The Yates-Keiser Partnership At Leonard Ryden Burr Real Estate A New Chapter of Success!

For a glimpse at what years of the finest in hard work and dedication can bring about for true professionals, simply get to know Mary Preston Yates, REALTOR®. Celebrating over 30 years in real estate, Mary Preston has launched her path towards the next phase of her immensely successful career with the announcement of a new team partnership. Mary Preston and Sarah Keiser, REALTOR®, J.D., introduced their association in early 2021, and Sarah shares what she believes to be the duo’s biggest strength.

“Mary Preston has been doing this for 32 years, and I—although new to this particular sector—have my law degree and bring familiarity with that aspect of the business to our partnership,” she says. The pair also combines two generations, so to speak, which will be appealing and beneficial to potential clients at all stages of life. Both are also actively dedicated to inspiring growth within the community, and will continue to broaden their networks as their business expands.

Mary Preston’s hard work and dedication has earned her the distinction of being a top-producing agent yearly since 1998, and Sarah embraces her opportunity to learn from the best.

“I love helping both new and seasoned home buyers and sellers, while at the same time seeing Mary Preston as my mentor, and continuing to build a successful partnership together,” says Sarah.

While the two focus primarily on Winston-Salem, Clemmons, Lewisville, and Kernersville, their work is certainly not limited to those areas.

Beginning her career in real estate in 1989, Mary Preston was immediately recognized as an expert, earning many distinctions along the way. For the past seven years she has worked with locally owned Leonard Ryden Burr Real Estate, continuously holding the Top Agent position.

Real estate has most assuredly been her life’s calling, and it has become much more than just a job. While she sees herself “always being in the business,” Mary Preston is excited by this new career turn. A 1972 graduate of Stuart Hall School in Staunton, VA, and a 1976 graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans, she is a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, and has sat on the board of several community organizations.

Sarah Keiser, the new half of The Yates-Keiser Partnership, is a 2016 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, and holds licenses in both North and South Carolina. She most recently practiced law at Surratt Thompson and Ceberio, PLLC in Winston-Salem.

“It was very important to bring on a partner with a law degree,” says Mary Preston. “In this business, having someone who can navigate each part of a contract and explain details to clients with ease, is invaluable.”

As she herself also has done, Mary Preston loved Sarah’s connections within the Winston-Salem community—her mother grew up here, as did her husband, Kristopher Keiser.

Sarah says she was confident about the partnership from day one, having known Mary Preston personally, as well as professionally, and she’s anxious to reach new clients, while also utilizing her law degree.

Curtis Leonard,  REALTOR® and co-owner of Leonard Ryden Burr Real Estate, was grateful to have Mary Preston join his firm., and is excited to see her now growing her own team, and welcoming Sarah to the LRB family.

With 2020 one of the most challenging years ever for the real estate market, Mary Preston’s determination and dedication to her clients remained strong, and the future will be a busy and invigorating new time for her new team.

The new Yates-Keiser Partnership at Leonard Ryden Burr Real Estate has offices at 201 S. Stratford Road, #200, in Winston-Salem. Visit them online at, or reach Mary Preston Yates at 336-816-5661, and Sarah Keiser at 843-455-6239.



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