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The Sequim Home Selling Process: The Seller Timeline

The home selling process is a bit complex, but I’ve created a seller timeline that shows the entire process from beginning to end. Each step has its own sub-timelines, and depending on your transaction, you can get some bunny trails or end up taking a major off-ramp on your way to closing. I have written articles on every issue on this graphic and on the timelines involved for every step, and all of these articles can be found on this real estate blog with a simple search for that phrase or by searching under the categories shown at the menus near the top of the blog. I’ve also written a book that I strongly recommend if you are planning to enter the home selling process, and that book is entitled The Seven Myths of Selling Your Home. You’ll find it on Amazon, but if you have a home in Sequim, you can get a free copy from me. If you are selling your home in another state so you can buy a home in the Sequim area, I strongly urge you to read the Seven Myths as it will be helpful no matter where you live. It’s a lifetime of experience packed into one book by an attorney and Realtor, so you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.

Home Selling Process

Home Selling Process Involved and Complex

The process of listing, preparing your home for showings, negotiating the price and terms, and handling the increasingly lengthy contracts and addendums, as well as handling the buyer due diligence, all of this has been slowly getting more complicated over the years. Now the average purchase contract is at least 14 pages of single spaced legalese and some contracts end up at closer to 20 pages. There’s a lot to know, but the bigger challenge in the home selling process is what you don’t know. 

The traps for the unwary are not the things you know but the things you don’t know. Most home sellers don’t realize how many snares and traps are out there. We all tend to think we won’t have a car accident. Someone else will have a car accident, but not me. My neighbor had to hire an attorney and was involved in litigation that lasted two years, but that won’t happen to me. I get that. This is human nature to think that bad things happen to other people but not so much to us. But life happens, and I can tell you many attorneys make good livings because of real estate nightmares that clients never thought they would experience.

Here’s the Home Selling Process

When you are getting ready to list your home, do your homework. Research agents. Learn in advance about what kind of marketing is effective today on the Internet and why the traditional bricks and mortar brokerage is no longer a viable approach in the home selling process. Read and study, and then hire the best listing agent you can find. But don’t get it backwards. Most home sellers just hire the first agent they talk to, and later do their research on the agent they already hired and on what it takes to market to qualified buyers today. 

I can promise you this, the home selling process is a whole lot more complicated than it used to be, so be sure you are prepared in every way.

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Why Does Port Townsend Stink?

If you’ve ever driven into Port Townsend to visit, you noticed that there is a sweet stench right at the end of town as you enter the city. Like many of us, you may have asked, “Why does Port Townsend stink?” It’s a question that has been asked many times by many people. As a real estate broker, I’ve had buyers tell me they will not live in Port Townsend, because they could not abide such a smell. So today I will answer the question:

Why Does Port Townsend Stink?

The answer is probably best answered with this simple video.

Alas, the old Port Townsend Paper Mill is the answer to the question Why does Port Townsend Stink? Now you know. But let’s qualify this with a little more information. Not all of Port Townsend stinks. It would seem that the primary area is at the end of town when you enter the city and where you pass the street that goes down to the paper mill. There’s an area that must be about a quarter of a mile long where the bad smell lives. 

Having said that, you could live in Port Townsend on the other end of town or in many neighborhoods and never smell the Port Townsend Mill. On the other hand, there are some neighborhoods that are within the “zone,” depending on the direction of the wind. Hopefully your Realtor will be able to let you know the areas of concern. 

By the way, for years I drove through the smell and mentally ask myself the question, “why does Port Townsend stink“? Finally, I went down and took this video, so I could not just answer the question for you, but so I could stop asking myself the question. LOL

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  • Sequim Realtor Publishes New Book

    Sequim Realtor pens another real estate book. Sakal Publishing is pleased to announce that Chuck Marunde published his newest real estate book. The title is Real Estate From Bricks and Mortar to High Tech Virtuality. As a Sequim Realtor, Chuck has created many valuable resources for buyers, also known on the Internet as content-rich resources. In fact, way back in 1997 Chuck received an award for his website because it was “content-rich.”

    Sequim Realtor Prolific Author

    Chuck is a prolific Sequim Realtor as an author and writer, having written over 2,000 online articles for buyers who are planning to move to the Sequim area. Real Estate From Bricks and Mortar to High Tech Virtuality is Chuck’s 9th real estate book, and his 18th book overall.

