About Bobby+April: What we believe, why we're here, and what's in it for you.
Real Estate is one of the biggest investments you’ll make in your entire life – and it touches your life EVERY DAY.
We get that – and we believe something that important deserves the best possible information, insight, guidance, support, expertise, and representation available.
We founded Bobby+April because whether you’re selling, buying, renovating, or doing any combination of the three, we believe that combining the skill sets, local expertise, and creativity of a realtor and a contractor delivers value that far outweighs what either can deliver alone.
Because we handle both real estate transactions and facilitate renovations for many of our clients, we can afford to limit our client base and provide the highest level of service, expertise, insight, and resources that help you make the best, most informed decision possible. It also allows us to make game-changing strategic decisions about resource allocation that aren’t available to a realtor or contractor acting alone.
The end result is a home you’re beyond happy with and an experience that make us (we hope) your go-to resource for future renovations and real estate transactions.
And that makes us beyond happy about what we do.
Bobby + April: the truth about how it all started.
When April Straus walked into Can Can about eight years ago, she was planning to have a drink with a few friends. Her two children were at a school event, and it had been about a year since her husband passed away. Her friends were running late, so she ended up striking up a conversation with Bobby Hicks. “I certainly wasn’t looking for anything, and I don’t think he’d ever been looking for anything,” Straus said. But the conversation flowed, they laughed, and an unexpected connection was born.
Although neither was looking for a relationship, they somehow ended up seeing each other for 11 days in a row. “I always told Bobby all I was looking for was a cute boy who’d have a drink with me at a bar and dance with me on the dance floor all night,” Straus said. After one night at the bar, he invited her to join him to see a friend in Reedville the next day, and they danced all night.
Next, a fateful idea came. “We decided to buy a house as an investment property and try to flip it,” Straus said. “We thought it would be romantic.” They found the perfect property on West Avenue: “I can still remember, the ad said ‘Bring your imagination and your checkbook,’ and that’s just what we did.”
The two put in an offer and flew to New York City for the weekend. They were at a rooftop bar in the Meatpacking District when they got the call that their offer had been accepted. “We were in this really cool bar drinking champagne, and we just thought, ‘This is meant to be,’” she said.
The renovation process wasn’t so dreamy. Soon after the sale was completed, the staircase in the house collapsed due to termite damage, and the kitchen was ruined by water issues. “That’s when it became not quite as romantic,” Straus said. She and Hicks spent eight months learning every detail of the contracting business as they repaired and rehabbed the home for sale. Straus’ background was in banking and investments, and Hicks had worked in sales, so they had to learn the business from the foundation up.
This project might tear some relationships apart, but Straus and Hicks managed through it and actually enjoyed the project. Hicks got a contracting license after the house sold. Then, seeing an opportunity to take care of the home-selling and renovation process, he also got a real-estate license. Straus covered bookkeeping and paperwork behind the scenes. When it became clear that her skill set aligned more with real estate, Straus got a real estate license, so Hicks could focus on contracting.
In 2010, Bobby + April was born. The couple continued purchasing houses to renovate and sell with the help of investors and also began selling houses, helping clients find new houses and managing renovations as needed.
“We have the ability to help with every aspect of the move,” Straus said. Whether it’s carrying an 80-pound dog with cancer out of the house for a showing or helping a client pack their belongings, the Bobby + April team focuses on concierge real estate that does whatever it takes to support clients. “We realized people would constantly say, ‘I’d love to sell my house but….’” Straus said. “And when we got into the objections, the problems weren’t really problems if we could help.”
In 2014, Bobby + April transitioned from a home-run office into the current Carytown space. The team also grew when Kendal Thompson worked the other side of a transaction and the same great energy emerged. “We haven’t really recruited except for Kendal,” Straus said. “Our team has expanded through people approaching us and wanting to join the team.”
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