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How to Read Restrictive Covenants

Reading the restrictive covenants for the property on which you make an offer is an important part of your own due diligence. Understanding what you can and cannot do on your property is defined in the restrictive covenants

Restrictive Covenants

Restrictive Covenants

To help you facilitate your due diligence, this real estate blog has many articles you can read on restrictive covenants. You can search for “covenants” with our powerful search tool in the right margin, or you can use our enhanced menu system at the top and hover your mouse over “Buyers” and then slide your mouse down and to the right to “Covenants.” That will open up eight articles on restrictive covenants.

Restrictive Covenants and Property Use

Can you have chickens on your property? Can you raise animals, like sheep or goats, or a cow or a horse? What is the boundary line setback for outbuildings? Is there a height restriction on your house? Can you build a high fence? Can you have a metal roof on your home or outbuildings? Can you run a B&B out of your home? These kinds of questions are typically answered in the restrictive covenants.

You’ll get a copy of the restrictive covenants when you receive a preliminary title report, and that’s when you should read them. Interpreting the language in the restrictive covenants is not necessarily easy. We are able to help our clients interpret restrictive covenants because our broker was a real estate attorney for 20 years.

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  • Vanity Advertising

    Vanity advertising got popular in the late ’70s and the early ’80s in the real estate industry. I recall the bill board advertising, “Number one selling agent,” or “I sell more homes than anyone,” or “The #1 Top Producer.” And there would be a huge photo of the agent. Oh boy. That was vanity advertising.

    Vanity Advertising

    Vanity Advertising Not Cool

    Most people are not impressed when someone they just met tells them how great they are. Chest pounding is better suited for gorillas, and bragioso is not a winning strategy when it comes to making friends and influencing people. Vanity advertising is not pretty.

    There is a time and a place for talking about where one stands within a profession, and for a Realtor that means that a client is entitled to know what a Realtor’s sales record is. When a buyer or seller asks or they want to know how big the agent’s marketing system is, it’s not vanity to tell them, unless subtle misrepresentations are part of the answer. Misusing statistics in a listing presentation is one of the biggest abuses in the profession. Statistics can be proof of a successful business model, or statistics can be misused to promote oneself. That would be vanity advertising.

    Vanity Advertising Does Not Win Friends

    This real estate blog goes a long way to provide buyers with solid content and real answers to their questions. Prospective clients are under no obligation and can read our articles and use our MLS sites without registration. We have so much free information and so many free tools for buyers, it’s crazy. We give and we give and we give, and we demand nothing in return. Our approach is the opposite of vanity advertising. We seek to build trust and prove to our prospective clients that there is substance under the hood before you ever talk to us. But if you want to know more about us, we would be delighted to answer any question you have. We’re not into vanity advertising, and in the past 10 years we’ve done very little paid advertising. You could say we have a different approach to building relationships.

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  • Traditional Brokers Struggling

    Have you worked with traditional brokers in recent years? How are traditional brokers doing today? In 2010 in Chuck Marunde’s book, The New World of Marketing for Real Estate Agents, he wrote, “The real estate industry is in the midst of extraordinary change. There’s no doubt about that . . . The traditional bricks-and-mortar real estate brokerage is hemorrhaging, and the headlines lately have been about closures, bankruptcies, consolidations, and mergers.”

    Traditional Brokers

    Traditional Brokers Struggling

    Why have traditional brokers been going out of business, declaring bankruptcy, or consolidating? Because they no longer have the right business model. Consumers don’t want their model anymore. It is outdated and low tech. This week I talked with a broker from a traditional brokers office, and I was surprised to learn that they still use hard copy files and don’t use any kind of digital transaction management system. I started using a digital system to keep all my real estate documents organized about 10 years ago, as have many modern brokers who are bridging the gap between the old and the new. But many of my colleagues are stuck in a very old business model. Nearly everything they are doing today I was doing when I first started in real estate sales almost 40 years ago, including print advertising, farming letters, open houses, and paying for a big brick building. It’s really kind of surprising that their business model is 40 years old, isn’t it?

    Traditional-Broker

    Traditional Brokers Leaving the Stage

    This photo above, which I took inside the Silverdale Mall one hour from Sequim, shows a big empty space. What traditional brokers had a kiosk in this location for many years? It was Windermere. They recently moved out and left a great big empty space, which is such a classic example of this continuing hemorrhaging of the big traditional brokerage. Consumers changed their habits and preferences long ago, and yet many traditional brokers just don’t get it. Of course, they finally do get it when they find themselves struggling to survive or have to close their doors. I’ll tell you this. They are in denial, and they will be vociferous in their denial. They will claim they are doing fine all the way to the end.

