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Sequim Storms – What Storms?

Sequim storms are rare, and compared to the rest of the country, Sequim storms are child’s play. Once again we are watching weather reports of a very nasty New York storm and along the northeast. Governors of New York and New Jersey are warning people to stay home. Thousands of flights have been cancelled at airports around the country. Transportation systems have come to a halt in some areas, and thousands of businesses have closed their doors. Not only does the economy and life for thousands of people get disrupted, but unfortunately it seems that everytime there is another major storm, people die too.

Sequim Storms

Sequim Storms Rare?

We are more than lucky that there are no such Sequim storms. We don’t get blizzards, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, nor do we get the annual snow storms that hit the northeast. Sequim storms are so rare that if you retire in Sequim and live here for 30 years, you might see one or two bad snow storms, but nothing like what New York gets regularly. You might hear of a small flood along the Dunegness River, but even that flooding has only reached a hand full of homes in the past 50 years, and there hasn’t been any flood since the Core of Engineers strategically built some dikes. We are more than fortunate that there are virtually no dangerous Sequim storms.

Sequim Storms

About 15 years ago I remember a heavy snow in Sequim. This was the only bad storm I recall in 21 years of living in Sequim. The snow was several feet deep, and for Sequimites, that was extraordinary. We just stayed home,  so there really was no danger. The snow only came down for a few days, and then it began to melt quickly. But many of us could not drive out of our driveways for a couple of days, so it was exciting, but it was never dangerous. Living in such a mild climate with no extremes either way, Sequim has become known as one of the 10 best places to retire in America. There are many reasons for that, but certainly one reason is that we just don’t have bad Sequim storms.

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  • The Home Inspection Report

    This is what a home inspection report looks like, at least in part. I represented buyers on the purchase of a home in Sequim, and this is the summary of the home inspection report showing the main issues.

    Home Inspection Report

    Home Inspection Report Issues

    On this home inspection report the issues are all relatively minor, including items like some minor siding issue on the shed adjacent to the house, the down spouts needed to be extended a few inches, a hose bib was leaking, the electric panel cover needed a couple of shorter screws, a new toilet needed to be tightened to the floor, and a little tile caulking was needed. All of that was pretty easy to fix, and the seller readily agreed to repair these items at my client’s request.

    Home Inspection Report: Sump Pump

    Sequim Inspection

    The home inspection report also discovered a faulty sump pump that needed repair. Fortunately, the sellers agreed to take care of that. In some areas in Sequim, the water table is high, and a sump pump must be installed in a hole in the crawl space to keep water from building up in the crawl space during the three months of the winter when the water table is at its highest.

    I also attended the septic inspection for my buyers, and when the inspector took the lid off the tank that holds the liquids, it was full to the brim with water. No one had been living in the home, and apparently the septic pump was not working. During some rehab work, the seller’s contractor had torn out what he thought was an extraneous conduit pipe. Unbeknownst to him, that conduit held the wire carrying electricity to the septic pump. The seller agreed to repair this for the buyers. 

    This is why the home inspection report and the septic inspection report are so important for a buyer. For more, read a series of articles about the Home Inspection Report.

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    Sequim Real Estate Videos on Youtube

    Did you know there are Sequim real estate videos on a Youtube channel specifically for buyers? We have so many free online resources, most buyers don’t find them all. We have many Sequim real estate videos on this blog, but with over 1,800 articles, buyers don’t find everything they need the first time they visit this site. These videos will help you search for your home with the best MLS sites, and it will show you how to get all the information you need about Sequim and moving to Sequim and buying a home. Check out some of these videos. We think you will be pleasantly surprised.

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    Sequim Real Estate Videos on Youtube

    We have a whole series of videos on how to search for your perfect retirement home with the right parameters, how to filter through the listings intelligently, how to save your favorites so you will have a short list of homes to look at when you get here, and we show you tricks to find out if a listing is already pending or sold. We have the number of days each listing has been on the market and much more. Many public MLS sites do not show you all this information. Just click on the image above or to to Sequim Real Estate Videos.

