Peter and Catherine Russell have lived in central Toronto all of their lives. Peter started his real estate career in 1975 and has been selling real estate in central Toronto with great success for 42 years. Having grown up in the business, Peter’s daughter Catherine has joined the business as a full time partner. Catherine’s MBA and experience in the corporate world enhance and refresh Peter’s business.
I have practiced Real Estate in the Toronto Core with great success for 42 years. While I am proud to be a consistent award winner at Chestnut Park (Chairman’s Award, Vice-Chairman’s Award), the true mark of success comes from my repeat and referral business. I feel fortunate to work with exceptional clients whom I am proud to represent.
When I began my career in 1975, there were no pagers, fax machines or cell phones. The internet had not yet been invented. I have enjoyed adapting to the changes these technological advances brought to the real estate industry. There is one thing that has not changed over the years:
The importance of putting the interests of my clients first.
While this seems simple enough, the reality is that every action I take when selling real estate must be congruent with and focussed on this imperative.
Toronto Real Estate has always been a part of my life. While living in the city that I love, I was exposed to the real estate industry at a very young age. With two parents who worked as business partners in the Toronto Real Estate market for more than 30 years, I feel very fortunate to have grown up in an industry that I am passionate about and to have learned from such capable and experienced mentors.
Prior to officially starting my career in real estate, I worked in a sales capacity in Media and Entertainment for many years. After completing my MBA, I worked in product management within the CPG industry. My years in the corporate world provided me with vast experience in sales and marketing while enabling me to hone my negotiation skills used in achieving desired outcomes for my clients. This experience enhances my ability to provide exceptional client service. It is an honour to continue my family’s legacy in helping our valued clients achieve their real estate goals.
We first met Catherine buying a condo in downtown Toronto and worked with her again a few years later selling our condo and purchasing a new home in our dream neighbourhood in Toronto. Buying and selling of a home can be an overwhelming and stressful time but working with Catherine has made it an enjoyable and educational journey. She is one of the hardest working people we have ever met and her dedication and passion for real estate and client relations shines through in everything that she does. She listens to her clients to truly understand what they’re looking for and pursues it with resilience, resourcefulness, and commitment. It was incredibly reassuring for us to have this trust in our relationship when making huge life decisions. Her sharp business acumen paired with expertise in Toronto real estate also gave us a competitive advantage to go to market well-prepared. On top of her exemplary professionalism, she is genuinely kind and lovely to everyone she interacts with. It was through her act of kindness at another listing that we stumbled upon our home before it came on the market. Without her going above and beyond and looking out for our best interests, we would not have found our new home. If you’re looking for a real estate agent in Toronto, we could not recommend Catherine enough!- Amy & Michael
We have worked with Catherine on both renting one home three years ago, and now on successfully finding and purchasing another home. Catherine is a great listener who focused on our criteria and also showed us other interesting possibilities which allowed us to really consider what we wanted in a home. She has expertise in negotiations and her advice was always spot on. Her understanding of the market is excellent. Perhaps what we appreciated most was her patience and professionalism. When a house wasn't right for us, she was always happy to move on and made herself (or her colleague, Peter) available to find other homes for us to view the moment they were on the market. We are extremely grateful to Catherine and Peter for their calm, expert guidance in helping us to buy our wonderful new home in this tempestuous time.- Steve & Liz, Chertian Ave
I have chosen The Russell Team Toronto to sell a residence for me more than once.
When it came to finding another home, The Russell Team helped me survey the options and determine the best neighbourhood for my family. Then they found me the perfect home with all the amenities.
What I like about the Peter and Catherine is that they are accommodating and tailor the process to my family’s needs. They provided advice on readying my home for sale and a talented stager to make the house look like something out of a magazine. Once everything was camera perfect, they marketed my property strategically in print and online.
With their knowledge of the market, and experience, they arrived at a fair market value for my home. Most importantly, when the offers rolled in, they were there to negotiate with the other agents and … close the deal.
