Liam Murphy consistently exceeds client expectations with service marked by integrity, knowledge, and clear communication.

His experience in brokerage, development, and project management provides him with insight into the subtleties of each real estate transaction. Liam has completed more than 750 transactions valued at a total of $250 million and encompassing 2.5 million square feet of space for his office, retail, and industrial clients. In addition, he has secured more than $40 million in occupancy-related savings for national clients, allowing them to focus on their core business and invest those savings to generate greater revenue for their companies.

Before going into commercial real estate full time, Liam served for two years as a youth pastor at Montecito Covenant Church. He is a proud husband and father to three energetic boys and devotes much of his free time to coaching youth baseball, soccer, and basketball. He previously served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for CALM and supports numerous philanthropic ventures.

Local Partner, National Reach

Professional Background

2017 – Present:
Hayes Commercial Group, Partner

2011 – 2017:
Hayes Commercial Group, Broker Associate

2009 – 2011:
The Stone Group Corporate Real Estate, Vice President of Advisory Services and Leasing

2008 – 2009:
TynanGroup, Inc., Project Manager


Liam graduated cum laude with honors from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, earning a degree in engineering physics. He continues to use his problem-solving skills and relational nature to create unique, profitable solutions for clients.

Affiliations / Awards

  • California Bureau of Real Estate since 2004: Licensed Broker (lic. 01439777)
  • CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member)
  • Santa Barbara Community Church
  • ProVisors (a network of business professionals and advisors)
  • Katherine Harvey Fellows, Santa Barbara Foundation
  • Boy Scouts of America: Eagle Scout Award
  • Child Abuse Listening and Mediation (CALM): Board Chair
  • Westmont Alumni
  • Santa Barbara Little League Coach

Notable Clients & Transactions

EmployBridge Staffing  works closely to improve all site selection and negotiation for more than 210 leased offices nationwide, long-term planning, increase portfolio related savings, establish effective occupancy metrics, and reduce monthly rental obligations. These efforts have yielded over $15 million in savings.

Graphiq  aid their rapid growth, identifying core needs in a new corporate office in a location that offered the best amenities at the lowest price (with ocean views). Resulted in a highly functional office with the ability to add square footage as the company grows.

Procore guided through a complex transaction, consolidating three separate offices into one corporate campus, enabling them to attract new hires and present a consistent corporate image to clients and investors.

AppFolio  helped identify and negotiate a lease for a new satellite campus in San Diego, a building that meets their security and bandwidth requirements while maintaining the corporate culture of their headquarters in Goleta. The transaction was completed within 45 days.

Habitat for Humanity

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Fastspring  assisted in several expansions for a fast-growing tech company