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Finding The Right Home Fills Life With Endless Possibilities
Making dreams a reality has been the personal mantra of realtor Nicole Hanson from the very beginning. Hard work and determination meet a dedicated vision and purpose in a woman who sees the endless possibilities in life, people, and houses. Life is full of change and challenges. Learning how to accept it and leverage your personal strengths and knowledge to transform adversity into advantage is the key to success. Nicole embodies the true spirit of personal transformation and has embraced her defining journey as wife, mother, pet owner, traveler, “foodie”, home renovator, and realtor.
With more than 9 years of experience in real estate as a trusted agent, investor, and home rehab expert, Nicole, brings broad industry expertise, design and renovation knowledge, and a passion for finding her clients the perfect home. “The Region” is a place where home and family are the focus. Small town values, being neighborly, and capturing the American dream are a way of life. Growing up in DeMotte, IN, Nicole learned to appreciate what life brings. Family, friends, an education, career, and working to build a life that contributes were a priority.
Furthering her education was always the plan. Nicole earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Purdue University at Lafayette. Upon graduation she began a management career in the retail industry at both Gateway Computers and Lowe’s hardware stores. It was at the Lowe’s store where her eye for detail, flair for style, and interest in home renovation began as well as her interest in real estate. Through the extensive store training and direct exposure with customers, Nicole saw the possibilities of transformation. Taking something worn and old and making it new again with a renewed life and purpose was the perfect fit for someone who loves transition and knowing how things work. The experience of working with customers who were undergoing home renovation projects would soon lead Nicole down a new path. Securing her realtor’s license in 2004 marked an important first step in what would become Nicole’s journey into real estate and home rehab renovations.
It’s All About Making The Right Connection And Renovation
Having traveled to 25 of our 50 states, Nicole knew in her heart that there is no place like home. At the very young age of 26 Nicole purchased her first property. Single female home buyers are a continuing growth trend in real estate and Nicole’s first home was also her first renovation project. Being a very hands-on individual, Nicole was her own general contractor. Learning how to do everything herself, Nicole replaced flooring, painted, replaced kitchen countertop, bathroom and kitchen plumbing fixtures, as well as sinks. She also worked with her mom to stain millwork and replace doors. The renovation bug had bitten and Nicole loved the transformation process from start to finish. Being a visual thinker and someone with an overall vision for a property from the moment she steps inside, Nicole took tremendous pride in the work that was completed in her very first home.
The house was on the market for a mere 45 days and a newly engaged couple made the purchase and began their lives together. It was a happy ending with Nicole’s home at the center of the story. The pride and satisfaction of helping someone achieve their dream of home ownership as a first time buyer had Nicole hooked. Nicole’s home improvement expertise, dedication to providing the best service to her clients, and personal integrity quickly gave her a stellar reputation in the business. She makes people feel extremely comfortable with the process and she is able to do that from her own experience as a home owner and master renovator. After a number of years in the business, Nicole now shares expert home renovation advice on her own Youtube.com channel.
Connecting With Clients – People And Pets
Ever the multi-tasker, Nicole accepted a General Manager’s position with PETCO while still working in real estate. Her love of all things furry was nurtured and grew, as did her experience as a realtor. People with pets often have unique real estate needs. “The Region” is a diverse landscape of city dwelling, suburban, and rural properties. A dog lover and owner of 4 dogs, who was born and raised in Northwest Indiana, Nicole has an intimate familiarity with the area and is dedicated to ensuring clients find the perfect place for them…and any furry family members.
Its All In The Family
Love bloomed for Nicole in 2007. She and her husband, Chris, an architect, met on Match.com and it was truly the perfect match for them both. The chemistry developed quickly and with shared interests of travel, being spontaneous, learning new things, and adventure, Chris and Nicole became inseparable. They also shared a love of houses and an appreciation for what renovation and new design can bring. The pair began getting to know each other and decided to take on Chris’ home as a project. Side by side they replaced hardwood flooring, re-designed the kitchen layout and replaced drywall in the living room. Home renovation can be stressful, but Chris and Nicole took it in stride and were married in 2010. The couple was thrilled to learn that Nicole was pregnant with twins just one month later.