Peter and Catherine are the dream team! We purchased our home 20+ years ago with Peter and were delighted to work with him again on the sale. Catherine brings a fresh perspective and attention to detail that was invaluable. They also staged and cleaned our house beautifully. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome!- BL & NL, Glencairn Ave
I purchased a condominium in 2017 during challenging times as a buyer and used Peter and Catherine Russell as my real estate agents. I was very happy with my choice and their level of service.They were very pleasant to work with and helpful throughout the process. They provided good insights into market conditions and all the other factors which made my decision making much easier.I would recommend them without hesitation.- N. Stein
Peter is the most professional real estate agent we have ever met. He is also a gentleman, and a pleasure to be with. Peter's depth of experience and advice were invaluable in our search for a home. He always had our best interests in mind, and knowing he was in our corner was needed reassurance in an extremely challenging market for a buyer.- J. McCourt and J. Crnokrak
Peter demonstrated the ‘uncanny’ ability of being able to understand exactly our wants (and needs), and has patiently helped us through buying, selling and renting! He found us our first house 20 years ago and helped us sell it in August. He did an excellent job of marketing the house and it sold on the offer date . . . above asking! He then extended his services to find us the perfect rental – right location, right property, right price.
Many thanks to Peter and his team of professionals.
Catherine is such a pleasure to work with. She makes what would otherwise be a daunting experience of finding a home totally enjoyable and fun. She helped us navigate through some complicated challenges with our contract and always had our best interest at heart. She drops everything to answer questions and help you because she genuinely enjoys what she does. It's like working with a close and trusted friend :) Thank you for everything!!- E. Graca
Peter Russell quarterbacked the sale of my last two homes including recently, my Yorkville condominium.
As the widower of a long time realtor professing to be semi-knowledgeable of the real estate market, I confess to being a classic “difficult client”.
Peter finessed me beautifully with his typical grace, humour and his usual straight-forward, no B.S. manner. He sold my condo setting a building record in the process and I could not be happier.
Peter delivers 100% - 100% of the time!
For over twenty years, Peter has helped me purchase/sell three houses in a variety of areas in Toronto. In addition, Peter sold my mother’s house, and helped her purchase a condo, and as recently as a month ago sold her condo. In every instance he has gone “the extra mile”, been kind, helpful, astute, done his research up-front, been savvy re: timing, and been a good negotiator. We will continue to use and recommend Peter as a realtor.- M. Ginsler and E. Ginsler
For most of us, our home is a significant asset. When we began thinking of selling our home we wanted to eliminate as many unknowns as possible from the sale process. Choosing a realtor was, by far, the most important “first-step” in the decision. We were introduced to Peter Russell and were quickly convinced that he was influential in the Toronto real estate market. We discovered he is active in the communities he serves, has intimate knowledge of neighbourhoods, has been a top sales producer consistently over years, has confidence and professionalism plus employs creative home sale/buy strategies for his clients. After speaking with several potential realtors, we found Peter to be the best choice and we were proven correct when our house sold in one day.- P. Rauthmell
Peter Russell is the consummate professional. He is knowledgeable about the current real estate market, has many years of experience to draw upon, and most importantly has integrity in his dealings with clients. We trusted Peter’s opinion when it came to making an offer on our new condo because we knew he had our best interests at heart. If ever we decided to sell our new home and move into another one, we’d want to work with Peter again.- T. Goldstein and M. Huycke
Shirley and I bought our condo through Peter 8 years ago and sold it through him last week. He did such a superb job of marketing that it went for the asking on the first day!!! WOW To add to this he found us a new one 7 days later larger and in the neighborhood. How special can that be.- Dr. J. Wickwire
My brothers and I want to thank you for your help with the sale of our mother’s condo.
It proved to be the perfect choice when we selected you and your team to guide us through this process. From the preparation and marketing of the condo, the listing and showings, to the grand result… a sale over list! The entire time guided by your expert advice and extensive knowledge of the real estate world.
Thank you again for the enjoyable and successful experience.
My wife and I have retained Peter on two occasions within the last year, one a rental and one a property sale.
Peter provided, on both occasions, what every client seeks in a professional, quality, skilled, and totally effective service. The duplex he found for us was beyond our wildest expectations. The house he listed for us sold for the highest price attainable.
Peter is a rare and true professional. We recommend Peter without reservation.
I would like to thank you and your team for the professional way you conducted the sale of our home.
Selling is a difficult time. You kept us on track by taking care of all the details and minimizing the disruption to our family.
As well, thank you for helping us find a lovely home to relocate to all in a short period of time. The garage sale signs were terrific and lightened the load on moving day.
When we sold our family home we met with 4 realtors, all with good reputations. We chose Peter as he was the best prepared in terms of describing the competitive situation and providing excellent and very specific advice on how to approach selling the house. Once on the journey, Peter and his team truly provided full service and when it came to decision points, he always provided a well thought out point of view and perhaps even more importantly, whether we accepted his advisement or chose a different path, he always fully respected and supported each decision. Peter I totally trusted to be supporting our interests all along the way and he also demonstrated that he is a very astute negotiator. No hesitation in recommending him.- D. Lang
I have been working abroad for over ten years and Peter has the difficult task of renting my Victorian house which has many old-world charms and perhaps, in the eyes of some, not enough updated amenities. Somehow, Peter has managed to find the perfect tenants each time it was necessary. His thoroughness, and careful scrutiny of all applicants resulted in turning down many and having to spend more of his time and energy showing the house until he was satisfied that he had found responsible and respectful tenants. Peter is a master of detail and no loose end remains dangling to later cause problems for his clients.- J. Paul
Peter Russell is an outstanding real estate agent, for over a year that we've been looking for a house with his help and with his kindness and understanding about our situation we finally found the "perfect house". His professionalism and experience with his field had help us made the right decision, THANK YOU VERY MUCH PETER AND YOUR TEAM.- A. Ruz
Peter has assisted me in several leasing arrangements. I met him first while leasing my office space, which proved to be a challenging negotiation. He remained level-headed and calmed the waters on both sides to a successful outcome. As a result, I knew who to call when I was in a position to lease a property of my own. Let’s just say I am “particular” in my expectations, and I am sure I tried his patience, but he found the perfect tenant, and we were very happy. In another situation, Peter provided me with advice, which at the time I chose not to follow, but in retrospect he was so right, and I wish I had. Peter is experienced and knows how to read people and situations, which is why I keep coming back to him for both advice and his service. It is a pleasure to work with Peter.- S. Williams
Peter’s experience and knowledge of the Toronto residential market is second-to-none; this coupled with a genuine interest in helping his clients win on both sides of the buy-sell equation lends tremendous credibility. With the “patience of Job,” Peter supported my pursuit of a very particular set of requirements in a very targeted area. His refreshing approach and commitment over several months ensured that I was well informed and on top of a finicky market. Our bid strategy was less-than-conventional and I believe, gave us an unprecedented advantage while retaining the respect of the seller.- N. Holmes
Peter Russell has been an exceptional professional and trusted advisor with whom to work. His approach has been consistently thoughtful, honest and strategic and we have appreciated his work over many years.- M. Perry
Peter Russell and his team helped my elderly parents find an excellent (one story) condominium unit and negotiated the deal. Peter and his team also looked after the sale of the family home. They gave us excellent advice on getting the house ready for market and suggested a marketing plan. The result speaks for itself. Our house was on the market for about 2 weeks and the real estate team were able to develop multiple offers. We were very pleased with the entire sale process including the final price.
Peter listens to client requirements and as he says “the most important thing is doing what is right for the client” ……… and in our family’s case he delivered.
Barbara and I want to tell you how much we appreciate your efforts on our behalf to find us a new home and to sell our loved Roxborough Street West home.
Over our eighteen month association we have found you to well understand our wishes and preferences. Your interest in us never flagged. Your explanations eased our way and your enthusiasm equaled ours.
Thank you for this help.
Thank you very much for your help in setting up my condominium to sell and for completing the sale swiftly and to a very satisfactory settlement. Your attention to all the details was very much appreciated and it was a pleasure working with both of you.
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