Karen Nichols2022-08-03T12:01:05-06:00

Karen Nichols

heart. trust. expertise.

Karen brings significant knowledge and wide-ranging experience to her role as a broker at milehimodern, having worked in the industry for over 20 years.

Her strategic thinking is combined with emotional intelligence—due to her extensive nonprofit involvement—which has allowed her to negotiate hundreds of sales with steadfastness and practicality. With a counseling background and people-oriented prowess, Karen is devoted to being a resource for a wide range of clients. She commits her spare time to advance her knowledge through online real estate courses and imparts her education to colleagues and clients. She has spent much time in her career to serving on the both the Professional Standards Committee and the Grievance Committee for the Denver Board of Realtors.

Karen collaborates with Corrie Lee to create the well-established Nichols & Lee team. For any life transition, whether it’s assisting first-time homebuyers or senior clients, the team’s service-oriented attitude helps countless clients with the nuances of the Denver market.

Professional Proficiencies

  • Specializes in Historic Homes of Central Denver
  • SRES—Senior Real Estate Specialist Designation
  • CNE—Certified Negotiation Expert
  • Annually Awarded as DMAR’s Top Producer + Round Table of Excellence
  • Recognized as the top 1.5% of brokers in the US by Real Trends
  • 5280 Top Real Estate Producers 2022

Karen is a Denver native and grew up in historic Park Hill and Hilltop, which is where her appreciation for historic homes is derived. Now, Karen resides in an iconic Denver Square on 7th Avenue Historic District where you can find her enjoying time with friends and family on her front porch.

Personal Passions

  • Traveling, Hiking + Playing Euchre and Other Games with Family and Friends
  • Listening to Podcasts Including The Daily + This American Life + Revisionist History
  • Visiting the Botanic Gardens
  • Spending Time w/ Her Husband and Middle School Son and Enjoying Valuable Time with Her College Daughter

Contact Karen

m: 303.888.5633
e: karen@milehimodern.com



“Dedication. Fortitude. Patience. These attributes, and more, are qualities that Karen has brought to our association. She has always been extremely professional, and very astute in relaying relevant information that addressed our many questions. She suggested negotiating tactics and was, in turn, supportive of our subsequent decisions. Highlighting every interaction with Karen was her warmth and charm, attributes that put one immediately at ease. This seemingly inherent cordiality enhanced her signature professionalism.

Karen represents the very best in her profession. She brings to light what can be achieved not only with intelligence but with a simultaneous focus on high ideals. We commend her in every way.”

– Kathleen Laterzo

“Karen is marvelous. We have worked with her for nearly 25 years, for the sale and purchase of many properties. She is a professional in every sense of the word, as well as a good and kind human being. We consider her our “partner” in real estate! We recommend her without hesitation.”
-Phyllis & Vance Allen

“Karen is a pragmatic, professional, supportive, and savvy real estate agent.  She helped us buy and sell a home in a matter of months.  On the buy-side, Karen’s understanding of market availability and trends, construction estimates, and diligence for all parts of the transaction, including less-common elements like water well right transfer, was invaluable to getting the deal done quickly and efficiently.  Her performance on the sell-side was even more appreciated as we sold very quickly for even more than we were hoping to get.  She and her team came into our house, made recommendations to increase buyer-appeal, gave us steps to get to that goal, and made sure we had the tools to get there.  Our listing went live on-schedule, with appropriate marketing, and was under contract within days.  We really appreciate Karen’s attention to detail, focus, and support through what can be a very stressful process.”

Jodi and Tyler Sewell

“When we decided to relocate to Denver, we knew that we would need an experienced realtor who could navigate us through a new city in a fiercely competitive market.   Karen was referred to us by a colleague, and she turned out to be exactly the trusted ally that we needed to guide us through the entire transaction.

Karen told us that she is a Denver native, which makes sense because she seemed to know every aspect of the city.  She skillfully helped us explore everything from Denver’s most historic central neighborhoods to its newest suburban enclaves.   We spoke remotely and visited in person many times over the course of several months. At every turn Karen made us feel like her most important client.

When we found just the right home and we were ready to make a purchase, Karen researched the property, explained our strategy, and negotiated our offer among several competing bids.  All the while, she developed a strong working relationship with the other agent to ensure that the process went as smoothly as possible.  We were delighted with the results. Even after the closing, she was always available to answer questions and/or provide useful information

Karen has worked with several of our family members, and they have all given similarly stellar reviews.  Her lengthy experience in real estate, her knowledge of the luxury market in Denver, and her ability to provide steady guidance was the perfect combination for us. We have bought and sold numerous homes over the years and this was our best experience by far.  We would not consider working with anyone else.”

Steve Gardner
Chairman & CEO, Pacific Premier Bank

“Karen and milehimodern are exceptional. My boyfriend and I bought our first home in December and Karen was incredibly understanding and patient with us. She was also very knowledgeable about Denver and the value (or lack thereof) within each of the neighborhoods. She’s honest and trustworthy, so you know that the purchase you’re making is a good one. When we finally found our house, she worked extremely hard to negotiate the most fair deal. One of our terms was a short close, and she was at the house with us almost everyday with inspectors and professionals for quotes and opinions the week before Thanksgiving. Buying a house during a pandemic around the holidays is definitely not something I would recommend, but Karen made a stressful process infinitely simpler. I cannot recommend her highly enough.”