    There’s an entirely new way of doing business, a way that keeps up with technology and is effective in reaching qualified buyers, which is the whole goal for sellers. There’s one Sequim broker who broke free over 10 years ago from the traditional brokers paradigm, and that is Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate, also known as iRealty Virtual Brokers. Chuck Marunde is the founder and owner, and is regularly the top selling individual broker of single family homes by volume. Some who are claiming to be number one are actually counting Chuck’s sales of their listings as their own sales. Oh my, the games people play with consumers (that would be you). While Chuck doesn’t care about statistics or where he stands with respect to competitors, his sales record only proves his business model is way ahead of the competition.

    You can buy The New World of Marketing for Real Estate Agents online at Traditional Brokers v. The New Brokers. A good companion read would be Chuck’s latest book, The Seven Myths of Selling Your Home.

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    Winning with Competing Offers

    Competing offers on a listing do occasionally come in on the same day, and I’ve written about multiple offers, but one of my clients reminded me that sometimes it is about more than just the price. This is a true story about two offers on the same day at the same price and why the seller picked my client’s offer to seal the deal.

    Competing Offers

    Competing Offers a Realty

    Larry and Shirley won the competing offers contest. Larry reminded me of this in his email yesterday:
     
    There were 2 offers on this house at the same price, on the same day. I asked the seller why he chose our offer. It was not any contigencies that the other buyer or we requested. Neither requested any. It was our plans for the house versus the other offerer’s plan. The other buyer was not moving in right away and planned to rent the house out for a year or two. We planned not rent and move in ASAP. The seller didn’t think “renters” were the best idea, considering the neighborhood. So the seller accepted our offer.

    Winning with Competing Offers

    It’s not hard to understand how one offer like this would win when there are competing offers. Sellers have an emotional investment in their homes. This is especially true for the seller who designed their home and had a contractor build it to their exact specifications. They lived in their dream home, and they loved it during that phase of their life. So selling their home when there are competing offers will come down to more than price. How a buyer intends to use their home is a consideration. Larry and Shirley fell in love with the home they wanted to buy, and the seller learned that they were going to live there and make it their retirement home. All other things being equal, that beat any competing offers at the same price when others planned to rent the house for a while.

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  • When You Find a Home

    When you find a home that you love, and your Realtor drafts the offer, after what may be a counteroffer or two, once you have mutual acceptance, it is a happy day! I just helped buyers from Texas find a home, and when I called to tell them their offer had been accepted, they were very excited. I was excited for them, because it was a wonderful conclusion to a long journey to find a home in Sequim.

    Find a Home

    Buyers Find a Home

    When you start the journey to find a home in Sequim, you probably start by searching online. Technology and the Internet are your friend when it comes to searching to find a home, and as you probably know by now, this brokerage puts so many incredible resources on the Internet for you, it’s almost crazy.

    When you find a home (or several) that you want to see, you come to Sequim and we view them, and when you find a home that you would call your ideal retirement home, we draft the offer as soon as you’ve made the decision. Once we have an agreement with the seller, we start the due diligence that you will want to do, and ultimately if all goes smoothly, you get to closing. 

    Find a Home to Retire

    On the day I call you to tell you the seller accepted your offer, it is a very exciting day. It is the fulfillment of a long journey and a major transition into the next big phase of your life. When you find a home you may live in the rest of your life, it is a victory worthy of celebration.

    If you would like to see the process of buying a home, see the Home Buying Process. Once you find a home you love, this timeline can help you see what happens next.

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    Multiple Offers on the Same Day

    Multiple offers are unusual in the Sequim area. Of course, in some very hot markets, like Seattle and certain areas in southern California, multiple offers have not been uncommon this past year. But guess what? Multiple offers have become a reality in Sequim. Spending years planning your retirement move, months searching online, and then loosing your ideal home to another bidder can be very disappointing.

    Multiple Offers

    Multiple Offers in Sequim?

    I represented several buyers making offers over the past three months who did experience multiple offers. What is especially interesting about these situations is that the offers were made on homes that had been on the market for a long time. You would think that a house that has been on the market for almost a year (and over two years in one case) would mean you had plenty of time to make an offer. After all, what are the chances that after no offers for a year a home would suddenly get multiple offers on the same day? 

    So what is the practical challenge with multiple offers? When you find the ideal home, the first question is how much should you offer? If you thought you had plenty of time to make an offer because competing offers are unlikely, you would make a lower offer and negotiate your best deal. But if you do that and there are multiple offers, the highest offer probably wins, or at least goes to the next level with a counteroffer. 

    Multiple Offers a Reality

    So lately when my buyers find the ideal home, they are asking themselves if the listing price is fair market value, and if it is, should they make a full price offer immediately without delay? I included “without delay,” because in two cases, my buyers waited one day to make their offer, but someone else did not, and those houses got sold right out from under my buyers. 

    When it happens, it almost seems surreal, because you look at the odds of that happening, and you think you have plenty of time to make an offer and negotiate, but lately the challenge of multiple offers on nice homes has changed the rules.

    I always advise my buyers to take whatever time they need to make wise decisions. Getting in a hurry and making a rash decision would be dangerous, but this does present a challenge for buyers today. It means you need to know what you want, and when you find it, be ready to make a decision, because multiple offers are a possibility.

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    Listing Email Alerts

    Listing email alerts are very important if you want to keep track of active MLS listings. If you have one or several homes that you are tracking, or a long list of favorites, it would be a lot of work to constantly check every single listing to see if the status has changed from active to pending. Listing email alerts will also alert you to price changes. I designed and programmed a Sequim MLS site that will do exactly that with listing email alerts. It’s wonderful and easy to use. This video will show you exactly how to use listing email alerts.

    Listing Email Alerts

    When you open a listing at Sequim-Homes.com, you’ll notice there is a status field called “Status.” Most MLS sites do not even show you the status of a listing. I included it because I think buyers deserve to know. This status field will show you if a listing is “Active” and still available, or if it is “Active Under Contract” (the equivalent of Pending).

    Listing Email Alerts and Backup Offers

    In the Sequim area, if listing email alerts tell you that some of the listings on your list are now pending, that doesn’t mean it isn’t still possible to make an offer. There may be only a remote possibility that the first offer will fall through, either because the buyer’s financing fails or there are home inspection issues that caused the buyer to walk. It is possible to draft a backup offer, but this requires some careful consideration and strategy. Transactions do not fail very often in this market, so a backup offer could be a waste of time, but this is something you would want to discuss with an experienced Realtor. Like me. (How’s that for a not-so-subtle pitch?) 

    Between now and the time you come to view Sequim homes, I think you’ll find listing email alerts very useful.

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  • Stock Market Volatility Dangerous

    This stock market volatility is scaring a lot of people, including fund managers. When the Dow is up and down over 400 points on consecutive days, it’s not a good sign for the weeks ahead. The Dow is down already 1,900 points in the first two weeks of 2016. Not a great start for the year. If you have a large retirement account invested in the stock market, riding a market roller coaster is a very uncomfortable feeling. This has already impacted how some people near retirement are thinking about the timing of buying their retirement home, and how much of a retirement home they can afford.

    Stock Market Volatility

    Stock Market Volatility History

    If you look at the history of the stock market, substantial moves are often preceded by stock market volatility over a period of weeks, but even this is not a guaranteed indicator of a market decline. So what is a person to do in the uncertainty?

    We are watching oil prices drop to surprising levels, and this has big implications for International markets. The reason Al Jazeera just went out of business in the U.S. a few days ago is because oil prices dropped, and the owner, which is the country of Qatari, cannot afford to subsidize Al Jazeera anymore. The drop in oil prices is causing middle east countries to liquidate sovereign wealth funds, and that means billions of dollars in selling on International markets. Add to that the declining China market, the unstable middle east, the grave uncertainty in the U.S. economy (and political scene), and people are understandably nervous.

    Here’s my pet peeve. In every market decline (if we have one, and I’m not saying we will), Registered Investment Advisers and Fund Managers all say the same thing, “Now is not a time to sell. We always tell our clients that they should invest for the long term. If you look at markets over a 50 year to 80 year time period, stocks go up. In fact, we are advising our clients to buy on the dips. Dollar cost averaging is the key to a long term strategy.” If you’re planning to retire in a couple of years, this kind of advise for the next 80 years is not reassuring. 

    Stock Market Volatility and Advisers

    Many investment advisers have been saying in the past few days that they expect the market to decline “some more,” so many are admitting they see a decline coming. Despite this, why would they not recommend to you that you liquidate some of your account? If advisers told their clients to liquidate some or all of their stock holdings, the markets would crash, and we can’t have that, can we? I suspect many investment brokerages prohibit their advisers from advising clients to liquidate, because of the market chaos that could create. Here’s the problem with that. You personally get sacrificed for the sake of the market as a whole! Even if your adviser believes it would be in your best interest to liquidate some or all of your account because he sees stock market volatility as a sign of a major decline coming, he will not tell you. So you are sacrificed for the sake of the many. 

    In past market declines I have heard from people who watched their retirement accounts lose 30% or 50% or even 70% in one case. All the way down their advisers kept saying don’t sell. That’s easy for them, because fund managers get paid 1.25% of all funds under management, so they make money no matter what, as long as you don’t pull your money out of the market. Of course, selling would incur taxes and penalties for you, and that’s a big concern. But for all those clients who lost 50% of their retirement account in a market decline, how many would have gladly paid the taxes and penalties and still have been way ahead?

