Our Team

At Abbott Klar Real Estate Group, we’re a pretty different bunch from your average Realtors. Not one of us grew up thinking we’d be real estate agents. Instead, wildly diverse career paths and life experiences led each of us to enter real estate as a profession.

 We all love real estate for its flexibility, its challenges, and more than anything we love that rush we get knowing our work is actively improving the lives of our clients.

Shemaya Klar

Shemaya KlarIf they gave out prizes for most developed mental map of Metro DC, Shemaya would give Uber drivers a real run for their money.  A longtime DC resident and Realtor, he knows every nook, cranny, neighborhood, and alley  of the DC area. Shemaya has been the realtor of choice for hundreds of individuals and families across the area since 2002.  More than closing a sale, he loves the adrenaline rush of helping a client improve their financial picture, whether it means buying a property with him, or just as important, knowing when to pass on an opportunity. He’s proud that every client he’s worked with walks away with a mini-PhD in real estate.  Shemaya is Certified as an Associate Broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeService PenFed Realty and a Graduate of the REALTOR Institute.  He has lived in Korea, Japan, and Israel and currently resides in the beautiful Brookland neighborhood of DC with his wife, two daughters, and shaggy dog.

Socially acceptable addictions:  Bikes, motorcycles

 and anything on wheels!
Professional Affiliations:  Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors (GCAAR), the National Association of Realtors (NAR), and the Washington, DC Association of Realtors (DCAR)

Life Motto in Six Words:  So Many Interests, So Little Time.

Essential Music:   Johnny Cash

A Perfect Sunday:  Fishing on the Potomac with my daughter

Best Trip Ever:  Motorcycles through Alaska with my brothers and father-in-law
What I really love about working in real estate is:  People.
My best moment in real estate:  Helping a family save their home from foreclosure after a 2 year fight.
My wish for my clients is:  Happiness.


Jake Abbott

Jake AbbottJake first arrived in DC as an Americorps Volunteer charged with helping refugees settle into new lives.  Something meaningful clicked in Jake during those days.  He witnessed firsthand the transformative power of finding a home.  A few years later when a friend started a real estate investment and development firm and needed help, Jake jumped at the opportunity to get into real estate. A firm believer in do what you love, love what you do, Jake is delighted to still be loving his real estate career 10 years later.  He has a reputation for extraordinary customer service and is our go-to broker on matters concerning construction and house restoration.  Jake is licensed in DC, MD, and VA.  He lives in the Brookland neighborhood of NE DC, an area he loves for its small town vibe.

Socially Acceptable Addictions: Coffee, biking and home renovations

Hometown: Albuquerque, NM

Professional Affiliations: Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors (GCAAR), the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the Washington, DC Association of Realtors (DCAR)

Volunteer Efforts: Greater Brookland Garden Club board member, Mary House board member, St. Anthony School

Languages: Spanish

Life Motto In Six Words: Go For It. Make It Happen.

Best Trip Ever: Vietnam

Previous Careers: Corporate fundraiser for NCLR and AARP Foundation. Prior to that worked for Mary House - nonprofit transitional housing program in DC (via Americorps)

My best moment in real estate: helping a 1st generation American purchase a home after having worked in construction their entire life and saving up.

My wish for my clients is: That they’re happy with their purchase, or choice not to purchase.  I want them to feel informed and knowledgeable about the market and the choices they have.

Merry Miller

 Merry Miller_A creative eye with a passion for efficiency and communication, Merry became a Realtor in 2013 and has never looked back! She gets great satisfaction representing buyers, hunting opportunities in real estate for her clients, and providing an education in buying, particularly to first-time home buyers. She prides herself on keeping long-term relationships with clients. Merry has lived in Arkansas; Oxford, England; Denver, Colorado; Kansas City, Missouri; but has found home in Capitol Hill with her husband, daughter, and very opinionated Standard Poodle, Arthur. She is licensed in DC, MD, and VA.

Socially Acceptable Addictions: Cappuccino, Interior Design EVERYTHING, Modern Art
Professional Affiliations: Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors (GCAAR), the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the Washington, DC Association of Realtors (DCAR)
Hometown: Pea Ridge, Arkansas
Life Motto in Six Words: “No Step for a Stepper”
Previous Careers: Supervisor at a Residential Treatment Center for Children and Medication and Medical Care Manager at a Boys’ Transitional Group Home
Best Trip Ever: Annual Canoeing trip on America’s First National River
My wish for my clients is: Empowerment

Sharon Myers Jordan

Sharon JordanSome people are natural born teachers, they have a special knack for patiently showing others the way and delighting in their success.  Sharon Jordan is one of those people. She's been a professional ice skating coach most of her life and still teaches at the Cabin John Ice Rink.  The enthusiasm and wisdom she displays on the ice, bubbles over into her real estate career. Sharon is a resourceful and experienced agent who puts her clients above all else.  Licensed to work in MD, DC and VA, Sharon is that rarest of breeds in our transient town, a DC native.  Her expertise spills over the District's boundaries into all the adjacent counties in Virginia and Maryland.  Sharon lives in Montgomery County in a home she shares with her 96 year-young mother and her beloved menagerie including Cocker Spaniels Obie and Copper, her mixed miniature schnauzer-terrier Baby Girl, and her regal, short-haired cat, Kitty.

Hometown:  Washington, DC

Professional Affiliations:  Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors (GCAAR), the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the Washington, DC Association of Realtors (DCAR)

Sports Obsessions:  Mitey Mites Hockey Program, season ticket holder for the Washington Nationals Baseball Team, (been a major fan since they were the Senators playing at Griffith Stadium!)

Previous Careers:  Ice Skating Coach, Owner of The Country Cupboard Guesthouse and Restaurant, (a European style B&B in Coastal Maine)

Best Trips Ever:   Living in Germany for 6 months, taking my parents on a Caribbean cruise for their 25th anniversary, visiting Bethlehem, PA to do genealogy research on my European ancestors, driving coastal California from San Diego to North of San Francisco, and traveling to see my nieces and nephew in TX and NC

Life Motto In Six Words:  Be Honest, Be Kind, Listen & Respect.
Hidden Talent:
  If I told you, it wouldn't be hidden any more!

What I really love about working in real estate is:  I am given the privilege of working with people as their lives change and they chart a new course for a residence, sharing information, coaching clients, seeing great results


Ellen Czaplewski

Ellen CzaplewskiExperience:

  • Residential interior design
  • Commercial space planning and program planning (US Agency for International Development)
  • Product development and marketing (American Institute of Architects)


  • University of Nebraska at Omaha, B.S., Interior Design
  • Kansas State University, M.S., Interior Design
  • Cornell University, Ph.D. candidate in program planning and development

Ellen is an arts and nature enthusiast and a recent convert to yoga. She enjoys meeting new people and sharing them with family and friends.

Photo Credits:
Paul Fetters
Beverlie Lord/Satsun Photography