This real estate superstar and the mom of three little boys brilliantly weaves together a support system of family and friends that helps her overachieve at home and work.
It’s no surprise that Semonin realtor Nicole Ferreri is consistently a top performer for her company; real estate is in her DNA. “My mom, Susan Block, became a realtor in Southern Indiana when I was seven years old, so you could say I grew up in real estate,” she says. “I always admired her positive attitude, hard work ethic and appreciated the opportunities that real estate allowed for our family.”
Flash forward to the present and her mom and brother are now working alongside her as part of a Semonin team called BNF Real Estate to give Nicole the flex time she needs with her young family. For Nicole, real estate is truly the family business.
WHAT IS YOUR DAY JOB?
My job allows me to wear many hats which includes serving, educating and leading people when buying and or selling real estate. A residential real estate transaction involves much more than buying and selling. It is emotional and the financial piece can be stressful. Change in itself can be a challenge as well. I enjoy helping individuals adjust and work through the emotions and challenges to accomplish their goals.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS CAREER?
I grew up in real estate and understand that it is a lifestyle, not a day job… My mom is the ultimate supermom! It wasn’t unusual for her to bring my brother and me along on appointments. She was the first mom that we knew of to have a car phone! If we weren’t on an appointment with her, she was frequently on her phone; we seemed to live and breathe real estate. My brother, Jesse Niehaus, is a realtor as well. Somewhere in there, it just came naturally for me to choose it as my career.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY.
My parents had high expectations for my brother and me. We never wanted to disappoint either of them. That is something which I hope I am instilling in my boys. We have three sons: Will and Louis, five-year-old twins and Jack who’s three and a half. I was fortunate to meet Bobby (an attorney and managing partner with Ferreri Partners) in 2008. We married in 2010 and started our own family. Will and Louis were born in January 2013 and Jack in July 2014. There is never a dull moment in our house; they sure do have a boatload of energy and vivid imaginations! I am happily outnumbered but maybe one day we will adopt a female puppy.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR CAREER?
There is something really special about helping people find or say goodbye to their home. It is intrinsically personal and almost always is accompanied with a new chapter. I am honored to be invited into my client’s lives.
HOW DO YOU BALANCE CAREER AND FAMILY?
I have an extremely kind and supportive husband. He also is juggling his career while being present at home. We are a team. My kids go to Sacred Heart preschool during the weekdays which has allowed me to continue my work routine Monday through Friday, 9:00 to 5:00. The nights and weekends are most challenging. I have learned to be efficient but to also set boundaries. I have my real estate team to step in when I cannot be two places at once. I am blessed with a village around me, both personally and professionally.
HAVE YOU HAD ANY TURNING POINTS IN YOUR CAREER OR HOME LIFE THAT CAUSED YOU TO SHIFT PRIORITIES?
With the arrival of my third child, I knew I wanted to continue my career, but adjustments needed to be made in order to uphold high standards and remain effective in business. One thing I will never sacrifice is the level of service I give my clients and colleagues.
My mom, brother and I formed a team within Semonin which is currently BNF Real Estate, serving both Kentucky and Indiana. We have since grown to add two valuable realtors, Janet Dale Himmelheber, a family friend, and my aunt, Janie Spitznagel. We are in the midst of rebranding as well as creating a new team name which we plan to introduce this summer.
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIME FOR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF WORK AND FAMILY?
I enjoy going to the gym, running and making time to see family and friends. I have been a member of P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) since 2009 which provides educational opportunities for female students worldwide.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS?
Number One Agent for Excellence in Customer Service Award at Semonin in 2017; finalist for the award in 2014, 2015 and 2016; BNF Real Estate was the number one team at Semonin in 2017; Chairman’s Club Award 2012 and 2017; President’s Club Award 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016; Vice President’s Club Award 2010 and Rookie of the Year 2007-2008
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO OTHER WOMEN WHO ARE JUGGLING CAREERS AND MOTHERHOOD?
To be honest, there was a time when I resented my career because I was allowing it to take me away from my family more than I would have liked. I found the correct answer for my “WHY” which gives me a positive approach in my day to day interactions.
I am a better me when I am choosing to see the flowers rather than the weeds.
It’s just a happier way to live, plus it’s a great example for my boys.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE US TO KNOW OR INCLUDE IN YOUR STORY?
I try to write daily affirmations and gratitudes. This helps me focus on being better at something specific or a goal I want to obtain. This is not only helpful for my career but also for my personal goals and my family.