The Minute That Changed The World

The Minute That Changed The World

The Minute That Changed The World

The Minute That Changed The World

How Colbert Coldwell And Benjamin Banker Created The Number One

Real Estate Empire Built On Honesty And Integrity


You are about to meet one of the best Global Luxury Property Specialists

in all of Costa Rica and Spain, Richard Lacey. Read on.


It was just another Wednesday on April 18th, 1906. At 5:12 in the morning the San Andreas fault ruptured in the heart of the city, a massive earthquake. It only lasted one minute. San Francisco burned for three days. In the weeks that followed, Mr. Coldwell did not like what he witnessed with sales associates acquiring properties from vulnerable sellers and greedily reselling properties at a huge profit.


He immediately saw a need for honest real estate professionals, who were empowering, and knowledgeable. Coldwell then formed his own company. Benjamin Banker, was there as the company grew. He was invited to join Coldwell on his mission. Ben Banker soon became his partner. The name now known around the world, Coldwell Banker®, was built around principles of honesty, integrity and service.


Coldwell Banker, under its parent company Realogy Brokerage Group, is again honored in 2022 for eleven consecutive years as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere. The Ethisphere Institute is a for-profit company that defines and measures corporate ethical standards, recognizes companies that excel, and promotes best practices in corporate ethics. Located in Scottsdale, Arizona, they publish Ethisphere Magazine and announce its World's Most Ethical Companies award once a year.


In 2020, Coldwell Banker Real Estate also ranked in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500®, the world’s first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking. Recognized as an invaluable resource for potential franchisees, the Franchise 500® ranks Coldwell Banker Real Estate for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength, stability, and brand power.


Now in its second century, Coldwell Banker® continues to offer its clients a level of unparalleled service with its core values of Home, Awesomeness, Ingenuity, and Excellence.


Meet Richard Lacey, a member of CLHMS, the Luxury Home Marketing Guild,

and he is an accredited Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Property Specialist.

A record of unmatched excellence as a top selling agent across Costa Rica and Spain

With a vast knowledge and experience to help you secure your dream home here Paradise.


Richard is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and Costa Rica

Global Association of Realtors (CRGAR). He founded Coldwell Banker Tamarindo in 2011. It has grown to become one of the most successful Coldwell Banker offices in Costa Rica. He comes from a corporate background, having spent many years with blue chip corporations including KPMG, Time Warner and Sony Corp.



“Debbie, my wife, and l would love to recommend Richard. We met Richard on a plane two years ago when he offered us to utilize his seat so we both can sit next to each other. At flight end we thanked him again and learned that he was Richard Lacey. If you want anything to do with real estate you will easily find Richard. He gave us advise on where to go and what to do in Tamarindo. Few months later we had vacation in Tamarindo with our daughters and Richard recommended a builder for us. Well, we hired the builder. We now have a beautiful home here and consider Richard a good friend and neighbor. Richard is a kind and thoughtful person with passion to help. He is truly a most valuable resource and continually strives to help many with insightful input. He is a true professional with genuine charm.” 

Waleed William Tarazi, Costa Rica 2021


“We had so much fun at Buena Vista. I also want to say many thanks for all that you have done. We have enjoyed Costa Rica and I have found you so helpful with everything and a pleasure to deal with, that it was a very stress free vacation. ur last couple of days will be spent enjoying the sunshine and eating at great restaurants.”

Tara, Kevin and Roy., Costa Rica  2021


“We are- UNHAPPILY- home safe. Would much rather be back in Tamarindo. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING you did to make our stay a joy! We look very much forward to seeing you on our next trip to Costa Rica. PURA VIDA!”

Steve Perry, Costa Rica 2021


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Who is that man on the airplane who graciously gave up his seat?


Richard is the founder of several companies involved

in luxury real estate development, and Property Management

in Costa Rica and Ibiza, Spain.


He is a yacht skipper and avid sailor, always happiest

when he is on the water and sharing the passion by

offering yachts for charter and sale to clients.


For over 15 years in Costa Rica he has built a track record

in luxury property development and sales. Many

second home buyers are looking to generate income

when they are not in residence, so they often opt for

the ancillary services of remodeling, property management

and vacation rentals through his latest company, VIP Tamarindo.


Richard is a British citizen, and has lived in

Costa Rica & Ibiza for 20 years.


He is increasingly involved in the cryptocurrency space.


He has been visiting Ibiza since 1993 and considers it

his to be his second home. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury

opened a new office in Ibiza in 2018, bringing a wealth

of experience and proven track record to this

exciting luxury second home market.


Richard is also a chartered accountant,

having worked for blue chip companies such

as KPMG, Sony Corp and Time Warner.


