Our Brokerage

Charlottesville, Virginia

Nester since 2008

Located in the vibrant historic district, Nest Realty has been serving the Charlottesville and Central Virginia communities since it was founded in 2008. Since then, we’ve expanded our family from one person to more than 70. When we’re not lounging in our “Nesty Zesty” spaces designed by some of our amazing team members, we enjoy the convenience to shops and restaurants on the Historic Downtown Mall—and on a good day, we get to spend some quality time with a Nest pet who’s accompanied their owner to the office.


Location Address

1135 Rose Hill Dr, Suite 100
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Our Core Values

There are a lot of real estate brokerages, but there is only one Nest. And there’s a reason for that. We were founded to be different. We live, work, and play under a philosophy that buying and selling property is about the client, not the transaction. We improve the home buying and selling experience by combining the latest technology and the best Brokers to make the process more transparent, more efficient, service-focused, and fun!


Charlottesville Lead Broker

Keith has spent his whole life in Virginia, and the last 22 of them in Charlottesville with his wife. In mortgage banking when he moved to Charlottesville, he worked for a string of start up companies in sales and business development roles. Three of those companies went on to become successful acquisition targets, and the fourth is still a going concern. Following the completion of his MBA, Keith found his way back to real estate on the sales side, and along with partners Jonathan and Jim, Keith was a co-founder of Nest Realty. He has served as the firm’s Principal Broker since 2015.

[email protected]    |    434.953.9534


Managing Broker

Emily has experience buying, selling, and building her own home and is excited to help new and veteran homeowners through their own journey. Although a native of California, Emily has called Charlottesville home since 2003. Emily is a “triple Hoo” with degrees from UVA in American government, teaching, and education administration and supervision. She has worked at schools in Albemarle, Orange, and Greene, and her knowledge of these communities helps clients find homes where they are excited to raise a family. When not helping clients, you can find her cheering on the Wahoos or heading out for a run on the Rivanna Trail with her husband, Mike. She is organized, detail-oriented, and well-equipped to manage the complexities of buying or selling a home.

[email protected]   |   434.228.1757

Our Support Team

As a real estate agent, it’s easy to feel like you’re a solo team. And while we know you can do all the heavy lifting yourself, it’s nice to feel encouraged along the way. We’ve assembled an in-house support team to help you execute your daily business. From transaction management to marketing, and operations, our support team is here to help.

Partnering with Nest

Nest offers a true partnership and extraordinary value to each and every one of our Nesters. Our offering is a combination of technology, systems, services, and a brand that enables you to build a durable business and offer your clients a memorable experience.

Don’t think of us as a brokerage. Think of us as the creative, marketing, and operational teams in your corner, championing your real estate business.

Here’s the Nest foundation upon which you can continue to grow your business:

• Turnkey sphere nurturing with automated outreach
• Custom-built technology that streamlines your processes
• A client-facing transaction portal that empowers your clients
• Market intelligence that leads to smarter real estate recommendations
• An in-house marketing team that gives you creatives in your corner

The Nest Difference

As an agent, you work hard. You’re the CEO, accountant, and sales representative for your company. You work late hours, weekends, and holidays. Real Estate is stressful, and sometimes you bear the brunt of client frustrations.

Why should your brokerage work just as hard for you behind the scenes?

At Nest, our work isn’t done until we’ve provided our agents (and their clients) with the best tools, service and support the industry has to offer.

(And we don’t believe our job will ever be done.)

Our Growth

Stats don’t matter unless they bring you value. We’re proud of what the numbers show, but at the end of the day, what really matters is the experience we gain from each transaction.


Money donated to the UVA Children’s Hospital in 2021, bringing our total over the years to $132,360.


The number of Friends of Nest marketing pieces mailed to clients in 2021.


Nest agents were involved in more than a quarter of all transactions in the Charlottesville MSA in 2021, making us the dominant firm in the region.

Design Matters

Design is a big piece of who we are. This doesn’t just refer to our logos, fonts, and colors. At Nest, it’s a way of thinking. Great design builds trust and nurtures relationships. But above all else, design helps strengthen our collective brand to help you stand out from your competition.

Tools and Technology

At Nest, we’re laser focused on providing you with the best systems and marketing. Our ever-evolving technology offerings enable you to efficiently and productively run your business. In addition, our personalized marketing support helps each and every one of our Nesters shine.

Community and Culture

You bring the hustle and the local knowledge. We bring innovative marketing that allows for a deeper connection with your community. Together, we elevate the level of service in the real estate industry.

Moving When the Time is Right

We understand that transitioning your business is a large endeavor—and most likely impacts your clients, friends, and family. That’s why we want to make this process as simple as possible, so you can get up and running quickly and easily. Here are a few ways we’ll help you make the switch:



We’ll review your current listings and book of business, set a transition strategy, and then discuss a mutually beneficial timeline.



We will be there for you every step of the way, making sure to walk you through the Nest processes and tools. We want you to succeed just as much as you do.



No one likes filling out paperwork, but we’ve made it easy by pre-assembling your license transfer paperwork for you. Just grab a pen and let’s get going!



You supply your client list and we’ll supply the marketing. We’ll help you send print, digital, and social media announcements sharing the exciting news that you’ve moved your practice.

We’d Love to Hear from You

Now that you’ve gotten a glimpse into what Nest is about, let’s continue the conversation. Tell us how we can help you elevate your business.