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Justin Mellon

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I am a Washington native, originally from the Olympic Peninsula, and have been a Seattle resident since 2004. I currently reside in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood, and have lived in Green Lake, Maple Leaf, and Wedgwood. After studying Geographic Economics at UW and working as an emergency medical technician, I spent a lot of time traveling internationally before returning home to work in carpentry. Travel abroad has helped me better appreciate all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer and understand how lucky we are to live here.

I began working in real estate in 2004 and never expected that I would enjoy a career as much as I have enjoyed being a Realtor. Helping clients find the perfect house, sell their current home, and navigate a wide variety of housing transitions, has been enormously gratifying.

I strive to understand the wants and needs of my home buyer clients. My goal is to help you find the right home -- a home that you'll be happy in for a very long time. I enjoy the negotiation process and will do my job to my best ability to help you purchase a home under the most favorable and affordable terms. In our search, I bring hands-on experience and knowledge of building construction to educate you about building condition and observe possible defects.

For my sellers, preparation and research regarding your home is vital. After I conduct a detailed market analysis of your home, comparing it to local properties, my work has just begun. My understanding of market conditions and comparable homes helps me guide you appropriately in pricing, marketing strategy, and negotiations. I am able to offer a list of referral-based contractors, if necessary, to prepare your home for the market and maximize the sales price. When your home debuts to the public, professional photography, marketing material, as well as widespread web-based regional and national advertising gets it the exposure needed to sell, for the most money possible.

  • We have purchased two homes and sold one with Justin’s help, and every me we felt we could not have been in better hands. He knows all the Seattle neighborhoods and is always responsive, but what we appreciate the most is his experience in home renovations. When buying a house, that experience really helped in determining the value of a house and how much work it might require. When selling, Justin knew exactly what updates to focus on to maximize the house’s appeal, and then leveraged his vast network of contractor contacts to get all the work done quickly and with minimal effort required from us. Every me he made sure the process was as stress-free for us as possible, and handled all the details from large to small. Justin is very approachable, always available, and it was truly great working with him!
    -Aleksandra & Marcin

  • I enjoyed working with Justin through the entire process of selling our house. He helped navigate a complex situation and greatly assisted in the process of getting the house ready for market by coordinating with painters, landscapers, and other contractors. Once the house was listed, he worked hard to show the house and we accepted a strong offer shortly afterward. Even in a strong sellers' market having the right marketing strategy is key to getting an optimum outcome and moving towards a fast closing with all the details in place. I couldn't be happier with Justin's efforts and the results.

  • Justin and Andrew are a dream to work with, and we recommend them wholeheartedly. My wife and I have sold 4 houses, and we can attest that the process has never been so easy, nor so thoughtfully cared after. They felt like partners, and helped us find the right amount of spending to really show off our property in its best light. They put their own time and money into the staging, and used their own contacts to help us with last-minute paint, drywall, landscaping and more. We had an aggressive timeline — and Justin’s wife was due in the middle of it! — but they worked together to make it happen in less than a month, taking care of hundreds of little details along the way. For peace of mind, confidence, and complete coverage, go with the Mellon brothers.

  • Justin and Andrew are a dream to work with, and we recommend them wholeheartedly. My wife and I have sold 4 houses, and we can attest that the process has never been so easy, nor so thoughtfully cared after. They felt like partners, and helped us find the right amount of spending to really show off our property in its best light. They put their own time and money into the staging, and used their own contacts to help us with last-minute paint, drywall, landscaping and more. We had an aggressive timeline — and Justin’s wife was due in the middle of it! — but they worked together to make it happen in less than a month, taking care of hundreds of little details along the way. For peace of mind, confidence, and complete coverage, go with the Mellon brothers.

  • I will definitely use Justin again when I buy my next house. He is honest and will not push you into a home to make a sale. He honestly wants what is best for you and your family. If the house is not right he will flat out tell you.
    -Justin R.

  • I rarely give 5 star ratings because can anyone really be that good? Justin is.

    Buying/selling a home can be stressful and emotional so I was so grateful to find him when we bought our home in Seattle. He was patient, listened, payed attention to details and helped us land our dream home under challenging circumstances. He continues to be a trusted advisor for all things real estate.

    We own a vacation rental business and have some investment properties in Seattle. He's the first person we ask when we need advice/input on decisions related to finding contractors, making home updates/improvements as well as market timing when making decisions about if/when to refinance. He understands the entire business of real estate, not just the basics of buying/selling a home and he always makes time for us. I have referred him to work with family, friends and even guests staying in our vacation rentals while they look for a home in the Seattle area. Highly recommend!
    -Teresa S.

  • Justin Mellon used his extensive local connections to find a house that fit me perfectly, then negotiated a fantastic deal that helped me to realize my personal dream of being a homeowner in the Ballard neighborhood. I am better off today financially and personally because of his expertise and integrity. I highly recommend this guy.
    -Bryan S.

