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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

“We could not have asked for a better agent. Nancy was incredibly accessible and communicative, and we would use her again to sell or buy our next property.”

– David Oliver, Sammamish

“Working with Michael was the highlight of our homebuying experience. He made the process fun and as stress free as it could be. We appreciate him making the drive (we are quite a bit south of his usual area) multiple times and giving us honest feedback on the houses we were looking at. He had our back at each step and continued to help us out after closing by setting us up with a contractor who was reputable and willing to complete our work in a reasonable time frame (finding a contractor who is free currently is almost impossible and Michael made it happen for us). 100% would recommend him and when we eventually sell, will be reaching out to him first.”

– Karen Dahl, Steilacoom

“Natalya helped me as a first time home buyer narrow down my requirements and helped choose homes that were available on the market matching those criteria. She also had excellent knowledge about the housing market at different locations and what kind of homes I was supposed to buy and avoid. She was also diligent in helping go through the HOA documents for any inconsistencies and helped choose the right strategies to make offers.”

– Bharath

“Working with Emma to buy our first home was a delight. Emma is professional, attentive, and has her clients interests in mind. The search process, in this market, was smooth and Emma helped take a lot of the stress out of the process by placing importance on finding the right home for us. Emma's experience shows - she kept us in the loop at all steps in the process. Working with the lender and escrow was a breeze with Emma as she coached us through the process of buying our first home. 10/10 would recommend and work with Emma again!”

– Eamonn

“I appreciated working with Jeremy, I contacted him and he exceeded all my expectations as a professional relator. We are currently living in our new residence because of him.”

– John Taylor

“I would definitely recommend Michael Collier to my friends and family.”

– Diana Branstetter

“Linda was an excellent buyer's agent. She is tenacious, professional, and kind. As first time house buyers, she was a great asset throughout the process - from helping us identify what we wanted to writing a winning offer. She has a good eye for detail and we always knew she had our best interest in mind.”

– Diana & Michael, Seattle

“Knowledgeable of the local market and professional, thanks for your help Maria!”

– John Dong

“She took such good care of my family needs and treaded us like family very happy and positive fun person to be around with. Highly recommend her hands down best agent out there.”

– Israel Munoz Auburn Wa

“Love Kjerstin, she was so very helpful throughout the whole sale, since we hadn’t sold or bought a house in over 30 years.Kjerstin helped us paint, wash walls,making sure everything went smoothly and efficiently. Would recommend Kjerstin to anyone who needs a awesome agent.”

– Mike and Linda Cotton

“Nancy has been our agent purchasing 3 previous homes and selling 2. She is thorough and professional, and her biggest interest is in us being happy with our purchase/sale. Nancy supported us in whatever decisions we wanted to make and also provided her honest, professional opinion when asked. She builds a strong working relationship with the other agent to ensure the process goes smoothly and all details are inspected and needs met. And she’s a joy to be around and work with! Nancy is the best!”

– Kim - Seattle, WA

“I don’t normally post reviews unless the service is truly exceptional, and that’s exactly what youre getting with Nicole! Nicole is hands down the best agent I’ve ever worked with; it’s no wonder her clients rave about her. I was referred to Nicole from a friend of mine and we were able to go from not being qualified to pre-qualified with offer accepted in less than one day, all thanks to Nicole’s swift communication and hustle. Even though I was new to the area and it was my first time buying a property, Nicole made the process as seamless as possible. She provided me a personal welcome packet distilling each step in the homebuying process and she provided regular updates on the progress with crisp next steps, something that not many agents do. During the offer process, Nicole goes above and beyond to ensure that her clients get the best deal they can and close as quickly as possible. I know I can call or message her at any point in the day and get a fast reply. Lastly, Nicole’s hospitality is unparalleled; while home buying can be a daunting process, Nicole goes the extra mile to ensure her clients feel supported and taken care of. This really builds trust for future purchases, which I definitely would do again through Nicole!”

– Fahad Nathani, Seattle

“Again I think I said it all...I am a very happy seller. She was a joy to work with and her experience really showed.. all her recommendations were spot on.”

– Karen Patterson, Bothell

“Linda is a gem! She went above and beyond for us and our non-standard situation (out-of-state purchase). She accommodated all of our needs and then some. She moved quickly to ensure that we have a fighting chance in this overheated, highly competitive seller's market. All our questions were answered in detail, all paperwork provided, explained and delivered to the selling party without a single delay. Not at any point, were we overwhelmed with an insurmountable amount of information or paperwork: she set a comfortable pace without losing any urgency or speed to close on this purchase quickly. Her attention to detail is unparalleled. She's very pleasant and fun to work with to boot. We couldn't have been happier with how she handled this transaction!”

– Alex S.

“It was a very challenging time to buy a home. Shanon was wonderful to work with during a very stressful transition for us - moving from Arizona to here. She was supportive, knowledgeable, and fun to work with. I felt she was as invested in finding us the right home at the right price as I was. I would highly recommend Shanon.”

– Debbie Honan Mt Vernon WA

“Mariana Uriegas understand very well the local market and was able to find our home in only 5 weeks beating our best expectation! She was always available and sharing details about the process, from the search until the closing. Most importantly, Mariana cared about our interest and I recommend her if you want a great service.”

– JB, Bellevue

“Dulce has done a few transactions with us now and we won’t go to anyone else! We even sped up our plans in buying our home to make sure she was still available before baby #2 came! Dulce is more like a friend and makes the process so easy. She is personable, relatable, kind, trustworthy, and knowledgeable. She will be honest with you and help guide through the process. She also gave us a customized gift after we purchased which was so thoughtful! Counting down the days for our next transaction with her.”

– Ashley, Tacoma

“Gina was a great realtor , showed me different neighborhoods and as we visited different houses she started to get a better idea of what I was looking in a house and tailored the options even better. When visiting the house Gina would point out some key facts that are good to know for a home buyer that sometimes one can miss on the excitement of homebuying Purchase process was smooth and I knew I could always get clarification on the specific wording on the contracts that I didn't understand Gina also wasn't pushy to just get a sell , she is really looking out for you to get the best house you can”

– Raul Olvera , Seattle

“We were lucky to know Jeremy through our neighbor friend. He helped us sell our home and buy a new one right after. He is knowledgeable of the market trend, the selling and buying process to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible. He was very responsive, attentive, professional and sophisticated with everything from day one. And the best part, he is a very good negotiator with both selling and buying. I would definitely refer him to my family and friends and know they are in good hands.”

– An Ho

“We absolutely loved having Shanon as our real estate agent. Advertising, staging, open houses - all was outstanding and the our sale went super smooth! Shanon was knowledgeable, timely, friendly - just a well-rounded great experience. Thank you!”

– Peter von Homeyer, Seattle