Nikki Buckelew, M.S.
My name is Nikki and I am a full time coach, trainer, speaker, and real estate broker dedicated to serving senior adults, caregivers, and professionals in the fields real estate and aging.
My personal mission is to educate, inspire, and empower individuals to try out new ways of thinking and behaving, so they can experience new and better results in both the current and next chapters of their lives. (I might add here that "new" and "better" results are based on each's own definition -- we are experts on only one life, and that is our own).
Over the past two decades, I have taken an active stance toward helping individuals, both young and old, embrace a more positive view of the aging process. Challenging outdated beliefs and stereotypes surrounding age in today's society, I encourage people to consider a fresh new perspective about aging and to live each day with purpose and passion, regardless of the age printed on their driver's license.
Individuals in every generation are affected by the challenges of aging (in one way or another) and by facing these challenges head on, we can effectively shatter old paradigms and shape new ways of thinking about age.
People tell me they like my direct nature, authenticity, and transparency in both my personal and professional relationships. In other words, I "tell it like it is." Fortunately, clients and friends describe me as "honest, tough… and kind." People seem to appreciate my candid nature, as well as my sense of humor, and it sometimes comes in handy when dealing with pressing or difficult topics that people tend to try and avoid.
In order to provide our clients with a richer and more fulfilling in-depth coaching or training experience, I have surrounded myself with a team of highly experienced, skillful, and caring people who collaborate together to deliver our courses and work with one-on-one clients.
A little about my background…
After 10 years in the real estate industry and blessed with an abundance of professional success (by industry standards anyway), I found myself fascinated by and impassioned about serving the growing senior adult demographic.
Having completed a B.A. in Family Studies and Gerontology, M.S. in Counseling Psychology, and 3000 hours of geriatric counseling, my 10-year real estate business made a natural turn. Together with my husband, Chris, we pioneered one of the first successful senior move management companies in the U.S. – serving the senior adult market by catering to their needs for relocating or downsizing at a pivotal time in their lives.
Five years later, after 15+ total years of owning and operating a mega real estate business and senior move management company serving over 120 clients annually, we sold the businesses and moved on to pursue our passions in the coaching and training fields.
Having logged thousands of personal coaching and classroom hours in the areas of sales, leadership, real estate, and senior housing since 2008, my husband Chris and I made the easy decision to formally launch the Seniors Real Estate Institute and focus our attention on helping like minded real estate professionals grow their businesses by serving seniors at the highest levels.
I have since earned a Ph.D. in psychology from Northcentral University with my doctoral research focusing on how older couples make downsizing decisions. My personal research and that of countless other scholars and clinicians serves to inform and guide our work here at the Seniors Real Estate Institute.
Certifications and Education:
Ph.D. Psychology (2018)
B.A. Family Studies and Gerontology (1997)
M.S. Counseling Psychology (1999)
Master practitioner of neurolinguistic programming (NLP) (2015)
CSHP - Certified Senior Housing Professional
CSA - Certified Senior Advisor (2014-2015)
SRES - Seniors Real Estate Specialist and SRES trainer (2000-2005)
Certified Leadership Coach - John C. Maxwell Team (2012)
Nikki continues to serve as the Downsizing Coach for her Oklahoma City-based real estate sales team and move management companies. Learn more about them at: