Neil Lyon has been one of the top producing brokers in Santa Fe every year since 2002. A licensed real estate agent since 1975 and a licensed broker since 1979, Neil moved to Santa Fe in 1993 and was the managing broker of Sotheby’s International Realty until 2002, when he stepped down to devote 100% of his time and energy to working with sellers and buyers.
Neil has been with Sotheby’s International Realty since 1984, with the exception of a 12-month period, when he was president and CEO of a 15-office real estate brokerage in Fairfield County, Connecticut. The sale of that company reunited Neil and Sotheby’s International Realty in 1991.
Neil specializes in luxury homes and building sites in and around Santa Fe. His serious work ethic and his ability to get difficult transactions completed are his hallmarks, evidenced by his high level of productivity, which since 1995 he and his group have completed more than $600,000,000.00 worth of closed transactions. An impressive record for a market whose median residential sales price is approximately $475,000. Neil’s business is equally split in most years between working with sellers and buyers. Of the buyers that he works with, well over 75% are either moving to Santa Fe or purchasing a vacation home.
In 2001 Neil received Santa Fe’s Realtor of the Year Award, recognizing him as a real estate professional who consistently exemplified a high level of ethics and quality of performance, was active in the industry’s professional organizations, and served civic and community groups faithfully. Over the years, he has addressed real estate brokers from around the world at various Sotheby’s International Realty conferences. Neil also served as the President of the Real Estate Brokerage Manager’s Council in 1992 and Chairman of the Realtors National Marketing Institute in 1995.
Neil has earned professional designations that include Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager, Certified Residential Specialist, and Graduate Realtor’s Institute. He earned a bachelor of science degree in real estate finance from the University of Oregon. Neil was also a Master Instructor for the Real Estate Brokerage Managers Council in the 1980s and 1990s.
Neil and his wife, Cindy, have two children. Their daughter, Victoria, is a graduate of the University of Richmond and Washington University in St. Louis where she earned a master’s degree in public health. She is now a research scientist in the Pacific Northwest. Their son, Jake, is a graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in earth sciences and now lives in the Northeast working as a geologist.