Meet Russell

Russell enjoys working with people, it’s the reason he became a real estate agent over fourteen years ago. Helping his clients find just the right home is truly a rewarding experience. He especially loves to help guide his sellers in preparation for the sale of their home, achieving the most successful outcome possible. And while real estate is his passion, it really comes down to the people; it’s why he loves doing what he does.  

Russell believes that good customer service matters. Having successfully helped clients buy and sell homes in a wide range of market conditions, Russell understands the nuances of every type of transaction. He’s negotiated with the toughest, most competitive agents in the San Francisco East Bay, as well as navigated successfully through both seller’s and buyer’s markets, all while keeping his clients’ objectives at the forefront. He believes that good, honest, and open communication is the key to a smooth transaction. Building your trust is paramount to helping you achieve your goals, and Russell strives to make this happen.

In this world of advanced technology, it’s important to find an agent who brings both the real life experience and the digital know-how to the party. Russell loves the art of marketing. He knows the importance of getting your home the best possible exposure on multiple platforms in order to reach the most qualified buyers. His attention to detail and positive energy are sure to win you over!

Russell grew up in Austin, Texas 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, Russell enjoys swimming, art, architecture, garden design, and getting involved in environmental issues. He lives in Palm Springs with his husband and their two Standard Poodles.

What Russell's clients say...

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.
— Craig
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.
— Greg & Bonnie