    Stock market volatility is a warning sign. Of what . . . remains to be seen, but it is a red flag, and ought to cause everyone who has a lot of money in the stock market to pause and seriously think about where their money is safe. I would be cautious about taking advise from a man or woman (or who has a fund manager) who makes money based on “funds under management.” They have no motivation to see you liquidate, and every motivation to see you stay in the market even if you lose your life’s savings. I agree with them when they say that you should not panic. On the other hand, if panic means saving you hundreds of thousands of dollars in a declining market, maybe a little panic thinking can motivate a person to do something that turns out right.

    Is liquidating some of your retirement account and investing it in a retirement home a good idea? I’ll leave that up to you, but this is a valid question for your perusal. At the least, stock market volatility should make you rethink what your adviser is telling you to do.

    Disclaimer: This is not a recommendation to either sell or buy stocks, bond, or any other investment. Talk to your expert for advise. While I was an attorney and Registered Investment Adviser at one time, I am not an adviser now, nor do I give investment advise.

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    How to Search the Internet for Real Estate

    Do you know how to search the Internet for real estate? Today I want to share how to search the Internet for your next home in a way that gets you the best answers to your questions. The best search results will be direct answers to your questions, and they will be accurate and reliable. But to get these kinds of results, you will need to know how to search the Internet (and how not to search the Internet).

    Search the Internet

    Search the Internet for Real Estate

    In life the answers you get are only as good as the questions you ask, and when it comes to searching the Internet for your next home and trying to find answers to all your real estate questions, the search results you get are only as good as the accuracy of your Internet search. Type in a query slightly wrong, and you’ll get mediocre results, or you won’t get the answer you need.

    This real estate blog was designed to give buyers the best and most accurate answers to their questions about Sequim and Sequim real estate, and with over 1,900 articles, you may not need to search for answers beyond this real estate blog [See Search Sequim Real Estate Blog, How to Find a Sequim Home, and Search Sequim Real Estate], but I’m going to teach you how to search the entire Internet anyway

    Search the Internet Successfully

    You can search an individual MLS site for homes, but make sure you’re using an accurate MLS site for the area you search. [See Does Zillow Have Bad Data?], but let’s move past that to what so many of you like to do on the Internet. You like to use a search engine like Google to type in phrases. Buyers who are looking for a home with a shop in Sequim will type “Sequim home with shop” for example, and they will type that phrase without the quotes. Buyers looking for a horse property will type “Sequim horse property,” without quotes and someone who wants a water view may type “Sequim water view property” without quotes. And so on.

    But if you want to get very specific results to your search phrase, you need to use quotes in your search. By using quotes, only articles with that exact phrase will show up. For example, if you want a buyer’s agent to represent you in a particular area, type the city or area name followed by the words “buyer’s agent”. If you’re looking in Sequim, you would type “Sequim buyer’s agent” in a Google search. Search the Internet this way, and you will get the best results. 

    This also is tremendously helpful if you are searching for answers to questions about “Sequim septic systems” or “Sequim home inspections” or “Sequim well inspections” or any specific issue.

    In addition to using quotes, you can type a question with quotes. You can also type a phrase within quotes followed by “AND” (without the quotes) immediately followed by another phrase in quotes. This would give you very specific search results. For example, if you wanted an experienced buyer’s agent, it is unlikely that you would find an article with that phrase, but you might find a real estate agent who is both a “buyer’s agent” and an “experienced real estate agent.” So you would search the Internet like this:

    “Sequim buyer’s agent” AND “experienced real estate agent”

    If you want to search for articles about “buying a foreclosure” specifically in the Sequim area, you would type: 

    “buying a foreclosure” AND sequim

    Using Google to search the Internet is fun, and Goole search is very powerful. I hope these tips on how to search the Internet for your next home and to help you find the answers to your real estate questions has been helpful.

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    Gold v Real Estate and Investing

    Gold v Real Estate is not really much of a competition since late in 2011. In 2011 Gold was up to $1,889 an ounce, and today gold is $1,089 an ounce. This chart shows that gold has dropped $800 per ounce. Ouch! That’s a 42% loss. And this has all happened in a time when the economy has been slowly recovering. Real estate prices have risen over this same period by 20% to 50%, depending on where you are in the U.S. 

    Gold v Real Estate

    Gold v Real Estate and Losing Money

    In December of 2011 I predicted the collapse of gold in an article called Gold or Real Estate? In one of my earlier articles, I suggested that transferring from gold to real estate (a retirement home) could end up paying for your retirement home. I was right. If you had $1 million in gold and sold it then, and purchased a home for $420,000 today, your home would have been paid for by the loss otherwise sustained by holding onto gold. I’m not a seer, and I’m not the seventh son of a seventh son, but fundamental technical chart reading of the gold chart in that 2011 article revealed a huge red flag in gold prices. Gold peddlers are still trying to sell you gold, and they have been watching the decline this entire time. They make their fees on commissions, and they are not concerned about whether you make money or lose it. By the way, don’t pay attention to their slick pitch that “gold is a hedge,” and beware of anyone who says “gold is not an investment.” That’s how they talk when they anticipate you will lose a lot of money. 

