Managing Partner | Broker of Record
office: 215-467-4100 ext. 2
Jared Gruber is the Broker of Record and Founder of JG Real Estate. With a diverse transactional and professional background Jared helps his clients navigate the complexities of real estate transactions – sales, leasing, & property management.
When founding JGRE, Jared recognized a void in the marketplace – the need for a truly full service real estate brokerage. Having emerged as the leader in the Philadelphia Property Management space his vision has come true. Bringing a deal together is the most satisfying thing to him. Whether the deal is a complex purchase transaction or a new property management account, his goal is the same – to conduct business in a responsible and ethical way which ultimately benefits all parties involved. When Jared isn’t working he’s enjoying time with his family. If you live in Fishtown you might see him at Penn Treaty park pushing his daughter at the swing sets or walking his dogs.
Director of Operations | Partner & Associate Broker
Gwen, a licensed broker, is the Director of Operations for JG Real Estate and oversees all aspects of the business. A lover of photography, art and architecture, she enjoys the variety that homes in different Philly neighborhoods can offer and seeks to highlight each property’s unique details and features. In the past, she has moved about 8 different times within 3 years (including 3 different states) before finally settling down for good in Philadelphia, so she knows first hand how stressful the housing search process can be and tries to ensure that every one of our clients has the smoothest experience possible.
She has successfully closed multiple sales in the Northern Liberties, Fishtown, Point Breeze and South Philly neighborhoods, specializing in buyer representation for first time home buyers.
Ariel Morgenstein, ABR® & ePro®
Director of Sales & Business Development | Associate Broker
office: 215-467-4100 ext. 103
With a professional career spanning both education and business, Ariel has always been propelled towards working with people and satisfying their specific needs. As Director of Sales & Business Development, Ariel utilizes her vast knowledge of Philadelphia’s diverse neighborhoods to fulfill her client’s short term and long term goals. She aims to identify & establish ways in which JG Real Estate can continue to evolve in an ever-changing marketplace. Her experience and natural intuition contribute to her success in seeing deals to the end and nurturing relationships far beyond the closing table.
Executive Assistant | Licensed Agent
Allura moved to Philadelphia after receiving her BA in Communications from The College of New Jersey. During her time in college, she spent every weekend visiting her boyfriend who attended Temple University, where her love of Philadelphia began. Prior to joining the team, she worked in the restaurant industry, starting as a host and quickly working her way to becoming a manager at several restaurants on 13th Street in Midtown Village, as well as a Private Events Manager for Barbuzzo Restaurant. Her strong ability to multi-task and always keep a smile on her face makes her a great addition to the JG Family. Allura currently lives in the Fairmount area, where she spends her spare time cooking for friends and family, going to the beach on the weekends, and taking her dog for walks through the Art Museum with her fiancé.
Angie was born and raised in Philadelphia, and spent the last 15 years in the now booming Fishtown neighborhood. After dabbling in other fields, such as skin care and child care, Angie wanted to get involved in the thriving real estate industry and experience the city she loves in a whole new way. You can find Angie greeting clients with a smile at our front desk, and helping out around the office. When she is not working, Angie enjoys traveling, binge-watching series on Netflix, and spending time with her husband and their doggo, Chief.
Operations Manager | Licensed Agent
office: 215-467-4100 ext 1
Claire, our Operations Manager, moved to Philadelphia after receiving her BA in Communication from the University of Scranton. Before joining the JG team, she worked in a number of different fields. She was a bookseller, a restaurant event planner/manager and an ad sales and distribution manager for local publications. She became interested in real estate after purchasing her first home in Fishtown. She’s known for her follow through and attention to detail. She enjoys walking management clients through our process and making sure owners and tenants are set up with all the information they need. She recently got her real estate license and looks forward to showing homes and helping people with their search. She loves cooking and taking road trips outside of the city to visit wineries and breweries. When she’s not at work, she’s either playing drums at a local club, checking out the newest Philly dining scene additions or grilling at Penn Treaty Park.
With a background rich in educational and professional business operations, Katie’s experience ranges from working in the music, wealth management, and beauty industries. After moving to Philadelphia, Katie first discovered her interest in the development side of real estate, where she found herself fascinated by the work and production that goes into each project. When she’s not adventuring around Philadelphia, admiring the rich variety of architecture and visiting local record stores and thrift shops, you can find Katie painting or creating different art pieces with reclaimed material.
