Rita Nickels, a longtime realtor with Coldwell Banker in Pacific Palisades, has earned designation as a Certified International Property Specialist. The National Association of Realtors awards the CIPS designation to realtor’s who complete the required courses and demonstrate international real estate experience.
"This designation is the foundation for a network of real estate professionals with national and international alliances who operate in the global market," says Nickels, who speaks English, Spanish, French and Italian.
In order to provide her clients with new opportunities, Nickels has also become a member of the Transnational Referral System for additional and expanded professionals avenues and exposure.
Nickels started her real estate career in Pacific Palisades in 1969 and obtained her broker's license in 1974. During her years of professional service, she has represented her clients with knowledge, dedication and attention to detail. She has also served as director of the California Association of Realtors and as a branch manager for the Jon Douglas Company.
In her continued interest of helping others and sharing her knowledge, Nickels works as a volunteer real estate consultant for the prevention of fiduciary abuse of the elderly, working closely with the Financial Abuse specialist Team at the WISE & Healthy Aging organization in Santa Monica.
Rita's husband, Jay, is an architect and teaches at Woodbury University. Residents of the Palisades since 1966, they have two daughters: Rita Magill (who lives in Miami) and Lauren Guinn, who lives in Carlsbad.
"I started working in the Palisades in 1962 at Security Pacific Bank," says Nickels, "so our life has been in this community for a long time."