    Chuck’s other real estate books include:

    Buying & Selling Real Estate in the Rain Shadow
    Sequim Real Estate: A Buyer’s Guide
    Sequim Real Estate for Buyers, Free eBook Updates Forever
    The Seven Myths of Selling Your Home
    The New World of Marketing for Real Estate Agents
    Buying & Selling Real Estate (iBooks)
    Buying Your Retirement Home (iBooks)
    How to Make an Offer (iBooks)

    It was 25 years ago when Chuck moved his family to Sequim and continued law practice as a real estate lawyer. In a rural area like Sequim, lawyers didn’t specialize. In order to survive in a small town, lawyers typically have a general practice, so they dabble in divorce law, business law, estate planning, and real estate. Chuck came from a real estate sales background in Alaska, and went to law school to specialize in real estate, so specializing in real estate law made sense, and his special expertise was a big hit among Sequim residents and Realtors who could call him and get free advise anytime.

    Sequim Realtor

    Chuck spent a lifetime acquiring his real estate knowledge, and years of experience as a real estate escrow officer closing transactions, a real estate attorney in Spokane, and many years gaining experience as a real estate attorney dealing with nearly every aspect of real estate contracts and real estate conflicts and litigation.

    His law practice included years of advising one Sequim Realtor after another. Many found his advise practical because he had been a Realtor and understood the business intimately. Chuck knew the nuances of contract language and how to help clients be proactive in avoiding conflicts. “Ambiguities are one of the biggest traps for the unwary. It’s amazing how many Realtors draft contracts with ambiguous language, thinking they’ve nailed it, but actually left such a big gap you could drive an 18-wheeler through it. Ambiguities are the cause of many disputes and litigation.”

    Chuck obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Alaska, a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, and also became a Certified Estate Planner, a Registered Financial Adviser, and an expert in real estate development and asset protection.

    Sequim Realtor From Law Practice to Real Estate Brokerage

    Chuck retired from law practice and about a decade ago opened up his own real estate brokerage in Sequim. “I felt I was coming full circle back to real estate brokerage, because that’s where I started before I went to law school. I love real estate, and it’s been my life, so it makes sense that I would represent real estate clients now as a broker. I suppose I’ve helped buyers from 35 or more states buy a home in Sequim.”

    Chuck’s books are available on Amazon, although if you are a client, you may get lucky and get one free directly from Chuck. Chuck’s blog can be found at SequimRealEstateNews.com and his public MLS site can be found at Sequim4Sale.com.

    If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home in Sequim, these books and the blog are great resources from one Sequim Realtor.

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    Does Integrity Matter?

    Does integrity matter? If you could have a confidential and totally honest and transparent conversation with a politician in Washington D.C., or a used car salesmen in your town, or a lawyer in the city, or an employee at Google or Amazon, or a division head at the Department of Justice, or a supervisor at the USGS, or a journalist at the Washington Post, and you asked them, “Does integrity matter,” what would they say?

    Does Integrity Matter?

    We’d like to think they would all say, “Absolutely, integrity does matter.” While we can all acknowledge that there are some wonderful and honest people in all of these places, the sad and obvious reality is that we are living in an America where the answer might be a sarcastic question like, “Are you kidding?”

    Does Integrity Matter

    What is integrity? I’m a real estate broker who has 20 years of real estate law practice under my belt, and I can tell you that the legal profession is much worse than most people think, and most people already have plenty of lawyer jokes. “How can you tell when a lawyer is lying? His lips are moving?” We’ve all heard them for decades. And we’ve heard plenty of sarcasm about used car salesmen and Catholic priests.

    The phrase “fake news” has become one of the most recognized and used phrases of our day. Why? Because fake news is everywhere. It’s hard to know what’s true and what’s not true in the news, whether it’s news on T.V. or the print newspapers or on Facebook. And we see well documented news that is not fake being deleted and demonetized on Youtube because Youtube, like the major news organizations, no longer believes in freedom of the press or the right to express one’s opinion.

    What happened to the truth? Does no one care about the truth any more? Does integrity matter or not? I guess it depends on who you’re asking.

    We are living in “interesting times” for sure, but they are difficult, because many people at all levels today from big government to small companies seem to have no qualms about looking you right in the eyes and lying to you so they can get in your wallet (or get your vote).

