After finding early success with two competitors, Jay was recruited by RE/MAX Select Realty in 2017 and is happy to serve a wide variety of clients. He has worked with all kinds of real estate from $1 million luxury homes to abandoned foreclosures, from bare land to condominiums, and from mid 19th century homes to new construction.
Member: National Association of Realtors®
Member: Pennsylvania Association of Realtors®
Member: Realtors® Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh
Member: Real Estate Buyers Agent Council
Certified Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA®) by National Association of Realtors
Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE®) by the Real Estate Negotiations Institute
Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR®) by the National Association of Realtors
Certificate in Contract Law from HarvardX, Harvard Law School's Online Curriculum
Certificate in Advanced Real Estate Law, Realtors® Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh
Hearing Officer for Allegheny County Board of Property Assessment Appeals and Review
Guest Educator for NeighborWorks of Western PA
Zillow® Five-Star Agent
"Jay exemplifies everything you want in a Realtor. He is knowledgeable, responsive, shrewd, and above all else trustworthy and honest. He never pressured us to make an offer or buy a particular house, and was willing to offer meaningful feedback regarding market values. A true real estate professional that I would recommend to anyone!"
/ Aaron B. - Northside /
Jay Villella grew up in Erie Pennsylvania and decided to make Pittsburgh home when his wife Elise was selected as a PhD candidate in Math at the University of Pittsburgh in 2013. Jay holds degrees from the University of Rochester and Yale University. He was working as an adjunct professor of music when he was recruited into the real estate business in 2014.
Jay continues to perform a wide variety of music. He believes his training and experience in classical music has given him an advantage as a Realtor in the sense that he is a careful listener who is always searching for a harmonious outcome in every negotiation.
When not working, Jay enjoys playing basketball, lifting, and swimming at the JCC in Squirrel Hill. Jay is also a volunteer GED tutor for the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. He and his wife Elise enjoy spending time with family and friends and are continuously repairing and renovating their 85 year old home on the east side of Pittsburgh.