A Proud Heritage
In 1906, Colbert Coldwell, a young real estate agent, observed families trying to piece their lives together following the San Francisco earthquake. Disapproving of agents who acquired property from vulnerable sellers and resold it at huge profits, and seeing a tremendous need for honest, knowledgeable real estate people, Colbert Coldwell founded his company with a revolutionary philosophy: the customer's best interest above all. In 1914, Benjamin Arthur Banker joined Colbert Coldwell as a full partner. Together, Coldwell and Banker forged a tradition of integrity, exceptional service and customer satisfaction that became the company's hallmark. For 99 years, the Coldwell Banker® organization has been providing exceptional full-service real estate.
Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation, a subsidiary of Cendant Corporation (NYSE: CD), has a global reach, with offices on six continents, 47 countries and territories. There are more than 600 Coldwell Banker offices outside of the United States. The company is an industry leader in residential real estate, and in niche markets such as resort, new homes and luxury properties through its Previews® International divisionSM. The company is a pioneer in consumer services with its Coldwell Banker ConciergeSM program and award-winning Web site, www.firstottawarealty.com. Coldwell Banker Mortgage is one of the largest telephone/Web-based lenders in the country and Coldwell Banker Commercial® is one of the largest commercial franchise operations with over 400 affiliates offering clients comprehensive buying, selling, leasing, acquisition, disposition and management services.