District of Columbia
Since graduating Magna cum Laude from Barry University, Nelson has held competitive sales and business development positions, both internationally and in the U.S. Wanting to contribute more directly to communities in need, he transitioned into the non-profit sector. He worked on various fundraising initiatives and with organizations spanning community building, volunteerism, and general critical causes. Nelson played a role in achieving record-breaking results for the United Way of Greater Miami-Dade County.
In 2001, he was recruited by the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering, College Park. As Acting Assistant Dean of External Relations, he participated in securing multi-million-dollar charitable gifts and collaborated with a team that secured one of the highest charitable gifts to date in the history of the campus.
The Metropolitan DC area’s exciting real estate market lured him to return to a career in real estate (he was formerly licensed in Florida), and he is an active licensee in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. He is a Top Producer and specializes in NW Washington neighborhoods and Capitol Hill, along with close-in Maryland and Virginia neighborhoods.
Since 2016, Nelson has been ranked as one of America’s Top Real Estate Professionals for individual agent sales volume in DC by RealTrends, as featured in The Wall Street Journal;( one of Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Producers, in the Individuals Platinum category; and a designated Five Star Professional as featured in Forbes.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PAST AND PRESENT:
La Clinica Del Pueblo
Fashion for Paws, benefiting Washington Humane Society, Executive Committee
DuPont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA), Board Member
Point of Light Foundation
Suited for Change
Food & Friends
Bread for the City
So Others Might Eat (SOME)
Horizons Greater Washington
When I think about working with Nelson, the first word that comes to mind is TRUST. When you're a first-time homebuyer, there is a lot that can feel confusing or nerve-wracking. Nelson helped me feel confident in making this huge decision. I really trusted Nelson's expert knowledge of the market, his sensibility, his attention to detail, as well as his consideration of me as a person and what I wanted. I loved working with Nelson and with everyone in the Nelson Marban group. They were attentive, professional, helpful, and knowledgeable throughout the entire process.
Nelson and his team were incredibly helpful during the search and buying process. I did not truly understand the value of a real estate agent before embarking on this process and I could not image doing it with anyone else. I look forward to working with Nelson on any other future purchases and will recommend him to any of my friends! I am very grateful for the experience that I had with Nelson!
When making the biggest purchase of my life and as a first time homebuyer, it was of upmost importance to me to have someone professional, knowledge, reliable, patient, and trustworthy to take me through the process. I could not have asked for someone better than Nelson! I never questioned his intentions, and it was a huge comfort to have someone guiding, teaching, and looking out for me during this daunting and often overwhelming process. I’m grateful for him and would recommend him without hesitation. His team was also great, too.
Nelson helped my husband and me buy our first home! He was incredibly patient with us, led the way while at the same time following our lead and desires. We felt like his most important clients at all times, although we are not rich, and we always felt free to make the best decisions for us and our family. We have some amazing and hilarious memories house hunting with Nelson. Honestly it was never a dull moment. My husband says, “We call him a true hero! Because he went to every length to make sure things went well for us!
I had a wonderful experience with Nelson. He was very communicative and understanding throughout the process. He responded quickly to all of my questions and with great detail. I am also grateful to Reyhan, his assistant, who made everything super easy.
I had a bad experience selling my condo and so when I was ready to buy a house, I knew I needed to change who I was working with. In the insane market of Spring 2022 there was no way I would be able to buy a quality house in a desirable neighborhood on my budget without a laser-focused team. I told my friend, and she said she knew a good realtor. I said sure but I need a shark. She said oh, don't you worry, Nelson is a shark. And indeed he is. Nelson and his team (Reyhan is awesome) are thorough and attentive. They hear you the first time. And they move very quickly. Nelson is very smart about the market, very smart about how and why sellers and sellers' agents make the choices they do, very smart about how to make your bid rise to the top of the pile, and he is aggressive. He will tell you like it is and not pull any punches. I wouldn't recommend any other realtor in the DMV.
Nelson and his team helped me rent my house and were great to work with. They always looked out for my best interests and clearly explained any changes or work needed to be done to help my house be more rentable. When you decide to rent your house, go straight to Nelson and his team. They will make you feel at ease and will do all the work to get you the best results.