    Sequim Real Estate Videos

    You’ll also find out about some other tools we give away. We publish books specifically for buyers moving to Sequim, and these are full 300 page paperback books. No one creates so much for buyers. Maybe we’re crazy, but we love our buyers, and we will keep on giving until . . . we meet you. Meanwhile, enjoy these Sequim real estate videos.

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  • Life Doesn’t Always Go According to Plan

    If you are near retirement, you undoubtedly can say, “Life doesn’t always go according to plan.” When I was young, I thought it did. Now I know that the rule is it doesn’t, and the rare exception is when it does go according to plan.

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    Life According to Plan

    When I was in high school, I thought life would work out according to plan. At that time, my buddies and I planned to graduate from high school and drive around the country in a van. It never happened, but life did, including college, and work and making money to survive, and marriage, and children, and all the challenges that come along, plus an awful lot of unplanned “stuff.” 

    So life did not go according to plan. There were unexpected events, deaths, losses, financial setbacks, and somewhere along the way I lost most of my hair. Hmm. Life did not go according to plan. But then it rarely does for anyone. I’ve asked hundreds of retirees moving to the Sequim area, and 100% of them said that their lives did not go according to plan.

    According to Plan in Sequim

    But when retirees move to Sequim and settle down in their new homes and make new friends and engage in their hobbies or passions or whatever it is they love to do, life does go according to plan, at least for a while during these wonderful years of retirement. Granted, we all retire with some scars from life, and our bodies are getting older, but if there was ever a place to live happy forever after, I swear it is Sequim, Washington. I sometimes like to use the cliche, “Another day in Paradise.” My earlier life may not have gone according to plan, but living in Sequim at this phase in my life is going according to plan, and as Martha Stewart liked to say, “And that’s a good thing.”

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    How to Sell My Home and 7 Myths of Selling a Home

    How to sell my home is a question that many homeowners have been asking. The challenge for a homeowner without hands on experience within the real estate industry is that there are many myths about selling homes, and real estate professionals propagate some of these myths.

    How to Sell My Home

    How to Sell My Home

    If you plan to sell your home, this is a must read. The subtitle is “20 Secrets You Need to Know.” They are secrets only because the vast majority of homeowners don’t know them. This book reveals what the author has learned over three decades in the real estate business as a real estate attorney and a real estate broker. How can you do a mind meld and soak up all this information and experience? Simply buy this book. Just one of the chapters could save you from common traps for the unwary and save you tens of thousands of dollars. This book would be especially valuable for anyone who is planning to sell their home and retire, because at that phase in your life, you cannot afford big mistakes, and you need maximize your net proceeds from the sale of your home. This book will help answer your search on “How to Sell My Home.”

    Answers About How to Sell My Home

    Here are the chapter titles, which gives you a peek into the contents about “How to Sell My Home.”

    Myth 1: Traditional Advertising is All You Need
    Myth 2: You Need a Listing Agent to Sell
    Myth 3: List With the Highest Bidder
    Myth 4: Every Agent Has the Best System
    Myth 5: If It Doesn’t Sell, Try Something Different
    Myth 6: Just Keep Reducing the Price
    Myth 7: It’s Easy to Sell Your Own Home Today 
    Chapter 8: 26-Point Interview Checklist 
    Chapter 9: Never Let an Offer Die
    Chapter 10: How Important Are Photographs?
    Chapter 11: Accept Only Unambiguous Offers
    Chapter 12: Handling The Home Inspection
    Chapter 13: The Biggest Problem for Buyers
    Chapter 14: The Closing Date is a Moving Target
    Chapter 15: The 353 Day Short Sale
    Chapter 16: MLS Marketing & The Twilight Zone
    Chapter 17: What is Good Customer Service?
    Chapter 18: How to Have a Great Relationship With Your Agent

    The concepts and secrets in this book are relevant in any State in America. If you are selling where you live now in order to retire in Sequim or Port Angeles, this book could be very helpful. You will be able to answer the question, “How to Sell My Home” after reading this book, and you’ll learn what you don’t know about marketing your home, listing your home, and much more. To get a preview of Seven Myths or to purchase a copy, go to Seven Myths of Selling Your Home or to How to Sell My Home.

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    Who is Lori Christie?

