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Home Buying... Simplified

Are You Looking to Buy Your Next Home? At Sterling Johnston, we’re your full-service Puget Sound Brokerage, ready to guide you from house hunting to closing.

We know that buying a home can be one of the most exciting and overwhelming times in your life. We get it! There’s so many possibilities and factors to consider, it’s hard to know where to even begin.

Working with the right real estate broker takes so much of the stress and hassle out of the process. And that’s where we come in.

Real Estate isn’t just about square footage and location, we know, it’s personal. It’s about choosing a home to make memories in, a house you love coming home to every day, and a space that’s perfectly YOU.

Our experienced brokers bring the highest level of real estate knowledge, negotiating experience, and customer service to your home buying process.. You can rest assured you’re working with a quality, experienced broker right from the start.

Knowing the area matters! We’re experts in the Puget Sound region. We’ll suggest homes, preview properties and let you know about new homes hitting the market. We know what to look for and make sure to keep you informed. By analyzing the local markets to compare pricing in your target area, we work hard to get you the best value.

Just Getting Started? We’re here to help every step of the way

5 Easy Steps to the Home of Your Dreams

  1. Schedule a Consultation The home buying process is all about you. So let’s get to know your needs, your wants, your dreams. We’ll match you with a broker that’s perfect for you.
  2. Secure Your Financing — We Can Help! Getting pre-approved for a mortgage doesn’t have to be stressful. We’ll be there to help you through the process.
  3. Browse Homes Now comes the fun part! Our brokers are ready to help you shop for your dream home. With access to the latest listings, you’ll be in the loop on new homes, price changes, and deals.
  4. Make an Offer We make offers and close deals every day, so we know the finer points of negotiating and advocating for your needs.
  5. Inspect & Close Our brokers have the know-how and experience to advocate for you through the home inspection and closing process. We always work for your best interest, ensuring your needs are met. Handing you the keys to your new home is why we work as hard as we do.

FAQs of Home Buying

I’m a first-time home buyer, what’s my first step? Buying your first home is an awesome milestone and we’re happy to help you every step of the way. Set up a no-commitment phone call or meeting with us. We can go over the process and give you customized next steps to get the homebuying process started.

What’s the Easiest Way to Search Homes for Sale?
Visit our Properties page where you can search for homes in a specific region based around your custom criteria. If you see something you like, reach out to us. One of our brokers will be happy to discuss the details with you.

How Do I Get Pre-Approved For A Loan?
We can help with recommending lenders and explain your mortgage options. Getting pre-approved is the first step to buying your home, so don’t delay. Set up an appointment with us to learn about what you’ll need to get the process started.

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What Our Clients
Are saying

“It was an amazing experience, (step-by-step support). Very responsive via text and email! She helped me get through probably some of the most stressful and overwhelming roadblocks when it came to closing/documents...but I am going to tell you right now........it was all well worth it! She's the best and her team! There is no doubt about it, she has been in the industry from some time now. Even though, she never worked with my lenders before..she managed to find common ground and get things done.”

– Kwame Victorian Condo

“Ashley Mahana is the "REAL DEAL" and gets the job done! She gives you an outline, she walks you through the process step by step, she adapts to you, and she keeps you informed about every detail. I always use Ashley Mahana when buying or selling a house and no one else. Ashley Mahana handles every transaction with a "velvet glove" and makes everything seamless. I would recommend Ashley Mahana because she has integrity, a strong work ethic, she work for YOU, she keeps things real, and she provides outstanding customer service.”

– Kristi Johnstun - Bonney Lake, WA

“We’ve worked with a Dulce on multiple transactions since 2014 and plan to continue working her as long as she is a realtor. She’s a subject matter expert in the real estate field and ALWAYS delivers excellent customer service. She also has a strong sense of empathy that makes it extremely easy to communicate and work with her. We appreciate your guidance throughout our entire home purchasing process. Thank you Dulce!”

– Dominic and Ashley, Tacoma

“Kelli was wonderful. Her incredible knowledge, patience, and support was so appreciated as first-time homebuyers. She was available for all our questions, or if we just needed to chat something through. We found the home that we love, and felt cared for 100% of the way.”

– Taylor, Seattle

“I first came in contact with Elliot Nutt when he showed up immediate upon request on Zillow to view a property. Not ready to purchase right then and there but his quick response, humble and respectful demeanor plus his knowledge about the area made an impression. Elliot Nutt was approachable and understanding of his clients background so that he walk us through the process in the most patient and easy to understand way possible. Excellent negotiation skills.”

– May R Alki Beach

“Jeremy is excellent at explaining the pros and cons of the home. He has a great market understanding, extremely responsive and has a knack of writing great offers. Being a first time home buyer in a hot market like Seattle area I was skeptical of the what I was getting into, but Jeremy made the overall process a smooth and pleasant experience. Highly recommend Jeremy to any potential home buyers out there, especially if you are first time home buyer.”

– Vasanth, Bothell

“Pam goes above and beyond as an agent to help her clients, taking care of even the littlest of details. She is always quick and on top of everything that comes up during the sale and negotiation. When something unexpected occurs, she doesn't hesitate to tackle the issue, even if it's a situation she has never encountered before.”