  • I was referred over to Justin from a friend and colleague of mine. My regret is that I didn't reach out sooner during my condo search. Justin, and his brother Andrew, were a breath of fresh air to work with - incredibly professional, knowledgeable, and a unique duo to work with combining their real estate and construction backgrounds.

    I didn't end up going with them, as another search I had from previous months before yielded a result, but would absolutely use their services for my next search.

    Since my condo purchase, I've been in contact with Justin and Andrew for contractor referrals and various questions. Even though they have nothing to gain from my inquiries, they continually go above and beyond to help me out.
    -Patrick M.

  • Justin has been involved in 3 real estate transactions with me and has proven himself to be extremely knowledgeable on a wide range of real-estate related activity and comes with a deep network to get the most out of the transaction, including lenders, house-preparation no matter the task and even movers. Justin will get the best deal available in the market place and do so with the least amount of stress for his client.
    -Alex H.

  • Justin Mellon was wonderful to work with. He helped us evaluate the condo we owned, suggested some upgrades to get the best value for our money and put us in touch with professionals to help us complete the projects. He listed our condo and it we accepted an offer the Monday after the showing. He also guided us through the buying side when we purchased a home. He explained in great detail the process, which was new to us. He skillfully managed the line between negotiation and not losing the house we'd grown to love. Justin has resources for tons of professionals, from interior designers/stagers to roofers. He has stayed in touch with us for years since our initial partnership. Can't recommend him enough!
    -Jen P.

  • I contacted Justin in mid-July, 2015 when I was looking to buy a house for the first time. I contacted him, because he was highly regarded on Yelp, and my experience working with him completely justified the strong reviews.

    He met with me soon after I contacted him, and he gave me a concise, but detailed overview of the home-buying process and how it relates to the Seattle market. He outlined strategies to improve my chances in a competitive bid and he put me in touch with a contact for financing. This contact also proved to be an excellent resource.

    He showed me several houses that matched my criteria, never shying away from pointing out potential flaws and in one case strongly recommending against. He has an expert's eye when viewing a home and he will readily point out the good and the bad, or just the interesting.

    Eventually I found a place I really liked, but it was already pending. The deal ended up falling through though, and Justin was right on top of it, so that I got first chance at it before it went back onto the market. I took it and I'm now closing on it.

    Buying a house is not an easy process, but Justin and his contacts have ensured in every step that they bear the difficulty and they actually make it easy for the purchaser; in fact, it almost felt too easy. I would highly recommend Justin, especially who could really use an expert guiding hand in the home buying process, and I will seek him out if I plan to move in the future.
    -John L.

  • Justin and Andrew helped us every step of the way as we navigated the sale of our first house. They did extensive research so we could price the house appropriately and get it on the market as quickly as possible. They have a great network of resources, including photographers, painters, and stagers, who made our house look amazing. One of them was always available to answer our questions and keep things under control, even when we were feeling overwhelmed. I appreciate their easy-going demeanor and professionalism which made everything run smoothly for us. They are a great team and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for support in either the sale or purchase of a home.
    -Matt and Mindy

  • My wife and I met Justin at an open house he held in spring of 2013 and then in summer 2014 asked him to list our house for sale. At first we were unsure about selling our beloved home, but we were sure to hold onto Justin's contact info. From the time he first saw our house till we decided to sell, Justin was very patient, considerate and helpful.

    He provided good advice about improvements to make, and others not to worry about.

    Upon listing our house he was consistently available to us, and provided the expertise we needed to make the most informed decisions at each step of the process.

    Justin was integral to the success of our sale, and we were very satisfied with his service.

    We would rank him a 10 out of 10 if polled, and have referred him to friends since our sale.
    -Andrew H.

  • I met Justin over 10 years ago. My wife had used him to sell our condo in Tangletown. In that transaction he personally pressured washed the deck and staged the condo for resale in an extreme buyers’ market. He sold our condo for a good price in short order.

    So when it came time to sell our house in Green Lake it made sense for us to see if Justin would help us sell our house. At this time Justin introduced me to his brother Andrew as well.

    They took my home from renter occupied to market ready within a matter of weeks with very little support from my family. The prelisting preparation Justin and Andrew orchestrated helped maximize the value of our home, inside and out. It is not really the selling, but getting a house ready to sell that can be a lot of work. After evaluating our house, they lined up a punch-list of what needed to be done and put together a team to execute the work. They helped us manage that cost through their extensive network of contractors and by only recommending things that would significantly improve the likelihood of selling our house at the optimum price.

