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Interview: Ronni Fingold

August 17, 2015 - Updated: August 17, 2015

With 30 years of success and counting and 15 total brokerages in the GTA and surrounding area, Forest Hill Real Estate has grown exponentially since being founded by Ronni Fingold in 1985.  Beaming with pride and admiration for her entire team, Ronni sat down with us to discuss how Forest Hill Real Estate has evolved since its inception to become a leading luxury brokerage.

What started off as an interest in interior design quickly propelled into a career in real estate. Being involved in a home renovation project introduced Ronni to the world of real estate where she realized the immense success potential of real estate agents. She quickly decided that real estate was her end goal.

Ronni identified her niche in the industry early on, recognizing the need for a luxury boutique brokerage in the Forest Hill area. With merely a vision to create a small boutique office to service the local people in Forest Hill, Ronni founded Forest Hill Real Estate Inc. just one year after becoming an agent.

With no initial expansion plans, Ronni focused on finding the right space for her small company – starting slowly, eager to see where the company could go. Despite having 15 brokerages throughout Canada, in her eyes Forest Hill is still the small boutique company she started.

For 30 successful years Forest Hill has remained true to its core principles, but adapted its practises to stay on the cutting edge of the real estate industry. Ronni explains that Forest Hill is always on the “escalator for growth” and most recently that means implementing technology and social media into their business practices.

With the expansion of the Yorkville office, which is managed by her daughter Catherine Himelfarb Borden and granddaughter Rebecca Himelfarb, the Forest Hill brand reached new heights in line with the growing pace of technology. Forest Hill is a full service real estate office, which is strongly influenced by their online presence. Forest Hill maintains a very active online presence, which has helped to expand the scope of what Forest Hill can do for both our agents and our clients.

Forest Hill Real Estate has persevered and flourished over the years, which is in large part due to the strong foundation that was built 30 years ago. However, Ronni insists that that the company’s success derives from her hard working sales team and support staff. Ronni takes pride in seeing her entire team hard at work because without them a lot of dreams and milestones would not have been met.

To Ronni, Forest Hill is not just a real estate brokerage, Forest Hill is a family.


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