I worked with Nelson to buy my first home in Washington, DC. As a first-time buyer I was looking for someone who would be very hands-on, and Nelson and his team were incredibly helpful. I would absolutely work with them again and would 100% recommend.
Nelson Marban and his group are truly outstanding. He was remarkable in preparing my home in West End for lease: from coordinating renovation to landing the best tenant, he gets 5 stars all the way through. He is an incredibly knowledgeable, diligent, dependable, and honest real estate professional. He sincerely values his clients and works tirelessly on their behalf. Nelson stands far above the rest and will undoubtedly be my go-to for real estate needs in DC! Thank you so much, Nelson and Reyhan!
Nelson is such a pleasure to work with — especially in navigating DC's sophisticated and complex housing market.
Not only is Nelson an incredibly kind person, he is also driven and works tirelessly to meet the evolving needs of his clients. Nelson was accessible (via phone, text, email) throughout the nearly six months we spent working together. In a hyper-competitive market, we were really glad to have him on our side.
At a time when everyone is looking for an edge to get their desired home, there's no better investment than working with someone who knows the DC market well. Nelson is that agent, and I would recommend him to anyone looking to purchase in DC.
Just want to share that our experience with Nelson and his team was beyond our expectations. When we went to market, there were so many dynamics at play—certainly the pandemic and all it had to offer, but also the inevitable bumps in the road. Whatever the challenge, Nelson and Reyhan were there to clear the path. If you need high-quality professional real estate help do not go anywhere else but to Nelson and his team.
Skilled negotiator, strong communicator, creative problem solver. Nelson is attentive to details, tech-savvy and highly experienced. He has an incredible work ethic and a winning personality. Leads a wonderful team. Our dogs were hooked the minute they met him, and they're always right.
It was a pleasure working with Nelson at Washington Fine Properties. We had a very short timeframe and very specific needs and were completely unfamiliar with the DC marketplace. Nelson was patient in helping us find a place that made sense for us and within our budget and timeframe. He also helped us get contractors started on improvements before the closing was final. He and his assistant Reyhan were very professional and friendly and fun to work with. We appreciated their knowledge of the marketplace and their sound guidance through a stressful home search.
I have known Nelson for over a decade and worked with him on both sides of a real estate transaction: as a buyer and seller but also as a vendor. Nelson and his team KNOW the market, love DC real estate, and fight for their clients. Professional, diligent, and always on your side of the table throughout the process.
Nelson Marban and his team work hard and deliver successful results! I highly recommend you contact him for your real estate needs! There is no one else I would use!
Nelson Marban is simply the best residential real estate agent I've ever worked with. Having been in the industry myself, I can say there aren't many agents as professional, creative, or as hard-working as Nelson. If you need to buy or sell your new home in Washington, D.C., use Nelson.
I have worked with Nelson and his team at The Nelson Marban Group for Washington Fine Properties on several occasions!! They are a true delight to work with! I own a small staging company in the DMV area, and each project with The Nelson Marban group has been great. They communicate clearly and give outstanding customer service. Every staging with them is a breeze. From the first time I met him and his team I knew we'd be great partners in the real estate industry. I recommend any client who is looking to buy or sell their home to them.
Nelson is not only knowledgeable and professional, but he is passionate about what he does! He gives attention to detail and he is always responsive and dedicated to his clients. Nelson is an exceptional relator because he exemplifies being patient, helpful, and knowledgeable. He is always a pleasure to work with!
Nelson and his associate could not have been any better! I was particularly impressed with how quickly he resolved everything, his attention to detail, and his communication with me. You've found your agent!
We had a really good experience with Nelson and his team selling my parents' house of 28 years. Although it was a tough experience emotionally, at times, Nelson was able to navigate the process smoothly and with care and attention to detail. His business savvy and knowledge of the industry were valuable assets, and we were very pleased with the results. Highly recommend!