    What really sets these guys apart is their ability to manage everything that needed to be done; oak floor refinishing, touch-up painting, pressure washing, deck staining, the landscaping, sod, cleaning, photography, and staging … scheduling them, letting in the house, and checking to see that the work had been done correctly, etc… to get the house on the market in weeks. During the open houses, they were amazingly proactive with agents and clients that viewed the house and kept us in the loop every step of the way. Ours turned out to be a multiple offer situation and they helped us sort through the pros and cons of each offer. We would highly recommend this team when it comes time to sell or buy your next house.
    -Jarrod K.

  • I have worked with Justin Mellon as my real estate professional three times now, and would choose him again in a heartbeat. He helped me to buy my first house, sell it when it no longer seemed to fit our needs, and then buy another house when the time came.

    Each time he’s been professional, available, honest, friendly, and a joy to work with. I trust his opinion, and I value his willingness to take the time to walk me through opinions and choices.

    He has always gone above and beyond the call of duty in making himself available, even for last minute unreasonable requests of mine. (“Hi Justin, I know we placed on offer on that other place yesterday, but today I saw this new one come on the market, can you get me in to see it ASAP?”)

    His personal warmth is genuine and comfortable. I felt relaxed and at ease, never pressured. That helps a lot when one is trying to imagine residing in a new house during a walk-through.

    His professional advice was spot on. Oftentimes he would take a guess about how fast a place would sell, and time usually proved him right. He also took the time to learn what was important to us in a home, and worked to find us a great match.
    -Katherine E.

  • My husband and I just partnered with Justin to both sell our condo and find our dream home. He was such a wonderful asset and ally on both ends that we feel extremely lucky to have found him.

    Initially we would have loved to sell our condo over a year ago and move into a home. Due to another unit in our complex selling for such a low price, Justin helped us weigh the pros and cons of waiting a year before testing the market. In the end we waited a year and did some renovations at his suggestion. All of the contractors he pointed us to were amazing and he was able to help us keep our budget low while getting the job done. He has many resources and is glad to share them.

    Justin stuck with us through the months we waited to put our house on the market, staying in touch and offering his advice on how to best prep the condo for sale. When it finally came time to go, he was as ready as we were!

    We were blessed with a quick bid on the condo and then went on to the buying process. Justin offered specific expertise on neighborhoods, eras of home and what we were getting for our money. All of which was invaluable to us!

    We found the home we'd been dreaming of and Justin steered us through the entire process. Even if there were days where we were just waiting, Justin would stay in contact with us just to say, "haven't forgotten about you!". It was all so comforting to know that he was on our side and working hard for us. It felt like we were his only client (even though we surely weren't) with the dedication he had to communicating with us both via e-mail and by phone. No question or concern was too small.

    I can't say enough wonderful things about Justin. His open, friendly communication style and wealth of resources will be a benefit to anyone thinking of using him as an agent. A+ from us.
    -Jen P.

  • Justin was recommended to us by a friend and helped us find our dream house, sell our condo and then sell our house a few years later, when we moved out of town. We couldn't have asked for a better experience! Justin and Andrew expertly navigated the entire process for us. They gave us great advice and took care of all of the details, so we didn't have to worry about a thing. We highly recommend them!
    -Heather D.

  • We chose Justin as our agent after a glowing recommendation from trusted friends, and they were right on the money! We were looking for a rare type of house in a very specific neighborhood during a highly competitive market. Justin stuck with us month after month, walked us through many houses, watched carefully for new homes on the market, and gave us great advice on remodeling options. He was patient when we were picky and continued to bring us good homes to consider. He walked us through a couple of offers and gave us wonderful advice about how to compete to win in such a hard market. We finally found the house that fit our family just right and were so glad we had his support to get us there! Once we knew we wanted the house, Justin snapped into action and got the ball rolling in the offer process, the inspection, and all the paperwork. He recommended a team of excellent people who helped us every step of the way during the buying process. We knew we were in good hands! We just got the keys to our lovely home and couldn't be happier!
    -Amy H.

  • Selling a home is a very stressful event, especially when you live in a different state and are about to move to a third state, but we had a great experience with Justin selling our home! We shared a vision for renovations and updates that needed to be done to the house to get top dollar and they all came off perfectly! Even when problems arose with contractors (and they always do) or meeting deadlines he was there to help and it was always handled quickly and professionally. If you're looking for someone to do that little extra to make the difference in a sale, you can't go wrong with Justin.
    -Kevin B.

  • My wife and I recently sold a house with the assistance of Justin Mellon after learning I would move for medical residency. He started by talking through the trade offs between renting vs selling considering the current market but was very forthright that either would be a good option financially, so it depended on our outlook and personalities. When we decided to sell he helped orient us to the big picture thinking, including the ideal timeline to get the house on the market and the big steps of what sells a house in our neighborhood. When we started thinking about the details, such as whether to invest in small upgrades, what yardwork to prioritize and how to organize and show the house, Justin helped to coordinate local contractors he has seen produce quality work and he even brought in an interior design consultant at his expense. So from big picture thinking through to small details, Justin was very helpful in our first house selling experience and I would highly recommend him for his knowledge of the housing market but also his integrity in thinking about the process.
    -Nate B.

