We couldn’t have imagined working with anyone else to purchase our new home. Ford and Chris set up viewings seamlessly and were always on time and professional. While we were looking at the pretty finishes of a house they were looking for all the items we might miss like the updated electrical or a new furnace. They gave great advice on things they noticed and on things they approved of or disapproved of. They did their research and knew the area and the comparisons before we arrived so they were able to give great advice on what we should offer and if a home was what we wanted. They helped us through the negotiation stage like absolute pros. They never made us feel pressured and gave the utmost care in their advice and responses to make sure we felt comfortable with the final decision. We are so excited about our new home and that is all thanks to the wonderful experience we had with Ford and Chris.
Alicia and Enzo
Chris and Ford helped us through a huge milestone in our lives as we moved our family from Ottawa to Toronto. We are so grateful to them. Buying a home in Toronto during a global pandemic is beyond stressful, but Chris and Ford listened carefully to our needs and ultimately landed us our Beaches house by the lake. They gave us excellent real estate advice in terms of offers and strategy in an uncertain economic time. We will definitely recommend Chris and Ford going forward. Thank you!
Sophia, Linden and Eloise
Scarboro Beach Boulevard
Ford and Chris are hands down the best! 7 years ago they helped us purchase our first home and we knew without a doubt when we were ready to buy and sell this time they were the right guys for the job! They helped guide us in purchasing our new home in many ways. They knew the market, the neighbourhood and provided sound advice along the way. When it came time to sell they handled everything seamlessly. The marketing material was unlike anything we’ve seen before and surely helped with the great sale of our condo. Every step of the way we were confident and secure in our decisions and that’s all thanks to Ford and Chris!
Erin and Daniel
You were both great to work with and made every part of the selling and buying process as smooth and stress free as possible. We really appreciated your patience and honesty through everything and you did a great job of helping to calm our nerves when we were putting in our offers. We will absolutely recommend you guys to anyone we know who is looking for an agent.
Asha and John
Honestly, Ford & Chris are the best agents I’ve ever worked with. I’ve had five agents over the last five years and the Thurston Olsen Team were easily the best. They knew the market, and that was very important. At the end of the day, this is a large transaction for anyone, so I was happy they could be relied upon with expert insight.
Two amazing guys – one great result! The guys: Ford and Chris. The result: we sold our home for over asking in 6 days! We met Ford and Chris at an open house six years ago. From the outset we thought “here are two real estate professionals we can work with” and most importantly trust. Over the intervening years we’re pretty sure we must have tested their patience as we waited for the right time to put our home on the market. That time finally came this year. The process started with a meeting in early January with Ford, Chris and their outstanding designer Alicia. They took us through their marketing plan and Alicia scoped out how to best stage and prepare the house for sale. From that initial meeting until the house was listed on MLS, Ford and Chris constantly worked to ensure that everything was the best it could be. The quality of the marketing materials (brochure, website, online/offline ads) really show-cased the features of our home. These efforts resulted in a high visitor turnout on both open house days. On offer night Ford and Chris again showed their skills in the negotiations with the buyer’s agent, which resulted in us getting a price that we were looking for. In addition to Ford, Chris and Alicia, we also want to give a shout-out to Andrea, who is the Executive Administrator and did a wonderful job of coordinating many details throughout the sale process.
Jim and Laura
Ford and Chris are a fantastic combo, and very professional real estate agents. When Joyce and I reflect on the process we’ve both concluded that they executed flawlessly and delivered the right amount of reassurance and guidance in what can be a lengthy process. We were in a situation where we wanted to upgrade our space, which meant buying a new condo, and then quickly selling the old one. As luck would have it we found our new spot first, while negotiating the price down. This meant we now had to sell our old place. The Thurston Olsen Team and their designers stepped up to the challenge. They helped us sell our condo in a challenging situation, under time constraints, and when there happened to be construction starting directly across from our unit. Despite this, the team facilitated consistent showings and amazing staging and we ended up selling at a great price. During the closing process Ford and Chris were extremely supportive in tying up any minor details, helping to ensure that everything went smoothly for all parties in involved. Through Ford and Chris we were able to find the perfect condo in the best neighbourhood. We still wake up everyday feeling so happy and thankful that we found our new home.
