Bahamas Islands Professionals
Colin Lightbourn – Bahamas Islands President / Broker / Appraiser
Colin has 17+ years experience in the Bahamas real estate industry. As a private pilot and PADI dive Instructor, he began selling real estate throughout the family islands and developed a true “bird’s eye view” of growth trends and opportunities in Bahamas real estate. Over the years he has started a number of real estate businesses and brands and worked for some of the top developers in the country. In 1999, he began a niche of selling community developments through an integrated sales and marketing approach. He worked as a sales executive for Sun International (Kerzner) and was pivotal in closing 120 homestites in the Ocean Club Estates community on Paradise Island.
In 2006 Bahamas Waterfront Properties was launched and added a property management division to an impressive sales portfolio. Colin was immediately awarded with his first management contract for the British Colonial Development company, who’s portfolio BWP still overseas along with other commercial properties and community associations. Colin offers clients and customers the best attitude, relentless work ethic and unmatched knowledge of the real estate environment in the Bahamas. He is focused on developing new products, services and real estate technology while continuing to improve the service and results offered to existing clientele. He is always enthusiastic to think of new strategies and ways to make things work despite any obstacles or market challenges. He specializes in luxury real estate, commercial real estate and identifying growth opportunities for investor clients including the resort/hotel and mixed use development sectors.
In 2015, Colin Lightbourn launched Bahamas Islands, a specialty real estate firm that exclusively handles luxury private island sales and vacation rentals throughout the Bahamas. Bahamas Islands is an innovative new company that will be expanding it’s services throughout. Bahamas Islands offers a unique approach to luxury services in the Bahamas for their distinguished clientele.
Lanelle Phillips – Bahamas Islands Private Island Broker
Lanelle was born and raised in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, but schooled abroad from her Junior High (Colorado) and High School (Vermont) through College (Boca Raton and Boston). She remained in the states for several years to gain work experience, which included an associate buyer position in Nordstroms well know shoe division and a Regional Account Executive position with Make Up Forever owned by LVMH Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy. Lanelle directly managed 24 accounts in 7 states from her home accounts in Chicago to high-end retailers in Texas, Arizona, Michigan, Minneapolis, New Orleans and Georgia. At that young age of 23, she development an incredible amount of business experience and successfully increased sales at all her accounts across her region.
Lanelle, missing the beautiful islands of the Bahamas, returned home at 24 where she started her career in real estate that would span over 17 years. She was quickly recruited by Century 21 Harry Dann & Co. in Freeport to sell and help develop marketing programs to drive business. During her term, she started their first online listing system, created successful marketing campaigns and became the top producing agent her first year. Two years later Lanelle was scouted by the Christie’s Great Estate Affiliate for the Bahamas, HG Christie Ltd., to open a Freeport office and remain as District Manager for Grand Bahama. Lanelle was promoted from Freeport District Manger to Regional Sales Director for the Northern Bahamas and remained the Top Producing agent for all of her 7 years with the company. She left to open her own firm, Lanelle Phillips Real Estate, in 2007.
During her years of experience, she has gained incredible marketing skills necessary to promote the most luxurious properties while working closely with discriminating clientele from around the world. Her discipline, attention to detail and knowledge is focused on assisting buyers with purchasing their dream or marketing their property for sale. Lanelle Phillips is a Digital Marketing and SEO specialist who works closely with her sellers to ensure maximum exposure of their properties to high net worth clients who have the means to acquire them.
Today Lanelle Phillips has joined the luxury real estate group of Bahamas Waterfront Properties with a specialty position as a Private Island Concierge with Bahamas Islands. She works closely with President Colin Lightbourn assisting the needs of his clients and the overall company operation.
(Lanelle Phillips is also very involved in her community and has been a director of the GB Chamber of Commerce, an officer of Bahamas Real Estate Association, VP and President of the American Women’s Club, Chairperson of the GB Cancer Association, Committee Member for the We Care Program and was an active mentor to children at the GB Children’s Home)