In Italian, presto means fast.

Award-winning real estate agent, Marie Presti, fits that description to a T. From running to Home Goods for home staging accessories, to attending meetings for hard ball negotiations, Marie gets deals done efficiently and then some. She’s even been known to host housewarming gatherings for her special clients. She even prepares the food – Italian is her specialty. Marie goes the extra block. Quickly.

For the past 20 years, Marie has been a passionate advocate for her clients, whether they’re buying, selling, or just want advice. She has a proven track record of negotiating advantageous deals, from the purchase of a first home, to the selling of a multi-million dollar property. In the past five years, Marie has sold more than 130 properties and helped her clients purchase over $57 million worth of real estate in Greater Boston. Her background in finance, marketing, sales and teaching provides her clients with a multi-level perspective on real estate transactions that is value-added gold.

Marie was named "2017 Greater Boston Realtor of the Year" by the Greater Boston Association of Realtors, and currently serves as president-elect of the association. In 2016, she was chairwoman of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors Mediation Committee. In addition to her real estate proficiency, Marie’s business acumen and marketing know-how provide her clients with an extra level of competency and service. This skill set is particularly important to people selling their homes, as Marie provides in-depth analysis and a comprehensive, targeted plan of action to attract the most qualified buyers. (She holds an MBA from Babson, where she focused on marketing. She has also taught more 100 courses through local community education programs.) Marie holds several real estate accreditations, including certified residential specialist, a senior real estate specialist and also holds a "green" agent designation from the National Association of Realtors, to name a few. And when she’s not busy with real estate, Marie is active in the Newton Historical Society, the Rotary Club, the Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce and the Newton Mother’s Forum, to name a few.  She has lived in Newton for more than 20 years, in three different villages. She is also a long-time property owner in the Garden City.

Marie believes strongly that real estate is all about relationships and has had many long-term, repeat clients over the years as a result. She is particularly adept at helping those going through a change in life, including a divorce, remarriage, birth of a new child, moving and other life-altering events. Given her own challenges over the years -- running a complex business while single parenting and overcoming critical relationship and financial hurdles -- she is particularly empathetic. She has learned to teach others how to make sound real estate decisions while navigating intense emotions. She is planning to write a book on her experiences and lessons learned, in order to help other women.