  • My wife and I had a wonderful experience selling our home with Justin. We had already moved out of state, and did the entire sale remotely. Justin took care of all the details, and we were very happy with the choices he made and the ease of the entire process. Initially, we were on the fence as to whether it was economically worth our while to sell now or to wait another year. Justin gave us his opinions, and then showed to house to several of his colleagues to get their opinions. We felt comfortable with our decision knowing he had taken so much time to give us a very fair assessment of what our outlook may be. We would highly recommend Justin to anyone looking to buy or sell a house in Seattle.
    -Zach E.

  • I can not say enough good things!

    My Husband and I were first time home buyers without a clue in the world as to where to start. Justin held our hand through out the process and got us into a home we love and is just right for us.

    He is attentive, thoughtful, and thorough. We always felt like he had our best interest in mind and never felt like we were being pushed into or sold on a house we didn't want.

    We met with 3 Agents and decided to work with Justin for all of the reasons outlined in the previous reviewers comments. So happy it worked out. We will definitely call Justin should we ever decide to sell or buy again!
    -Terra P.

  • There is no way we would have felt as comfortable and confident in our house hunting/home buying process if it were'nt for Justin! His patience, knowledge, and professionalism made this experience such an exciting time for me and my husband! We enjoyed the other team members tha Justin recommended as well, ie: mortgage broker + escrow company. There was such a great level of respect and professionalism throughout!
    -Erika W.

  • As a newcomer to Seattle, I had heard good things about Lake and Company but didn't have any personal recommendations for a particular agent. So I browsed the company's website and read some testimonials, and decided to contact Justin Mellon because of his great reviews from clients, as well as his knowledge of carpentry and construction, and the impression that he really enjoys the process of matching someone up with their perfect living space. It turns out that I made a great choice.

    Justin worked with me tirelessly for several months in order to find the perfect house that had all of the things that I really wanted in my first home purchase and still fit my budget. Even in the middle of the fast upswing and high competition in the housing market for this popular part of Seattle, when we finally found just the thing we wanted, Justin helped us develop strategy and put in the winning offer. When the bank's appraisal came through, our purchase price came in $17k below market value, meaning that we got a killer deal on an amazing place.

    After signing the purchase agreement but before closing, a major rain came and some water got into the downstairs of our new home, along with a couple of other minor maintenance issues that needed to be immediately addressed. Justin was the first to identify these issues, and actively looked to find everything that needed to be taken care of before the house was turned over to us. He handled all of the discussions with the seller, and thanks to his wise and always diplomatic approach, everything was taken care of by the seller before our closing date.

    A month after moving in, we couldn't be happier with our new home. Thanks again, Justin!
    -Robin G.

  • We loved working with Justin and would highly recommend him as an agent. He was reliable, always quick to answer email and phone calls, and provided a level of in-depth knowledge of properties in the Phinney Ridge and surrounding area that far exceeded our expectations.

    We worked with him over several months and he proved himself particularly useful in helping us to define the kind of house we wanted. We were immediately impressed by his fund of knowledge--- we had contemplated buying a ‘fixer’ and he was able to provide us with helpful estimates of the time and money required for projects we wanted and pointed out projects that would need to be done. He wasn’t afraid to tell us his honest opinion, even when it wasn’t exactly what we wanted to hear. And we were delighted that he covered our move as a gift when we finally found our dream home.
    -Bryna and Peter

  • Thanks for helping us navigate the home buying process! We are so happy in the new house--everything about it ended up being perfect for us. We're really glad to have worked with you guys; your expertise and referrals throughout the process kept everything running smoothly and made everything much easier and less stressful for us.
    -Marc and Molly

  • Justin & Danny were fantastic to work with. It was very professional with a great deal of personal assistance! Good knowledge of the market and buildings, communication, & sense of humor!
    -Kara and Sebastian

  • I had a fantastic experience working with Justin. I was a first-time home buyer and I needed a lot of guidance.

    Here is the best part about Justin. He discouraged me from buying the first place I considered buying. It wasn't right for me, and though I was excited about it, he knew I would not have been happy there long term. He was honestly concerned about helping me find the best house for me, and he was confident that with his help, I would be able to find better places. I took his advice, waited for a better option, and I couldn't be happier. I think I would have been really frustrated by the condo and I am thrilled about my current home.

    I was so surprised by that. Here I was, considering buying, and you'd think my realtor would be pushing me to buy. But he wasn't. He was pushing me to consider all the options and to make the best possible decision for myself. He really cares about his clients and getting them into the best homes for them. I cannot underscore this enough.

