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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!