Alan Mertz

Alan Mertz
Lead Buyer Specialist

About Alan

A native of Louisville, KY, Alan lived in the Windy City of Chicago for 30 years before relocating to DC. After collegiate studies in marketing and advertising he made his way to the Women’s Apparel Industry, representing designer collections from New York, Toronto, Milan, and elsewhere. For more than two decades, Alan’s sales company marketed to fine boutiques, specialty stores, and major department stores throughout the Midwest from his Chicago Apparel Center showrooms.

Business travels enabled Alan to experience urban living, neighborhood fabric, and city re-development across Chicago, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Louisville, and many other cities large and small. With a keen eye for architectural detail, passion for urban housing, and a desire to reinvent himself in a bold career change, Alan entered the real estate industry in 2000. Since then Alan has focused on the sales of urban homes, condos, loft conversions, and mixed-use developments, helping hundreds of clients achieve their real estate goals in historic and mixed-use city neighborhoods. His personal experience in home renovations and redevelopment projects make him a valuable resource and advocate for buyers of old and new homes, and he is committed to outstanding service and personal care for each and every buyer!

Alan and his wife Becky make their home on Capitol Hill, where they live the advantages of city life – Live+Work+Play – all within minutes of home. When not working with clients, Alan squeezes in an occasional round of golf, serves in community organizations, and explores DC’s ever growing restaurant scene. While supporting DC sports teams, Alan remains a life-long Chicago Cub fan, and bleeds Blue for University of Kentucky Basketball!

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What Clients Say about Alan

Joel Nelson Group and Alan Mertz have been amazing partners over multiple real estate purchases and sales. In 2024 they helped us find our newest DC home. Thank you Joel and Alan!

Robin W.

Alan was SO helpful getting me into the perfect home for me. Capitol Hill is a competitive market, but Alan's expertise got me a great home at a great price. He went the extra mile (again and again) to not only help me purchase the house, but to make sure I had everything I needed to make it home. I'm beyond grateful to Alan for making the impossible happen and landing me in the perfect spot. Alan has my highest recommendation. You'd miss out to use a different realtor!

Christina B.

Very professional and top notch with service and recommendations!

K. Guest

Alan was so helpful in purchasing my first home! He really took into account my budget and what I was looking for and actually was helpful in finding something for me that wildly exceeded my expectations. I had expected the worst when entering the property market and by working with Alan (an expert on literally any real estate on the Hill) and JNG I am now the proud owner of a condo far earlier than I ever could have expected. I also cannot say enough about the transaction coordinator, Jen. I had no idea what I was doing and she was able to very clearly explain in "plain language" exactly what was needed for me. She is an asset to the brokerage. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a new home.

Ryan P.

Working with Alan, Angela, and the team from Joel Nelson Group to buy our first home was a great experience. Alan was so great about answering our many questions, responsive to our asks, and had a network that set us apart from other buyers. Despite a crazy competitive market, we won the first house that we bid on -- completely due to Alan's advice and connections!

Andrea W.

Joel / Alan / Angela: You all were FABULOUS. I SO APPRECIATE YOU! I am SO pleased with what you did. I called from the hospital - very sick and very weak with Covid - even talking was hard. Alan jumped on it. Joel jumped on it - prepared the condo - got it done - had an open house on Sunday - Sold it Monday for the exact price I wanted.

And the closing was as smooth and professional as it can be! I am so grateful for all of you.

Jim G.

Alan was absolutely fantastic. My husband and I had been looking for a new home for over a year with a different agent with no luck. Alan really provided us with better resources and strategies to be competitive with the market. The first home that we put an offer on with Alan, we GOT! We are so excited and would HIGHLY recommend the entire group to anyone!!!

Nicole M.

The entire staff are incredible and very supportive. They really do go the extra mile to ensure you are taken care of. We could not be happier with our home and would recommend them to anyone considering buying a home!

Jason W.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

I found Alan Mertz to be a capable and trustworthy real estate professional. His personality and demeanor engendered my wife and me with a degree of comfort which is difficult to find in someone these days. Alan's knowledge of the market place is unquestionable and I would recommend him to anyone seeking out property or real estate advice

Phillip & Regan R.

We worked with Alan on the purchase of our DC home. Circumstances outside of Alan's control (inventory, competition, etc.) made for a challenging process, but Alan maintained good spirits throughout the process. We also appreciated his thorough expertise of the market, renovation issues and the home buying process. I would definitely recommend Alan to other individuals seeking a consummate professional to guide them through the home buying process.

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.
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