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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

“Natalya is absolutely awesome, she is my go-to for my next house purchase.”

– Pavlo, Stanwood

“When you're looking for a Real Estate Agent, look no further... select Corrie Hayes!!”

– Bryan Kettler, Mill Creek Washington

“Dulce is amazing. Always in contact. Broke it down for us very easily. Checked in on us to see if there was any questions. Was prepared and timely. Couldn’t have asked or found a better realtor. Dulce is your employee of the year! We got military orders to another state. Dulce made selling the house the less stressful part of moving across country. Calm demeanor and positive outlook helped us sell the house in what felt like record breaking time. Didn’t even had a chance to start the stopwatch. Amazing job. Fantastic person!”

– Nicholas Duran

“Natalya Tkach, always friendly and professional. Even the buyers realtor told me how very impressed he was with her. Making sure everything comes together. Thank you Natalya!”

– Wayne Bingham

“Dulce is truly amazing because of her we got into the perfect home. Even when it got rough she kept pushing to limits most agents wouldn’t do. Having her deal with the buying of our first home felt like we couldn’t be in better hands. She truly goes that extra mile and we truly believe because of how hard she faught for us we are now able to call this new house our home and can’t wait to see what the future brings. We have already referred her out to many of our friends and will most definitely do business with her in the future for many more homes to come. Thank you adulce you were truly God sent.”

– Sean Sharp Bonney Lake

“Dulce was easy to deal with and always kept me informed of the status of the local market. I appreciated her recommendations of contractors who could do the necessary work to get the house up for sale. I liked her multiple market analysis to provide a good selling price in comparison to competing homes in the area. She backed this up with her full knowledge of the area and where the market is trending. I felt she used all the resources (e.g. online advertising, photographer, virtual staging) provided to her by Sterling for a successful sale.”

– Romeo Tabile, NE Tacoma

“Kjerstin was absolutely fantastic and fit all our needs as a real estate broker, from taking the time to explain every document (as we were 1st time home buyers) to knowing the area. She was the perfect fit for us! Kjerstin was quick to respond and would check in frequently throughout the closing process to make sure all questions were answered and all paperwork/ things were submitted on time. It was the perfect amount of communication where we didn’t feel overwhelmed or lost. Kjerstin was accessible and so easy to talk to, I never felt silly texting her and asking questions. She was patient with us changing our wishlist and looking at different types of houses. We absolutely appreciated that! Overall we would absolutely recommend Kjerstin and she will be the first person we call when it’s time to find another house!”

– Kristin Hall

“KJ focused on our needs and delivered amazing customer service and attention to detail!”

– Kyle Hall, Mukilteo

“Thank you so much Nicole for helping us buy and sale our beautiful first home. Our experience with you was truly amazing. You definitely exceeded our expectations in every way possible. I have never met someone that is so passionate about there job and that goes way out of there way to ensure your clients are satisfied. If we could use you for our next purchase in Illinois, we would. I will definitely recommend you to anyone I know! Thanks again for all of your hard work!”

– Brandon Tarbox

“KJ was AMAZING!!! I could write an essay but here's a few of the bullet points. Clear and timely communication: She was great about answering calls or texts at all times of day or if she couldn't answer a call she was super dependable about calling back within 10-15 minutes. If she couldn't call back right away, she'd text to let us know she saw the missed call and provide an ETA on when she could call back. Detail oriented and knowledgeable: She spent a ton of time explaining the various details of offers and contracts to make sure we understood what we were signing ourselves (and our money) up for. When going on house tours it was readily apparent that she'd done her homework. She'd send us all available documents ahead of time and during the tour she'd bring up important details that she'd seen on pre-inspections and seller disclosures. When sending offers, she double-triple-quintuple checked everything to make sure numbers were correct and all the initials and signatures were in the right place. Trustworthy and Supportive: Timing worked out that we ended up trying to buy our first house in the worst seller's market. Prices were rapidly inflating around us and houses were on and off the market so quickly that it was frustratingly tough to keep up and maintain a positive outlook. It was clear from day one that KJ's primary interest was that we ended up with something that made us happy. On one occasion we were very nearly ready to send an offer only for me to realize that I was settling rather that being excited for that house. She'd already done a ton of work on that offer but KJ was completely understanding and ok with dropping it and moving on. She never lost her cool and always provided good insights throughout our process. KJ was the best cheer leader to have on our side. When we lost a bid, she always followed up with a positive affirmation for the next step on our path. She constantly looked for ways to improve how enticing our offer could be and no matter how exhausting it was, she was there to commiserate and remind us that our dream home was out there. After so many months of talking to KJ every day (sometimes multiple times a day), it really felt like I had not just a realtor but also a sister helping me through this process. I appreciated her every step of the way and will continue to recommend her to everyone I can.”

