Five Star Reviews
60 years combined experience
Five Star Reviews
60 years combined experience
Olivia Edwards and Mary Murphy
BRE#00860519 & BRE#00675838
Olivia & Mary combined their extensive business knowledge and real estate experience to form Edwards & Murphy Real Estate in 2008 with a view to enriching and improving the client experience. Their focus is on delivering a seamless world-class selling and buying experience that allows clients to feel understood, supported and valued.
Olivia is a past president of the San Mateo County Association of Realtors (a 3,000 member organization) and a Certified John Maxwell coach. Mary is a certified Cartus relocation specialist, past President of the Burlingame Rotary Club, and a member of ProVisors an invitation-only community of high-caliber senior-level professionals - experienced Trusted Advisors who share the highest standards of integrity, performance, and accountability.
Robert E. Doyle
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
We're here to help you find the home of your dreams. With a team of experts guiding you every step of the way, our extensive knowledge and experience will ensure you have the best home buying experience possible.
We take the stress out of selling your home by providing a seamless experience from start to finish. Our team will put you in the best position to market your home and sell it for the highest possible price.
Olivia and Mary are awesome!! We live out of state and had to find a realtor quickly due to some unforeseen circumstances happening with my husband’s family home in California. We blindly call Caldwell Banker and we were directed to Mary. She and Olivia were exactly who we needed. Without even meeting us in person they jumped right into action to help first, save this home and then later help us sell it. They were so patient and never gave up on us. They treated us like friends and not just clients. They could have easily walked away because of the circumstances surrounding the sale of this house. They were very proactive and helped us through every step. These two will ‘go to bat’ for you and get the job done! I would recommend this team to anyone looking for the BEST help out there. Thank you Olivia and Mary!!!.
Olivia & Mary… by far the best agents we have ever worked with
“Professional. Patient. Detail-oriented. And they get things done. These are the words that come to mind in thinking of our experience working with Olivia and Mary. Their knowledge of Peninsula real estate and neighborhoods, market conditions, and their attention to detail helped us put together the winning bid in a very competitive market – we were one of eight offers. Olivia and Mary ensured we were comfortable with every step of the process, from creating the offer to securing the mortgage and signing the papers. We have bought and sold 4 homes so far and worked with many real estate agents. Mary and Olivia are first-class, first-rate realtors, by far the best we have ever worked with. We highly recommend them!”
We Got $200,000 More with Olivia & Mary
“We wanted to thank you for all the help you gave me and my husband. You both did a superb job. You made it happen… selling our home with good offers, more than $200,000 than our previous agent. Also, thank you for your patience and honesty. You both gave us a stress free process… we would recommend them to sell your home.”
“Olivia and Mary first helped my father through a difficult transaction when he moved to Belmont many years ago. That stuck with me, as you never know what to expect on the other side of a real estate transaction. So it was only natural to use them when we moved to San Carlos. With their services we purchased a house that I did not think existed. We can easily walk to town and still have a view when we get home. The transaction wen smooth and it was the only house we bid on. At the end of the day it was the local expertise that got us into the house we didn’t think possible.”
Off-Market Listing and Sale
“Olivia Edwards and Mary Murphy were a great team working to help me sell my home in Redwood City. They worked very carefully with me and listened to my needs. They helped me develop a plan and strategy for a sale that would result in a contract favorable to me. Ultimately, when I asked about the possibility of selling off market before all of the work has to be completed they were able to procure me a buyer that made an excellent offer and bought the house off-market saving me several months of labor and still paid me a very generous amount for the home. This whole approach saved me several months of work and resulted in a very low stress sale of my home. I would highly recommend Olivia and Mary for your real estate needs – they do a very thorough and professional job and truly earn their commission.”
My Rental Property Was a Mess….
“I could not be more happy with our decision to work with Olivia and Mary. Real Estate is a crowded field and hiring the right people to represent you in a sale is of paramount importance. Olivia and Mary were so professional and so easy to work with and very client-focused you would not think they had other clients!
This team worked very hard to find the right people to get our property ready to show; negotiation extends beyond just the sale price of the house. They managed everything when it came to hiring the right contractors, always keeping our budget in mind. I do not see how we would have been able to accomplish what they did in the same time frame. They constantly kept us posted as to the progress and if we had a concern about something it was address immediately. The brochure so impressed my mom that she couldn’t believe that was our house! I knew going into the process that our house would not be a slam-dunk sale but after only one weekend of open houses we had 10 offers and we got 18% over our asking price. When challenges were presented, they fought tooth and nail for us behind the scenes on our behalf and you want to have on your side. Someone who will go to bat for you regardless if you are selling a starter home or a mansion”.
