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How I Met Johnine and Moved (Back) to Seattle

Posted by Tonya Spivey on May 7, 2019
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Meeting Johnine was like connecting with an old friend. I had heard about her for years from a mutual connection: “She’s such an amazing person,” “willing to help anyone,” “wise in the real estate industry,” and all sorts of comments like that.

When I chose to go down the real estate path in San Diego, our mutual friend suggested I contact Johnine if I had any questions. I didn’t reach out, though, until our mutual friend gave me a strong nudge in November of 2018.

Johnine and I hit it off right away. It turns out we share many core beliefs, including the importance of using your intuition in business. She and I were excited about the potential to work together, and after many conversations, brainstorming sessions, and weeks working together in Seattle, we are happy to announce that I am a new, official Real Estate Gal!

So after nine sun-filled years in San Diego, my family and I decided to come home to Seattle. I was born and raised up here, and although my husband grew up as a military brat, his father had been stationed at Fort Lewis from seventh grade on, so we both call Washington home. Our two daughters know San Diego as home after spending most of their memorable childhood there, but they were both born in Washington. My husband had always talked about moving back to the Evergreen State after our girls graduated high school, but this door of opportunity sparked our interest years earlier than planned.

Many people have asked me, “Why move back to the rain after living in paradise for the last nine years?” The short answer… when an amazing opportunity knocks, you answer. The chance to work with Johnine and the rest of the Real Estate Gals is worth the move. Some call Johnine a fairy godmother, and who wouldn’t want to be part of making dreams come true? Including my own real estate dreams!

The opportunity to grow my skill set, reconnect with family and friends, smell the green trees every day, and soak up the changes Seattle has made was enough for my family to make the move. We’re excited to continue to grow our tribe in Seattle through this amazing business, the girls’ new school connections and sports teams, and all our collective hobbies. This major transition comes with so many gifts, and we look forward to uncovering them.

Tonya Spivey


PS: You can read more about me here!

  • Sarah Donaldson
    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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