Overcoming numerous health issues with a difficult pregnancy, Nicole looked forward to the day her twin girls would be born. Bed rest gave her the time to slow down, watch cooking shows to developer her inner “foodie”, and search online foreclosure listings to look for a perfect home for their expanding family. But gestational diabetes, asthma issues and 4 scares with preterm labor made Nicole eternally grateful for a supportive and loving husband, and the delicate babies she was carrying. Thankfully Callie and Violet were born healthy and perfect, and are the center of Chris and Nicole’s world.
With toddlers in tow, the family soon moved into a Veteran’s Administration (VA) foreclosure and the new mom put back on her contracting hat and began a full-on renovation project once more. A brand new kitchen, gleaming hardwoods, sun-splashed porch, spa-like bathrooms, and all new light fixtures and doors would transform this house into “their” family home. The details and love put into the project are a reflection of the couple who had the vision to see potential in a house. Bringing their own sense of style, moving walls to enhance the floor plan, and creating a comfortable home that works for their family was the priority. They accomplished their goals and then some. Now Chris, Nicole, Callie and Violet, with the 4 senior dogs – Izzy, Brody, Hanis and Gracie…and a betta named Old Blue, have a forever home in Griffith, IN. The future may be centered on more real estate and renovation projects, but ultimately the possibilities of life have brought this family endless happiness.
Nicole Hanson, always on her A game, knowledgeable, professional, straightforward, and extremely in the know in market trends and opportunities. We bought our home from nicole 1 year ago. Even though I backed out of the 1st hose we were looking ar, Nicole worked with us on the next home, it was time sensitive, and a complicated buy/sell as many lookers were interested in the same house we were looking at, sellers not wanting to sell on contingency, our home not yet listed in the market, but Nicole made it all work out, very diligent, surgical precision on contracts. very detailed.... Details were critical, as our offer was out there with others coming in. Been in our new home almost 1 year. and very thankful Nicole made it all happen. Would recommend to anyone. Will definitely use again if ever looking for another home.
04/19/2019 - abart71188
My husband and I were very nervous about purchasing our first house. Nicole made the process a breeze. She was so attentive and made herself available for us whenever. She walked us through the process and helped me and my husband purchase our forever home. I would definitely recommend her and use her services again.
12/05/2018 - marcmcc1990
Bought a Single Family home in 2018 in Highland, IN.
Worknig with Nicole has been a breeze. Very detail oriented and has a wide ranging knowledge of the area. Any questions that I had during my home buying experience were quickly and succinctly answered. Couldn't recommend Nicole more.
11/26/2018 - ashley schmitt124
Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2018 in Highland, IN.
Nicole is amazing! She is in the process of helping up close on a new house while selling ours with some pretty difficult road bumps and she has stayed extremely professional, patient, and positive! She always makes herself available no matter the day/time to answer the most simplistic questions! She’s the best and I highly recommend her and her team :)
10/05/2018 - amandahutsler14
Bought a Single Family home in 2018 in Schererville, IN.
Nicole was absolutely amazing! Knowledgeable and very organized. I would recommend her to everyone. She made house hunting easy and fun. She even had me sign up to her website and app so I received daily updates on new listings.
08/02/2018 - fsanchez6
Sold a Single Family home in 2018 in Griffith, IN.
Nicole was very responsive from the start. She was able to sell my investment property from listing to close without me having to be in the state. She is very familiar with the area.
Thanks again Nicole.
07/21/2018 - jaweston44
Bought a Single Family home in 2018 in Schererville, IN.
Nicole was wonderful to work with! She helped navigate the purchase of our home smoothly. Anytime we had questions, she was there. She also lended advice during difficult situations that arose. I would highly recommend Nicole and will be using her for all my future home sales and purchases. Thank you, Nicole!
07/07/2018 - zuser20170609125331177
Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2018 in Dyer, IN.
