Testimonials

Joel and his team were fantastic! They were easy to communicate with, available to answer any question, managed the sale long distance, staged the place beautifully, had it on the market for less than a week, achieved a sale price 7% over the ask and closed in under two weeks. I don't know what else needs to be said!

Bailey M.

Joel Nelson sold us our first home, and nine years later he helped us sell it to a new happy family. I could not recommend him and his team more highly. They made the process straight-forward and pain-free - terms not usually associated with real estate transactions. Communications were excellent all throughout the process. The extra steps Joel took even in the intervening years when I had questions that came up showed me how much Joel cares about the historic homes of Capitol Hill, about the community and the neighborhood.

Alissa F.

HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS REALTOR!!! Working with Alan and Angela was literally one of the most amazing experiences that my husband and I have had in our lives. As first time home buyers, we were extremely anxious about the process and knew that we would need a lot of support and guidance to ensure that we ended up with the home of our dreams. Alan is incredibly knowledgeable and made sure that we were taken care of every step of the way. He quickly alerted us of opportunities and communicated with us daily as we narrowed down our real-estate choices. When we decided on a home to purchase, Alan and Angela were extremely thorough throughout the process and made sure that we were made aware of every aspect of it until our closing took place. Owning our dream home would not have been possible without Alan and Angela's incredible work. It was such a pleasure to go through this experience with members of the Joel Nelson Group and we HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you do the same if you have real estate needs!

Latisha N.

We recently sold our home and the Joel Nelson Group exceeded expectations! We really appreciated their superior customer service and their expertise of the Capitol Hill real estate market. From day one Joel’s team took the lead and handled the prelisting renovations, the staging of the house, and everything else we needed to get our home ready to sell. We listed the house on a Thursday, held the open house on Sunday, and had a ratified contract by Tuesday! The entire experience was stress free and fantastic. We couldn’t be more satisfied. The Joel Nelson Group is highly recommended.

Jimmy S.

Joel, Alan, and the rest of the team are a real pleasure to work with. As a client, you know they genuinely care about you and about getting the result you're looking for. They're a part of the community and earn people's trust by getting to know people and their needs, and then they work tirelessly to deliver results. We bought our Capitol Hill home from Joel in 2007, and worked with Alan for the last several years to find the right home to move to as our family expanded. Alan stuck with us through thick and thin and the hard work paid off when we got a home and just moved in. On the sell side, Joel and his team worked hard to get our home quickly into the best possible shape for the sale, including coordination of staging, cleaning, and other prep. We'd highly recommend Joel Nelson Group to anyone who asks.

Brian H.

Trustworthy, professional, and knowledgeable -- Joel and his team make every piece of the real estate transaction flow smoothly because of these traits. Joel prepared, staged and professionally photographed our house for market. The result: he secured a solid contract in less than 6 days with excellent terms and achieved an outstanding overall result. Our move was seamless and we couldn't imagine it going any better -- We can't thank Joel and his team enough for providing the best service ever received while living in DC. Great people, amazing results, out-of-this world value. Thank you!!!

Matt M.

My wife and I worked with the Joel Nelson Group to both sell our previous home on Capitol Hill and purchase our new home.

Joel Nelson assisted us in selling our old home on Capitol Hill. Joel has a deep knowledge of the Capitol Hill market and an eye for setting up the home for sale. He gave us great suggestions on small improvements that we could make to the house that led to a great return on our investment. Joel worked with us to lay out a schedule for getting our house on the market and kept us informed throughout the process.

Buying and selling a home is a huge ordeal, but Joel, and the rest of the wonderful staff at the Joel Nelson Group helped us through the process. They were great and my wife and I highly recommend them for all your real estate needs!

Kevin B.

Joel Nelson and his team were a complete joy to work with in the selling of our home. They've actually reinvented the process, taking as much burden off of the homeowner as possible. Every step of the process was handled with extreme professionalism and aplomb. We highly recommend this team to anyone in the Washington, DC, Metro Region.

Jennifer W.
Katharine K.

Best Realtor Ever. Selling our house of 29 years, and buying a new home, was daunting, but Joel and his group made it a smooth and stress- free experience. Joel guided us every step of the way. He is amazingly knowledgeable, ethical, and personable.

Tina D.

Joel and his team were superb in every aspect of the sale of our Capitol Hill home. I have sold several houses both with and without realtors and this sale was by far the best. And it wasn't just because it sold in one week, the week of a giant snow storm no less (open house was the day after DC got 2 ft. of snow.) Joel's business model is unique: he and his team manage any renovation that needs to be done to make the house presentable and staging is part of the package---no extra cost! Also, the marketing materials are slick and modern. Finally, Joel's winning personality and professionalism made this stressful process much less so!