First Time Buyers
“We moved into our new home yesterday and we're both feeling great. Thank you so much for all of your help in making things smooth and helping us jump onto the opportunity when it was available, and being supportive of us throughout. We received your review request on Zillow, and Dave and I are both fighting over who will get to write it; we both have a lot we want to say, and want to make sure our review encapsulates all that you've done for us. …We're both very happy. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
Homeowner Unsure About Selling
“Olivia and Mary really listened to the reasons my husband and I were considering selling and what we were trying to accomplish. They put our minds at ease and made us feel very confident in our choice to sell our home and use them as our brokers. Olivia and Mary did an amazing job getting the house ready for sale, particularly in regards to landscaping suggests and photography. Also the photographs and marketing materials were top notch. I believe these materials were key to generating the interest in our property. Finally, they did a great job of showing the house during open houses and in the end we got a great result. Olivia and Mary go above and beyond. They feel more like a friend than a broker. I would highly recommend them to anyone else looking to sell and/or buy a home!”
Relocating Buyer from Boston
“Relocating from Boston, we had a week to buy a house in a ridiculously crazy market and we could not have done it without Mary Murphy and Olivia Edwards. They gave us great advice and helped us through each step of the process. There were 18 offers on the house we wanted and thanks to Mary and Olivia we got the house! We had to fly back to Boston before we could close and they took care of everything that needed to be done. Now we just can't wait to move!”
“Olivia and Mary helped us make some difficult decisions about marketing and how to sell our property. They took extra care in closing our deal quickly and negotiated a better offer with the best outcome for us. Thank you Mary & Olivia!”
Seller and Buyer in San Mateo
“Words cannot even describe how grateful we are that Olivia and Mary came into our lives. We can honestly say that if we had not met them, we wouldn’t be in the home we love and are grateful for every day. We had just about given up hope of ever selling our condo in San Mateo and being able to fulfill our dream of buying a home on the Peninsula, when we like to think fate brought us to them.
The original meeting with Olivia and Mary set the tone for our entire selling and buying experience. They came to the meeting prepared, answered all of our questions and calmed our fears and concerns of the entire process. They literally handled everything for us, and we mean everything. There were times we just had to show up and they had taken care of all the details, paperwork and appointments. Their extensive network of professional contacts is amazing and allowed for everything to move smoothly and ahead of schedule. The process was so easy this time around we couldn’t believe it. After the first open house we had multiple offers!
What we loved about working with them they always made us feel like we were their only clients. We were always able to reach them and they would always get an answer quickly. This is extremely important as things move fast and buying/selling a home can easily become stressful with all the unknowns.
From the beginning of the entire process of selling and buying, we always felt we could trust them and that they had our best interests in mind above all else. Sometimes they would tell you things you didn’t necessarily want to hear, but it was the truth, and it was what was going to make the difference in you selling or finding your dream home. We like to call them our dream team, because that is what they are. They have made our dreams come true and throughout this whole process we are now proud to call them our good friends.”
“Olivia and Mary did a great job working in a very difficult market. They have an incredible grasp of the market and understand what it takes to get the house you want. They treated us like family. Even after the close they are helping us tie some loose ends from the seller. I would recommend them to both the buy and sell side any day of the week. ”Olivia and Mary were a pleasure to work with. They had incredible local knowledge and their network really helped us close on our house in this VERY competitive market. We would recommend Olivia and Mary to our friends and family.”
“Being brand new to the real estate scene, I haven't had much experience with realtors and was so fortunate to have found Mary my first time around. She is super professional-always punctual, very prompt in responses to emails, texts, calls, etc., knows the market inside and out, and is also very patient and understanding. Even though I was definitely not one of her high end clients, she still treated me always as an equal, making it a priority to show me the home that just went on the market this morning to try to write an offer first...on several occasions. Mary was always very warm and more like a friend who I've known my entire life and could fully trust. She is also extremely well networked and can quickly recommend someone for pretty much anything- whether it is a home mortgage broker, home inspector, contractor, etc. Thank you for all you've done for me. I will never want to work with another realtor!”