    Who is Lori Christie? Lori has a personal story that is fascinating, and she has an impressive real estate career. First, the real estate side of Lori. She has been a licensed real estate broker for 10 years and a managing broker for 4 years. She also was licensed as a mortgage loan officer for 7 years. 

    Who is Lori Christie?

    You won’t find that kind of valuable experience in very many real estate brokers. Her understanding of real estate transactions and financing brings a lot to the table for her clients, especially in this challenging real estate market where the dramatic changes in the mortgage industry have raised hurdles for so many buyers. Lori has represented clients from Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Colorado, Alaska, Hawaii, and the list goes on.

    Who is Lori Christie? Education and Career

    Lori also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management, which is a major advantage when it comes to handling and coordinating transaction details and communicating with clients. When answering the question, “Who is Lori Christie?,”  her clients love the fact that Lori is articulate and so positive in all her communications.

    iRealty Virtual Brokers, also known as Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate, based in Sequim, Washington, was extremely pleased to bring Lori on board. Not only does she have tremendous real estate knowledge, experience, and competence, she also holds to the same core values of the brokerage, which includes values like honesty, integrity, loyalty, and hard work. She also believes in putting each of her clients at the center of the Universe in all she does. Her clients’ best interests are her number one priority, and she would rather walk away from a commission than to close a transaction that is not in a client’s best interest. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Sequim Real Estate Market Report December 2014

    The Sequim real estate market for December 2014 is interesting. Most Decembers tend to slow down, because closings in December are from sales in October and November, and those months slow down. But the last two weeks of December got very busy at th end of 2014, but those closings will show up in the January real estate market report.

    Real Estate Market

    Active listings in December were up slightly from last year (6%), and the number of days on market before selling was down from last year. Sales did drop slightly (9%) year over year. With all the buyers who arrived in late December and early January, we are likely to see a pick up in our next Sequim real estate market report and the reports to follow.

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    This is the largest Sequim Real Estate Blog, not only in the Sequim and Port Angeles area, but one of the largest in the entire Northwest. With thousands of articles written for buyers, and hundreds of key links to valuable information you won’t find anywhere else, plus unique tools designed and programmed for buyers, plus entire books written just for buyers, it’s no surprise that this Sequim real estate site is popular. Millions of people read this blog every year, and while they’re not all moving to the Sequim area, many are planning to. But did you know that hackers from China and elsewhere often try to get into this site and take it down, which would prevent you from having access to all these great resources?

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    Sequim Real Estate Under Attack

    In an earlier article I wrote, “What does it take to survive and maintain this site for you and other buyers? It takes old fashioned hard work, thousands of hours of work over the past seven years, a wheel barrel full of money on software, security, and expertise, and literally seven days a week from early in the morning to late at night (often past midnight). It requires security on several levels. It requires constant updates on software, and it means keeping up on the latest defenses against viruses and malware. We’ve had to become experts on the techniques that hackers use to control a site, how they get in the back door, and what vulnerabilities they look for, and there are many. This Sequim real estate blog must be kept absolutely clean so it doesn’t infect any of its users. It also means keeping backup copies on site and off site just in case the site is taken down. Service providers must be reliable 24/7 and must have their own security. The sweat and stress involved in protecting and maintaining this site would surprise most people if they knew all that is involved.”

    Sequim Real Estate Hackers

    Just this week someone in China tried repeatedly to get into the back end of this site, but the security we have in place protected us. Our technicians are on board literally 24/7 to protect this site in order to continue to provide you with relevant information about Sequim real estate.

    While this is information you don’t need to know in order to find your perfect Sequim retirement home, we just thought you might appreciate what we do for you even when you don’t know we are doing it. Our primary mission is to help you find your ideal Sequim real estate and live happily ever after.

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    How Old Should My Real Estate Broker Be?

    When you hire a real estate broker, there are some qualifications you would normally look for, but what about age? How old should your real estate broker be? It might sound like a funny question, but there’s more behind age than one might think.

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    Your Real Estate Broker and Knowledge

    “The typical Realtor is a 56 year-old white female who attended” some college. This is from the National Association of Realtors 2014 Member Profile. Fifty seven percent of Realtors are women, which means 43% are men. But what about the age of your real estate broker? Is there an ideal age or a more qualified age in terms of knowledge and expertise, negotiating skill and wisdom?

