About The McDonald Group
About the McDonald Group:
The McDonald Group is a skilled and experienced team of professional Realtors who have expertise in the residential and commercial real estate markets of Philadelphia and its surrounding Delaware Valley suburbs throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. They are experts in new construction, renovation, and investment properties. They have settled over $50 million in transactions since 2015 and are a constant top-producing team in the region.
As Buyer Representatives, they serve first-time home buyers, seasoned portfolio managers, and buyers at every level in between. As Seller’s Agents, they do more than list, they sell. “Call Johnny, start packing!” is what many clients say.
It is The McDonald Group’s mission to impart their experience and expertise into each transaction, and to exceed clients’ expectations with insight, service, and communication that gain the trust and respect required for a lifetime of business together.
Johnny McDonald: Owner / Team Leader / Realtor
Johnny McDonald, owner and lead realtor, is a seasoned real estate professional in multiple disciplines; as a partner in Onion Flats (Developer), Plumbob (Architect), and JIG (General Contractor) he has honed an expertise in real estate finance, marketing, sales, leasing, design, and construction management. Additionally, Johnny is a licensed Realtor® since 2004, a Certified Eco-Broker, and Appointee to PAR’s Presidential Advisory Committee on Climate Change.
The Philadelphia Business Journal honored McDonald by bestowing him with their “40 Under 40 Award” and Philadelphia Magazine named Johnny as a person to watch by including him on the city’s list of “76 fascinating people whose moves, ideas, innovations and boldness will shape – and change – our lives over the next decade.”
In his personal life, Johnny is the President of the John D. McDonald Memorial Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization founded in the name of his father, which has raised over $300,000 for community youth organizations since 2001. Johnny is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Sustainable Business Network, and National Association of Realtors. He lives in Merion Station with his wife, two kids, and rescue pup, “Riley-Dog.” Johnny enjoys travel, food, surfing, snowboarding, ice hockey, and volunteering with his children’s activities.
Jennifer Hammel: Chief Operations Officer
As the Chief Operations Officer of The McDonald Group at Weichert, Jennifer Hammel is responsible for daily operations, business management and is an integral part of the strategic planning for the Team. With nearly 15 years in the real estate industry, as well as a degree in Business Management with a concentration in Finance, Jennifer brings both experience and targeted expertise. Jennifer is a Philadelphia native, currently living in Northeast Philadelphia with her husband, children and three dogs.
Hilary Lefkowitz-Karaman: Realtor
Hilary Lefkowitz-Karaman is Philadelphia native. Her real estate career has been based on her expertise of the City’s many diverse neighborhoods. Her background in finance and economics is a valuable tool for her clients to employ as they make decisions around large investments. Hilary is equally sophisticated in representing sellers and their listings, as well as buyers and investors. Her enthusiasm and determination for real estate drives her business and allows her to aid others with a sustainable real estate investment plan. Hilary is a world traveler and brings all this experience back to her Philadelphia real estate clients.
Edward Ellenberg: Realtor
Edward Ellenberg was born just outside of the City in a town called Cheltenham, which is where he graduated from Cheltenham High School. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Business Administration from Temple University while working full time in the Hospitality industry at the prestigious Ritz Carlton. Edward has a servant’s heart, in that he has the ability to read people’s needs, no matter how small. This gives him an edge over the average Realtor in terms of service, attention to detail, and what to provide next. His personal goal is to have every one of his Clients feel that all their questions were answered, expectations are met, and that they have him as a resource as they move forward beyond their purchase.
Nick DeLuca: Realtor
Real Estate has been an integral part of his life since the day he was born. Growing up in a family of builders, Nick always knew he would find himself involved in the Real Estate world. His father and grandfather laid the foundation for his growing love and interest in the business. After graduating from Villanova University, Nick knew Philadelphia was where he wanted to live and begin his career. He quickly took on a role as a Loan Officer for a large Residential Mortgage Bank. He was soon promoted into a senior position and quickly became a top producing Loan Officer. From this position, it was only natural for him to shift into Residential Real Estate Sales. His extensive background in finance has proven to be an important part in facilitating deals and making sure every one of his clients is in the best position financially when buying a home.
Outside of Real Estate he enjoys doing anything competitive and is a huge fan of the Philadelphia 76ers and Eagles. In his spare time, Nick enjoys golfing, setting up Eagles Tailgates and trying every new restaurant in Fishtown, where he resides. He attributes his caring but determined work ethic to growing up as the oldest of 5 boys. Growing up in a large family has taught him that there are multiple perspectives to every situation. Nick strongly believes in the fact that buying a home is a person’s largest investment and there are many steps to doing it right. He is certain that not only will he help you buy or sell your house, but you will enjoy the process along the way!
Bonnie Jochim: Realtor
Bogumila “Bonnie” Jochim is a 25-year resident of Philadelphia with strong ties to the Port Richmond community. She is fluent in the Polish language and has been involved in the Polish community for many years. She is a small business owner involved in the Real Estate investing business for the past 7 years and that’s what sets her apart from the crowd...she knows a good deal when she sees it!! Bonnie is the proud mom of a 4 year-old boy, therefore she has the patience and determination to help you close the deal and get you into your dream home.
Carl Caldas: Realtor
Carl's multi-faceted experiences in sales and living in Philly for 16 years lends great perspective on the growth of Philadelphia. Whether it's the multi-family investor or first time buyer or seller, Carl has managed every endeavor aggressively while radiating a calm coolness that is refreshing in the vigor of the real estate world. With a great knowledge of Philadelphia's neighborhoods and identities, Carl is most dedicated to finding the perfect fit for his diverse array of clients. You can find him swimming, biking, and gallivanting with his dog Ruby.
Daniel Baer: Realtor
Daniel is a driven and passionate real estate professional who made his way into real estate from a customer service background. Daniel has called Philadelphia his home for over 3 decades, and is well versed in the outlying neighborhoods of the Great Northeast as well as the City’s surrounding counties. It is Daniel’s passion for customer service that makes him stand out amongst the real estate professionals of the Tri-State area. He is driven by the simple fact that home-ownership could be the most important purchase of anyone’s life, and he is a firm believer that his role is to expertly guide his Clients through the process of buying, selling, or renting property. Daniel strives to make sure his Clients’ needs are met and that their investment makes financial sense as well. If you’re in the market for the right Agent, look no further.