Madeline Davidhoff
Entrepreneur, Owner, CBDough

“Karen was an absolute pleasure to work with. She helped me narrow down and focus on the right potential homes and neighborhoods for me. She then helped me craft a compelling offer to close the deal. She then helped me work through some nuances that as an out-of-state buyer I hadn’t considered. The transaction went very smoothly, and I’m thrilled to call Congress Park, Denver my home.”

James Dailey

“Karen Nichols and Corrie Lee are an outstanding team to consider when buying or selling residential real estate in Denver! In the last two years we have done four separate deals with them in building up our real estate portfolio, and we have been impressed at every turn. In October 2019, they got our Evergreen home listed and sold at top price during a late fall market in a matter of days! They then simultaneously handled a double closing on the SAME day for the sale of that home, and the purchase of an investment home in Denver in December 2019. In the fall of 2020, we purchased two more investment homes in Hilltop with their strategic guidance and input every step of the way. Buying and selling is fun with this team, but they are also extremely tough and knowledgeable negotiators to boot. We are incredibly discerning customers, and everything we threw at them, every strategic scenario, every research driven question, this team came back with a patient, thoughtful, and honest response for us to consider. They’re fun loving, kind, and detail oriented; as much as they are gutsy, tough, and solution driven. We are already looking for another single family home to buy with them in the upcoming 2-3 years. The Denver market is HOT, if you need an aggressive, sharp, remarkable team to help you achieve your real estate goals, they’re the best choice bar none!”

Kate and Jeff Riazi

“Karen is a fantastic and professional realtor who really knows the Cheesman Park area well and provides great information on all Denver has to offer.” 

Kristy Roth

“We’ve been working with Karen for almost 10 years and wouldn’t work with anyone else – she’s super responsive, knowledgeable, professional, and helpful. I have used online real estate services to help me understand what’s available and often found my own listings to explore that way, but wouldn’t have proceeded with anything without Karen’s very expert help, insight and advice. And, in the end she was a very tough negotiator on our behalf, which yielded great results (and which we so appreciated).” 

Beth Conover

“Karen was such a wonderful relationship oriented agent. Narrowed in so quickly on our needs that we found the house that spoke to us in one day. We greatly appreciated her strategic thinking and using us as a sounding board so we never had to start from a blank slate. Rock Star!”

Richard Clarke

“Karen was wonderfully able to manage us, as a couple, even though our wants and likes were not always 100% aligned. She read us as if we she were related to us and had known us forever.”

Paul Brooke

“Karen is a superior real estate agent, She was with me for both purchase of a new place and sale of the old one. Immediately grasping the type of property in which I was interested, she showed me only listings in my price range and germane to my requests. Her attention to detail is remarkable, even finding and remembering obscure, but important, information in pertinent HOA documents. She is unfailingly knowledgeable, savvy, and reassuring in times of client anxiety. I recommend her unequivocally.”

Linda Moore

“Karen Nichols is a consummate professional and an absolute pleasure. I look forward to entrusting another purchase or sale to her in the future.”

Karen Chapman

“We have worked with Karen when buying or selling real estate over the last few years, and every time we work with her we are very impressed by her professionalism and positive attitude. She turns what can be an onerous process into a fun experience. We would recommend Karen to anyone and look forward to working with her in the future!!”

Alexander Dowgiert

“Karen is the best realtor. She sold us our home 20 years ago and was also there for us when we sold it. She sold it for the highest price per square foot in the area and very quickly. She led us thru the process with no stress and we were always comfortable with her knowledge and advice. She went out of her way to always be available for all our questions. She is a pleasure to work with. We would highly recommend her services to everyone.”

Fiona & Nim Halfon

“I had used another real estate agent for 20 years. She retired and I had no idea who to call when I sold my home to move to another neighborhood. Karen was recommended to me by a friend and I not been disappointed. Karen goes above and beyond the call of duty to help you. During my last transaction, I moved to another state on the day we received an offer for my home. Karen arranged nearly everything that had to be completed for the sale. The sale went through smoothly because of Karen and I am very thankful for her expertise and professionalism.”

Kathleen Gibboney

“Karen was both very professional and compassionate. Moving after 25 years in one place was challenging to say the least. She steered us through the process with grace.”

Ann Gushurst

“A review isn’t enough space to express how awesome Karen is! Truly. The process of deciding to list my home, listing it and selling was quick, efficient and fair across the board. I actually felt proud of the sale because I was represented by Karen and her colleagues — and that is really hard to find in the real estate world. 
I am someone who really likes to understand every line of a contract and all of the decision points, and Karen was more than willing to spend that time ensuring I felt comfortable. There was genuine space for me to ask questions and get comprehensive answers and information. It felt like Karen and her team were true advisors. Even more importantly, the emphasis on effectively completing a business transaction through the sale still didn’t take away from the emotional aspects of selling a home — this balance is so hard to find and exactly why I highly recommend Karen.
With selling and buying a home being such a big financial and life decision, these expectations are now the baseline for me, and I will continue to work with Karen in the future.”
Grace Handler
“Karen is the best of the best! She helped me purchase my new home, which is no small feat nowadays. [Karen is ] very professional and willing to answer any and all the questions I had. She and her team took really great care of me. I can say, without a doubt, that without Karen and her team, I wouldn’t have gotten my new house! So if you are looking for someone to really understand and help you, she is the one!” 
Jake Swiatek

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