Having participated in the sale of her own family’s home and the resulting the search for a new one on several occasions, MJ Gravel is keenly aware of the importance of each of the many choices involved in buying and selling real estate. Of course, there are both joys and worries that come with real estate transactions. MJ’s goal is to make your choice of an agent one that translates into straightforward success, whether you are buying, selling, or managing both. Her history in the hospitality industry, coupled with skillsets in relationship management and negotiations, as well as in working the often complex details of real estate transactions are key in this success. To facilitate ease in the process, MJ’s first priority is to fulfill client requests and negotiate in their best interest. Her passion in life, as in residential real estate, is for maintaining meaningful connections with friends, family, and clients.
Prior to joining Podley Properties as a residential REALTOR® , MJ spent 18 successful years in the fields of multifamily real estate, affordable housing finance and development, and business and community development. Her work experience includes: site identification and acquisition, financial structuring and identification of funding sources, community education & outreach, relationship management, advocacy, and project management in the development and rehabilitation of housing for those in need. MJ holds a Master’s Degree in Urban & Regional Planning, (M.A.U.R.P.) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion, with Honors, both from the University of Iowa. She is a Certified Housing Development Finance Professional, (H.D.F.P.) from the National Development Council.
MJ lives in South Pasadena with her husband, Brain, two of her wonderful kiddos, and two exquisite kitties. Her oldest daughter is married and lives in Columbus, OH, where she is a successful real estate agent. The San Gabriel Valley has been MJ’s sanctuary home for the past seven years. She is an active volunteer in her kiddo’s schools, and is excited to be a new member of the South Pasadena Education Foundation (SPEF), which is the fundraising arm of the South Pasadena Schools. As time permits, MJ contracts in Interior Design (Instagram link: sanctuarydesignindeed), enjoys baking, travel, hiking, biking and kayaking with her family, loves to entertain, and is thrilled to see her kids on the stage any chance she gets.