INWT (In Nelson We Trust). “The Best” doesn’t do the man justice. My wife and I bought our first home with Nelson, and he made one of the single most stressful experiences of our lives a breeze. A few years later we hired Nelson to sell that house, and we were so confident in his abilities that we moved weeks before listing and just left the house under his team's care. They took care of everything. Updated us every step of the way. Any issues simply became minor hiccups. We adore Nelson, we love his team. You’d be a fool to go with anyone else. INWT forever!
We cannot say enough about Nelson as a realtor; he is a consummate professional. As first time home-buyers attempting to purchase from across the country in the toughest real estate market in decades, we could not have chosen to work with a better team. Nelson and Reyhan were incredible – warm, responsive, professional, and effective. Nelson was wonderful at guiding us through the market, the home-buying process, and the ultimate purchase. He brought the temperature of the room down with his calm demeanor and helped us to avoid HGTV syndrome. We always felt like he was advocating from our best interests and not from his potential gain. His 16+ years of experience were invaluable when it came to structuring offers and making decisions. He was frank with us about the financial calculations and market realities, and his projections were borne out more often than not. When we finally landed our home, an unexpected and rare title issue came up. Nelson definitely saved the day by connecting us to experienced attorneys (yes, that bad), buffering us from the behaviors of the sellers' blatantly unprofessional agent (Nelson was a CLEAR contrast), and ultimately, letting us know that it was OK to walk away. We have a home today because of Nelson, and we are so grateful because I don't know that we could have achieved this with anyone else. You will be in the best hands by choosing him!
We have worked with Nelson to both buy and sell a property and are so glad we did! He is unfailingly professional, responsive, and pleasant to work with. With respect to our more recent experience as sellers, we were very satisfied with the marketing of our property as well as Nelson's hands-on management of the overall process.
Nelson and his team are amazing! Over the last six years he has helped me buy and later sell my first home. Nelson’s market expertise and attention to detail make this difficult process easy to manage. I highly recommend his service.
We have now worked with Nelson Marban and his great staff three times for both selling and buying properties in Washington, DC. Their very professional, knowledgeable and incredibly responsive help has been remarkable at every step of the way. We will for sure call on Nelson again!
Nelson and his team were wonderful to work with. I was able to have my property updated and sold very quickly and at over asking price. I would highly recommend Nelson and his team if you are looking to sell your property.
Rented my house in less than a week. Was in touch with me constantly. Was direct, to the point on the things that would make the house perfect and went to market in four days. What else can you ask?
I honestly don’t even know where to start about Nelson . . . best decision I could have possibly made was to work with this man and his amazing team to sell my house, and to buy my new one. His years of experience led to a level of expertise that gave me the utmost confidence in every bit of the process. I never hesitated to say to him, “Whatever you think is best! I trust you,” and he never let me down. I followed all of his advice, from repairs that I should make before selling to maximize profit, and maybe even more importantly, advice to NOT do a bunch of things that would have cost me SO much money and for no real return. He helped me to understand everything we were doing every step of the way, as I needed a lot of things explained to me in lay terms. Bottom line—I know I got the most for my house that I possibly could have, due to all of his advice and actions, and I wound up in an amazing house in a great place, and I just couldn’t be happier about all of it!!!! Thank you Nelson and team! I will ALWAYS recommend you. The best in the business . . . thank you so much for all you’ve done for me!!!!
Nelson and his team are simply the best! He helped me sell my condo—in three days and for over asking—and also helped us with our home purchase. His insight and expertise are second to none. He was with us every step of the way, always available and responsive and offering the best advice. I would highly recommend working with Nelson if you're looking to buy or sell, and even if you're not sure what timeline works for you, start the conversation now. He will guide you expertly through the process, whether this is your first or fifth home. There's no one better in the DC area.
Whether you are buying or selling a home (or both), you need Nelson and Washington Fine Properties. Don't trust the newer real estate companies or agents; they just don't have the years of experience necessary to ensure successful negotiations while protecting your best interest. Nelson has significant experience and excels at negotiating. He knows the DC market extremely well and can professionally handle anyone involved in the transaction(s).
