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Sequim 3D Virtual Tour of Gorgeous

Here’s a 3D Virtual Tour of a very beautiful Sequim home with a view of Sequim Bay, Protection Island, Mount Baker, and the San Juan Islands. This home is located adjacent to Bell Hill in the Bell Gates division. Click on this 3D Virtual Tour below, and you can walk through this home on both levels. You’ll start in the kitchen, and you might enjoy walking around the kitchen island to see exactly what you might see if you were there in person. This kind of 3D Virtual Tour is giving buyers a whole new freedom to explore homes interactively at their own pace. You’ve got to love that, right?

3D Virtual Tour

3D Virtual Tour is Fun

You can use your mouse to move 360 degrees throughout this home and up and down, and you can use your arrow keys on your keyboard to move any direction. This kind of interactive 3D Virtual Tour is almost like playing a video game. It’s fun.

3D Virtual Tour and the MLS

You can learn more about this home, view photos, and see all the MLS information at Sequim Homes for Sale. If you would like to view this home, call Chuck Marunde at 360-775-5424. Of course, that assumes you love what you see in the 3D Virtual Tour.

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How Does a Buyer’s Agent Work?

What does a Buyer’s Agent do? Here are some practical tips on what a buyer’s agent does and what you should expect. Remember, one of the single most important decisions you will make is who you hire to help you find a home, negotiate the price and terms, and help you through the process of doing your due diligence.

Buyer's Agent

Buyer’s Agent and Freedom

I had a new client recently ask me if I have a Buyer’s Agency Agreement that he needed to sign. The National Association of Exclusive Buyer’s Agents has been preaching for a couple of decades that a buyer’s agent should always have a buyer sign a written agreement so they cannot go off and hire another agent. The idea is to protect the commission. But I have a totally different perspective. I told my new client:

It would be my privilege to represent you, and I don’t ask my buyers to sign a buyer’s agency agreement. I believe trust is earned, and it is earned over time, so I want you to have the freedom to chose me as your buyer’s agent, and then as we work together, I want you to have the confidence that you’ve chosen right. That doesn’t come from a written agreement locking you into a relationship. It comes from me proving I am worthy of serving you as your buyer’s agent.

Buyer’s Agent and Trust

The problem for a buyer if they sign a written buyer’s agency agreement before they’ve actually had an opportunity to work with an agent is that they may find out their buyer’s agent is incompetent or just not someone they want to work with, but a written agreement locks them into that relationship, or requires that they pay them a commission even if they chose to hire another buyer’s agent. The last thing you need when you are buying your dream home is a nightmare in relationships.

The Internet gives you tremendous power to do your research on buyer’s agents and any Realtor today. Take advantage of the Internet and it’s search capacity. Buyers have never had it so good in this regard.

There is a difference between an exclusive buyer’s agent and a buyer’s agent. The former only represents buyers and never represents sellers. The reality is that if a listing agent has a buyer contact them directly, they will act as both a seller’s agent and a buyer’s agent. A buyer’s agent who primarily markets to buyers may have a local client say, “You have such a massive marketing system on the Internet, and you sell so many homes, I would like you to list my home. You reach more buyers than the traditional listing agents.” In such a case that buyer’s agent may become a listing agent for that one home. Nothing wrong with that.

I hope you’ll consider hiring me as your buyer’s agent. Check out some of the over 1,800 articles on this blog, the affiliate sites, the many books I’ve written specifically for buyers, and all the other tools, including 3 MLS sites and mobile search tools I’ve put out there absolutely free for buyers like you. I know this is a shameless plug, but if I don’t tell you about all these resources, how will you know? And if you don’t know, would you even consider hiring me as your buyer’s agent?

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  • How to Find a Listing Agent

    How do you find a listing agent who can help you get your home sold? The following is taken from a chapter in The 7 Myths of Selling Your Home. The book includes many insider secrets that homeowners have never thought about, and this topic on what sellers need in a listing agent is very likely a revelation for most sellers.

    Listing Agent

    I got a call from a retired couple who wanted to meet with me in their gorgeous home. They had listed their home for a year with another agent. It had not sold, and they shared that there had been very little activity, that they did not hear much from their agent, and they didn’t get satisfactory answers from their listing agent about what to do next to market their home. They came to the conclusion that simply putting it in the MLS was not enough. We discussed what a listing agent is expected to do, and too often what a listing agent does not do.

