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In the City of Toronto there are a huge number of realtors to choose from and making that choice can be a bit daunting. It is imperative to have full confidence and trust in your realtor. You must believe they know your needs and will work diligently on your behalf. Last but not least, you must enjoy working with them. Hopefully building a lifetime working relationship, that is the Thurston Olsen Team goal!

Chris and Ford aspire to always be the professional realtors that you hoped you would meet. They are committed to going the extra mile for you at every turn! They are dedicated, knowledgeable and have been commended for having a comfortable and very personable approach. Read the testimonials.

Having known one another for over a decade, they work well together and share the same values. They are equally committed to every client so it is true you will have two realtors for the price of one!

Chris Olsen

After growing up and completing high school in the Beaches area of Toronto, Chris decided to pursue his interests and enroll in the Business Finance program. Located at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. During the course of obtaining his degree, Chris learned the important facets of finance and what it takes to succeed in business.

Chris Olsen graduated in 2006 and set off to travel overseas. Upon his return, he sought experience in another field he was passionate about: residential construction and renovation. Chris honed his skills in both indoor and outdoor residential construction. Gaining a full spectrum knowledge base of the numerous aspects of quality home construction. His excellent work ethic and willingness to complete any job to perfect standards served him well in this endeavor.

In 2010, Chris chose to go back to his scholastic roots and work for the Bank of Nova Scotia as a Commercial Banking Analyst. In the three years following, Chris learned why and how successful businesses became so successful. He also learned the value and importance of providing excellent customer service in order to maintain a solid client base. Chris’ success at the bank was based on his precise attention to detail and his willingness to provide superior client care. This resulted in, Chris winning a Scotiabank “Best of the Best” top individual award in 2011.

A transition into Real Estate was only natural after acquiring the skills and experience from these professions. Chris’ goal is to provide the best possible customer service experience. Helping his clients succeed in achieving a new home, which is likely to be the most important transaction of their lives.

Since commencing his real estate career with RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd., Chris has annually been recognized for sales achievements. Including: Executive Club awards (2013, 2014, 2015), Platinum Club awards (2016, 2017, 2018), as well as, being named a member of the Top 35 Under 35 at RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd from 2013 through 2016.

Chris Olsen has been a resident of Leslieville since 2008, where he chose to buy his first home. He absolutely loves the area and the people who reside in this community.

ford thurston

ford thurstonAn entrepreneur at heart, Ford’s first business venture was in the design and manufacture of Antiks Clothing. Under Ford’s direction, this company and the clothing line gained tremendous popularity and distribution across Canada.

In 2006, having completed his Degree in Sociology at the University of Guelph, he decided to launch another business a real estate marketing company, Show It Off Marketing. His understanding of marketing and design, as well as his managerial skills, ensured success. This venture gave him comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the real estate market, as well as, the importance of client care.

Excited and energized by every aspect of real estate, Ford then decided to attain his real estate license. With a plan to put his business experience to work for clients, on a first hand basis. Ford sold Show It Off Marketing, to do exactly that!

Since beginning his real estate career, Ford Thurston has been recognized by RE/MAX as an Executive Club Member For Outstanding Sales Achievement in 2013, 2014, and 2015. He has also been recognized as a Platinum Club Member For Outstanding Sales Achievement in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Ford Thurston was also named as a member of the Top 35 Under 35 at RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd., Brokerage in 2013.

In 2015, Ford completed his Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) designation. This coveted designation is the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation. It also demonstrates to consumers his commitment to providing outstanding service for real estate buyers.

Finally in 2015, Ford completed his Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designation. By completing this program, he has enhanced his firsthand experience. Demonstrated his commitment to having the necessary knowledge and expertise to counsel clients age 50+ with their unique lifestyle transitions.

Ford Thurston is a proud member of the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council of the National Association of REALTORS (REBAC). Which is a wholly-owned affiliate of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR).

A resident of Leslieville since 2009, he loves the area in which he lives and chose to buy his first home.

Dorothy DeClute, Sales Representative Thurston Olsen Real Estate TeamWith a background in finance, marketing, and strategic business planning Dorothy came to the real estate industry in 1994. She loves the business and has enjoyed working with many clients in multiple transactions whether helping them buy their first home, their family home, their retirement home or an investment property.

Among her previous business successes were her years as co-founder and team leader of Team DeClute. She was Vice President of Sandbury Homes, President of Wiltshire Canada and Director of International Marketing, for their parent company McPherson’s Inc.

With local and global business experience, Dorothy frequently works with clients relocating to and from Toronto. Also as an Accredited Senior Agent she understands the importance of and the specialized assistance. Which is needed when making life changes in preparation for and during retirement years.

Dorothy is well known and highly regarded for her honest, ethical, professional and straight forward business style. She is noted for going over the top to ensure that her clients receive the very best real estate service possible.

Happy to be a long time resident of the Beach, she is well versed in all aspects of this community and those of surrounding neighbourhoods too!

With an extensive background in management and customer care, Andrea has mastered the arts of organization, system establishment and implementation. Relocating to Toronto from London in 2010, she assisted with the growth of Canada’s first self-serve frozen yogurt company. From a single store location, Andrea was integral in the growth of YoYo’s Yogurt Café, resulting in Cineplex Entertainment purchasing a 50 per cent stake.

