Mary Genovese Colvin, founding partner of On The Square Real Estate, began her career in Residential Real Estate 42 years ago. Selling “River to River” in Center City Philadelphia she has been involved in over 600 million in sales just over the past 13 years. She leverages her personal connections, decades of experience, cutting-edge technologies, and intensive market knowledge in pursuit of unparalleled client-focused service. Mary approaches each transaction with the utmost care.
“My clients hire me to do my best and nothing is more important than customer service.” Real Estate Transactions are among the biggest investments people make in a lifetime. “I feel there is no time for amateurs and certainly no time to cut corners. I know just how important my role is to buyers/sellers. “Mary believes “giving is better than receiving” and because of this she has been board active with many charities and involved in the arts over the years. She is a member of the Union League of Philadelphia.
Mary was outstanding during the entire process. She knows and understands the local real estate market and is well networked. She was also very knowledgeable of and proficient in navigating the paperwork associated with the transaction. Finally, she was very prompt and responsive to all requests. We would highly recommend her services to others seeking real estate in the Rittenhouse neighborhood.
Our experience with Mary and Margaux was excellent from the first phone call right through the settlement meeting. We were looking for an agent that was professional and savvy, and one that we could trust. We wanted an agent that would provide an honest, fact-based, and realistic recommendation on pricing our home - not an artificially high price to entice us that would do more harm than good to the marketability of our home, but a price that would maximize our return. On-line reviews led us to Mary and Margaux and we're glad we found them. They make a powerful team - knowing how to combine their unique skills in an efficient and complementary way. They are honest and professional - they earned our trust quickly. They are experienced - which means they are confident and composed at the critical times in the selling process. They were open to listening to our ideas on the key selling points of our property and to our desired level of communication. They have a very strong team, with a special call-out to Scott. After seeing Scott conduct an open house for us, it was clear he is also a top-notch agent. Overall, a very solid experience leading to a successful result. We would highly recommend you consider the selling team of Mary and Margaux
I have used Mary G. for all of my real estate transactions over the past 25 years. She has always guided me with great integrity, creativity and effectiveness.
I think Mary knows every residence in Center City. Her knowledge is unsurpassed. Whether as a buyer or a seller, with Mary as our agent, I always know she will be professional, competent, honest and fun to work with. I have worked with Mary on eight deals, and all were handled professionally. I can recommend her highly and with enthusiasm.
Margaux has been a dedicated real estate agent since 2005. She works alongside her Mother and partner, Mary Genovese Colvin. She was born and raised in the Rittenhouse Square section of Center City so she knows the value of city living and is an area expert. Professional and friendly, Margaux’s approach helps clients feel comfortable about a potentially stressful process. She loves the moment when she gets to experience her satisfied clients’ delight in their transactions. Her diligence and knowledge will help you to make the right decision and show you why Philadelphia real estate is the best investment.
Margaux was delightful to work with and extremely competent. She knows the market inside and out and was very creative with marketing and selling our home during a challenging time in the market. Unlike some prior experiences, I always looked forward to speaking with Margaux and I feel as though I made a friend in the process. Highly recommend!
Margaux went above and beyond in every way possible to find us a perfect home. She never rushed us or pushed us if she didn't think it was the right house for us. She made herself available for countless showings (I literally lost count!). When we found houses that we were interested in pursuing, she was assertive with the other agents and kept us informed every step of the way. Most importantly, Margaux did what you wish every doctor, hairdresser, teacher, and staff member at the Apple store would do - she LISTENED. She took the time to thoroughly understand our frustrations, concerns, and challenges in finding a house. If there was a showing that didn't cover everything on our "must-have" list, she made sure to tell us in advance so we could opt out if we wanted to. She came to understand our needs better than we did. In the end, Margaux's resourcefulness is what got us there. She's scrappy! She found us a house that we would have never been able to find on our own. And then she and her well-equipped team did a phenomenal job selling our house - in three days! We are forever grateful to Margaux for the hard work and care that she put into finding us the perfect home.
