When you think about Costa Rica, real estate, and buying property think......."About Us" Jim & Linda Gray
When you are looking for a professional realtor, real estate agent, real estate broker......
It is important to know who you are doing business with "especially in a foreign country".
"Having enjoyed a number of extensive careers we were ready to discover and enjoy the lifestyle offered in Costa Rica! We are excited about sharing and promoting the fabulous lifestyle and real estate investment opportunities available. If you are looking for a creative and colorful environment and have an expansive vision and attitude about new investment horizons, CONTACT US.
With our professional experience, education and parenting background (married 34 years, 4 children, 5 grandchildren), we can better understand diversified needs of our clients who maybe looking for a family home, villa, condo, commercial venture, a business opportunity or retirement property. Our Coldwell Banker Team will meet your needs. You will receive personalized service. Your interest is our primary focus.
Offering an extensive professional real estate background:
Owners/Brokers of the Coldwell Banker Coast to Coast Properties office in Playas Del Coco and in Brasilito, Province of Guanacaste, Partners/owners – Coldwell Banker Master Franchise Costa Rica
Linda Gray is President of the Coldwell Banker Master Franchise.
Brokers and Assistant Managers for Coldwell Banker, a corporate owned office In Laguna Beach, California. 26 years professional real estate varied experience!
Diverse Education & Professional Backgrounds:
Jim is a retired U.S. Navy Lt. Commander, Submarine Division, Nuclear Engineer with Bechtel Power Corporation. Masters in Business Administration, Pepperdine University.
Linda has experience in local government consulting, banking operations, community and business marketing and management, and served as a police officer in Los Angeles. Masters Degrees - Public Communications, University Pepperdine and Business Administration, Augusta College.
Coldwell Banker Coast to Coast Properties, Jim and Linda, and their TEAM: Founding Directors, Linda Gray President Emeritus, CB Team all members of: Costa Rica Global Association of Realtors.
Coldwell Banker Coast to Coast Properties
Jim, Linda and their team are members of The Guanacaste Association of Realtors: Jim and Linda are Founding Directors.
Our sales associates can help you find your dream property in Costa Rica. Meet our team (this should be a link to the agents profiles).
About Coldwell Banker
The Coldwell Banker Tradition
The story of Coldwell Banker is a story of leadership and success. From its beginnings in San Francisco in 1906, Coldwell Banker has grown to become the premier residential real estate organization in North America. Coldwell Banker was founded on a commitment to professionalism and customer service that continues to be the core of its business philosophy today. Coldwell Banker provides its sales associates with the strongest support in the real estate industry so they in turn can deliver the support their buyers and sellers need. That's the Coldwell Banker tradition.
The Coldwell Banker Heritage
After the devastating earthquake and fire in San Francisco in 1906 , young real estate agent Colbert Coldwell saw the need for honest, knowledgeable and professional real estate services to help the city rebuild. Coldwell disapproved of the common practice of that day where real estate agents acquired properties for themselves, often from uninformed sellers at ridiculously low prices, and then resold them for huge profits.
With two partners, he formed the real estate company of Tucker, Lynch and Coldwell, dedicated to the principal that they would work only for their customers and not trade for their own account. Establishing the beginning of a tradition of integrity and customer support that continues to this day.
In 1913 , Benjamin Arthur Banker joined the firm as a salesman, and he and Colbert Coldwell quickly discovered they held similar views and ethics. Banker became a partner in 1914, and the two remained active in the company throughout their lives.
The Company Grows
The early years of the growing, successful Coldwell Banker company were devoted primarily to commercial real estate brokerage. The firm's first residential real estate office opened in San Francisco in 1925 , and a full fledged residential real estate department was formed in 1937 . The company's geographic expansion began in the 1920 s with the opening of offices in Southern California, followed by Phoenix in the early 1950 s and Seattle in 1969 . In the 1970 s, Coldwell Banker acquired prestigious residential real estate firms in Atlanta, Chicago, and Washington, DC.
