Our Team

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Robert J. Elfant, President and Partner

Robert Elfant graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1973 with a B.S. in economics and a specialization in business law. That year, he joined his father, Martin M. Elfant, in his real estate business. In 1977, Bob became President of the company, now known as Elfant Pontz Properties, and its subsidiary operation, Direct Mortgage Loan Company. Bob also founded Elfant Wissahickon Realtors, the largest independent brokerage in the City of Philadelphia. Bob also owns and operates Philcard Properties, a real estate partnership that controls 200 plus residential and commercial units in Northwest Philadelphia.

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Jared E. Pontz, Managing Partner

Jared received his undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware as well as a Masters in Business Administration from Temple University’s Fox School of Business. Jared joined the company in 2005 after serving in the United States Peace Corps. Jared is the Managing Partner at the Company and it’s parent operation, Elfant Pontz Properties. He has served in that capacity since 2009. Jared is also an active real estate investor and property owner in the Philadelphia area.

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Julia Glackman, Administrator

Julia is a graduate of Temple University and has been with the Company since 2010. Julia has the title of Administrator and plays a key role in the daily activities of the company. She does all of Direct’s conveyancing and is our client relations point person.

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Nicole Belz, Financial Controller

Nicole joined our team in May 2017.  She is a graduate of Cabrini University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.  Prior to joining our team, she worked at a local mortgage company for 12 years doing Mortgage Accounting. Nicole adds a wealth of knowledge in accounting and management.
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Janeen Drew, Administrative Assistant

Janeen started with the company in 2015 and transitioned to a full time role with Direct in January 2017. She is involved in many facets of the day to day workings of the company. Her energy, bright personality and excellent work ethic is a major asset to Direct and its clients.

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Molly Gavin, Marketing Coordinator

Molly has been the Marketing Coordinator for both Direct Mortgage Loan Company and Elfant Pontz Properties since 2015. She studied journalism at Temple University and design at Moore College of Art. She is also a licensed Real Estate Agent. Molly is responsible for our newsletter, website, listings, advertisements and more.