    Local Knowledge: Justin was incredibly knowledgeable about the area and what is considered valuable. Moreover, Justin has a lot of knowledge about house construction. He can see whether the plumbing or electricity are out of date, he can provide guidance (and referrals) on how much it would cost to update a kitchen or put in new windows. As a single female, this was especially crucial guidance for me.

    Process Expertise: I'm not sure what other realtors do for their clients, but man did Justin work for me. He provided referrals for the inspection and sewer scope. He emailed with my parents to assuage some of their concerns. He checked out the location before I signed to make sure the former owners had moved out. He was present and actively engaged during the inspection, asking questions and climbing on my roof. Just to name a few times he went what felt like above and beyond. I couldn't have asked for better support.

    Responsiveness: Always responds via cell or email. Always.

    Negotiation Skills: We negotiated some and it was really nice to have him on the front lines of that. We got the price reduced by about $10k (after the price had already dropped 2x on the market) and got a few more things added after the inspection. I feel like I got a really fair price for my house. If you're in the Seattle area, I couldn't recommend a better realtor.
    -Elizabeth H.

  • Thank you Justin for your efforts in the successful sale of my condo in Seattle. The condo was on the market for a year with no offers while being listed by another realtor.

    A friend of mine, who is in the real estate business, recommended that I switch to you and your company. You are everything that he said you would be.
    -Don G.

  • We can't recommend our realtor Justin Mellon more. We just finished selling our first home and buying our new home and Justin negotiated both processes for us flawlessly. He listened to our needs, represented our wants, and helped us through every question and concern we threw his way. He is one of the most helpful individuals we have ever encountered and his extensive network of talented people to help with your home is incredible. We hired Justin to help us sell our home because well, he seemed like a really nice guy. We struck up a conversation with him while out looking at houses and we're a bit embarrassed to admit that we really did not do much more homework than that. So, kudos to you for doing some research on line! Justin was easy to talk to, he listened, he was kind, and he held his conversation steady when our toddler was running around the beautiful house he was showing like a wild animal. He came to our house soon after and gave us an incredibly thorough and thoughtful estimate on our home. We were impressed by how knowledgeable and confident he was, the services that he and Lake and Company offer, and his obvious commitment to the profession. There was no question that Justin was who we should work with. Justin gave us excellent and reasonable recommendation for how to get the best value for our house, and we truly believe his advice paid off and then some in the sale price of our home. We had never sold a house before and were worried that in a down market it was going to be difficult. Justin's expertise in helping us to prep our home and price it both competitively and fairly helped us negotiate multiple offers and sell our house quickly to a great buyer. So we sold our house faster than we ever imagined we would for an incredible value. Now we needed to buy a home! Again Justin led us through the search process with confidence and compassion. He really took each impression we had of a house as a way to learn more about us as buyers, never showing frustration, and never pressuring us toward a home that would not be right for us. He was always available for questions and to show us any house that we were interested in. When the right house arrived on the market, it did not do so without the need for some negotiation, and Justin is a master at the negotiating table. He got us into the house in a multiple offer situation, without sacrificing any of the demands we had for the seller. So, here we are in a home we love, in the neighborhood we wanted to live in and it turns out that our first instinct was actually correct. Justin is a really nice guy. And that kindness seems to guide all that he does. He really cares about this process, and understands that selling and buying houses are more than just sales transactions, they are enormous life choices that impact an entire family.
    -Rob, Aley and Max our still confused hound dog, Elvis

  • The home buying process can be extremely scary and sketchy to say the least. While you're juggling price versus size versus yard space versus versus the neighborhood, there are a lot of people out there with their own agendas trying to make a quick buck off you. Unfortunately, the process of buying our home did not go as smoothly as we had hoped. The actual paperwork and negotiations went really well, but after we got the keys and showed up at the house for the first time there were a lot of things missing--the microwave, light fixtures, mirrors,etc. The lawn was unkempt and the property was not what we agreed upon in our contract. Suddenly, the excitement of buying our first home turned into resent. We worked with Justin to draft a letter to the sellers asking them to return the items. The selling agent didn't even care to help do the right thing. They basically what...we all got paid already. After a few days of battling back in forth, Justin finally stepped in and took care of the lawn and reimbursed us for the items. It was not his responsibility, we really thought it was that of the sellers, but he stepped in anyways. Moral of the story..if you don't have a trustworthy, professional, and hardworking agent on your side, you can easily get taken for. Justin was exactly this, and my husband and I could not be happier with the process and the results. He kept our best interests in mind and helped us find exactly what we were looking for. I never once felt pressured into buying something that wasn't the right fit for us. Additionally, his overall knowledge on building construction/history, and all of the tiny little house details was amazing. He truly knows his stuff, and it's a privilege to have him on your side.
    -Diane T.

