Newton and Surrounding Areas Massachusetts Real Estate Company

About Preservation Properties

About Us

Preservation Properties has established itself as a well respected, independent real estate firm specializing in the sale and rental fine properties in Newton and surrounding communities. Our approach is local.  We pride ourselves on being a business in touch with the personalities and character of the communities we serve. We are committed to maintaining the highest moral and ethical standards. Our dedication to each customer and our pledge of quality customer interaction has earned us a broad base of repeat business.

Local Market Knowledge

Let our agents do the legwork of sorting properties based upon your needs as to condition, location, price and ‘sense of home’. We’ll refine your search, thus saving your downtime for something other than after-hours and weekend house-hunting excursions. Put our experience on the ground to work for you.

Negotiation

More people buy at market value than above or below market value. In order to have a smooth transaction, we feel the seller and the buyer need a fair deal. Thus, we work with sellers and their agents to be realistic in pricing and open to reasonable offers compared with the competition. This helps us get the best value for you, the buyer, even before you walk into your new home. We want to build a long-term relationship with you, one built on trust, mutual respect and fairness.

Giving Back To Our Community

We believe in giving back to the communities that we derive our business & contribute to the following organizations:  

Kiva Newton Open Studios
Mass Recycle The Pan-Mass Challenge
Green Decade Newton Historical Society
Habitat for Humanity The Boston Children’s Theatre
Arbor Day Foundation The New Art Centre in Newton
 

National Trust for Historic Preservation

  

Biographies

  • Ed Lyon
    Broker - Owner
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    439 Newtonville Avenue
    Newtonville
    MA 02460 US

    Phone: 617.340.7787

    Ed Lyon has been a full time Realtor in the Boston area since 1983.  Ed opened the doors of Preservation Properties in 1993 and has grown the company the old-fashioned way – one relationship at a time. Along with a growing team of agents, Ed works on a referral basis to serve the needs of his clients. he is happy to be recognized as the first in Newton to earn the EcoBroker designation, enabling him to assist clients in making informed decisions about real estate choices that impact the environment.

    Preservation Properties has established itself as a well respected, independent real estate firm specializing in the sale, rental and management of fine properties in Newton and surrounding communities.

    Our approach is local. We pride ourselves on being an independently run business in touch with the personality and character of the communities we serve.

    We are committed to maintaining the highest moral and ethical standards. Our dedication to each customer and our pledge of quality customer interaction has earned us a broad base of repeat business.

    A few reviews from Ed's clients:

    "I have worked with Ed Lyons for over a year now. He is selling the 5th property for my family. This is what I MUST say about Ed Lyons: HONEST. UPFRONT. DILIGENT. CARING. VERY PERSONABLE. EXTREMELY FRIENDLY & EXPERIENCED. And he really has the BEST STAFF!!  Do yourself and your family a favor and skip the big name companies especially if you want a more personalized and "honest" approach and service. Ed and his team have the skills and they have heart!:)"  -Seller, Mt. Vernon Street, Newton

    "I have been doing business with Ed Lyon and Preservation Properties for the past 15 years. Ed and staff have always been professional and forthright in my dealings with them. In addition to successfully finding excellent clients for my apartment rentals, they have always followed through the rental process with very accurate and timely skill. I have and will continue to recommend them to other landlords and friends seeking good tenants for their properties." -Newton Rental Property Owner

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  • Debra Fineberg Finn
    Sales & Rental Associate ABR, CBR, Realtor
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    439 Newtonville Avenue
    Newtonville
    MA 02460 US

    Phone: 617.340.7850

    I started my Real Estate career in the early 80's working for a prominent condo-conversion developer. I worked in many different areas in many capacities. Traveling from Chestnut Hill, Newton, Brighton, Westborough, Waltham, and West Roxbury, I helped with acquiring, conversion, and property management, as well marketing and on-site sales.

    In 1987, I welcomed the best accomplishments of my life - the birth of my twin boys, Ben and David. Now, with my new extremely full time job as Mom, I was very active at Memorial-Spaulding Elementary, Oak Hill Middle, and Newton South High School with PTO, Little League, Lacrosse, and Ski Teams. I'm also a long time member of Mishkan Tefila Synagogue, supporter of the Barry L.Price Ctr. and support the Laura and Cates team for Cystic Fibrosis.