My husband and I used the services of Chris and Ford when we bought our current house and more recently this summer when we sold our rental property. I was pregnant when we were looking for our house and was very particular about what I wanted, at the same time not very decisive and had a lot of emotions. Chris and Ford were so patient with us (me) and accommodated every request we had, no matter how last minute, never making us feel that we were asking too much. Which I’m sure we were?. Their energy is always positive and helpful. We found a home that we will be in for many, many years to come. When we sold our rental property, they were very honest and realistic about when to and how to sell and despite the timeline not being what I had hoped it to be, I trusted their judgement and it paid off. We ended up getting a fantastic offer that were extremely happy with. We would highly recommend “the guys” as we refer to them and have nothing but good things to say.
Colleen and Jason
Ford & Chris came highly recommended to me from a close friend – and boy, they didn’t disappoint. I had a discouraging experience with another real estate agent who really didn’t seem like they wanted to sell my house. Ford & Chris were the exact opposite. They put together a great listing with professional photography and detailed lists of improvements. They juggled our tenants schedules and requests and were able to show the property to many prospective buyers. Their communication with me, my tenants and the buyers was top notch. Daily updates, complicated negotiation of multiple peoples’ schedules – they handled it all with ease! Ultimately, our primary goal was achieved which was to sell the house for a good price. They did this brilliantly, and then even got us a little bit more!
When it comes to buying or selling real estate, Ford and Chris make it happen, they excel at their profession. The pride they take in what they do shows through in every aspect of the transaction. It can be a difficult decision to make, whether buying a new home or selling an existing, having Chris and Ford working with you will go a long way to alleviating that pressure. A huge plus is the incredible attention they have for every detail, keeping you updated daily, returning calls and emails promptly, staging and fine tuning your home. We once again sold and of course prior to deciding consulted with them. Our home sold quickly and over what we were expecting.
Diana and Ken
Glen Manor Drive
Ford and Chris are the most thoughtful and kind real estate agents I have ever known. They are there to answer any question (no matter how ridiculous) and take the time to perfect every single detail. They walked me through and supported me through the process of deciding to sell my home and made it both seamless and painless. They worked their magic and my front lawn went from no sign to sold sign, the house sold over asking before it even went to market. I am so thankful for Ford, Chris and their entire team and look forward to working with them again in the future.
Both Chris and Ford are friends of ours, so it was a no-brainer who we wanted to work with when my husband and I started looking for our first home. We knew that they would be a blast to work with, but we were blown away by their professionalism, expertise and skill. As first time buyers, with a modest down payment, who were hoping to skip the condo real estate ‘step’ and jump right into a house in Toronto, Chris and Ford had their work cut out for them! They must have known that our request was not going to be easy to satisfy, but if they did, they never let on. They were professional, supportive, patient, and a pleasure to work with from beginning to end, making us feel at ease with what otherwise, can be a challenging and disheartening process. My husband and I are thrilled to be moving into our first house at the end of the month thanks to the Thurston Olsen Team. We highly recommend Chris and Ford and can’t thank them enough!
Sarah and James
Old Weston Road
I first got in touch with Ford and Chris when selling my home was a vague idea that I was only 50% committed to. When they came for the valuation meeting I casually mentioned that I would make my decision in the new year (a few months down the road). As soon as January rolled around, they checked in to see how my decision was coming along and if there was anything further they could do to help. This perfectly-timed and non-pushy follow up set the tone for our entire business relationship as they were flawless from start to finish. Their communication is consistent and direct, their opinions are well-informed and thoughtfully delivered and their attention to detail is second to none. Adding in their killer design team and the support of Andrea in the office, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. It also didn’t hurt that we managed to sell my condo well over asking! I’ve already sung their praises to anyone who will listen and will happily continue to do so.
From first meeting to final offer, the relationship with Chris, Ford, Andrea, and their stellar team was beyond reproach. Their professionalism and care in handling literally every aspect (regardless of how small) of the sale was first class. Let them take care of you and your family’s future, you will not be disappointed.