Our experience working with Margaux was fantastic. Everything about it made things go so smoothly. She was extremely patient and knowledgeable. Margaux knows this city better than anyone! She was available no matter what time of day and educated us tremendously on the process of selling our home. We felt completely comfortable deferring to Margaux when it came to making decisions or signing documents. She is certainly trustworthy. Her friendly and pleasant demeanor also makes it a pleasure to work with Margaux. Highly recommend!
Margaux was a dream. She helped us sell 5 different properties in three different neighborhoods over one summer. Her eye for pricing, marketing, helping us get the best price that would close on time all made the impossible seem like just another workday.
Nancy Novelli Serpentine is a dual-licensed real estate agent in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, specializing in the Philadelphia and Jersey shore markets. Raised in Philadelphia, Nancy is well versed with the history of the city and all its incredible growth and expansion.
Nancy Spent 10 years in corporate America where she gained invaluable communication and negotiation skills which make her a leader in the real estate industry. Prior to that, she studied Psychology at Franklin and Marshall College and became real estate savvy by learning from her mother, Linda Novelli, and extended family members who have all built extraordinary real estate careers all over the country. Nancy is recognized by her client’s for her energy, hard work, and personal touch to every transaction.
Nancy was always available for questions and guided us through the whole home buying experience and even afterward. Would highly recommend this professional.
Nancy is super helpful for our recent property purchase. She was able to get us last minute showings in the competitive housing market, patiently walked us through all unclear documents, helped us go through sellers/HOA files to pre-scan for any potential pitfalls, helped us find the resources we need along the way. Really fortunate to have her as our agent and will strongly recommend to people who need help.
Went out of her way to help us get into our house. Cared about the details, which was important to us. Drove us around on our home buying day. Overall wonderful person.
We were absolutely blessed to have found Nancy as our realtor. Even during this insane market that we are currently experiencing, Nancy managed to win us our dream home in a multiple-offer bidding war! Nancy was extremely responsive, knowledgeable, honest, and caring. We truly felt like we were her number one priority during the entire house hunting journey. Having specific expectations of what we were looking for made it challenging, but Nancy continued to send us house after house to make sure we found exactly what we were looking for. If it was not for her, we would not have the home we do today. We are forever grateful for Nancy and know who to call if we ever need to buy again in the future!
Kay’s enthusiasm combined with an unparalleled knowledge of Philadelphia are a boon to buyers and sellers. With prior experience working for a local luxury real estate developer and for the City of Philadelphia’s marketing agency Kay is an excellent resource for residential home buyers and sellers. Her intimate knowledge of the local market, her professionalism and her attention to detail help her clients feel comfortable and well-informed throughout their transaction
With an extensive understanding of each neighborhood in Center City, Kay enjoys assisting clients in selecting the perfect home for their lifestyle. Whether she’s guiding out-of-towners to their perfect enclave or collaborating with sellers to make their property stand out in a crowd, clients rave about her resourcefulness, responsiveness and determination. Kay understands that real estate is a deeply personal process, so she’s devoted to giving every client her undivided attention and care.
I cannot say enough amazing things about Kay! As first-time homebuyers, Kay took the time to walk me and my partner through each step of the process in an organized and digestible way. She was always happy to answer our many many questions and never made us feel like a burden. Kay took the time to truly listen to what we were looking for and did a fantastic job tailoring our options to find exactly what we wanted. Viewing homes with Kay was such a FUN experience. She has a great eye and really helped us to envision how we could make each house our own. Kay has such vast knowledge in all things homes, from buying/selling to renovating, and was quick to provide us with recommendations outside of her role as our realtor. We could not have found our perfect home without Kay and cannot recommend her enough! She will treat you like family!
Kay is an outstanding agent. From the very start of the process, she made everything easy. She offered excellent advice, answered every question we had (even at odd times of the day) and helped us make informed decisions. It was clear that she had only our best interest in mind and was patient with us. On top of it all, she's a very nice and fun person who manages to make a the very stressful process enjoyable. We highly recommend Kay.