Nelson represented me in the sale of a condo (that was rented to tenants) and buying a new home. That would have been challenging enough, and successfully doing both during the COVID pandemic demonstrates Nelson's expertise. Despite the complications and time COVID added to the process, Nelson never wavered in his commitment to selling my home, ensuring that I was satisfied with the result. From virtual staging, virtual tours, online marketing, paper-based marketing, collecting feedback, appointed-based showings, staging, photography, etc., Nelson and his team did it all. And did it all very well. Having seen some of the feedback provided by listing agents made me realize how much more professional Nelson was in comparison.
Throughout the entire process, Nelson remained extremely responsive to email, text, and phone calls—and always worked around my schedule. Whether it was early morning, late night, or weekends, he was always ready to respond or quickly let me know when he was available to provide a more detailed response. He met me at the property I was selling and the property I ended up buying countless times throughout the process (each time with a new COVID precaution that we'd have to take into account).
Nelson helped me find the perfect condo and exceeded expectations from the first time we met, all the way through closing. As a first-time home buyer (who didn't completely know what he was looking for), Nelson took the time to understand my personality, short-term goals, and history to help me really focus on options that were right for me. He created a plan of action that was simple yet effective, consistently shared options that fit my criteria, and was always very attentive. Nelson is extremely knowledgeable about all types of properties and the DC market. He has great attention to detail when viewing properties and was quick to alert me to any potential issues with the property, while also pointing out simple fixes to transform living spaces. Nelson is a masterful negotiator and helped me get in below the listed price. He answered all of my questions along the way (of which I had many) and really helped me learn the ins and outs of the home buying process. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking and will definitely use him again!
Nelson found us our dream home in the middle of the Pandemic! He helped us first-time home buyers every step of the way. Nelson was incredibly accommodating to our schedule and made house hunting a blast. He is professional, understanding of our wants and needs and an absolute pleasure to work with. We've already recommended him to our friends and suggest everyone looking to buy or sell a home to work with Nelson!
Nelson was/is a fantastic/solid agent. He was there when I needed him and I had a lot of questions. It's comforting knowing someone has your back when dealing with such a massive undertaking. He also understands the market very well and that's a huge asset.
Nelson was a very professional and friendly agent who truly puts the buyer first. He was extremely knowledgeable with the particular type of home I was looking for and successfully located one for me. The closing process was smooth and fast. Nelson was available at any of hour of the day to answer my questions. I highly recommend choosing Nelson as your agent if you want a smooth and professional experience.
Nelson was absolutely amazing and will be my go-to whenever I am looking to buy or sell! He was attentive, timely, and knowledgeable. He was detail-oriented and organized, and he helped us put our preferences and choices in context. I trusted him to be my eyes and ears when I couldn't be there and I got the level of quality that I expected. He represented my best interests in negotiations and was physically onsite to make sure that things were taken care of in our new home. Nelson was also flexible and maximized our time despite my hectic schedule. He also took the time to educate us and walk through the things that we did not understand as first-time buyers. It was clear that he is an expert and values high quality, as my husband and I also had the benefit of his colleague's (Angela) support. Angela was a tremendous help to us and ensured that we were all on the same page and masterfully handled all of the logistics. Truly, I could not be happier with the level of service that they provided! If you would like to have an experienced, efficient advocate, Nelson is your guy, hands down!
Nelson and Angela are GREAT to work with! This was our first time buying a house, and they held our hands throughout the entire process. They are very knowledgeable and explained every single step, as well as helped us with all the questions and concerns we had. Everything went smoothly, and we are so happy to share our dream of buying a house with them!! We will for sure continue working with them.
Nelson was amazing! He was always in our corner and helped to make the sale of our house as smooth as possible. He truly went above and beyond. We can’t thank him and his team enough!
Nelson helped me sell my condo and was truly outstanding. His team communicated with me thoroughly through the process and helped make the sales process far simpler and faster than I anticipated. I had debated using RedFin to save on brokerage fees, but I am very glad I didn't. Nelson's connections, experience, and advising were absolutely worth it; we closed barely a month after first listing, which I think was largely due to his knowledge of proper pricing, his contacts with the realtors post-showings, and his hosting two open houses. I am stunned we sold my home so quickly and got the price we did (some similar condos had been on the market for >50 days!), and I believe it might still be on the market if I had not had his help. He also made the process simple by getting multiple quotes for stagers and contractors to do the background work before we sold. Nelson really knew what he was doing and is extremely knowledgeable about the full range of homes on the DC market (I actually met him while in the process of purchasing my current home, a row house). He also has a great sense of the market's fluctuations and seasonality. I would highly recommend him for anyone looking for a professional who helps his clients maximize value while also making the process easy.