    Of course, all this means that you and I as consumers must pay attention to that latin phrase, “caveat emptor,” or “buyer beware.” There’s no one looking out for your interests except you, right? Unless, of course, you find someone who is honest, competent, professional, and has integrity, and let’s face it, that’s not easy to do when everyone says the same things and you can’t tell who is lying and who is telling the truth. In this day even the question “Does integrity matter?” is likely to be laughed at.

    What spurred me on to write an article focused on the question, does integrity matter? It was a phone call last night from a woman who is dealing with a nightmare scenario with her listing agent. I won’t go into detail here, and of course, I won’t mention names or companies. My focus here is the lack of not only integrity these days, but the lack of competence, professionalism, knowledge, loyalty, discernment, and wisdom. Unfortunately, I get too many calls from good people who hired the wrong real estate agent.

    Does Integrity Matter: What Happens When It is Gone?

    When integrity no longer matters, all of these other important character traits you expect from any professional you hire just go out the window, too. If one has no integrity, then what does it matter if one doesn’t pursue knowledge for the sake of doing a good job for clients? Without integrity, who would care about competence or professionalism? Forget the best interests of the clients. All that matters is being able to manipulate clients so one can make as much money as possible.

    Without integrity, loyalty to the client doesn’t matter, and why should I care about discernment or wisdom? Oh wait, I’d better pretend to have all these traits, or the client won’t list with me or buy a home through me. I’d better fake my way to integrity so I can take care of number one, because I don’t really care about my clients.

    Does integrity matter? You’re damn right it does. Forgive me for going on a rant today, but these things needed to be said.

    My final point is simple. If you want to list your home with a real estate agent who truly has integrity, or hire a buyer’s agent who has integrity, and you want an agent who possesses these character traits, you’d better do your research and due diligence to find that agent and filter out all the rest. That’s your job! It won’t be easy when everyone who tells the truth sounds just like everyone who lies. It won’t be easy when everyone smiles nicely, talks with the same pleasant voice, and when everyone smells nice. But that’s your most important job–to discern who has integrity and who possesses these precious traits you expect and demand from your real estate agent.

    Does integrity matter? If it does to you, then prove it by hiring only agents who have integrity. You are the “Truth Detector” when it comes to hiring the right real estate agent. If you hire one who has no integrity or is not competent, or not professional, or not loyal to you, you will have no one to blame but yourself. I know that sounds harsh, but who’s job is it to here the right person? That would be you my friend. The ball is in your court.

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  • The Sequim Home Buying Process: The Buyer Timeline

    The home buying process in Sequim is a mystery to some who haven’t bought and sold a lot of homes over a lifetime, but even if you have a lot of real estate experience in Boulder, Houston, Miami, San Bernardino, Phoenix, or Anchorage, every real estate market is unique, and every area of the country has its own unique issues that requires caution on the part of buyers.

    I decided to put together a sweet little buyer timeline which lays out the home buying process in the Sequim WA area. Here it is, and my hope is that it will give you some guidance and reassurance as you will be better prepared to handle what comes down the road.

    The Sequim Home Buying Process

    Home Buying Process

    The Home Buying Process or Buying Timeline

    As you can see in this timeline when you enlarge it by clicking on it, there are many steps to searching for your ideal home, doing all the preliminary due diligence that you will need to do, and then drafting an offer, negotiating the price and terms, and then completing the various inspections and inspection responses, if required, to get all the way to closing. This home buying process shown on this timeline is really the tip of the iceberg since each step is sometimes quite involved. 

    I’ve said this before, but I need to say it again. I don’t know how my good colleagues, and I’m talking about my real estate colleagues who are brokers, do all that they are required to do today without having been a lawyer. I kid you not, even after practicing real estate law for 20 years, I use every ounce of mental energy, knowledge, and experience I acquired over a lifetime in both law and brokerage. As you probably know, real estate has gotten substantially more complex, the contracts have gotten longer and longer, and the legal issues are full of traps for the unwary with the constant threat of being sued by someone in our litigious society.

    As you look over this home buying process or timeline, I’m glad to tell you that I have created many more resources for you online, all absolutely free, both in the form of articles about each step of the home buying process, including everything on this graphic, and in the form of videos. I promise you, you won’t find more buyer resources on all these steps anywhere else on the Internet. I’ve spent years putting these resources online for you, and I won’t get into detail about how many years and how many dollars it took to acquire the knowledge and experience to create these buyer resources. 