We recently sold our Passyunk Square property and couldn't be happier. Kay Pellegrini (McGrath) knows the Philadelphia housing market very well and provided the needed guidance on how to best market the property and establish our accurate price point for a quick sale. When we say quick, offers were in within 24 hours of list, we had multiple offers, and we were sold within 48 hours! She was patient, responsive and detailed oriented. Kay secured all the resources such as photo shoot and web presence, while recommending staging and contractor help to have the property ready to list within our timelines. Kay was there every step of the way taking the lead and guiding us through the process. If you're looking for a real estate professional in Philadelphia - Kay Pellegrini (McGrath) is our recommended choice!
Kay helped me buy my first property, and she was professional and always a pleasure to work with. She walked me through the entire home-buying process and was always available to answer any questions I had. She was with me every step of the way - sending new properties, setting up tours, attending all meetings in person. I highly recommend Kay!
Beth has always had profound fascination with how each person inherently establishes their home to create a space that is uniquely theirs. As a former professional opera singer, she has spent long stretches of time on the road, so she knows how important being in one’s special nest is. Beth realizes that buying or selling real estate almost always accompanies a major life transition, and she’s proud and honored to guide clients through the process. As a performer, she knows how to connect with people while being attuned to their emotions and needs. As a realtor, she uses that same careful focus to create an experience that is stress-free, supportive and, above all, successful.
Beth earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in opera performance from The Boston Conservatory. She also studied at Temple University’s Real Estate Institute, and she holds a certificate in Mastering Design Thinking from MIT, a management course focused on problem-solving through understanding customer needs.
Beth was outstanding in assisting us in finding the right home that we purchased. As she says it is a process and she worked with us throughout the process. We probably were a bit scatterbrained but she never got frustrated with us and our changing criteria and instead flowed with our changes to focus us. highly recommend Beth. A true professional who was responsive all hours of the day
As first-time home buyers, we were quite daunted with the process and had no idea where to start. Beth helped us with everything from finances, a house versus a condo, and even helped us explore neighborhoods in Philly. At one point in our search, I started to get discouraged that maybe our money wouldn't get us what we wanted. We were at one house that needed a bit of work and was already priced a bit above our comfort zone, but we figured maybe this is just what we'd have to settle for. Beth sat with us for hours and explained to us that this house would be settling. She could tell we were emotionally spent and needed a little break. Beth could have easily just suggested we put an offer in so she could walk away with a nice commission, but instead her interests were in our happiness. After a couple of weeks, Beth sent us a new listing that was just about to hit the market. She got us in to see the place right away and we loved it! We made an offer and the sellers accepted the next day! This whole process has been amazingly positive thanks to Beth's expertise, patience, organization, and responsiveness. Her can-do attitude and her ultimate goal to make sure we found the right home makes Beth really special! We seriously cannot recommend Beth enough. Thanks to her, we have a beautiful new home that is absolutely perfect! Nothing is more heartwarming than knowing that we will be make memories in our new home and that Beth made it all a reality!
I highly recommend Beth. She was incredibly supportive, responsive, flexible and professional. She offered sound advice and was there for us whenever we needed her. Our real estate transaction with Beth and Compass was effective, easy and friendly.
Born and Raised in South Philadelphia Megan loves helping clients explore Philadelphia’s diverse enclaves. She has a real knack for getting to know her clients and pairing their unique lifestyle to a perfect neighborhood. She’s known as both a shrewd negotiator and a skilled communicator, but above all, she believes in informing and educating her clients through every step of the process so that they always feel supported and championed.
Prior to real estate, Megan had a successful career in the fashion industry, and she traveled the world honing her impeccable eye for quality and beauty – and a slight shoe addiction. You can find Megan and her family exploring all the City of Brotherly Love has to offer, from restaurants and cultural venues to local events to fantastic shopping she is always looking for what’s new around town.
