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Women in Real Estate: M – R

Manzo Freeman Development
Commercial Developer Welcomes Women in Management

Manzo Freeman Development

Manzo Freeman Development (MFD) specializes in rehabilitating New England mill properties in towns where former majestic mills dominate

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the landscape. MFD invests in valuable square footage to create mixed uses, including retail, restaurants, labs, medical offices, technology, and manufacturing. MFD is currently the managing partner and operator of four properties totaling 1.5+M square feet, including The Landing at One Chestnut (Nashua, NH), Hudson Mills (Hudson, MA), Everett Mills (Lawrence, MA), and the Walpole Station Business Center (Walpole, MA).

Managing Partners Joe Freeman and Mike Manzo believe finding tenants requires an on-the-ground commitment to community building. Their secret weapon: hiring women. “Women have long been discriminated against in commercial real estate,” says Freeman. “We are proud to be primarily run by talented women from diverse backgrounds. They are our stars.”

Alison Hong Freeman, MFD’s chief financial officer, has a long history in accounting and commercial real estate. She is a mentor to the three women and together, they make up an intelligent, focused, elite CRE team.

Camilla Vivaldi is MFD’s architect and construction manager, originally from Brazil with an MBA from Babson College. Given her background in architecture, she creatively redesigns spaces to fit tenants’ operational needs.

Shannon DiPhilippo, a recent MBA graduate from Babson College, is MFD’s lead property manager for all properties. She was the previous assistant manager of athletic operations at Babson College.

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Alexandra Freeman is an MFD managing partner as well as the director of leasing. She was selected to participate in Harvard Business School’s Merrimack Valley 2021 LEADS program focusing on the development of gateway cities. Freeman is the youngest trustee on Babson College’s Advisory Board.

These women have chosen the challenging field of commercial real estate, developing talents in all facets of the business and understanding the MFD ethos of personal service. “We don’t manage from an ivory tower in Boston,” says Freeman. “We have offices in all of our properties and know each of our tenants personally by name. We facilitate synergies amongst tenants to work with each other, building long-lasting community and business relationships. This is our key to success.”

For more information see manzofreeman.com or call 617-279-2456.

 

Marina Belyea
Unmatched Service with a Personal Touch

Marina Belyea of Compass Real Estate

With extensive design and construction expertise along with in-depth insight of the real estate market, Marina Belyea is a top-producing Broker and Realtor® in Lexington, Concord, and Greater Boston area. She has consistently exceeded her clients’ expectations for over three decades.

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Her strategic negotiation skills and keen insight into real estate trends guides sellers towards maximum returns on their property, while buyers are empowered to craft winning offers—even during the most competitive market cycles.

Belyea listens carefully to each client and ensures every step is as stress-free as possible, whether previewing homes via video to save walkthrough time or looking to her vast contact base to refer trusted service professionals to her clients.

Having launched her career as marketing director for The Beacon Companies and renovated multiple homes herself, Belyea leverages time-tested wisdom to advise clients on how to best position and prepare their homes for market and prices a property to sell quickly.

As part of Compass, Belyea brings a coveted team of marketing and design experts to bear on behalf of her clients. To maximize the sales price, Compass Concierge Service fronts the staging, flooring, painting, and other services with no upfront cost to sellers, while industry-leading Compass technology allows Marina to work efficiently and flexibly, freeing up her time for clients.

“It’s extremely rewarding helping clients achieve their real estate objectives,” says Belyea, “whether it is securing their first home, downsizing, moving up to a dream home, or guiding an investor/builder clients to make smart business decisions. Providing the highest quality of service to every client is always my goal.”

Connect with Belyea at [email protected] or 617-921-0994.

 

Melony Swasey
Strategic Advising That Brings Joy

Melony Swasey of Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty

For Melony Swasey, the joy in real estate is forging genuine, trusting relationships. “This is not about property, it’s about advising clients, helping them think, and making strategic decisions that bring joy.”

Affiliated with Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty, Swasey is the founder and lead advisor of the Good Boston Living team. Since 2010, she’s worked closely with home buyers and sellers at all stages of life, guiding them to intelligent, winning decisions. Swasey’s savvy six-person team provides concierge service to clients throughout metro Boston––including thoughtfully tailored, full-spectrum marketing for their seller’s listings.

With a keen understanding of subtle market dynamics, Swasey helps buyer clients clearly define their needs in the context of the Boston area’s fast-moving markets. “Once clients understand the market forces and the backdrop they’re working in, they understand what to look at and where to take risks,” she says. And most often, her buyers win with their first offer. In the last year, Swasey’s team has closed $50 million in sales.

Swasey serves clients throughout Boston and the surrounding area, including Brookline, Newton, Cambridge, and Somerville. “Our clients come from all walks of life,” she says. “They’re retirees, newlyweds, single women, LGBTQ+ families, artists, physicians, tech innovators, and real estate investors.” What they have in common is a desire for discerning, intimate guidance.

After receiving her degree in urban and regional studies from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, Swasey settled in Boston’s Jamaica Plain in 2004. A first-generation American whose family hails from Jamaica, she is queer, vegan, and a 20-year yoga practitioner. Melony chairs the board of trustees of The Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts and serves on the board of Black History in Action for Cambridgeport.

Get in touch with Melony Swasey and the team at goodbostonliving.com or 617-971-7080.

 

Naomi Malabre
Connections Based on Trust

Naomi Malabre of RE/MAX Unlimited

Naomi Malabre is a residential real estate professional for RE/MAX Unlimited serving Boston and the surrounding communities. Education, experience, and empathy are the tools that empower her to match the needs of her clients to the best opportunities in Massachusetts homeownership. Since 2019, she has made more than $25 million in sales—from West Roxbury to Worcester, Boston to Brockton, and Canton to Chelmsford. In Malabre’s eyes, every client and sale is unique and cannot be treated with cookie-cutter solutions.

According to her endorsements, Malabre “builds lifelong relationships and connections based on trust.”  In today’s volatile market, she leverages her ambitious and aggressive marketing strategies to elevate her clients’ offers beyond the competition’s. She is driven and committed to providing a seamless and transparent experience every time and has an abundance of personal and professional referrals that attest to her ability. Her goal is to incorporate excellence to outperform all her competitors on behalf of her buyers and sellers.

Advanced degrees and certifications in conjunction with in-the-field experience fuel Malabre’s success. Her education far exceeds real estate board continuing education requirements.

Naomi has been inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success at Suffolk University’s Graduate School. She is a candidate for a master’s degree in Management Studies, also from Suffolk University. She earned her certification for Negotiation Mastery from Harvard Business School and the designations “Accredited Buyer Representative” and “Seller Representative Specialist.”  With 13 years in IT and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Communication, she has a superior grasp of all aspects of the real estate transaction.

However, it is because she relates to her clients with patience, empathy, and understanding, that she achieves more wins and better prices for them.

Contact Naomi Malabre at RE/MAX Unlimited, 420 Harvard St., Brookline; 617-833-5966, [email protected]; or her website, www.naomimalabre.com.

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