  • Justin Mellon has found his calling. He is a stand-out real estate agent who I would highly recommend, without hesitation. His level of professionalism, compassion, and sincerity sets him apart. Justin has a strong work ethic and worked tirelessly to meet our needs. He communicates clearly, respectfully and honestly. He was always available for us—so much so that I felt as if we were his only clients. Justin puts his heart into his work and works with the highest level of integrity. After the sale, Justin continued to support us by providing boxes for our move, paying for our move as a closing gift, and providing references for contractors and sub-contractors. In addition, he continues to ask about the progress we are making on the house, as it is very important to him that our visions for our new home are realized. I cannot say enough about our experience with Justin. He is an exemplary real estate agent and a downright good person.

  • I knew right away I wanted Justin to be my real estate agent. He has been helpful in so many ways. His ideas and advice brought the sale of my house to a quick and successful end. I would recommend him completely.
    -Nancy Gjerde Smith

  • THANK YOU soo very much for ALL of your hard work, guidance and endless help with the sale of my condo!! It couldn't have gone smoother, thanks to you.
    -Barbara Allendoerfer

  • For those of you in the Puget Sound area, take note: I can't say enough about my fantastic real estate agent. Justin Mellon (206-919-7648; Lake & Company Real Estate), who handled the sale of my home and purchase of my new home. He goes above and beyond, and then some more for his clients. He listens. That might sound like an odd comment, but we had an agent before that continued to show us houses that were exactly what we'd said we did not want. After showing me a couple of houses, Justin checked to make sure he'd read me right and was choosing places in line with my wants. And he listens beyond the mere words. I'd told him I wanted a yard for gardens, and even though I'd not expanded upon that, he knew I also wanted sun for those gardens (and got it for me). He gave great advice before we put our house on the market, set the price right (checking with other agents to make sure he was on target), and did what was needed to make the place ready to sell - pressure washing our house, among several services (though what he does for each client varies, according to needs). He has an extensive list of people who do various work at very fair prices to prepare a house for sale (or to fix up once you move in), and we used several, with whom we were pleased.

    And did I mention we got our asking price? Almost unheard of these days. Justin's been successfully handling sales and purchases for clients throughout this down time in the market, so it's not just with us that he excels. Another bonus - for buyers, he provides for the move. As we were dividing stuff, packing up, and dealing with the emotional strain of leaving our home of the past twenty-nine years, I so welcomed Justin's generous gift of taking care of the move.
    -Julie Scandora

  • Hi Mike, (Owner/Broker, Lake & Company)

    I wanted to take a few minutes to let you know what a great agent you have in Justin Mellon. Recently I had a listing in Maple Leaf that belonged to my brother-in-law and his wife. After he tragically passed away in February, I had the daunting job of putting it on the market. I say this because our family was already stricken with the loss of our mother and sister within the past year and emotionally, I was somewhat spent. Had funds been available, I would have referred it to a Seattle agent. Unfortunately, they had purchased the home in October of '09 and with the current market conditions, we know it would have to be sold at a loss and there wasn't much room for listing commission.

    Back to Justin, in the 29 years that I have been selling real estate, I have never met an agent with such compassion and professionalism. He was truly unbelievable. We had some blips along the way but he followed through with everything he said he would, and I believe he was the prevailing reason that got us through to closing. He had amazing buyers, but I don't think that was a coincidence as he is amazing himself.

    If he were on the Eastside, I would be having my broker recruit him big time! He is the type of agent I would enjoy working with on a transaction any day!

    You are truly fortunate to have him in your office.

    Warm regards,

  • We worked with Justin to both sell our condo and buy a new house, and he was brilliant with both! We really appreciated how he took the time to get to know us and to figure out what we were looking for in a house. With his background in construction, he was very knowledgeable about aspects of the houses that we knew nothing about. He also prevented us from settling for a couple of houses that weren't right for us, and helped us to find THE most perfect house. We couldn't have been happier with the entire process and would highly recommend Justin!
    -Heather Deixler

  • As first time homebuyers we were anxious and almost didn't buy a house. Justin was unlike a previous agent who didn't listen to our needs and kept pushing her own agenda trying to sell homes that were not for us. A family friend recommended Justin so we decided to give him a call and are very happy we did. The tax credit incentive was there and the rates had dropped super low, top that off with a fantastic agent who helped us find our perfect home. You end up with a great experience. We truly believe he not only helped us to find the home that is a perfect fit for our family but he made it easy for us. He took care of us by providing the guidance necessary for a smooth as possible transition. He seemed to really care about what we needed as a young family. We never felt like clients, but more like family because he was available whenever we needed him and he even took care of our moving to our new home. We can't say enough wonderful things about Justin so when our friends ask who helped us buy our home we are more than happy to tell them.., Justin.