Sheri and Marty
I have known Chris for a few years as a friend and a former colleague, so I was comfortable in engaging him and Ford in purchasing my new Condo. I knew I was going to be in good hands, but the guys exceeded my every expectation. As a new home buyer, it can be a daunting experience and sometimes frustrating however the team made me feel at ease from the beginning. They were patient, professional & very pleasant to deal with and accessible at all times for any questions. I’m happy to say that I will be moving into my first Condo this Spring thanks to the Thurston Olsen Team. I recommend them for anyone who is looking to buy or sell homes/condos.
Park Lawn Road
I can’t say enough about Ford and Chris and their team – they are just fabulous! We found them professional, trustworthy, reliable, efficient, and courteous. Ford and Chris made us feel completely at ease at every stage of the process. Ford and Chris and their team took very good care of us, covering all the details, scheduling, listing all the necessary preparations – they made it very easy for us. We were surprised to sign an offer within only two days after listing! We’re still feeling the high from such a swift sale, a record sale for the building. We’re very happy and would recommend Ford and Chris as the best realtors around!
Steve and Lorna
Let me tell you if you want honesty and integrity, straight shooters, no push, no shove, no aggressive or sneaky tactics, no BS, individuals who work to do the utmost on your behalf, Ford and Chris and their team are true professionals in all senses of the word who make selling your home or condo a seamless, painless process.
As first time home buyers, you rely heavily on your realtor to guide you through the process. We’re fortunate to have found Ford and Chris to support us every step of the way. We had a very short timeframe within which we wanted to purchase. Ford and Chris got us exactly what we wanted on budget and within our time frame. They were responsive regardless of the time of day and went out of their way to explain the intricacies of the home buying process. We’d absolutely recommend Ford and Chris to our friends and family.
Adam and Becky
Purchasing your first home in the Toronto Market is not a simple task, and one we would not have ever accomplished without the expert help and Chris and Ford. They are exceedingly knowledgeable, hard-working, friendly, and most of all trustworthy – a trait we found to be lacking in most of their peers. They were always available to us in spite of our crazy schedules and have a terrific sense of humour that is invaluable, and especially welcome to help ease the tensions of the search. Without Chris and Ford’s tireless efforts we would not have been able to find our home, and get it for the best price. We couldn’t imagine the process without having Chis and Ford to guide us through, and we won’t hesitate for a moment to work with them in the future. We couldn’t possibly recommend them any more highly to help with the purchase of a property….really, truly.
Naya and Tristan
Dundas Street East
Working with Chris and Ford has been an amazing experience! As first time home buyers, it was so stressful and nerve-racking to enter into the realm of home ownership but having these guys by our side made it all worthwhile. Since day one they have been nothing but patient, instructive, well-informed and professional. These guys worked day and night to find us our perfect home and we can’t thank them enough! We will miss the emails, calls, property visits, but most of all the laughs. We say with great confidence that the Thurston Olsen Team are wonderful and can’t wait to refer them to family and friends!
Jenn and Rylan
We engaged with Chris and Ford to sell our parent’s home in Don Mills. They helped us with what to do to get the home ready to sell and patiently answered all of our family questions. Ford and Chris were very professional and really understood what we wanted and provided the service we needed. They worked hard to sell the home and balanced getting the best price with an expeditious sale. Ford and Chris did a great job and we would recommend them to anyone considering their services.
When it came to selling our house there wasn’t a doubt in our mind that we would choose Chris and Ford as our agents. They helped us from the get go prepping our house for the market, answering all our questions, and providing us with all the relevant and current information that resulted in the REALLY fast and successful sale of our house. Chris and Ford are a pleasure to work with and are on the top of their game when it comes to agents working in the Toronto housing market. Thanks again, guys!
