Sonia Johnson | Ipswich Real Estate, Essex Real Estate, Gloucester Real Estate
 
Sonia Johnson started her real estate career in 1999 working as an assistant to an established Realtor before becoming licensed in January 2000. Having grown up with a focus on real estate through her parents' interests, she and her family spent many Sundays exploring open houses as a hobby.  "I just love what I do; meeting people, problem solving, previewing homes, being organized, researching, and making people happy!  It all seems to come naturally for me.” Johnson has worked with customers in a sales/marketing capacity since she was 14 years old. She attended New Hampshire College while living in southern New Hampshire working toward a marketing degree. In 1993 her husband's job took them to the coast of Maine. They enjoyed living in that region until another relocation landed them in Massachusetts. Not wanting to leave the beautiful coast of Maine they tried their best to recreate their paradise choosing along the North Shore coast of Massachusetts. The North Shore seemed to have it all: great schools, beautiful beaches, quaint downtowns, history, great restaurants, a train into Boston, and a wonderful sense of community," says Johnson. They have resided in the seaside community known as Great Neck in Ipswich, MA since 1998.

Johnson can share with customers her experiences with building two different homes in Ipswich. Her current home on Great Neck where she learned firsthand the in-depth process of dealing with zoning and septic issues along with a number of clients wishing to do similar renovations has strengthened her knowledge of the building/renovation process along the North Shore.

Sonia had been a former board member of the Association of Great Neck and Vice President for four years, where she helped organize social events and work towards preservation of the surrounding land. She was most recently Director of Foster care for the Ipswich Humane Group where she managed the care of pregnant cats, abandoned kittens and placed animals in need of special care outside the shelter. She’s been a volunteer in the public schools, at church, and the local food pantry along with chairing on a couple of charitable fundraising committees over the years.  When Sonia has free time she enjoys spending time with her family traveling, boating, kayaking, snow shoeing, cross-county skiing, getting together with friends and eating out.

Being experienced in all aspects of residential real estate, being well organized and professional, along with having good communication skills has contributed to Sonia's success in her town and the surrounding community. She has consistently been a top agent on the North Shore since 2003. "I believe to survive in this real estate market that you have to set yourself apart from others and deliver a high level of service which will have your past clients coming back and them referring others to me" says Sonia.  In fact, in 2014 she was ranked #1 selling agent in Ipswich, and ranked in the Top 20 agents on the North Shore in 2013 & 2014 for selling all along the North Shore, and has ranked among the top selling agents along the North Shore ever since. 

 SELLERS:

"When Kim and I first contacted Sonia, she came highly recommended.  At the time, we did not think we were ready to make a move to a bigger house, and were only half-heartedly considering it, leaning towards adding on.  Sonia came over and immediately boosted our confidence, as she pointed out all of the pros – rather than the cons for our current house and why she felt we would be successful selling in the current market.  We still felt we were not prepared at the time and decided to stick it out a little longer.  

We signed up for Sonia’s daily email listings and a few houses of interest came along.  Sonia took us to 3 or 4 showings and we hit up a few open houses but none of them fit the bill.  Sonia remained patient, positive and made a real effort to understand exactly what we were looking for and why (staying in Ipswich being the number one key requirement).  Flash forward a few months and lo-an- behold one Saturday morning I checked my email and there was a single new listing in Ipswich.  The size, surroundings and features caught my eye right away and Sonia had us in for a showing the next day.  Kim and I fell for the house as soon as we drove up and walked inside, and that evening Sonia was writing up an offer and advising us on our strategy.  We had our 2nd counter offer accepted by Tuesday. 

Now came the stressful part; we had 4 weeks to sell our house or lose our new home!  I personally felt our house was not prepared for the market, and that it needed no less and 100 different improvements before it would be fit to sell.  Sonia calmed me down immediately and suggested only two or three very manageable repairs that we finished right away.  She had an open house that weekend, less than a week after our offer was accepted.  It took another few weeks and some nail biting but Sonia ended up finding the perfect buyers, who were looking for a manageable started house to start their family – exactly who we were hoping to sell to.

Throughout all of this, Sonia made us feel that we were her top priority and was always available by phone or text to discuss next steps.  She was available to meet all of the inspectors whenever we needed her, and never once did she not have something done when she said she would or miss an appointment.  Although this was all quite a blur at the time, it turned out to be a perfect move for our family and Sonia’s dedication, professionalism and fun positive outlook is what made the whole thing possible in such a whirlwind timeline.

We would never recommend anyone besides Sonia.  Although she was the only person at Windhill I had the pleasure general, since you obviously place great importance on the quality and professionalism of your sales staff and the positive experience you bring to your customers.