Louise M.

We are new to Washington DC, and Alan Mertz was a lifesaver for us to help us navigate the tricky world of renovated DC townhouses. We'd heard so many nightmare tales of bad renovations, but Alan gave us the lay of the land and helped us scope out the houses done by companies he trusts. He was patient with our very specific requirements, and ultimately helped us buy a house that met all our criteria for size, location, and brand-new renovation. Thanks, Alan and the Joel Nelson team!

Alissa M.

Congratulations on outstanding work by Joel and his team in advising, staging, marketing and closing on the sale of my Capitol Hill townhouse in the spring of 2016. He (they) prepared a marketing plan, advised well on pricing the property, staged the property, and executed an intensely focused push to find a buyer. The house was under contract a week after it went on the market. A group of real pros. I am a very happy seller.

Patrick R.

I cannot recommend Joel Nelson highly enough. Simply put, Joel knows the market and can identify low-cost improvements to your home that will increase the value of your house.

David A.

Joel and his team made selling our Capitol Hill home one of the easiest, least stressful things we've ever done! From the first meeting we had with him until closing, Joel was always responsive and kept us in the loop. In just a couple days, we had multiple offers over asking. Joel and his team took care of everything- coordinating small repairs to be done, cleaning, staging, the open house, and closing. It was a very smooth process and to top it off, the entire team is just genuinely nice and excited to be working with you.

My husband and I couldn't have been more pleased with the outcome of our home sale and we both highly recommend Joel!

Sarah O.

Joel Nelson sold for me my home on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. From the moment he took my telephone call through the closing and even afterwards, I received top-notch service. While engaging me in all aspects of the process, I felt that I could leave almost everything to him--including all aspects of the negotiation with the buyer--he engenders trust. He's the best!

Debra M.

Alan is absolutely wonderful. He guided us through every step of the process of finding our first home. He offered thoughtful advice, was honest with his opinions, thorough in his research, and a pleasure to spend time with. He never made us feel pressured. We trust him absolutely. Our closing ran into more than a few bumps in the road (none of them his fault) and Alan went above and beyond to make the closing happen on time. We are very grateful to him for getting us our home, and I recommend him as an agent without reservation.

Elsa & Sam H.

We decided to sell our Capitol Hill row house after we had left the DC area and rented it out for a while. We cannot say enough about the positive experience we had with Joel and his team - they provided valuable advice and guidance at every stage in the process. After a single walk-though with my husband, Joel took it away and not only were we pleasantly surprised by the eventual sale price, but we were able to complete the sale remotely from start to finish! Joel proposed some improvements to the house, hired competent and reasonable providers to execute the projects, and completed the projects ahead of schedule and in-budget. He then staged the house free of charge, which is huge value-added. Most importantly, when the house was ready to go, he recommended listing it when the weather remained unseasonably chilly, just before the real estate season really began. We were hesitant to do so, but we are so happy we followed his advice! In the end we had multiple offers after barely lifting a finger to get the house in shape for sale. To name just one example of a personal touch - on the day of our open house, he personally shoveled the snow on our front walkway! It is clear to us that Joel is an expert in Capitol Hill real estate and that he and his team are personable, professional and responsive. We already have recommended him to our friends, and will continue to do so.

Esther Q.

From start to finish, we felt like our Buyer Agent Alan Mertz had our best interests at heart, 100% of the time. Alan listened to our wants and needs in a new home and understood us as a couple. During our settlement process, there were a few items that we requested to be fixed as determined by our home inspection and Alan leapt into action… ensuring that the work be completed correctly, timely, and by licensed contractors. This helped give us the peace of mind that we were purchasing a house free of any unforeseen problems. Rest assured, if you use Alan as your agent in the DC area, you are working with one of the best persons for the job.

Emily & Brad D.
Arthur & Karen L

Alan is one of the sharpest, most charismatic real estate professionals I have known. He is enthusiastic, honest and dependable. You can't go wrong with Alan!

Gant Hill

Alan helped us buy a wonderful home in Louisville, travelling back to his hometown market. He was a great resource about the city, as we were moving from DC. He was also good company for our non-stop two-day fly in/out home search.

Zach E.

Alan knows his market, provides extensive knowledge and detail on "what is hot" and what makes a project sell quickly and at full market value. He represents both sellers and buyers fairly and with integrity, working tirelessly to achieve their specific goals. We had great success with the projects Alan represented us on.

Jake B.
Phillip & Regan R.
Eric & Terri M.

Alan was wonderful to work with, and gave us great advice at each step in our home search. He was one of the brightest, kindest, and most responsive agents I have encountered. I recommend him to anyone looking for a home in DC!

Angela P.
Chris & Christianne J.