    I met with them, and they asked me how I do what I do. They found me on the Internet and realized I had the largest Internet presence of any agent they could find on the Olympic Peninsula. After 40 minutes of explaining to them how I sell so many homes and how I connect with so many qualified buyers, the husband had an epiphany and turned to his wife, “Honey I know what we’ve been doing wrong. We were looking for a listing agent when we should have been looking for a buyer’s agent like Chuck who actually connects with so many qualified buyers.”

    Listing Agent Revelation

    It was a marvelous moment, a moment of truth and revelation. This gentleman had articulated something I knew but had never expressed so clearly. A home seller today wants an agent who is connecting with qualified buyers and selling a lot of homes himself. The revelation was that traditional listing agents are not necessarily that kind of agent today, if they ever were. This client came to the realization that the ideal listing agent today is most likely a great selling agent who also knows how to list and market homes.  Read the rest of this entry »

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    Sequim Home on Acreage

    This Sequim home is on acreage, enough for a large garden or apple trees with a lot of room left over. It’s just under one acre, but it’s all useable acreage, largely fenced, and has rich soil. This is a very peaceful location far from the noisy traffic of the highways. Click on this image to watch a delightful 3D virtual tour, which allows you to walk through the entire house by using your mouse or your keyboard arrows. You can turn 360 degrees from anywhere to look around, just like you might do if you were in the house right now.

    Acreage

    Sequim Home on Acreage

    This house is move-in ready, and there isn’t anything else to do. The appliances are all new, the washer and dryer is new, the entire inside of this home is new just a few months ago. You won’t find homes like this for $275,000 in the Sequim area. This Sequim home on acreage features an open floor plan with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, hardwood floors. The kitchen features custom Maple cabinets with granite counter tops, apron sink, stainless steel appliances and glass mosaic backsplash. The master bathroom has a walk-in travertine shower, travertine floors and custom vanity. There’s a large laundry room, new appliances, new composition roof. [See the listing detail information at Sequim Home on Acreage.]

    Acreage is Hard to Find – Will Sell Fast

    This is the kind of home in our shrinking inventory that is likely to sell quickly, so I recommend you call me, Chuck Marunde, at 360-775-5424, and let’s go look at it quick, because it will be gone soon. Homes have been selling quickly at full listed prices lately, so there’s no exaggeration on this topic. And it is especially hard to find a Sequim home with acreage and such an ideal location. This listing is in the MLS now, but for many of the public MLS sites, it won’t show up until tomorrow.

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    How to Find a Sequim Home

    How to find a Sequim home with video help is today’s topic. I’ve talked with hundreds of buyers in the past few years, and I’ve shown hundreds of homes. I’ve helped a lot of buyers find their ideal retirement homes. In the process I’ve learned what buyers are doing to search for their homes. I think you’ll find this useful, because some are doing it right, and some are making mistakes.

    How to Find a Sequim Home

    How to Find a Sequim Home – The First System

    Every buyer today is using the Internet to search for their next home. That’s a given. But how buyers search the Internet can be divided into two approaches. The first approach is what a majority of well intentioned buyers are doing. Because they use the Internet to search for almost everything these days, they’ve gotten pretty good at finding answers to their questions, or finding the best price for a used car, or selling something on Craigslist. So when they decide to start searching for a home, they simply jump on the Internet like they always have, and they find a couple of real estate portals and start randomly searching. 

    Whatever nationally syndicated site these buyers are using, and many of these sites are full of inaccurate information, these buyers are using a chaotic approach, and it is full of traps for the unwary buyer. I understand they honestly think they have a good system, but I can promise you, it is not the best approach to finding the home you intend to live in the rest of your life. But wait, because it gets better (or worse). The majority of buyers also use a chaotic approach to finding and hiring a Sequim real estate agent. They tend to hire any agent who answers the phone without any due diligence.

    How to Find a Sequim Home – The Second System

    A smaller percentage of buyers are using a different approach on how to find a Sequim home. They understand that searching for a home requires some Internet savvy. So the first thing they do is find a reliable Sequim MLS site that is 100% accurate and has all the local listings, a site that is very powerful but easy to navigate. I give you Sequim-Homes.com.

    The second thing they do is find the best answers to their real estate questions. I give you the largest Sequim real estate blog with over 1,800 articles for buyers written by a veteran real estate broker and 20 year real estate attorney at Sequim Real Estate Blog

    They also find more free tools and information linked from that Sequim Real Estate Blog than they can find anywhere else on the Internet answering their questions about how to find a Sequim home.

    The third thing they do is qualify real estate agents, because they want someone who has the experience and competence to do a great job for them, and they also want an agent is honest and trustworthy. I recommend the articles on the real estate blog and the checklists and interview questions you’ll find there.

    To get started, I suggest you watch the connected videos on the playlist above. This will help you use the Sequim MLS effectively. I hope this article hleps you answer the question on how to find a Sequim home.

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    Sequim Housing Inventory

    The Sequim housing inventory is as low as it has been in many years, and buyers arrive every day to search for their perfect retirement home. Buyers moving here tell me there are no storage units available in the Sequim area. That’s never happened before, and it’s another indication of how tight the housing inventory is now. 

    Housing Inventory

    Housing Inventory Tight

    We have several major economic factors that are all coming together to make it harder on buyers. First, as I’ve said, the housing inventory is low. Second, interest rates are going up. For every quarter point the interest rate goes up, you must make another $100 a month in income to qualify for the same loan. Third, the rental market for homes is very tight in Sequim. It’s almost impossible to find a nice 3 bedroom, 2 bath single level home in a nice area for $1200 a month, and landlords are requiring one year leases at a minimum.

    Housing Inventory & Finding Your Home

    Use Sequim-Homes.com to search for your home, but I highly recommend that you work with a Sequim Buyer’s agent to help you filter through homes and represent you as your boots on the ground, so to speak. Assuming you are from outside the Sequim area, you need someone who knows the area, the market, and has the experience to represent you in negotiating and in the due diligence process. Learn more about Buyer’s Agent Chuck Marunde.

    Searching for and finding the ideal retirement home is a bit more challenging in this tight housing inventory.

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    Sequim Real Estate Market Report May 2015

    The Sequim real estate market has been doing much better this year, and as you may know from reading some of our earlier articles, some buyers are having a challenge finding their ideal home in the small Sequim inventory of homes in the MLS.

    Sequim Real Estate Market

    Active listings are down 21% in May over last year, which affirms the dilemma of not having enough homes in the inventory. Sales of homes are up 19% in May over last year, and that’s an indication that more buyers have been coming to Sequim and pulling the trigger on the purchase of their retirement homes.

    Real Estate Market Reports

    Keep up with Sequim real estate at the largest real estate blog on the Peninsula with over 1,800 articles written for buyers. You’ll find that blog at Sequim Real Estate Blog. You can see all our Sequim Real Estate Market Reports at Real Estate Market Videos

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    Anytime Fitness in Sequim

    Anytime Fitness in Sequim is a 24 hour gym, and if one of your goals when you retire is to live healthier, I suggest you tour Anytime Fitness. I write almost entirely about real estate issues on this blog, but I also like to periodically share why so many people are retiring to Sequim. Sequim’s healthy lifestyle and environment is one those reasons. Many of my clients in their 50s and 60s are planning a retirement lifestyle that includes their own organic vegetable garden, better overall nutrition, and moderate exercise. 

    Anytime Fitness

    Anytime Fitness

    There are several gyms in Sequim, so you have some choices. Anytime Fitness has recently expanded and has excellent facilities for muscle work as well as cardiovascular work. One of the things I appreciate about Anytime Fitness is that you get an electronic key, which allows you to work out anytime 24/7. 

    Anytime Fitness and Health

    After a career of high stress, moving to Sequim is a remarkable transition, and I’ve had many clients who told me their stress levels dropped 95% after they moved to Sequim. We have just about every recreational activity you can think of, and while not all Sequim retirees work out at Anytime Fitness, the vast majority are able to find their place and love their lives here. Of course, the friendliness of the people has a lot to do with that. But if you do retire to Sequim, check out Anytime Fitness.

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    Sequim MLS Listings & Finding Your Home

    Are you searching Sequim MLS listings to find your retirement home? Here’s a quick quide to searching for your ideal home and putting together your short list of homes to view when you come to Sequim. First, wouldn’t you want to use a Sequim MLS site that is 100% accurate and includes all the local listings? 