    Your Real Estate Broker and Wisdom

    The greatest knowledge and experience is a function of age, but what is that age? What is the ideal age of your real estate broker? There is no ideal age, but there are some important factors that are some function of age.

    If a person could be 24 years old and have the heart and mind, and the intellectual and emotional experience of a real estate broker who has 10 or more years drafting, negotiating, and closing transactions of all kinds, and if that person had the maturity of knowing what works and doesn’t work in the world of marketing and sales, and if that person had a keen understanding of technology and the Internet, and if he or she had grown in wisdom and held true to values like honesty and integrity, then 24 years old would be the right age.

    But if that complete package comes with a real estate broker who is 45 or 55 or 65, then those would be the ideal ages. The key is not so much age as it is the qualifications and experience. But the whole package is a function of age, so one could logically say that older is better, or not. That really depends on the real estate broker, doesn’t it?

    I suggest you look at the whole package of knowledge, experience, competence, professionalism, and honesty and integrity. The age of your real estate broker is a function of all these, but not guaranteed in any real estate broker at any age.

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    Who Says Homes Don’t Sell in the Winter?

    Who says homes don’t sell in the winter months? Many sellers say that, and as a result many sellers take their homes off the market during the winter months with the idea that they will re-list it in the spring. While the sales of homes typically does slow down a little in the dead of winter, it would have been a mistake to take a listing off the market if the assumption is that buyers are not arriving and buying homes in Sequim. Because they are buying homes in surprising numbers in the past few weeks in December and now in January.

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    Homes Selling in Large Numbers Suddenly

    I sold a home a couple of weeks ago for $279,500, and last week I sold a home for $309,000. A few days ago I received an offer of $600,000+ on one of my listings, another offer on another listing yesterday that was rejected by my client, and I sold a beautiful condo yesterday for $360,000. This afternoon I’ll be showing homes to another buyer. This is busy for the end of December and early January, and it’s a good sign. But this clearly demonstrates that it is a pure myth that homes don’t sell in the winter months, and sellers who have taken their homes off the market may have missed a buyer.

    Homes Listed

    If you are a regular reader of this real estate blog, you know that the inventory of the best homes in the best areas has been shrinking. Supply and demand is an unemotional economic reality, and with supply shrinking and buyers arriving in large numbers, the prices of homes are inevitably going to be pushed upward. To search for your ideal home, filter the results and save your favorites, and to receive email alerts of brand new listings, I recommend you use this powerful and easy-to-use Sequim MLS (and Port Angeles MLS) site. You will find it at Sequim Homes For Sale.

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    What Home Inspectors Find

    I met with two home inspectors this past week on behalf of two separate buyer clients. Home inspectors are a very important part of the home buying process, because they go through a home with eyes that can see and recognize everything that is wrong, broken, not in compliance with the building code, and they even see things that “might possibly” be wrong.

    Home Inspectors

    Home Inspectors & The First House

    The first home was built in 2012, and no one has lived in it yet, so it is a brand new home. But it’s never been checked out by an inspector or any other buyer, so my buyer wisely chose to hire one of the local home inspectors. We really didn’t expect any big black marks. The home is a custom built home, and it looks perfect to the untrained eye. The selling price was $272,500, so it’s a high quality home for 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in 1,800 square feet with a double attached garage. In fact, that was an excellent price for a home of this caliber.

    Of course, home inspectors always find something, and he found three items worth mentioning in his report. The first was the master bathroom fan did not turn on. The second was several screws were missing in the electric panel cover in the garage. The third was that the house needed two carbon monoxide detectors. That was it. I wish all home inspections were that easy.

    Home Inspectors & The Second House

    This second home was built in 2005, but it wasn’t finished by the builder at that time and later went into foreclosure unfinished. The current seller purchased it as a foreclosure and finished it himself. Since he is not a builder or carpenter by trade, there are some issues that even I could recognize with my buyers. This is the kind of home that will make home inspectors work a little harder. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Should I Buy a Brand New Home or a Used Home?