Nicole was up front and honest, perhaps brutally so. But she was what we needed being first time home buyers. Quick with suggestions and opinions. I would gladly recommend her to any home buyer
03/21/2018 - mustang11787
Bought a Single Family home in 2018 in Merrillville, IN.
I am a first home buyer, and when i found a house Nicole was a big help understanding all the different financial to do list that comes with the house and what to look for. She was excellent she did not push me into buying the house, instead she said take my time. I highly recommend.
03/11/2018 - klddit
Bought a Single Family home in 2018 in Portage, IN.
Nicole is always on the ball. She gets the process moving fast and is always available via phone, email, or text. Our property was a new build so not much negotiation was done, but she genuinely seemed to have our best interest at heart.
11/14/2017 - KatieLytle
Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2014 in Griffith, IN.
Nicole is wonderful! She helped us with finding our first house and now she is helping us sell our house. Very wonderful job she did for us. She responds very fast, and negotiates good. She told us what to do with house's looks. She know paints and looks. I would recommend her to my friends!
11/08/2017 - VictoriaReese85
Bought a Single Family home in 2017 in Merrillville, IN.
Nicole helped make our home search and purchase as seamless as possible. She was knowledgeable and extremely helpful throughout our entire process. Not only did she make sure we saw enough homes until we were comfortable with moving forward, she also stuck with us throughout the process and has ensured us that she is available after closing. Today we closed on our house and we are so grateful that we worked with someone who knew her stuff and made us comfortable. If you’re looking for a realtor, she is the person to go to!
11/02/2017 - user8442004
Sold a Multi Family home in 2017 in Portage, IN.
I have really been impressed with Mrs. Hansen's knowledge of proper pricing of real estate in its local market and her ability to handle negotiations in an effective and professional manor. I haven't had this smooth of a closing in all of my last 5 housing sales. I wish they all were this easy.
11/02/2017 - user18867267
Bought a Single Family home in 2017 in Merrillville, IN.
When me and my husband decided to buy a home, we never imagined how stressful it would actually be! With the help of Nicole, who went above and beyond for our family, we finally made it happen. Not only was she very professional and patient, but she was always available and ready to help! I could not imagine doing this process again without Nicole Hanson. Thank you so much!!!!
06/21/2017 - mccolluml1
Bought a Single Family home in 2017 in Highland, IN.
Best realtor I've worked with! I contacted her after being dissatisfied with my previous realtor. From the first call she has been quick to respond, and has gotten me in to see houses on short notice. She is very knowledgeable as well. I know who I will be calling next time I buy or sell a property.
06/01/2017 - nrodriguez28
Sold a Condo home in 2017 in Dyer, IN.
The best, hands down realtor. Very responsive and knowledgeable. I highly recommend Nicole to anyone looking for a fantastic realtor in the area. Our home sold quick and for great price
05/29/2017 - tthsathlete14
Bought a Condo home in 2017 in Beecher, IL.
Nicole was very knowledgeable of the area and offered great advice on what is important when considering to buy a house. She was always available to answer question, even outside of her normal office hours. There was never any pressure to rush into putting in offers.
04/05/2017 - zuser20170226075302263
Bought and sold a home in 2017 in Kreitzburg, Dyer, IN 46311.
This was my first time buying a house, and i must say i was in good hands. She is very knowledgeable about the area, schools, the surrounding areas, and everything else. I would highly recommend using her, as she will call it like she sees it. She truly cares about her clients and finding a good fit for their needs. A++++ in my book for sure. I would most definitely work with her again.
03/28/2017 - zuser20170312152354298
Bought a Single Family home in 2017 in Munster, IN.
Nicole made my home buying experience simple and straight forward. She's knowledgeable and easy to talk to. I'd recommend her services to anyone buying a home!
03/27/2017 - lkono1165
Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2017 in Lake George, Hobart, IN.
Extremely helpful! Provided good advice and guidance. Extremely responsive and understands how a home sale and purchase is stressful for a family with 2 young kids. Would highly recommend!
03/21/2017 - zuser20170311055031563
Bought and sold a home in 2017.