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    Sequim MLS and Accuracy

    This is an important question, because many buyers are using Zillow, which is well known across the U.S. for its inaccuracy in thousands, if not millions, of its listings. I understand people like the look and feel of Zillow, but it is a pitfall of errors, and as a buyer you don’t need to be looking at listings that are not actually for sale, listings that show grossly incorrect Zestimates, and homes that have wrong information. The level of mistakes in Zillow is legend now. If you want or care about accuracy, do not use Zillow.

    I recommend a Sequim MLS site that has all of the local real estate listings, and the data is 100% accurate, because all the information is taken directly from the local listings agents’ own files. This site is also designed to be very easy to use, easy to navigate, and you can search in several way, including by address, by numerous parameters, and you can search from a map. This site also shows you if a home is still an active listing or pending. In addition, if you see a home you want to know more about, you can simply email me at ChuckMarunde@gmail.com, and I will answer your questions about that home. You’ll find this site at Sequim MLS.

    You can use this MLS site anonymously if you want to, but if you want to save your favorites to create a short list of homes to view when you arrive, you will need to register so the program can memorize you selections and let you log in periodically to review, filter, save and delete homes from your list.

    Sequim MLS and Both MLSs

    We have two MLSs in the Sequim area, and all local agents put all of their listings in the Sequim MLS site above, but there are a few out-of-area listings that are not in the Sequim MLS, so I created a site you can use that will search the Sequim MLS with both the Olympic Listing Service MLS and the Northwest MLS. This site is at Sequim MLS Listings.

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  • A Virtual Tour

    This is a virtual tour of a gorgeous Port Angeles home. What makes this virtual tour so incredible is that you literally can walk through any room in the house, go up and down the stairs, walk through the kitchen and around the island, and you can see every room just as you would as if you were there in person. It’s an astonishing technology. You use your mouse or your keyboard arrows to move throughout the house. It’s a lot of fun. Try it by clicking on this virtual tour:

    Virtual Tour

    Virtual Tour Helps Buyers

    There’s no doubt about it: virtual tours are a huge help to buyers. Buyers have been saying for years, “after looking at the photos in the MLS, I can’t tell where the laundry room is with respect to the master bedroom, and is the master bedroom and the other two bedrooms on the same end of the house?” Clients also regularly ask, “is there a floor plan? I don’t see one in the MLS.” Notice that this virtual tour does have a 2 dimension and a 3 dimension floor plan. In the bottom right and the bottom left of the image are options for going to the floor plans, inside of the house, and moving from floor to floor.

    Virtual Tour Helps Sellers

    Sellers are going to be excited about these 3D virtual tours, because this is the newest and perhaps the most powerful visual way to promote a property, and when it comes to looking at homes online, we’re all visual.

    By the way, you can learn more about this home by looking at the full MLS listing online at Port Angeles Virtual Tour.

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    Sequim Storage Facilities

    Sequim Storage facilities are in short supply right now, and this is creating some difficulties for retirees moving to Sequim and needing temporary storage. It’s a highly unusual situation, because there are quite a few Sequim storage facilities, but clients keep telling me they cannot get any storage. There are some small rooms, like 5×5, but most people are looking for something large.

    Sequim Storage

    Sequim Storage

    If you cannot coordinate your move from the home you are selling to your new home in Sequim directly from house to house, you may need to call the local Sequim storage facilities, so here is a list of those companies and their phone numbers.

    Sequim Storage Facilities

    1. Anchor Self Storage, 258313 US-101 Sequim, WA 98382, (360) 681-7867
    2. ALL SAFE Mini Storage, 101 Grant Rd., Sequim, WA 98382, (360) 683-6646
    3. Sequim Sunnyside Mini Storage, 511 E Washington, Sequim, WA, (360) 683-7660
    4. Sequim Stow Places, 741 N Sequim Ave, Sequim, WA, (360) 683-4628
    5. U-Haul All About Storage, 132 S Hooker Rd, Sequim, WA 98382
    6. Carlsborg Self Storage, 292 Business Park Loop, Carlsborg, WA, 360-681-3536
    7. Affordable Storage, 111 Fat Cat Ln, Sequim, WA 98382, (360) 683-4059
    8. A Cost-less Mini Storage, 258373 Highway 101, Sequim, WA 98382
    9. Sequim Port Angeles Storage Solutions, 258313 Highway 101 , Sequim, WA 98382, (360( 681-7867

    If you’re unable to find a Sequim storage facility, you may have to try to coordinate a direct move of all your household goods from house to house, which most retirees do, but it isn’t easy to coordinate with the seller in Sequim who is also trying to get moved on on closing day.

