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  • Washingtonian, Top Producer 2022 & 2021

  • RealTrends/Tom Ferry America's Best Real Estate Professional, 2022

  • Bethesda Magazine, Top Producer 2022 & 2021

  • 100% five-star reviews on Google and Zillow

  • Former corporate attorney with over $10 billion in deals closed


  • Licensed in TN, DC, MD & VA

  • Luxury Sales


  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County, B.A., Economics

  • Duke University, M.B.A, Finance

  • George Washington University, J.D.


  • Trustee at National Child Research Center

  • Active Volunteer at Maret

  • Member of District of Columbia Bar

  • Member of Greater Capital Association of Realtors

About David
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David’s real estate practice is one of Washington’s fastest-growing for a reason: trained as a lawyer and raised in a local real estate family, David’s sophisticated and client-centered approach has earned him the trust of attorneys, tech executives, and Senators alike.

A native Washingtonian, David's inspiration for success came from his parents, who owned a large portfolio of residential and commercial properties. From a young age, David worked alongside real estate agents to identify, negotiate and close the purchase and sale of property for their portfolio.

David earned an MBA from Duke and a JD from George Washington University and practiced as a transactional attorney for a global law firm, where he represented corporate clients in connection with billion-dollar transactions. The sophistication in client service and excellence in work product cultivated by way of advising large corporations on critical, time-sensitive legal matters has been indispensable to his success in Washington’s luxury residential market. David has sold nearly $100 million of real estate over his career, earning national recognition from Tom Ferry and RealTrends as one of America's Best Real Estate Professionals, as well as local recognition from each of the Washingtonian and DC Modern Luxury magazines as an industry leader.

While David is not advising clients and listing property, David enjoys exercise and tennis. He is a tennis enthusiast who competed in the Mid-Atlantic Tennis Association as a youth, ranking #3 in Maryland and #5 in MATA. David is avidly engaged in the community, including at the National Child Research Center (at which he serves as a Trustee), Maret, the DC Bar, and the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors.

Client Testimonials
"Working with David is a dream! We were new buyers to the DC real estate market with minimal knowledge but David expertly guided us through each step of the process. Always following up, answering calls/texts and patiently showing us many listings, David was the reason we were able to purchase the condo we wanted this spring. His negotiating skills helped everything move smoothly from purchase to close. David also goes above and beyond- he was super helpful with everything from cost savings to paint color suggestions- and is thoroughly enjoyable to work with. Can't recommend him enough!!" - Caitlin R., Buyer

"David guided us through selling our house after we found our dream home. He quickly identified the touch-ups that would help our home stand out and attract the most offers. David knows the market well and was able to advise us throughout the entire process – we felt well taken care of. Not only is David a pleasure to work with, but he also gets results. David’s brilliant marketing helped us sell our home quickly with multiple competing offers well above asking! David is a service-focused professional, partners with his clients to really understand their needs and advocates for them throughout the process. David will be the first person we call for future real estate needs!" - Delfina R., Buyer & Seller

"Professionalism matters. With so many realtor choices, it's easy to get overwhelmed when buying your house. David Hatef is a trusted professional who took the time to understand us, listen to our needs, and then helped guide us through the housing market. When it came time to put an offer on a house, he was the skilled negotiator we needed to ensure we walked away with our dream home at a fair deal. Being a realtor is more than handing out business cards and showing properties. A professional like David takes the time to know you, your needs, and then backs it with skilled knowledge in real estate pricing, negotiations, and market trends. We cannot thank him enough for guiding us through this process and recommend him to anyone looking to work with a professional who is authentic and genuinely cares." - Rob G., Buyer & Seller

"If you’re looking for an experienced real estate agent who is a pleasure to work with, David Hatef is a real pro. He has excellent judgment and he will go the extra mile for his clients. I got to know David first as a buyer and then as a seller. He knows the DC area real estate market inside and out and he provides exceptional support and service for his clients. As a buyer looking to relocate in a very competitive market in 2020 David guided me through the steps to make a winning offer on a great property after an exhaustive search. Then, I hired David to help sell my former primary residence. You might think that selling a property is easy. Trust me, it’s not. I followed David’s professional advice and he had several useful tips and suggestions to increase the value of the property. He also does the work to maximize value and he does the research to find the best and most cost effective ways to present your property in the best possible way. The results speak for themselves as my house sold in 4 days at more than 8% above list price. Everything that David anticipated came to fruition. I can’t thank him enough for all of his assistance. Do yourself a favor. Hire David Hatef and follow his advice." - David C., Buyer & Seller

"I unreservedly and enthusiastically recommend David Hatef. From start to finish, David was responsive, knowledgeable, an expert deal maker and tireless in his attentive client service. David clearly took pride in providing a concierge level of service and treated our relationship as one that will last a lifetime. A small example is when I wanted to move power lines in the backyard of the house - not a small undertaking, David tirelessly pursued Pepco until he was able to connect with an engineer who could make it happen. His attention to detail and knowledge were game changing. If you are looking for the most capable agent to represent you, then David should be your first, and only, call. I am recommending David to my entire network!" - Buyer