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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

“Emma Guenette is a "one of a kind" agent, with a unique high level of real estate transaction and market knowledge, combined with an extraordinary level of customer service that was amazing and so appreciated. Emma had a strong understanding of the changing market on the Plateau in June and July '22, As a result, we were able to sell our home for a strong price and faster than others in the market could do. The quality, thoroughness and responsiveness of Emma's sales approach was the best I have experienced in any type of sales transaction in many years. Her attention to detail, including timing of our sale listing, staging of the home, negotiation with prospective buyers, and the transition process between pending sale and close were proper, timely and easy to deal with. We had not sold a home for a long time but with Emma's guidance, the sale was smoother and less disrupting to our lives than I ever would have imagined. Even more amazing, she also helped us find our perfect next home, making this entire experience a fantastic one! Her level of excellence as a real estate agent was simply exemplary! I would strongly recommend Emma to assist you with purchase and/or sale of a home. You will be happy that you did!”

– Gary Shane, Edmonds, WA

“Michael Collier was honest, trustworthy, patient, and communicated well during the process. He cares a lot about his clients and is professional and knowledgeable. My overall experience was phenomenal with Michael and will use him again in the future.”

– Maggie Gallagher

“Tammi Simogawa was so helpful throughout the whole process, our buyer had some requests to help him purchase and Tammi was great with the negotiations. Tammi is a consummate professional, she went above and beyond to help us. She answered every question we had and explained everything in a way that was easy to understand. I will definitely be recommending Tammi and Sterling Johnston Real Estate to my friends and family!”

– Suzanne Adams, Everett, WA

“Kelli is an exceptional agent! We put our house to sell in April 2022 when the market shifted, the home value in our area dropped, and the interest rates increased. In a very challenging context, Kelli went above and beyond to sell our house. She was creative with marketing to get potential buyers to visit the house, gave us regular real estate market news, was ahead of the trends (so we priced the house appropriately), and was always reachable. She took care of everything, and we completely trusted her. I absolutely recommend her!”

– Isabelle Johansen - Sammamish

“We cannot say enough good things about Daphne Navarro. We met Daphne though a recommendation and we are glad she was our agent. She was very professional and gave us a very good recommendations about the WA market (something new for us). She helped us to start a new chapter in our life by helping us buying our house in WA (something that we thought will be very difficult) our first house in WA. Thank you Daphne ☺️”

– Elisa & Sanjeev, Seattle

“While I had work with Daphne in the past (as a buyer's agent), I am very thankful for her great job on getting my old home sold. Daphne helped us navigate through a quickly changing market, and we were eventually able to get under contract and sell. She also coordinated contractors (painting, carpet replacement, and flooring adjustments) in very short notice.”

– Rafael, Seattle, WA

“Dulce is the best broker any one could ask for - she's got the perfect balance of professionalism/expertise and approachability/personalization. She combines her understanding of my family's unique needs and situation along with her knowledge of local housing market trends to find us the perfect home. Dulce also has a deep network of contractors, inspectors, lenders, etc. at her finger tips to help pull in to advise on the purchase. She knows what she knows and is able to pull in experts for areas outside of her expertise. The network of professionals she brings to the deal are unparalleled in their expertise and availability- they all speak highly of Dulce and are willing to accommodate and expedite any request because of the strength in these relationships she's built with them. She follows up afterwards to make sure the vendors / partners she refers to actually delivered excellent service and goes the extra mile to make sure everything is completed in perfection (timeliness and quality). Dulce made sure every step of the purchase was smooth and kept me informed. She was an excellent advisor in setting up choices and options to help me weigh the different pathways. She also made sure to keep things high level when I didn't need to be in the weeds. She is always working in the background to keep things moving along but didn't burden me with all of the little unnecessary details. I know that she always had my best interest at heart and made sure to negotiate on our family's behalf and found us the perfect home. I can't say enough great things about Dulce but she really did exemplify all of these qualities and more! She is at heart a compassionate and empathetic human being who is also incredibly knowledgeable and astute professional with a depth of experience and wide range of expertise. She understands the unique needs of her clients and important life decision of purchasing a home - so she's able to combine all of these aspects into the perfect package.”

– Tina Liang, Tacoma WA

“We interviewed several agents/brokers and we knew Jeremy was the right person to sell our house almost immediately. He was well prepared for the interview, and presented himself as a strong, confident, and capable professional. Jeremy works efficiently, which serves him so well in a volatile market. We appreciated that about him. When we had a misunderstanding in communication, he explained the situation and quickly created a space where we were able to find congruence. He has solid people skills, and is an asset to your company. Jeremy provided sound advice throughout the transaction, and was able to quickly sell our home even in a rapidly changing and slowing sales environment.”

