Native Torontonian Ralph Fox recognized from an early age that the most successful people in life apply long-term thinking to their investments, relationships, and life goals. It’s this philosophy, along with his lifelong entrepreneurial drive and exceptional business instincts that have helped to establish Ralph as a top agent in the real estate market in downtown Toronto.
From the age of twelve, Ralph set his sights on running his own business, and by fourteen, he’d already started two successful enterprises. After achieving a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario, Ralph launched an importing and manufacturing company from the trunk of his car. In his twenties, Ralph continued to hone his negotiating skills by brokering business deals with partners in such markets as China, Hong Kong, India, and Thailand, while at the same time, managing sales agencies in major city centres across the US and Canada. Within a few short years, he grew his company into a full-scale operation with sales distribution networks that reached more than 4,000 retail clients across North America. Over time, Ralph began to forge a reputation as a tough-minded entrepreneurial visionary, and he was able to parlay his business acumen into his other big passion—Toronto’s real estate market.
Alongside business partner and fellow real estate specialist Kori Marin, Ralph established Fox Marin Associates in order to bring his business-oriented approach to residential resale, development, and long-term real estate investment in the central Toronto area.
Clients depend on Ralph as their go-to for sophisticated and in-demand properties, and his decades of success as a real estate investor and broker in a very competitive marketplace are a testament to the hard work he puts into hammering out smart solutions that meet each client’s unique personal and financial objectives. And the industry agrees: Ralph’s been tapped to contribute his unique perspective on real estate trends to a wide range of media outlets, including BuzzBuzzHome, Canadian Real Estate Wealth magazine, Global TV News, The Huffington Post, Metro News, New Condo Guide magazine, Rogers TV, the Toronto Sun, and Sun TV.
A true Renaissance man, Ralph enjoys the thrill of fast-paced business negotiations just as much as consulting with clients on trends in architecture and design. His “work-hard–play-hard” mentality means that in his rare off-hours, you’re just as apt to catch him enjoying a fine Ripasso in a local Italian restaurant as wandering the streets of Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood with his loveable Rhodesian ridgeback, Draper.
“I am writing today to Thank you for your outstanding service and professionalism during our recent purchase. Being new to the Toronto market, we hit the jackpot in having you as our agent. You quickly understood our needs, you gave us terrific advice about the available properties and you thoroughly explained the pluses and minuses of the places we viewed.
The time you spent ,with both my son and I, went above and beyond and we truly appreciated your advice, your honesty and most of all your time. When it came time to make offers you researched things that really help us sort through the possibilities and you were very patient.
In the end I believe that, Thanks to you, we made an excellent choice and you brokered a great deal.
I will definitely use you again should the need arise and once again Thank you for making the experience such a positive one for both my son And I.”
-Marc Crawford, Head Coach Zurich Lions, Swiss Elite League | Former NHL coach and Stanley Cup Winner
“As a first time property buyer, I had no idea what to expect from the process or from an agent. Ralph walked me through each step with seemingly limitless patience and professionalism. He took the time to understand exactly what I wanted and was tireless in his effort to help me find it. When we encountered a roadblock, Ralph was completely unfazed. Determined to get me the perfect deal, he worked through what I thought was an impossible situation -‐ and kept me calm in the process!
Ralph’s dedication to his clients is genuine and his attention to customer service is truly exceptional. He worked around my very busy schedule, frequently dropping off forms at odd hours or exchanging 5 am e-‐mails. It was a great pleasure to have Ralph help me buy my first home and I would gladly work with him again in the future.”
-Rebecca Rich, Resident Physician, University of Toronto
“Moving downtown has always been a dream of mine but after searching with countless numbers of agents for many years, I lost all hope of ever finding anything downtown that would suit my needs. I was a single guy trapped in a family suburb with no way out… until I met Ralph Fox.
Ralph took the time to understand my unique situation and applied his vast knowledge of real estate to help me find my dream home downtown. He went above and beyond to educate me about real estate and correct my old misguided beliefs, which were preventing me from moving on.
Through out the entire process, Ralph focused solely on my needs in finding something that’s right for me and something that I was going to be happy with long term. I never felt pressured or rushed to purchase or sell. He took the time to explain all of his advice and suggestions and allowed me time to see that they made sense and were the best decisions I could make.
Ralph made the entire process a turnkey operation for me. From coming up with an intelligent strategy to his flawless execution, Ralph was relentless in the pursuit of his goal and was there for me day and night. Ralph is someone who operates with passion and clarity.
Ralph Fox didn’t just help me with my real estate needs; he helped me with my life! Besides helping me acquire my dream home downtown for below the asking price and selling my existing property for a large profit, Ralph has helped me build up my portfolio with investment properties. He has improved my quality of life and secured my future. Ralph is not only a great real estate agent; he is now my friend and someone who I will always want to have on my side.”
-Zoey Johnson Chen, Editor & Director for Network Television