Why Highrises.com?

At Highrises.com we think that it's in the best interest of consumers to work with a condo specialist if they're considering buying or selling a high-rise condo.  Most Realtors will tell you they can help you with any type of property, but we feel that you will benefit more from an agent with a specialization.  An agent that knows the high-rise market can help you decide which building has the best amenities for you, which ones are good for people with pets, which buildings have views that are protected, which HOA's are strongest with the best reserves, which floor plans are the most popular and why, and much more.

That's why we partnered with The Abbott Klar Real Estate Group in the DC Metro area.  For years their team has helped clients buy and sell condos in DC, Virginia and Maryland.  We were impressed with their market knowledge, but were truly blown away by their commitment to their clients' happiness and the feedback we received about them.

About Abbott Klar

At Abbott Klar, 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.

Merry Miller

Merry MillerA 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, Maryland and Virginia.

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.

Shemaya Klar

Shemaya KlarIf they gave out prizes for most developed mental map of Metro DC, Shemaya would give DC cab drivers a real run for their money. A longtime DC resident and realtor, he knows every nook, cranny, neighborhood, alley and traffic circle of the Capital City 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 HomeServices PenFed Realty and a Graduate of the REALTOR Institute. He has lived and studied abroad in Korea, Japan, and Israel and currently resides in the Brookland neighborhood of DC with his wife, two daughters, and shaggy dog.

Socially acceptable addictions: Biking, welding, and motorcycles

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: Springsteen, Johnny Cash

A Perfect Sunday: Fishing on the Potomac with my daughter

Best Trip Ever: Yellowstone National Park on a motorcycle with my brother and father-in-law

What I really love about working in real estate is: People. I thrive on working with people. 

My best moment in real estate: Helping a family save their home from foreclosure after a 2 year fight. Sometimes the little guy wins!

My wish for my clients is: Happiness.

Jake Abbott

Jake 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 8 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 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.

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