About Mary Pope-Handy

Mary Pope-Handy, Realtor, blogger, Silicon Valley nativeIt is very wise to be careful when hiring a Realtor to counsel, represent and guide you in buying or selling Silicon Valley real estate.  Most of my clients are highly sophisticated, and those who find me from one of my websites or blogs usually do a little reading up on me before ever contacting me. So to make that easier, I’ll provide here a mini-summary plus some pages where you can learn about me, how I work, my background, qualifications, testimonials etc.

The Quick Story on Mary Pope-Handy

I’m a top producing Realtor, licensed & full time since 1993, working all over Santa Clara County (and occasionally in nearby counties), specializing in the “West Valley” communities of Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, Cambrian Park, Almaden Valley and Campbell.  I sell all types of residential real estate – everything from small condos to large estates. (I do not do rentals, mobile homes, or raw land.)

I’m a real estate education junkie with a lot of designations. I’ve won a lot of awards for production as well as service.  I’m committed to being on top of the market, to doing a great job for my clients and to making them happy with my work on their behalf.  I’m a top blogger & nationally recognized for my blogs and websites. I occasionally teach or do public speaking on real estate related topics and have done so within various brokerages, at real estate board meetings and even at national conventions.

Relocation clients make up a significant portion of my business. These aren’t referrals from a relocation company, but rather people who find me via my websites and blogs and hire me to assist them in moving to Silicon Valley.  I have great tools for working long distance with people, whether coming or going.  It is really enjoyable for me to work with people coming in from other countries.  I lived abroad my junior year of college so am very empathetic!  (I lived in Florence, Italy.  I do speak some Italian and am almost conversant with a little practice.)

I have Realtor friends all over the country, many of whom are also bloggers, and if you need a great Realtor anywhere in the US I can usually help you to locate one.

My office is in downtown Los Gatos and I live in the Belwood of Los Gatos neighbhorhood, which is on the border of San Jose’s districts of Almaden Valley and Cambrian Park.  Most of my work is centered in these three areas, but I focus on all of the “west valley” communities in Santa Clara County and do work all of Silicon Valley.


I’m married with two great kids (both grown). Jim, my better half, loves to cook, and I am probably the most spoiled woman in California, probably anywhere. Happily, both of our kids are in CA.

I was born in San Jose and raised in Santa Clara and Saratoga, and am grateful to have stayed in touch with many old friends, including some I’ve known since the 3rd grade. My mom was a Realtor for 40 years and my dad was an attorney in private practice.

Like most Realtors, I had a career before real estate. My background is in theology (BA in Religious Studies from Gonzaga University in Spokane, and MA in systematic theology from the Jesuit School of Theology (now connected to Santa Clara University) in Berkeley, in conjunction with the Graduate Theological Union. I taught secondary religious education and did volunteer work as a hospital chaplain and in working with grieving children.

In my free time I enjoy travelling, taking walks in our neighborhood, spending time with family & friends, reading, watching Law & Order or a few other favorite shows, making jewelry for family & friends, writing, taking photos, cheering on the Patriots (family connection) and collecting ghost stories.  I have a blog, just for fun on Haunted Real Estate. But 99% of the time, when I write, it’s about real estate. All together, I have over 2,000 real estate articles across my realty blogs.

More Info on Mary Pope-Handy: Some Links

Online Resume and background on my PopeHandy.com website
Realtor.com profile & video of me, some reviews posted also
Reviews on Zillow

Mary Pope-Handy’s most popular articles

As of December 2019, here are some of the most popular articles on this site, penned by Mary Pope-Handy:

What does it mean to be “out of contract” in a home sale? 

Cambrian Park: Good Schools, Low Crime, Close to Los Gatos and Campbell

The Evergreen area of San Jose – Real Estate in Silicon Valley, the Valley of Heart’s Delight

What Is Cellulose Debris (in a pest or termite report)?

Sunnyvale real estate market trends & statistics

What is the difference between a duplex and a duet home

Expired, Canceled, Withdrawn Listings – what happens if you take your home off the market?

What is implied agency in real estate

Cupertino Real Estate Market Trends and Statistics

The Santa Teresa area within the City of San Jose

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Mary Pope-Handy
Sereno Group Real Estate
214 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95030
408 204-7673
Mary (at) PopeHandy.com
License# 01153805

Selling homes in
Silicon Valley:
Santa Clara County,
San Mateo County, and
Santa Cruz County.
Special focus on:
San Jose, Los Gatos,
Saratoga, Campbell,
Almaden Valley,
Cambrian Park.
Mary’s other resources
Silicon Valley real estate report
Real estate statistics and trends for Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, and Santa Cruz County

Live in Los Gatos blog
Los Gatos neighborhoods, history, businessses, parks, restaurant reviews, and more

Valley Of Heart's Delight
Santa Clara County Real Estate,
with an interest in history

Silicon Valley relocation info

Silicon Valley real estate,
focus on home selling