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    Sequim Water View Home

    This Sequim water view home is one of the highest quality luxury homes on the Olympic Peninsula. This 3D virtual tour allows you to walk through the first and second floors by using your mouse or arrows on your keyboard. This is a true virtual tour, and we think you’ll love it. We like to give buyers the most realistic views of homes and the best information, and we’ve been doing that for a decade. We are the only brokerage from Sequim to Port Townsend to Port Angeles to offer these 3D virtual tours, so if you like them, let us know. Click on the image to navigate the 3D virtual tour.

    Sequim Water View

    Sequim Water View Luxury

    This Bell Gates luxury home adjacent to Bell Hill in Sequim has a gorgeous water view of Sequim Bay, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the islands with Mount Baker on the horizon. It was designed by famous architect William E. Poole, and no money was spared with quality materials, like 7 1/4 inch oak hardwood floors, custom wood trim and molding, a chef’s kitchen with granite slab countertops and Dacor dual fuel 4 gas burners, a grill & griddle, a Broan stainless hood fan, a double oven, a fire clay farm sink, a Viking warming drawer, Old World Cabinets, and forced air electric with microbial air filters and ultraviolet air treatment.

    Come and See this Sequim Water View

    You can learn more about this home at Sequim Water View Home. You can also call for an appointment to view this home: Chuck Marunde at 360-775-5424, or schedule an appointment online at Showing Appointment. If you are planning to move to Sequim, and you want a large Sequim water view home, this is one of the best.

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  • The Dream of Buying a Home in Sequim

    Buying a Home in Sequim is a dream come true for many from all over the United States. It certainly was for John (not his real name). John went through some challenging times. He shared with me that, “life doesn’t go according to plan,” and he then said, “that’s not the exception; that’s the rule.” He was married and had children, but his wife divorced him. That rocked his world, but it also destroyed all he had built financially. Their home was sold, and he rented. He had to start all over late in life. It was very hard. His dream was to own his own home again, but first he had to pay off all the marital debts, finish paying years of child support until his youngest was 18, and rebuild his credit and save up the down payment. 

    Buying a Home

    Buying a Home in Sequim

    His dream of owning his own home was more than just pride of ownership and being comfortable. For John buying a home would be symbolic of a new life and of feeling like a man again. For 10 years he worked night and day to pay off all the debts and rebuild his life. He spoke softly, “It’s been a long 10 years.” I’m very proud to have acted as his buyer’s agent and just put a house under contract for John. I can tell for him, it feels like a miracle, a dream finally come true. I’ve never done anything more gratifying than to help him find the ideal home and then buy it. It feels like a huge victory after great loss.

    Buying a Home – The Dream

    I don’t know what you may have been through in your life, but I think John was right when he said, “Life doesn’t go according to plan.” If you’re in your 50s or 60s now, you’ve seen some difficult times, some losses, some heart ache. I hope and pray that I would have the privilege of representing you as your Sequim Buyer’s Agent when you search for and buy your dream home. Buying a home is more than just retiring, and more than just comfort. Buying a home is symbolic of major milestones in life. I think for some, buying a home means so much that even words don’t fully tell the story.

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  • Chuck E. Marunde, J.D.

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    435 W. Bell St. Suite A, Sequim, WA
    (360) 775-5424
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    Who is Chuck Marunde?

    Chuck's background includes real estate sales going back 37 years, including 20 years as a real estate attorney. He has closed hundreds of real estate transactions, authored thousands of articles on Sequim and Port Angeles real estate, and written several books on real estate. He has lived in Sequim for almost 20 years. Buyers from around the country seek Chuck out and retain him as their buyer's agent. Local homeowners list their homes with Chuck because he has the most powerful Internet marketing system that reaches highly qualified buyers around the country, and that sell homes. Chuck is consistently one of the top individual selling agents of single family homes by volume in all of Clallam Country for 2013, 2014, and so far in 2015.

