Your Local Real Estate Agency

Lake & Company Real Estate was founded in 1982 to meet the real estate needs of all our Puget Sound neighbors. A culture of trust and friendliness cultivated within the walls of our office extends into the neighborhoods and suburbs that surround us. Lake agents are like family, working collaboratively with one another and respectfully with their peers in the industry. Lake and Company relies upon integrity, reputation, and proof in service.

Lake and Company was an independent long before “indie” became synonymous with cool.

Though our annual sales volume places many of our nearly one-hundred agents among the top-performing agents in all of Seattle, our brand is built upon relationships—not numbers. In a world awash in apps, websites, and varying business models, we know you have choices when comes to selecting the Realtor and firm to earn your trust and your business. Thank you for visiting our virtual home. In the same welcoming spirit that thrives around our office, we invite you to drop by our Green Lake office, have a cup of Seattle coffee, and meet your new Lake agent.


Our Story

Lake & Company, located on the northern shores of Seattle's iconic Green Lake Park, was founded in 1982 by Michael Skahen with a simple mission: to be Seattle's best brokerage and serve the entire Puget Sound region.  Mike wanted to build a brokerage that would stand apart from its peers in every way.

Our journey began in the bones of an old gas station that had anchored the Seattle corner for decades, years later Mike designed a Craftsman-style commercial building to attract real estate agents of caliber and welcome clients from all walks of life. The building reflects the common aesthetic of the hand crafted bungalows that grace many of our Seattle neighborhoods. Homes of yesteryear built for fishermen in Ballard, UW professors in Ravenna, and Boeing machinists in West Seattle. Today, those same homes attract a diverse group of residents and talents from all over the country and the world. 

As Seattle has grown, so has the company. Jason Wall, a Lake agent since 1995, took over as designated broker/owner when Skahen retired in 2013. Jason is a tireless advocate of the real estate industry and elected member of the NWMLS Board of Directors. He and his fellow board members (owners of other Northwest MLS firms) work together to advance technology and product offerings that serve every client in the region.

Over the years, Lake has built and maintained a reputation as a place for Realtors of integrity, a home for professionals who seek a collaborative and supportive environment in a demanding industry. Longtime administrative staff support nearly one-hundred Realtors seven days a week, allowing agents to deliver unparalleled customer service to every Lake client.

Our original home (1982)


Our current home under construction in 1991.