Blue Ocean Estates was formed in August 2009 by myself, Robert and my wife Laurian. We started the business by accident really. Laurian’s mother was trying to sell her lovely villa in Beniarbeig a small town near to the costal resort of Denia. Laurian's father had passed away a few years earlier and her mother was lonely and wanted to return to the UK. With the market in decline she was finding it difficult to sell and fell into the hands of an unscrupulous, freelance, so-called agent. Having bought and sold properties several times in Spain and the UK, we recognised the signs immediately and stepped in to protect her. Unfortunately, at first she was reluctant to discontinue using this agent and remained hopeful of an imminent and promised sale.
I (Robert) am a retired procurement consultant, more used to working around the world in the Oil Industry, set about designing a simple website to promote the sale of the house in Beniarbeig, which is situated in the Orba Valley. An ideal location within easy reach of the coast and seaside resorts of Els Poblets, Denia and Javea. This website caught the eye of both potential buyers and other people trying to sell their properties in the Orba and Jalon valleys. So pretty soon we had quite a portfolio of properties and the business grew from there. As time went on we convinced Laurian's mother that the promised sale was bogus and to dismiss the equally bogus agent, which she did. This freed us up to market the property and we found a buyer within two months, completing the sale in just two weeks. This was in May 2010 and by this time we were already so busy that Laurian had become involved full time as the company finance and administration director which suits her as she had been finance director for companies in the UK and overseas.
We continue to expand our business based on sound ethics and principals. Most of our owners and clients come from referrals and we work very hard to find you that dream home and that illusive buyer. Putting the two together is not easy, but we do what other agents' don’t do, and that is stay true to our beliefs and our principals of honesty and integrity.
We look forward to meeting you and to be of service to you.
Robert and Laurian
What our clients say about us.
Below are some comments from satisfied clients.
Pam and David Whitehead 27th October 2015
Dear Robert and Laurian We would both like to thank you for your support in finding us our ideal property in Spain. The service you provided was beyond our expectations. Following our first communication over the internet and our first viewing trip you spent a few days driving us around locations we were interested in, and others that we had not considered. Your knowledge of the local areas, together with your relationship with other estate agents, gave us the opportunity to consider and decide exactly what we wanted for our retirement home. On our last visit in July we viewed the property we are now residing in, and hope to have many happy years here. Whilst Robert spent a considerable amount of time showing us around properties at no time did we feel under any pressure. Finally, if you are considering purchasing a property in this area we would recommend Robert and Blue Ocean Estates without any hesitation.
Bahir Kharoubi 23rd October 2015
I arrived in September 2015 hoping to find a property to purchase - Following several viewings with other agents over several days, I was truly lucky to meet Robert 3 days before I was due to leave the area - Robert took the time to not only arrange for more viewings but also for a lovely sightseeing tour around the area I was interested in - Robert answered my many queries about buying in Spain with honesty - I found the house I wanted on the first day of our viewings and completed 3 weeks later, with every step of the process taken care of by Robert... Thank you Robert for making the whole process so easy. Best regards
Monique Van der Gorten wrote on the 24th August 2015
I would like to thank you, Robert, and your lovely wife Laurie, for all the work and efforts you put in finding me my house in Spain.
It was a big task since my wish list was rather long, but thanks to your and Laurie's efforts finally after four months and three visits we succeeded.
The coordination with all the other agents was very well done, and your follow up greatly appreciated.
Thank you for this.
David and Jenny Mortlock wrote on the 26th June 2015
Everyone deserves a bit of luck every now and then and ours came recently when we chanced
upon Robert from Blue Ocean Estates.
We were novices at buying property abroad and were searching web sites for a suitable villa
and came across one that Robert had on his books. We did not know at this time that Robert
has links with other estate agents in the area and was able to recommend properties that were
on his books as well as from elsewhere.
We visited Spain earlier in the year and met with Robert who drove us around the area and we
viewed villas that we had chosen and ones that were recommended. Throughout the three days
that we spent with Robert, he was very patient and understanding of our needs and very
informative about the general area and was very honest about the houses we viewed, pointing
out plus and minus points that we had not noticed. As far as having someone advise you on
properties in the area, we could not have wished for anything better.
We did not find anything that suited us on that visit but Robert was completely understanding
and we were sure that our next visit would be more fruitful as Robert was more in tune with our
likes and dislikes. And so it was. On our next visit in April we were delighted with one of the
properties, the price, location and design of the villa, Robert made the offer for us which was
accepted and he has kept in contact throughout the purchasing period to ensure everything was
progressing to our satisfaction, even driving us to Denia and organising NIE numbers,
introducing us to a very good lawyer to arrange the purchase as well as driving us to Javea to
open bank accounts!
We could not have done this without him and are very grateful for the time, effort and unbiased
information that Robert was able to give.
Thank you Robert, a very successful transaction.
Bob and Laurian run a very different estate agency business that is perfect for us. They are friendly, intelligent, competent and hard workers. They are not pushy or overwhelming. Once they know what you want, they always seem to find lots of properties that tick most of your boxes. Yes difficult to resolve, but would you prefer loads of houses, that you know from a 100yds, that you just don't want to see? Our experience is that Bob and Laurian simply make what can be an exhausting experience a pleasurable one because it's so efficient.
Dr John and Mrs Jill Moy Thomas, Dorset UK
Finding our new home on the Alicante coast was a genuine pleasure with Bob and Laurian from Blue Ocean Estates. Not only were they very efficient showing us properties suited to our needs but were fun to be with too. Driving us around and about was not a chore, but enjoyable ending up usually for a light lunch and a well earned drink. We would certainly recommend them as their expertise is balanced with tact and understanding, very professional and inspiring too! Our lovely home was our easiest buy ever!
Gary and Denise Bishop