Nicole has worked for me twice. She was my buying agent in 2015 and my selling agent in 2017. I was both happy and more than satisfied with her performance as both. Nicole was understanding of my needs at both ends of the spectrum.
03/21/2017 - bfvision595
Sold a home in 2017.
Nicole Hanson is a phenomenal resource as we have taken advantage of her services 2X. Nicole is very methodical, direct and to the point yet very respectful of the buyers wishes and time. We highly recommend her to all home buyers.
03/08/2017 - zuser20160210064928473
Sold a Single Family home in 2017 in Lake Station, IN.
Nicole has been awesome from day one. She responds immediately to my phone calls, emails and texts. Her wealth of knowledge and professionalism goes above and beyond. I would highly recommend her to anyone. In my line of work, I will be referring all my clients to her along with any future personal business of my own. Thanks for all your hard work and to our future endeavors. You're the BEST!!!
02/20/2017 - zuser20170206182541507
Showed home in 2017 in Lake Hills, Schererville, IN 46375.
Nicole was very responsive. We had only a limited amount of time to find a house and she did just that, found us a house. She understood our needs and was very helpful. We plan to recommend her to family and friends
02/20/2017 - brujun
Bought a Single Family home in 2017 in Dyer, IN.
Nicole was immediately available to assist us and quickly set us up with a personal portal to review our matched properties. She wasted no time getting us in to see the homes we liked and gave us the room and time we needed to look around. After seeing 11 homes, she quickly put in our bid and notified us as soon as she heard from the buyers. That one fell through but she got right back to work and we quickly found and put a bid on another home which we ended up purchasing. Nicole is very on top of things and doesn't let anything fall through the cracks. Also, she responded to all of our communications, regardless of the time of day. I would recommend Nicole to anyone interested in buying a home.
02/17/2017 - willyhasemann
Bought a Single Family home in 2017 in Merrillville, IN.
Nichole was great during the whole process of showing and selling me and my fiancé a home. She was very knowledgeable of the areas. Also answered any questions. I would highly recommend asking for Nichole Hanson when you are purchasing a home.
12/21/2016 - Jake Ellis
Bought a Single Family home in 2015 in Trail Creek, IN.
Nicole was my third realtor on a long road to find my first home. The other realtors I just didn't feel comfortable with, nor trusted them like I did Nicole. She was very welcoming and her full interest was in finding me a home. Not making money. Other realtors will try to sell you like a shady car salesman, but Nicole helped me even pointing out issues that I may have not realized without her help. She is bright and fun throughout the whole process and I would recommend her, and have, to anyone I know or meet. Her patience with me was wonderful, as I looked at over 30 houses in 10 months. On time, and responsive with questions and possible showings I wanted. I will be using her in the future without a doubt.
12/07/2016 - TommyJacob
Bought a home in 2016.
Nicole was extremely helpful with choosing the best home that fits my 'work at home' environment! Nicole was always there to answer any of the questions I had without hesitation. Which made the experience very comforting, especially me being a first time home buyer! I had TONS of questions :) Be sure to have Nicole help you find your dream home as she's helped me find mine!! Nicole's knowledge and expertise really made me feel confident that I made the right choice!
12/07/2016 - sml54
Bought a Single Family home in 2016 in Dyer, IN.
On the surface Nicole was a perfect fit for us as a real estate agent. We are first time home buyers and she had a good selections of home picked out for us based on our criteria. She also was knowledgeable about various parts of home inspection that she could point out as we toured the houses. Her attention during the tours was always on us and our questions instead of just letting us in and then going off to attend to other work.
However, beyond the basic showing of homes is where Nicole really shined. She was great at giving us advice on negotiations for the house we wanted, able to give us a good idea what would and wouldn't be accepted. She answered all the tricky questions we had as first time buyers in a way we could understand quickly. She was constantly available via email or phone if we had follow up questions or need guidance on other parts of the negotiation process.
All in all there was never any doubt or concern with her expertise and we never experienced any real surprises even when negotiating with the sellers back and forth. Paper work was handled and updated usually same day so there was very little down time.
11/09/2016 - LouRodriguez3
Sold a Single Family home in 2016 in Highland, IN.
Nicole is able to balance professionalism with warmth. She is able to guide one through preparing a home for sale, giving honest constructive direction and presenting the home for maximum appeal.
She sold our home in 4 days!! She was able to guide us through the negotiating process and walk us through the final closing. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a quality realtor.
09/19/2016 - user3166913
Bought a Single Family home in 2016 in Saint John, IN.
Nicole was great. Very friendly - new area well. She gave very realistic scenarios and I would use her again if I were to sell/buy. One piece of feedback is that I could have used more guidance during negotiation process. I am not an expert at negotiating real estate deals and wanted to lean on her more heavily during this part of the transacation.
09/19/2016 - claudia2167
Bought a Single Family home in 2016 in Merrillville, IN.
Nicole was amazing! Very responsive, polite, friendly, and helpful. She knew exactly what we wanted and always had time for us. She made buying our first home a perfect experience and fun! We are very grateful that we found her.
08/20/2016 - bmart75
Sold a Single Family home in 2016 in Schererville, IN.
Nicole was very responsive via email, text, phone. She worked very hard during my difficult transaction. I feel that she did all the leg work out of the two realtors involved.
06/17/2016 - zuser20140531110320322
Sold a home in 2016.
Nicole is an amazing agent. Her confidence and professionalism shine through. She is caring and happy, quick with a smile and encouraging remarks. Nicole knew what my house needed changed to sell, she even guessed how long the sale would take...and she was off by only 3 days!! :)
01/21/2016 - zuser20150122145818788
Bought a Single Family home in 2016 in Valparaiso, IN.
Nicole did a great job of narrowing down the huge list of houses we wanted to look at, into a few great yet realistic choices in our price range. Being a first time buyer, we had many, many questions. She was very quick to respond and easy to get ahold of. Even though we had a low price range, I feel she went above and beyond to help us. Can't say enough good things.
06/17/2015 - moosebear00
Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2015 in Crown Point, IN.
We had some hard times during both our selling & buying process but Nicole was with us every step of the way. She helped us get our dream home and we couldn't be happier. She helped us with every step of the process including inspections, repairs, finding homes, and of course the closing process. We would happily recommend her for any real estate transaction!!!
06/10/2015 - user1153130
Bought a home in 2015.
She's very easy to get along with. Very knowledgeable about the whole process of buying a house. I knew nothing and she walked me through it all and explained it very clearly. I was very happy about my experience.
04/29/2015 - pistelloc
Bought a Single Family home in 2015 in Highland, IN.
Nicole is a honest, knowledgeable, dedicated, and personable realtor. She worked hard to find a house that met all of our expectations. She gave honest opinions about each house and pointed out all major flaws to ensure that we would get a great ideal home. With us being young and first time home buyers she was patient and guided us step by step through the entire process. She went above and beyond her job to ensure we got our dream house. She treated us with respect and supported us through one of the most stressful decisions of our lives. We couldn't thank her enough. Big house or small house I highly recommend Nicole to help you buy or sell!!
04/04/2015 - zuser20140621193843332
Bought a Single Family home in 2015 in Griffith, IN.
It took us over a year to be ready to get our financing. Nicole was patient and gave us a portal so that we could track the market. When the time came Nicole not only helped us with finding our home she was also able to recommend a mortgage company when we were in need. She is awesome.
02/12/2015 - smurf 1991
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 in Griffith, IN.
Nicole was great. She was always quick to respond to any messages we sent her. Any property we found that we were interested in looking at, she did her best to get is in to see, even with our crazy schedules.
12/30/2014 - lazytown15
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 in Westville, IN.
Nicole sold my house SO quickly. Very customer oriented. Communication is her strong suit. She kept me informed every step of the way. I highly recommend her.
12/29/2014 - iamsuewallace
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 in Hessville, Hammond, IN.
Nicole kept me apprised at all times. She made everything go smoothly. She knows the market and how to sell houses. My sale was quick! I was happy every step of the way. I highly recommend her.
