What our clients say…

"Picket Fence Realty listened to our needs and ACTUALLY heard us."

"Picket Fence Realty's marketing is ingenious."

"​I'd have no other sign in my yard."

"Picket Fence Realty sets the bar so high - they are second to none in our eyes."

"You cared for my feelings and helped walked with me throughout the sale of my home, when I was feeling my most fragile. Thank you."

Julia’s Testimonials

Testimonials for Julia Nicoll




We worked with Julia on the sale and purchase of our homes. We were impressed with her every step of the way. Julia was truly a local expert, with extensive knowledge of our community and the local market. She was extremely timely and responsive throughout the entire home buying and selling process. Her approach during negotiations was always positive and professional. She pulled true comparable homes to help us offer a fair price on the home we bought, and to price the home we sold. We felt that she was our advocate, and had our best interest at heart. Julia distinguished herself during the sale of our home by offering sound advice for staging our home, and used key marketing strategies that we felt appealed to buyers who toured our home. We would recommend Julia, and without hesitation, would use her again in the future.

John and Ann Lenz, Prospect Heights



We worked with Julia on both our sale and purchase. First, Julia navigated us through a very complex and uncertain process of buying a foreclosure in our neighborhood. We wouldn’t have attempted the purchase or succeeded without her guidance, knowledge and responsiveness. She connected the MANY parties involved, managed the curveballs on our behalf and persisted to push the deal through. For our sale, Julia gave great information about how to price and what to worry about and not worry about when it came to preparing our house for sale. It all paid off because we sold in one week with multiple competing offers. We would absolutely work with Julia again. She takes care of all things big and small and provides accurate information and honest and informed opinions. You know what to expect every step of the way and know that Julia is managing every detail so you can sleep at night. I’m convinced she’s part agent and part therapist!

Chris and Dave Pokorny, Mt. Prospect



We just wanted to send a Thank You to everyone at Picket Fence Realty and specifically Julia Nicoll for helping us find our new home and selling our old one.    Julia made the experience completely different from what we previously experience and actually enjoyable.  Among other things, we were impressed by her thoroughness in researching areas.   On selling our home, she showed as much dedication and professionalism as in the purchase.  She went above and beyond in her follow up and keeping us informed and smiling through the entire process. We would certainly recommend Julia!

Daniela and Mich Mho, Mt. Prospect



As we prepared to put our house on the market Julia had lots of ideas about things we could do to “stage” it for a quick sell.  Initially, we toured the house with her and took notes of all of her suggestions. Perhaps most importantly, we took about a third of our belongings and put them in storage.  This dramatically decreased the clutter feeling in the house and made it seem much bigger and cleaner.  The money and time we invested in preparing to sell the home waswell worth it.  Our house looked like we had always wanted it to and, most importantly, it sold in less than a week!

Lauren and Steve Goodman, Mt. Prospect




Julia handled the sale of my house as well as this purchase. She exceeded expectations. Her knowledge of the area along with her marketing skills and her photographer are top notch. A great experience on both sides as a buyer and a seller. Julia’s personality made the entire process truly enjoyable. We definitely would recommend her and give her an A+ rating!
Love that “local” feel Picket Fence provides.

Jim Cardamone, Arlington Heights




We worked with Julia because she’s our friend but she far exceeded our expectations as our realtor. She was knowledgable and level headed through the entire process and gave us sound advice on every decision. She was critical to the success of the sale and purchase of both homes!

Scott and Julie McDermott, Arlington Heigths




When we decided to move, we asked friends to recommend realtors to us, no one liked their realtors enough to recommend them. We turned to the web to see who we could find. We were impressed with Julia Nicoll’s online profile and previous clients’ comments. In person, she was very pleasant, knowledgeable, and energetic without being pushy. Her knowledge of online websites and the need for accurate data online was also a key factor in our decision. We were very attracted to PFR because of their unique marketing strategy (little cards).
Julia walked us through buying and selling one step at a time. She never showed us any properties outside our price range nor did she push us to increase our price range. We appreciated Julia’s assistance in navigating uncomfortable situations with our attorney, the seller’s attorney and the seller’s agent. She was always accessible and always professional. She was polite, assertive and persistent with the sellers. The inspector and photographer that she recommended were great.
We would recommend Julia without hesitation to friends moving to this area.

Rob and Tammy King, Mt. Prospect




Julia has surpassed all possible expectations.
I was in the unique situation of having two properties (my childhood home and a investment home next door) to improve and then sell. I live in Arizona, so I needed a trusted local partner to accomplish this in Illinois!
Julia made the process not only possible, but pleasurable.
*She gave the advice I needed about what specifically to improve these 1950s bungalows that were in “original” condition.
*She referred me to trust worthy and reliable professionals to assist with the renovations.

*She did a comprehensive market analysis and collaborated with her colleagues to recommend a pricing strategy.
*The houses were beautifully and professionally presented on-line, at the broker’s tour, etc. She went above and beyond to showcase the unique features of these properties.
*We accepted solid offers on both homes that made us (and the neighbors!) happy within a week of listing.
*She anticipated my questions and was incredibly proactive.
And she was available, positive, and professional every step of the way.
I am grateful for all she has done to make the process of selling these homes a positive experience

Michelle Warren, Scottsdale, AZ


Julia was fabulous! Not only was she knowledgeable and supportive, she went out of her way on several occasions to help me out. She was always there whenever I needed anything. Not only does she have a very friendly and personable nature , but you can tell that she really cares about being the best agent for you that she can be. She is always there for you and will help or find out what you need to do or have atany time. She. Is. A tremendous asset to Picket Fence Realty.

