by Don Russell 10/22/2018

-When it comes to selling your home, you need a Realtor who works hard for you. You need a professional who listens to your wants and needs, does thorough research of your neighborhood, thoroughly inspects your home, finds the best comps and takes this information to develop an all-encompassing marketing strategy to get your home sold quickly and at a fair price. When you list with Don Russell and his team at Fine Properties that's exactly what you get! I listed my townhome with Don last year and we had the home sold in just under 3 months. I received a great offer with the contingencies that I wanted including being able to lease back my townhouse while my new home was being built.  What could have been a long process waiting for an offer and have to move twice in a short amount of time was a path that I really did not want to take. With Don, I was able to sell my home quickly and he negotiated the lease so that I could stay in my townhome. Once the sale was completed I was able to enjoy the comfort of my old home until the new place was ready - Now that's what I call great selling, outstanding customer service and a happy new beginning for me! ~ Kaytee
-I have known Don Russell for a few years now through buying real estate.  Each time Don has been quick to assist me finding the right property for me.  He has gone above and beyond to assist me in purchasing my last property by giving an allowance for some items that were supposed to stay with the property, but the owner had taken them when we went for a last inspection.  Don is totally dependable, and I rely on him for getting accurate and complete information on which ever property I am considering.  I would recommend Don to anyone who wants a truthful, efficient, and friendly person for their real estate needs.  - Warren H.
-If you want a realtor who gives his all and more, then contact Don Russell. He makes you feel as though you are his only client. He will research the property you are looking at and give you an honest and accurate evaluation. I give him 5 stars – Barbara R.
-If you are looking for a GREAT realtor, look no further than Don Russell. We have worked with numerous agents in past home purchases, but Don outshines them all! He knew all the right questions to ask and did not rest until he had the right answer! He spent more time with us and on our purchase than we would have expected, and we are beyond satisfied with the result! When I had a question via phone call or email, Don responded quickly, and he made certain all of the details were covered, right up through the closing. We have referred numerous potential clients to him because he is such a great resource! – Elaina and Lee M.
-Don clearly demonstrates that he genuinely cares about the people he works for and wants them to get the best bang for their buck.  He is knowledgeable, friendly, and works as fast as the market will allow. We would work with Don again in the future for sure! – Shane G.
-Don Russell combines extensive knowledge with integrity. Reliable and hardworking, he took the time to understand my needs(when other realtors would have shot me!). He exceeded my expectations to help me to find the perfect home. – Amy S.
Simply the best!  I have purchased 2 homes with Don and sold one too.  Everything was done professionally and quickly.  Being a “Snow Bird” Don has even gone back to my home to oversee contractors doing work on the house while I am in Ohio.  His relationship with the closing agents is excellent, and he is always on top of the situation.  I have total confidence in Don and enjoy working with an honest, non-pushy agent who actually listens and focuses on the type of home you want.  Above all, he is knowledgeable of the market place, very friendly and accommodating to his customers.  I wouldn’t work with any other realtor! – Xuan E.
Don was our agent for a property we purchased in Sarasota. Our experience with him was noteworthy for his professionalism, care and insight.  Being from out of state our knowledge of the real estate trends in area was extremely limited. Don was instrumental in advising us where our investment would hold the most value, in addition to thoughtfully guiding us to neighborhoods that best suited our style and sensibility. From the start of our search through to the closing of the deal and beyond, Don made the process of navigating Florida real estate as smooth as possible. We have recommended Don to friends and colleagues, too! - Justine and Larry, NYC
-Don Russell represented us on several real estate transactions and the experiences were stellar.  He is a highly skilled agent.  Don is detail oriented, responsive and very knowledgeable about the real estate market.
The first home we purchased as out-of-state buyers.  It was truly a comfort to work with Don during this very successful endeavor.  He walked us through the property with a video conference, provided detailed information, handled the complete transaction and was with us all the way.
Having bought and sold over 8 properties, Don is our go-to agent.  He is professional, trustworthy and a stellar advocate for any buyer or seller. -  Dr. Brian Logan
-Don; the mere words ‘Thank’ and ‘You’ just do not seem sufficient to cover how appreciative we are of your assistance throughout our Florida “Hunt & Purchase”extravaganza. Plus, we’ve, totally, overused those words. You’ve gone above and beyond. Hopefully, tomorrow’s fun-day plans will be uneventful. We can’t believe the closing is tomorrow.  What will we do with ourselves once this is all done?! -Kyle and Evan B….NH
Don: I can’t thank you enough for all of your hard work, dedication and the time you spent selling my folks Venice condo so quickly.  You made it so easy for me; you did all the work and I very much appreciate it!! I definitely will recommend you to anyone wanting to sell their home or wanting to purchase a new home.  You are an expert in your field and I am lucky to have had you as our realtor!! -  Deb B. Englewood FL
Many thanks to Don Russell for working so tirelessly to sell my parents condo.  Don was so easy to work with and went above and beyond any standard realtor’s efforts.  He really SELLS homes, he does not sit back and see who is looking.  He defines “Pound the Payment”.  The attentiveness and kindness ho showed to my elderly parents and to me was refreshing and truly a gift.  If your buying or selling, Don’s the guy you want to represent you!  - Cindy S… TX
-Dear Donald, Bill and I just want to thank you for the wonderful job you did in finding us a home.  Your professionalism was well above board; not only finding us a home, but your help in finding contractors to make changes to the house that we wanted done and going out of your way to oversee the work was done correctly!  - Milt G…DE

