John Giffen is an award-winning real estate broker, manager, agent, author, and real estate educator. He holds numerous industry designations and certifications, including the Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designations from the National Association of REALTORS® and the GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute) designation from the Tennessee REALTORS®. He also has earned the Certified Distance Education Instructor (CDEI) designation from the International Distance Education Certification Center affiliated with the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO). He is the Director of Broker Operations for Benchmark Realty, LLC, one of the fastest-growing independent real estate companies in North America.
John is a Tennessee Real Estate Commission-approved course provider and instructor, as well as the author of several continuing education courses on real estate contracts, agency, licensing issues, buyer representation, property marketing, real estate ethics, transaction behavior, and real estate business development. He works closely with Tennessee REALTORS® and other state-approved real estate providers in developing new courses for license renewal. John is a consultant with two of the largest distance education providers in the country assisting them with curriculum design and development. He has authored the Tennessee REALTORS® Residential, Commercial and Principal Broker Core courses required for license renewal in Tennessee.
In 2014, John was named “REALTOR® of the Year” by the Williamson County Association of REALTORS®. He is a multi-million-dollar REALTOR® and has received numerous awards and accolades for his sales production over the years, including “Rookie of the Year” by his first real estate brokerage.
In August 2019, John began writing a bi-monthly column for Inman News, the leading source for real estate news and information, where he explores various industry topics impacting REALTORS® and managing brokers. You can read his column here.
John and his wife, Michelle, have three adult children and reside in Franklin, Tennessee.