    In 1992, I rejoined the Real Estate work force in Brookline and then in 2000, I joined the team at Preservation Properties. I have been working diligently ever since to do the best possible job for all of my buyers and sellers. Whether you are looking for a new property or trying to sell your current property, I look forward to assisting you in the process.

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  • Alan Stone
    Senior Sales & Rental Associate, Realtor, CBR
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    439 Newtonville Avenue
    Newtonville
    MA 02460 US

    Phone: 617.212.5250

    I grew up in Dorchester and Mattapan and have fond memories of Blue Hill Avenue, the Hecht House and "the wall" at Franklin Field during the High Holidays. I attended the Solomon Lewenberg Junior High School, Boston Technical High School, Boston University and Northeastern University. 

    After College my wife, Carol an I entered into the family's restaurant businesses, the Deli Haus in Kenmore Sq, for 17 years during the 70's and 80's, and then to Cappuccino's in Newton. My restaurant training has been invaluable and has made me very sensitive and attentive to my customers' needs. This has translated extremely well to real estate as it is a business based on building and maintaining successful relationships. Carol and I have owned a home in Newton for over 30 years where we happily raised our children, Kim and Jeremy.

    A realtor for 15 years, I have been employed with Preservation Properties for over 12 years, and attained the level of Vice President in 2003. I consult with clients on both sales and rentals. I am extremely knowledgeable about the sales market in Newton, Boston and Metro West and have been involved in many successful transactions representing both buyers and sellers. I would enjoy the opportunity to speak with you at any time and look forward to exceeding your expectations.

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  • Matt Rositano
    Sales Associate, Realtor
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    439 Newtonville Avenue
    Newtonville
    MA 02460 US

    Phone: 617.794.2394

    My focus is to help you buy or sell a home here in Boston’s Metrowest suburbs in a way that feels comfortable and intuitive, regardless of your prior experience. I build relationships, not contacts, and sincerely care about helping you through one of the most stressful, yet rewarding experiences of your life. I believe communication and patience are what sets good agents apart, and I specialize in working with first-time buyers who may need a little more guidance than others. Guidance is key. Persuasion is not my game.

    I have a vast knowledge of Metrowest, having lived throughout the region, from Newton to Natick to Southborough, where I currently live with my wife and two boys. We’ve called this area home for many years and I spend my days in each corner of the region living, working, and playing.

    I’ll use the latest real estate technology with you to streamline the process and reduce stress by going completely paperless until closing. That means fewer unnecessary meetings and quick responses. We’ll maintain a constant connection because everything you need is on my mobile devices, and I’m always available to answer your questions by phone, text, email, FaceTime, Facebook, or just face to face...

     
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  • Karen Brantley
    Sales & Rental Associate Realtor
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    439 Newtonville Avenue
    Newtonville
    MA 02460 US

    Phone: 617.527.3700

    The idea of helping someone resolve their problems gives me great satisfaction.  My work history has been entirely in the service industry. At age 14, my summer job was at Brigham and Women’s hospital where my duties were to sell television service to patients ($3.70 a day once upon a time) and I loved the interaction with people from all walks of life. I also learned early on what it means to be a “go-getter”

    I spent close to 14 years working in the travel industry helping to plan others’ dream vacations. I love to travel and enjoyed those years tremendously but now I am ready to steer in another direction. I chose real estate because it still allows me the opportunity to challenge myself and give back to others.

    I grew up in Roxbury and was bussed to Brookline public schools. I currently own a home in Mattapan and know the pains and triumphs of the home search process.  My goal is to help ease those pains and be the agent I wish I had when I went through the same process. I am happy to be apart of the team at Preservation Properties and look forward to getting you into your dream home.