11/13/2014 - user53058962 Sold a Single Family home in 2014 in Portage, IN.
We were extremely happy with Nicole. She kept us up to date on everything that was necessary, time things were due, if there were any changes or problems. She went above and beyond to help us, and we would recommend her to anyone.
10/06/2014 - JordyBlitzzNovak
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 in Merrillville, IN.
Nicole is a polite, fast working, smart realtor who helped us find our first home. We were told it couldn't be done, but we found a house and closed on it in 30 days! Nicole always answered our phone calls and emails immediately, which allowed us the freedom to move at our own pace. We love our house and we have Nicole to thank for finding it and helping us through the process of first time home buying!
04/17/2014 - mgottb0032
Showed home in 2013 in Roselawn, DeMotte, IN 46310.
Nicole was very professional and knowledgeable in the real estate in our area. She followed up with us in a timely manner and made sure we knew all our options available. It was a pleasure working with her and we will definitely work with her again
04/17/2014 - treynhout
Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2013 in Crown Point, IN.
Nicole went above and beyond to get our house sold! The house sold within a week and everything went smooth! Not only did she sell our house but she is also the agent for our new construction. Great job thank you
04/17/2014 - mspangle
Bought a Single Family home in 2011 in Demotte, IN.
Our home buying experience was excellent. We can thank Nicole for that. She showed us homes until we found one we loved. Then answered our relentless questions though out the entire buying process. Thank you again Nicole, we could not have done it without you!
04/16/2014 - ashley schmitt
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 in Highland, IN.
Nicole was GREAT! We found our perfect home within a week, and closed 3 weeks later. She ALWAYS answered her phone, and took no longer than 30minutes to respond to emails. Highly recommend Nicole! I will be recommending her to any friends/family members looking for their new home! Great Realtor!
04/13/2014 - mellyd98
Bought a home in 2007.
Our first home purchase. Nicole walked us thru the entire process. She answered all of our questions.......we had quite a few. Lots if knowledge & very good communication. I would highly recommend her.
04/08/2014 - cargomore
Bought and sold a home in 2013 in Deep River, Hobart, IN 46342.
Nicole Hanson is a very knowledgeable realtor with realistic negotiation skills. SHE replies to all clients immediately and does her home on what an individual or family is looking for.
She can get someone into anything from a stater home to a new construction. ...She's a honest, wholesome, family person who can help you find and move into the home of dreams.
04/02/2014 - sameshimakerry
Bought a home in 2014 in New Elliott, Griffith, IN 46319.
I like to do things on my own, and was somewhat uncomfortable with the idea of working with an agent. However, Nicole Hanson is very knowledgeable, straightforward, and easy to work with. She made the process simple and enjoyable.
12/31/2013 - kristikramer22
Bought a home in 2013 in New Elliott, Griffith, IN 46319.
Nicole Hanson was a delight to work with from the start. She was very flexible with scheduling showings and was there for us every step of the way. From picking out our home to advising us on every aspect of the home-buying process she was trustworthy, dependable, knowledgeable and with us every step of the way.
Nicole helped us make our dream of homeownership a reality and we highly recommend her to buyers of all types. Whether you are purchasing your first home or another property she is a wonderful person and an expert in her field!
11/13/2013 - solidstructure
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 in Munster, IN.
Nicole, was always responsive and very knowledgeable. She made finding the right home for me and my fiance a enjoyable and highly recommendable experience. She went beyond my expectations and because of her fast responsiveness i was able to get a great deal and close fast! Nicole is truly a rare find in a Realtor and anyone would be lucky to have her.
10/14/2013 - jennifercavezza
Showed home in 2013 in New Elliott, Griffith, IN 46319.
Nicole was very prompt for all appointmens as well as very knowledgeable about the properties thatwere being shown. She kept me informed and was quick to respond, as well as friendly.
10/13/2013 - dsprockwell
Bought a home in 2013.
She walked us through everything. Answered all our questions. Showed my wife and I several homes till we found the house we wanted. A true professional!!!!!