A professional Realtor® in Nashville for more than 40 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 1,800 properties with over $560 million in gross sales. He is a 20-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).

Real Estate Leadership & Awards

  • National Association of Realtors (NAR) Board of Directors; Realtors Political Involvement Committee; Federal Political Coordinator for Congressman Jim Cooper, 2002-present

  • 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. 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 (1977) and Columbia Military Academy. Richard is also the founder and chair of Nashville Beatles Festival.