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Why the Lone Ranger DOESN’T Work in Real Estate

Posted by Johnine Larsen on November 11, 2015
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It’s impossible to handle Seattle real estate on your own. It’s just too much. Too much growth, too much change. Too many neighborhoods with too many quirks. Too many bidding wars and inspections and offers and stagings and negotiations. It’s a messy real estate world in this city, and solitary agents flounder.

That’s why we formed The Real Estate Gals, back in 1990. We knew that if we wanted to give our clients the care and expertise they deserved, we had to work together, and as any of our buyers and sellers will tell you—it’s worked.



Each of us—Johnine, Darcie, Mallory, Scott, and Gaile—knows their stuff, and it’s not the same stuff, either, and our diversity lets us accomplish far more than even the best solo agent ever could. Johnine and Gaile have 25 years of experience apiece in this market. Darcie has a background in interior design that lets her stage a house like no one else. So on and so on, and together, we really do know it all.

When you partner with the Real Estate Gals, one of us will take the lead in working with you. But working behind the scenes—and sometimes right alongside us—you’ll have the entire Real Estate Gals team. You’ll have an entire team of experts working on your behalf. If you’re a buyer, that means we contact sellers, set up appointments, and handle inspections. If you’re a seller, it means we handle interior cleaning, pay for staging, bring in a professional photographer, and do everything we can to sell your house for the best possible price.


Local Experts

Our expertise is geographic, too. Seattle’s a big city, and it’s getting bigger. Sure, you might know all about Beacon Hill and a decent amount about the rest of South Seattle, but no one can stay up-to-date on all this city’s listings and open houses. No one can be a neighborhood expert for all these communities. Unless you’re part of a team.

We have Darcie in Northeast Seattle, Mallory in Northwest Seattle. Scott knows the south part of this city, and Johnine and Gaile are West Seattle experts. Together, we manage to keep track of everything that goes on in real estate, and our clients benefit from it. Just check out our neighborhood profiles. We can answer your questions about every one of those places, and we’ll know which neighborhoods will be an ideal fit for your specific situation.



And perhaps the best advantage of working in a team: we always have someone ready to help you. If any of us finds herself busy or out of town, our clients don’t need to wait. We have a whole team of trusted agents ready to help you at a moment’s notice.


We know this isn’t a revolutionary concept. The greats have always had support. Han Solo had Chewbacca, Frodo had Sam, King Arthur had the Knights of the Round Table. Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto. But we’ve got it even better, because we have an entire team. An incredible team.

We can’t wait to work with you.


  • soumak ghosh
    soumak ghosh
    00:00 14 Nov 19
    They were representing the seller and I was the buyer. Very limited communication from the agents. Waited days for a response for any email/text. Would eventually get a response after multiple follow ups. Almost cost us the deal.
    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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