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Kris grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and moved to the D.C. area in 1996. Since that time, he has developed expert knowledge of the region and its many diverse and historically-rich residential neighborhoods and commercial districts. He developed a passion for architecture and real estate while interning at an architectural firm and drawing historic D.C. buildings in college coursework. This passion grew stronger after purchasing and renovating his first home in D.C.’s Eckington neighborhood and watching the community and the city continue to grow and evolve. 

Kris brings strong business acumen, dedication, and attention to detail to his career as a real estate agent. His years of public sector experience at the Library of Congress coupled with his MBA from the University of Maryland have provided him with strong skills in negotiation, marketing, business strategy, finance and the development of client-centric partnerships. Kris is recognized as a top producing agent by Washingtonian Magazine. 

After spending several years at a smaller real estate firm, Kris joined the Erich Cabe Team at Compass. He believes Compass has the tools and network available to provide maximum benefit for his clients. The purchase or sale of a home can be one of the most significant financial decisions a client makes and Kris uses his skills and personable demeanor to make this process as seamless as possible. 

When Kris isn’t at work helping his clients find their perfect home, he enjoys cooking and entertaining with friends, home improvement projects, gardening, playing his saxophone in local community groups and spending time with his partner Dennis and dogs Ellie and Winston in their 1925 Sears Kit House in D.C.’s Shepherd Park neighborhood.


"Loved working with him!"

Very friendly and knowledgeable agent. Provided timely advice as to property profiles and reasonable Market values of properties viewed. Provided prompt and thoughtful responses to my enquirers about various aspects of purchasing a home, including with regards to the process and procedure of  closing. Repeatedly adjusted the parameters of my search as I progressed with deciding what was feasible for me to purchase. Reached out regularly to see when I wanted to go out to see houses. Accommodated my rather difficult work schedule. Helped me forget out the right strategy for bidding on my house, which helped me get my house. I felt He was on my side and patient with my search and decision process, which took about 9-10 months. Gave me smart and timely advice. Loved working with him!

-Sati M.
Bought a Townhouse home in 2017 in Barney Circle, Washington, DC.

Kris is an incredible realtor!

Kris is an incredible realtor! He cares about his clients, he is knowledgeable about the DC metro area and is always willing to go the extra mile. He was always responsive to any question or need I had - he made a stressful situation less stressful. I had a great experience with him selling my home and would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone!

- mnuckolsvt
Sold a Single Family home in 2018 in Riggs Park, Washington, DC.

Kris was fantastic

Kris was fantastic in helping us with our recent first home purchase. We met Kris at an open house one weekend. We wanted to put in an offer on a different house and did not have a realtor, so we contacted Kris who helped us make it happen in two days (and we got the house in a competitive bidding situation). He was very patient, knowledgeable and proactive and never pushed us. He is very low key and extremely responsive, smart and professional. He has also been very supportive post-closing by checking in with us and providing contacts for contractors.

Z. U.
Bought a Townhouse home in 2019 in Tenleytown, Washington, DC.

Kris is extremely talented

I was a first time home buyer and VERY new to the whole process. Kris was extremely patient and informative throughout the entire process. He had expert advice and recommendations for lenders that helped me get the best rates and pre-qualified. During the home search we spent only a couple months seeing homes because he had such a knack for identifying exactly what I was looking for in my first home. He was very responsive and even at one point left his family vacation early to come back to meet me to see a house. I had heard the horror stories of negotiations that occur in DC due to the high demand and quick flips on houses. This was not even a challenge for Kris given his knowledge of the market and negotiation skills. While my home was on the market for 3 days and had 14 offers, I won the bid all thanks to Kris's strategy. Even though the offer was more than asking, it still appraised for higher than the purchase price. Kris is extremely talented and would highly recommend him for your next real estate needs’

-U. R.
Bought a Townhouse home in 2017 in Takoma, Washington, DC.

I would most certainly use him again

Kris Nelson is an excellent broker. I would most certainly use him again if I were looking again. When I worked with Kris I was a first time homebuyer so I had no idea what I was doing. Purchasing a home can be anxiety-ridden process, particularly for a newbie. Kris made the process so much easier for me. He was constantly available through phone, text and emails. He fully explained each aspect of the process as we were going through it, demystifying the process. It all went so smoothly and it was largely because of Kris. I would highly recommend him for your real estate needs.

- Noah S.
Bought a Condo home in 2017 in Near Northeast, Washington, DC.

"Took the time and effort"

Very patient and easy to deal with. Took the time and effort to get me into a place that was the best fit for me. Helped me move quickly on an offer and worked with me exclusively via email and text while I was traveling.

Bought a Condo home in 2016 in Kingman Park, Washington, DC.


I would absolutely recommend him to anyone considering buying or selling!

I recently worked with Kris to purchase a home and had a wonderful experience. Kris was extremely patient, attentive to my needs, and readily available to answer the many questions I had. He never made me feel rushed or pressured to make a decision I wasn’t ready to make. Kris made sure the closing process went as smoothly as possible and ultimately served as an advocate to make sure I was getting the best possible outcome out of my search.

What’s most impressive about Kris is his dedication to his clients even after closing. Since my closing date, I have reached out to Kris multiple times with questions and to seek advice regarding my home. Kris has always been extremely responsive and supportive, which has made me feel appreciated as a client and reinforced my certainty that I made the right decision in choosing him to be my agent.

I thoroughly enjoyed working with Kris and cannot thank him enough for all his hard work and support. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone considering buying or selling!

- W. R.
Bought a Townhouse home in 2018 in Columbia Heights, Washington, DC.

If you are looking for a great, trustworthy real estate professional, I highly recommend Kris!

Kris was recommended to me through a friend when I was looking for an agent to sell my home. From the start, it was apparent that Kris was a professional. He has a very friendly demeanor, was always quick to respond to my questions, was very knowledgeable about the ins-and-outs of selling a home and I felt that I could trust him right away.

Kris arranged for a professional to repair my floors, coordinated an extremely helpful staging consultation, and helped me with a smart strategy when it came to marketing and pricing my home. I was living out of town at the time and Kris was extremely helpful in meeting with the movers, securing a storage space and helping to prepare my home for sale while I was not there. He even moved furniture around as advised by the stager! The schedule to get my home to market was seamless from photography to the open house. Kris was able to sell my condo in 3 days for $25,000 more than the asking price.

If you are looking for a great, trustworthy real estate professional, I highly recommend Kris!

- Les W.
Sold a Condo home in 2018 in Bloomingdale, Washington, DC

We recommend Kris to everyone

My partner and I met Kris through a referral from our mortgage company, and we're very happy that we worked with him. Kris is super-responsive, friendly, and knowledgeable about DC real estate - everything you want in a Realtor.

This was my first home purchase and I used my VA Home Loan, which can make the buying and closing process a little more complicated and time-consuming. Also, I was very set on finding a house that hadn't been flipped but wasn't an uninhabitable gut job. Through multiple viewing days and conversations, Kris helped us narrow down location and make realistic decisions based on our price range and how much work we were willing to do after closing.

The property that we settled on had several hurdles to overcome - multiple bids, in need of repairs before the VA inspection, we lost the first round of bidding - but Kris worked seamlessly with the mortgage company and seller's agent to get us the property and close on a tight timeline. Exactly two months to the day we first emailed him, we moved in to our new home in Brookland. We recommend Kris to everyone we know who is looking for a Realtor in the DC area.

Bought a Single Family home in 2016 in Michigan Park, Washington, DC.