Seller Had Not Sold a Home in 20 Years
“Olivia Edwards and Mary Murphy were referred to me by my neighbor who had used them as his Realtor in the purchase of his home. From the moment I interviewed them I was very impressed by their professionalism and “Team Approach”. Having to sell my home of 24 years on the Peninsula was a particularly stressful decision for me, but during that first interview I knew and was assured that Olivia and Mary were the right Realtors for the sale of my house. They listened and answered
every one of my many questions and concerns with spot-on accuracy and compassionate advice. They outlined and explained the whole process start to finish so that by the time they left that first interview I had no doubts that they were going to get the job done better than I could imagine. And they did!. From the moment the house went on MLS to the offer acceptance and closing the whole experience for me was stress free. Their overall knowledge, experience and communication is second to none. I highly recommend Olivia and Mary.”
Seller – Half Moon Bay, CA.
Mike had built a new home with some partners, who found themselves in difficulties, and the property had to be sold as a short sale. Selling with multiple owners adds complications to any transaction, and working with a reluctant bank doesn’t help. We were able to successfully complete the sale and keep all the players informed through a long closing period.
“I would certainly say to any perspective sellers; if you are serious about selling your property in this current market, you must engage Olivia and Mary. They recently sold a home for me and prior to getting Olivia and Mary on board I was beginning to think it couldn’t or wouldn’t ever happen. As most of us know, the challenges today with selling a property, particularly at a decent price point, are significant. Olivia and Mary work tremendously hard, are coordinated in all their efforts and leave no detail unchecked. I would strongly encourage anyone that is sincerely interested in moving a property, to reach out to Olivia and Mary. They will represent you professionally and with a vigor that is unparalleled in my experience. Thanks again ladies for the wonderful job you did for me…”
First Time Buyers
“Olivia and Mary helped to make my first time home buying experience much smoother than I ever imagined. They took the time to explain to me the buying process and help me flush out the qualities that I felt were most important in my first home, which I didn’t fully grasp until my discussion with them. They identified several very promising properties that all met the requirements and helped to weigh in on the pros and cons of each property. Their opinion was a significant value-add to the process and influenced my final decision to purchase the property. Olivia and Mary were also very helpful throughout the due diligence process and would frequently contact the sell-side agent to make sure that the process was going along. We closed escrow without any issues and I was very glad to have them represent me as the buyer. I will definitely use them again when I look to upgrade in the futures!”
Executive Couple Wanted Burlingame
“Mary and Olivia are outstanding Realtors. They were referred to us and were a class act from start to finish. They really listened to us. They are tireless workers. They know the process back to front. They represented us as if they were one of the family – it felt like they were just as determined to get us the best possible house and deal as we were. We found our dream home, and closed our deal, in just 3 months. I could not recommend them more highly.”
Moving from San Francisco to Burlingame
“We decided to leave San Francisco to find a home in Burlingame. We were completely unfamiliar with the Peninsula real estate market, and were fortunate to be referred to Olivia & Mary. At our first meeting they patiently took the time to really understand our needs and desires. What happened after that bordered on unbelievable…within hours, they showed us a home that we fell in love with – the perfect home in a great neighborhood. Olivia & Mary fought and prevailed for us in a multiple offer scenario, and we were in escrow by the end of that same day. They proactively guided us through an accelerated escrow period, keeping us updated on an almost daily basis, with all the escrow functions coming off exactly as planned and communicated. They took the time to show us the neighborhood, and continue to check in to see how we are doing. We were thrilled with their efforts and cannot imagine a better team with whom to do business.”
Repeat Clients - Buyers and Sellers
“We weren't treated like clients. We were treated like neighbors. Service was quick and prompt, with frequent updates via e-mail or telephone to keep us in the loop. We found them almost by accident when buying in Burlingame. They were both so welcoming and made the first time homebuyer experience so much less scary than I imagined. They even recommended good restaurants down the street from our home -- and they were right! When it came time to sell we went back to them. Our place was priced accurately and offer negotiations were smooth and professional. Whenever Mary and Olivia showed our home they were conscientious about giving us enough time and choosing showing times that were easy to work with. Our house sold before it was even formally listed on the market for tens of thousands more than what we had bought it for only a year and a half earlier. One of our regrets about selling was Mary would no longer be right down the street from us.”
