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Clients for Life

Posted by Johnine Larsen on March 5, 2018
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Houssam and Carole live in Ballard, in a house I helped them buy years ago. They’re wonderful people: kind and warm—the type of people I love working with, because helping people like that doesn’t feel like work at all. It just feels like helping friends.

They called me the other day for some remodeling advice. You can’t give decent remodeling advice without seeing the space in person, and even more importantly, I loved an excuse to see them again. We planned a visit.

Meeting with Houssam and Carole felt like a reunion. Lots of smiles and laughter and stories, complete with a plate of treats waiting for me. And my favorite part: I even got to meet Houssam’s parents. Like their son, they were kind, warm people.

Meeting Houssam’s father!

I took a look at their space, heard their hopes and plans and needs for their home, and gave all sorts remodeling recommendations—along with referrals to some of the best, most honest contractors in Seattle (once you spend 25+ years with contractors, you get to know the good ones). The day made me feel like the real estate version of the family doctor. I met the whole family, and I was able to help them long after our official relationship had ended. All in all: a perfect day.

My relationship with my clients isn’t just a business one—it’s a partnership for life. I’m invested in my clients’ well-being, and that sort of investment stays long after they settle into their homes. Remodeling advice? Updates on the housing market? Recommendations about loans or mortgages or any other financial questions? That’s what I’m here for. What’s the point of being an expert if I can’t use that expertise to help people I care about?

Houssam and Carole, thank you for a perfect day. And thank you for being perfect clients.

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    Sarah Donaldson
    18:44 18 Jul 19
    Darcie was such a joy to work with. She felt like family during the sale of our house and the search for our new home. We may have found our forever home, but if we ever need a Realtor in future, Darcie from Real Estate Gals will be our first call.
    Brian Heagler
    Brian Heagler
    16:55 02 Jun 19
    I have worked with Johnine and her team for 19 years and have always received personal, knowledgeable and professional service and attention! There is never and pressure and they will guide you away from a property when appropriate, which is always appreciated when a market is hot and the tendency is to move quickly. I trust them and have never been let down!
    Anne Slater
    Anne Slater
    18:03 25 May 19
    Johnine Larsen is fabulous! She listened and came up with ways we could get what we wanted in a house and stay within our limited budget. When we found the house we wanted, she moved super fast to get the house inspected and implemented creative ideas to make our offer appealing. And out of 13 offers, we were selected and got our house. I recommend her to anyone buying a home.
    Amy Burdick
    Amy Burdick
    19:13 24 May 19
    Real Estate Gals made sure we found our perfect house! Then, when we were up against other bidders, Johnine worked tirelessly to ensure we were tops! Her extensive real estate experience combined with exceptional character and integrity provided peace of mind throughout the process. She also made sure we received the right value as a seller and got the transaction done quickly and efficiently. Simply stated: there is nobody better to help you find your dream home.
    Bill Hollman
    Bill Hollman
    22:21 19 May 19
    I'd give Real Estate Gals 6 stars if I could. We have used them multiple times, both in selling and buying homes in Seattle and the surrounding area. I can't say enough about the professionalism, knowledge, and patience they bring to the task of buying a new home, or selling your current residence. And they know the Seattle area so well, they'll offer valuable insights into the pros and cons of any location you may be to considering. Look no further, call Johnine at Real Estate Gals. You will be glad you did!
    Beth Guerra
    Beth Guerra
    01:14 18 May 19
    Johnine was a breath of fresh air in the real estate market. She listened intently to our wishes and goals, and was tireless in her search for our perfect house. She is well versed in both Seattle and the surrounding areas. She made sure all the details were taken care of after the inspection, and made the closing process seamless. She even gifted us with a housewarming present. Nearly 7 years later, we still receive holiday cards and well wishes. I highly recommend Real Estate Gals and will look no further in the future.
    Aidan Key
    Aidan Key
    15:44 17 May 19
    Johnine and the Real Estate Gals brilliantly took us through the home buying process two different times. Their willingness to educate (I was new), hear our home hopes, and support us through the process are a few of the reasons that I highly recommend this team. Speaking of a team, I love their collaborative business model - it meant that we--the home buyers--always had a returned phone call and an ability to look at a house on OUR schedule. Truly felt like they place the customer first!
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