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Hot Dog – Coldwell Banker Turns 104!

I have been with Coldwell Banker for a long time. In fact, I have “bled blue” for all but one year of my 35-year real estate career. I just computed that I’ve been with our great brand for almost 34% of its existence. Wow! I write this because our great brand is celebrating its 104th […]

I have been with Coldwell Banker for a long time. In fact, I have “bled blue” for all but one year of my 35-year real estate career. I just computed that I’ve been with our great brand for almost 34% of its existence. Wow!

I write this because our great brand is celebrating its 104th birthday today. We are proud to be the nation’s oldest real estate brand.

Coldwell Banker was founded on August 27, 1906, in San Francisco out of the ashes of that year’s horrific earthquake. Colbert Coldwell, and later Arthur Banker, were young men who wanted to bring ethics and integrity to real estate at a time when there was a lot of unscrupulous behavior occurring.

A lot has changed since 1906. The term “hot dog” was coined that year, based on a cartoon of a dachshund posing inside a frankfurter bun. The average American worker earned under $1,000 annually. A gallon of gasoline cost just 28 cents. The median home price was $4,500.

I take great pride in knowing that Coldwell Banker agents continue to embody the brand’s heritage of excellence, providing trustworthy and knowledgeable service during the home buying and selling process.

Coldwell Banker agents have been a valued partner to millions and millions who have bought and sold homes. We have been a real estate constant despite many ups and downs in market conditions.

As we mark another year in business, we wanted to honor a few other companies which are also celebrating 104th birthdays:

  • American Greetings Corporation, Inc.: The world’s largest publicly-traded greeting card company has been bringing smiles to friends and family on joyous occasions for 104 years.
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): Founded in 1906 under the name Intercollegiate Athletic Association, college athletes have been seeking the NCAA National Championship title for 104 years.
  • New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.: For the past 104 years, New Balance has been helping people stay active and healthy, as one of the largest makers of sports footwear.
  • Xerox: A Fortune 500 global company, Xerox has continued to help businesses by improving its printing technology year after years since discovering xerographic printing in 1906.

Here’s to another 104!

  • http://www.therealtorstoolbox.blogspot.com Sean Carpenter

    Happy Birthday to Coldwell Banker and all the hard working sales associates, managers, brokers, support staff and all others affiliated with this great brand. Whether you're at a small local franchise or part of the largest brokerage in America (NRT) thanks for all you do to make the brand and industry better.

    Our tagline says, "We've got the tools you need and the experience you can trust – We never stop moving!" so I guess we should enjoy today but keep delivering "truly remarkable service" tomorrow, and the next day,and the next day after that…

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  • http://redtigertraining.com/blog/ RedTigerChris

    It's incredible to see a company stand the test of time, congratulations. Frankly, I'm surprised that the 4 other companies have achieved the same feat. Perhaps 1906 was the year to start a long lasting business.

  • Johan Niklasson

    BRENDA BURK IS ACTUALLY BRENDA BURKHARTSMEIR!!!

    Amazing that Brenda, The Coffee Queen, now changes her name to Brenda Burk and tucks her tail to Idaho! After ripping off all these people, she is selling Real Estate for Coldwell Banker. Coldwell Banker does not seem to care much about who they hire. Brenda Burk is Brenda Burkhartsmeir! EXPOSED!!!

    Here is her new site: http://www.brendaburk.com/

    Wanna call her? (208) 818-3668

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