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    From Seattle

    I’ve had the pleasure of working with Chuck over the past three years in selling my parent's estate. It was a tough time to sell during the housing recession, but Chuck always kept things on the positive side. With his real estate law background, he offers sound, practical advice. He helps you along with the process using discussions and reason, rather than opinions and speculations. If Chuck doesn’t know the answers, he will get them for you. In several instances, Chuck took the initiative to meet with county officials to get up-to-date facts about zoning and regulations. I was always impressed with his company’s tech savvy communi-cations and internet presence: weekly email updates, blogs, videos, links, Linked-in networking, etc. He is truly pioneering the future of buying & selling real estate. Brian M.
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    From Florida

    We do our homework for the task at hand and we look for and expect to enlist partners that do the same. It was our good fortune to select Chuck Marunde of Sequim and Port Angeles Real Estate to represent us as a buyer's broker in our search for a home in the Sequim/Port Angeles area. Chuck's site is all encompassing and super fast compared to many others, he knows the market at every conceivable level and his guidance through the process of selecting and purchasing a home is priceless - above and beyond that of anyone with whom we have ever worked. Add to all this his 20 year background in real estate law and you have discovered a superb asset in the adventure of purchasing a home. Greg and Marilyn

    From Gilroy California

    As an out of state buyer unfamiliar with the area, it was important to me not only to have a real estate agent who knew the area well, but also one who knew the value of the properties. I chose Chuck because he is also a real estate lawyer and it is reassuring to have that extra degree working for you. I selected the houses I was interested in on line before taking a two day trip to Sequim to look at them in person. I sent my list to Chuck, who gave me feedback, then organized our tour so we could see 16 properties in a short time. He was very accommodating, driving me all over Sequim, and rescheduling appointments when we fell behind on our time. On day two, I found my home and we drafted an offer on it that evening. By the time I arrived back home on the plane the next evening, my offer had been accepted. Chuck was honest about what it would take to get me into my new home, while having my back the entire transaction. Since I was unable to relocate immediately after closing, he and his assistant Ade, have been taking care of many additional responsibilities for me. He was a pleasure to work with. Chris D.

    From Corona California

    The best decision I made, once I settled on Sequim as the ideal place to spend the rest of my days, was to hook up with Chuck Marunde as my broker/go-to guy. He happily took on the entire complicated merry-go-round associated with a long distance move that involved selling in Southern California (with a different agent) and buying in Sequim – all in the span of just over a month. The unexpectedly quick sale of my previous home was already a week into a 30 day escrow when I got to Sequim for my house hunt. We had two days to find my slice of heaven. And day one was less than stellar, each home having at least one major issue. The killer was the dream home that turned out to be an unmitigated disaster once we got inside. I was crushed. Chuck had his work cut out for him that night. And he worked his magic. On day two there was one beautiful possibility, but not quite right. Suffice to say, in the early afternoon we pulled into a driveway and the first words out of my mouth were “That’s my house.” 29 days later I took possession of my new home. Every sale has its issues, but throwing in the complications of a short escrow on top of 1200 miles of separation from all documentation, etc. gives new meaning to “challenging”. Thanks to his encyclopedic knowledge coupled with a great sense of humor, Chuck was able to keep me on an even keel when things got dicey. He knows when to step in and when to let it evolve. I cannot imagine making this move without him. Rebecca B.
    Sequim Real Estate

    From Bakersfield California

    "During the months of February and March 2012, Chuck showed my wife and I over two dozen homes from Port Angeles to Port Townsend. We found Chuck to be very helpful, friendly and courteous. With Chuck there is no pressure; It is all about finding the best home for the buyer. As a Buyer's Agent, Chuck will give you his honest opinion of a property, including a fair market price. In one instance Chuck wrote up an offer for us which was accepted. Chuck was very helpful arranging for home and well inspections which involved multiple trips to the property. Unfortunately, escrow failed to close when, during the home inspection process, it was determined that a septic system repair was needed which the seller was unwilling/unable to make. We will continue to work with Chuck as there is no better Buyer's Agent on the North Olympic" Bert and Sally
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    From Los Alamos New Mexico

