Testimonials – Christine Nichols

    Erin H.- Wenatchee, WA
    Professional, knowledgeable and client-centered service are just a few words and phrases we choose to describe our experience with Christine Nichols and her co-worker, Deb Buskey. The “Dynamic Duo” went out of their way to work closely with us throughout our long-distance home search and purchase process. They were proactive in anticipating our questions and needs while providing answers and solutions to us in a very timely fashion. They emailed videos of prospective homes to us which were instrumental in helping us make an informed long-distance home purchase decision. The closing process was a tad stressful but with their help, we now own a home in the desert. These ladies continue to provide additional support, referrals and solid recommendations to various contractors and services to us after we closed on our home – all of which have been excellent. We’ve worked with many realtors over the years and we can say, hands down, these ladies are simply the very best. We would use them again in a heart beat!
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    Hank and Divi V- Gigg Harbor, WA
    We recently purchased a home with the assistance of Christine.  Over the years (as developers) we have experienced a lot of realtors.  Christine you rank at the top!…and by far on top!!  Christine worked hard to close the deal on our behalf, but did not stop there.  Her dedication to client service and excellence is beyond what we have ever seen before.  And beside all that, she takes the stress out of it by making it fun and reaching out with a helping hand wherever she can.  We can’t say “thank you” enough to Christine and and we both will take the time to personally thank you when ever we are planning a visit.  “You are our Realtor for life!”
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    Linda G., Edmunds, WA
     

    We live in the Seattle area and were looking for a home in the desert, we were cash buyers so did not think it would be a problem to find a home.   We had worked with 3 different agents and placed offers on 3 homes.  It seemed that we were doing the work and followup while the last agent did not even know how to do “docu-sign”, thereby everything was via fed-ex; it took weeks to get paperwork signed.   This was not a good experience and we were very disappointed at not securing a home after several trips to the desert.

    Then the skies opened up, the seas parted, and we met Christine Nichols, via a friend’s recommendation.  From that day on we did not have to make anymore “quick trips” to the desert, we had an experienced agent that was smart and aggressive in finding us a home.  Within weeks, Ms. Nichols had understood our criteria and put to work a plan and function to find us our perfect home.   Christine was always one-step-ahead of us.   She zero’d in on our areas of interest, offered very sound advice and went to work with a plan of action.   Once we showed interest in a home, Christine and her assistant would produce a really “First-Class” video to further our knowledge of the property.  This was extremely helpful and I had never heard of an agent doing such a thing in such a complete form.   It was not just filmed but narrated with information that we did not even think to ask.

    One day a home was listed for sale, the first day of its listing,   we told Christine that we were very interested.  Within hours we were viewing this home in its entirety, insides of cupboards (as it was turnkey furnished), outside, garage, pool; via a great video narrative.   Yup, this was the home!   We were very concerned that we would not be the first to make an offer, because this was a very nice property and priced very well.    Ours was the first offer, full price, with no contingencies, cash, 14 day close.  To our dismay there was a back-up offer the very first day!  With Christines guidance, we secured the contract.  Once the sellers realized that they were in the drivers seat they made a further demand of retaining the “built-in” microwave…….with trim-kit,  and a  size is no longer made.    Christine found someone who could make a custom trim kit; so we got a new microwave installed at closing, and included in the sale.    There were many other efforts that Christine and her assistant made that delivered this real estate closing to success.

    We flew in to the desert, and arrived at our new home; Christine showed up with dinner, and margaritas, and it was the first time even meeting her face-to-face.   And what a pretty face it is; she is not only bright, hard-working, motivated, and a communicator, but also beautiful.

    This is not your run-of-the-mill real estate agent folks, this is a business woman who loves her profession and it shows with every thing that she does.   When Christine is putting her talent and experience to work on “your” behalf, you simply cannot lose.  I wish we could give her 100 “stars”.

