dear Karen,

We would like to thank you for the quick and efficient way in which you sold our home in Locust. As you know it was difficult for us to leave after 28 years but life does go on. Now we can split up our time here in New Jersey and spend more time at our house in North Carolina. We certainly did not anticipate that the house would sell in only six days after having it on the market for six months with the previous agency. I guess it all comes down to having the right agent and the right price. Thanks for all your good work. Sincerely, Roe and Barry Lyons


To Whom It May Concern;


Karen Blackbourn has been my broker/realtor for over twenty years. She has professionally handled the sale of 3 homes and the purchase of 3 homes for me. Karen has consistently extended herself beyond her responsibilities in whatever area required extra attention. When no properties were listed in a neighborhood where I hoped to purchase a home, Karen went door to door to see if anyone was considering listing their home and did find the home I eventually bought in that neighborhood. Last year when a closing and move were unexpectedly delayed, Karen brought over a refrigerator for me to use for two weeks.

Karen prepared a beautiful video and brochures to market my property. I was always advised of appointments and Karen sought feedback from realtors who had brought clients to my home. I have recommended Karen to friends who have been most pleased with their experiences. She is truly the best!


J. Heneghan
Karen and Elisabeth,

Thank you so very much for all of your generous support and encouragment. You have been wonderful and we so very much appreciate all of your kindnesses. Hopefully this will all move forward to a happy ending for the seller and the buyer. :-)

PS---I wouldn't hesitate to recommend both of you to any of my friends, your'e great! :-)

take care,
Janice Kollar

Re: Karen Blackbourn
To Whom It May Concern:
Karen Blackbourn of Gloria Nilson Realtors of Middletown, NJ launched a very strategic marketing campaign and successfully sold our home at 1 Windy Hill Lane in Middletown within five weeks. We had listed our home elsewhere the prior year and it did not sell even within three months.
Karen and her staff worked tirelessly and pulled out all the stops when marketing our home. The mailings, advertising, contacts and connections were all called upon efficiently and professionally. Their experience, as their logo states, is priceless and I highly recommend Karen without hesitation.

Very truly yours,



Dear Karen,

It has been a 9 months since our sale of our home in Middletown and the purchase of the new in Colts Neck. Time really flys! I wanted to mention to you that we went back to the old neighborhood and found out that a few houses sold after ours. We wanted to thank you again as it appears the sales for similar homes on our same street were almost less than $200,000 than our selling price. When Jan and I first came to you we did so because of the creativity and tenacity you bring to your craft. The tracking we received in the first listing weekend after Labor Day 2006 was amazing; not to mention that we had two offers by the end of that weekend. We new picked the right person to market our home. Should we ever need to relocate ( by the way Jan is taking about moving to Spring Lake in 5 years) you will be our first and only call.
Just wanted to touch base and express our thanks one more time.

Joseph J. Anania, Jr.
Dear Karen:

Thank you and it was wonderful to speak with you, as well.
You are most effective, competent and aggressive real estate professional that I have ever met; the one that we measured all others against ever since.
Best regards and thanks.

REALTORS!    Considering Making a Move?

Here are comments from our agents:

If you have any doubts about switching to Gloria Nilson GMAC Middletown office-just put them to the side--you have 2 full time managers, Kathy and Karen who are there for YOU--if they don't have the answer--they will get it to you quickly. My observation over the last two weeks has shown me that agents are in and out of their office to discuss problems or share stories and always an open door policy.

Besides from Kathy and Karen as our managers, there is Maureen and Marie, who are the administrative staff--another wealth of knowledge and have helped me transition into this company very smoothly--did I mention that everyone is friendly, courteous and more than willing to help, including all the agents--each agent has introduced themselves and 'welcomed' me.

Again, observing the daily goings on in the office, you have various agents, managers and administrative staff busy with their jobs--but most importantly I have observed everyone taking the time to sit and chat with each other, discuss what's going on with their business, family and lives--clearly leaving me with the impression of a relaxed, friendly atmosphere despite the economic doom and gloom outside the office.

Did I mention that last week was training-with professional full time trainers. Meryl teaches marketing, paperwork and a variety of other important subject matter to numerous to mention--she is enthusiastic, knowledgable and excited to teach you all the tools GNR has to offer. Cathy is our technology instructor and again knowledgable and more than willing to go the extra mile to allow new agents make the transition easier.

This is a brief summary with a lot left out, but now it's up to you to take the next step.......don't be afraid. Not sure what you are looking for in an agency--but my primary reasons were professionalism, friendly and relaxing atmosphere, education and support--there you go. I would love to be the first agent to introduce myself to you and welcome you to this office. Just do it! Looking forward to seeing you.


Anne Marie (Amy) Holzheimer
Sales Associate
Dear Kathy:

I have been with this office since September, 1993,. I cannot believe it! How times flies by. We were ALL there for each other. This is the best bunch of people you can work with. We genuinely care about each other.

I take pride in our business relationships as well. Everyone here is the "utmost professional."

We have the BEST admins in the business. They will do anything for me. You know that is great for me because I am so computer illiterate. They always watch my back.

You and Karen are so dedicated to this office. You spend countless hours beyond the call of duty to always make sure our office stands out (above all the rest) and we have everything we need to provide the Premier Service which our company strives for. You are the best problem solvers. I know I can always depend on you any time of the day or night.

You know I have been asked to join different offices, but I can say good or bad, you have nothing to worry about.

Fern Pagano
I joined Gloria Nilson, Middletown office mainly because I had such a sense of trust and confidence that I would succeed with my new career in real estate.

Karen Blackbourn is my family's real estate agent and when it was time for me to sell and buy I didn't hesitate to call Karen. I knew I was hiring the best.

After completing the Real Estate course I knew again without hesitation where I wanted to hang my license. Karen and Kathy made me feel so welcome to join the office, immediately introducing me to the support staff and many of the agents. They were always there to answer my many questions. Karen and Kathy are both excellent managers who are always one step ahead of the rest when it comes to this ever-changing real estate market. Our meetings are always informative with many guest speakers answering our many questions in regards to the real estate market, training, marketing, inspections and most importantly the many legal issues that we deal with it. You always come out of a meeting with a helpful tip and to of learned something new. They are also constantly offering us training and tools to help us become successful. To give us that edge above the rest.

This office has a great group of knowledgeable, professional agents who are more than happy to share their expertise with you and are there to help with any questions or needs you may have. They are my work family and look forward to coming into the office on a daily basis to spend time and ideas with them. We are very supportive of each other and are happy when an agent succeeds.

I highly recommend Gloria Nilson GMAC Real Estate Middletown office. My success in my career in real estate is largely due to this office, from the managers to the agents and the support staff. We truly are the best.

Yours truly,
Charles Palmadesso

Charles Palmadesso
Certified Residential Specialist
Sales Associate