Russell knows that selling real estate is a “people” business. And that’s what he likes about selling houses. Finding the right home for his buyers and buyers for his listings brings him the most satisfaction. Russell has many years of experience doing just that!
Experience matters in every market condition. Russell has successfully sold homes in up markets and down markets. He understands the nuances of negotiating a deal, and their interdependence on the current market and his client’s objectives. He believes that good, open communication is key to a stress-free sale or purchase. Good customer service matters.
While experience, trust, positive energy, knowledge and attention to detail are all important attributes to consider when you choose representation, so are other things such as a level of comfort and an understanding of advancing technologies and social trends. All are things on which Russell prides himself. In addition, Russell loves the art of marketing; placing your home with the best exposure to the most qualified buyers.
Russell grew up in Austin, TX and holds a BA in geography with an emphasis on urban geography and spatial analysis from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to real estate, his other passions include: swimming laps, art, architecture, garden design, and environmental issues. He lives in Oakland's Grand Lake neighborhood with his husband and their two Standard Poodles.
Russell Hill was introduced to me when I saw something that caught my eye on the Internet. He was easy to converse with and spent time genuinely understanding what I was after. I liked that he showed me a broad range of alternatives to start with, which helped me narrow my criteria. I ended up in the short sale process. And Russell was an expert at guiding me through the various hurdles, trials and travails. Russell is highly professional, honest, and hard-working. He is responsive, genuine and client service oriented. He establishes a trusting relationship with his clients. And I would not hesitate to recommend him.
While we were pleased with Russell’s knowledge of the local market as he patiently helped us identify and purchase our new home, we were most impressed by his expert guidance when we listed our existing home. His advice was sensible and realistic, and we received a very good offer within a few days of active marketing. Russell is effective and professional—he “gets things done.” As a result, we have recommended Russell to many friends and relatives, each of whom has been happy with his services.
—Fred & Gary
Russell's very professional manner, responsiveness and attention to detail made for a very smooth escrow process. We highly recommend Russell for your real estate needs.
—Jack & Annie
Buying from afar, we really depended on Russell to give us his honest assessment of properties -- and he never steered us wrong. After we found the perfect place, he helped us through the complicated mortgage process. When we had to suddenly find a new mortgage broker, Russell saved the day and we got an even cheaper interest rate!
—Dave & Dave
As out-of-town buyers who want to purchase a home from afar, you need someone you can trust. As we found out, you also need someone prepared to go beyond the basic job description of an agent and facilitate things which are nearly impossible to complete without local assistance. We found that person in Russell Hill.
As our agent, Russell needed to understand our vision of what we wanted in a home. Russell took the time to listen to us and learn what we valued most in the home we would purchase. Since we wanted a "project," he had to be prepared to look beyond the present condition of a home and see its potential.
It was almost too much to hope for, but Russell was everything we could have hoped for as our agent. I still don't know how he stayed so positive and patient with our many requests and questions because we just couldn't do many things ourselves.
I count Russell as my trusted agent now, but I now also count him as a friend. You just could not ask for more from any agent and I highly recommend him to anyone who wants an honest, trustworthy, hardworking and personalized real estate agent.