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CEO Robbie Briggs on the low-key ranch agent who just earned a very big national honor

Each Friday, Robbie Briggs, CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, writes about luxury, trends, business and more in the advertising pages of the Mansion section of The Wall Street Journal. Below is his letter of June 10, 2022.


Of all the awards our agents earn in any given year — and I am proud to say that it is a lot — one honor comes with a little extra excitement.

Each year, a firm called RealTrends ranks the top individuals, teams and brokerages in the United States. The company, launched in 1987, bases its various rankings on data that is independently verified, which is why folks in the real estate world anxiously await the results. Its list called RealTrends + Tom Ferry The Thousand, as advertised in The Wall Street Journal ranks the top 1,000 agents across the U.S., based on sales performance.

This year, we are thrilled that Tyler Thomas, pictured at top and part of our amazing Ranch and Land Division, has earned a spot on The Thousand — a spot that makes him the No. 3 luxury agent in all of Dallas and No. 6 in all of Texas.

If you are a client of Tyler’s, this will be no surprise. The founder of the TT Ranch Group at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, he is smart, savvy, dedicated and just plain nice. Tyler’s low-key demeanor hides a drive for excellence in everything he does — and this achievement reflects that.

I tip my hat to him — and to all of our North Texas agents. In 2021, together with their Sotheby’s International Realty colleagues around the world, they sold a record $204 billion in homes, ranches and land to clients like you.

There is more to come from RealTrends when it announces another prestigious ranking called America’s Best Real Estate Professionals. Stay tuned: I’m betting we have a lot more to celebrate.

Thank you for trusting Tyler and all of us with your business.

Robbie Briggs


Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty


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