Nick planted the seed for what would later become Blue Sky Homes with the acquisition of his first investment property in 2009; a time when the masses were running from the sector and housing was considered a ‘terrible’ investment. Since then, his team has expanded, enabling Blue Sky to buy & sell more than 350+ properties, involving over $750M in real estate transactions.
Prior to founding Blue Sky and acquiring his real estate license, Nick worked as a financial advisor. He specialized in equity management by helping his clients understand and execute creative investment opportunities utilizing real estate to achieve their financial goals. In addition, he held his Series 7 and 66 licenses to assist with more traditional investing strategies in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.
Originally from Marin County in Northern California, Nick came to Arizona in pursuit of a chance to play Major League Baseball with an invitation by the San Diego Padres to attend spring training. While a shoulder injury brought that dream to a halt, the time spent rehabbing in Arizona gave him his first glimpse of the vibrant real-estate market in the Phoenix area. Before that, Nick attended Wake Forest University on a baseball scholarship, graduating with a degree in communications. As a switch-hitting second baseman he helped lead the Demon Deacons to the ACC Championship in 2001. The following year, while garnering All-ACC honors, Nick contributed to Wake’s best season in school history, including a #2 national ranking.
Nick credits Blue Sky’s success with his ability to recognize his own weaknesses and recruit the best designer and business partner in the land to head Field Operations…his wife, Adralyn (see below). The Blue Sky team has expanded further with the birth of their daughter Gabriella in July 2013.
When not chasing deals, Nick enjoys being active, spending time with his wonderful family, and traveling to distant lands.
I started Blue Sky Homes in 2009 mostly doing quick renovation projects as that is all the market would allow. As the market stabilized and we were able to add more value to our investment projects via additions and ground up construction, I started to feel uncomfortable that the way I was making a living was out of alignment with who I was as a person, especially as that related to the effect my construction projects had on the environment. This really came to light when my wife, Adralyn, and I had our daughter in 2013. As typical health conscious first time parents, we fed her nothing but organic food and suddenly found ourselves researching all the materials used in the things she put in her mouth like toys, utensils, and cribs and we were amazed with how dangerous many of these products were. Additionally we found that many of the products used known carcinogenic substances and were outlawed in Asia, Europe and California, yet perfectly legal here in Arizona. That prompted me to start thinking in terms of how the construction materials we used in our homes would impact our clients' health and I knew it was time to make a change. Since then we have been on a mission to eliminate usage of any VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds) in our homes and to earn Indoor AirPlus Certifications in our new builds. This has led to an adjustment in many products we choose including: paint, glue for wood floors, cabinet materials as well as adding outdoor intake valves, and higher SEER ratings on our HVAC units. We also went deep down the rabbit hole by making it a standard to voluntarily have all of our homes audited by 3rd Party firms to confirm the execution of our sustainable vision. These audits include checking the seal of the home's envelope via framing, insulation and caulking audits to ensure that temperature controlled air was not escaping and causing our HVAC units to work on overdrive. At the end of the day, a Blue Sky Home is on average 50% MORE EFFICIENT than a standard new build and with significantly healthier indoor air quality, which means lower utility bills and less doctor visits. There is nothing that brings me more pride than when a family comes to me after they've lived in a Blue Sky Home and says that they feel healthier and more energized, because I know that is a culmination of years of decisions before their home was ever built. ~ Nick Blue