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Category: Estate Agent
Meet the local husband and wife team who got married, had a baby and set up an estate agency during the pandemic. During the coronavirus outbreak in 2020, Mr and Mrs Bubloz got married, had a baby and set up the estate and lettings agency, Windward Grove with fall support and help from Sandy, their forever puppy looking dog.
For many people, 2020 did not go quite to plan but Mr and Mrs Bubloz are grateful for what they have. He said: “Four years ago, completion of our house purchase fell on Leah’s birthday in December 2016 and four years later to the day, we got engaged. We were never going to have a big, massive wedding. It was never going to be extravagant. We booked the Malmaison hotel for 11th April, but the coronavirus was growing and growing. My stag do was my last social activity before the first lockdown. It was the day before.”
Like almost everything else, the couple’s wedding was cancelled. Mrs Bubloz said: “We planned to have 90 people at the hotel and 15 at the Registry Office. Then a honeymoon in Rome which was at the epicentre of the coronavirus. Everything was cancelled. However, nobody but us knew at this time we were expecting a baby, so we did have something else to be excited about”.
“We saw a lot of upset posts and messages on social media and directly to us: it’s terrible that your wedding has been cancelled. But we thought, people are dying and we’re basically just not having a party, the sympathy is more worthwhile elsewhere”. Mr Bubloz said: “Instead, we were excited and planning how to launch our business.” In the end, the couple got married at a registry office on 3rd October, with their parents as witnesses. They rearranged their reception at the Malmaison hotel for December 2020 and have postponed it again.
For Mr Bubloz starting a business in his expertise field is an opportunity not to be missed. He said: “I believe the estate agency industry is generally behind when considering modern-day customer demand. People should be able to view properties in the evening or on a Sunday. Professional level photography and modern technology such as virtual tours should be a must as it certainly is for us”. Explaining his approach, Mr Bubloz said: “We try to be that locally based husband and wife team that people can trust and very importantly, like. We know we’re not in a profession that has the best reputation. Mrs Bubloz said: “If we’re selling, we don’t commit anyone to using a sole agency. We absolutely don’t want to make you sell with us and end up with a toxic relationship, if you want to bring in a new estate agent, you can but we will do our best to make sure you don’t need to”.
“Where we worked before with the biggest online, hybrid estate agency, we feel they weren’t harnessing the technology. It was during the first lockdown we set up Windward Grove in July. We offer a 360° virtual property tour that boosts our adverts. They’re brilliant. “We saw a 360° virtual tour at Malmaison, specifically we looked at the function room for the wedding. Lockdown underlined even more that agents should use these – even just for a single room to rent.”
Mr Bubloz said “Often estate agents outsource imagery and charge £100+ for the virtual tour he explained. Windward Grove don’t charge for this, as we believe it should be standard in this day and age. Mr Bubloz takes all of the photographs and videos himself and is obsessed with the highest quality. Communication is a key strength of the husband and wife team and it is how they look after their customers. Mr Bubloz said he looks forward to writing the job description for the Associate role which will be on a self-employed basis where each associate manages their own customers. Mr Bubloz said: “We don’t have crazy bosses obsessed with figures and viewings we do things for ourselves and our clients. No target could eclipse this motivation for us”.
Environmental concerns are important to Mr and Mrs Bubloz. They drive low emission vehicles; their Littlehampton home has solar panels where most of the work on customers’ properties is put together and Windward Grove is paperless. All contracts are handled electronically using ‘Signable’ technology, but they can be printed and posted if required.
Windward Grove has county coverage, but their main base and operations is in Littlehampton. To find out the value of your home, you can enter your details into their instant valuation tool that uses Land Registry data via their website, www.windwardgrove.co.uk or speak on the phone, 01903 946466.
Mr and Mrs Bubloz from Windward Grove, can often be seen with their young daughter in the pushchair, out with the dog in many various walking locations we are all lucky to have in our beautiful part of the world.