“To say the words ‘thank you’ seem to be so inadequate when I think about ALL your efforts on my behalf. You have both been so supportive of me, and my personal situation and have helped me through an extremely difficult time in my life. Now that my townhouse is sold, last night was the first night in two years that I was able to drift off to sleep without being consumed with worry about how I was going to jeep the roof over our heads where we live now. In my church, we believe that the Lord often blesses us through other people and both of you are a testament to me of the truthfulness of that fact. I will never be able to thank you enough for what you’ve done for me and for ALL your support through everything. May you both be richly blessed for being such wonderful human beings and for being so committed to meeting the needs of your clients, You’re both simply the BEST!”
"Mary and Olivia are great. As first time home buyers, they guided us through the process and gave us great advice. They were very friendly and not overly pushy; it never felt like they were giving us the ‘hard-sell.’ I was particularly impressed with how responsive Mary was, often calling to check in and giving us updates, and responding to our questions even late at night! Thanks to her we got a great deal on a house we love! I would definitely recommend them and use them again in the future.
Executive Buyers in a Hot Market
“Having been out of the real estate market for a few years and with limited understanding of the complexities of the Bay Area market in particular, we could not have been more fortunate to have found Mary and Olivia. They came highly recommended as established, respected professionals with intimate knowledge of the market, key connections and the kind of intuition rarely fund among real estate agents. We happened to enter the market during a peculiar and challenging time (low interest rates, low inventory, and lots of highly-qualified buyers, crazy over-bidding and multiple offer situations. Sellers withholding their listings to get the best offers and/or waiting for an influx of Facebook Millionaires, etc) and Mary and Olivia were with us every step of the way to make sure we maintained perspective, know all of our options, carefully considered every offer, were educated and strategic when it mattered most and generally felt well-taken of. And always with kindness, patience and compassion, making us feel like their most favorite and most important clients ever. You want that when you are about to write the biggest check of your life!”
The go on to write…. “Every time we considered making an offer, somehow Mary and Olivia knew how it was going to go and advised us on what to do to be competitive but smart (and admittedly, it took us a couple of rounds to really understand and appreciate their guidance and expertise). By the time we were really ready to do what we needed to do to get the home we really wanted, they moved fast to get the first available offer presentation, advised us on the offer and approach and it was accepted. We firmly believe that we got our dream house at a good price in an insanely competitive market because we chose Mary & Olivia. You just can’t go wrong with them! Also they work seamlessly together, always available, always positive and in a strong partnership that makes clients feel like they are getting two great pros for the price of one. And finally, they stay with their clients long after the deal is done, offering guidance on contractors, insurance, vendors, remodeling….everything that matters to homeowners who want to create and preserve value in their homes. Though we can’t ever imagine selling the wonderful house we just bought thanks to them, we know that we know that when the time comes, we will enlist Mary & Olivia to help us with the sale. They really are a couple of real estate gems!
Should We Buy or Should We Rent?
"The hardest question for my fiancé and I was, should we buy or should we rent. We told our good friend, who is a realtor, that we were considering buying down on the Peninsula (Bay Area) and she immediately recommended we speak with Olivia and Mary. They met with us to discuss our current living situation and opportunities within the housing market. We immediately gained trust with Olivia and Mary when they asked us, "are you sure you are ready to buy". They consulted us on many issues and concerns we had surrounding buying, how long we needed to commit to our purchase, what we can afford and where we should look to buy. Their introduction to the real estate industry and knowledge of the San Mateo County Market is unprecedented. They are well connected in the real-estate industry; recommending some of the best people in finance, mortgages, taxes, contractors, and insurance for us to meet with. As a first time buyer, the process of finding our first home was easy, thanks to the two of them. We started off not sure if buying a house was our best investment, fearful it would take months to find a place we valued. However, after six weeks we found a place to call home which not only met our budget but provided everything we wanted. We are for the first time happy and proud home owners thanks to Olivia and Mary."
Short Sale Seller
“Olivia and Mary, thank you for the outstanding job you did in getting me through the short sale process. It was difficult process for me. You were professional and friendly and helpful. You stayed on top of the paperwork monster with Wachovia and Wells Fargo. Everyone was happy in the end! I highly recommend you; you are a great team."
Retired Realtor Selling Her Mom’s Home
“Thank you for the great job you did selling Mom's home. As you know both of us were in the real estate business and we can especially appreciate your efforts. Your suggestions regarding staging the property, upgrading and doing repairs along with your excellent marketing strategy obviously produced superior results. Your market knowledge and handling of al the details were especially appreciated since we live out of the area. In the end the house sold in one week at 99% of the asking price!! Thank you for an outstanding job and we would be happy to speak to any of your prospective clients. Our best to both of you."