– Jerry Butler, Everett, WA

“Kathleen, she met all of needs, she heard and remembered all of my wants. As a first time home buyer, Kathleen made me feel important and that my needs mattered. Kathleen also kept things positive when I was feeling discouraged about not finding a place. Kathleen out did herself, and found me a perfect place I call home.”

– Kelly Guerrero Kent, WA

“My neighbor recommended Jeff to me and after I met him I felt confident and signed with Jeff. Jeff was very knowledgeable and answered all my questions clearly. He was prompt and professional with all correspondence. I felt I could trust Jeff, which was critical because I moved out of state before the sale, and he handled everything from cleaning and painting crews to closing. I was satisfied with the final sale. I would recommend Jeff as a broker.”

– Carol Wehbe, Everett

“Julie & Carey made the process of buying a home virtually very easy. They took the time to answer all of our questions and setup video tours of the home and neighborhood. They also helped to direct us to an area which fit our lifestyle very well. Highly recommend Julie & her team!”

– Erin L., Olympia

“Corrie is a realtor par excellance. She is knowledgable, thorough, friendly, patient, and willing to do so much more than one would expect. We are so lucky to have found such a great agent, and a friend in the area. Working with her was enough to make us a little bit sorry our purchasing experience was over. We would definitely recommend her to anyone we know.”

– Steve and Cara Lou Mackay, Lewiston, CA (soon to be Camano Island, WA)

“I have had the opportunity to work with Sheri over the past 20 years and when I first met her I knew she was a special person, but I truly didn’t know how special until our last work together. Sheri looks at life as we all should, a gift; and she operates her Professional life with the desire to do whatever she can to make your experience as smooth and easy as possible. She is VERY experienced and knows her market very well I will recommend Sheri to anyone in need of selling of buying property. It has been a real treat !!”

– Steve Pulse. Woodinville WA

“Dulce was awesome to deal with and we feel we gained a friend also. Dulce was very knowledgeable and knew every answer to our questions. Dulce knows the market and keeps up with trends and current market. Dulce really knows how to stage a home for selling and knows what buyers are looking for.”

– The Corey's

“Corrie is the best Realtor we have ever worked with!! The best of the best!!”

– Bryan Kettler, Mill Creek, Washington

“Julie Pero and Carey Powell have sold two homes for me. These two ladies are an absolutely outstanding team and I do recommend them to anyone I know thinking of buying or selling. I have been so impressed with their deep understanding of all things real estate, marketing plans, how to create bidding wars, and negotiations with prospective buyers and other agents. I felt they always had MY best interest as the main goal throughout the entire selling process. Julie was always so fast getting the contracts and paperwork to me for signing and available almost immediately every time I had any questions. I do recommend them and will continue to do so, these ladies are positively savage when it comes to taking care of their clients.”

– Jeremy, Edgewood

“From our very first meeting, Corrie gave us confidence without the B.S. - she not only talked the talk, but did the walk. We were 1st time home sellers and just did not know what to expect as far as preparation, pricing, marketing, so we really needed to TRUST our realtor. Corrie was able to provide references for services that we needed, but she did not force us to do any of the services. It was simple - did we want our house to sell for the right price and quickly? She made several visits during our preparation, encouraging us when we were sweating it out to get the house ready. Just prior to the listing, she even coordinated with landscaping and our neighbors to get the cul-de-sac looking like new. Once the house listed, she coordinated the views and and went thru the offers one by one with us. She didn't choose, she made sure we understood the pros and cons of each one, which again gave us the confidence to make our decisions. We were not local - we had already relocated far away out of state - so again, the trust factor...... Our house sold quickly and above list price. We are forever in gratitude to Corrie for the work she did. If anyone is to choose a realtor, they should reach out to Corrie for her services.”

– Daniel and Christine Armistead, Arlington, WA

“Dulce is a gem - she’s professional, knowledgeable and has a wealth of expertise and experience. She is also incredibly approachable and capable of being honest in what she knows and doesn’t know. She brings a wealth of connections and her network in helping with additional inspections, walk throughs, and final signing for escrow. She is definitely unlike any of the other realtors I’ve worked with in the past - head and shoulders better. I would highly recommend Dulce if you are looking for a professional who may also become a friend in the process.”

– Tina, Federal Way, WA

“Pete has a lot of experience in Real Estate and that experience paid off for us on our house deal. He is a honest good guy and very professional. He got us the most money on the sale of our house in 2 weeks by the way and really watched out for us in the purchase of our new house. Thanks Pete.”

– Joe Dunn

“Lindsey Hoefs went above and beyond to meet our needs. She was professional, courteous and made the search for a home stress-free and actually turned it into a very fun experience! She is absolutely a treasure of information when It comes to making a decision on a forever home. I will definitely be keeping Lindsey in my pocket to refer to my friends and family.”

– Sal Cabrera, Olympia

“Linda Cassee is a force of nature and with her support, will help you navigate and conquer the Housing market any way you see fit!”

– Oliver Byler