Sara Jane Feifarek Mt. Prospect


Julia Nicoll was great to work with. She gave me all the details I needed to make decisions, was very thorough in everything she did, and very kind in the way she dealt with me. She has a lot of local knowledge. I really appreciated the way she offered her expertise but left the final decisions to me. Most of all, she helped make the sale in record time. I would definitely recommend her.

Cathy Blaue, Des Plaines

My wife and I cannot thank Julia Nicoll enough.  She went way beyond to help us sell our house.  We had never filed a “homeowner’s exemption” for our real estate taxes in the past because we never knew about it.  Julia noticed our taxes were too high and took the time to helps us figure out why.  We filed that exemption and got a refund for up to 3 years. She took time explaining the process to us and listening to out concerns.  She did a great job!

Todd and Terese Wimer, Mt. Prospect



Thanks to Julia Nicoll and Picket Fence Realty for helping me with my purchase.  Many of my friends cannot stay with on realtor but I had fun with Julia and she made the experience relaxing.  She knew what I wanted and we saw condos right as they came on the market.  I will refer everyone I know to Julia Nicoll.

Neal Sieroslawski, Palatine


Julia was fantastic in helping us both buy a new house and rent out our old house. She helped walk us through every step of the process. Whatever the question or problem, she either had the answer or got it quickly.  She took the time to know exactly what we were looking for and then made sure we found it. We highly recommend her!!

Joe Hanafee and Liz LaPlante, Mt. Prospect


We loved working with Julia! Met her at an open house we decided to go to last minute and so glad we did! She knows the area very well, responded promptly and was able to help us with everything! Was never pushy and truly wants you to find what you want. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience! Thanks again!!

Kelly and Mauro Garay, Arlington Heights


Julia was diligent and quick to respond to any and every question I had about my first home. She was patient and very knowledgeable for both the process and end result! I am very thankful that Julia helped me purchase my first home and I’ll be working with her in the future whenever I need to move.

Adam Westgor, Mt. Prospect


Our first time buying experience with Picket Fence Realty was positive in all aspects, education and worry free.  Julia Nicoll is a personable, honest Realtor who carries herself in a professional manner at all times.  Her knowledge of real estate helped guide efficiently though our first home buying experience step by step.  Julia took time to understand what type of people we were in order to interpret which homes would beset fit us.  We felt confident at all times asking her question and we definitely will recommend her and Picket Fence Realty to future home buyers.

Kirsty and Pete Anzalone


Chris and Scott Runkle, 301 N. Main St.
It is because of Julia Nicoll that we had a signed contract on our house in less than 48 hours from listing! She is thorough, knowledgeable, and extremely helpful. She sat down and explained the entire process to us and then advised us on preparing our house for listing and pricing. When we were  actually ready to list, we were out of town on vacation and Julia took care of everything! Because of all Julia’s suggestions on preparing the house for sale and pricing, we were able to have a signed contract in less than 48 hours and while we were on vacation! We were hopeful for a smooth sale but this experience exceeded our expectations at every step! Thanks Julia!
Carolyne and John Krupa, 603 S. William and 901 W. Isabella 
Julia Nicoll is amazing. She has deep knowledge of Mount Prospect and the surrounding communities, is a great communicator, and works extremely hard for her clients and their families. She led us through a very complicated real estate deal that involved the sale of our home and purchase of a new  home in a transaction in which four other families were all buying and selling homes contingent on one another. The result was a domino effect of deals–if one fell through, they all fell through. That scenario almost happened and we almost lost our dream home, had it not been for Julia. She really went above and beyond, not only coaching us and keeping us grounded throughout it all, but also keeping in regular contact with the realtors on the other deals to help ensure that things kept moving forward. She was incredible! We sold our previous home to a nice family, and now my children get to grow up in our new dream home. We couldn’t be happier!
Charles Townsend and Suzie Lawson – 608 N. Eastwood
Julia is an exceptional realtor, and it was a pleasure to work with her on the purchase of our home in Mount Prospect. She is very knowledgeable and organized, and she turned the home buying process into something we felt good about (instead of the nerve racking and uncertain experience we were  anticipating). We moved from out of state and, not being familiar with the area, we were very anxious about choosing the right community in which to purchase a home and raise our daughter. She helped us survey and narrow down the many choices of cities and neighborhoods and consider countless factors until we felt very confident that we were buying the perfect home (for the right terms) in the perfect community for us. Throughout the process Julia went above and beyond what we expected and was an invaluable resource. She always provided good, well-founded advice, but allowed and encouraged us to guide the process and make the best decisions for us. Julia was also really terrific and patient about our toddler joining us to home shop and sign documents. We have been very happy in our new home, and we really appreciate everything Julia did to help us find it
Craig and Danielle Kurtz
I would not hesitate to recommend Julia to anyone looking for a realtor. She knows the Mount Prospect market inside and out. We’ve worked with her to sell 2 homes and purchase 1, and she was a valuable partner in all 3 transactions, giving thoughtful advice along the way. Not only is she excellent  at her job, she is kind and a pleasure to be around. We will absolutely hire her for any future real estate transactions. Julia is the best