Cove Realty’s Char Nikolai voted Kenosha’s Best Realtor for 2021

Cove owner Michael Zacker: "We couldn’t be more proud that one of our very own is the best of the best"


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Purchasing or selling your home is a BIG deal  – it’s likely one of the most significant investments you’ll make. So it stands to reason that you would want only the BEST advice from the #1 Realtor in the Kenosha area to help guide you.

With over 1,100 realtors in the Kenosha area, that choice could be difficult. Luckily, you don’t need to look any further because Kenosha has voted, and Cove Realty’s Char Nikolai is “Kenosha’s Best Realtor 2021.”

“We couldn’t be more proud that one of our very own is the best of the best,” stated Cove Realty’s Owner, Michael Zacker. “Char’s sincerity and dedicated work ethic embodies the exact characteristics that make us Kenosha’s favorite hometown realtors.” 

Helping families find their forever home has always been a dream of Nikolai’s. “Raising four kids, who were involved in EVERYTHING, made the idea of real estate hard, but, at 49, I took the plunge, and I’ve never looked back. I love it.”

“My community is what makes me the best.”

– Char Nikolai, Kenosha’s Best Realtor 2021

Although Nikolai officially received her state real estate license in 2016, she has over 30 years of real estate, marketing, and e-commerce experience. She truly believes in the idea of doing what you love, and her enthusiasm for real estate holds no bounds.

“Not everyone is lucky enough to be happy in their careers, but I truly love what I do each and every day! It’s meeting new people on a daily basis that I would otherwise not have known, and the life stories that they share with me that I enjoy immensely.”

A lifelong Kenoshan, Nikolai is thrilled to have the opportunity to help the neighborhoods that she knows and loves. “My community is what makes me the best,” shared Nikolai. “If it wasn’t for the support from my clients, their friends, family, and co-workers, I wouldn’t be where I am today. They are the ones who make my business successful.”

A self-titled “Momma Realtor,” Nikolai is determined to help her clients make the best decisions, whether they are 21 or 90 years old. “I have the opportunity to help others make life-changing decisions, and I genuinely care more about my clients than a paycheck,” she said. “I am very proud of the work that I do — whether it’s assisting buyers in finding, what’s very likely, their life’s most valuable asset, or helping home sellers with the marketing and subsequent sale of their home as they get ready for the next chapter in their life! How exciting is that?”

One crucial factor that Nikolai attributes her success to is the team at Cove Realty. She joined the Cove Realty team after working closely with Zacker on her own home purchase before “taking the plunge” into real estate. According to Nikolai, Zacker likes to joke that “he made real estate look easy.” 

Cove Realty’s long-standing history and commitment to the Kenosha area provide Nikolai and the rest of the team with a top-notch support system. “Cove Realty is THE top non-franchise independent brokerage in Kenosha,” stated Nikolai. “Although all the agents under the brokerage are independent with their own business, we do truly function as a team with genuine camaraderie, moral support, knowledge, and friendship.” 

The Cove Realty team demands a level of professionalism and expertise that other real estate agents would be hard-pressed to match, shared Nikolai.  

Just some of the benefits of working with Cove Realty:

  • Extensive experience in all aspects of the industry
  • Lifelong community history and knowledge
  • Superior negotiation skills
  • Trusted market knowledge
  • Professional networks
  • Marketing skills from online advertising to photography

The Cove Realty team also takes pride in their commitment to helping their clients by being a low commission realtor. According to Nikolai, “If you are buying or selling through Cove, your commission rate can be as low as 3.25% on each side of the deal — versus 6% with franchise realtors paying overhead for a national brand. Imagine how much you will save.” 

“If it wasn’t for my support system and the knowledge of my broker and other agents at Cove Realty to show me the ropes over the years, I don’t know if I would be as successful as I have been,” shared Nikolai. “The tools, exposure, and support that Cove Realty continues to provide is invaluable.”