Expired Short Sale Seller
"My home had been listed with another agent for about four months and was not selling, and then I was referred to Olivia Edwards and Mary Murphy. I met with them and immediately felt that I was in professional and caring hands. During a difficult and long short sale process they kept me informed - I always knew what was happening. They gave me good advice during the listing period and brought in four offers. They continued to work with my bank until one of the offers was accepted. Their expertise and tenacity was commendable and I would recommend them highly."
Buyer with Specific Purchase Price
"Mary and Olivia did an excellent job. My requirements were no small task, and they were committed to helping me from day one. Their commitment and professionalism are exceptional and their communication and follow-through always timely. Their expertise in negotiations really linched the deal for me. I now have a home I always dreamed of. I am pleased to recommend them to anyone."
Representing Seller and Buyer
"It was a pleasure to work with you two. You were friendly, positive, and calm throughout the process. Your breadth of marketing was impressive, I feel like you covered all the right bases. Great job responding to questions via phone calls & emails quickly. Since you work as a team, we felt one of you was always available. Your pricing advice on our house was spot on, and you provided good data on comparable properties in the area...the offers that came showed your advice was in-line."
Buyer with Special Needs
Maureen is confined to a wheelchair and had very special needs. She needed a ground floor condominium with wheelchair access.
"Mary and Olivia are wonderful!" ~
Sellers Moving Out of Area
"The number of For Sale signs in Hillsborough is growing. We wanted a Realtor who would sell our home not just put up a sign. We know many Realtors but listed with Olivia and Mary after meeting with them and reviewing their marketing plan. We had an offer on our Hillsborough home in 6 days. As hard-to-please business owners who don't impress easily, we highly recommend Olivia and Mary."
“Dear Mary and Olivia: Now that my house has closed escrow and I have FREE rent-back pending the close on my condo purchase, I wanted to tell you how much I admire and appreciate your handling of the sale and of a difficult client, me. Although I have been a real estate broker for many years, I turned to you for help knowing your marketing and contract skills would overcome my reluctance to face reality and my need to move after 28 years. The way you de-cluttered and staged my home, despite my inappropriate protests, was nothing short of a miracle. I even loved the way you changed the look of all rooms, opening up closed spaces and using my art work to its best advantage. Moving furniture and decorating with plants and buyer-friendly touches was over and above what I expected and definitely needed. You are both whizzes at your profession ….and your patience and dedication to detail helped me through a most draining and difficult decision. Should you ever need a recommendation or referrals, your clients may call on me personally.”
Short Sale Seller San Mateo
“I would like to recommend Mary Murphy and Olivia Edwards. Recently my wife and I found ourselves in the unchartered waters of a short sale and needed professional help fast. Mary and Olivia provided their expertise and handled all aspects of our sale. They made a difficult time a little more bearable, providing help and support thorough this difficult time. They are compassionate, professional and trustworthy. We highly recommend their services.”
Expired Listing - Project Management Services
Tori and Wes were excited about the new townhome they had put an offer on, subject to the sale of their existing home…but their home had been on the market for 6 months without selling. When we told them we could sell their home they were very skeptical. As soon as we entered the home we knew why it hadn’t sold…the house showed very badly.
"August 27th....."Tori and I are grateful were so grateful for their commitment and tenacity and for going above and beyond the call of duty. As the improvements in our home continued we gained more confidence as I knew that I was working with professionals. By September 15th Olivia and Mary had exhibited professionalism at its highest. Tori and I can see that much effort was placed in paying attention to detail. After five weeks of successfully managing the home transformation, we enter into the second phase where truly “the rubber meets the road. Sunday’s “open house” was a great start and our confidence in our agents continues to grow. Our home sold in 9 days at full price. We want to express our gratitude for transforming our home from mediocrity to excellence. Olivia and Mary’s vision of creating a favorable first impression seemed the logical thing to do. After being convinced they presented us with a plan that would achieve this objective. At first, I admit to being skeptical wanting to get the “best bang for the buck”. As we has lived through the process, it turns out their concepts were 100% accurate. To us, their management of the project and achievement of the desired effect at a very competitive budget differentiates them from other agents. The shopping, bidding and “going to bat for us” in obtaining extras was priceless. We want to thank them for their efforts, it is much appreciated."
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