Hooray for Sonia, and many thanks to Windhill for helping to make this happen!"  
Jim & Kim B – Ipswich

"Sonia was and is a wonderful real estate advisor/agent; always very professional on all levels.  She always follows up on every detail which is very important.  Will always have her for a real estate agent."  Patricia R - Ipswich

 "Sonia is terrific!  Thank you"  Cathleen S. & John .S. - Hamilton, MA

 

"Sonia went above and beyond what she needed to do to fulfill her obligations. She helped make a stressful time much easier. Thank you Sonia!" Kim C. - Ipswich, MA

 

"Sonia did a great job!" Rick C. - Hamilton, MA

 

"Sonia has worked with us for the last 2 years! She inspected the home on our request and alerted us to the poor condition of our home, helped us find contractors for repairs and renovation - to a lawyer to assist with an eviction, eventually listed the home, showed it endlessly & finally the house is SO

LD, and sold to people who will care about it and be an asset to the community. We are VERY happy!" Mary & Paul J. -  Georgetown, MA

 

 

"Sonia assisted us with every aspect from prelisting advice, CMA, staging as well as other issues that were homeowner issues which she skillfully handled in a professional and timely manner.  Highly satisfied with entire experience." Helen & Roy C – Ipswich

"Sonia is great!  Understood what I needed and continued to sell until market improved and house sold." Jim K - Rowley

"Sonia helped me over many years before we actually gave her our listing"  Phil S – Ipswich

"Sonia Johnson has always demonstrated the highest level of professionalism, integrity & honesty in her interactions with everyone involved in any real estate transaction (and we have had a few!). She is a true asset to your company and we wouldn't hesitate to have her assist us again or to recommend her to someone else." Kathy & Keith H. - Ipswich, MA

 

"Sonia is a talented realtor and a great person. We really enjoyed working with her". Beth & Dick H .- Beverly & Rowley, MA

 

 "Sonia was terrific to work with! I'm already recommending Windhill to anyone who mentions they are thinking of moving". Kevin & Jennifer W. -   Danvers, MA

 

"Sonia did a fantastic job through the entire process. She has a professional yet warm personality that made the intimidating step in our lives manageable and positive. We would recommend Sonia and Windhill to anyone. We couldn't have been happier with how things went."   Dave & Melissa L -  Ipswich'

 

"Sonia Johnson was extremely helpful in every way!”  Walter F. – Ipswich, MA

 

"Sonia is extremely professional, well versed on the Great Neck market, always in communication and goes above and beyond to help with the process.”  Brian & Erin H. – Topsfield, MA

 

"It was a great pleasure to work with Sonia Johnson, our Windhill Realtor.  Her experience and intimate knowledge of the area made her a valuable resource and partner in the sale of our property.  She kept us well informed on the changing market, local regulations and opportunities.  Sonia was able to show the charm and appeal of the property with honesty and enthusiasm appreciated by the buyers as well.”  Barbara B. – Ipswich, MA

 

"Sonia is the consummate professional – she knows the market intimately and sold our house in a week” Scott & Martha F. – Ipswich, MA

 

"Sonia is the consummate professional – she knows the market intimately and sold our house in a week.”

Martha & Scott F – Ipswich

 

"It was a great pleasure to work with Sonia Johnson, our Windhill Realty.  Her experience and intimate knowledge of the area made her a valuable resource and partner in the sale of our property.  She kept us well informed on the changing market, local regulations and opportunities.  Sonia was able to show the charm and appeal of the property with honesty and enthusiasm appreciated by the buyers as well.”

Barbara B – Ipswich

 

"I thank Sonia Johnson for representing me in the selling of my home.  I enjoyed our interactions that finally led to selling the house.  I need not tell you, her degree of professionalism and kindness in dealing with me as her client.  Always "there” for me for every concern.  I believe Windhill Real Estate is lucky to have her on board.  Thank you!” Thank you Sonia!

Paul K – Ipswich

 

"It has been a pleasure working with Sonia.  She is a wonderful person and a true professional.”

Tim & Lidieth G – Ipswich

 

"Sonia did a superb job in every aspect of selling our house.  I was not able to be in Ipswich for any of the different situations that came up so her broad expertise was especially valuable.  She was highly knowledgeable, extremely thorough, and very professional.  I respect her greatly.”

Frank H – Ipswich

 

"Over the past 6 years I noticed how active Sonia was in Great Neck sales.  She had often mailed info to me regarding sales in the area.  When I chose Sonia to help me selling my home she was everything I had hope for.  Title 5 compliance made if difficult but she led the way to a successful sale.”

Rick C – Ipswich

 

BUYERS:

"Sonia was an amazing advocate for me.  She went out of her way to help negotiate a tricky sale.  She helped me beyond expectations.  She is truly outstanding in her professionalism, attention to detail and ethics. Thank you Sonia!"  Susan R – Ipswich

"Sonia is great!  She’s down to earth, honest and I truly felt like she had my best interests in mind." Georganna W – Newburyport 

"Sonia rules.  She made the entire home buying experience as comfortable and hassle free as it could possibly be.  She even made it a little fun."  Brian G – Georgetown

Sonia went above and beyond to help us to find our perfect home.  She made herself available 24/7, even when on vacation.  I am sure that we would not have gotten this home without Sonia’s expertise & persistence.   Tasha & Oli G - Boxford

"Sonia was great, always putting in 110%."  Nick & Holly K – Rowley

 "Sonia is a very personable & persistent realtor. We would recommend her. On a scale of 1-10,  she is an '11'" Steve & Paula B. -  Peabody, MA