Holly and Rich
We first contacted the Thurston Olsen team a few years ago on a friend’s recommendation after months of house hunting turned up no results. Immediately we were impressed by Chris and Ford’s knowledge of the Leslieville neighbourhood, drive to deliver client satisfaction, and upbeat attitude. Just weeks later, Chris and Ford had helped us successfully purchase a great home. Fast forward a few years and we were back on the hunt for a home, eventually landing on a multi-unit property. The nature of the property made every aspect more complex, yet Chris & Ford were attentive and patient, always looking out for our best interests, and went above and beyond to make the transaction as seamless as possible. Moreover, they did a fantastic job selling our home. They staged and prepared it for sale with as little disruption to our lives as possible. They counselled us on the best sales strategy, executed it to a T, and ultimately delivered results exceeding our expectations. We regularly let our friends and family know how much we like our agents (which apparently is rare in this city!) and gladly refer them to anyone.
Olivia and Matt
I can’t praise Ford and Chris (the Thurston Olsen team) highly enough. They are dedicated, knowledgeable, hardworking, and do it all with panache and style while keeping it down to earth. They went above and beyond for us and brought in amazing results! After working with them to put our house on the market, we found ourselves wishing we could embark on another project with them right away. These guys are simply the best out there.
I had a great experience working with Chris and Ford. I live in another province and was buying in Toronto. Chris and Ford were my eyes and did all of the home viewings and leg work. They made the process quite easy and I trusted them both to give me their honest opinion since I was unavailable to see properties myself. They did a great job and given my unusual situation went out of their way to make things happen. Needless to say I am very pleased to have worked with them.
Gerrard Street East
When we sold our condo three years ago, we had a wonderful experience with the Thurston Olsen Team. So when it came time to sell our house, there was no doubt that we would list with Ford and Chris again. And they didn’t disappoint! We were given a clear schedule so we knew exactly what to do and what we could expect from them. They put in a lot of time and effort to make sure our house was flawless and we were thrilled with the results. Ford and Chris are professional, knowledgeable and most importantly, passionate about what they do which makes them a pleasure to work with. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, we highly recommend the Thurston Olsen Team – we wouldn’t choose anyone else!
Jake and Lisa
I’m extremely happy I made the decision to use Chris and Ford to sell my multi-unit income property. They put together a fabulous marketing and information package with everything laid out perfectly for buyers to easily see all the details they need. They really know how to capitalize on visual presentation and fine details that beautifully display your property to buyers. They are also very organized, hardworking, knowledgeable and confident. It was truly a great experience using The Thurston Olsen Team. I would strongly recommend them to my family and friends!
The Thurston Olsen Team made buying our first house so much fun! Ford and Chris were professional and knowledgeable through every step, but also kept the adventure of house viewings and offer day exciting. There wasn’t a minute we didn’t feel like their number one priority and they made themselves available for viewings as far East as we asked at a moments notice. We had lots of questions and needed friendly advise along the way for our first home purchase, we definitely made the right choice with the Thurston Olsen Team.
Cian and Rachel
My introduction to the Thurston Olsen Team came from a referral from my sister. I was exceptionally impressed with the high caliber professional service that they provided when she was selling her place, and I was seeking the same level of consistency within my sale. From the beginning, it was both a pleasure and delight to deal with Ford and Chris; they make you feel as though you are their only client; paying attention to every meticulous detail, being available, and most importantly exceeding expectations. I feel tremendously fortunate to have had such a wonderful interaction and experience with an extremely visceral sale. They made everything seamless. Regardless of whether you are buying or selling, I would highly recommend the Thurston Olsen Team. I could not have asked for more superlative Realtors to facilitate the process of selling my home, and in 41 hours no less.
The Thurston Olsen Team is unstoppable! When selling our first home and buying our next home, every expectation was surpassed, from staging our home with a keen eye for detail and emphasizing what a buyer wants, to handling the purchase of our new property. Ford and Chris worked extremely hard to get us the best possible purchase and sale price leaving us smiling from ear to ear. We would recommend these two to anybody with confidence. Again thanks Ford and Chris, you guys gave us the best experience possible!
Tristan and Rebbecca
Since owning my own service-based business from the age of 21, I can tell you that I have seen a rapid decline in not only customer service but honest work ethic. This being my third house that I have sold, I was frustrated with the monotone, lazy, realtors that would sell my home without a fight to get the best price. On a recommendation from a friend, I listed with Chris and Ford. Not only do they both represent the stylish and smart look this industry demands. Their honesty, professionalism and hard work put my mind at ease.