    If you want to go deeper into the rabbit hole on any or all of the steps in this home buying process, I have two online resources you will love. The first is the largest real estate blog on the entire Olympic Peninsula with over 2,000 articles written specifically for buyers like you. You’ll find that blog at SequimRealEstateBlog.com. You’ll find categories on the drop down menus at the top, but you can also do a simple search with any phrase, and you’ll get dozens of articles on nearly every one of these topics. 

    The second great online resource, again absolutely free to you, includes all the videos I’ve created and published over the years for buyers, which you’ll find at SequimRealEstateVideos.com

    Well, have fun searching for your home and doing your online due diligence. You know where to find me if you have questions. 

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  • The Ultimate Buyers Agent: Your Personal Concierge

    What if you had the ultimate Buyers Agent (apostrophe intentionally left out) who was your personal concierge helping you filter through homes on the Internet long before you arrived in Sequim, and then walked through your list of favorites with you discussing features and the true fair market value of each home with you? And what if your buyers agent helped you negotiate the best possible price and terms because he had decades of experience, and what if your buyer’s agent protected your backside throughout the entire process?

    Your Buyers Agent a Personal Concierge

    If you had a buyer’s agent who did all these things and truly took care of you and watched out for your best interests, including asking questions you didn’t know you should be asking, and if this buyers agent walked with you all the way through every detail to closing with the experience of both a lawyer and a Realtor, you would truly have a Real Estate Concierge.

    If you know what to look for in a buyers agent, you’ll get far more than you ever imagined, and to make matters even better, your buyers agent won’t cost you a dollar, because he will get paid out of the commission the seller has agreed to pay in the listing agreement.

    Buyers Agent

    As the annoying infomercials on late night cable television often say, “But wait, there’s more!” What if your buyer’s agent answered all your questions for months before you arrived in Sequim, even specific questions about active listings? Here’s the kind of Q&A that happens with me and my buyers all the time. This text exchange was yesterday.

    Buyers Agent

    If you read my response about this property, which is in blue, you can see the kind of clear, thorough, and detailed information I am able to give to my buyers, and this kind of question and answer are very typical of the kind of concierge service my buyers get. Having lived here since 1994, and having seen hundreds or thousands of homes, I know many of the homes my buyers are asking about.

    If you have questions about a home, text Chuck Marunde at 360-775-5424, and welcome to your Sequim Buyers Agent Concierge service.

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  • Your Sequim Buyers Agent Chuck Marunde

    Who will your Sequim Buyers Agent be? [I’m leaving out the apostrophe intentionally for SEO purposes.] I hope your Sequim Buyers Agent will be me. In this short video, I do something I’m surprised I’ve never done before, at least like this: I introduce myself and give you my little sales pitch.

    Sequim Buyers Agent Chuck Marunde, J.D.

    Hiring a Sequim Buyers Agent

    I think there is more to hiring a Sequim Buyers Agent than most buyers realize. I say this because the NAR (National Association of Realtors) did a national survey, and they concluded that 85% of buyers hired the first Realtor they talked to without any interview or other research. That’s a little surprising, isn’t it? 

    You might think that if someone is going to spend much of their life savings, or a large part of it, having worked so hard for it and paid taxes and saved for so long, that they would be very careful about who they trusted as an adviser when they invested that precious money. That money represents a big part of their lives because of what they had to do to earn it. But oddly enough, most buyers are unaware of the need to carefully investigate and choose the best Sequim Buyers Agent they can find. The Internet certainly gives all of us the tools to do this kind of research, so perhaps if more buyers are aware of the importance to them financially and legally and in terms of managing stress proactively, they will do more careful Internet research on their Sequim Buyers Agent.

    I hope so, and to facilitate getting to know me a little more, I recorded this short video in which I do my best to introduce myself briefly and give you my best little sales pitch. I hope you enjoy the video, and I hope you’ll consider hiring me as your Sequim Buyers Agent.

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  • Gorgeous Sequim Home for Sale with Beach Access

    This gorgeous Sequim home for sale was built in 2015 by one of the best of the best home builders in the Sequim area, Rick Anderson. I’ve written previously about the kind of home retirees consider their ideal retirement home in Sequim. These are retirees coming from all over the country, from Alaska to Florida and from New York to California and Hawaii. This Sequim home for sale is precisely what the majority of buyers are looking for in a Sequim Home. You can view my earlier article about the Sequim Bell Curve, and you’ll see this home is right there.