Lead Property Manager | Licensed Agent
215-467-4100 ext 110
Chris, one of our property managers, has the perfect combination of customer service administration and hands-on repair skills. Originally from the Jersey shore, he came to Philadelphia to attend La Salle University and loved the city so much he decided to make it his permanent home after graduating. He himself is a landlord of a couple of properties in North Philly so he came to us with first-hand knowledge on how to best deal with property maintenance issues and tenant expectations from a landlord’s point of view. He is knowledgeable in the Philadelphia maintenance code requirements as well as many aspects surrounding basic carpentry, HVAC, plumbing and electrical, so he can often diagnose issues right away, an invaluable trait in this business. Before coming to JG Real Estate, he worked as an analyst at a supply chain consulting firm and when he is not working, he spends his time doing home improvement projects, working on his old car and finding new places to eat.
Lead Property Manager | Licensed Agent
direct: 215-642-8814 office: 215-467-4100
Pat, one of our property managers, has been working in the real estate and property management business since 2008. Prior to joining JG Real Estate, he had been with a management company in the Main Line doing everything from property management to maintenance, leasing and accounting. Shortly after graduating college with a degree in Accounting, he realized that he was not meant to sit in an office all day. Pat has a knack for figuring things out. Whether its a large scale project like finding a leak in a newly constructed condo’s green roof, or smaller scale tinkering with garbage disposal malfunctions, Pat is a problem solver while simultaneously maintaining professionalism and courtesy with owners, tenants and vendors. Responsive, reliable and hardworking, Pat loves seeing new properties and has no fear about facing new challenges – he welcomes them.
Paul brings 10 years of experience in property management to JG Real Estate, and a diverse background in many different areas of the industry, including sales. His passion for people is what motivates him– Whether it’s finding a client the right place to call home, or helping to solve a difficult maintenance issue, his focus is on customer service. Although a South Jersey native, Paul loves Philadelphia, and is excited to work in the many neighborhoods throughout the city. On his days off, he enjoys time at home with his wife, dog and cats and loves to sit back and listen to music to decompress. He is excited to expand his knowledge of property management and ready to explore a new focus with JG Real Estate.
Property Manager | Licensed Agent
No newbie to the city, Michael grew up in Delaware County, and graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia. Shortly thereafter, he found his passion for real estate by purchasing his first investment property, and is enjoying being on the management side of the industry. When he’s not at work, he could be anywhere around the globe! Besides traveling, mountain biking and surfing are his year-round passions, so good luck finding him if he’s not at his desk.
Tanner has been a resident of Philadelphia for six years now. He grew up just 45 minutes north of the city in Souderton, PA and currently lives in Passyunk Square. After graduating from Temple University, he jumped right into the property management industry and gained hands-on experience learning how to meet resident’s needs. He is currently studying for his real estate license and is planning on buying his first home this upcoming spring! Tanner’s excellent communication and problem solving skills contribute to keeping both owners and tenants happy as they work towards their goals. In his free time he enjoys kayaking, playing basketball and cheering on all the professional sports teams in the city.
Director of Leasing
Tara has spent most of her life in the Philadelphia area and first moved to Fishtown about eight years ago. Her background in Philadelphia real estate and strong focus on customer service lend themselves well to her role as Director of Leasing. She enjoys traveling and hiking with her friends and her dog, Walter.
Senior Leasing Agent | Licensed Agent
Charles comes to the JG Real Estate team with an education in both Real Estate and Business at Temple University, and has lived in Philadelphia for over seven years. Charles has a vast knowledge of the city and its unique and distinct neighborhoods. He is specializing in sales, leasing, and investment opportunities. As a Licensed Real Estate Agent specializing in these areas, Charles strives to ensure each client a stress-free and positive experience. Please feel free to contact Charles to discuss business and take the stress out of your real estate search.
Licensed Leasing Agent
A Philly transplant (and enthusiast), Erika has lived in several cities on the east coast between the northern Adirondack region and Central Florida. These experiences have given her an understanding of the housing search, whether it is a move around the corner or one of more than 1,000 miles. Though she has moved around a lot, she loves having a warm and welcoming place to call home.
