Johnine Larsen

 

Real Estate Gals, REALTOR©

 

Johnine came to Seattle from Chicago thirty-three years ago and fell in love with the Pacific Northwest. Soon after, in 1990, she founded the Real Estate Gals.

Johnine is passionate about LGBTQ+ rights, immigrant rights, social justice, homelessness, and animal causes—she founded Agents of Change, and she’s personally supported organizations such as the GSBA, the Pride Foundation, PAWS, Pasado’s Safe Haven, New Vocations Horse Rescue, and others. She’s currently learning Spanish with the hope of becoming fluent. She loves to sing, bicycle, work around the house, and travel.


Why are you an Agent of Change?

“Because shelter is a basic human right and Mary’s Place has been one of the most successful not-for-profits in the city when it comes to reducing homelessness. They successfully transition people experiencing homelessness into permanent housing.”

 

All of us work with homes on a day-to-day basis. Why is having a home so important?

“Owning a home is empowering, and I believe it’s the best investment you can make in the future.”

 

“I feel that we all have an obligation to do more for those that have less—to help those who just need a leg up.”

 

What impresses you most about Mary’s Place?

“Their sheer commitment, energy, and enthusiasm for the work. That they are some of the kindest, most passionate people I have ever met. They are constantly evolving and coming up with creative ways to address the issues.”

 

What inspires you to help those less fortunate?

“ Empathy and gratitude come to mind. I did not come from wealth—I faced financial struggles growing up in Illinois. I struggled with dyslexia and never graduated from college. I never dreamed that I would come into a career that I would love so much: the relationships, the knowledge and experience, the financial freedom. I never take what I have for granted. It should be shared. I like to give back, and more importantly, I feel that we all have an obligation to do more for those that have less—to help those who just need a leg up.”

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