Susan Parks and Andy Cohen, Brookline, MA
"Immediately we knew that Karen was the person we wanted to work with to buy our home. One Sunday afternoon we dropped by an open house and happened to meet Karen. Although it wasn?t the home for us, she kindly followed up with us about the showing. We described what we were looking for and in a very accommodating manner she promptly showed us another property that fit our exact description of our dream condominium. Not only was it the basic specification that we wanted, she paid attention to the details of location, price range, and architectural style. Thanks to Karen?s outstanding combination of professionalism, warmth and kindness, we now call it ?home.? Not only did she help with the sale transaction, but she also offered home remodeling suggestions and referrals. We couldn?t have been more pleased and will unquestionably seek her services for future home buying and selling needs. " back to top
"Karen was our seller?s agent for the sale of our Brookline condo in the fall of 2005. She was efficient, extremely well-organized, and a good communicator during the selling period. She quickly assessed, planned, and executed renovations to our home in the service of making our unit more attractive to potential buyers. Karen has a wonderful network of contacts which made our overall experience one-stop shopping and was a priceless part of her realtor services. She has a wonderful network of contractors, painters, and lawyers with whom she has worked and who all provided above average services to us. She has a great sense of the market and real estate in the area which also was an asset in decision making.
We felt very confident working with Karen and her co-workers as she kept us in the loop by email and phone in a responsible way, yet worked independently to get the job done!
I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a realtor, as she is smart, respectful, patient, willing to listen, and able to take the stress away from the client!" back to top
Deb Stewart, Brookline
"Research and reputation brought me to Karen Nickel. For this huge investment with my life savings, I cannot imagine anyone I would want to help me find and support through the purchase of my home. Every phone message was returned timely, every question had an answer, and tremendous honesty and support. Integrity, integrity, integrity. I would not consider another person!" back to top
Andrew Sapiente and Becky Weidman
I am writing to you today to thank you whole heartedly for making the first home buying experience flawless for us. When we met you at an open house in Watertown both Becky and I felt an instant rapport with you and realized, at that time, that we were seriously ready to start the home search process. There was no one we wanted to work with other than you. We handed you the task of working with two people who really knew nothing about the process yet had very specific wants and needs; those wants and needs differed by individual. After looking at only a dozen or so properties we found one that, aside from a small electrical concern, was absolutely perfect for us. From this point on, you used your vast experience and knowledge to guide us through a 3 week closing timeframe that honestly never seemed like a chore.
As we had no contacts of our own you provide us with an exemplary mortgage brokerage firm that made the process as effortless as possible. The next thing we knew we were home owners?all thanks to you!!
Your website has also been a very valuable resource to us as we have taken your contractor recommendations and utilized both an electrician and locksmith from your site. Both presented professionally and appropriately priced.
In summary, working through the arduous and nail-biting process of buying our first home with you made all of the difference. Not only will we recommend you to our friends and family but if and when we sell our home you will be the first call we place." back to top
"Karen did a wonderful job in maximizing the sale price of our house in a fair, tactful, and incredibly well educated manner. It was a pleasure working with Karen right from the start, as we were certain of her track record, abilities, and ethics, having been referred to her by our own family. Karen was very detail oriented in assessing the value of our home, the status of the market, the details we needed to attend to prior to the sale, and the exact strategy we?d need to pursue to maximize our profits. Beyond all of the strategy and negotiations that go along with selling a home, Karen was just plain nice throughout the process. We'd recommend her to anyone interested in the most pleasant (and profitable) home selling process possible." back to top
"Special is not the word I would use to describe Karen Nickel; it just isn?t enough to describe a woman who combines professionalism with the knowledge of the area and architecture ? and with a sense of humor and a desire to find the right home for the client.
Karen enjoys what she does and it shows. Who she is is evident in everything; her commitment to you during, and after the sale is part of her genuine friendliness, helpful nature, and fair and honest character.
No, special is just not the right word.
P.S. My husband and I have owned homes for 30 year? everywhere from DC to Maui. We?ve met plenty of other real estate agents." back to top
Brian & Lori Beck
"I'm from Ireland and had been living in Boston since 2001. I had no idea about the American housing market, how to buy or what potential problems to look for in an old house. As I was getting married and settling in Boston, Karen not only taught me all these things, she also let me in on the tricks of the trade. She was always more than willing to entertain our flights of fancy and our ever changing minds. We looked at some horrors and, utilizing her architectural knowledge and hands on experience, always guided us in the right direction -away from bad buys and moneypits! When we finally decided on a home, she acted fast and got us the deal. She's not a used car salesman -she's your buddy!" back to top
Sophi Chan, Wiesbaden, Germany
"As an American who has worked and lived in Germany for more than five years, the process of returning back to the States is not only exciting, but also stressful. Having been away for such a significant period of time, I began to worry about where I was going to live and what options were available in the Pacific Northwest. Fortunately for me, Karen Nickel knew exactly how I was feeling. Karen has immense knowledge, experience, and sympathy for such a transition. She is helping me find housing in the U.S. through a referral in Seattle, Washington. Thank you Karen! Your dedication and personal attention is greatly appreciated!!!" back to top
Michael Melanson & Mayuko Katsuoka
"Our move to Boston was a big one - from Sydney, Australia. Since we had lived internationally for the last 13 years, we were relatively new to the US real estate market and had lots of questions about the local market as well as mortgages, insurance, renovation practices etc.. Karen was terrific because she walked us through the whole process of buying a condominium in Boston including the pros and cons of different neighborhoods and buying a "ready to move in" place vs.. one in need of renovation. We decided fairly quickly that we wanted an older condo with character and we were open to renovation. Karen's expertise as an architect was greatly appreciated because she gave us advice on renovation possibilities that was far beyond what we would normally expect from a real estate agent. She also introduced us to a excellent network of professionals (e.g. mortgage broker, lawyer etc..) who greatly helped ease our transition into being home owners in Brookline. It was a great experience working with Karen and we will undoubtedly choose her again the next time we buy real estate in Boston." back to top
"?what impressed me the most is how well Karen stayed on top of the listings when the market is so hot. The house we bought went on the market at 9pm the evening before and we had an appointment to see it the next day ? now that?s service!" back to top
"Karen Nickel was highly recommended to us, and after working with her it was easy to see why: she is knowledgeable, ethical, and respected our price range. When you work with Karen, its easy to live happily ever after." back to top
Donna B. McKeown, Poli Mortgage
"Karen is all about going the extra mile. She takes each buyer's situation personally and treats it as importantly as if it were her own. Most realtors consider their job done once the closing is over. Karen, on the other hand, stays as involved as the buyers want her to be, whether it be helping find contractors to do needed work, architectural advice, or any other post purchase issues. I have worked with Karen on financing for many purchases and without fail have found her to be ethical, honest, straight forward and dedicated. I give Karen my highest recommendation." back to top
"Karen understands the type of investment properties I want to buy, and she brings them to me before other investors have had a chance to react. Karen is invaluable during the buying process - she's a skillful negotiator and peacemaker. Karen's network of top notch real estate attorneys, mortgage brokers, and contractors has been a tremendous help to me. I owe a great deal of my success as a real estate investor to Karen. Thank you, Karen." back to top