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    Brad H., La Quinta, CA
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    My wife and I, after years in Corona del Mar/Newport Beach/Costa Mesa finally decided to search in the Palm Desert area. We came across Christine’s website, signed up and gave her certain information and in a couple of days she contacted us. We drove down and met her and immediately knew we had made the right choice in a realtor. Her knowledge of all areas of the desert (pros and cons), communities, HOA’s, restrictions, etc.,etc made our life a lot easier. We toured many areas and saw many homes (some more than once) and settled on the Rancho Santana neighborhood in La Quinta. Our entire homebuying process went by without a hitch, thanks in part to Christine’s negotiations, honesty and professionalism. We could not have asked for a better experience, and have Christine to thank for that. We’re extremely happy!
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    Patty D., VP of Mortgage Lending NMLS# 217996 at Guaranteed Rate
    Chicago, IL
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    Fantastic Experience!!!!!!
    After traveling to La Quinta for over 20 years to escape the brutal Chicago winters, we finally decided to buy a 2nd home here. We worked with a few realtors over the course of 12 months and saw over 20 homes. Nothing really fit what we were looking for. We met Christine Nichols randomly on our last visit in February and instantly felt that “she got us and what we needed”!
    She showed us 5 houses in 2 days and we went under contract on day 3. Christine
    was able to listen to our needs and understand the kind of lifestyle we were looking for. Her market knowledge was tremendous and she definitely knows how to negotiate!!!!!!! We closed on our “dream house” seamlessly. After our closing, her entire team helped us get situated in the new house (and is still helping!!!)
    We are so grateful to have met Christine and I HIGHLY recommend her services.
    We loved working with her AND she can make it happen!
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    Kathy S., Palm Springs, CA
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    We (Canadian snowbirds) were first “introduced” to Christine when we signed up for her newsletter after seeing multiple listings of hers on MLS; we had tried a couple of other agents and were somewhat dissatisfied. Eventually we set up a meeting with her to discuss a purchase in the Valley, and Christine truly listened to our needs/wants. We spent some time with her looking at properties of interest, but nothing caught our eye. We went back to Canada – BUT one of the awesome services she provides is a video of any home that we felt would be of interest, she walked thru several properties for us, including our eventual home, providing illustrative commentary (oh, this is great or…this is weird.. you get the drift). Being non residents, the California purchase process was quite different, but Christine made it seamless for us. We stayed in touch with Christine, and without question went to Christine when we decided to sell in early 2016. She helped with staging our home, provided timely advice, demonstrated both skill and professionalism, and we went from listing to offer to escrow in a few weeks. Christine was there every step of the way to explain the nuances (and reams of paperwork) of selling a home. We consider ourselves fortunate to have met this wonderful woman.
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    Mary R., Albuquerque, NM
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    Christine is that knowledgeable, skilled realtor who goes the extra mile that makes the customer feel truly special. Her knowledge of home building and decorating offered a skilled eye to our search. She knows the area, something we did NOT know. She offered advice without judgement. She did something we have never had offered before: she took videos of any house we thought we might consider so when we were reviewing our day(s) of looking at different properties, it was really important to be able to see the potential choices from a fresh eye. It certainly helped us to make an informed decision. Really exceptional!! Thank you Christine!!
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    Laurie S., Long Beach, CA
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    I’ve had the great pleasure to work with Christine as my property manager for the last 4 years. Not only has Chrisine kept my condo rented to great people she has also gone beyond the call of duty and been available at a phone call away to check on my property after the 700 year flood that hit directly over la Quinta in 2014. I’ve had property managers who I would reluctantly give a 2 star rating. Christine definitely 5 bright stars.
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    Jeff M., La Quinta, CA
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    Wonderful service from start to finish. Christine Nichols is an expert in the real estate market in the Coachella Valley. She knows every corner and understands the market trends. She guides you through the entire buying experience and has the team to get you moved in from furnishing and design to tech. We will surely stay with Desert Area Homes For Sale and Christine for buying or selling in the future.
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    Dianne F., La Quinta, CA
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    When we started looking for a winter home in La Quinta, we had the good fortune of going to an open house and meeting Christine. That was our lucky day!! She listened to what we wanted and had us in our 1st dream home in the desert. That was over three years ago and she has always been available to help us in any way needed. When we decided to upgrade she was the only one we considered to help us with our next venture. We are now in our new home and couldn’t have done it without her!! We consider her our friend and we would highly recommend her.
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    Linda H., Chatsworth, CA
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    Christine is my go to realtor when I work in the desert. In addition to being of the highest integrity, she is fun to work with. Christine is unique, as she always has her clients well being and best interest, FIRST. If I could give Christine 10 stars I would, as she is a perfect “10” .
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    Jeffrey R., Laguna Niguel, CA
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    Christine was absolutely fabulous at showing the home. She had multiple open houses, and at all times make sure the house looked its best. She added extra touches to make the house even more appealing.I would recommend Christine without hesitancy for any future home sale.
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    Ron G., Cathedral City, CA
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    When we decided the time was right to purchase our retirement home in the Palm Springs area, we visited several sites online, including DesertAreaHomesforSale. As soon as Christine saw that we had register for feeds of listings, she emailed back just to say hello and to see if she could help. We told her, at that time we were just checking out the market and would get back to her when we were ready to actively look.A couple of months later, the market started to heat up, so we decided we had better buy before the prices went much higher. We let Christine know that now was the time, but we wouldn’t be able to actually house shop in person. No problem!As we found homes online that interested us, we would email the info to her. Surprisingly, she would invariable email us right back, even though it was early morning in Palm Springs. Great customer followup. Any emailed or phoned question was answered quickly and courteously.We would ask her to go view each home that we likes. She would walk through and video the houses, providing commentary when she could and send us the videos. She did this perhaps 5 times or more. We finally found what we thought was our ideal home. She videoed that twice for us. And negotiated a reasonable offer on our behalf.She coordinated all the inspections etc. and made sure items to be corrected were resolved before we removed contingencies. She provided great service even though we were buying a modestly priced home in Cathedral City.After we took possession, and came out to see what we actually had bought, we were more than pleased, and we finally had the chance to meet Christine in person. To this day, she still keeps in contact to see how we are settling in.We heartily recommend Christine to anyone looking for personal service.
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    Howard B., Pasadena, CA
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    It is with pleasure that I write this review.
    My Wife and I decided to make our permit residence in the Coachella Valley. After searching for a Real Estate Agent I came across Christine and her Website. I started emailing my wishes to Christine and found her responses refreshing honest, through the emails I could see that she has a superior knowledge of the areas I was interested in.I spent several days with Christine looking at homes in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, etc. I could quickly see that here is a person that is truly interested in your needs and is willing to spend all of the time necessary to make sure you get what you want both financially and emotionally.We purchased a home in Palm Desert and I can truthfully say that from the first email to the close of Escrow, Christine handled our purchase with a professionalism that I had not experienced with the 7 homes I had previously purchased. I would recommend Christine to anyone that is looking for a seamless experience in purchasing or selling Real Estate.
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    Jeff S., Los Angeles, CA
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    When we started to search for a 2nd home in the Palm Springs area, we came across the Christine’s website and signed up for online alerts. Immediately, Christine contacted us and we explained that we were probably a year or more out before we would be seriously looking. She welcomed us to her listing and without any pressure at all – continued to send up updates for new listings based on our perimeters.About a year later, we were ready to get serious and contacted Christine – who jumped to help us. She quickly connected us with a lender to get the financial aspect in line. During this time, we found a home that was not her listing – but she promptly contacted the broker and within days we were making an offer. She continued to guide us throughout the entire process – often saving us from ourselves!We found Christine to be not only one of the most professional real estate brokers – but also one of the most personable. She became a part of our family. She got us into our dream home and we will always be thankful to her.If you need a Real Estate Broker – you won’t be doing yourself a service unless you work with Christine!
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    Esther K., Palm Desert, CA
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    Greatest person. Greatest disposition and attitude and helpfulness and guidance and
    Best customer service.Did extra things to get this house sold. Yay!!!!!!
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    Dennis M., Kohler, WI
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    We live in Wisconsin and used Christine’s services to purchase our second home in La Quinta. We couldn’t have been happier. She is extremely knowledgeable of the area and was invaluable in steering us to the right homes. Christine also has a significant background in new home construction and provided keen insight into things we would likely have missed when viewing homes. We ultimately found the vacation home of our dreams, due in large measure to Christine’s help. On top of that, she’s very personable. We actually had a great time in our whirlwind tour of about 20 homes in 3 days. We actually look back on our time with her fondly. Could not recommend her enough.
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    John And Kristie L., Seabeck, WA
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    Christine was very helpful during our recent condo sale. She guided us through the process and was very professional as she represented both us and our buyers in the process.
    The photos and flyers she used to showcase our condo were beautiful and her advice as we priced and staged our home was spot on and she was always available for calls and showings,We would recommend Christine to anyone looking for a realtor who is honest, professional and pleasant to work with.
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    Dave C., Moses Lake, WA
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    My wife and I tried the VRBO scene for a desert vacation rental. What a nightmare. Thankfully a friend placed us in touch with Christine. From that moment on, everything has been fantastic. Having built my own successful business I truly appreciate extraordinary Customer Service. Christine redefines service. Her commitment to the homeowner and vacation renter is seamless. It’s not often you find a professional with Christine’s attention to detail and commitment to your complete satisfaction. Without question, we will use Christine again.
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    Leo G., Beverly Hills, CA
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    Professional service and was able to get us a decrease in the price. Highly recommend.
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    Sharon P., Live Oak, Florida
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    Christine recommended the short sale process versus a foreclosure and convinced us that this was the way to go.  A short sale does not impact our credit report as critically as does a foreclosure.  She was correct – it hasn’t.

