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Nicholas S. Politi

Associate Real Estate Broker
License: 10301205721
Nicholas S. Politi

The Adirondack real estate market has seen a post-COVID surge for the record books.

Nick has extensive knowledge of real estate sales in the Adirondack Park with a focus on waterfront "Great Camp" properties on specific bodies of water including Lake Placid, Mirror Lake, Upper & Lower Saranac Lake, Upper St. Regis/Spitfire, The Saranac Chain, and Tupper Lake/Big Wolf Lake. His father, Roby Politi was instrumental in helping him learn the real estate business with over 40 years of experience. They both currently own and operate Merrill L. Thomas, Inc. with 20+ real estate Brokers and Sales agents.


$49,000,000+ in real estate sales in 2020 and over $80,000,000 in 2 years. The #1 ranked agent in the Adirondack Park. 

Several notable waterfront camp sales over the last 3 years include:

Camp Woodmere (2020) - Upper St. Regis Lake - $5,210,000
Camp Iroquois (2020) - Upper Saranac Lake - $3,500,000
Camp Hilgarth - Lake Placid (2019) - $11,500,000
Victor Herbert's Camp Joyland - Lake Placid (2018) - $3,500,000
William Distin's Camp Smoke Rise - Fish Creek Pond (2020) - $1,500,000
William Coulter's Camp Gordon - Lake Placid (2019) - $4,600,000
Castlewood - Lake Placid (2020) - $2,900,000
Camp Dancing Waters - Upper Saranac Lake (2020) - $2,450,000
Upper Village at Eagle Nest Preserve - Blue Mtn. Lake (2020) - $3,750,000

254 West Shore Road, Kiwassa Lake - (2021) - $2,750,000



  • Undergraduate - National Sports Academy, 1995 -2000
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, St. Lawrence University - 2005


  • Associate Real Estate Broker/Owner, Merrill L. Thomas, inc.:  2010 - Present (RANKED TOP 3 IN ENTIRE MLS IN 2018 )
  • K. Hovnanian Homes, New Homes Sales Consultant:  2005 - 2010 (Completed over $75M in residential sales contracts over 5 years)

Board Leadership Roles


Nicholas S. Politi


Michael M

Nick is a true credit to his profession....the real deal. He is smart...he listens...he knows the market... and he ALWAYS has the client's best interests at heart...even above his own personal and business interests. We just went through a difficult closing selling our camp but Nick was calm...cool... and collected throughout the process and kept the deal on track and brought it to closure. I cannot give Nick a high enough recommendation... If you are looking to trade in the Adirondacks...this is the guy to make it happen. We WILL work together again in the future...

"Camp Dancing Waters Sale"
Moira H

We had a very special and unique property to sell. It has some amazing features and also some challenges. Nick helped us position the property, accentuating the positives. He scripted and choreographed an impactful video that captured the beauty of our property and told a story that drew the viewer in. He chooses the right time of day to take dramatic photos. He focused so much time and attention on our property. He was always available to answer our questions and gave us great advice on how to prepare the property for sale. Nick was also in touch periodically with updates even over the winter when the market was slower. When it came to strategy he provided us with a solid and well thought out plan. We received an offer in the late spring of 2020 during the Covid pandemic. Nick was extremely thoughtful in his approach to safety and following the guidelines required. It was such a difficult time for everyone and very emotional as well. Nick was able to guide and navigate us through all the challenges and successfully sell our camp to a wonderful family. If I was ever to buy a new property in the area or had a property to sell again I would definitely call Nick. This was actually the second house he sold for us. The first camp was a smaller property and a fixer upper. That experience was equally successful and the smaller camp sold quickly to an excellent buyer. We appreciate all of Nick’s experience and expertise which has helped us through two successful sales." moira hollums 686 Bartlett Carry Rd #A, Tupper Lake, NY 12983 Camp Dancing Waters

"diligent approach"

Nick is a native of the area, with a local knowledge that truly shines in his diligent approach. He has an encyclopedic memory of past sales, new listings, and a great handle on the general trends driving the Lake Placid market. He helped us through listing (and selling) a property that we had owned for twelve years. We had to move out of state during most of the time the property was listed and Nick kept us in touch with what was happening on the ground, lending valuable incite at every step of the sale, from listing to close. Nick does a great job and I would definitely recommend him to anyone on the buy or sell side of the North Country market.

"A really nice, engaging person."
Carol G

We worked with Nick for several years to find the perfect Lake Placid house for us, which we finally did this year. We really enjoyed working with Nick - professional, knowledgeable and best of all, a really nice, engaging person.

"True Professional"

Nick is a true professional that goes way beyond what is normally expected of an agent. He understands your needs and is willing to go the extra mile to close the deal. I highly recommend his services. 

"Two time buyers"
Harvest 9

Nick has been our real-estate agent for the purchase of two income properties in the Lake Placid region. He is the most knowledgeable, motivated and honest agents we have ever worked with. 

"Making clients the priority "

My wife and I had a baby last year and were in a "jam" to find a place in Lake Placid as the house we were living in was sold. We went to Nick and asked if he could help us either buy a house or rent in the interim.It was in the middle of winter, Nick went out of his way to make us a priority as we only had 60 days. We came close to buying a house but were glad it didn't work out. Nick put us in a family house for 2 months until we could move into a brand new home which is a rental in a great neighborhood. Its a perfect location and the best situation for us until we buy. We are now expecting our 2nd child and keep in touch with Nick. He went to great lengths for us and will for you.

"Honest and Reliable"

Nick has been our broker for the purchase of two properties and has been the hardest working and most honest and reliable agent we have ever worked with. He knows the market and is a wealth of information. We will work with him again for sure.

"Knowledgeable & Negotable"
Andrea M

We had a wonderful experience working with Nick on the purchase of our first home last winter. He was extremely knowledgeable on the Lake Placid real estate market and very helpful during the negotiation process. My husband and I chose to work with Nick over other realtors because of his professionalism and expertise. We now recommend him to any friend or colleague looking to purchase property in the Adirondacks. 

"first time home buyer"

Nick made our first time home buying process painless and enjoyable. He has great knowledge of the area and was always accessible and responsive when we had questions. It was a pleasure to work with him and we are so thankful for his expertise and support through the process. 

"Helpful from start to finish "

We used Nick's services to purchase real estate in Lake Placid, NY From start to finish, he could not have been more helpful or more pro-active. We were immensely impressed. He also assisted greatly with the process of buying - we are non-US residents. We do not plan on selling our home for a long tome, but if we did, Nick would be our first choice and we strongly recommend him

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