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Posted by:Dec 26th 2008, 12:26:53 am
Fig Tree News Team YEAR OF GROWTH FOR BAHAMAS REAL ESTATE

Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty expanded its Bahama-base in 2006 with the opening of two new offices – one in Long Island, and the other in George Town, Exuma.

A new representative was appointed in Cherokee, Abaco. Lightbourn Realty already has offices in Marsh Harbour and Green Turtle Cay, Abaco.

Dale Kemp, a well-known local businessman, is the new agent in Exuma. His wife, Lisa, manages the office.

Mike Lightbourn, president of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty, said the Exumas provide perhaps the most beautiful setting in the Bahamas.

‘Our main focus will be to attract Bahamians to invest in the Exumas while, at the same time, we will play our part in bringing foreign investors to the islands to help provide economic benefits to all Exumians,” he said.

Jeannette Knowles, who has a background in the hotel industry, is the new agent in Mangrove Bush, Long Island.

Mike has always had a personal interest in Long Island, starting with his parliamentary representation of the Clarence Town constituency from 1972 to 1977. He has maintained a close contact with many friends and has not missed a regatta since he first attended in 1972.


“Long Island, in my opinion, has the finest and most industrious people in the Bahamas. The island is without doubt one of the most beautiful in the Bahamas. We hope to bring in the type of investors (both Bahamian and foreign) who will assist in the growth of the island through strategic development.”

Lee Pinder, a former executive bank secretary, is based in Cherokee Sound, Abaco, where she is very active in community affairs.

Mike, a second home owner in Abaco, which he also represented in Parliament, said The Abaco Club on Winding Bay set the stage for a continued economic boom in this area. The Ritz-Carlton marked its debut in the Bahamas by partnering with British entrepreneur Peter de Savary in the 520 acre international private members' golf club and sporting retreat.

COLDWELL BANKER HOSTS ISLAND AFFILIATES CONFERENCE

COLDWELL Banker Lightbourn Realty hosted the prestigious 2006 Coldwell Banker Island Affiliates Conference at the world class Atlantis Resort and Casino on Paradise Island.

The event coincided with Coldwell Banker Corporation’s 100th anniversary celebration.

Coldwell Banker Corporation, the parent company of Lightbourn Realty, is the largest real estate franchise network in the U.S.

‘This was an important event, not just for our company, but for the Bahamas,’ said Mike Lightbourn, president of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty.

The real estate spotlight was on the Bahamas when Jim Gillespie, president of Coldwell Banker Corporation, praised the 12 island affiliates for their contribution to the growth of the Coldwell Banker brand.

The island affiliates will discuss real estate matters peculiar to the Caribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda.

Coldwell Banker was founded in San Francisco in 1906.

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REAL ESTATE AGENT SCORES ‘THREE STRAIGHT’

ROBERT Arthur of Harbour Island, Bahamas, has grabbed Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty’s 2005 "Top Real Estate Producer’ award for the third year in a row.

Arthur, a former TV producer and one of Prince Charles’s favourite baker’s, was one of five Lightbourn Realty agents to receive special awards at Coldwell Banker Corporation’s recent International Business Conference in San Francisco.

The conference, which celebrated Coldwell Banker’s 100th anniversary, attracted more than 10,000 brokers, agents and managers.

Also receiving a special award was Katherine Weech of Bimini. Weech captured Coldwell Banker Island Affiliates Most Improved Agent award for 2005. There are 12 affiliates in the Bahamas and Caribbean.

Weech, who also works at her husband’s of Booze and Screws Hardware and Liquor Store in south Bimini, was involved in the sale of Brown’s Hotel and Marina.

Three agents received the prestigious President’s Circle Award - Arthur, Chris Farrington of Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, and Heather Lightbourn Peterson of Nassau.

This puts them in the top seven percent of the 126,000 Coldwell Banker sales agents worldwide.

Receiving the International Diamond Society Award were Mailin Sands of Marsh Harbour and Carmen Massoni of Nassau. Sands and Massoni ranked among the top 13 percent of total Coldwell Banker agents in 2005.

‘I am extremely proud of my agents,’ said Mike Lightbourn president of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty.

‘They have worked very hard and their efforts have paid off. Last year - 2005 - was a strong year. Business written so far in 2006 is up significantly over the corresponding period last year.’

Arthur is the popular proprietor of Arthur’s Bakery and Café in Harbour Island.

"His drive, work ethic and relaxed charm are the perfect ingredients for a real estate agent,’ Lightbourn said.

He’s as enthusiastic about selling real estate as he is baking the best jalapeno bread Prince Charles has ever tasted.

Born in Nassau, Robert lived in Miami most of his young adulthood, before relocating to ‘Briland 13 years ago with his wife, Anna, and two sons.

In his former, fast paced life, he was a producer/director for a CBS affiliate in Miami and numerous TV and film projects.

Weech, a former art gallery operator, lives in the tiny fishing capital of Bimini made famous by Ernest Hemingway. When she’s not showing property, Weech is working with her husband, Marty, a liquor and hardware merchant. Between real estate, the hardware store, and her pets - a Weimaraner called Slick, Buddy, a terrier, and a cat, Yurtle, Katherine’s kept very busy.

Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty is part of a tremendous network driven group of more than 3,900 residential and commercial real estate offices and 126,000 sales associates in 29 countries and territories.

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