    Sequim Home Comfort and Privacy

    When you watch this video, be sure to set the quality of the playback at HD (1080), and you can enlarge the video by playing it directly in Youtube, or you can go to full screen on your own monitor. 

    Sequim Home – 3 Car Garage + Beach Access

    When you walk through this home you experience that feeling of harmony because the floor plan just flows naturally, and you sense that emotionally or psychologically. The architectural plan is outstanding, and the quality of the materials and the workmanship are amazing. Be sure to open and close the sliding glass doors on the fireplace. You’ll find out why that is such a sweet experience when you do it, and you’ll chuckle as I did. There are so many high quality features in this home. At 1962 square feet plus a 3-car garage with a 7,000 kw backup generator, this Sequim home is perfect. 

    You’ll see the beach access, because in this video I take you right down the path to the beach and go for a walk on the beach like you might do if you were there. I had fun making this video, but you’ll see why. It’s a beautiful home, and it was another sunny day on the beach. 

    You can learn more about this home, including the 3 dimensional interactive virtual tour at our “Featured” homes tab at Sequim Home for Sale. Or go directly to this link at Sequim Home with Beach Access. See the “Virtual Tour” link. To see this home before it goes pending, text or call Chuck Marunde at 360-775-5424. 

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    Port Townsend Marina

    The Port Townsend Marina is actually two marinas, one small one on the west end of town, and the other huge marina on the eastern end of town. This weekend was a beautiful sunny weekend, and after a long winter, boat owners, and especially commercial fishermen were eager to get their boats in the water. Some were pulling their boats out of the water for maintenance. I’ve always been impressed with the process of lifting a big heavy fishing boat out of the water, and I document one here. I enjoyed the activity and thought you might, too.

    Port Townsend Marina

    Port Townsend Marina Among Area Marinas

    Port Townsend Marina is only 30 minutes from Sequim and the famous John Wayne Marina. We also have a Port Angeles Marina, a Port Ludlow Marina, a Port Hadlock Marina, and many more marinas in the area, which shouldn’t be a surprise since we are on a Peninsula surrounded by water. 

    Port Townsend is a beautiful little city with 100 year old buildings and a small town atmosphere with a hundred cute little family owned restaurants. One of the items on my bucket list is to eat at least once at every Port Townsend restaurant. I suspect I’ll be old by the time I check that one off my list.

    Since Port Townsend is only a half hour drive from Sequim, it is one of my favorite places to drive on a sunny day to enjoy an organic healthy lunch and then to walk the docks and piers and soak in the sunshine and the beauty of creation. Come and see us in Sequim, and be sure to visit Port Townsend Marina.

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    Seller Disclosure Law in Washington

    The seller disclosure law in Washington has many buyers and sellers confused, but the more surprising story for me is that so many real estate brokers are confused. I’ll focus on the one issue that seems to confuse Realtors more than any other issue in the Form 17 Seller Disclosure Law.

    That issue is whether a buyer is obligated under the law to return an acknowledged copy of the Form 17, aka the Seller’s Disclosure Statement, to the seller. Almost every broker I know thinks the buyer must by law acknowledge and return the Form 17 to the listing agent, but that is not true. I’ll explain.

    Seller Disclosure Law in Washington

    Seller Disclosure Law

    The law requires that the seller provide a Form 17, Seller’s Disclosure Statement to a buyer when they sell a property. But there are two parts of the law in America. The first part of any law is the requirement in the law, the mandatory part, and the second part is the consequences if the mandatory part is not completed. In other words, there is the requirement of the law, and then there is the remedy if the requirement is not fulfilled. We have many laws on the books around America that have virtually no remedy if the law is not obeyed, but we also have many laws with extensive remedies spelled out. Remedies are like punishments, and if the law does not define a remedy, there is no punishment or no consequence.

    The Washington Seller Disclosure Law does not punish the seller if he does not provide the buyer with a Form 17, and the Seller Disclosure Law does not punish the buyer if he does not give the seller an acknowledged (signed and dated) Form 17 back.

    The law does provide remedies for both parties should the other party not fulfill the requirements of RCW 64.06, and now I’ll tell you what those remedies are.

    Seller Disclosure Law Remedies

    If the seller does not comply with the law and does not give the buyer a Form 17, the remedy spelled out in the Seller Disclosure Law is that the buyer may terminate the transaction at any time right up to closing. So clearly the seller is motivated to provide the buyer with a Form 17 as early as practical.

