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Bought a Single Family home in 2007 for approximately $625K in Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.
I purchased my home on Capitol Hill with Joel's help. He was fantastic. He was a great listener on what I was looking for, but he also was savvy enough to show me some things I didn't ask for but ended up wanting. I got a great deal on my house and have been very happy with it ever since.
Sold a Townhouse home in 2014 for approximately $725K in Near Northeast, Washington, DC.
Joel and his group were terrific. Every aspect of the process was well executed. From pricing, to repairs, to staging and marketing. Our house was under contract in less than a week. I would highly recommend Joel, Derek and Mark to anyone looking to sell their home.
Sold a Townhouse home in 2014 for approximately $800K in Near Northeast, Washington, DC.
Words really do not describe how amazing Joel and his team are at selling my home. Professional. Responsive. Informative. Attentive. Outstanding! Thank you to Joel and the team for preparing (staging) and selling my home in DC in under 30 days. If you are considering buying a home in DC or listing your home in DC, I strongly suggest using Joel and his team! Highly Recommend!!!
Bought a Townhouse home in 2014 for approximately $875K in Near Northeast, Washington, DC.
The process was very good with plenty of good guidance for someone unfamiliar with the area. There is still one item the realtor said he would have repaired on the exterior, but I believe it will be done.
Their KVS Title company was excellent, as was the closing.
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.
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.
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.
Sold a Townhouse home in 2013 for approximately $700K in Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.
After talking with other agents from the area, we were impressed with Joel Nelson's insider knowledge of Capitol Hill real estate and the changing market. When he met with us for the first time, he'd already done his research and formulated a plan to make a timely sale at a very competitive price. We hoped to be able to vacate the house before selling it since we planned to move across the country, and Joel made this option possible for us.
Joel was able to identify a range of inexpensive changes to make our home more attractive to buyers for a quick sale. He and his team managed the whole process, sticking to the budget and finishing on time. They even staged the house at no additional cost. From finding a buyer, to contract negotiations, Joel worked hard to get us the best deal and kept the whole process straightforward and easy.
I would highly recommend Joel Nelson without question.
Bought a home in 2012 in Capitol Hill, Washington, DC 20003.
If you need to buy or sell a home, you can't do better than Joel Nelson and Alan Mertz. They are consummate professionals who thoroughly understand the complexities of the real estate business. They are also wonderful people--genuinely attentive to the needs and desires of their clients and an absolute pleasure to deal with. In a tight and difficult market for buyers, they recently guided my wife and me through the process of purchasing a home on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. They found exactly what we wanted and beat the competition with an innovative and aggressive negotiating strategy that got us a wonderful place at at a very fair price. We cannot recommend them highly enough.