The Coldwell Banker Bain (CB Bain) 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 and Coldwell Banker Seal.
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, Washington. 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 | Seal, 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 | Seal.
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, Washington region.
We have continued to grow to over 30 branches in most major cities along the I-5 corridor, from Bellingham, Washington south to Canby, Oregon. 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 | Seal is the largest single-owner real estate company in the Pacific Northwest.