Laurie M Nichols

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Northern Vermont University, Endicott College
Real Estate Investing, Home Improvement, Personal Finance
  • Laurie's home repair business, Happy Valley Handywoman, won "The Best of the Valley: Handyperson" award for the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts in 2021.
  • Laurie is a registered Home Improvement Contractor in the State of Massachusetts.
  • As a real estate investor, Laurie has rehabbed, rented and managed three multifamily homes since 2009.


Laurie is a professional freelance writer who specializes in real estate, home improvement, and personal finance topics. Much of her writing is informed by her experience as a real estate investor and the owner of an award-winning home repair business. She is a regular contributor for Family Handman where she writes about a variety of how-to projects. She also ghostwrites area features for a luxury realtor in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and has written for real estate rental site AptAmigo.


Laurie has a bachelor's degree in outdoor education from Northern Vermont University. She also holds a master's degree in secondary education from her time as a high school English teacher.
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