    Meer family
    Seattle, Wa

  • Justin made the process of becoming a first time home buyer infinitely easier and more fun than I ever imagined it can be. We looked at many a condo before I found the one I felt excited and comfortable purchasing. From helping me make the best offer to talking to the other tenants to negotiating a complex loan, he was always available, supportive and most of all patient. He even helped with the move and still to this day willing to lend a hand when asked. He is a great agent, and I strongly recommend his services to anyone who wants to take advantage of the current market, but is a tad nervous! I love my new condo and look forward to my first time home buyer credit.�
    -Ghida Sinno

  • I would recommend Justin to anyone because of the effort he puts into the process. Very few realtors will go the extra mile like him. We hired him because a friend described how helpful he was and how quickly he sold their home so we had high expectations. Justin met or exceeded our expectations in every area. His sincerity creates an environment of trust that is rare with transactions involving considerable dollar amounts.

    Selling a house in a down market really tests the whole process. Everyone has to do their part and I can say that with Justin's help, we sold our home quickly when very few sellers at our end of the market were able to do so. That is the ultimate proof of his value to us.

    -Scott Reid

  • I fully intend to use Justin Mellon as my realtor from now on. Last year Justin made buying my first home an exciting and worry free experience, Justin was able to explain every step of the way clearly in terms I could understand. I am very happy with my home. I will strongly recommend Justin to my friends, and anyone else who will listen.
    -Jeff and Heather Allen
  • In the past 3 years Justin has helped me purchase two homes in the Seattle area. That should say enough that I went back for his assistance with the purchase of my second home. Throughout both processes his follow through and communication were amazing. I felt that I was the only client he was working with in both cases. Justin goes above and beyond with assistance in any way from dealing with the mortgage broker, to house repairs, and the best of all helping you move. He walks you through the process every step of the way explaining anything you don’t understand in a way you can understand. He makes sure you have all the information needed to make the best decision possible. Justin does so much and in such a gracious and sincere way that it feels as if he is doing this as your friend and not as his job.
    -Wendy Baer

  • In the Summer of 2008, I decided to buy my first house so I met Justin Mellon. He not only helped me to find a new townhouse at a good price, but also taught me how to look for the right home. Being Chinese, my parents have many concerns about ‘feng-shui’ of the building. At that time, Justin would sit down with me and listen to my needs carefully so he always knows what I like the most! He was also very honest with the housing price. He wouldn’t let the sellers take advantage of me in any way. Because of Justin’s good relationship with the loan officers and inspectors, I was able to close the house and be ready to move in under two weeks.

    Moving into a new house could be just as hard as finding the right house. Because of my job, I spend 80% of my time traveling and it was very difficult to settle in the new home. Justin would spend his own time helping me find good deals on the appliances and furniture and as well as handling the deliveries and cable installation.

    To me, Justin was not only just an agent since he plays like a tutor or mentor role while I was shopping for my first house. I will always recommend my friends to work with him when they need a house.

    -Frank Chen
  • To Whom It May Concern:

    Justin Mellon recently represented me in the purchase of a houseboat. His respectful attention to detail was astonishing and unlike any other experience I've had in the past regarding real estate purchases. He is extremely knowledgeable about the complexities of houseboat ownership and thus was able to arrange two necessary inspections and one estimate of work needing to be done. Further, he steered me toward financing based on his contacts and I was able to secure a very good loan. He correctly judged the value of the houseboat and in his nice but professional way was able to get the owners to reduce the price. The result is that the owners (from whom I've purchased) and the listing agent all were extremely impressed with Justin's skills and manner.

    The next step for me is to sell my "land" home. Of course I have asked Justin to be the listing agent. We are already deciding, with his knowledge and guidance, what work needs to be done. He has put in a good deal of time looking at comps and planning the timing and presentation of the sale of my home. Justin is also very patient with my endless questions.

    I know that when my house goes on the market Justin will present it in his honest and straightforward way and that I'll have the best representation possible.

    I would happily recommend Justin Mellon's services without hesitation to any friends, colleagues or family members.


    Toby Diamond

  • Justin Mellon @ Lake & Co was *awesome*. He was in constant contact with us
    during every step of the process, went with us to every meeting that we had
    with anyone regarding the home, brought us a billion boxes for packing, and
    on moving day rented a moving truck and moved us to our new house.
    Everything was done at our convenience, including late-night home tours and
    documents/paperwork at our place (the only time we went to his office was
    the very first day we arranged to meet him). We also really liked how
    upfront he was about his opinion on the prices of the homes we saw
    (overpriced? obviously underpriced to encourage a bidding war?), and he
    really worked to get our counteroffers/concessions met during the final
    negotiations. As stress-free as I can imagine buying a home could be.

    -Chris & Lisa

  • I am writing this letter to buyers and sellers of real estate who are considering working with Mr. Justin Mellon.

    I met Justin after he was recommended to me by a close friend. Even though at the time, I had a real estate agent I was considering working with, I decided to work with Justin instead. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. Justin helped me sell my house and buy a new one. He was extremely knowledgeable and willing to research issues he was not certain of. He was supportive of me throughout each step of the process from financing to the actual move. I was encouraged to contact him with my questions and found him to be responsive to all of my concerns. He made a very complex process quite manageable, was respectful of my preferences and wishes, and was always available and willing to accommodate my not very flexible work schedule.