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Luxury Boutique Hotel for Sale

8 deluxe rooms and 5 quaint bungalow rooms with a total of 21 beds and space for expansion (as mentioned)! The hotel rooms majestically wind through the lush tropical landscape where Howler Monkeys can often be seen swinging from the trees. The location is fabulous and only a 500 meter walk to the center of town and to the world famous beach, Playa Tamarindo! The financial performance is excellent and with the increase in tourism the future looks to be very positive for this investment opportunity.


Brand New 4 Bedroom Home in Hacienda Pinilla

4 Bed / 3.5 Bath

The home has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, large pool, air conditioning, and plenty of space for entertaining! The construction size is 320 M2 and the lot size is 2,500 M2. The home was designed by none other than the infamous Costa Rican architect, Sergio Frugien Roca and built by very sought after builder, Adriano Graciano. This home is a work of art....


Great Opportunity to own a 10 Room Hotel by the Beach

10 Bed / 10 Bath

A 10-unit complex just a block from the sand, surf, and sunset of Langosta Beach! Position A in Tamarindo’s upper-end neighborhood. Perfect for long or short-term rentals or a B&B, there is nothing else like this in today’s market. Income properties are few and far between and this one would be perfect for an owner/occupant as well. Income and location like this are rare to find in today’s market, and this one has both! Earn 10% on your money immediately.


New Luxury Villas - Magnificent Views Overlooking Tamarindo Bay

3 Bed / 3.5 Bath

These 3 bedroom, 3 and a half bath residences have all of the high level finishes one would expect in a luxury development and not to mention a gorgeous pool area fit with a large area for cooking and grilling the days catch. The pool was designed and created by Costa Rica and Panama’s top pool company “BioTile” that has become famous in the region for creating pool masterpieces with its Balinese imported tiles that are seen nowhere else but in their works of art.


Gorgeous Pacific Park - Steps from the Beach

 2 Bed / 2 Bath

Great price, excelllent rental - Located in the very heart of Tamarindo, luxurious Pacific Park is a contemporary 7-story building with 5-star amenities, in walking distance to everywhere in our beautiful beach town. This lovely and luxurious third floor unit is a rental winner for you in combination with giving you that quality lifestyle in the tropics that you have been looking for. 


Brand New 2 Bedroom Home with Pool & Studio

2 Bed / 2 Bath

What a perfect time to purchase a custom-built home in paradise! This contemporary-style 2-bedroom home+studio is located just 5 minutes from the most amazing beaches in Guanacaste. The property is very private and has been professionally landscaped, with a beautiful pool & fire pit in the low-maintenance backyard.



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We had so much fun at Buena Vista. Thanks for arranging that with Memo.
I also want to say many thanks for all that you have done. We have enjoyed Costa Rica and I have found you so helpful with everything and a pleasure to deal with that it was a very stress free vacation. When I do come back here hopefully you will still be doing what what you do.
Our last couple of days will be spent enjoying the sunshine and eating at great restaurants. Sincerely,

Tara, Kevin and Roy., Costa Rica

We are- UNHAPPILY- home safe. Would much rather be back in Tamarindo. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING you did to make our stay a joy ! We look very much forward to seeing you on our next trip to Costa Rica. PURA VIDA !

Steve Perry, Costa Rica

While my computer is still running here, I'd like to take the opportunity to thank you for your help during our stay.
When we first came to your office, we were in dire straights and in desperate need of assistance. Andrea was extremely compassionate, spoke with candor, and had a "can do attitude" that was of immense help.
In addition, Andrea has put us in contact with Steve, with whom we are working, preparing to view a little property that might be just what we are looking for at this particular time.
In addition, having gotten to know Andrea personally as well as professionally has been our great pleasure. I wanted to let you know what a tremendous asset she is to your company. She is a great treasure -- a one in a million.

Tina Parker, Costa Rica

Laurel and Tony,
The both of you were fantastic with us throughout the property search and purchase process. As we had mentioned, two other attempts to find thorough, attentive, responsive agents to work with in Tamarindo were failures. I expect that we are more work to deal with than many others as we asked a lot of thorough and analytical questions and expected responses to all of them. You two never failed to deliver. The organization and execution of our condo shopping trip in January was excellent and the fact that you two devoted 2 full days to us, around our schedule, to get this deal done was key to our success. The selection of properties that Laurel planned out, including a few places above and below our target zone helped us to refine our interests. We truly appreciated your interest in our success. This could easily have been very stressful for us, and yet, it wasn’t. Thank you very much.
As a side note, when we walked into the Coldwell Banker office randomly with no appointment in November had we not found your office staff patient and accommodating from the start we would have simply walked on to the next agency. Your staff deserves special mention for getting us interested in the agency to begin with.
We will give you some advance notice before we make our first trip down so that we can plan to get together for lunch or dinner. We are tentatively planning on somewhere in the last 2 weeks of May, as soon as our son gets out of school for the summer.

Dan Batliner, Costa Rica
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