 

"Sonia is the best real estate agent we have ever had the pleasure of working with!" Mike & Nikki H. -  Ipswich, MA

 

"Sonia Johnson was extremely professional. Has patience & understanding of our needs. Was remarkable." Dorothy F. -  Wenham, MA

 

"Sonia has worked with us over several years identifying & showing us properties until finally the right one came along. We're extremely satisfied with the effort and time invested and would recommend her to anyone interested in purchasing a property." Scott & Martha F. -  Ipswich, MA

 

"Sonia was wonderful to work with. She is knowledgeable and taught us a lot about home buying and the market. We highly recommend her." Kristen M & Andrew M. -  Danvers, MA

 

"Sonia was great, always putting in 110%. Sonia happened to be our apartment broker, when we first came to Ipswich and looked at our apartment. She is a sweetheart and was very professional, even considering our young age and modest budget; which you don't find often." Nick & Holly R. - Rowley, MA

 

"Sonia was exceptional! Sonia was knowledgeable, available, and personable. She was very adept at understanding my needs. I will use Sonia for my next transaction."

 April L. - Boxford, MA

 

"Great all around experience. Sonia is the best!" Ben & Jessie S. - Groveland, MA

 

"Sonia is great! We enjoyed working with her and were increasingly grateful that she was our agent as the purchase unfolded. She was patient, professional, friendly, always available to assist us, and she brought a great sense of humor to the task. We are very impressed with her skills." Jim K. & Leslie H. - Rowley, MA

 

"Sonia went above and beyond to help us find our perfect home. She made herself available 24/7, even when on vacation. I am sure that we would not have gotten this home without Sonia's expertise & persistence." Roxanne & Mark N. - Georgetown, MA

 

"Sonia, your kindness is much appreciated, as was your professionalism during our negotiations. I would never be here in this happy place if not for you. Thank you. Yours Truly,  Dorothy J. - Ipswich, MA

 

"Sonia was absolutely fantastic from start to finish. She had a very good understanding of what I was looking for and was so wonderful during the whole process. She made my first home purchase a great experience and has earned a customer for life. I am already recommending her to anyone remotely interested in buying or selling in this area. Thank you so very much!" Yvette L. - Ipswich, MA

 

"Sonia is professional, knowledgeable and genuinely concerned for her clients. We thoroughly enjoyed working with her & enjoyed her personality too!" Jim & Julie K - Ipswich, MA

 

"Sonia was terrific.  We’d work with her again in a heartbeat.  Great person = Great real estate person”

Jackie & Andrew G – Andover

 

"Sonia knew the house was coming on the market and notified me immediately when it did.  She advised us on what to offer.  She followed up with listing broker.  Kept us informed.  WE GOT THE HOUSE!”

Jan & Tom B – Ipswich

 

"Sonia has consistently given us the best advice and guidance in this, our forth transaction with her.  We are so grateful for her professionalism and courtesy.”

Angela A & Craig B – Ipswich

 

 

LANDLORDS:

 

"Sonia Johnson is exceptional in every way! She was always available, excellent customer service and had an incredible attention to detail. She helped me in every conceivable way, felt like a good friend rather than a real estate agent." Pam Q. – Germany

 

"Sonia always provides fair and honest work ethics.”

Elaine G - Ipswich

 

"Re: Sonia Johnson.  I cannot imagine my tenant selection process without Sonia.  She has the utmost respect for my needs and my old house.”

Patricia R – Ipswich

 

 

REAL ESTATE AGENTS:

"I just wanted to take the time to share with you that you MADE THIS TRANSACTION!  From the start to the finish.  You are a class act!  You made us so welcomed when we first were there to see the house and all the way thru the process  I told my buyers  that we could not have gotten this house if it wasn’t for you !  I told them you are such a joy to work with.  I have been experiencing some terrible really unprofessional agents that just do not do things in writing etc..  and just do not know, but you are on top of your game.

If you are ever in my area please call me and I hope we do another deal together!!

Thank you once again for your professionalism”

Best Always

Julie – Lynnfield, MA

 

"Although I have been a realtor for 20 years, I chose to put my offer through Sonia when I went to her open house because I knew her as a friend and have worked alongside her in real estate and she has always been an honest and trustworthy person.  As a realtor, I knew and she also told me upfront that she was working as a Seller’s agent to get her client the best possible price for his condo and could not help me with the offer amount.  She was very professional in every way and I am sure both myself and her seller came out winners.  I wasn’t even really seriously searching for a condo and a friend cam with me to the open house and he tells others it took me all of 10 minutes to decide I wanted to buy that condo for my new home, but it took me a month to decide on what colors I wanted to paint it.  I would recommend Sonia to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.  She made everything happen and I adore my new home.  Thank you Sonia”

Cindy D – Ipswich

                                           

 ESTATE PLANNERS:

 

 "Sonia is one of, if not the most capable real estate professionals I have worked with. She was very helpful throughout the process and knew a lot about septic systems & the area market. She was great to work with". John B. - Gloucester, MA

 

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