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  • Jennifer Crook
    Sales & Rental Associate Realtor
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    439 Newtonville Avenue
    Newtonville
    MA 02460 US

    Phone: 617.340.3988

    I received my bachelor's degree in psychology from Boston College. Since then I have done work in counseling, and athletics. I began in school counseling at an alternative high school in Whitman, MA. A former BC cheerleader, I launched the Varstiy Cheerleading program at Regis College in Weston, MA. My focus then shifted to gymnastics, and I worked as a Junior Olympic gymnastics coach for 5 years prior to obtaining my real estate license. New to the business,

    I have a fresh outlook and lots of energy! I am ready and eager to help renters and buyers find homes. I can afford to put in the time and effort it takes to do the job right and can offer a highly personal experience.

     
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  • Stephen Post
    Sales & Rental Associate Realtor
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    439 Newtonville Avenue
    Newtonville
    MA 02460 US

    Phone: 617.631.8656

    I believe strongly that a house is so much more than just a building and I will go the extra mile to help you find a place to call home in a community you will love and feel connected to. I have a passion for property, and I will spare no effort to seek out the property that suits you best. There are very few decisions in life more personal than choosing a home and I believe you should work with someone who takes a personal interest in you. That is the level of service I provide.

    As a lifelong Boston area resident, I know the Eastern Massachusetts landscape very well. I currently reside in Newton with my family where my daughter attends Burr Elementary School. I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BA in History. Prior to joining Preservation Properties, I worked at Boston Children's Hospital. In my spare time I enjoy writing and performing music as well as almost any outdoor activity, especially hiking, mountain biking and snowboarding.

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  • Dmytro Zakolodyazhnyy
    Sales & Rental Associate Realtor
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    439 Newtonville Avenue
    Newtonville
    MA 02460 US

    Phone: 857.234.6076

    Dmytro is a consummate professional. His success as an agent did not result from selling people houses, instead it was him helping his clients find solutions for the obstacles they encountered in the process.   This skill did not come from his education in Suffolk University or Umass in business management, it was through years of experience in different industries.  Dmytro has spent most of his life on his startups and managing businesses in e-commerce, retail, medical, high-tech and real estate.  Implementing his communication, problem management, and negotiation skills, in his first year he earned the title of top producer for his office. Dmytro has made a high-level commitment to his real estate education, having been mentored and coached by a highly respected real estate broker in the industry.  He believes that agent knowledge is not only important for his ability to navigate a real estate transaction, but instead to provide his clients with the information that they need in order to make an informed the decision.

    His priority is to provide his clients with the maximum amount of information and the minimum amount of stress during the course of a deal, resulting in intelligent decision making and an outcome that always satisfies the customer. Whether he is representing a large or small transaction he is fully committed to executing the best deal for his residential or investment clients. When representing buyers, his extensive knowledge of neighborhoods, inventory, requirements, comparative analysis, negotiation skills and transaction management set him apart. When working on behalf of sellers, Dmytro’s focus is on accurate property valuation, showcasing properties in his recognizable and signature style with intricate attention to detail, using the highest quality photography and floor plan firms, creative marketing and events to achieve the best results for the property owner.

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  • Lays Zakolodyazhna
    Sales & Rental Associate ABR, Realtor
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    439 Newtonville Avenue
    Newtonville
    MA 02460 US

    Phone: 617.750.9788

    Known by her clients and colleagues alike for her tenacity and honesty, Lays is also recognized both inside and outside the real estate industry for her exemplary performance, professionalism and the highest ethical standards.  She has built a reputation as a hardworking, intelligent and highly personable agent who is committed to providing excellence in brokerage to clients who demand the very best.  

    Lays started her career in the rental market, giving her a great understanding of value for clients that are looking to make a transition from renting to buying a property.   This expertise also makes her an ideal agent for anyone that is looking buy or sell and investment property, as she has an exceptional understanding of profits and expenses that are involved with property investments.

    She is personally devoted to the needs of her clients from the start to the completion of every transaction. Her expertise, discretion and attention to detail consistently produce smooth transactions and successful results. 

    Born and raised in Brazil, Lays credits her humble upbringing and values instilled in her by her parents as being vital to her professional success. In her spare time, Lays loves traveling and learning about new cultures.  Her passion for travel and the people she meets along the way, makes her a capable communicator and a pleasure to work with for clients from around the globe. 

