As member of the NSW Fire Brigade for almost two decades, Steve Duff knows a lot about the attachment people have to their homes. Unlike firefighting where he is working to save lives and property and assisting people often at their most vulnerable, his partnership with his mum Geraldine in selling houses over the last four years at eponymously named Rutherford Johnston Properties, has bought he and his clients much joy and celebration.

He has fostered his love of real estate by successfully buying, selling and renovating several homes, forging a life for his wife Jen and two sons James and Will in Weetangera, a stone’s throw from the suburbs of Aranda, Macquarie and Hawker in which he grew up. Born in Royal Canberra Hospital and educated in Belconnen, his knowledge of Canberra and in particular the northside suburbs is long term and his networks are vast.

Steve’s pragmatic, straight forward and honest approach has made him popular with sellers and buyers alike, earning him a reputation for the honesty and integrity that underpin his real estate licence.

Outside of selling houses, Steve can be found with a fishing rod in his hand or a golf ball at his feet – though just as often with a tool box and a ladder, given his attachment to renovating homes.

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Agent Reviews

Kris and Toby

We are both extremely grateful for Geraldine’s and Steve’s expertise and assistance in the sale of Hawker. Well done!

Kate and Ben Fuller

Thanks so much for all your hard work in the preparation, marketing and sale of our property. Ben and I were very pleased with the process and outcome and won’t hesitate to recommend yourself and Steve to anyone that asks about our sale.

Mark Kelly

Rutherford Johnston recently sold our family home in Narrabundah and we could not recommend them highly enough. When deciding which agent to use we were initially planning to use a large agency in the inner south. But when a trusted family friend recommended Steve Duff and Geraldine Rutherford we took their advice and were immediately glad that we did. Their advice as to what to do with the property to get it ready for sale was spot on. They had a team of consultants to help make inexpensive cosmetic changes that made all the difference and the photos on Allhomes were terrific. We followed their advice on where when and how to advertise and their marketing strategy generated a surprising amount of interest. They always did what they said they would do, were on time, completely professional and nothing was too much trouble. Steve, who has many years of experience in the building industry, even looked over a house we were buying. When the day of the auction came we were completely satisfied that our home had been thoroughly marketed, professionally presented and made available to anyone who wanted to see it and that nothing more could have been done. The auction went brilliantly and we were very pleasantly surprised with the price we received.

Tom Poulter

I feel obliged and obligated to write and thank you Geraldine and Steve for all your help and assistance. I am currently writing to thank all those friends and neighbours who helped tidy up, clean out and help in preparing the Sale of my property, Cook. You and your Company’s timely advice, and the manner in which you were able to marshal the right trades people to help present the property in a way in which I knew it could look when properly prepared. My age, and distance from the house denied me the chance of doing some of the work myself. The load you and your team were able to take off my shoulders, would give me no hesitation in recommending you or your Company’s Services to anyone who asked.

Claire Wells

I’d just like to say thank you for everything. From the beginning you have been honest and upfront. Unlike some of the other agents we dealt with you gave us definite figures and advice. Not once did we feel like you were in it for your own personal gain. I work in a consulting industry and our values are strong that; it is always about the customer. If we are in it only for personal gain then it won’t last. True customer service goes a long way. I will definitely recommend you to people along the way and I wish you the best in your career. I know that your honesty and integrity will take you far. What comes around goes around. If we ever need an agent we know who to come to.