The first “House Agents” are here in Vancouver, and they’re not just trying to sell you their house.
They’re trying to help you build your life.
They’ve been in the business for over 15 years, and the agents know exactly what they’re doing.
“I’m a full-time agent,” says agent Kevin Koo, who has been with the agency for eight years.
“When you’re a full time agent, you’re supposed to be a person who is a good neighbor.”
Koo says his clients have a “sense of community” and “a desire to help their neighbors.”
But how do you know you’re getting the right agent?
And how can you know what to expect when you walk into a door?
The agent-client relationship can be very complex, and it’s up to you to know what you’re signing up for.
But to help, CBC News has put together a guide to help.
For a little background, let’s go over the basic terms of the agent-Client relationship.
The agent’s job is to get the buyer to buy their house, whether it’s a house in your neighbourhood, a condo or even an apartment.
If you have a property with lots of rooms, or if you’re looking to sell something and you have more than one property in your name, the agent is going to try to get a good deal for you.
The agents job is also to help the client find the right place for them to live.
If there’s a lot of rooms in your house, that might be a problem.
But what about lots of people living there?
Is that a problem?
“If the client’s asking us to go out and buy the property, we are a part of that decision,” says Kevin Kue.
“We want to make sure that the property’s safe for them.
We don’t want to be in the process of trying to get them to sign a lease, which is the next step in that process.”
What are the ‘agents’ role?
The agents, also known as house agents, work with the owner of the property to help them find the best place to live, and help the owner find the type of space that works best for them and their family.
Koo and his wife work out of their garage in the area of West Hastings.
“Our whole approach is to try and help these people as best we can,” Koo explains.
“If it’s the right space, it’s going to be the right home for them.”
But the agents are not there to sell the house.
In fact, they are helping the owner build the space that will make their family comfortable.
“What we’re trying do is get them involved in the planning and the design of the place that’s going in,” Kue explains.
The process for a property being considered for an agent-agent relationship can take a long time, and even include a lot more than just finding the right house.
Kue says they’ll have to go through an extensive search to find the property that will be the best fit for the family.
The next step is getting the property into the hands of the owner.
“Once the property is listed, the next thing we want to do is find a home for the agents to go to,” says Kue, “which is usually in a high-rise building.
We’ll look for that place and we’ll make sure the agent has a great experience with the property.”
What happens after a house is sold?
What happens if the agent leaves?
If the agent decides to move on, the first thing that’s usually going to happen is the agents own house is going up for sale.
“The agent is just going to move out,” says Paul Sorensen, an agent with the Vancouver house agents.
“They’ll move out of the garage and into a highrise building.”
So why are they doing it?
The process of an agent’s move-out can be quite stressful, especially if the house has a history of violence, or is in a very poor condition.
“Sometimes, we will have to get rid of the agents entire family to be able to get into the building that we need to put up a home,” says Sorenson.
The second step is usually a long-term agreement that will involve all parties involved.
“You can have a lot going on behind the scenes, and we want you to be aware of all of that,” says Michael Ouellette, an associate with the house agents agency.
“So the agent and the family, we’re going to have to make certain that we’re getting everything that we want and need from the property,” says Ouelttes.
“In other words, if we have to move the agents out and into different apartments, we won’t have a good relationship with the new tenants.”
What does an agent get out of this?
If the property isn’t listed as a home,