About Mary

Mary and Joe Merkert have lived in Menlo Park for over 35 years and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their profession as realtors. Their work is built on a foundation of strong ties to the Menlo Park community, great understanding of the neighborhoods that make up the town and a broad network of personal and professional relationships throughout the area.

Prior to her career as a realtor, Mary was involved in the local school communities as both a parent and an educator. Having raised three children in Menlo Park schools, she is well-acquainted with the pursuit of academic excellence so important to families moving to this area. Mary also spent many years working as a teacher and educational administrator at St. Raymond School in Menlo Park and St. Nicholas School in Los Altos Hills. Her desire to help families find the right school for their children inspired her interest in a real estate career.

Joe was born and educated in New York. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Manhattan College in New York City and a Master’s degree in chemistry from Penn State University. He began his business career at Celanese Plastics Corporation, then moved to Raychem Corporation and was transferred to their home office in the Bay area. He and Mary settled in Menlo Park, where they’ve lived ever since, working, raising their family and investing in properties on the side. Following Joe’s successful 32-year stint as a sales and marketing executive with Raychem, he shifted his attention to a full time career in real estate. Since then, he’s enjoyed great success as one of Menlo Park’s top performing agents.

The couple’s knowledge of the local real estate market, wide ranging relationships and strong negotiating skills prepare them to provide exceptional service to their clients. They firmly believe that choosing the right home for one’s family is among the most important of life’s decisions, and they are committed to providing professional, thorough and advanced service to facilitate their clients’ home ownership. They are dedicated to fulfilling their customers’ needs in the most personalized and attentive way possible.

Mary and Joe belong to a distinguished group of real estate professionals affiliated with Compass Real Estate, a sophisticated and technologically advanced marketing firm specializing in distinctive properties and estates. Supported by the abundant resources that Compass Real Estate has to offer, Mary and Joe welcome the opportunity to assist you with any of your real estate needs.
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Client Testimonials


Thank you so much for all that you have done for us in our house-buying journey. We could not have done it without your guidance and support. We certainly would have ended up outside the peninsula and in miserable commutes, can cannot thank you enough for helping us avoid that! I think we are still in shock to be homeowners! Looking forward to getting settled and seeing what the next year brings. - CHARLIE AND NOELLE.

Thank you for the multitude of ways you guided us through unknown territory. Your guidance was essential and you never failed me. You have a new member of your fan club and I will always remain there. I feel blessed by your friendship. Thank you. - MARILYN.

It is hard to find the right words to express the feeling in our grateful hearts. I can only imagine the countless hours spent showing property, writing offers, calming nerves, and working so hard. You are just the best! Thank you for all that you did to make this miracle happen. - MUFFY AND DOUG.

Thank you for taking such good extra special care of our family. We can't wait to make it the family home for the girls to grow up in. A dream is near to coming true. Thank you. - NANCY.

What can we say? Wow! It's amazing all that you have accomplished for us in such a short time. Thank you for all your efforts in making our dreams come true. We appreciate how you go out of your way to take such good care of us. - NICOLE AND KYLE.