By 1980 , Coldwell Banker had also acquired a national referral service (now Coldwell Banker Referral Network), and Previews Inc., an international luxury real estate marketing organization (which has evolved into the present-day Coldwell Banker Previews Program).
In 1981 , Coldwell Banker was acquired by Sears, Roebuck and Co., joining Dean Witter Financial Services Group and Allstate Insurance group as a member of the Sears Financial Network. Sears provided the resources and impetus for even more rapid expansion, development of products, and integration of services. Another landmark in 1981 was the launch of Coldwell Banker Residential Affiliates, Inc. for the franchising of the highest quality residential brokerage companies. Through the acquisition of companies in major metropolitan areas across the United States, as well as the dramatic expansion of Residential Affiliates, the growth of Coldwell Banker during the 1980's was phenomenal. The company's share of the residential real estate market grew from 1.3 in 1981 to over 10% by the end of the decade.
By 1990 , Coldwell Banker had locations in all fifty states, and had begun international expansion with offices in Canada and Puerto Rico. The company's focus on residential real estate was strengthened with the sale of Coldwell Banker Commercial Group (now known as CB Commercial).
Coldwell Banker began a new phase of it's growth in 1993 when it was purchased from Sears by the Fremont Group (a private investment company formerly known as Bechtel Investments, Inc.) and company senior management. Another milestone in 1993 was the substantial increase of Coldwell Banker presence in Canada. Coldwell Banker Affiliates of Canada, a joint venture of Coldwell Banker and Canada Trust, builds on heritage of more than 40 years of Canadian real estate brokerage experience. It is one of Canada's largest real estate operations with more than 200 offices and thousands of sales representatives coast to coast.
1996 proved to be another banner year for the Coldwell Banker Corporation. In January, Coldwell Banker once again obtained the rights to sell commercial real estate. The Coldwell Banker Commercial program allows affiliates to produce a wide array of services including market research, acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, asset and property management, investment property sales, corporate consulting and advisory services.
In May, Coldwell Banker was acquired by HFS Incorporated, the world's largest franchisor of hotels and residential real estate brokerage offices, ushering in a new and exciting era in the company's 90-year history. The unsurpassed franchising experience of HFS, together with its assertive approach to increasing brand awareness, positioned Coldwell Banker for accelerated expansion in both existing and new markets.
1997 was an event-filled year for Coldwell Banker . In February, Coldwell Banker rolled out a national advertising campaign with the theme "Making Real Estate Real Easy", and re-launched Coldwell Banker Online, one of the most comprehensive national real estate web sites. In June, Alex Perriello was appointed the new president and CEO of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation. Also announced was the merger of Coldwell Banker parent company, HFS Inc., with CUC International, forming the new Cendant Corp.
Coldwell Banker started 1998 by continuing to provide unparalleled service to its affiliates, with added benefits and expanded preferred alliances. In February, the company launched its new ad campaign introducing "Personal Retriever", the revolutionary website enhancement that 'fetches and retrieves' home listings via e-mail to the consumer according to their specific home buying criteria. Company president Alex Perriello introduced Certified Select Home Program, a groundbreaking plan to streamline the home buying process, changing the way homes will be bought and sold in the future. Also re-launched was the company's affiliation with Habitat for Humanity International, a non-profit organization that helps build houses for families in need. Recognizing the growing consumer demand and preference for full-service, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation (" Coldwell Banker ") established its Coldwell Banker Conciergesm program, a unique system for its broker affiliates to offer home buyers and sellers centralized access to various real estate related services. This true one-stop-shopping concept helps consumers by centrally coordinating the details of their move and home set up through local Coldwell Banker real estate offices.
And on an International front, Coldwell Banker expanded their market presence south of the boarder by signing International franchise agreements in Singapore, Mexico, Central America, The Caribbean and Bermuda.