Jon Hansen's Lakeway Realty Greed, Ethics Scandals

Jon Hansen runs Lakeway Realty, Inc., which specializes, according to Jon, in Bellingham dream homes.  (see graphic at right, click to enlarge)

"Jon has SOLD  100+ homes in 2016."  http://www.bellinghamdreamhome.com/
And "They own over 400 homes in Bellingham, WA"  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lakeway-Realty-Crooks-You-tell-us/371638702936148 for those interested in renting a piece of the dream.  In particular students at Western Washington University who might be in town for just a few years.

JON'S WONDERFUL SERVICE FOR SPECIAL CLIENTS

"As a 3rd generation local real estate expert, I was born to help make you successful"  (Jon Hansen, Zillow Profile, http://www.zillow.com/profile/Jon-Hansen/):  

"SO CALL TODAY"

"Western senior Kate Olson and her roommate got a nasty surprise when the sewage pipe in their rental house broke last fall, causing sewage to back up in their sinks and laundry room."  (Liz Beaulieu, Problems abound between students, landlords, The Western Front, 15 Nov 2007, http://www.westernfrontonline.net/news/article_1ab7019c-421b-552c-9eda-a0465942730a.html)

"I DO IT ALL FOR YOU"

Since "I have my client's best interests at heart"  (Jon Hansen, Zillow Profile, http://www.zillow.com/profile/Jon-Hansen/), "When Olson called her landlord Dave Hansen at Lakeway Realty to fix the problem, she said no one came until four days later." (Liz Beaulieu, Problems abound between students, landlords, The Western Front, 15 Nov 2007,
http://www.westernfrontonline.net/news/article_1ab7019c-421b-552c-9eda-a0465942730a.html)


"Jon's greatest strength as a realtor is his skilled "matchmaking"; his thorough knowledge of the market, paired with his ability to recall vividly your real estate dreams, unite when he procures that perfect home for you"  (Jon Hansen, http://www.bellinghamdreamhome.com/content/contact_us/contact_us.asp):  "Olson, who eventually had to move out of the

"SKILLED MATCHMAKING"

house because of the smell and a rat infestation, said 

LAKEWAY REALTY DOESN'T PLAY BY THE RULES

she never got her deposit back from the company." (Liz Beaulieu, Problems abound between students, landlords, The Western Front, 15 Nov 2007,
http://www.westernfrontonline.net/news/article_1ab7019c-421b-552c-9eda-a0465942730a.html)(see graphic at right, click to enlarge)


"Businesses that don’t play by the rules may shortcut the quality of their work, resulting in unhappy consumers and shoddy – if not unsafe - outcomes" (http://suspectfraud.wa.gov/)(see graphic at right, click to enlarge):

THEY SHORTCUT THE QUALITY OF THEIR WORK

"The company only employed one cleaning woman, who did

SHODDY, UNSAFE OUTCOMES

not clean up the whole mess, Olson said.   “There was still toilet paper stuck to the floors and the walls,” she said."" (Liz Beaulieu, Problems abound between students, landlords, The Western Front, 15 Nov 2007,
http://www.westernfrontonline.net/news/article_1ab7019c-421b-552c-9eda-a0465942730a.html)


SO CHECK OUT THIS BUSINESS

"Check out a business, learn how to protect yourself from fraud – and report suspected fraud." http://suspectfraud.wa.gov/

Like Kate Olson did:  "Olson and her roommate decided to break the lease and move out in January 2007.  “We decided it wasn’t a healthy environment for us to live in,” Olson said." (Liz Beaulieu, Problems abound between students, landlords, The Western Front, 15 Nov 2007,
http://www.westernfrontonline.net/news/article_1ab7019c-421b-552c-9eda-a0465942730a.html)


A PATTERN OF MISCONDUCT

"If something is broken, Lakeway Realty will not fix it. They will also give no deposit back at the end of your lease despite how well it was cleaned before the end of your stay. Many of their houses are riddled with mold and crumbling to the ground. They will take no phone messages and they do not respond to emails...ever. Lastly the lady that works the reception is very, very rude."  (Lakeway Realty. Crooks? You tell us., 12 Jun 2013, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lakeway-Realty-Crooks-You-tell-us/371638702936148)

RENTAL SCAMS

"Rental scams happen when either a property owner or potential tenant misrepresent themselves or the terms and availability of a rental property." https://www.usa.gov/housing-scams#item-211837  Like calling a dump a "dream home", and claiming to be fully on your side, when in reality Dustin Davis reports that Lakeway stole $200 from him!  (see graphic at right)

OH, JON HANSEN CLAIMS

"I will create a strategy to negotiate the best outcome for you." (Jon Hansen, Zillow Profile, http://www.zillow.com/profile/Jon-Hansen/)

BUT THE REALITY IS OTHERWISE 

"Absolutely the worst realty company I've ever dealt with, or even heard of."  (Shelby J., Bellingham, WA, 3 Nov 2013, http://www.yelp.com/biz/lakeway-realty-bellingham)  Because "at Lakeway Realty; everyone is just walking money to take advantage of." (Lakeway Realty. Crooks? You tell us., 12 Jun 2013, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lakeway-Realty-Crooks-You-tell-us/371638702936148)  "They often combine sophisticated technology 

LIKE ILLEGALLY WITHHOLDING SECURITY DEPOSITS

with age-old tricks to get people to send money or give out personal information. They add new twists to old schemes and 

JON HANSEN'S M.O.

pressure people to make important decisions on the spot. One thing that never changes: they follow the headlines — and the money." (Federal Trade Commission, Scam Alerts, https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts)  Which is why he owns half of Bellingham.



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