The Best of Women in Business 2021: Marisela Cotilla

Photo by Aaron Bristol

Executive Senior Director, Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Real estate veteran Marisela Cotilla is a powerful force in the real estate industry and has been for more than 30 years, with an illustrious career in luxury residential, commercial real estate and mortgage lending.

She has a tenacious work ethic, negotiating skills of a living legend according to her clients, and impactful integrity. It’s no wonder that she and her team’s 2020 sold transactions totaled more than $130 million. Her keen understanding of lifestyle, amenities, top-notch service and the South Florida terrain is what she feels truly sets her apart. Marisela always looks toward quality of life as the most important factor for her clients because luxury is a lifestyle—not a price point.

From her early days in commercial lending to more than $220 million in sales as an investment broker; new luxury development consulting for Alina residences, and a management role overseeing record-breaking sales achieving $1,900 per square foot at The Bristol, her recipe for success comes down to patience, simplicity and being able to interpret the changing landscape.

“You also need to be a team player. I opened a team office at Elliman on S.E. Mizner Blvd. with two of my esteemed colleagues, Rachelle Hirt Beresh and Scott Gerow, who share my work ethic and passion for real estate which is critical for success,” says Marisela.

Marisela consults with top-level developers, and feels that her knack for succinct honest communication enhances her collaborative teamwork, —without ego—and makes deals happen.

954/829-1677; Marisela.cotilla@elliman.com

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