Vacation in Your 2nd Home

Visit the Cape or Maine and actually own that house you've dreamed of buying. In this class you'll learn all about the pros and cons of owning a second home—from the work involved, to the tax considerations and the benefits. We'll discuss what to consider when making your purchase, and how to choose your long-term vacation location. Our instructor will share recent market data on several New England areas where second homes are popular: New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Cape Cod, and the Islands. When you finish this class, you'll be several steps closer to making that dream of yours a reality.

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"Great for someone that want a vacation home and do it right the 1st time” B.S.


"Marie and Deb were incredibly knowledgeable! They provided very valuable information to those thinking about this fun, happy but also complex and intimidating project” S.B., Milton, Ma


"Very thoughtful presentation by knowledgeable presenters, very good information about mortgages and tax implications and things to consider” K.M., Newton, Ma



Becoming a Real Estate Agent: Do you Have What it Takes?

If you're looking for a new career and have always dreamed of selling (or helping people buy) homes, this course is for you. "Becoming a Real Estate Agent," from Newton Community Education, will help attendees learn if they have what it takes to navigate the competitive world of real estate. Massachusetts licensing requirements, how to select a firm you want to work for and other practical matters will be addressed. Instructor Marie Presti is an award-winning industry veteran with nearly 20 years of experience in the Greater Boston market. So she knows a thing or two!

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"The becoming a Realtor class was wonderful and extremely informative. It really showcased a day in the life of a real estate person." M.B., Greater Boston


"Marie's tips and advice for becoming a successful real estate agent were extremely helpful." K.M., Everett




Downsizing made easy

Whether you plan to age in place or are thinking about moving, this presentation will cover tips for scaling down possessions and provide information on available housing options, from qualified elder housing, to living on college campuses. Educator and Realtor Marie Presti, a Seniors Residential Specialist, will discuss the nuts and bolts of downsizing (or right sizing, as she likes to call it). She will also address financing, from home equity lines of credit to the pros and cons of reverse mortgages. Marie will be joined by KathleenWright, a Newton-based downsizing consultant who began her business when she noticed a demand in the market for senior transitioning services. Marie Presti is President of the Greater Boston Association of Realtors and has taught more than 100 courses through Newton Community Education.

October. 4th; 2-3:30 p.m., The Newton Senior Center, Newton

"Marie's class was a great information session for anyone over 50 who is wondering what it means to downsize." Nicholas, Wellesley



A First-Timer's Guide to Home or Condo Buying

In today’s real estate market, it’s more important than ever to be knowledgeable before purchasing a home or condo. Get an overview of the entire process, from finding the perfect neighborhood and selecting a real estate broker, to obtaining favorable financing and hiring an attorney to protect your investment. During this course, veteran real estate practitioner and educator Marie Presti will teach students about how the rights and responsibilities of condo owners differ from those of homeowners, and review the primary legal documents related to each. This course’s unbiased, comprehensive approach can help you avoid disastrous situations from the loss of your hard-earned deposit to buying a property with latent defects such as termites, lead paint, or water damage.

September 25; 6:30 pm, at the Burlington Library, Burlington

October 22; 6:30 pm, at Morse Institute Library, Natick

November 5th; 6:30 pm, Metro Mass Ave Branch, Boston

"Very Informative, good overview of home buying process” W.M., Medford, Ma


"Great class, useful for any first time property buyer” R.Z.


"Excellent class, useful overview, give you the depth of what's required so you go into purchasing real estate with some knowledge” R.M.


"The course on first-time home buying was exactly what I needed to get my bearings on what feels like an overwhelming process. Fantastic!" M.E., Cambridge


"The first-time homebuyer's class is an entertaining and informative introduction to the world of home-buying!" Nathaniel L., Greater Boston


"Marie seriously knows her stuff, and she is clear believer in helping her clients." Lindsay C., Greater Boston


"Marie and her co-presenters were exceptional in their fields and made themselves accessible but not in a pushy way, which makes me more inclined to reach out to them as I start my home buying process. Thanks to Marie for getting my wheels turning with all the great info!" Kara T., Greater Boston



Buying and Managing Rental Properties

Award-winning Realtor and Newton property owner Marie Presti will show students the ropes for buying an investment property. She'll review how to analyze and compare properties, and discuss if hiring a property manager makes sense. A landlord's rights and responsibilities will also be reviewed and whether or not they should live on the premises or be off-site. If you're wary of the stock market and want to invest in real estate, this class is for you.

Class is on October 24th, 6-9pm. Click here to Register

"Marie leads an information-packed class. It builds a foundation and has you wanting to come back and dive deeper into the world of rental properties." S.G., Greater Boston