    "Over a year ago, during a visit to the Olympic Game Farm, we developed what we eventually called the “Sequim Syndrome.” We live in New Mexico and decided Sequim was where we wanted to live in retirement. On our second visit to Sequim, we met with Chuck and asked him to help us. Chuck's web site provides such amazing search capabilities. Chuck's site also contains a 1000 blog postings and a real estate video series detailing buying real estate in Sequim. We bought Chuck's book about Sequim real estate and set out to follow his advice carrying on an ongoing email and phone conversation with Chuck. Doing our due diligence “Marunde style” and using his MLS search site, we came up with about 50 homes that met our needs. We narrowed the list down to 15 properties that best met our needs. We came back to Sequim a third time with our list in hand, and Chuck spent two days with us showing us all the homes on our list. Not only did Chuck help us find that dream home, he spent time to educate us about the quality of construction, fair market values of various properties, home layouts, and the joys of Sequim living. We had a great time as we traveled from house to house. By mid afternoon of the second day, my wife said we had found “the house.” Chuck helped us draft our offer and sent our offer to the seller's agent. It turned out there was a second offer made on the property at the same time. Chuck's help to make a clean offer paid off. At breakfast two days later, we got a call from Chuck saying our offer had been accepted by the sellers. We are now back home in New Mexico. Chuck attends every inspection on our behalf, updating us at every turn by email and phone. Our dream home is becoming a reality because of Chuck and because we were smart enough to follow his advice. We absolutely would NOT have been able to do this without Chuck Marunde's expertise and enthusiasm. We recommend Chuck to everyone planning a move to Sequim, Port Angeles, or anywhere on the Olympic Peninsula. Chuck is a gold mine of information and expertise for home buyers everywhere, not just on the Olympic" Larry and Shirley
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    From Sun Lakes Arizona

    "We are ex-Washington residents who currently live in Arizona. We had been searching the Puget Sound area four years for a waterfront property to build a retirement home when we first contacted Chuck Marunde through his website. We had made multiple trips to various areas but most of the Realtors we contacted simply sent us an email, provided no follow up and did next to nothing to help us locate a property. On our first trip to Port Angeles, after connecting with Chuck, we purchased our dream property. We now own a high bank waterfront lot overlooking the Straight of Jaun de Fuca, and are excited to become part of the Peninsula community." Paul and Linda

    From California

    "Andy Romano is a successful motion picture character actor with over 40 years in 'the Biz.' Mr. Romano has a home in beautiful Santa Barbara, California, but he chooses to live most of the time in Sequim, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula in the great Pacific Northwest. Why? In his own words, 'Because it's even more beautiful and surrounded by more beauty in this incredibly peaceful and quiet place. With respect to real estate agents or brokers, well my friend Chuck Marunde, owner of Sequim and Port Angeles Real Estate, is hands down the best there" Andy R.

    From Sequim

    I’ve known Chuck Marunde for several years. My wife and I bought and sold one house through his services, and now have another listed through him for sale. Whether Chuck was representing us as the buyer or seller, I am confident he always had our best interests at heart. He helped us set or negotiate a reasonable price, and made sure there was a clear and open line of communication. He responded rapidly to email and phone calls and always knew the best person to contact for the various services involved in a transaction. I have worked with quite a few real estate agents and Chuck is right at the top of my list of good ones. Actually, Chuck is first and foremost just a good person, and he carries his personal honesty and integrity over into his profession. He has the greatest depth of experience in real estate of any agent or broker I have known. His years of practicing real estate law prior to becoming a broker are evident in the meticulous care he takes with the process and documentation. I am impressed by the way Chuck has integrated internet services into his real estate business. He probably knows more about this process than any other realtor in the country. In this tight market it is important to use every possible means to spread the word about available properties…to reach the few people who might be interested in a particular property. Steve L.

    From The Netherlands

    "We contacted Chuck about six months ago to help find a retirement property in Sequim. We had visited Sequim several weeks before and decided that this was the place for us to retire. We liked the friendly people and the natural beauty of the area. We had been looking for some time in other parts of the country - California, Oregon, North Carolina, and Vermont. In most of these other areas, we found real estate agents that were knowledgeable but did not follow up with us to continue narrowing down real estate possibilities. Once we were out of earshot, communications would stop. That is one of the reasons we were interested in working with Chuck. Besides having great knowledge of both the local real estate market and of law, his testimonials on the internet indicated a willingness to actively communicate with his clients. Chuck demonstrated this immediately. Even before we met, he responded very quickly and helpfully to any email question. After arriving for a second visit to Sequim in September, we finally met Chuck face to face. He was friendly, encouraging, and readily shared good practical information. We worked with him on a number of candidate properties - including an offer on a property while visiting that week. Although we could not come to terms with the owners on the final property price, we look forward to continuing to work closely with Chuck. He is an invaluable resource to help us identify and purchase the retirement property that's right for us." Paul and Virginia