Nelson helped me buy my first home and later helped me sell it after a relocation. I thought it was going to be hard to sell the home from out-of-state (especially taking care of small repairs staging, etc.), but Nelson and his team handled everything so smoothly! He is a pleasure to work with and makes the stressful world of real estate much easier to navigate.
A true professional who knows how to get it done in any market condition. Truly one of the best!
It was a such a pleasure working with Nelson and his team. The quality of customer service we got was over the Top! We were able to move in within 40 days of signing the contract, best Christmas present ever!
My family has been most fortunate to deal with Nelson Marban and his real estate team at Washington Fine Properties during the past six years in the purchase of two properties and sale of a third. In the first one he was the listing agent for a house that was an ideal fit for one of my children and his family, who were at the time living overseas but planning to return to the U.S. When we saw the for-sale sign go up, I contacted Nelson, the agent, who was able to negotiate the complications of selling to someone overseas and seal the deal within 48 hours.
Recently, Nelson again saved the day when we attempted to purchase a condo but ran into problems with the listing agency. I contacted Nelson to act as our buyer’s agent. He got the purchase back on track and completed. We then hired Nelson as the listing agent for sale of the previously owned condo. He and his team managed repair work and staging of the apartment, held an open house, received an offer the first night, and, importantly, managed the paperwork process to closing, guiding us through the new world of digital documents and signatures. I and my family unreservedly recommend Nelson Marban and his WFP team to sellers and buyers in Washington’s fast-moving real estate market. They get it done.
Nelson helped our family find our ideal row home in Northwest DC. He leveraged his broad network to show us the most current listings, and we always felt that we had a first look at properties going on the market. There were many hurdles to close on our property, but Nelson made it seamless and guided us through each step. We highly recommend him.
Working with Nelson to sell my home was a phenomenal experience. He is extremely professional, personable, and detail-oriented. I would recommend him to anyone. This was my first time selling a home, and I couldn't have imagined working with anyone else. We listed my home for more than I originally thought I could get, and it still sold in less than a week and for more than the asking price! This is all thanks to Nelson and his great team at Washington Fine Properties. They made the whole process feel so fast and easy, from getting it ready to list, pricing and marketing, putting on the open house, soliciting and working through multiple offers, and managing all the contract and closing matters. They helped me stage my home and took the most beautiful pictures. They were also expert in helping me decide on a listing price. They presented an excellent market analysis and offered solid recommendations based on years of experience. It was very important for me to realize the best possible return on my investment and they did it! And they did all of this in a matter of weeks. Selling my home could have been a daunting experience, but Nelson made it a great experience that far exceeded my expectations.
Nelson Marban is the definition of a true professional. We met with several agents before working with Nelson; he helped us through the very overwhelming experience of being first-time home buyers with absolute ease and confidence, despite the fact that our transaction took a lot longer than anticipated. Nelson's expertise and knowledge of the DC/MD/VA market is remarkable and his patience is commendable! He was always available for the myriad of questions we had and was able put our minds at ease. Nelson truly is a remarkable agent and we thoroughly enjoyed working with him.
Nelson's professionalism and attention to his clients needs are extraordinary. My wife and I had no idea on where to even start when we began to look for our first home. Nelson guided us through every step making sure that we understood everything. He made himself available 24/7 to answer any questions and he would update us on a regular basis, which we greatly appreciated.
Nelson's calm and matter-of-fact approach allowed us to trust him wholeheartedly very quickly. It was very clear that he was working for us and wanted us to feel as comfortable and as confident with our choices and decisions as possible. My wife and I cannot thank Nelson enough, and we consider him to be a friend. Nelson even checks in periodically since we've moved in to see how things are going and if there's anything that we need that he could help us with. Recommendations for contractors or plumbers or interior designers, all of whom he respects and thinks highly of. It's great to have someone so dedicated to making sure that you're happy and satisfied with your new home.
