Al Johnson
Al Johnson
Managing Broker, Windermere Real Estate Mount Baker
4919 South Genesee Street Seattle, WA 98118  |  Direct: 206-595-6000  |  Office: 206-725-7255  |  Email:



This website is designed to let you do several things:
  To take a look at homes I have for sale and some of the ones I've sold;
  To find out a little about me and my company; and

  To give you the tools to do some directed exploring of homes on the market, and the neighborhoods they are in.

So please explore, and thanks for visiting!

A Southeast Seattle specialist
No agent can be an expert in all types of property all over the state, or even the county. I am a neighborhood specialist: I live with my wife and (when they come home to visit) two daughters in Mount Baker, and nearly all my work is done in the lakeside corridor between Madrona and Seward Park. Many agents throughout Western Washington and Oregon have referred their local clients to me because of my knowledge and experience in these areas. I work almost exclusively with buyers and sellers of single-family homes, with a recent average sales price around $750,000.
Marketing and negotiating style
My education and professional background revolve mostly around psychology and teaching, and my educational and counseling skills are in continual use in my real estate career. I learned advertising copywriting from my father, a pioneering direct-mail writer, and find that my advertising regularly attracts more agents to my listings and more buyers to my open houses. My negotiating style is win-win: I make every effort to negotiate agreements that all parties are satisfied with. A buyer or seller who feels he has "lost" at the bargaining table is resentful and much less likely to be willing to work out problems that may arise, as they often do, between agreement and closing.
Professional qualifications
I`m in my twenty-ninth year of working in Windermere`s Mount Baker office. I am a Managing Broker, and have been my office`s Assistant Manager for more than twenty years. I have taken literally hundreds of hours of training in negotiation skills, real estate and agency law, buyer agency, ethics, home construction, finance, Internet marketing (take a look at the photos on any of my listings on this site) and other pertinent subjects. I am a columnist for Windermere`s company newsletter on best practices for our agents, and a Premier Director for Windermere`s upscale home marketing program. I am also a member and current president of Forum XXII, an elected group of 22 uncommonly successful in-city agents who meet monthly to exchange information on the market and our listings. This allows me to promote my listings directly to the agents most likely to sell them.
Where my clients come from
My success is a direct result of the work I do: over ninety per cent of my business comes from referrals and repeat business from past clients and other agents. I do virtually no self-promotion: I do not make unsolicited phone calls or send out mass mailings. Because my past clients send me new clients, I am free to spend my time, not prospecting for new leads, but working with the clients I have, marketing their homes aggressively and helping my buyers find new homes. If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the neighborhoods of Southeast Seattle, I invite you to give me a call to find out what I can do for you.
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