    From Fremont California

    We can't say enough about working with Chuck Marunde. Luck would have it that we discovered his web site, spoke with him on the phone and had an instant feeling that we had found our realtor. And we were right. With Chucks help and expertise, our longtime dream to retire to the Pacific Northwest came to fruition with Chuck assisting us in finding the perfect home for us. Buying a home is always a big decision and these days can be complex with unexpected delays etc. In fact, our whole experience from offer day to closing, was very smooth. Chuck took all the time we needed to explain processes and made us feel at ease, even though we lived 800 miles away, tying up loose ends and getting ready for the big move to our new home in Sequim. We were impressed with Chuck's ability to listen to our needs and understand our concerns in buying from a distance. Chuck kept us informed all along the way, during the process and was so good at getting right back to us if we had another question. All went so well and Chuck really went above and beyond for us, taking time out from his busy schedule to assist us with some details regarding our beautiful property, even after the closing, because we were not yet arrived there. Without hesitation, our son and his wife will be contacting Chuck this summer, as they plan to follow us to paradise in this lovely town. Thanks again Chuck, for everything! Mary and Jerry

    From Fontana California

    My husband and I went to Sequim intending to interview several realtors to find one to help us locate and buy a home in Sequim. We knew we wanted someone we could trust and who would have our best interests in mind. Since we would be handling the transaction from S. California this was very important to us. We met Chuck and looked no further. We felt a connection right away and spent some time looking at homes together so Chuck could get a feel for what we wanted. Well, we left Sequim having made an offer on a home which the owner accepted. Chuck has helped us through the purchase process. We are positive it would not have gone so smoothly without his help. We give him 4 thumbs up. Wally & Cathy

    From Tacoma

    Chuck Marunde’s level of expertise in real estate investment is amazing. His knowledge, experience and legal training have given me a dramatic advantage in real estate investing. He works hard to stay on the cutting edge of real estate marketing, sound advice and value-added service for his clients. Kirk Wald, Financial Planner

    From Wendell Idaho

    My wife and I moved to Sequim six weeks ago, and prior to our move here I contacted Chuck Marunde and enlisted his help as our buyer's agent. Once we got here, it took us about two weeks looking at houses, and Chuck did a superb job of showing us places and letting us make our own decisions and guide us through the purchase of our home. We now completed our transaction and are very happy. We would recommend Chuck to anybody. Don & Marilyn

    From Sequim

    "Buying property either commercial or residential can sometimes be a tricky proposition. That’s why I would recommend Chuck to help you with purchasing or selling property. His background as a real-estate lawyer and his no nonsense to the point advice will help you make the right decisions. Experience and Integrity, what you need when you can’t afford to make a mistake. Dail Hurdlow, CEO, Hurdlow Enterprises

    From Seattle

    I am an experienced real estate buyer, but I am not from the Sequim area. I am somewhat flexible, realistic, but also particular. So the question was, “how do you choose the RIGHT real estate agent?”

    I made my appointment with Chuck on a Sunday morning in March, 2013. He showed me 5 houses. Every house he showed me was within my parameters! I was amazed: a real estate who listened, did his research, and didn't waste my time showing me houses I would never buy! I made an offer a few days later. That was the easy part…

    Buying a house is always a stressful time in life. Advice to Buyers: choose an agent who is competent, communicates well, and has exceptional follow-up and follow-through! You will spend a lot of time with your agent during the process. Choose someone likable. Go with your gut. I got to know Chuck during the process, and he's a great guy!

    You need an agent who is competent to handle and help you negotiate the issues that come up during disclosure, home inspection, appraisal, etc. Chuck's competence is superb! I got truly professional, sound, straightforward advice.

    Chuck's communication skills are exceptional: phone, email, fax. He has a wonderful ability to stay "on-point" with what is actually important and doesn't lead you astray on issues that aren't so important.

    Chuck's turn-around time on questions, issue resolution, etc. was virtually always within 24 hours. He follows-up, follows-through. He does what he says he will do timely. This relieves a lot of Buyer stress!

    Having a difficult time finding the right agent? Simplify your life! Choose Chuck Marunde. I did. [Name withheld by request]

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    From Sequim to California

    "In our Sequim real estate broker Chuck Marunde we found a Realtor who knew not only how to list a property, but most importantly, he knew how to sell a property. Chuck is very skilled in current technology and uses that skill to advertise your property nationally. We were very pleased with Chuck, his honesty and integrity." Jerry Levitan and Donna "Teva" Tetiva
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