A professional Realtor® in Nashville for 45 years, Richard Courtney is one of the city’s top-ranked real estate brokers. He is also an acclaimed author of two books and the real estate columnist for the Nashville Ledger newspaper. Richard’s commitment to making Nashville a better place to live is evident in his various volunteer leadership roles in the community and the real estate industry.

What does all this mean to you as a homebuyer or seller? Expert knowledge. Guidance. Trust.

Richard knows every facet of the real estate business and how to make the process of buying and selling as enjoyable as possible. In particular, his knowledge of this market and long-term working relationships with Realtors, lenders, inspectors and other professionals translate into a successful transaction with fewer hassles for clients.

Career Achievements

Richard is a broker at Fridrich & Clark Realty. He has sold more than 2,210 properties with over $763 million in gross sales, including more than 140 luxury home sales in the past five years ranging in price from $1 million to $7 million. He is a 23-time Lifetime Award of Excellence (Diamond) recipient; fewer than 1 percent of Nashville Realtors receive this distinction from the Greater Nashville Realtors.

He is an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), and a Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB).

Richard's top-selling real estate guide, Buyers are Liars & Sellers are Too!, The Truth About Buying or Selling Your Home, was published by Simon & Schuster.

For the past 14 years, Richard has served as the weekly real estate columnist for the Nashville Ledger, for which he won a first-place Tennessee State Press Award for best business coverage. He also has served as a contributing writer for The Tennessean, the Nashville Scene, The City Paper, InReview and a wide range of industry and professional publications.

In 2021, Richard and Realtor Lisa Peebles formed Courtney & Peebles Property Group. They and their team of agents have expanded their scope of services throughout the Greater Nashville market.

Real Estate Leadership & Awards

  • National Association of Realtors (NAR) Board of Directors; Realtors Political Involvement Committee; Federal Political Coordinator, US House of Representatives, 2002-2022

  • Greater Nashville REALTORS®, President; Board of Directors, 11 years; RPAC Board of Trustees. Committees chaired: Affordable Housing, Bylaws, Environmental, Habitat for Humanity, Membership, Nominating, Realtor of the Year, RPAC. RPAC Hall of Fame, 2023. Member, Inaugural Class of Leadership Greater Nashville Assoc. of Realtors. Developed GNAR training program: Affordable Housing for the Real Estate Professional

  • Tennessee Realtors Division Vice President; Board of Directors, 8 years; Tennessee Realtors Political Action Committee. Chair, Operation Home Delivery. Realtor of the Year.

  • RealTracs (MLS), Board of Directors, 4 years; Secretary/Treasurer, 2 years

  • Realtor of the Year: Tennessee Assoc. of Realtors and Greater Nashville Assoc. of Realtors

  • Voted 'Best Realtor' by Nashville Scene Readers

  • GNAR President's Awards for leadership in Habitat for Humanity, affordable housing and government affairs. GNAR Community Service Award

Community Leadership


Personal Information

Richard lives in Nashville with wife Beth Seigenthaler Courtney, their children, Adeline and Tom, and two dogs. A native of Columbia, Tennessee, he is an alumnus of University of the South in Sewanee (1977) and Columbia Military Academy (1973). Richard is also the founder and chair of Nashville Beatles Festival.