    In addition to his knowledge and hard work, I found Justin to be fair, honest and very pleasant to interact with. I think his intelligence, willingness to work hard, perceptiveness about human nature, his knowledge of his profession and his pleasant demeanor will serve him well in his career.

    Piyale Comert

  • "This guy is very good at what he does. He is helpful, down to earth, hardworking and honest."

    Victor Simon
  • "I chose Justin Mellon as my realtor for the sale of my Seattle home in 2006. Justin is one of a new breed of value-added realtors. His service goes far beyond the usual listing, signpost, and flowers on the table.

    Justin identifies the key improvements that can bring a higher price for an individual property, and then gets them done. His insights saved me money and labor. He is building relationships with skilled contractors in many trades. He helped coordinate those contractors' efforts on my projects, always remaining focused on the goal, and seeking input from me. At times, when he could not find exactly the right service, he did the work himself!

    He asked my thoughts on pricing, gave good advice, and we arrived at a winning strategy. His decisions are informed by a solid background in economics. He negotiated the sale with savvy integrity. Despite the fact that local home inventory was up 25%, we sold in under ten days, at a price per square foot way above neighborhood average.

    I get the feeling that Justin will provide as much or as little hand-holding as a client needs. I never heard excuses from him; he tended to the process from beginning to end. I heartily recommend Justin, and would work with him again in a heartbeat."

    -Monty Hayward

  • "I've met a lot of agents that feel like buzz and hype and routine however, you present and come across as an observant, articulate, smart person that isn't solely bucking for a commission. Another friend had the exact same, but completely independent impression. People do notice"

    -Reeve Baily

  • To Whom It May Concern:

    I would like to recommend Justin Mellon as a real estate agent.

    Shortly before I met Justin, my husband had made a job change and had already moved out of state to begin work. Justin told me that he would help get our home ready to sell- touch-up painting, landscaping, power- washing; at his own expense. It sounded good, just what I might need, so I took his card. After additional conversations, we chose Justin to be our agent, and we were so pleased with the results.

    What he had offered sounded too good to be true, but it wasn’t. Justin did everything he said he’d do and more..

    We couldn’t have done the job without Justin’s help. The work that he did increased the value of our home much more than his commission. And this all before the house went on the market.

    We were also pleased with Justin’s marketing of our home. He did a beautiful flyer, posted great pictures on the internet, helped with staging the house, priced it well, and tirelessly got the word out that the house was for sale. One thing that I told Justin at the beginning was that I needed someone who would be an advocate for me in the sale. We had a great home, but it was 80 years old and not perfect. Justin came through in every way.

    We found Justin to be an energetic worker, a compassionate and encouraging person, a man of his word, creative, and someone we enjoyed being around. Without reservation, I would recommend Justin Mellon to anyone needing real estate services. We hope to return to Seattle some day and have Justin help us find a home.

    Sarah Bailey

  • In the spring of 2005, my wife and I enlisted the help of Justin Mellon and Geoff James in the sale of our home and the purchase of a new condominium. Having purchased and sold three homes over the past twelve years, I had developed a sense of apathy about real estate people. However, having known Justin before his entry into his profession, I knew he’d offer a huge sense of honesty and professionalism in regards to our needs.

    Not only did Justin and Geoff help us, they amazed us. They took an active approach to understanding what WE wanted. They came back with well-thought suggestions and opportunities. They actually helped us get our house ready for sale; and that I believe led to getting the price we wanted for it.

    In finding our new place, Justin was methodical and resourceful in searching for opportunities that met our requirements. Within a six-week period, we sold our home for the price we wanted and found a new home that was exactly what we were looking for. Through the entire process, Justin and Geoff were great in ensuring our satisfaction.

    Nick and Elena Coleman

  • Dear Mr. Skahen,

    My family recently sold their home (128 NE 51st Street) after listing the home with Lake & Company. The transaction proceeded very smoothly, thanks to Justin Mellon.

    My mother appreciated his ability to listen and willingness to help. His professional manner and excellent follow through resulted in my mother trusting Justin and eventually selecting him as the listing agent.

    My family is grateful to Justin and his skillful approach to selling our home. Justin’s organization and foresight have been impressive. His ability to work with many family members: a brother in Portland, my mother and father plus myself, sometimes with conflicting opinions, was taken in stride. His follow through with phone calls was excellent. We feel very fortunate to have selected an agent who has been very generous with his time, and so willing to ‘go the extra mile’ with a myriad of tasks. All of us in the Kieffer family feel confident about suggesting Justin with Lake & Company for real estate needs. He is a true professional.

    Best Regards,

    Jeanne Kieffer

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