Who Are We?

We are Coastal Realty, the largest volume, full service commercial real estate firm serving Cameron County.  Since our inception in 1962, we have served the needs of our clients with one goal in mind, to provide the most comprehensive service with the most extensive market knowledge. As a family-owned business of Brownsville natives, Coastal Realty brings a unique perspective to the real estate business.


Client List

Lowes, CVS, Target, Walmart, McCoys, UTB, Payne Motors, Charlie Clark Nissan, Tipotex Chevrolet, Tipton Ford, Plains Capital Bank, Applebee's, Valley Regional Medical Center, McDonald's Corp., Taco Bell, Sea Pack, Panasonic, AT&T, Alps, as well as numerous local and international investors and business people. 


Why Use Our Firm?

Our Firm utilizes a combination of talents to professionally market property and service our clients. Our team consists of two full-time commercial brokers and an efficient support staff. This approach provides our clients the advantage of more efficient marketing techniques and more thorough servicing from listing to closing and beyond.


Mark Barnard

Managing Broker


(956) 371 - 3003

Mark heads up the commercial department and specializes in complex commercial land development transactions, build-to-suit projects and development coordination. Mark has developed multiple projects, including a high-end residential subdivision, and has recently completed transactions for Columbia Valley Regional Medical Center, Alps Automotive, Taco Bell and Lowes.

Mark is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin where he received a B.B.A. in Real Estate. He is currently pursuing his CCIM designation from the Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute.

Prior to joining Coastal Realty, Mark served a Projects Development Manager for The Drennan Company where he was involved in the development and leasing of major commercial projects across the Rio Grande Valley and South Texas.

One of Mark’s priorities is to continue his Grandfather's Legacy of providing professional, quality service to our clients and to raise up his children to grow and expand the family business, holding to the same high standards of excellence.


Jimmy Barnard

Commercial Broker


(956) 371 - 9000

With over 35 years experience as a real estate broker, Jimmy specializes in sales, development, leasing, and management of commercial and industrial property. Jimmy has completed projects that included these national clients: Wal-Mart, Target, Applebee's, Subway, McDonald's, Pizza Hut, McCoys, and CVS Pharmacy. 

Jimmy, who holds a CSM (Certified Shopping Center Manager) from International Council of Shopping Centers, is a graduate of Texas A&M University in Kingsville where he received a B.B.A. in Real Estate Finance. He is also a graduate of Leadership Brownsville and Leadership Rio Grande Valley. Prior to joining Coastal Realty in 1986, Jimmy worked in Retail Management, Banking and Mortgage Banking.

Assemblages & Projects:

  • Moose Lake Village, completed in 2002, included a 220 unit tax credit apartment project (Rancho del Cielo), an elementary school, an 84 lot residential subdivision (Ebony Parkway) and a 23 acre church site. 
  • Morrison Crossing – Completed in 2005, 38 Acre Retail Development which includes Home Depot, Kohls, Dollar Tree, Cavenders, Jason's Deli, Chik-fil-a, Wendy’s, etc.
  • Walmart – 36 Acres on Highway 48 @ FM 802
  • CVS Shopping Center – FM 802 @ San Marcelo, and Central Blvd @ Boca Chica 2 Acres.
  • McCoys 14 Acres


Barry Batsell

Commercial Agent


(956) 572 - 3495

Barry joined Coastal Realty in 2006. His family first came to the Rio Grande Valley in 1907, when his great-grandfather arrived in Brownsville to work as accustoms patrol officer. Barry’s grandfather started Batsell’s Sporting Goods in 1927 and was a main stay in Brownsville for more than 70 years. The personal and business relationships of his family, built up over generations, and Barry’s many years as a successful businessman in the Valley and Hunting and Fishing owner/operator of lodges in Mexico have proven very beneficial to him as a commercial realtor in this area. He is fluent in Spanish and has continued to stay in touch with his many friends and business associates in Mexico. Barry would enjoy getting to know you and would love to help you in any future real estate transactions that you may have.


Samuel Barnard

Commercial Agent


Samuel Barnard was born and raised in Brownsville, TX. During his teenage years he worked at Coastal Realty helping with the management of properties. He graduated from Oral Roberts University in 2002 with his Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Sam moved back to Brownsville, TX in 2005 to join his family in the Commercial Real Estate business at Coastal Realty.


Faith Barnard

Administrative Assistant


Faith Barnard was born and raised in Brownsville, TX. During high school she worked at Coastal Realty helping Jimmy with various management properties. She was also in charge of data management. She graduated from Colorado Christian University in 2013 with her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Faith moved back to Brownsville, TX in the Fall of 2013 to join the family company full time. 



Cecilia Ford Barnard

Commercial Broker

Cecilia joined her father at Coastal Realty in 1968 and became the Owner-Manager in 1973. She earned her GRI designation from the Texas Realtors Institute and received an S.R.A. designation from the Society of Real Estate Appraisers (now the Appraisal Institute). After serving the real estate needs of Brownsville and Cameron County for more than 27 years, she took early retirement to pursue her undergraduate studies in New York and received her bachelor degree from Skidmore College in 1997. Upon returning to Texas in 1998 she resumed a career in commercial real estate. Cecilia retired once more in 2008 and returned in 2013.


Cecil Ford


Cecil founded the privately held firm of Coastal Realty in 1962. Mr. Ford's desire was to service the needs of land buyers in southern Cameron County and South Padre Island. Prior to entering the real estate industry, Mr. Ford, who moved to the Valley in 1922, was a farmer producing cotton, grain, and vegetable crops. Mr. Ford was active in real estate until his retirement and enjoyed watching this "third generation" company lead the market in service and volume in Cameron County until his death in December 1992.


2901 Central Blvd. Suite A
Brownsville, Texas 78520
Phone • 956.541.9000
Fax • 956.541.9020