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Meet Kristi


Meet Kristi


A licensed broker since 1994, Kristi Nelson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her clients while representing their real estate needs of all price points and property types. Over the years, she has developed an in-depth knowledge base of market trends and the unique neighborhoods that are such a part of the Bainbridge Island landscape.  She anticipates her clients’ needs and gracefully sees the whole process through from start to finish.

After graduating from the University of North Texas with a Business and Marketing degree, she began selling residential real estate in the Dallas, Texas area before moving to Washington state in 1998. While living on Bainbridge Island, she became experienced in real estate construction, development, and design, and gained experience in the marketing and sale of new development properties.

“I believe my background in construction and design allows me to show my clients the most cost effective ways to improve their home for selling purposes or to be able to see a bigger picture of what they could do with a home they might be considering purchasing,” says Kristi.

With her friendly, straightforward and caring approach, Kristi quickly builds trust with her clients while never losing sight of her goal to provide them the best service she can. And, as a mother of school aged children, Kristi fully appreciates the extraordinary lifestyle and allure of Bainbridge Island and the Pacific Northwest. “When clients from other areas visit here, it’s fun watching them look around as if they have found a hidden treasure- because that is exactly how I felt when I moved here and I feel blessed to be able to raise my family here”.

Whether searching for the perfect home, selling a property, or seeking an opportunity for investment, Kristi will make and treat every decision with the care and attention it deserves to make your experience as stress and trouble free as possible.


Storytelling Redefined: Meet Kristi

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Meet The Team

Artfully uniting extraordinary homes with extraordinary lives...

Meet The Team

Artfully uniting extraordinary homes with extraordinary lives...

Marilyn Turner

Office Manager


Heather Smith



Carl Sussman

Branch Manager

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Alyssa Westby

Program Manager

Andrea Savage

Vice President of Marketing

Madeline O'Brien

Brand Manager



See what my clients are saying...


See what my clients are saying...

We first met Kristi Nelson while shopping for our house in Port Ludlow. We were impressed that she worked tirelessly and seemed to be single-handedly bringing in new buyers and causing a recovery in the Port Ludlow housing market! After we bought our house and began to remodel, we respected Kristi so much we asked her advice on the design of our project. Four years later when we wanted to sell and relocate, we asked Kristi to be our realtor. Kristi doesn’t just list a home on MLS and wait for others to discover it and call. Rather she professionally stages the property and then advertises it to targeted audiences, providing weekly reports of interest and activity. Not only is Kristi amazingly knowledgeable, efficient, and proactive about all the details of the listing, showings, negotiations, paperwork, and closing, she also is a total delight to work with (you will just love her). After you hire Kristi and her staff, simply relax and follow her advice like we did, and she will quickly find the right buyer for your house!
— Debra & David

Kristi represented us as the buyer as well as the sellers. She was very professional and knowledgeable! We were in Oregon while the property was in Washington. She kept in constant communication and helped the purchase go smoothly.
— Nelson & Susan

Kristi helped us to find and purchase a home on the island while we were still living out of state. She took time to understand what we were looking for and really helped us hone in on our best options. She was flexible and worked with us when we had do adjust our showing schedules to fit the needs of our small children. We were so pleased to have such a seamless buying experience and are thankful for all her guidance.
— Jen & Andy

Kristi was a pleasure to work with. She is very experienced and knowledgeable. She is committed to giving her clients the best representation possible. In addition, she has a wonderful outgoing personality and is fun to be around. I highly recommend her.
— Dick & Kathleen

Working with Kristi was wonderful! She helped us figure out what we needed to do to get our home ready to put on the market, as well as offering resources of people whom could help us. She checked in with us often to see if there was anything she could do to help. Kristi had a wonderful marketing plan in place for our home. Our brokers open house was a success with 35 or more brokers seeing our home even before it hit the market! We put our home on the market during the winter holidays and sold our home within five days! Thank you, Kristi!
— Meg and Bob

My husband and I are so grateful to have discovered Kristi Nelson that it’s hard to put our emotions into words. She’s not just a superb realtor, knowledgeable in every aspect and minute details, but she’s quite simply one of the kindest, most caring, genuinely “good” human beings you’ll ever have the pleasure of knowing. She’s now shepherded us through several buy and sell transactions and we can’t recommend her strongly enough. We’d never consider a realtor other than Kristi. During the many years of her helping us through the enormous stress of buying, selling, moving, settling into new places, she’s also become a dear friend. I can cite so many wonderful examples of her help in so many ways. I’m happy to speak to anyone considering her as their advocate. You won’t be sorry.
— Brian and Katherine

During what could be a very stressful transaction, Kristi was helpful and reassuring while selling my home in a difficult market. She then found the perfect home to transition into that met all of the asking criteria. I would recommend Kristi without hesitation.
— Ed Hallda

It was a joy to work with you through the process of selling our house! Thank you for all you did to see it through every step of the way!

Kristi Nelson is fantastic. She is knowledgeable, experienced, a great negotiator and a joy to work with. We really love her and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an agent.

We bought and sold our home(s) with Kristi under some pretty tough deadlines as we were leaving the country for a month and pushing hard to have the new home closed and hoping to have our (then) currently home sold before we left...

She stepped-up big time to help pull this off and was both very professional and friendly to work with. We sold our (then) current home in 1 day and for more than we had originally expected. Given my work crazy schedule, she was extremely accommodating and really did a great job of working around my schedule to pull this off.

