I met Russ via Zillow while looking for land to set up a permaculture farm in Hudson Valley. From the get-go his local knowledge was impressive. He knew every piece of property I was interested in, who owned it in the past, who did what to the property, etc. He is like a living history book about the Hudson Valley. He also pointed me to properties that were not even listed, thanks to his amazing local connections. He clearly had an excellent ability to listen to the customer, seek feedback, ask questions, and show genuine interest in matching the right property with the right buyer. My previous attempts with another realtor were fruitless because the person kept suggesting similar things that he thought I should consider, whereas Russ right away asked me feedback about the first few properties we saw; what worked, what didn’t and why and asked a lot of questions about permaculture. His search to find the right property was relentless until he found what I was looking for. The rest of the process could have been complicated too due to several financing considerations I had to take into account. But he worked with the owner to make it possible for me. And he didn’t stop there. I needed a place to stay until I could build my own and he delivered seamlessly. On top of it he is helping me now to settle down and introducing me to like-minded new farmers in the region. He is a great connector of people and takes pride in what he does and it shows. His attentiveness to his clients and willingness to go the extra mile are precious attributes in any profession these days, let alone real estate brokerage. I think in this process I found more than land; a great friend and a neighbor. I very highly recommend him to anybody looking to buy in upstate NY!