About Karen Nielsen

My name is Karen Nielsen, and I am a Realtor® RCS-D with Bliss Realty & Investment based in Gilbert, AZ. I am originally from New York where I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology. I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in package design as well as Associate’s Degrees in Advertising Design and Interior Design.

In 1996 I met my husband while we were both living in Hawaii. Since then, we raised 3 boys and a black lab and have moved with them from South Dakota to Washington back to South Dakota, and finally to Arizona. This is where I learned firsthand the importance of timing and logistics when it comes to moving. Whether it was down the street or across the ocean, my exceptional organizational skills helped relieve many of the stresses of moving and allowed us to instead enjoy the journey of the move.

While in Washington, I became a certified ASP home stager, running a very successful staging business while also being a licensed real estate agent. During that same time, my husband and I created NextStage Furniture. The patented flat-pack furniture was designed specifically for the real estate and staging industries and was featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and on A&E’s Sell This House.

After selling NextStage Furniture, I began working in China designing holiday and home décor for importers and big box stores. The experience of working directly in the factories designing was an amazing one but after the pandemic hit, I decided it was time to stay closer to home and return to real estate.

I recently got my RCS-D designation in divorce real estate. I help divorcing homeowners make an informed decision about their marital house. I also help family lawyers complete the case file regarding secured house debt through enhanced house due diligence.

My energy and dedication coupled with my vast work and life experiences allows me to provide my clients with outstanding service and insight. So, whether they are moving down the street or across the ocean, they need a “Karen” in their corner.

Lost Our Home Pet Rescue, The Humane Society and St. Jude’s hospital are charities close to my heart and a portion of each of my commissions will go directly to one of them.