Brett West

If information is power, my mission is to help create the most powerful consumers of real estate throughout the Washington Metro Area. I do this by studying the market and understanding buying and selling behaviors, as well as remaining atop trends. And sharing all of this information with my clients.

For instance, my buyer walks into their target neighborhood knowing the average sold price, days on market and the percentage decrease or increase it takes to get homes sold. This way, they are armed with a sense of reasonableness when it comes to considering price and terms in the purchase offer for their dream home. Likewise, my seller is informed of the same market conditions, plus what their target buyer is looking for in terms of a home that is appropriately prepared for its price – whether it needs a houseful of improvements or is in its best condition.

The key to success for all of my clients relies on my providing options from which they can be comfortable choosing.

A large bulk of my business is not far from my front doorstep in 16th Street Heights – Columbia Heights, Capitol Hill, Dupont Circle, Mount Pleasant, Petworth, Takoma Park/ DC and The Wharf District. But I also spend considerable time with clients in Silver Spring, Bethesda, Arlington, Alexandria …and I’m known to span Ashburn, Virginia to Bowie, Maryland and Gaithersburg, Maryland to Stafford, Virginia.

My commitment to real estate knowledge and experience yield results for consumers.


  • As a construction apprentice in 1985, I was among those to lay the groundwork on Horton Plaza, a $140 million (equivalent to $316M today) project credited with sparking the revival of downtown San Diego and ignited my interest in what draws consumers to sustained urban development projects.
  • I have lived in six neighborhoods throughout the DC Metro Area, and find the highest bar for neighborliness is set in 16th Street Heights, where I make my home.
  • I grew up in San Diego – living also in Los Angeles, Tehran and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – and am an alumnus of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.


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