You probably have questions. When is the best time to buy or sell? How much house can I afford? How much is my house worth? It might seem intimidating, but we are here to help!
Looking for large or small, condo or family home, fixer-uppers, or luxury? We will find it and get it for you at the price that's right. We can also help with staging, flipping, building, and more.
If you have questions about credit or legal matters, buying or selling, you can trust us to find you what you need fast. We'll make sure you feel confident and educated every step of the way.
Barbara Nichols has the unique expertise of a Broker, a licensed General Contractor and expert witness, with a Masters in Business from Cornell University.
Why Barbara Nichols is the Right Choice as Your Real Estate Broker in Southern California
Barbara Specializes in single family, condominium and apartment building sales and purchase.
"Barbara was instrumental in helping me sell a condo in a building with deferred maintenance. She is patient when necessary, but she aggressively pushed during negotiations in order to close at my asking price. I'm so grateful I had her representing me.
"When mold was discovered in my condo sale, I did not know what to do to deal with it, the HOA and buyer. Barbara knew exactly what to do to properly represent my interest in a difficult transaction other agents would have walked away from."
Why Barbara Nichols is the Right Choice as Your Real Estate Expert Witness
Please contact Barbara for her current Curriculum Vitae and Retainer Agreement.
One of Barbara's 18 articles written for the National Association of Realtors is available in a PDF below. Please ask about her other article topics.
Areas of Specialization
>Broker/agent standard of care
>Disclosure duties of Brokers and agents
>Creation of duties of agency
>Mortgage and loan issues including activities of hard money lenders
>Boundary and survey issues and disputes
>Neighbor to neighbor disputes
>Developer/builder lawsuits by buyers or investors
>Lawsuits involving injuries at properties, residential and commercial
>Lawsuits involving duties of Homeowner Associations
>Short sale and foreclosure lawsuits
>Lawsuits involving property management
>Tree and view disputes
>Property stigma cases
>Complex research investigations
>Habitability issues in rental properties
>Contractor licensing and permit requirements
>Issues related to investigation of property condition
>Residential and commercial property
>"Any attorney that does not hire Barbara Nichols as their real estate expert witness should be found guilty of malpractice" Cameron Jolly, Mixon/Jolly, Costa Mesa, Ca.
>"Barbara Nichols offers a unique mix of impressive credentials, broad experience and utmost professionalism that combine to provide valuable, effective and superior consulting and expert witness services in our real estate and construction cases" Roy Ogden, Ogden & Fricks, San Luis Obispo, Ca.
>"Our office hired Barbara to provide an evaluation of real estate agent misconduct in regards to an extremely complex and hard fought elder abuse and breach of contract lawsuit. Barbara did a thorough job describing the malpractice and fraud committed by the real estate agent and was able to articulate the information clearly and calmly on the stand despite hostile cross examination. Our office and my client, and elderly woman, victimized by a predatory company, were extremely pleased with her efforts on our behalf." Michael Bock, Law Offices of Michael Bock, Santa Ana, Ca.
>"I definitely look forward to working with you again in the future. You are awesome!" Jaime C. Uziel, ESQ. Sheppard, Uziel Law Firm
>"I enjoyed working with you on the matter and hope to work with you again in the future. Your assistance was invaluable in dealing with the broker and agent standard of care issues in the case." Mark Raftery, San Diego Trial Attorneys
>"Thank you for your excellent preparation in this dispute. It helped me understand where the agents went astray and sharpened my presentation of the case. Ultimately, we settled for 100x their offer made in mediation!" Edgar Saenz,
Law Office of Edgar Saenz, Trusts & Probate
"How to Stay Out of Court" is the premier course in real estate broker/agent risk management. Lawsuits are the bane of the real estate broker, a major headache and expense. The right training can eliminate these lawsuits, the bad publicity they bring with them, and the loss of clients because of them.
Special Expertise that Separates Barbara from other Real estate Educators
Barbara is available to teach Risk Management anywhere in the United States for a fee of $5,000 plus travel expenses. Eliminate the cost and anguish of lawsuits for your company with this practical, no nonsense class. Barbara can teach her class for Real Estate Companies, Real Estate Associations and Inspection Associations, as well as E & O Insurers.
"I was never ruined but twice: once when I lost a lawsuit, and once when I won one. --Voltaire
>Answering questions from class attendees
>Selling my Book "The No Lawsuit Guide to Real Estate Transactions," the 4 CD Risk Management Audio Series and a package of 20 pamphlets entitled "You Must Have Inspection Protection."
>These products can be ordered by contacting Barbara at BN1633cv@sbcglobal.net
"I really enjoyed the 3 hour class and absorbed as much as I could. I am continuing my education with your CDs (4 CD audio series) as well. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience. It is Priceless."
Bridget Boland, Broker Associate, Lyon Real estate, Auburn, Ca.
"Your presentation yesterday was great. The agents have been giving me wonderful feedback. Thank you again."
Liz Greenman, Realtor, Training Director, Ascent Real Estate, San Diego, Ca.
"Thank you for the great class on how to keep us out of court. You are an excellent speaker and very knowledgeable in the subject, real estate, construction, and inspection. I am so glad you wrote your book! Thanks again for a most informative and enjoyable class! I love your book!"
Carolynne Jemes, Broker Associate, Century 21, GRI, SRES, Roseville, Ca.
"In 14 years of attending many similar classes, you have offered the best information yet on the topic of how to stay out of court. Thank you."
Claire Black Slotton, Associate Broker, CRS, Coldwell Banker, Davis, Ca.
"I purchased your book and just wanted to tell you it was EXCELLENT and I agreed with all your points as an inspector...I will be referring it to my friends and associates."
Justin Watts, American Dream Home Inspection, Ca.
"Barbara, you are awesome! Well done."
Joe Nernberg, Property inspector, Amerispec, Simi Valley, Ca.
"My broker associate and I had the pleasure of hearing you speak yesterday in Riverside. We were thoroughly impressed by your keen knowledge, professionalism and hands on experience. We are greatly appreciative of the meaningful and practical tips you provided in the area of risk management."
Marina Dini, Law Offices of Bastian & Dini, Los Angeles, Ca.