    Christine handled the short sale from start to finish and made the entire process as pain free as possible.

    She guided us through every step of the transaction and kept us abreast of showings, feedback, offers and most importantly, negotiating with the Bank who carried our loan.

    Years ago, I was a realtor in California and I can attest that Christine is a cut above many and I would highly recommend her to all.

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    Paul and Brenda L., Superior, Colorado
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    Christine is upbeat, professional, flexible, reassuring, and extremely helpful through a stressful time, especially with us being out-of-state buyers.  We were often amazed and so grateful for Christine’s “above and beyond” willingness to help out in so many ways during our 6 month absence after the closing!  Her terrific attitude and genuine concern did not stop with the purchase of the home.

    Whenever there was a question, concern, or request, Christine was always right on it.  She even found a mint condition, used golf cart in my wife’s favorite color, and helped me surprise her during a trip to the desert over her birthday!

    No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another.  Thank you!


    Mike and Jo M., Los Altos, CA
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    Christine is far more than a real estate agent. She’s been a contractor, she runs a vacation rental business, and she’s a very skilled real estate agent. These are important attributes in a seasonal/vacation real estate market.

    We bought our vacation home through a short sale listing, and she very skillfully and patiently maneuvered through that complicated process, among 3 other offers on the property, with outstanding results.

    Most importantly, Christine puts her client’s best interests first and foremost. She is clearly here for the long run, and really means it when she says she wants to be your realtor for life. We highly recommend Christine.  And we love our new home!