Warden Wilson Avenue
When deciding to sell my loft, I will admit I was really sad about it. I never expressed it, seeing that it was a good thing to do, but one always becomes attached to the memories. Chris and Ford were unaware of this little fact, but in some way they made me less sad. Maybe because I saw how hard they worked. They were tireless in their efforts and they truly are the nicest gentlemen you will ever meet. In some strange way, I think selling my loft was the best thing that ever happened, because I got to work with the best real estate agents, Ford Thurston and Chris Olsen.
Ford and Chris are wonderful to work with! Within a few days of the initial decision to list with them, they were here staging our home and making it look absolutely gorgeous. So gorgeous that it sold in under two days (over ask). Over the next few weeks we saw MANY houses around Toronto, trying to decide which neighbourhood/house was the right fit for our family of four. My youngest son (2 yrs) was with me for each and every showing and even he enjoyed the experience. So much so that on days that we weren’t looking at houses he would ask where Chris and Ford were.
Ford and Chris were patient, informative, knowledgeable and honest every step of the way. In the end they actually knew which house was the perfect fit for us before we even realized it. We couldn’t be happier with each and every aspect of our experience listing with the Thurston Olsen Team!
Lindsay and Jordan
Searching for the perfect home can be a very challenging process but Ford and Chris made the experience painless. Being first time home buyers, there were many things that we were unaware of while searching for our first home. Their advise and guidance through the whole process was on point. Their honesty and dedication lead us to the perfect home. From start to finish, Ford and Chris were there to address any questions and concerns and offered the best possible advice. We couldn’t have asked for a better team. We would recommend this dynamic duo to anyone looking to buy or sell.
Greer and Rob
Our experience with Ford and Chris to find a condo with a difficult specific area and budget can only be described as excellent and outstanding. From the beginning we received through e-mail several options of condos with the characteristics specified. Chris and Ford were always available to visit the properties. We valued their professionalism and assertiveness in their support. They never magnified or minimized concerns or opportunities and we felt confidence in their advice. During the offer process they were always available to fill out forms and guide us through the formalities, explaining every detail and clause in the documents. The way they perform their work provides a feeling of confidence and trust in their experience. Chris and Ford recommended us to a lawyer that demonstrated to have the same style and clarity to provide counsel and support. I remember we waived the last condition of the offer a Friday almost at midnight and again they were always there ready and prepared. I would like to add that nowadays it’s difficult to find the efficiency and quality of service that Chris a Ford provided us during the whole process. If we decide in the future to sell property we bought with their help, we will not doubt a second to operate with them again.
Alejandra and Rodrigo
We can’t say enough good things about the Thurston Olsen Real Estate Team! Their personability, knowledge and expertise made what seemed like a daunting process into a very enjoyable experience! As first time homebuyers we had a lot of questions, but Ford and Chris were always quick to respond to our many inquiries with accurate and precise information. We were extremely impressed with their professionalism, work ethic and dedication. They always made us feel valued and were attentive to our needs every step of the way. Their excellence in service went far beyond our expectations! Most importantly, they took the time to understand our unique wants and were able to find us a condo perfectly suited to our lifestyle and aesthetics. Without hesitation, we would highly recommend them to our colleagues, family and friends.
Nicole and Sam
When contemplating another move we immediately engaged the Thurston Olsen Real Estate Team to assist us in preparing our home for the market and finding us a new home. With a marketing background specific to the real estate industry and having grown up in a real estate family, Ford is a natural in the business. Chris Olsen’s finance/banking background and experience in the renovation industry are great attributes for the team and we had first-hand experience having made several moves with the assistance of Dorothy DeClute and her husband Gerry prior to Gerry’s retirement. We knew we could count on professional assistance including staging, excellent marketing materials as well as expert advice on all aspects of the move including the costs and risks that are involved should we decide to buy prior to selling. After listing our condo we were kept informed at every turn with all updates and pertinent information that could affect the sale. Thank you Ford, Chris and Dorothy for your excellence. We will happily recommend you to all in our sphere of influence. Best always!