Leasing Coordinator | Licensed Agent
Born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, Danielle knows the ins and outs of the city very well! As the Leasing Coordinator, she is the first contact for leasing questions & rental application processes. She works extremely hard to make sure everyone’s needs are met & questions are answered. Her past experience in marketing and sales, and as the prior Maintenance Coordinator has greatly contributed to her customer service abilities in communicating directly with all clients. Compassionate, friendly and trustworthy, she’s ready & eager to help with your leasing needs! When she is not at work, Danielle is usually out and about exploring the outdoors, enjoying live music events, cooking and traveling with her family.
Leasing Team Assistant
Alexis moved to Philadelphia three years ago from San Francisco. After spending 11 years in the restaurant industry she is excited to bring her customer service skills to Philly’s real estate market! With an attention to detail and strong communication skills, Alexis will go the extra mile to help her clients. She enjoys spending her free time at Philly’s outdoor street festivals, exploring new restaurants and spending time with family.
Audrey came to JG Real Estate with educational and professional experience in Business Marketing, Photography and Videography. She’s in charge of managing all the individual listing advertisements, outbound marketing campaigns and JG’s social media presence. Strong in personality & opinion while incredibly thoughtful, she turns concepts into stunning visuals with ease. Whether it be a $700/month studio rental or $1.5 million sale, she treats each property with respect and makes it look its best. Outside of work, she loves going to shows at Union Transfer, Johnny Brenda’s, TLA, and World Cafe Live, as well as checking out vintage shops and record stores along South Street. Originally from a rural town in Southern New Jersey, she’s currently in the process of buying her first home in Norristown with her husband and her two hairless cats.
Anna Zonios Mathew
Anna is a licensed real estate agent with a primary focus on Philadelphia’s trendiest neighborhoods. A Philly native herself, Anna works closely with her husband who develops real estate in some of the most up and coming areas of the city. Anna gained an entrepreneurial quality growing up by helping out with her family’s business, and later obtaining her B.S. in marketing. She enjoys utilizing her business-minded background, along with her marketing experience, when researching current trends of the real estate industry. Anna loves the city life and can usually be found exploring local events and restaurants, and discovering fun things to do around Philadelphia.
Licensed Agent - Builder Sales
Mike was exposed to real estate at an early age by his grandfather who owned and operated a chain of auto parts stores throughout Philadelphia – his grandfather instilled in him the excitement and potential in owning the ‘bricks’.
Mike is a developer and investor who has completed many real estate projects throughout the Philadelphia region in addition to representing other developers and builders in acquiring, formulating strategy, and ultimately marketing their projects.
Mike got his start in real estate finance and eventually pivoted to his true love which is being hands on in development and rehab projects. He maintains an expertise in marketing, sales, leasing, construction and finance and imparts these skills in every transaction he represents.
Kristen has worked in various aspects of the Real Estate industry over the past 5 years. She is currently focused on helping buyers & sellers in the Philadelphia area. She studied at Temple University earning her B.A. in Communications & a certification in Real Estate.
Kristen spent most of her life in South Philadelphia, however, she & her husband recently purchased & renovated a house in Bridesburg where they now call home. Reach out to her if you’d like to find out more about opportunities in that area (or any others).
As a well versed Philly native and an active member of the community, Kristen uses her knowledge and expertise to help determine your specific needs when looking for the right home. Kristen is also a professionally trained cook & is always happy to offer recipes & tips!
Ron comes to JG Real Estate with 10 years of experience as a licensed agent in Philadelphia. As a native lifetime resident, Ron is very well acquainted with the neighborhoods, geography and unique culture of each section of the City. Ron has earned his nickname the “Real Estate Matchmaker” by utilizing his spot on neighborhood pricing and comps while providing first class service to all of his clients. He looks forward to using his skills to find the perfect home for your needs and budget.
Jason Luber has five years of experience as a licensed realtor within the city. Having previously lived in Northeast Philly, South Jersey, Bucks County and Center City, he is truly an expert on the Greater Philadelphia area and specifically on the differences among the various Center City neighborhoods. Although he has experience with sales, Jason is a rental expert and loves turning the stress of moving into an easy experience for everyone. He is a rental matchmaker for clients ranging from college roommates looking for an off campus experience to company CEOs in search of their glass apartment in the sky. He is also a talented musician/producer/songwriter and when he is not working, he enjoys seeing live music at one of the many city venues.