– Kirsten Olin, Bothell

“Fernando & Coco Molina did an outstanding job understanding our culture and family values, and our needs as new immigrants to the US. The Multi-language (Spanish/English) knowledge and ability to explain to me an my family the different terms/acronyms, including the full picture of the home purchase process were instrumental to feel encouraged to make this important decision.”

– Victor Rojo, Seattle Metropolitan Area

“Peter Branchflower is someone I can trust and someone who is very sincere to his work and clientele. He is super responsive and goes above and beyond as if his family member was purchasing the home. Peter is the only reason I chose to go with your firm. Peter ended up saving us 50k in our bidding war for the property by guiding us to remove contingencies that the higher bidder had and it got us the home we really wanted without overpaying! He is an awesome negotiator as well. Most importantly he is super responsive, which is critical in today’s stressful sellers market with bidding wars on any decent property. Like I mentioned before the only reason we went with your firm is that we wanted to work with Peter.”

– Ramnik Gulati, Seattle WA

“We could not have asked for a more knowledgeable, thorough, kind, and caring agent. Emma was superior! We would recommend Emma Guennette to everyone who is considering selling their home, or purchasing a new home.”

– Diane & Rob Young, Sammamish, WA

“Jeremy Minor was always accommodating and responsive to every concern and interest that my wife and I had throughout our search for a new house or land to build, anywhere in Snohomish, Skagit and Island counties. He actively listened to our thoughts about house or land features that were important to us. We believe that trait helped him zero in on the house we wanted, as soon as it became available. Jeremy regularly and freely shared his ideas and reactions to any input we provided. If he was saying something that may be contrary to what we were thinking, he expressed them in sufficiently diplomatic terms that garnered no negative vibes from us. It would be fair to say that Jeremy conducted himself as a trustful partner to my wife and me throughout our search for the right house. And we're very happy and fortunate in that regard. We would have no qualms whatsoever recommending Jeremy M to anyone who have use for the services of a dedicated and trustworthy real estate agent.”

– MG & DD, Seattle, WA

“We had worked with Nancy, when we first bought our home 8 years ago, so there was no question in our mind that we would work with her again. She is amazing at what she does! Nancy is trustworthy, knowledgeable, kind, the list goes on and on. She communicated with us every step of the way. We always knew what was going on and what we needed to do. The entire process was seamless and so quick. We had multiple offers and she walked us through what to consider when choosing the buyer of our home. She knew selling our home would be emotional for us and understood what we were looking for in a buyer. We knew she wouldn't let us down or steer us in the wrong direction. We ended up selling for over asking price and closed shortly after. I would highly recommend Nancy to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. Her knowledge of the industry, quick communication and kind demeanor are just a few reasons I would recommend her to anyone. I look forward to purchasing my next home with the help and guidance of Nancy Gervais!”

– Kendahl Hasson, Snoqualmie

“Brian was knowledgeable and professional. He led me through the chaos and competition of the Covid driven sellers market. Helped me put in multiple offers and was extremely flexible. He saw over 30 homes over the course of the month we worked together and was the reason we were able to find a great house. A man of character. Would work with again!”

– Vladimir Guirand

“Rebecca was clear and communicative throughout our home buying process. She made buying in an extremely competitive seller's market manageable, realistic, and in the end, achievable! We appreciate her time and dedication to helping us find a home for our family!”

– Steven & Cristina - Tacoma, WA

“Maria was outright amazing. She handled the negotiations and closed the property in record time. Great job and much appreciate it. It was a pleasure to work with Maria and wish her the best.”

– Siva & Sigma, Seattle WA

“Dulce Mason was very professional and knowledgeable of her job, she is easy to work with I would recommend to alot of people.. She helped me above and beyond I'm very please of what she has done for and next time I purchase another home I will definitely pick her again. Thank so much Dulce Mason”

– Shirley Duarosan

“Where do I begin? We went through two real estate agents before we met Nicole. I'm glad we did because as first-time home buyer, Ms. Aleshchenko made the process smooth as ice! Her professionalism and responsiveness is unsurpassable. Sterling Johnson should be thankful for having Nicole Aleshchenko as a representative for the company. I would highly recommend Nicole to anyone who is interested in buying a home. Ms. Aleshchenko, Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication in helping my family find our forever home.”

– Jay Santos, Bellevue, WA.