About Sterling | Senior Management



Jay Freebery – Co-Founder & Broker of Record

Jay Freebery is President and Co-Founder of Sterling Real Estate. Mr. Freebery has over 12 years experience in underwriting, acquiring, repositioning, managing, refinancing, and exiting single-family housing assets. Prior to co-founding Sterling, Mr. Freebery served as the Director of Asset Management for Brandywine Realty Management. In this capacity, Mr. Freebery was responsible for managing all leasing and capital improvements on Brandywine’s 300+ single-family housing portfolio.

Prior to joining Brandywine Realty Management, Mr. Freebery was a manager in the Land Use and Code Enforcement departments of New Castle County. In this capacity, Mr. Freebery had responsibility for a team of building inspectors and oversaw the approval of over $ 1 billion, and the construction of over $250 million of real estate projects.

Mr. Freebery is also a Principal at Chatham Bay Group and Co-Founder and President of Chatham Bay Construction Services, a full service construction management company headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware.

Additionally, Mr. Freebery is a Director and Vice President of the Chatham Bay Foundation, a public non-profit organization created to promote conservation of the marine environment. The foundation funds and manages a program in conjunction with the Department of the Army and the Walter Reed Army Hospital to teach scuba diving to wounded soldiers returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of their therapy and rehabilitation.

Mr. Freebery earned his bachelor of science from the University of Tampa and his M.B.A. from Wilmington University. He is a licensed real estate broker in the state of Delaware and a member of the Urban Land Institute.

Patrick Duffy – Co-Founder & CEO

Patrick Duffy is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sterling Real Estate. Mr. Duffy has over 12 years experience in underwriting, acquiring, repositioning, managing, refinancing, and exiting single-family housing assets.

Additionally, Mr. Duffy is the founding principle of Chatham Bay Group, a full service real estate investment, development, and management company headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware. Mr. Duffy is also Co-Founder and Chairman of the Chatham Bay Foundation, a public non-profit organization created to promote conservation of the marine environment. The foundation funds and manages a program in conjunction with the Department of the Army and the Walter Reed Army Hospital to teach scuba diving to wounded soldiers returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of their therapy and rehabilitation.

Prior to founding Chatham Bay and Sterling, Mr. Duffy worked in the development department at Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), a NYSE-listed equity REIT in Philadelphia. In that capacity, Mr. Duffy was responsible for market and site selection, sourcing ground-up development projects, and managing all aspects of the retail development process from market acquisition to turnover. While at PREIT, Mr. Duffy worked on over $2.7 billion of real estate transactions, including the $2.1 billion retail portfolio acquisition of Crown America Realty Trust, a $500 million disposition of multifamily and industrial assets, and the entitlement and ground-up development of several hybrid shopping centers.

Mr. Duffy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Delaware and has completed post graduate course work and the Finance and Accounting certificate program at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Duffy is a full member of the Urban Land Institute.