South Walton loses real estate pioneer in Sandi Nichols

Published: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:35 PM.

Judi Rutland, another long-time area Realtor, said Nichols was very bright and knowledgeable.

"Her positive support of women in this business was valuable," said Rutland , who moved here in 1995. “She had a 'you can do it' attitude."

Marge Crawford also knew Nichols well and together they started their “own little Board of Realtors in Santa Rosa Beach in the early 1990s.”

"We worked in real estate together for many years and cooperated back and forth and did tours together. We are going to miss her," said Crawford, noting her passing is particularly hard given the recent death of Van Ness Butler.

“With so many passing, a new generation is coming in and I wish them all the luck,” she said. “Things are changing."

Realtor Bobby Johnson will remember her as a “listener” with a “calming influence” and “a gentle soul.”

“Losing her makes me honestly reflect on 30A,” he said. “It seems like a passing of the guard. I hope I can come off like she did — someone willing to do the right thing even if it affects my pocketbook. That's the way she did it.”



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