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  • Viviana DeSimone
    Realtor, Sales Associate
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    439 Newtonville Avenue
    Newtonville
    MA 02460 US

    Phone: 617.529.8728

    As a long time resident of Newton I am very familiar with each of the villages as well as the surrounding towns.   After spending time on Martha’s Vineyard and in the Caribbean, I returned to Newton to raise my family and have resided here ever since.

    I have a BS from Babson in Finance, Investments and Economics.  On the Vineyard I worked at a bank and in a real estate office doing deed research.  I managed a marina and its properties in Boston before joining Fidelity in the acquisition of several businesses.  After working with the subsidiary company for quite a few years I became more interested in the real estate business. 

    I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and like working in a service industry.  Combining my education and professional background has served my clients well.  The purchase of a new home can be daunting as well as selling a home that has been in the family for generations.  I aim to provide a service that meets the needs of each individual and for each circumstance.  I look forward to showing you the qualities I can bring to your real estate transaction.

    Customer testimonial:
    For me the great thing about Viviana is that she makes it personal and she will genuinely, without pressure, help you and your family to find the right home.   Dee C. West Newton, MA

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  • Elvan Uysal
    Sales & Rental Associate Realtor, ABR
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    439 Newtonville Avenue
    Newtonville
    MA 02460 US

    Phone: 617.435.9544

    Bio coming soon

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  • Cassandra Lovering
    Sales & Rental Associate Realtor
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    439 Newtonville Avenue
    Newtonville
    MA 02460 US

    Phone: 617.431.6675

    Bio coming soon

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  • Illana Rosen
    Realtor, Sales Associate
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    439 Newtonville Avenue
    Newtonville
    MA 02460 US

    Phone: 617.921.6973

    I come to the Real Estate market with a Master's in Education and I approach the home search as an educator and life coach. I will help ease your fears about buying or selling as I have infinite patience and my friends tell me I'd make a great therapist. 

    I try to get buyers a deal even in this crazy market and help to spot issues that may come up at the time of inspection.  When I work with sellers, I help with clutter reorganization and advise on how spending a small amount of money on touch ups, can make a seller a lot more in the long run.  I am also happy to offer my staging skills when needed for a property.

     
     

     

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  • Cheryl Goodman
    Realtor, Sales Associate
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    439 Newtonville Avenue
    Newtonville
    MA 02460 US

    Phone: 617.527.3700

    My Real Estate career began when I was in college leasing apartments in Boston, and selling land for a land development company. I have always loved looking at homes and I am intrigued by the possibilities they present. I was always available when a friend or colleague wanted an opinion on a house the were considering buying or renting even when I took a long hiatus from Real Estate. During this hiatus, I started my own business with my husband. Rather than helping people find houses, I helped them find spouses! We created The Post Club in Newton which was a premier introduction service and event club for professional single people. The service was extremely successful and created 1000’s of marriages and happy clients. When we sold the business I returned to my other career passion which was Real Estate and became involved in all facets of the Real Estate process as assistant to one of Newton's top Real Estate brokers.

    During these 2 years I helped not only sustain her business in a major down turn in the economy, but helped her grow her annual sales in the worst real estate market in years. I began working with Preservation Properties in the summer of 2013. I work with Renters, Buyers and Sellers in and around Newton and the metropolitan Boston area to help them whether they are new to the area, first time home buyers, upgrading or downsizing. My greatest strengths are my business experience and my people skills. I genuinely like, connect with and have worked with clients from all around the world. I listen to their needs, understand the details, explain the real estate process, and negotiate the best deal to help them achieve their Real Estate goals.

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  • João Carapinha
    Investment Analyst Realtor
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    439 Newtonville Avenue
    Newtonville
    MA 02460 US

    João has eight years of real estate experience managing international real estate transactions and his recent activities are focused on Massachusetts. João is a dispassionate real estate investment advisor and his decisions are driven by rigorous investment analysis. He brings a rational and realistic assessment to any potential real estate transaction which has helped dozens of clients to achieve their goals. João is available to assist first-time home buyers and real estate investors with making the best decision so that their real estate investment decisions are realized. His focus is on residential real estate.

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Contact Information

Preservation Properties
439 Newtonville Avenue
Newtonville MA 02460
Office: 617.527.3700
Fax: 617.527.2050