I would HIGHLY recommend Kristi to my friends and family...or anyone looking to move to the area and work with someone who is very plugged-in to the community, works with integrity and is passionate about her clients.
— Travis Pine

Making a family move to a new state and an island we had never visited was scary until we met Kristi. Kristi not only found us our dream house in 1 day but went above and beyond to make our family welcome in a new community. She is an expert in the negotiation but also so much more. If you’re looking for the best on Bainbridge Island, she is it!
— Erin and Ryan

Over the years we have bought & sold many homes and Kristi Nelson is the best Realtor we have ever had. Kristi has been in the real estate business for years AND she knows her stuff. Her attention to detail, knowing the market(s) to showcase your home or property, coming up with advertisement ideas, reporting back to you on how many showings there have been & how many hits your home has received on the internet are just a few of the things she will do for you. Kristi definitely deserves a 5-star rating.
— Marry Ann & Tom

We called Kristi because we knew her island knowledge would help us sell our house. From start to finish Kristi provided top-notch expertise and advice. We are grateful to have had a wonderful experience.
— Brad & Michelle Helder

We sold our condo in 3 days, at $11,000 over asking price. Kristi was a pleasure to work with and had our best in mind as our agent. She also had people in mind who could help us clean the condo after our move if needed!
— Brian & Judi Meadows

Kristi helped me sell a condo on Bainbridge Island in late 2016. She provided a lot of helpful references to complete some repairs and to get the condo staged for photographs and for showings.

Kristi was able to find a backup offer quickly through her extensive network when the original offer ran into some financing issues. I am very pleased with the entire process and would recommend Kristi to anyone.
— John Allan

Kristi Nelson is an excellent realtor who knows well the real estate market on Bainbridge Island. She listens to your needs, advises accordingly, and is professional in every way. As soon as the house was listed, Kristi quickly bought in potential buyers and continued to do so until the house was sold. She helped guide me through repairs that needed to be done after the inspection, suggested a good stager, and kept me updated on interest and enquiries. I highly recommend Kristi as a realtor.
— Beverly G

To sum up our experience with Kristi, she’s on her Game.

Thorough. Aggressive. Flexible. Responsive and Fun. We are a high demand couple who had a very specific set of goals for finding our new home. Kristi lined up for us properties that showed us a wide variety of options and also shared the island with us to help us decide the best location for our goals and lifestyle. We were challenging in that we were doing most of the final negotiations, inspections from thousands of miles away in Alaska. We never felt that distance and Kristi was able to secure the home of our dreams within our tight time frame. We recommend Kristi without hesitation.
— Rolland & Connie Reid

We are a professional couple who worked with Kristi to help us find the perfect Bainbridge Island waterfront property as we planned our move south from Alaska. Our hectic schedule allowed us only one day on the ground to review real estate options. To prepare for our visit, Kristi did an amazing job of working with us remotely while we were in Alaska and Hawaii to supply us with the information necessary to inform us on the best potential options and narrow the field to the best group of properties that could feasibly be reviewed in a single day. She also was very helpful in providing information and answers to all our questions about lifestyle on the Island. Our real estate review day was a whirlwind, visiting a dozen properties. It was a very busy but very enjoyable day with Kristi that successfully concluded with the selection of a perfect property. Her efficiency and diligence as our representative continued through every aspect of the successful purchase and due diligence process. Kristi did a fantastic job for us and we would not hesitate to highly recommend her.

Buying real estate long distance is a tricky undertaking, but I did just that. Luckily, I fell into the hands of Kristi Nelson, real estate agent (as well as fairy godmother). There is nothing she cannot or will not do for a client. I had to be tutored about Washington State real estate law and walked through all kinds of slippery situations. Kristi was on top of everything from the first telephone conversation through the closing (on my gorgeous waterfront dream house) and months later she is still constantly in touch and doing me endless favors.

For anyone thinking about purchasing real estate on Bainbridge Island, Kristi will not only provide everything from soup to nuts, she will actually provide a banquet fit for royalty.  She is diligent, extremely hard working, totally trustworthy and brilliantly knowledgeable about the island and its properties. There is no one I would rather work with.
— Martha Grossman

We worked with Kristi Nelson in 2005 to both sell a home and buy our current house on Bainbridge Island.  The process for both transactions could not have been smoother, and Kristi was a pleasure to work with. When selling our home, Kristi was extremely organized and proactive - quickly jumping into action to get our house listed and initiate the extremely well-attended broker open house.  She provided sound advice on our listing price decision, leading to what was at the time the highest $/square foot comparable sales transaction in the market.  More importantly, we secured a buyer for our home within two weeks of the initial listing. Kristi worked with the buyer’s broker throughout the process to ensure a smooth transaction.

Kristi was similarly valuable during the purchase of our current home.  For this 1920s home, we were planning on doing substantial renovation and therefore needed additional assistance from several specialists during the inspection process.  Kristi went above and beyond the call to help us line up these specialists and coordinate the meetings. She also connected us with several architects to discuss remodeling our new home.

Kristi remains a trusted advisor to us. We continue to consult with her from time to time regarding various aspects of our homeownership.  We would highly recommend Kristi to anyone considering buying or selling their home.
— Stephen and Karen Hall

Working with Kristi helped take much of the stress out of our first home-buying experience. She was friendly, engaging and put us at ease while looking at the home at our own pace. We were forced to switch lenders mid-closing, and she worked hard to help us meet every deadline we had. It was refreshing to feel that you were her complete focus every conversation, and she was always on top of where the process of closing was. Her ability to recommend knowledgeable people for each step we needed to take to helped expedite checking items off. Her motivation and knowledge was a true asset in working through a difficult situation and helped make what could have been a very frustrating deal an enjoyable one.
— Brett Hightower