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Our Team

Proudly serving residential and equestrian home buyers and sellers in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, & Washington DC.

Melisa Klem

Melisa joined Hagan Realty in 2016 with a goal of creating a suite of services tailored to the highly specialized needs of the equestrian community: services she found to be sorely lacking when buying her first horse farm years before. The Homestead Team grew out of the success of that vision, as horse farm buyers & sellers have welcomed Melisa and her team’s combination of real estate and equestrian expertise.

Sarah Lipkowitz

Sarah joined the Homestead Team as a veteran in the real estate industry as well as a life long equestrian and international level dressage competitor. Like Melisa, she had been frustrated by the industry’s lack of understanding and support for equestrian home buyers and sellers and sought out the Homestead Team as a platform to properly leverage her dual expertise.

Rose Salla

Rose first met the Homestead Team as a client when she and her family were looking to sell their Maryland farmette and purchase a larger equestrian property for their horses, dairy goats, chickens, and honeybees. An avid rider and farm-owner, Rose came to Homestead with 11 years of commercial real estate experience and a wealth of project management, contractor relations, and contract expertise.

Leslie Minchew

Leslie is a Maryland native and has lived across the state and in DC. She now owns a small farm in Howard County with rescued horses, pigs, dogs, and cats. She built a successful gardening business focused on ecologically sensitive practices and later branched out into home staging. Her design talent caught the attention of a DC real estate firm where Leslie worked as an agent until joining the Homestead Team.

Denise Parsons

D enise was born and raised in Baltimore and has been a life-long horsewoman with over 48 years as an equestrian; 25+ years of business and project management in the horse industry; and an extensive background in sales, public relations, advertising, engineering, graphic arts, and accounting. Denise currently owns a horse farm in Montgomery County and runs a horse rescue as a volunteer.

Elizabeth Kachmar

Elizabeth is originally from Hunterdon County, New Jersey, raised in a business of estate appraisals and auctioneering. She has an eye for detail in different types of homes along with horse farms, understanding the necessities and quality of key components that make up the value of the home and property. With her prior experience working as a trainer, rider, farm operator/manager, and owner, Elizabeth knows horse farms like the back of her hand along with fine homes and she knows how to manage, support, and offer higher standard customized services to her clients.

Lara Graff

As a lifelong equestrian, Lara is a member of the Homestead Team serving residential and equestrian buyers and sellers in Maryland. Originally from Southern California, Lara moved to Maryland with her husband, a US Marine who is stationed at Fort Meade. Before joining The Homestead Team, Lara spent 15+ years operating her own business as a riding coach and horse training while continually working to promote her family's photography and film production company. Driven and determined, Lara brings her passion and enthusiasm to Hagan Realty.

Jason Werther

Jason grew up in a military family moving constantly throughout the East Coast before joining the Army himself where he served for 10 years as a helicopter pilot. After leaving the service, Jason worked for 10 years in mortgage banking before joining Fannie Mae as a project manager. He has bought, renovated, and sold numerous properties throughout the DC and Baltimore areas and currently lives on a farm in Sykesville.

Chris Woltz

Chris is a Maryland-based creative with a passion for bringing any idea to life. With a BA in Digital Media from Hood College in Frederick, Md, his skillset has been used in many photo & video projects through a wide variety of industries. After spending 2 years in the commercial real estate sector, Chris has made the transition to residential and gave The Homestead Team an important shift in visual marketing that has helped to show current and potential clients the quality of services we offer.

Sajjid Rauf

Sajjid is one of the rare DC-Metro natives who have crossed the river, having grown up in Maryland but now living in Loudoun County, Virginia. He graduated from GW University and joined Hagan Realty as an agent back in 2004 before receiving his JD from University of Richmond's law school. In the years since he has worked in the real estate industry as a settlement attorney and in risk assessment for Freddie Mac.

Jed Williams

Jed’s first forays into real estate came during middle school as he worked as a research assistant for his grandfather’s real estate law practice. He worked his way through college in commercial real estate and technology before going into residential real estate in 2001. Jed supports Homestead’s agents with technology, marketing, and market analytics freeing them to focus fully on their clients’ needs.

Leah Needham

A Maryland native, Leah developed a passion for the arts at a young age. She received her BFA in painting from East Tennessee State University and has worked in a variety of fields within the visual & performing arts industries. Leah’s print and digital pieces and online marketing campaigns ensure Hometeam’s farm property listings are seen by potential buyers, often before they even know they are looking.