I worked with Megan in purchasing a second property. She was recommended to me by a friend who had worked with her in purchasing his home. I connected with Megan right away. We met in person to discuss my needs and what the process would look like. That lead to us getting started...Megan provided home suggestions based on my criteria and took me to see check out properties. I always had many questions about the properties I was interested in and she always did research for me and answered my questions. I put an offer on a house and the process didn't go well due to the intransigence of the seller, but at every step of that crazy road, Megan was working with me on negotiations and then as a result of a non-workable impasse, the termination of the agreement. All along she guided me and was my champion in dealing with the seller and his agent. We moved onto more searches and after seeing many other homes, she helped in finally getting me situated in one. This was also an extensive and what at least to me felt like hardcore negotiations, but Megan was sharp and focused and was able to get me (most) of what I needed. As a Philadelphia native, Megan has great command of the city and its neighborhood and is well connected. I have already recommended her to friends and will feel confident in doing so again in the future.
As a first time homebuyer, I needed a lot of guidance and Megan was patient, very knowledgeable and helped me through the process . She was quick to respond to all of my emails and calls, and the whole process seemed a lot easier than I thought it would be .
Megan Dever is an outstanding realtor. She will work diligently to get your property sold. She is dedicated, a professional in every way. My home was listed and sold in less than 5 days.
Megan is a professional at what she does. She was great, courteous, and answered all my calls. if you're looking to buy or sell a house contact Megan Dever. The day our house went up on the market Megan had three showings and a bid. All of this was done and we settled 18 days later. If you’re looking to buy or sell your home I highly recommend Megan Dever.
As a Pennsylvania native and resident of the Rittenhouse Square and New Hope neighborhoods, Jeffrey is intimately familiar with real estate throughout Greater Philadelphia and Bucks County. With over 20 years of experience as an accomplished real estate agent, Jeffrey’s professionalism and integrity speak for themselves. His passion and enthusiasm for real estate are evident from the hundreds of transactions he has facilitated.
Jeffrey spent his first thirteen years of real estate at Coldwell Banker’s Salem/Boston office where he received several noteworthy awards. He then joined a well-respected top team in Boston at Keller Williams Realty for 3 years before moving to the DC area and finally settling back home in Pennsylvania. Jeffrey is a valuable addition to the On The Square Team at Compass and has exceeded the expectations of many clients. He provides an individualized approach and personable experience resulting in exceptional service.
When Jeffrey isn’t selling real estate you will find him walking his dogs, shopping, dining out, and traveling. He lives at The Atlantic, Rittenhouse Square, and Pt Pleasant, New Hope with his husband David and his energetic GSP Koda and Esther their 14-year-old Poodle Mixture!
As a long-time Center City resident with over 25 years of experience as an area broker, Phyllis has unprecedented market knowledge and a wealth of expertise. Her personal attention to detail coupled with a renowned background in the industry helps her consistently facilitate smooth real estate transitions for buyers and sellers. Phyllis specializes in relocating professionals to the Philadelphia area, helping owners find their next dream home, coaching first-time buyers through the purchase process, and uncovering the next great deal for investors. She is a member of Philadelphia’s and Pennsylvania’s Board of Realtors, and a former member of the Center City Zoning Board. She is an accredited luxury home specialist and the proud recipient of the Real Estate Agent 5 Star award from 2011 to 2021 by Philadelphia Magazine. Her market insight spans from the Rittenhouse Square market all the way down to the Jersey Shore, making her a true guru for Greater Philadelphia.
Phyllis was thorough and very knowledgeable!
Working with Phyllis Greenberg was an excellent experience. She took care of all that was needed and alerted us to questions we had not asked. Despite the pandemic, her service was impeccable. I would highly recommend her as a real estate agent.
Phyllis is a wealth of knowledge, incredibly responsive, and flexible to her clients’ needs. We were new to the home buying process, and Phyllis was incredibly patient with all our questions, concerns, and decision-making. She was an advocate for us every step of the way, and just a pleasure to work with. We recommend her highly.
