John Nilsson, CCIM, CRS CalBRE #01966286 213.266.2224

John Nilsson, CCIM, CRS

CalBRE# 01966286

Specializing in Downtown Los Angeles Residential and Commercial Real Estate


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John Nilsson, CCIM, CRS

John Nilsson

Specialist: Downtown Los Angeles and South Park

John and his wife Enid currently reside in a loft on Broadway in Historic Downtown Los Angeles, having moved here in 2014. John is excited to apply his 40 years of real estate experience to the challenging and vibrant LA real estate market. He loves downtown Los Angeles and has quickly become a DTLA local and expert in the nuances of the different neighborhoods and its many historic buildings as well as its many new residential and commercial developments.

Over the years, he has become highly skilled in complex real estate transactions in both residential and commercial applications and has closed numerous IRS Section 1031 exchanges, large local and national commercial deals, and of course, many residential transactions during his long and rich career. John has been responsible for well over $1,000,000,000 in luxury residential, commercial and complex transaction sales and has helped many 100’s of buyers and sellers meet their goals and dreams. These experiences have provided John with a myriad of opportunities to confront unique problems and their solutions and he has developed the “people relationships” and networks the get the job done.

John has always considered education to be the critical item in providing service to his clients and he holds the GRI (Graduate, Real Estate Institute), CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member), and CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) designations from the National Association of Realtors.

The Los Angeles real estate market is a constantly changing and exciting environment. It is also a very complex market in which both Buyers and Sellers need expert guidance if their transactions are to be successful. John is a full time real estate professional who updates his knowledge of the local and national real estate markets on a daily basis. He knows where the best properties and values are. He is up to the minute on the best sources of financing and the best and most efficient way to get transactions closed.

The best interests of his customers and clients are John’s first priority. He has never forgotten this…and he never will.

Education and Training

BSBA University of Denver, Denver, CO

Awards and Designations

GRI – Graduate Real Estate Institute, National Association of Realtors

CCIM – Certified Commercial Investment Member, National Association of Realtors

CRS – Certified Residential Specialist

Areas of Expertise

40 years of active experience in Luxury Residential Real Estate Sales

Complex Transactions

IRS Section 1031 Exchanges

Commercial Property Sales


Downtown Los Angeles

South Park

What is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)?

A Certified Commercial Investment Member is a recognized expert in the commercial and investment real estate industry. As the CCIM logo states, The CCIM designation is “Commercial Real Estate’s Global Standard for Professional Achievement”.

Designees must successfully pass a rigorous academic program covering:

  • Financial Analysis of Commercial Investment Real Estate
  • Market Analysis for Commercial Investment Real Estate
  • User Decision Analysis in Commercial Investments
  • Investment Analysis in Commercial Investment Real Estate
  • Ethics
  • Negotiation Practices

In addition, a Designee must submit a portfolio of successfully completed qualifying Commercial Real Estate transactions that demonstrate the Designee’s experience in the practice of Commercial Real Estate and he or she must pass an exhaustive 12 hour exam that challenges his or her knowledge on the fine points of financial, market, and investment analysis in representing buyers and sellers. A CCIM can help buyers and sellers minimize risk and make informed decisions in the purchase, sale and leasing of real estate assets.

In addition, a CCIM has access to many specialized and proprietary tools produced by the CCIM Institute such as The Site To Do Business, an online source for targeted technical market information; and CCIM Connect, a national and worldwide market place for Commercial properties offered exclusively by CCIM Designees.

Simply put: When you are dealing with a CCIM, you are dealing with a recognized professional in the industry who you can be assured has the knowledge, practical experience and ethics to handle your transaction successfully and to your best advantage.

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What is a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)?

A Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) is a real estate professional and respected industry expert who values the education, credentials, and opportunity that certification by the Council of Real Estate Specialists provides. The CRS designation, internationally recognized as the industry gold standard, has stringent requirements, including education and market experience. CRS agents have a proven record of success. Compared to the average real estate agent, CRS agents have been in the business nearly 3 times longer, have three times the number of annual transactions, and generate three times the amount of gross sales.

Certified Residential Specialists comprise an international network of more than 33,000 top real estate professionals who must maintain membership in the National Association of REALTORS® and abide by its Code of Ethics. Only an estimated 4 percent of all real estate professionals have attained the CRS Designation.

The Council offers a wide range of classroom and eLearning courses as well as education events and webinars from which to earn CRS Education credits. To obtain a CRS designation, candidates must complete extensive coursework and have experience many successfully completed transactions. An example of the more than 60 classroom courses include Building and Exceptional Customer Service Program, Negotiation Strategies, Advanced Marketing Practices, and Listing and Selling Practices. In addition, a successful candidate must have experienced many successfully completed transactions. In short, a Certified Residential Specialist has the training and experience to guide buyers and sellers successfully in what is likely their most important personal and business transaction.

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Contact John

Feel free to contact me at 213.266.2224 for more information on DTLA real estate!

John Nilsson, CCIM, CRS CalBRE# 01966286