Donald is a consummate professional who went above and beyond to resolve an issue for us. Basically, the all-important mailbox keys had been lost in the transition. To make it worse, there was not even a record of what mailbox was assigned to that address. Of course, this caused all sorts of initial problems as new homeowners who were expecting to receive all the necessary documents and bills for their home.

For some realtors, this may have seemed like a problem for the new owner to take care of themselves because the sale was closed and technically his responsibilities as the listing agent were completed.

However, to his credit, Donald persisted in following up to get all the necessary answers in a timely manner, found a way to get the lock changed, arranged to have it done and then paid for that service himself.

All the while he kept all parties informed and calm. It was reassuring to know that he was on top of the problem and would get it resolved. This is how a true professional handles himself. Mary P. Sarasota

-Donald Russell was our realtor who helped us find the perfect home and he was an absolute dream to work with. He was extremely professional and truly had the patience of a saint throughout the whole process, handling all our questions and concerns right away and made sure we understood everything. He went above and beyond to make sure we got the best deal in a timely manner. Thank you Don! Dally and Shaun K.  Sarasota

About the Author

Don Russell

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Don holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of California At Berkeley. He has spent his career as a Real Estate and Development professional on the West Coast of the US, as well as holding many executive Real Estate positions with a large multi-national company. He speaks and reads Spanish fluently.

Don spent more than 15 years of his career living and working in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the late 1990's, he returned from living in Mexico City to reside and work out of South Florida. This was his first taste of the "Florida lifestyle" and he was "hooked". Prior to his last foreign venture in Los Cabos, Mexico, Don lived in South Beach, Palm Beach and Amelia Island, Florida.

In Los Cabos, Don oversaw the development of a large high-end golf course community. He was directly or indirectly responsible for the sales and development of many high-end oceanfront properties ranging from $5 to $10 million. Having a Real Estate and Development/Construction background all woven into one professional, Don was able to provide the necessary daily attention to detail to all aspects of his projects and maintain excellent relationships with the buyers. Known for his organizational skills, great communication skills and follow-up, he was always receiving great accolades from all parties involved in his work.

After more than 5 years in Los Cabos, Don made the decision it was time to return to the states. As in the past, Florida was harkening to him in the back of his mind. so he set out for a new adventure. A friend suggested he come take a look at the West Coast of Florida, particularly Sarasota, and after one trip, that new adventure started!

After moving to Sarasota 5 years ago, Don obtained his Florida Real Estate License and became a member of the industry in Sarasota. As your professional Realtor, whether you are buying or selling, Don will provide you with the best service available in the marketplace. Whether you are relocating to the Sarasota area or already living in this wonderful area, Don is here to make your Real Estate goals happen hassle free! Se habla Espanol!