Diana and Ken
Glen Manor Drive
The Thurston Olsen Real Estate Team was amazing in the negotiation of the sale of my home. Ford’s flair for marketing was essential, and Chris’s hands on approach really assisted Dorothy’s vision in the staging of the house. They also helped me find a new location in which to rent. Dorothy’s many years of experience and networking were of great help to me from getting a mover, to hiring a cleaner. She put me in contact with several trades persons. All their hard work resulted in a very quick sale. Together, all three made what could have been a very stressful time, to feeling as though my every need and concern were of utmost importance to them. They went above and beyond every expectation, and I would recommend them to anyone requiring help with their own real estate needs. Being an elderly woman who had owned her own home for twenty eight years, I was treated with the utmost respect and care.
Glen Manor Drive
The Thurston Olsen Real Estate team was recommended to us through professional colleagues. Chris and Ford made our move from a small town to the city an easy transition.
As first time home buyers we were initially nervous, but were made comfortable with the knowledge and professionalism they displayed. Being a couple in the building design industry we were particular about our needs. However, in less than 2 weeks Chris and Ford were able to find us the perfect loft in Leslieville! They were extremely hard working, putting in extra time addressing our questions above and beyond typical real estate duties. It is without question that we would recommend the Thurston Olsen Real Estate team to our friends and family, and will be keeping them as contacts in our next real estate endeavour.
Salina and Jason
I was so impressed with the professional way that the Thurston Olsen Real Estate team handled the listing and the sale of my condo at 9 Boardwalk Drive. From the first meeting to the sale of the condo took under 7 days! Their advise was impeccable and my condo was staged using my own things–but just placed in a way that made it still my home but so pleasing to the eye of a potential buyer.
While buying a new home can sometimes be stressful, our experience was made easy with Ford and Chris at the helm! We were very impressed with their professionalism and the fact that they always had our best interest in mind. They are very personable and fun to work with, and made us feel comfortable every step of the way. Ford and Chris are a knowledgeable team with their fingers on the pulse of the real estate scene in Toronto. They understood exactly what we were looking for and were dedicated to helping us find it. I would recommend the Thurston Olsen Team to anyone looking to buy or sell in Toronto!
Jake and Lisa
De Grassi Street
The best real estate team Leslieville has to offer! When starting our search for our first home we were recommended to the Thurston Olsen Team through a friend. We knew from our first showing with them that they were going to take very good care of us! They were always knowledgeable about the listing we were going to see as well as the neighbourhood and all the amenities the property had to offer. As first time home buyers we had a lot of questions and they were able to answer all of them! Ford and Chris make a great team and are very passionate about their work. They were always able to lend their professional opinion on neighbourhoods and property values. We never felt any pressure from them and they always took notes, listened to our likes and dislikes and made sure to always take those comments into account when showing us the next listing. We know that when the time comes to sell our home they will have the same passion and dedication they displayed when finding us our first home. We will, without a doubt, be turning to the Thurston Olsen Real Estate Team for our next journey in real estate!
Erin and Daniel
Queen Street East
Thanks to the best team yet! The Thurston Olsen Real Estate Team. The moment we discussed putting our house on the market we knew that Dorothy DeClute was our gal. Having had great success with Dorothy in the past, we felt confident making the call. Once again, we were quickly successful at reaching our goal of SOLD! This go round allowed my husband and I to work with Dorothy, Ford and Chris as a team for the first time. We were very impressed. All of the planning, marketing, advertising and showcasing of our home was handled with perfection and organized in a calm and timely fashion. Communication is key and the Thurston Olsen Team proved second to none. Thank you for your knowledge, experience and the fresh creative ideas that put our house in the forefront. I believe your clients are fortunate to have your representation and professionalism. You guys ROCK!!
Wayne and Maureen
We really appreciate all your hard work in finalizing the sale of our home. The results were fantastic, you did an outstanding job! Many, many thanks.
Adelle and Norm
Glen Manor Drive