Wednesday Woman: Tine Mathiassen
Name: Tine Mathiassen
Company: Casamona Real Estate, Barcelona
What is your name, position, country, age?
Tine Mathiassen, Owner of Casamona. I am from Denmark and I am 50 years old.
What is your educational background?
Cand Merc in International marketing (Master) and Real Estate agent license from USA
How did you arrive to the position you are in today?
I went to the USA when I was 34 and work there. I took a Real estate license just to learn more English words and I also took a sailing course. Then my American husband got an job offer from Barcelona (ESADE) University and asked me if I would move with the whole family (our 3 kids) to Spain – As I did not speak Spanish I had no way to get an IT job and then I met Anette.
Casamona was founded in 2004 by myself and Anette Kragdahl; two friends from Denmark. On arrival to Barcelona we began looking for a nice apartments, but became caught in the net that is Barcelona’s Real Estate market; hundreds of Real Estate agencies providing a poor variety of service with many unattractive houses.
Anette and I decided that something needed to be done! This is the reason why in 2004 we launched Casamona, meaning ‘cosy house’; a Real Estate company with an edge; providing a friendly but professional tailored service to both clients and property owners, with an international team and offering the best properties Barcelona has to offer. At Casamona International we have worked hard to earn our reputation of excellence and we work hard every single day to keep it that way and we only advertise properties we would be happy to live in ourselves!
As the name says we are an international team, that is why we are combining the local traditional Spanish spirit with a touristic flavour. Because of this we know why, how, where, what and when to provide you the place (house/apartment/flat) that can fit you the best. Over the years, the Casamona concept has developed, resulting in us having a large team from all around the world who are dedicated to helping you find your dream home! Anette left in 2008 for an other business idea but is still connected to Casamona as an advisor.
Every day is different . You meet so many nice people- it is always a happy time because people are moving into a new home and they are happy – Also it is fun and challenging to work in a different country and using Spanish and English every day too.
What do you find most exciting about your job?
To meet people from all over the world and hear their story! Many of our clients are Expats moving from one country to another or they want a “summerhouse” in Barcelona.
What are your future aspirations?
I would like to grow the business. I have had it on “hold” for 5 years because I had to move to Denmark in 2009 as my 3 teenagers had a hard time in a foreign country not being either America or Denmark, where they came from. So I chose to move them to DK and go with them- Jonathan, my husband, stayed in Barcelona as he is the dean of Esade (Barcelona University) and loves it.
I had Casamona on LOW run and then got a job teaching marketing in DK – I was flying to Barcelona from Monday to Thursday every other week- and my husband came to Denmark every other Thursday to Sunday. So it worked out perfectly.
In 2015, I stopped teaching as my kids are 20, 23 and 24 years old and all live at “home” in the large luxurious apartment we have in Østerbro . It is our co-op and as I am not there a lot, they chose to stay there until they are done with their studies. So mom moved away from “home”.
Casamona is growing every day and the revenue is doubling. Now I need to hire more people and be ready for a larger company – So much fun and a little hard.
What is your best career advice?
Try and get family and job to co operate – I am happy I “ chose” the kids and also kept my company. Now after 11 years – I have a stable company that is growing. Also, I am still married to my husband after 27 years and I love him too. I think because we worked things out – We moved when one of us wanted too but also we worked it out when he wanted to stay in Barcelona and I got to be in Copenhagen with my family – You need to be flexible – there are so many ways to do things.
How many days a year do you travel?
I am in Denmark every 3 weeks for 1 week.
If you could work with something else what would it be?
I would start up a new business somewhere.
You can contact Tine at Casamona International: