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Broker Sales Associate Schmitt Real Estate Co.
Big Pine Key, FLORIDA 33043
Office: 305-872-3050 | Assistant: 305-872-5246 Since 1989 I've been dedicated to helping Buyers and Sellers in the Keys make their dreams come true--I look forward to helping you!
  • My husband and I discovered the incredible beauty of the laid-back Lower Keys over thirty years ago. Back up a few years…December 1978 found us putting everything into storage in Ohio. With the good wishes of our parents, we moved to Florida to buy a sailboat and experience new adventures. After living aboard our 41’ Gulfstar Ketch for six years--spending time between Coral Gables, Ft. Lauderdale and the Bahamas--fellow sailors introduced us to the Lower Keys during the summer of 1985. We’ve been here ever since (the sailboat was sold long ago...) In December 1988 I obtained my real estate license, and so began this incredible journey helping countless people buy and sell their homes in the Keys, with many lasting friendships developed along the way. Clients and friends know that I’m dedicated to this often-times crazy real estate business. I pay attention to details, work hard, understand the importance of communication, and enjoy being one of the top producing Realtors® in the Keys. A few years ago I brought on team members, and so became ‘Patti Nickless and Associates.’ After 40+ years together, my husband and I now enjoy the extremely talented local music scene of the Keys. Dean builds exceptional, custom acoustic guitars out of local hardwoods, and I have fun singing harmony with friends and local musicians. Our son, Hunter, was born in Key West—ironically on the day of my very first real estate closing the summer of 1989. We couldn’t be happier that he is back in the Keys, assisting on the PN&A team, and experiencing his own adventures as a new pilot, flying over the Keys.

Real Estate Awards

  • 2015 Coldwell Banker International President's Elite Team
  • 2014 Coldwell Banker International President's Circle Team
  • 2012 & 2013 Coldwell Banker International President's Elite
  • 2007 - 2016 Member of Coldwell Banker Schmitt's Elite Agent Circle (Elite Agent Circle members rank among the Top 100 of the more than 1,200 real estate agents in The Florida Keys)
  • 2005 Realtor of the Year, Marathon and Lower Keys Association of Realtors (MLKAR)


  • 2005 Realtor of the Year, Marathon & Lower Keys Association of Realtors (MLKAR)
  • 2008 President, Marathon & Lower Keys Association of Realtors (MLKAR)
  • Florida Broker Associate, License BK531649
  • Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
  • Short Sales & Foreclosure Certified (SFR)
  • Transnational Referral Certification (TRC)


  • Florida Keys Buyers and Sellers have put their trust in me since 1989.
  • Patti is one of the Florida Keys' leading real estate agents, providing Buyers and Sellers with in-depth professional assistance in the sale and purchase of real estate.
  • Familiar with Keys neighborhoods, schools, and local issues, I can help you be an informed Buyer or Seller.

Real Estate Specialities

  • AREAS SERVED: Big Pine Key, Little Torch and the Torch Keys, Ramrod Key, Summerland Key, Cudjoe Key, Sugarloaf Key, Saddlebunch Keys, Bay Point, Big Coppitt Key, Key West, Marathon, Key Colony Beach and Duck Key. All the Keys between mile marker 0 and 65.
  • Residential and Luxury Properties in the Florida Keys.
  • In 2015 my team, 'Patti Nickless and Associates' ranked in the top 8% of all Coldwell Banker teams in North America, earning the Coldwell Banker International President’s Elite Team award.


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