The Deveau Realty Team
Husband and wife team Jihye and John Deveau — The Deveau Realty Team at Compass — deliver an exceptional real estate experience rooted in their abundant hands-on expertise and their unwavering client-first mentality. With a deep understanding of both the business and personal aspects of the buying and selling process, Jihye and John deliver savvy negotiation skills and industry know-how along with responsive, empathetic client service.
As a team, Jihye and John wield their perfectly complementary skill sets and interests in service of their clients’ goals. Jihye grew up in South Korea and immigrated to the U.S. when she was 13, and John is a native Houstonian. Although they had similar interests throughout their younger years – in academics, sports and their respective family businesses – the two didn’t meet until joining one of the Big Four accounting firms KPMG after college. They each had different career paths since then, but ultimately both of them left the corporate world to pursue their passion in real estate.
As licensed agents and collaborative partners in both life and business, the couple relies on their ability to address client needs seamlessly. Jihye keeps her finger on the pulse of the market, which makes her highly adept at pricing strategies, and she’s also a skilled people person who easily connects with clients and stakeholders. Thanks to his finance and construction background, John is proficient at reviewing inspection reports, surveys and title documents to make sure clients are well-informed in all steps of the process and that deals don’t fall apart over insignificant things.
Whether they’re helping first-time homebuyers, families upgrading to that next home or empty nesters looking to downsize, the Deveau Realty Team demonstrates a stellar work ethic, attentive service and thorough communication that makes every client feel like their only client. That approach has been part of their DNA from the start. As Jihye explained in a recent Voyage Houston feature, “What helped us gain momentum is how well we served those first clients we had. They didn’t just become past clients we never heard from again. They became our advocates, letting others know that we were a team that went above and beyond what you typically expect from a realtor. And we’ve kept to that standard with every client we’ve worked with.”
In 2021, Jihye was a recipient of the 20 under 40 Rising Stars in Real Estate by the Houston Association of Realtors and consistently ranks in the top 1% of all Houston realtors in production volume. As a licensed CPA and with extensive remodeling and property management experience, John is able to advise clients on tax implications and home improvement recommendations that the average realtor isn’t trained on. Together, the powerhouse team has earned a significant repeat and referral clientele and a long list of over 190+ five-star reviews on HAR.com.
They are both avid runners, with Jihye having completed the Boston Marathon and a 50-miler ultra and John having completed multiple marathons and Ironman Texas. They have two young boys and love to try new restaurants around the city. One of the things they love the most about their job is the number of clients who have turned into friends.