    Gold v Real Estate and Investing

    Real estate has never been a perfect investment either. There is no such thing as a perfect investment. There are only levels of risk and levels of security. My argument isn’t that you couldn’t lose money by investing in real estate. Instead, my argument is that real estate is far safer than gold or the stock market in these current markets. Far safer, especially in such uncertain economic times, especially on the International level. I think it is thinking hard about gold v real estate.

    Appreciation in real estate will not be explosive over the next few years, but homes in the Sequim area will appreciate, and with far less risk than gold or the stock market. And when it comes to gold v real estate, I don’t think it’s much of a competition.

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  • Basement Flooding Not Disclosed

    Basement flooding is a nightmare if you are a buyer who discovers after closing that the seller knew about the basement flooding but did not disclose that knowledge. I got a call yesterday from a gentleman who lives across the pond in the Tacoma area, and that’s exactly what happened to him.

    Basement Flooding

    Basement Flooding Nightmare

    In Washington, as in every state, a seller must disclose any known defects when selling a home. The seller’s disclosure statement, or Form 17 as it is known in Washington, consists of six pages of questions a seller must answer. A seller must answer truthfully, but the problem for a buyer is always proof. How do you prove that a seller knew something in his head but did not disclose it in writing? 

    In the Tacoma case, the seller was also a contractor who remodeled the basement to make it look perfect. Shortly after closing the young buyer couple who were excited about having bought their first home, suddenly had a basement flooding. Normally that might be hard to prove, but this buyer got lucky.

    His neighbor just happened to have rented the house the previous year, and she knew from personal knowledge that basement flooding was a periodic event. But it gets better. She had saved emails between her and the seller complaining about the basement flooding.

    Basement Flooding Evidence

    This is one case where all the evidence stacked up against a dishonest seller & contractor. Unfortunately, all of this is a tremendous hardship on the young buyers, because they don’t have the money to repair the basement right away, and they don’t have the money to hire an attorney.

    I’ve never seen the Seller’s Disclosure Statement actually help a buyer. You cannot legislate honesty. Someone who would cheat a buyer is also someone who would lie on a Form 17 about basement flooding. I always recommend that a buyer also hire their own home inspector, who will examine a house from top to bottom for any sign of problems. While a home inspector might not discover a defect that has been covered up intentionally, like basement flooding, due diligence is always a good idea before you close.

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    Sequim Agent Creates Powerful Search Tools

    At least one Sequim agent is having the time of his life. “I love this business, and with the incredibly powerful Internet tools that are available today for buyers absolutely free, searching for your ideal home has never been easier, and it’s never been more fun than it is today.” This is one example of Chuck Marunde’s passion to help buyers get accurate and complete information to make wise decisions. iRealty Virtual Brokers, also registered as Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate, has more firsts than any other local broker, and here’s another–a very powerful menu system to help you search and find answers to your questions.

    Sequim Agent

    Sequim Agent Creates Another Great Tool for Buyers

    The best way to see our new menu system is to simply go to the top menu above and drag your mouse across the menu and over the drop down menus that appear. The “Buyer’s” menu will reveal five major columns with about a dozen titles covering a variety of important buyer issues. This is the only menu of its kind, so you can see why this Sequim agent is excited to offer this extraordinary search capacity to buyers.

    This new menu is fun to use. As you drag your mouse across the menu items to the right, you see more drop down options, and you’ll even see a beautiful drop down of book images and even a drop down video. I won’t bore you with the complicated programming this Sequim agent had to do to make all this happen. Chuck Marunde takes great delight in making the complicated look simple, but the real key is giving buyers content-rich information on key subjects that will help them make wise decisions as they enter the best years of their lives–their retirement years.

    Sequim Agent Real Estate Site

    The menu system uses a very functional system of categories, posts, and pages, so many of the links will include multiple articles on the same subject. This is unquestionably the single most powerful real estate site on the entire Olympic Peninsula, and maybe even in the Northwest.

    Of course, you can still search for particular subjects and phrases beyond our menu system using our powerful search tool for all things Sequim real estate: Search Sequim Real Estate. “If buyers find all this information with over 1,900 articles, many books, and MLS sites useful in helping them find a home and get answers to their many questions, I hope they will consider hiring me as their Buyer’s Agent. But even if they hire someone else, they can always say this was the best source of accurate and complete information on all things about Sequim real estate,” shares Chuck. Now you know what one Sequim agent has been doing.

