Friday, January 20, 2012

Coldwell Banker Costa Rica in National Participation Agreement with Costa Rica Realtors

Precedent-Setting Accord Between Coldwell Banker Costa Rica and Costa Rica Global Association of REALTORS® Unites Both Organizations for Professionalism and Global Marketing

January 10, 2012 - Playas del Coco, Costa Rica: An agreement between the Coldwell Banker Costa Rica Master Franchisor (CBCR), Coldwell Banker Costa Rica Master Franchise, and the Costa Rica GlobalAssociation of REALTORS® (CRGAR) will offer all Coldwell Banker professionals and offices in Costa Rica special incentives for participation as CRGAR members and Costa Rica MLS (CRMLS) users. In addition, all Costa Rica 

listings from the CBCR property listing database will soon be syndicated to the Costa Rica MLS. Currently, there are dozens of professionals working in the CBCR network of 10 offices across Costa Rica. This far-reaching agreement was the result of the efforts of Linda Gray, CBCR Master Franchise President,  Jose Daniel Rodriguez, CBCR Manager, Alberto Triquell, 
CRGAR Vice-President, and Allen                   Lungo, CRGAR President.

Linda Gray, CBCR Master Franchisor and Playas del Coco Coldwell Banker Broker, commented, “we are pleased to align our network’s business goals with those of CRGAR. Both organizations are emphasizing professionalism in the practice of real estate in Costa Rica, and global networking to offer Costa Rica’s properties to investors around the world.” CRGAR members automatically get membership in the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in the United States, and a user account on the Costa Rica MLS.

“Our agreement includes the automatic syndication of CBCR listings to the Costa Rica MLS”, added Jose Daniel Rodriguez, CBCR Manager, “which will connect CBCR listings and professionals to the CRMLS network of over 400,000 worldwide realtors and websites such as World Properties”.

Linda Gray, Jose Daniel Rodriguez 
               and Allen Lungo (R-L)

The dream of Costa Rica property ownership is shared around the world

The Costa Rica MLS is built on the Proxio Global Platform. Janet Case, Proxio CEO, offered, “We are pleased to see the continued evolution of the Costa Rica MLS into the most professional national system in the country. Partnerships, like this one with Coldwell Banker Costa Rica, are exactly what our platform is designed to support with ease and convenience.”

Costa Rica’s real estate professionals and franchise networks, interested in CRGAR’s programs and incentive plans, can get more information by contacting

About CBCR
Coldwell Banker Costa Rica has 10 offices covering Costa Rica from the beautiful north Pacific beaches of Guanacaste, through the Nicoya Peninsula, the Central Pacific Coast, San Jose, and down to the intriguing Osa Peninsula.

For a detailed online look at the CBCXR network:

• Coldwell Banker Costa Rica -
• Coldwell Banker Coast To Coast Properties, Playas del Coco -
• Coldwell Banker Beach Properties, Brasilito -
• Coldwell Banker Tamarindo Realty -
• Coldwell Banker Del Mar Realty, Nosara -
• Coldwell Banker Samara Dreamland Properties -
• Coldwell Banker Vesta Group Manuel Antonio (Quepos) & Coldwell Banker Vesta Group Manuel Antonio (Manuel Antonio) -
• Coldwell Banker Vesta Group Dominical -
• Coldwell Banker Curridabat Realty -
• Coldwell Banker Occidental -

The Costa Rica Global Association of REALTORS® (CRGAR), is affiliated with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) in the United States, and is the only such association in Central America to require its members to become individual members of NAR, as well. CRGAR offers REALTOR® training classes, ethical enforcement, peer-licensing, international affiliations, special events, and access to the Costa Rica MLS.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Costa Rica CIPS Institute Continues with Studies, Sunsets, Beach Club

Intense training with excursions and guest speakers....

January 12, 2012, Tamarindo, Costa Rica - Days 2 and 3 of the 5-day training program leading to the NAR designation of "Certified International Property Specialist" continued in Costa Rica, highlighted by an oceanfront sunset reception and dinner at an exclusive beach club.

Attendee, Nancy from Arcadia, California, enthusiastically commented, "I am so glad this CIPS Institute is being offered here, and at this time. The content exceeds my expectations, the instructor (David Wyant) is terrific, and a January break in Costa beautiful!"

Enjoy the photo gallery...

         Full moon setting over the ocean each morning...                 
          Class presentations are part of the courses.....

Sunset reception at Tamarindo Preserve Model Home

Dinner at Tamarindo Preserve Langosta Beach Club

The daily exam........

See you here next year?

Monday, January 9, 2012

2012 Costa Rica CIPS Institute "Designation Vacation" Kicks Off Today!

Attendees Gather from Canada, the USA, and Costa Rica to Earn Prestigious NAR Designation...

January 9, 2012, Tamarindo, Costa Rica: The first CIPS Institute to be held on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica kicked off today at the Diria Hotel Conference Center in Tamarindo. This beach community is a global vacation destination which has emerged over the last 15 years around its world-class surfing beach.

Over 20 total participants are gathering in Costa Rica this week with instructor, David Wyant, to complete the class requirements to earn the NAR Designation, "Certified international Property Specialist" (CIPS).

The courses are being sponsored by the Costa Rica Global Association of REALTORS® (CRGAR), Costa Rica's only real estate association in which every member is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in the United States. CRGAR also offers the Costa Rica MLS, Costa Rica's only property database built on the Proxio Global platform, offering the widest global syndication available to its local realtors.

CIPS attendees enjoyed lunch on the banyon-shaded terrace of the restaurant in the Diria Hotel.

The restaurant terrace faces the Main Surfing Beach in Tamarindo with ocean breezes adding to the dining experience

The luncheon guest and speaker was Donovan Garcia, a representative of CATURGUA - the tourism bureau of the Guancaste Province.