Working with Phyllis removed all the stress from the project of selling the house. She answered every question (sometimes twice), responded to every concern with knowledge and experience.
Great to work with. Very responsive and available. Happy to show us places on weekdays or weekends. Very friendly. Got back to us and communicated timely and appropriately.
Eleni was great, she knew everything we needed along every step. She was on top of her job and was very skilled. I think if it was not for her we would not have gotten our house (they had other offers on the house and because of Eleni we actually were able to win the bidding process). I highly recommend using her she is very personable and knowledgeable. She will definitely be my agent for all future home purchases and selling.
Named a Five Star Real Estate Agent by Philadelphia Magazine Fred has been selling residential real estate in Center City for 15 years following a long and distinguished career in international sales and marketing for high-tech firms. Fred admits that he finds guiding people through the buying or selling process much more rewarding. To Fred, real estate has never felt like a job. It is his lifestyle – he never gets tired of helping people find their place in the world.
Beyond his success as an agent, Fred is also a Master Gardener. He is dedicated to spreading awareness about gardening, its many challenges along with its rewards including beauty, environmental consciousness and the importance of nature’s balance. Fred holds positions on the Bambridge Green Project Board and Washington Square Park Committee where he volunteers his time and services to the maintaining city parks and conducts annual fundraising events. He chaired the Washington Square Affair, raising over $80,000 for the maintenance, beautification and restoration of the park.
When my wife, Deborah, and I decided to relocate to Philadelphia we used the open house convention to interview potential buyer agents. When we met Fred Manfred we liked his straight forward communication, market knowledge and enthusiasm for Center City real estate. Fred proved to be everything we anticipated and more. He took the time to thoroughly explain the processes (and costs) of purchasing real estate in Philadelphia. He used spreadsheets to organize market data in a way easy for Deborah and I to quickly become acquainted with local market values. And finally, Fred proved to be an effective negotiator, our appraisal returned almost 5% higher than our purchase price. Since moving into our new home we have referred other friends and colleagues to Fred and who have expressed similar levels of satisfaction. It is with great pleasure that we offer this endorsement of Fred Manfred.
I wanted to finally put into writing what Tom and I have been feeling over the past year or so. Thank you so very much for helping us find our beautiful home in Society Hill. You are truly a gem.
Thank you for keeping our best interests at heart and going above and beyond in representing them. We always felt as though we were your only clients. You were incredibly professional and communicative; always accessible by phone or email and were always willing to show us another property, or six.
Your orchestration of the process and network of professionals in home inspection, repair, escrow, mortgage, etc. made the entire thing seamless. We honestly don’t think we could have done it without you!
Fred, you are a person of excellent character and great integrity; I consider you a dear friend.
Fred represented us on both the purchase of our new home and the sale of our old home. We initially met Fred at an open house, and he followed up with us when he learned of a property that he thought would meet our needs. We looked at houses with Fred for more than one year. Fred encouraged us, gently but persistently, to see a house that we thought was not within all of our specifications. When we finally went to see it, it was clear that it was the perfect house for us. The purchase of the house was complicated, involving an estate, multiple heirs, and law firms. Fred was very effective in representing our interests to the sellers' agent and counsel, and kept the process moving even while we were traveling. He was also helpful in negotiating inspection contingencies and time frames. Further, in selling our prior house, Fred worked hard to market the property, hold open houses, and follow up with potential buyers. He also was flexible in attending closing on our behalf, even when closing was delayed multiple times. Fred has a deep knowledge of Philadelphia real estate, and we would recommend him highly to anyone looking to buy or sell here.
Fred has always, in all of my dealings, been extremely professional, efficient, considerate, and helpful. I thank you for all of that, and for being so sensitive to our circumstances.
From construction to development to sales, Norm has had a long and varied career path in the real estate industry always keeping the same philosophy in mind – to help you find home.
