Pair barred from sale of real estate amid flap

The real estate licenses of a Bonney Lake couple have been suspended, and hundreds of listings have been pulled.

Before Michael and Tara Hellickson’s website was taken down, it boasted that the Pierce County couple were the No. 1 real estate agents in Washington, Oregon and Hawaii. But according to state Department of Licensing documents obtained Wednesday by KIRO, neither has ever been licensed to sell real estate in Oregon or Hawaii .

According to the documents, 27 complaints of misconduct have been filed against the Hellicksons in the past two years. The state alleges the couple has engaged in at least nine patterns of practice that “harm or pose a risk to the public.”