About Coldwell Banker Bain

Put Our Knowledge on Your Side to Help You Imagine the Possibilities

Coldwell Banker Bain (CB Bain) has been helping people buy and sell their most important investments in the Pacific Northwest since 1972. We understand that real estate is more than just a business transaction. It’s an essential part of building a safe, happy, and prosperous life.

We’ve learned that contemporary tools help make buying and selling a home more enjoyable and successful. Yet it’s our large network of real estate professionals that really makes the difference. Our brokers bring years of experience in home preparation, price setting, inspection guidance, and contract negotiations. We put our knowledge on your side with the skills, expertise, and market insights our customers have come to expect.

Industry Leaders Since 1972

Our history dates back over 40 years. It started with a man named Bill A. Bain who began his career in the real estate industry in 1950 at Henry Broderick. Bill Bain had a dream to build a real estate company that serviced the ‘carriage trade’, or wealthy consumers. Soon thereafter, his dream transpired with the launch of a company known today as Coldwell Banker Bain.

In 1972, Bill Bain launched William A. Bain Associates, where he opened the first office in the AGC building located on Lake Union in Seattle. Staying true to his vision, Coldwell Banker Bain has been rooted in the luxury market since its inception and continues in that tradition today.

In 1982, Bill Riss—the current owner of CB Bain, joined the company. He purchased the company in 1993 when he had three offices in Lake Union, Bellevue, and Capitol Hill. He is now the CEO of CB Bain.

In 1993, Bill Riss purchased six Coldwell Banker owned offices and joined the Coldwell Banker system as an independently owned and operated franchise and became Coldwell Banker Bain. In 2000, Coldwell Banker Bain expanded its operation further with the acquisition of the Oregon based Barbara Sue Seal Properties from Coldwell Banker National. In 2005, Coldwell Banker Bain acquired the assets of Hawkins-Poe, resulting in five more offices in the Tacoma region.

We have continued to grow to over 30 branches in most major cities along the I-5 corridor, from Bellingham, WA south to Canby, OR. Our company expanded as we merged with or acquired Duvall Realty, Lakemont, Harper Bond, Century 21 All Star, and Century 21 Cascade Pacific, and Coldwell Banker’s Barbara Sue Seal, Hawkins Poe, Flaskerud, Miller-Arnason and Island Living. Today CB Bain is the largest single-owner real estate company in the Pacific Northwest.

Benefits of Working with a Coldwell Banker Bain Broker

Professional real estate advice is crucial to your financial security and quality of life. We believe our brokers represent the very best in the Pacific Northwest.

World Class Training

We are convinced the success of our brokers can be traced back to the quality of their training. At Coldwell Banker Bain, we have developed a cutting edge, in-house educational program which combined with additional training from our national offices, offers an unparalleled experience that real estate professionals can’t get anywhere else. In fact, when Training Magazine evaluated the top 125 companies in the world on training quality, Coldwell Banker Real Estate was awarded the top spot among real estate brands—and third overall.

What You Can Expect From Our Brokers

When it comes to creating longstanding success in a competitive landscape, every smart business relies on guiding principles to help navigate through the changing times. Our brokers are trained from day one to conduct business the Coldwell Banker Bain way.

  • Extraordinary Market Knowledge - Your broker is trained to confidently educate you about neighborhoods, school system rankings, price trends, and more.
  • Professional Accountability - Your broker will take full responsibility for the results achieved on your behalf under every circumstance, no matter what. Our buyer and seller guarantee assures your REALTORS® performance throughout the home selling process.
  • Unparalleled Transactional Expertise - Your broker understands the ins and outs of conducting a real estate transaction and has principle managing broker oversight throughout the transaction.
  • Confident & Caring Advocacy - Your broker is committed to being your advocate, every step of the way, to ensure your best interests are protected.

Our Mission Statement

We provide our clients the best possible real estate buying or selling experience through our extraordinary market knowledge, unparalleled transactional expertise, competent and caring advocacy, and professional accountability.

We provide our brokers and employees with unmatched professional real estate education opportunities to ensure that their knowledge, advocacy and service meet or exceed our clients' expectations.

We provide our brokers and make available to their clients the industry's most advanced technology.

We provide and promote an environment that allows us to always do the right thing by conducting our business ethically, professionally and profitably, while treating all parties with respect and dignity.

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