LJ Hooker has scored a coup by poaching one of Australia’s top agents from a rival group.
Perth agent Vivien Yap has left ACTON Dalkeith to become principal of the new LJ Hooker Claremont office, which is located in a neighbouring suburb.
Ms Yap placed 14th in this year’s Top 100 Agents ranking, making her the leading agent in Western Australia.
She sold $145.4 million of property in 2014 after booking 89 sales at an average of $1.6 million.
Ms Yap stressed that while she has no intention of poaching ACTON clients, they would find her – and that some had already called.
“All my clients will follow me without a doubt. I’m really lucky because I’ve got some fantastically loyal clients who will follow me wherever I go,” she told Real Estate Business.
Ms Yap said she had dreamed of becoming a principal since entering the industry in 2012, but hadn’t expected it to happen so quickly.
“I decided to hand in my resignation on Monday and look for new opportunities, and multiple offers came in to either work for people or have my own office, and I decided go with the option of running my own agency,” she said.
Ms Yap said that she had decided to join a franchise rather than go independent because it would give her the business support she needs to focus on sales.
She said she would draw on her previous owner-manager experience, which involved running two franchise pharmacies for 16 years.
LJ Hooker has already opened three other Western Australian offices this year – two in Perth and one in the coastal community of Bunbury.
National franchise development manager Andrew McCulloch said Ms Yap is an ideal candidate to help LJ Hooker continue its Western Australian expansion.
“LJ Hooker is a real estate powerhouse on the east coast of Australia. Now is perfect timing to augment our team in West Australia and build on that success,” he said.
“We will be recruiting further during the year to bolster our current teams and establish further new offices in Perth.”