Our People

We have a small, dedicated and professional staff. Josie Mason McLane ,  Michele Hensler

Melanie Jackson McLane Melanie is a graduate of Kenyon College, with a degree in English Literature. She’s been in the real estate business all of her adult life, and in addition to being a licensed broker, she is also a Certified Residential Appraiser and a Broker-Appraiser. Her adjunct career is writing real estate books and courses, and teaching real estate, all over the United States. She has the following REALTOR® designations: ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative); CDEI (Certified Distance Education Instructor); CRB (Certified Residential Brokerage Manager); CRS (Certified Residential Specialist); ePro (Electronic Real Estate Professional); Green (REALTOR who specializes in Green (energy efficient) properties; GRI (Graduate, REALTORS® Institute); PSA (Pricing Strategy Advisor); RAA (Residential Accredited Appraiser); RSPS (Resorts and Second Property Specialist); SRS (Seller’s Representative Specialist); SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist). Melanie actively lists and sells, and gets great enjoyment from helping people buy and sell.

 Our Company

Jackson Real Estate was founded by Evelyn M. Jackson in 1964. Melanie Jackson McLane remembers, as a child, helping her mom take pictures, put up signs, and as she got old enough, answer the phone and type appraisals for her Mom. Originally located in the family home, first at 348 Washington Ave., and later at 350 Washington Ave., the office was moved to downtown Jersey Shore in the late 1960’s. The original building where our office was located, on South Main St., burned in 1971, so we moved around the corner to Allegheny St. After the 1972 flood, redevelopment took the building where the office was (Santino’s Restaurant is on that site today). In 1975, 225 N. Main St., near the Moose Club was purchased, and the office was there for about 10 years. In 1984, the building at 226-232 Allegheny St., between Santander Bank and the Jersey Shore Post Office was purchased, and the office has been there ever since. Our founder died in 2001, but the business has continued under the ownership of Melanie Jackson McLane and the late Jim McLane. When Josie Mason McLane joined the company three years ago, it was the third generation of our family in the business. Jackson Real Estate is the oldest real estate company in Jersey Shore, and we feel we owe our success to our ethical standards and high level of service we offer to our customers and clients.


Josie Mason McLane graduated from Jersey Shore Area High School in 2006. She graduated Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in Management and a minor in Accounting; she also took many art classes while there – a true ‘both sides of the brain’ person!. Many of our customers know Josie from the Venture Inn, a business her family owns, and she manages.  She is married to Clark McLane, and the mother of two young sons, Cayson and Callen. She enjoys kayaking, biking, hiking, road trips, and spending time with her family. Josie loves helping people find and sell their homes, whether it is their first home or their forever home.

Michele Hensler attended Pennsylvania College of Technology for 2 years  2009-2010  and graduated Penns Grove high school in 2001, located in South Jersey, where she was born and raised. Michele moved to our area from Williamsburg, Virginia when she married her husband, Dave Hensler. Her hobbies are: painting, working out, writing and shooting skeet. Michele is the mother of two young children, Bella and Jackson—a fun fact is that when Dave and Michele were expecting Jackson, they drove by our office, saw the sign, and decided to name him Jackson! So, we think it is fate that she came here to work. She is currently President of the Salladasburg Elementary School PTO.

 Our Mission Statement

The mission of Jackson Real Estate is to provide the highest level of professional real estate services to our customers and clients. We will do so by always adhering to the REALTOR® Code of Ethics; by remaining informed REALTORS® in all aspects of real estate, and by constantly endeavoring to learn more about our industry. Our company goal is to be a profitable company where every person can attain personal and professional success