Having satisfied her sweet tooth, Andrea eagerly took on the role of Office Administrator for RE/MAX Hallmark’s Leslieville Branch. In this role, she quickly demonstrated her value while gaining a wealth of real estate industry knowledge. Andrea was then promoted to assist in the set-up of RE/MAX Hallmark’s premier and newly constructed location in the Beach. There she managed day to day operations while also developing office procedures and providing staff leadership.

In 2017, Andrea enthusiastically joined the Thurston Olsen Team. She provides our team with a wealth of organizational skills and knowledge to enhance the experience of buying or selling real estate with our team.

When you work with the Thurston Olsen Team, you can rest assured that Andrea will play an integral part in guaranteeing that the entire process is seamless and easy.

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RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd. – your best choice for selling your home.

The leading local broker in the GTA with access to the world.

RE/MAX Hallmark realtors deliver results, with over 520 realtors in 6 offices throughout the GTA. We have you covered from downtown, to uptown, and the suburbs. Being local neighbourhood experts, no matter which neighbourhood you live in. Call upon your sales professional for information on neighbourhood prices and information on your community. We know the people who live in your neighbourhood, and the people who want to live in your neighbourhood. Similarly, where you want to live is where we are.


RE/MAX Hallmark sales professionals set a standard of excellence for our industry. Accountability to you is our priority. Even more, our exceptional service levels bring you back to use a RE/MAX Hallmark sales representative time and time again.

Industry Leading Technology

Communication and reliable information, all brought to you thoroughly and efficiently. Through the leading technology systems employed by RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd. Market statistics, client service, advertising and promotion. Our technology works for you.

Internet Presence

No other company in the GTA has a greater web presence than RE/MAX Hallmark. Our award winning site, brings buyers to your door.

First of all, when you list your home with a RE/MAX Hallmark sales representative, your home is immediately distributed to over 20,000 members of the Toronto Real Estate Board; we promote and feature your home on over 27 RE/MAX companies throughout the GTA and Ontario, we distribute your home to; we feature your home on our Canadian RE/MAX site, and our international site,

Your sales representative also uses many local sites to put your home in front of the people that matter, people that are looking to purchase a home.

Local and National Marketing

RE/MAX Hallmark marketing is all targeted to find the right buyer for your home. We employ consistent and creative advertising campaigns utilizing the major daily newspapers, as well as the many local neighbourhood newspapers. This is all designed to bring buyers and sellers together. RE/MAX Hallmark sales representatives have the experience, and company resources to do this. We know how to place the right ads to get the best results for you.

We Prepare Your Home for Market

Our distinctive home prep service presents your home in the best way possible. Your RE/MAX Hallmark sales professional can help you get your home ready for market with our exclusive in house home preparation service. Check out or ask your RE/MAX Hallmark sales professional for information. A well presented home sells faster and for a higher price. We can show you how.

RE/MAX Hallmark Realty

We have exceptional sales representatives delivering extraordinary service. That is the RE/MAX Hallmark advantage.

To get this advantage working for you, call today and see for yourself why RE/MAX consistently outsells the competition.

Your local RE/MAX Hallmark sales professional is committed to providing you with the best results possible on the sale of your home.

How We Sell

Your RE/MAX Hallmark sales representative uses all the tools in our industry to sell your home

  • The public knows RE/MAX and RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd, our visibility draws thousands of home buyers to our door each and every day
  • Detailed, accurate and up to date pricing. We are supported by information provided to us by our Toronto Real Estate Board and our independent sources. We know the strategies and the pricing required to help your property sell.
  • Award winning web presence. When you list your home with a RE/MAX Hallmark sales professional, your home is everywhere. Similarly, No company does more to promote your home on the web in the GTA.
  • Immediate exposure to the best people in the industry, RE/MAX Hallmark sales professionals. As a result, our home is immediately exposed to the best of the best, the over 450 RE/MAX Hallmark sales professionals.
  • We conduct and promote our Open Houses. Therefore, letting the public and other sales representatives know what we are doing for you to sell your home through our in-house meetings. Through our open house feature on our website, and our print and TV advertising. We know where you want to live.
  • Referral Network: over 100,000 RE/MAX sales professionals throughout the world, will be all working together to sell your home.
  • Our sales representatives are constantly educating themselves. For that reason, we have accredited buyer representatives (ABR), brokers, mortgage specialists, marketing experts, an in-house promotion department, all there to serve you.
  • We are connected. Financing, Legal assistance, title insurance, movers, handymen, so, absolutely everything to do with your house, we have the connections.
  • Sales professionals at RE/MAX Hallmark are the best of the best. Highly educated, likewise great producers with incredible standards for excellence in serving you.
  • Also, we never lose sight of what is important to you, and we strive for excellence and accountability.

RE/MAX Maximum Exposure = RE/MAX Results!

First of all, one of every three homes is sold with a RE/MAX broker, and RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd. sales professionals are leaders in the Greater Toronto Area. Second of all, we start with accurate pricing strategies and instant distribution to the over 20,000 licensed real estate sales representatives. Located throughout the Toronto Real Estate Board. Finally, no other company does as much as RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd. to promote, market and sell your property.

Furthermore, through our award winning web site and our shared data agreements with over 27 RE/MAX offices. Located throughout the GTA and Ontario. As well as, the distribution of your home to We attract buyers to your home through the Internet.

So, through our distinctive property advertising, local television promotion, and powerful industry and press connections. We are therefore, constantly setting the bar for maximum exposure of your home.

Above all, consult with your RE/MAX Hallmark Realtor to learn of the many promotional advantages we are constantly redefining to provide your home with maximum exposure to the largest number of buyers at all times.

Toronto Real Estate Team