Villa Contact – A family-owned company with a history
Text: Cat Weisweiller
with Clea and her older brother, Robbie, moving back to Ibiza to take over Villa Contact. Thankfully, both of them came to the job already fully equipped. Quite apart from their many years of assisting their mum, know-ledge of the island, and keen multilingual skills, Robbie had just spent ten years in China working for a major international real estate company: Knight Frank; and Clea came from a degree in Business Studies with Tourism, plus ensuing London-based PR career focused on sustainable enterprises. Robbie’s fiancée, Suzanne Griep, who is also from a hefty real estate background, forms the final third of a harmonious three-way partnership.
And so it has come to be that Montse’s legacy lives vibrantly on in Villa Contact. Her honesty, integrity, warm-heartedness and goodwill being attributes that Clea, Robbie and Suzanne strive to maintain throughout the business. Perhaps this is why, even though the recession, Villa Contact has remained busy. “We feel extremely fortunate to be running a successful business that we love being involved in. The longstanding friendships that we have forged, still fuel much of the company’s business. We also understand that buying a house is stressful. So, it means the world to us to be able to use our local expertise and knowledge of the Ibiza property market to help people out as much as possible; offering ongoing contact and advice during and after a sale. There is no doubt that karma probably plays a huge part in the business’s success.” •