– Jill, Bothell

“The support and knowledge my husband and I received from Jeremy was crucial for our understanding how involved it is to purchase a home. He was always forthcoming with suggestions, and also putting us in touch with people that might assist us such as loan officers, or lenders. We will use Jeremy for any future needs, and refer him most highly to anyone that has need for assistance such as his. Top-notch! We couldn't be happier with our interaction with Jeremy. Not only did he help my husband and I, my daughter was also involved as the house was going in her name and my name. She was thrilled with Jeremy's expertise and attention to detail, not to mention his constant communication. Jeremy excelled in every category above, we think he is one of the most talented and professional people that we have had the pleasure of working with. We look forward highly to working with him again! We are already looking at purchasing another home, and selling ours. Jeremy will be a part of that process from start to finish.”

– Donna Caldwell

“As first time homebuyers, Linda exceeded our expectations for a real estate agent in every way. She was patient with us through our initial search, but always responsive when we had questions or needed a private showing. When we decided to put in an offer, her deep insights into the market and the seller’s mindset were invaluable. Thanks to her patience and incredible attention to detail, we felt comfortable and in control at every step in the purchasing process, and she was always available to investigate and/or explain details we didn’t understand. We feel that we got a good deal on a great new home thanks to Linda, and working with her was truly a pleasure. We would enthusiastically recommend her to anybody looking for a new home.”

– Michael Dunsmuir, Seattle

“Katie provided a touchless process from start to finish for my first homebuying experience. She was extremely professional/knowledgeable and always willing to go above and beyond her role as an agent to make sure I understood everything. Katie was also was very personable from day one. She was very easy to work with and always provided clear and concise communication (not to mention quick responses). I could not have asked for a better experience. 100% would recommend her to friends, family, or anyone looking for a great agent.”

– Charles Z, Bellevue

“Dulce is excellent. Demonstrating the utmost professionalism and incredible patience given my generally impatient personality. She helped us find out dream home. No improvement is needed on her end. Would recommend to friends and family without reservation.”

– Hao Chen, Gig Harbor

“By far one of the best experiences! Chantal Makahanaloa has been an amazing agent!!!! I have purchased three houses from her and we recently sold a house. They have all been supper successful transactions. We are so grateful for all of the hard work she has done to not only help us sell our home, but to find our dream home as well. We are endlessly grateful to have her as our agent and couldn't be happier with the way everything worked out.”

– Lupe Reyes-Rosales, Seattle WA

“I met Maura who was selling another condo unit at our complex, open house. Maura was so friendly and informative. Had a relaxed manner let you walk around property alone but answered questions as you had them. This was my first home sale Maura walked me through the process step by step. She was always available for my questions. Supported me when I worried. Friendly, great positive attitude. Did a great job keeping me updated great conmunication. It was a great first expierence I feel fortunate I was able to work with her.”

– Michelle S Des Moines.

“Upon meeting/talking to Donna and Dan I made the decision to hire them. They seemed highly competent and their diligence and professionalism throughout the process made me stick with them. They ended up getting my property sold to the perfect buyer for a higher price than I expected. I would reccommend them to anyone.”

– JP Gill

“Amy is just fantastic at what she does. She knows how buyers and sellers minds work and is able to come up with a perfect strategy for selling or buying. She helped us price the place perfectly using comps in the area and taking into account what she had been hearing from others about the market. All of this was done right in the middle of an interest rate hike, so she acted quickly to pull all the info we needed to make the right decision. She helped us negotiate with the buyers agent and it went in our favor. She is a master at getting buyers to see value in the place they are looking at. Not only is she great at strategy, but she is extremely responsive and prompt. She makes herself available for questions and addresses them with ease. We put all our trust in Amy because we know she delivers on every element of the process. We're excited to look for homes with her next!”

– Elliot Yashar, Bothell

“We used Dulce both to buy and to sell our place. She is THE BEST! 100% would recommend.”

– Curt Livesay, IL

“Nicole is truly a dream to work with. She responded extremely quickly, gave her expert advice since I am a first time home buyer with little knowledge of the process, and gave her honest opinions about areas and homes that she looked at. I appreciate all of her help so much because she handled so many events and juggled so much information with ease. Not only that, Nicole is the sweetest, friendliest, most knowledgable realtor ever! She's helped me navigate the crazy housing market right now and I feel like I've made a friend who I know I can trust and ask for advice.”

– Kaelin Hoang, Seattle

“Kelli did a fantastic job marketing our property and she totally understood our needs and expectations. Very happy with the overall result of our sale.”

– Todd, Woodinville

“Shanon was extremely helpful throughout the home-buying process, starting with looking at seemingly an unending number of homes, through the home selection, offer and closing processes. She is amazing and I highly recommend working with her.”

– Sam Lantinga, Redmond