    Buying a brand new home is suddenly becoming a viable option for buyers moving to the Sequim area. During this past seven year recession, home builders have not been building homes. Home building just died back in 2007 or 2008. Many builders went out of business, and a number of Sequim developer/builders went bankrupt and lost their their subdivisions to bankruptcy trustees. The inventory of used homes has been shrinking as those homes have been slowly selling since 2007, and now we have a crisis. There are hardly any homes in the inventory that retirees want. Unless a brand new listing comes on the market, you may not be able to find what you want. So builders are suddenly finding buyers knocking on their doors, and once again they are getting orders to build brand new homes. It has been a seven year drought for home builders in Sequim.

    New Home

    Brand New Home

    There is a definite advantage to a new home, aka new construction. If you have a home builder build the ideal floor plan for you, you get exactly the new home that is best suited for you. That’s a good thing. But you also don’t have the maintenance of a used home (roofing, heating, heat pump, plumbing, appliances).

    The reason buyers have been buying used homes rather than have a new home built is because used homes have been about 30% cheaper during this past seven years. Buyers are willing to compromise a little to get a home close to their ideal retirement home for a 30% savings.

    Brand New Home Prices v. Used

    But that savings has almost vanished as the inventory has been shrinking and buyers are thinking, “I’ll just buy a brand new home or have one built, since I can’t find a used one on the market that I like.”

    Even newer used homes are hard to find if we are talking about a 3 bedroom, 2 bath 1,800 to 2,200 square foot home in a nice area priced from $275,000 to $425,000. So buyers are finding that they need to consider building a home. This is a big development in Sequim. I have been watching this for seven years wondering when we will find balance again between sales of used homes and new homes.

    Of course, you should exhaust all efforts to find a used home that you love, but if you are looking at homes in the MLS, and if you are having trouble finding the ideal home, you might want to consider building a new home.

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    The Sequim New Year’s Resolution: Something Better

    Who likes to make a New Year’s Resolution? No one. When we talk about a New Year’s Resolution, we usually do so with a negative tone, and most people can talk about how they have not kept their New Year’s Resolution from last year (and the year before ad infinitum). So what’s better than a New Year’s Resolution? Something much better. I’ve been doing it for a couple of decades, and it has revolutionized my life. I think you’ll like it.

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    Don’t Do a New Year’s Resolution

    A single New Year’s Resolution is almost guaranteed to be a disappointing failure. “I’m going to lose 20 pounds in six months.” Right. Most of us actually forget about our resolution very quickly, and we don’t like to be reminded of failure. So why go there? Who needs disappointment? 

    Here’s what I do that flips that disappointment from one big failure for the year into many small victories that brings me satisfaction throughout the year again and again. I make the equivalent of many small resolutions all year long, and these are goals I can and do reach. When I reach them I experience a deep sense of fulfillment and the success multiples. Once success leads to another, which leads to more success. 

    New Year’s Resolution in Business

    For example, in my real estate business, I ask the question many times throughout every year, “How can I improve what I do for clients?,” and “What do buyers want and need, and exactly how can I give that to them?”, or “What is my weakest link in customer service, and how can I make it substantially better?”

    The answers you get in life are only as good as the questions you ask. Start asking challenging questions that force you to stretch yourself beyond your comfort zone. You will be amazed at how the conscious, and especially the subconscious, will go to work to find answers to your questions. Your mind will work night and day, even while you are sleeping, to find ways to accomplish what you really want to do, and it all starts with questions you ask yourself. 

    But ask the questions throughout the year, not just for a New Year’s Resolution. My real estate business is constantly improving for the sake of my clients, and it is in those personal resolutions to accomplish much more, to serve my clients better, and to become a better person that really motivates and excites me. My future is very bright, but not because of a single New Year’s Resolution. It is bright because of my New Year’s Resolution multiplied throughout the year. And as you can tell, my resolutions involve serving others better, and that brings a lot more satisfaction in life–serving others.

    So what’s your New Year’s Resolution?

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    Chuck E. Marunde, J.D.

    Founder and Broker of
    Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate dba iRealty Virtual Brokers
    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. Chuck was the number one individual selling agent of single family homes by volume in the county for 2013.

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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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