Our Story

1979

Shirley Zeitlin & Company Realtors is founded by Shirley Zeitlin in 1979 at its present location on Hillsboro Pike in Nashville. The company’s mission was to build an organization of full-time professionals providing exceptional real estate representation.

1981

A relocation and marketing department is created in 1981 to pursue corporate development and relocation services. Shortly thereafter the company becomes affiliated with the national network now known as Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.

1983 – 1990

In 1983, Shirley Zeitlin is named the president of the Nashville Board of Realtors, and in 1990 Shirley is the first-ever female president of the Tennessee Association of Realtors.

2000 – 2006

To better service the growing Williamson County market, a Franklin office is opened in 2000. In 2006, Shirley Zeitlin & Company Realtors officially changes its name to Zeitlin & Co., Realtors.

2007 – 2010

In 2007, Sam and Jessica Averbuch become partners in the firm, and in 2009 Sam Averbuch is named CFO (title later changed to COO). In 2010, Jessica Averbuch is named Vice President of Education, and Paige Thompson is named VP of Relocation and Corporate Services. A joint venture with Shelter Lending Services is also created that year.

2011 – 2016

In 2011, Jessica Averbuch is named Managing Broker of the Green Hills office, and in October of 2016 she is named CEO of Zeitlin & Co., Realtors.

2018

In April of 2018, Zeitlin & Co., Realtors affiliates with Sotheby’s International Realty to become Zeitlin Sotheby’s International Realty. In July of that year, the Franklin office is moved to a prominent location on Franklin Road to become the Williamson County office. And in December, Zeitlin Sotheby’s International Realty merges with Christianson Patterson Courtney & Associates to form the Belle Meade office.

2019

The new leadership team is announced in 2019 with Stephanie Brooks as Managing Broker of the Belle Meade office, Charlie Neese as Managing Broker of the Williamson County office and Jenny Telwar as Managing Broker of the Green Hills office.

2020

As of 2020, Zeitlin Sotheby’s International Realty has grown to over 170 agents with three offices.