With two university degrees from the University of Coimbra in Portugal, Clara Hartree arrived in Vancouver with her husband and daughter in 1984. Her husband had recently been transferred by a multinational, and the years she spent studying English and German were quickly becoming a distant memory.
At the time, their realtor suggested they buy a home in West Vancouver or on Vancouver’s Westside. They looked in Shaughnessy but something didn’t quite fit. Then they went to a party in West Van and experienced the winding roads, the views, and the swimming pools. That was all it took. They were sold on the area and soon bought a nice yellow house with a kidney shaped pool.
With her daughter starting elementary school, Clara decided to pursue real estate. It had interested her for a long time, so she enrolled in the real estate course at UBC. From there she joined Royal Lepage and embarked on her new career. Clara never thought of success in the North American way, she just started listening to people and the rest came naturally. She made the Medallion Club (top 10% in the Real Estate Board) in her first year, and with Expo 86 in full swing people were coming to Vancouver from all over the world, and many didn’t want to go back. Literally.
The market had hit rock bottom in the early 80s and now everyone was seeing the value of their properties go up. In 1989 she had her first truly stellar year as Canadians and Hong Kong residents were battling for space in our beautiful city. Clara moved on to RE/MAX when they opened an office in West Vancouver, achieving Medallion status every year since 1986 and in the process gathered so many plaques and trophies her office has run out of space to put them.
When the pandemic came in March, she started attending seminars on zoom with top Realtors from all over the US and Europe and while most states did not recognize Realtors as essential workers, in Vancouver we never stopped. She pushed on, continued advertising when others pulled back and is well on her way to one of her best years ever.
In 2003 Clara created RE/MAX Clara Hartree, her own small corporation within the RE/MAX umbrella. She invited a small number of like minded, ethical, knowledgeable and fun Realtors to join her team, and while most of Clara’s listings are in North and West Vancouver, together they sell all over the Lower Mainland.
CLARA HARTREE | RE/MAX CLARA HARTREE REAL ESTATE West Vancouver, BC