Michael Castellano, Principal Broker
Local entrepreneur Michael Castellano founded Gilcrest Properties in 2012. Michael has over 16 years of well-rounded real estate experience with a background in mortgage origination and title work. Prior to real estate, Michael graduated the Culinary Institute of America with high honors and cooked for Presidents, rock stars and everyone in between.
A native to Long Island, NY, Michael currently holds a real estate broker's license in Massachusetts and New York State. He has homes in East Dennis, MA & Kinderhook, NY.
Judy Gregory, Associate Broker
Judy was born and raised in Columbia County and this is where her roots are. She absolutely loves the area. Judy is not someone who gives up easily. Whether you are looking for a tiny parcel of land or a large homestead, you will have her undivided attention.
Judy covers a lot of area in her searches for the perfect home or the perfect buyer. Anyone who knows her knows that she LOVES to shop, so why not let her do the work for you?
Larry Gregory, Licensed Salesperson
Larry has been a Columbia County resident his entire life and knows the area well. He worked many years in Restaurant Management, Training, Human Resources and most recently as a Safety Director. Larry holds an Accounting degree and current Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification. From 2009-2015, Larry volunteered as an Income Tax Preparer as part of the VITA program at Columbia Opportunities. To say he has a passion for helping people would be an understatement.
Whether you are buying, selling or just have questions, Larry is here to help. Home buying is thought to be one of the most stressful times in one’s life, and he is here to alleviate that stress. Real estate is what Larry does and does well.
Qiu Qin "Linda" Zheng, Licensed Salesperson
Linda lives in Valatie with her husband and two boys. Originally from New York City, she comes from a family with a long history in the hospitality/restaurant business. A "go getter" and "self-starter" Linda has always been fascinated by real estate from an early age. She looks forward to assisting her clients in buying or selling their homes with much enthusiasm.
Sandy Milano, Licensed Salesperson
Sandy has over a decade of real estate experience in both Upstate NY and Cape Cod. Her commitment to her client’s success has brought well over 500 successfully closed real estate transactions.
Sandy is native to NY and has been a full time Cape Cod resident for over 30 years. She currently holds her real estate sales license in MA. Whether you are looking for a full time home or a weekend getaway - needing to sell your home or simply want to add an investment property to your portfolio, Sandy is a professional who will work tirelessly to make your goals her own.
Tracy Fox Koontz, Licensed Salesperson
Originally from Massachusetts, Tracy has made Kinderhook her hometown for the last twelve years. She has a degree in business administration and has spent the last 12 years working as a successful sales representative for a national merchandising company. She is known for her outstanding client service, timely communication and attention to detail. Using these same skills, she will be able to assist you throughout your home buying experience, from start to finish! In her free time, Tracy enjoys kayaking on the lake and hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Michael “JR” Heffner, Licensed Salesperson
Michael, known to everyone as J.R., joins the real estate world with a strong attachment to the area. He is known throughout the county for his strong ties to the community and business world. Having worked in Columbia County for the last 16 years, he has developed relationships enabling him to become a well known entrepreneur.
J.R. lives in Valatie with his wife and 4 children. Many know him for his main hobby of auto racing. He is now bringing his passion for winning to the real estate world. He will not give up, whether it be in finding your dream home or selling your current one!
In 2000, Diane moved to Columbia County from Long Island so she could be closer to family while raising her daughter. It wasn’t long before she fell in love with the area and began planting roots of her own. Her growing interest and enthusiasm in real estate began with this move, and has grown ever since.
Soon after arriving, she resumed her teaching career and came to appreciate the diverse groups of people that the region attracts. Whether you are buying or selling a home, as an educator, Diane welcomes clear understanding and will use her communication skills to realize and pursue your real estate needs.
Diane is still amazed by all the area has to offer and believes there is truly something for everyone here. She is currently a board member for the New York State Humane Association, and a member of the Friends of the Kinderhook Memorial Library. When relaxing, Diane enjoys kayaking, live music, volunteering, gardening, independent films, and walking nature trails with her husband and two dogs.
Ryan Lane, a licensed salesperson, has been a Columbia County resident for almost 30 years. He and his wife currently live in the town of Canaan. For a number of years, Ryan worked as a dairy farmer, before taking on the challenging position of Operations Manager for a local fuel company, where he was employed for 15 years. His time in that business gave him the opportunity to become very familiar with real estate throughout, not just Columbia County, but surrounding counties as well. Ryan brings a high level of energy and passion for real estate. Life and past work experiences have allowed him the opportunity to meet many area residents, and business owners, and give him a deep appreciation of the area’s lifestyle.
Steven Cole, Licensed Salesperson
Steve has lived in New York State for the last 29 years and in Valatie for the past 18. He is recently remarried with two children both off at college and two step children who live away from home. Originally from NJ Steve is a licensed engineer and has worked in the power industry for the last 38 years where he manages the Operations & Maintenance Department of a large power plant. He's a certified welder, electrician and worked as a machinist/millwright before moving into the management side of the business 22 years ago. He also owned and ran a senior care business in town. He regularly volunteers his time helping seniors make repairs in their homes to keep their costs down. Steve's been involved in real estate in one way or another for the last 30 years and recently received his real estate license. Steve enjoys spending his time in the Adirondacks where he owns a camp, he enjoys fishing, kayaking, hiking and sitting around the camp fire with his friends and family.
April Meyette, Licensed Salesperson
April is a licensed salesperson who is eager to help homeowners and buyers alike. Born and raised in upstate New York, her and her family now live in Berlin NY. She had been serving in the medical field for over 10 years when she decided to begin her journey of fulfillment in real estate. Passion for outdoor adventures, her family, and knowledge of the area is why April is a great guide for anyone looking to buy or sell!