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Joel Nelson - Team Leader & Listing Specialist

Joel got his first hands-on experience with real estate as a teenager, working for several years on the maintenance crew of a classic 1912 apartment building in Philadelphia. The job taught him early how to work with experts in every trade, and to keep tenants happy with creative problem-solving. In 1989, Nelson moved to Washington, DC to attend American University, where he obtained a degree in psychology. That foundation has been invaluable in daily life as an agent and consultant, as he helps people see their own competing objectives aligning with those of another party for mutual success.

For six years, Joel worked for a national company managing group homes for residents with developmental disabilities. Along the way he married, and he and wife Thonya moved to five different cities for work assignments. They returned to Washington in 1998 when Joel accepted a position with a business and technology consulting firm, and fell in love with Capitol Hill, where they now live with their two children. Once back in DC, they immediately began finding, fixing, and selling historic homes, and in 2001 Joel decided to work full time to help others make good purchase and sale decisions as a licensed agent. In 2006, Joel and a group of like-minded agents founded the first Keller Williams (KW) office in DC - the fastest-growing brokerage in the City.

Joel's varied and hands-on experiences as a counselor, investor, renovator, and marketer have all combined to make him an extraordinary advisor and guide, helping his clients achieve their individual goals in the vibrant neighborhoods of the Nation's Capital region.
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4 Bed / 3.0 Bath
$919,000
3 Bed / 3.0 Bath
$646,000
3 Bed / 3.0 Bath
$499,900
1 Bed / 1.0 Bath
$249,900
    Past Sales (145 all-time)
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    Seller
    03/19/2014
    $670,000
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    03/19/2014 - Seller - $670,000

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    Seller
    03/14/2014
    $985,000
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    Seller
    03/05/2014
    $381,000
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    Seller
    02/07/2014
    $770,000
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    Seller
    01/22/2014
    $844,000
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      Ratings & Reviews
      - Highly likely to recommend
      04/07/2014 - angelapitha
      Sold a Townhouse home in 2014 for approximately $1.0M in Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.
      I am not new to the task of buying and selling homes--including a FSBO--and have interviewed and worked with many realtors along the way. I can say without reservation that Joel and his team are a credit to their profession. Do not select a realtor, especially on Capitol Hill, without meeting Joel first.

      He is a great listener and identifies all the desires and pain points of his client, then consistently incorporates those preferences throughout the process. No reminders necessary. Also, he knows all the players on Capitol Hill and DC -- other realtors, inspectors, lenders, settlement -- and is a strategic and skilled communicator.

      We were on the seller side. He identified several inexpensive upgrades, arranged and oversaw the work, staged the house beautifully with his interior design team, shrewdly scheduled the showings and open house, spurred multiple bids, and then carefully walked us through the pros and cons of each to help us make a decision. Our house quickly sold well above asking.

      If you're a seller in this market, it's tempting to go the FSBO route to avoid paying commission to your seller's agent. Sometimes that works fine. But if it doesn't work and you do need to call on the services of a realtor, call Joel. We tried FSBO, and did go under contract, which fell through due to some questionable tactics on the buyer's side. After that frustrating experience, we called Joel. Joel's team netted us a price that MORE THAN COVERED their commisson. We walked with more proceeds. Call him.
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      - Highly likely to recommend
      09/10/2013 - user4642529
      Sold a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $975K in Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.
      Joel Nelson did an amazing job selling our house. He offered a full spectrum of services - from staging, excellent photos, and a great floor plan drawing, to recommending minor improvements (and great contractors to do the work).

      Joel's knowledge of the real estate sales process is unsurpassed. He went the extra mile to make sure our house was ready to sell at a strong price the first weekend it was on the market. Overall, the process was extremely smooth.

      I strongly recommend Joel's services.
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      - Highly likely to recommend
      09/10/2013 - user6188955
      Sold a Condo home in 2013 for approximately $300K in Cathedral Heights, Washington, DC.
      I have worked with Joel on 4 different properties over 10 years in DC. He is an expert on local real estate and goes the extra mile to help sell a property. The condo we were selling need some small touch ups, all less then $1,000. He coordinated the work, got it all done and didn't collect anything from me until the closing.

      For the staging he used a combination of my furniture and his. The condo looked fantastic and sold for asking price before the open house.

      Before you say I must have priced it too low, Joel's asking prices was higher than two other recommendations I got from "professionals", one of whom wanted me to spend almost $8,000 on renovations. Spend more to get less? I didn't do that thanks to Joel.
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      Address:
      Keller Williams Capital Properties
      801 D Street NE
      Washington, DC  20002
      Phone:
      (202) 360-4566
      Cell:
      (202) 609-7926
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