KEEPING it in the family has been the key to the success of local estate agency, Casas Manuel.

“You’d think that working with your mum, dad, sister AND husband would be a nightmare, but it isn’t,” explained Sophie Rodriguez, who runs the Benijofar office.

“We just work together with a common goal, the same purpose, and that’s to have an enjoyable life doing the job that we love.”

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WE ARE FAMILY: Charlotte, Sophie and Manuel Rodriguez

She and her family have been running the business for eight years, alongside their amiable father, Manuel, 62.

Readers will also recognise the family from their regular appearances on Channel Fours “Sun, Sea & Selling Houses”, the third series due to go out next year.

While you might think he is the boss of the family, the patriarch himself confirms that the REAL boss is Liverpudlian wife, Linda!

Well known in the local community, they sponsor donkeys at the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre in Rojales, as well as sponsoring an annual fun run in the town.

They also raise thousands for different charities each Christmas.

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But, most importantly, they have sold hundreds of homes to expats in the area and plenty of colourful ones.

These include one woman whose main priority was that of her parrot’s welfare.

Despite a long list of demands for the bird, Casas Manuel still found the ideal home for them, eventually.

While the family already have three branches in the Costa Blanca South and Manuel insisting it is ‘enough’, daughter admits: “You just don’t know though, never say never!”

Casas Manuel Estate Agents can be found in Benijofar, La Zenia and in Los Alcazares. Contact the team on 966 714 719 or visit www.casasmanuel.com

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