His career in Philadelphia started in 2005 when he moved here from Seattle to expand his company Indus Enterprises, LLC which specialized in construction material distribution and consulting services. After 2 years he transitioned into real estate as a residential and commercial sales associate. In 2010 he was selected as the lead listing agent for 20 unsold units at Symphony House. In 2013 he became a senior associate on the sales and marketing team for the One Riverside Condominiums, a new $130 million luxury high rise Dranoff Properties development on the Schuylkill River in Fitler Square and most recently The Luxury Arthaus Condominium development by Dranoff Properties. Currently, he is a proud member of the esteemed On The Square Luxury Real Estate Team at Compass Philadelphia.
Beyond real estate, Norm is a member of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, enjoys photography, sailing, and rowing as a member of the Penn AC Rowing Club. He has served as a volunteer advisory board member for the NC Kidney Foundation, and was Chairman of the Annual Nashville Baptist Hospital Ear Foundation Balloon Classic.
Emily is a Philly native, born and raised in Center City and Chestnut Hill. An adventurous and exploratory life took her to Australia, New York, Aspen, and Los Angeles before settling down in South Philadelphia with her husband and their two children. Through her extensive network of friends and family Emily has a special connection to Philadelphia and the surrounding area.
Emily has a passion for supporting and guiding her clients through the home buying and selling process. Her warm and supportive disposition paired with her proactive, service oriented approach lets her clients know they’re in good hands. Whether a buyer, a seller, or an investor, Emily understands that each client has their own unique set of needs and goals. She is ceaseless in her effort to find them their perfect match. She has successfully represented clients in both the city and the suburbs.
Emily earned a bachelors degree in film studies from Emory University and a masters degree in elementary education from Pepperdine University. Outside of real estate, she has worked in the early childhood program at a local independent school. In her free time Emily enjoys spending time with her family and taking advantage of all the city has to offer. You’ll often find them together volunteering to walk rescue dogs on the weekend.
Emily was patient with us as we got educated on the complicated home buying process. She helped us better understand our needs, and was responsive to what we were looking for.
Made a competitive offer and helped us win our dream home with a lot of competition from other bidders.
Emily was the perfect guide through looking at homes and purchasing our new house. She has a great sense of our family’s needs, the market dynamics, and areas to closely inspect. We were able to purchase our dream house amid stiff competition. We are grateful to Emily for her help.
As a residential interior designer for more than two decades, most of them as a principal of his own design firm, Scott has honed his expertise in helping people find and create their place in the world. He frequently travels the globe to enhance his knowledge of contemporary design trends and varying quality lifestyles. This combined with his extensive studies in architecture, Scott can smartly evaluate the full range of homes available in the Philadelphia region, from the most traditional to the latest in contemporary design. A resident of Rittenhouse Square for over 15 years, Scott has an in depth knowledge and appreciation for the quality of Center City living. He marries his wide range of experiences with a warm and engaging personality offering consistent dedication and diligence in handling the challenges of buying and selling for each of his clients.
We were out-of-state buyers, so we needed a lot of support, which Scott provided seamlessly. He answered all our questions in a timely manner. Previewed houses and apartments on our behalf. He was our eyes and ears in Philadelphia.
We met Scott through an Open House that he was hosting at a different home nearby the one we ended up purchasing. Even though we were not the right buyer for said property, we knew right away that we had found the right agent. Scott then showed us the home we did end up buying and the rest is history! There was an instant connection for us as Scott knew the area so well, has a fabulous eye for design and is so friendly. He helped us see things in our home that we could not have imagined. But with his expertise and guidance, all of the pieces fell into place. Scott was so diligent in the sales process and the rapid communication was paramount to execute this deal smoothly. We can not recommend Scott more, you should work with him if you have the opportunity!!
From the beginning, Scott was able to share his confidence with me as a first time home buyer. He outlined the process, kept in constant communication with me, and worked me into getting the best possible outcome for my needs. Even after the closing, Scott will provide you with any help needed whether it is insight or design ideas. With his knowledgeability and kindness, I hope to work with Scott in the future and continue to be thankful for his friendship. Highly recommended