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  • How Long Does it Take to Sell a Home in Sequim?

    A client asked me how long it would take to sell a home in Sequim if they decide Sequim is not where they want to live. I’ve never had a client ask this question. I should add that in 20 years I’ve never heard of a single person who moved here to retire and then decided right away that they didn’t want to live here. Still, this is an interesting question that deserves an answer.

    Sell a Home

    Time to Sell a Home

    How long would it take to sell the home you buy in Sequim if you decide Sequim isn’t where you want to stay? That is the penultimate question. The market has improved in Sequim dramatically over the past one to two years. Demand has increased, prices are inching upward, and the inventory has been shrinking. Many homes are now selling at full listed price or a little more, and we have had some multiple bids on some homes.
    Prices are largely a function of supply and demand, and the Sequim inventory of the ideal home for the vast majority of retirees has been shrinking for years until now many buyers are having trouble finding the ideal home. So this is putting pressure on prices, and buyers have been snapping up the ideal home when they can find it. Some people have started buying land and building again, but that is more expensive than buying an existing home.

    If the market continues to improve on this same trajectory, slow and steady, and if home builders do not flood the market with new homes (unlikely), and if the future does not bring a major national economic reversal, the ideal Sequim home will be very sellable in the future. 

    Sell a Home – Timeline

    Here are some interesting stats in the graphic above covering the calendar year 2015 for homes sold from $250,000 to $500,000. This shows 303 homes sold in 2015 in this price range, and the average time on the market was 92 days with the median at 39 days. The average listing price was $335,000 and the average selling price was not much lower at $326,000.
     
    Of course, within these stats you have to look at individual homes. The ideal home that went on the market at the same time a retired couple just happened to arrive in Sequim to look for their ideal home, might have sold immediately. That could be 1 day, or 5 days, or 2 months, or longer since it was listed.
     
    I’m reminded of a field of study called “chaos mathematics.” Originally, the idea was that chaos is unpredictable (like the stock market), but later mathematicians came up with another theory that posits there is order in the chaos. I suppose we could say that is true about the Sequim real estate market and how long it takes to sell a home.
     
    To say the obvious, if you buy a very unique home that most people will not want, who knows how long it could take to sell a home? But if you’re going to buy a traditional open floor plan, a home that is fairly modern with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, 1,800 to 2,400 square feet on a nice lot with a little bit of privacy, your home would be right in the center or top of the Bell Curve, and your home would probably sell within 92 days. But even then, there are many variables that could change that.
     
    Here’s the good news. Homes are selling much quicker now than they have been in a decade. I guess that’s good news for homeowners who want to sell a home, but not necessarily for buyers.

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    Sequim Commercial Property for Sale

    This Sequim commercial property is a rare find. There are very few corner lots at a busy intersection in a wonderful area like this where expansion and growth is expected to continue. You might enjoy this aerial video which really puts this commercial location in perspective. The intersection is Sequim-Dungeness Way and the Old Olympic Highway, two of the busiest roads in all of Clallam County.

    Sequim Commercial Property in Great Location

    Notice from the high aerial view what is located near and around this Sequim commercial property. These are all very good neighbors. This is within the Sequim City boundary, but is is halfway between Sequim and the bluffs to the north, which is where so much growth is happening. That means this location is very likely to see increasing traffic and increasing residential and commercial growth.

    Sequim Commercial Property

    Sequim Commercial Property Uses

    What kind of commercial uses could you have on this property? It is zoned C-I(NC). It currently is used for a business called Peninsula Nurseries, which will be sold separately. Permitted uses include alcoholic beverage sales (packaged), bakeries, barbers and beauty shops, churches, convenience stores, day care centers, dry cleaners and laundries, hardware stores, nursery, professional offices, agencies, pharmacy, photographic studios, and more. The property also has water rights with private well.

    You can learn more about this 1880 home and this Sequim commercial property at this Sequim MLS site: Sequim Commercial Property.

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    Sequim Crime Rates on Robbery

    Sequim crime rates are low compared to other cities around the country. There are two major reasons for that in my opinion. First, Sequim is two hours from the I-5 corridor, which means burglars are not inclined to drive this far to commit a crime. Rural areas like Sequim do have lower crime rates.

    Second, the Sequim population is largely a retired population of people who have worked hard their whole lives and are some of the most incredible people you will ever meet.Sequim Crime

    Sequim Crime Rates

    My chart is focused on robberies, because robberies are one the highest areas of crime in any city. My source is a website called Areavibes.com. I wanted to include more small towns, but statistics are not available for many of them. There are many crime websites, and much of the data is not accurate, inconsistent, and scrapped from the Internet by automatic software. It is hard to find a source of reliable data that is complete in all cities used for comparison, but this data and chart show a pattern that makes the point. Sequim crime rates are very low, which also means that Sequim is a safe place to live by comparison.

