Little did I know when I pronounced (at the ripe old age of 17 in Spokane, Washington) "I don't want to live in the same town all my life", that between then and now, many places would become my home from New York to Los Angeles, across the pond to London, to a whitewashed Spanish village overlooking the Mediterranean. And five years ago, to the friendly city of Tucson.
What a journey.

But here I am…ready to help you make your transition to a new home – whether buying or selling -- as seamless as possible.

Take advantage of my 20+ years of professional experience in the advertising and marketing business. Ask me how I go beyond describing your ideal home as more than just ‘3 bedrooms/2 baths and a pool’, like many other agents. Judge for yourself if my enthusiasm, honesty and eagerness to solve problems will help you in what can be a strenuous and complicated process.

In 2015 my clients helped me achieve two professional real estate accolades of which I'm very proud: first, (based on sales) the Long Realty President's Club designation and second, being named one of two "Rising Stars" of the Oro Valley Long office.

So, if you think you’re ready for a fresh approach to real estate, give me a call or drop me an email. Your business is important to me.

And for those who like details: I’m a Communications graduate of Washington State University and hold a Masters in Advertising from Northwestern University/Medill School of Journalism. I’ve worked for Young & Rubicam NY, Ogilvy & Mather, DMB&B, McCann-Erickson and Dailey & Associates (all in LA) developing ad campaigns for many of the products you probably have in your household. I taught advertising at California State University Fullerton, and marketing with the University of Phoenix. Member: TAR, AAR and NAR.

My personal sport is golf, my professional team is Arsenal (in the English Football Premiership), and what makes me smile are the antics our four cats get up to, especially when they think we’re not looking!

I hope to hear from you soon.

Client Reviews

"I have worked with Arlene in the past on numerous occasions and I have always been impressed with her knowledge, professionalism, enthusiasm and creativity.  These four traits always seemed genuine within Arlene and I greatly admire that about her.  I would have ZERO reservations about hiring her as my Realtor.  I would definitely trust Arlene with facilitating the sale or purchae of one of my houses."

Jeff K

"You are exceptional at anything you do.  This will be no different."

Tenny M

"We had an exceptionally enjoyable and successful experience as clients of Arlene.  She is smart, wise and fun.  She quickly learned our tastes and aspirations.  She took us to homes that had real potential for us, without wasting time with properties that didn't fit our budget or our dreams.  She did a vast amount of homework and provided us with detailed information both at our request, but also - invaluable! - to meet our unrecognized needs.  We greatly appreciated her patience and her kindness.  We feel very fortunate to have had her guidance as we searched for, discovered and eventualy purchased a house we love; and we're grateful for her delightful willingness to be a continuing source of information as we settle into our new home and community. With conviction and enthusiasm, we commend her to you."

JW &

Arlene found us a great property and helped us alot with everything!

Kelly B

Excellent real estate agent. Very connected with market and very good communication with us. We appreciate her hard work and energy. She always responds quickly and accurately with information that is very helpful.

Jamie H

Arlene did her due diligence on research and our needs in finding the home of our dreams. Her patience and personality supported us through, which would have been a very stressful buying process.


Arlene is a fantastic realtor! She was very helpful in taking me to several homes while I visited Tucson. She also helped by sending us many homes to view online. She really understood what we were looking for in a home in style, price range and location. Although we did not end up buying a home in Tucson at the time, we will certainly contact her when we are ready to do so. I would highly recommend Arlene as a competent and personable realtor!


Arlene is very professional-- she is a good listener and is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that the client is satisfied with the home. She provides guidance and helpful local knowledge about the market that is so valuable.

Cathy O

Arlene is a great realtor and did a really good job not only finding a good off market property but then helping with the rehab and helping us to re-sell it.

Toesinwaterllc K

Arlene Nichols is one of the most professional and knowledgeable realtors we ever worked with. She went the extra mile in helping us find our home and guiding us through the process. Because of her, the entire process was almost stress free! We would highly recommend her services to any prospective buyer without a second thought.

William & Deborah Huff

We had such a positive experience with Arlene. She goes above and beyond. She made us feel like we were her only client. She was always quick to respond and so helpful throughout the entire process. She was always willing to help whenever we needed her for anything, including choosing our upgrades at our design meeting, both walkthroughs and met us at our new home with the keys when we arrived. She always had great suggestions and offered information to help us get started in our new home, I.e. furniture stores, shopping, grocery stores, restaurants, etc. we couldn’t have asked for a better realtor. She is the consummate professional and at the same time treated us like a friend.

Jack & Theresa Kilmer

Thank you for everything. With all the unknowns going into thus Arlene was great at keeping us informed and walking us through everything.

Anthony & Kristy Vaccaro