Jesse has ten years of experience in real estate acquisitions, development, sales and distressed debt trades. His focus is on larger commercial real estate, land entitlement work and ground up development – he assists clients with investment review and analysis, performing due diligence, negotiating the terms of sale, in addition to advising on the zoning, entitlement and permitting process.
Over his career in real estate development he has developed and sold properties in various asset classes in excess of 50M in value, his notable highlights include: zoning approval for 20 homes in South Kensington, 53 unit zoning approval in Northern Liberties, and a 20,000 SF mixed use commercial property portfolio in Center City which had CMX-3 and CMX-5 zoning use. He was an early pioneer and player in neighborhoods that have dramatically increased in value such as Fishtown, Point Breeze, South Kensington since 2010 and has a knack for identifying value in up and coming neighborhoods.
Before crossing over into real estate, he previously worked as Certified Public Accountant. He has a degree in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University. His professional experience prior to real estate includes tax compliance and consulting services for alternative investment clients at KPMG, PwC and BDO USA, LLP. His responsibilities during his time as a public accountant included tax planning for high net worth individuals, hedge funds, real estate and private equity funds ranging in sizes from $50 million to $5 billion in net assets. During his time at BDO, he was an instructor of Continuing Professional Education programs for investment partnership and high net worth tax planning.
His hobbies include yoga, martial arts and hiking the outdoors with his dog Swayze.
Born and raised in the small town of Old Forge, PA, Bob was instilled with strong core values and hard work. Traveling and living abroad created a sense of acceptance and ability to work with and understand all cultures and types of people. Bob operates a successful investment company, which allows him to truly understand the needs of owners who are selling investment related properties.
Licensed Agent | Investment Sales
office: 215-467-4100 | cell: 215-776-2176
Ori comes to JG Real Estate with an extensive retail track record of over 25 years of creating & building Junior & Young Men’s apparel & footwear stores. As a longtime investor of commercial and multi-family properties, Ori has hands-on management experience in a variety of Philadelphia neighborhoods. He brings his creative vision and investment background to his commercial clients. Ori lives in suburban Montgomery County with his wife, three kids and a Shih Tzu. In addition to his family, kayaking & factory tours make him smile.
A longtime resident of Philadelphia, Jim is a licensed real estate agent who loves the city and the unique offerings of its diverse neighborhoods. His passion for real estate began nearly 20 years ago managing a duplex in the Bella Vista neighborhood and has since evolved into helping buyers and sellers fulfill their specific needs.
He understands that every client and property is unique and is here to listen, simplify the process, and use cutting-edge tools and technology to help clients make well-informed decisions that will meet their goals.
Jim is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors and received a B.A. in Communications from Temple University.
Max comes to JG from a real estate family. Having grown up with landlords for parents, you could say he got into the game early. Max studied history at Rutgers University, and, after graduating, moved to Philadelphia to teach high school math and pursue his Master’s from the University of Pennsylvania. Once in the city, Max caught the real estate bug and started buying rental properties in Fishtown and Port Richmond. Now Max is a licensed agent, and also coaches wrestling at Mariana Bracetti Academy Charter School and the Philadelphia PAL Rizzo Center. He’s ready to use his experience and expertise to help you buy or sell your home!
Settlement Closing Agent
David Zuy is the closing agent for our in-house title agency Philadelphia Closing Company. He coordinates the settlement process for our clients when purchasing a home. He has been a resident of Philadelphia for thirty years and has witnessed “first-hand” the growth and vitalization of the downtown area and the transformation of Philadelphia to truly a “world-class” destination. He is also an ardent sports fan and supports all teams Philly. He is thrilled to part of the JG Real Estate team.
John is a North New Jersey native who comes to us from Norfolk, Virginia. After serving for 5 years as a police officer, John is excited to start a new career with JG Real Estate as our Project Manager. John has a Bachelors Degree in Finance and an Associates Degree in Criminal justice, 10+ years of sales and management experience, and a strong background in construction. John assists coworkers, contractors, customers, and tenants tackle projects, while implementing daily principles of Service, Honor, Integrity, Equality, Leadership, and Diversity in his work. In John’s free time he enjoys paddle boarding, hiking, biking, weight training, and spending time with his rescue dog, Fortunata.