    Sequim Crime

    The data on the Internet doesn’t do justice to the reality of how low crime rates in Sequim, not only in the city, but the surrounding area within Clallam County. I’ve lived here for 20 years, and I’ve never had anything stolen, nor do I know anyone who ever had anything stolen. Clearly robberies happen in the Sequim area, but thank God they only happen in small numbers, and typically in cases where someone left a car door unlocked, or got careless in some other way.

    What you’ll find in Sequim is that the retired population consists of very friendly neighbors who watch out for each other, even when someone leaves town. They are kind, generous and friendly, and they are protective of their friends and neighborhors. Not only do we have few burglars (mostly teenage delinquents), but our population is like one big neighborhood watch 24/7. 

    No wonder people love living in Sequim even after decades. The Sequim crime rate is so low.

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  • Sequim Home Sales 2014 and 2015

    Sequim home sales have been improving, but I thought it might be helpful to see a visual aide on Sequim home sales that compares sales in 2014 and 2015. Enlarge the image below by clicking on it with your mouse. Below the bars you’ll see the price range. 100-200 means $100,000 to $200,000.

    Sequim Home Sales

    Sequim Home Sales

    The blue bars represent Sequim home sales in 2014 (light bar) and 2015 (dark bar). The green bars represent Port Angeles home sales in 2014 (light bar) and 2015 (dark bar). The chart is easier to see if you enlarge it. This is interesting data, because it tells us a story.

    Sequim Home Sales in 2014 vs. 2015

    Once again the majority of homes sold were under $400,000. As you can see, the number of homes sold in the higher price ranges are small (shown above each bar). We can also see that in 2015 as in 2014, more homes sold in every price range in Sequim than in Port Angeles, except below $200,000.

    Above $200,000, there were more Sequim home sales in all but one price range ($700,000 to $800,000), but that was only a difference of two homes. Overall, there were many more Sequim home sales in 2015 than in 2014, and this is good news. That’s especially visible from $200,000 to $300,000 on the chart.

    Sequim home sales are especially strong from $200,000 to $500,000. We’re coming up on a presidential election, and there are patterns for the economy and the real estate market in election years. After an election like this one, the economy is likely to show signs of strength throughout 2016. It is my opinion that 2016 will show us strong Sequim home sales.

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    Traps for the Unwary Buyer

    Traps for the Unwary

    By Real Estate Attorney Chuck E. Marunde, J.D. (Ret.)

    As a real estate broker who represents a lot of buyers (with 20 years as a real estate attorney as a background), I have seen so many real estate disasters. I’ve seen many buyers get caught by one of the traps for the unwary. It’s true that knowledge is power, but who you are listening to as an adviser (your Realtor) is critical. Here are 15 areas in which buyers often get in trouble. These are short audios I created for your listening pleasure. I hope they are interesting, or at least entertaining.

    Trap for the Unwary #1: The Trespassing Fence
    Trap for the Unwary #2: The Trespassing Driveway
    Trap for the Unwary #3: Timber Trespass
    Trap for the Unwary #4: The Good Samaritan
    Trap for the Unwary #5: Encroaching Branches
    Trap the the Unwary #6: Road Maintenance
    Trap for the Unwary #7: View Easements
    Trap for the Unwary #8: Speed Bumps
    Trap for the Unwary #9: Private Well on Vacant Land
    Trap for the Unwary #10: Shared Wells
    Trap for the Unwary #11: Well Circles
    Trap for the Unwary #12: Buying Vacant Land
    Trap for the Unwary #13: Buried Fuel Tanks
    Trap for the Unwary #14: Contaminated Ground Water
    Trap for the Unwary #15: Clandestine Land Fills

    If you enjoy these, or if you’ve had some experience with one or more of these traps for the unwary, please leave a comment. Other buyers can benefit by your experience and knowledge,

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    I Love My Sequim Weather Station

    I love my Sequim weather station. I actually live in what is nearly the center of the Blue Hole, aka the Sequim Rain Shadow. This little Sequim weather station is so cool, I could not resist writing about it and sharing why I think it’s a great investment.

    Sequim Weather Station

    The Ultimate Sequim Weather Station

    We all know what the typical annual precipitation is in the Sequim area (16 inches, 1/3rd of Seattle), and we can look up temperatures on the Internet for any time of year. All that is helpful, but when you own a Sequim home, you can’t really tell what the rain fall is in a 24 hour period, or a week, or a month, or the year, unless you have your own Sequim weather station. It’s also nice to know when the temperature reaches freezing.