If and when we decide to move out of our current home, there's no question that Nelson will be our first call. He's simply the best.
Nelson Marban is by far the best, most responsive, most professional realtor I have ever worked with in the many real estate transactions I’ve been a part of. His attention to detail, knowledge of the area and specific properties, his responsiveness and protective nature of his clients make him the easiest of people to recommend. Nelson knew what I wanted, found it for me in two hours, helped to navigate a difficult contract and was always 100% there to answer questions, offer suggestions, etc.
We first worked with Nelson and his team during a move to D.C. As we had no idea about where we wanted to settle down, Nelson was able to suggest a few areas to explore that would fit us. We had such a great experience that we reached out to him again when we decided to "officially" settle down in the DC area and buy. Nelson was a great guide through the process of buying a home. He made sure we considered all elements of each home we looked at and brought to our attention matters that we, as first-home buyers, wouldn't have in the front of our minds. When it came time to make an offer, he made sure that the offer we put together was the most attractive to the seller. With Nelson, the process was exciting and painless. We are very happy to have worked with him and highly recommend him.
My wife and I would recommend Nelson Marban to any buyer or seller. He helped guide us through the purchase of our first home and, several years later, the sale of our condo, helping us to sell it for slightly over our asking price in less time than we expected. He was patient, kind, flexible, resourceful when plans and circumstances were unpredictable, understanding and, above all, very knowledgeable about the market and industry. Thanks to Nelson, we not only secured a competitive advantage but had wonderful peace of mind throughout the process.
I feel honored to call Nelson my friend and, now too, my realtor. Knowing Nelson's expertise and experience in the DC real estate market, I reached out to him, somewhat on a whim, for guidance in looking for a home to purchase in DC. I was a first-time homebuyer, had done little homework on actually buying a house (being a banker, I just assumed I knew what I needed to ... we know what assuming does) and had yet to see any properties. Nelson immediately put on his professional "hat" and guided me through the home-buying process from start to finish. I found a potential home a couple of weeks later and, thanks to Nelson, structured a bid that successfully got me the house. We can often have doubts in crossing the friend to professional line, but there was never a doubt with Nelson's level of professionalism. It's easy to see why he has earned such positive recognition and success. Thank you, Nelson!
I chose to work with Nelson to sell my first condo because of his knowledge of the downtown DC market. Nelson and his associate, Toni, made it unbelievably easy for me – from detailed organization of the paperwork to helping me decide how to market my place. In the end, I received a full-price offer within 3 days of listing the property, at a price of more than what I had anticipated. I certainly owe it all to Nelson.
Buying or selling real estate is inherently an emotional, and at times, nerve-wracking process. Nelson gets that. He listened to my concerns and took the time to understand what motivated me. He did the same with the sellers on the other side of a transaction. That’s why Nelson is so good at the psychology of real estate. With a keen understanding of his clients’ needs and expectations, he provides support and encouragement throughout the process and at the same time offers up some tough love when the situation calls for it. And he can close a deal like no other.
As a real estate development family, we place great value on our representation for real estate acquisitions both professionally and personally. Nelson Marban and his team were therefore the perfect choice when it came to representing my wife Dyala and me in the search and selection of our family home. He handled all aspects of our search, acquisition and finally the transaction with utmost care, patience and professionalism. We are extremely happy and we always recommend him to anyone and everyone we meet.
If you want the job done right the first time, you work with Nelson. My whole family uses Nelson for our purchases and sales as we cannot leave such an important thing in anyone else’s hands. He has a deep knowledge of the market and always gains a clear understanding of your counterpart in the transaction, so that the transaction is navigated smoothly. With so much at stake with such an important thing in our lives, our homes, we always turn to him when the time comes.
Nelson’s understanding of the market, strong network and excellent negotiation skills allowed us to not only sell our home at the right price but buy exactly where we wanted. Nelson and Toni make a dynamic team and do not leave anything to chance. We recommend Nelson to anyone that mentions they need a Realtor. He is among the best in the Washington, DC area.