    Of course, there’s more. You can monitor temperature, humidity, rain, wind speed and wind direction remotely for any location, track historical records and customize email and text alerts to know when conditions change. You can view your weather from virtually anywhere on a smartphone, tablet or computer with the AcuRite app or myAcuRite.com website, or easily publish your weather reports on Weather Underground. I just think that is cool.

    Sequim Weather Station

    I’m sure that some would just say that this is another “toy” that you don’t really need. You might discuss spending a couple of hundred dollars on your own Sequim weather station with your spouse, and she might feel it is an unnecessary expense. Since I am a bachelor, I looked in the mirror and asked myself if I really needed my own Sequim weather station. The answer came back with a strong endorsement for the 5-in-1 Acurite weather station, and I thought I heard a soft voice say, “Chuck, you’ve been an especially good boy this year, and you deserve a Sequim weather station.”

    By the way, it was very easy to set up, and the monitor sits on my kitchen counter and communicates wirelessly with my outdoor unit. You can set alarms on the system, too. Last night I set an alarm on the temperature when and if it reaches freezing, and it did early this morning. It reached 30 degrees for a short time before going back up. If you have animals like I do, it’s good to know what the outdoor temperature is. I love my Sequim weather station.

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  • Blizzards, Tornadoes, and Floods (But Not in Sequim)

    It’s winter and time for blizzards, tornadoes, floods, and extreme temperature, but not in Sequim. Sequim weather is well known as mild without extremes and without all the terrible natural disasters that hit other states every winter.

    Blizzards

    No Blizzards, No Tornadoes, No Hurricances, No Floods

    Winter in Sequim naturally means colder temperatures, some overcast and gray skies, and a little rain. While we might complain a little, we are so fortunate we do not suffer from blizzards, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and icy cold temperatures. Many winters we don’t even have snow.

    Yesterday I drove to Silverdale, which is one hour south of Sequim, and about 10 miles outside of Silverdale, it was snowing with slushy roads. On the way back to Sequim a few hours later, and once again as I got close to Sequim the roads were clean with no snow and no rain. It was overcast in Sequim, and the temperature was about 45 degrees, but I’ll take that any day over the nasty weather that is so common this time of year south and east of Sequim.

    Sequim weather

    I Don’t Miss Blizzards

    I don’t miss tornadoes (I lived in Illinois), flash floods (I lived in Vegas), blizzards (I lived in Alaska), 115 degrees or 50 below zero, so I’m thankful Sequim doesn’t have blizzards, or any of these, but Sequim weather is not perfect either. Still, on a scale of 0 to 10 where 10 is the perfect climate, I would rate Sequim a high 7.5.

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  • Private Well Issues

    A private well and public water system have different concerns, and therefore if you are buying a home on a private well, you will want to know what the issues are and what kind of due diligence you should do to protect yourself. Here are some guidelines that will help you.

    private well

    My Own Private Well

    I’ve written many articles on the subject of handling the issues for a private well. You can always do a search of the almost 2,000 articles on this real estate blog of any phrase to pull up all the relevant articles, but here are the links to some private well articles for your convenience.

    Is a Private Well Safe? My clients often ask this question, and it’s a good question, especially if you’ve never had a private well before and you’ve always been on a public water supply. Read more at the link.

    What is a well cistern? What is a well cistern? This is a question asked by buyers when they move to Sequim, Washington. A well cistern is a large storage tank for a private well, usually 1,000 gallons. Read more at the link.

    Well Logs. If you buy a Sequim home or a Port Angeles home with a private well, you’ll want to do your due diligence and review the well log originally filed with the county.  There are two important numbers–the flow rate (gallons per minute) and the well depth (and the depth of the water within the well).  I’ll give you the link to all well logs in the State of Washington, which are online with free access. Read more at the link.

    Private Wells are common outside the city limits, and in Clallam County around Sequim and Port Angeles there are thousands of private wells. Perhaps one in 1,000 private wellswill pump less than 5 gpm (gallons per minute). That’s not a major problem if the well pumps at least the state and county minimum of 1/2 gpm. At 1/2 gpm a well will produce about 800 gallons of water per day. That’s far more than any family will use. Read more at the link.

    Know Your Private Well

    A private well today is not like the well in the photo above. But there is a lot to know and to understand when you buy a property with a private well.

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  • Chuck E. Marunde, J.D.

    Founder and Broker of
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    Who is Chuck Marunde?

    Chuck Marunde is the #1 Sequim Buyer's Agent, having sold more homes (by volume) to buyers than any other agent or any "team" of agents for the past three years. He is the author of thousands of articles for buyers on this real estate blog, and he is the author of several real estate books for buyers and one for sellers. He is the creator of many free tools that buyers use and love every day. He is recognized as a national expert on real estate transactions, marketing, and negotiating. Please schedule your appointment to view homes with Chuck well in advance of arriving in Sequim.

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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.
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    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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