    If the seller gives the buyer a Form 17 but the buyer does not acknowledge it and return the acknowledged copy to the seller, the seller has remedies under the Seller Disclosure Law. After 3 days of receipt of the Form 17, the buyer can no longer terminate based on the Form 17 or any of the answers the seller provided in the Form 17.

    Some listing brokers get all excited and demand an acknowledged copy of the Form 17 from the buyer, but it’s not required by law. There is a remedy for the seller, or you could say the buyer loses certain rights under the law (the right to terminate), but a buyer may not care about the Seller’s Disclosures. The buyer may totally rely on his own home inspection and his own due diligence, and not what the seller “thinks” or “can’t remember” or just “doesn’t know” in the Form 17. 

    Obviously, a Form 17 should be issued by every seller, and every buyer should read it, but honestly, whether the buyer acknowledges it or not is nearly irrelevant, since he is not going to rely on the seller’s representations, and since he will have his own inspections done, which are far more informative and reliable anyway. If there is something the seller needs to disclose that is a nightmare that would scare the buyer away, the buyer can read that in the Form 17, but more than likely and deal with it. Most likely, the buyer’s own inspectors will find serious problems without the Seller’s Form 17. If there was a serious problem the seller disclosed in the Form 17, the buyer could terminate within 3 days under the law, but again, if there is nothing of concern to the buyer, he doesn’t have to acknowledge or do anything with the Form 17. 

    This last point is what so many Realtors do not understand. But now you as a buyer of a future Sequim home understand the Washington Seller Disclosure Law on these narrow issues. BTW, if a buyer and seller close a transaction, the requirements and the remedies under the Seller Disclosure Law are all water over the dam, meaning they have all been waived and no longer can be enforced against the other party. So once a buyer closes, the buyer cannot complain about anything in the Form 17, and the buyer also cannot complain about not getting one. Likewise, once a seller closes, the seller cannot complain about not getting an acknowledged copy back from the buyer. At closing, everything merges into the final closing document, i.e. the Statutory Warranty Deed that is recorded. 

    As a brokerage matter, the brokers representing the buyer and seller want to be sure that they have facilitated the requirements of the law, but as long as they have documented that they provided the seller with a Form 17 and asked them to complete it, sign it and return it, and as long as they give the buyer’s agent a copy of that form, the listing agent has done their job and are not liable if the seller either chooses not to provide one, or the buyer has refused to return an acknowledged copy. Likewise, the buyer’s agent must facilitate the requirements of the law by giving the Form 17 to the buyer and getting their response, if they have one within 3 days, and providing an acknowledged copy to the listing agent. But if the buyer does not acknowledge it, the buyer’s agent has no responsibility or liability.

    As a buyer (or a seller), you should not have to know all this, but your buyer’s agent should if he or she is going to do a good job for you, protect you, and cover your backside all the way to closing. I don’t want to start beating the drums about the importance of selecting the right buyer’s agent, but I think you can see how critical it really is. I hope that all this free information and my willingness to share everything I have ever learned in real estate will encourage you to consider hiring me as your buyer’s agent. I am Chuck Marunde, and you can text me anytime at 360-775-5424.

    You can learn a lot more about our Seller Disclosure Law in the many other articles on this blog about the law and it’s remedies.

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    A backup offer is used quite a bit in metropolitan areas and busy markets where there are lots of sales and a lot of competition. But that doesn’t describe the Sequim real estate market, does it? A backup offer might still be a good idea in Sequim, but when would it be an act of futility, and how can you go about gathering the information you need to decide whether to make a backup offer?

    Backup Offer General Practices in Sequim

    Backup Offer

    A backup offer is simply an offer, just like any other offer, it just happens to be behind a primary offer that has already been accepted by the sellers. A backup offer might be submitted in a very competitive market where there is a practical possibility that the primary offer will fall through, in which case the backup offer automatically steps into first position. The seller is obligated to close under the terms of the backup offer if they accepted the backup offer earlier. 

    In Sequim we don’t have a large contingent of buyers who are first time homebuyers, and whose financing might be rejected, or who may have other issues that could hinder their ability to complete the transaction. What we do have are eminently qualified retirees, most of whom have had one or two careers as professionals, have perfect or nearly perfect credit, and who put down large down payments. They are pre-qualified, and it is extremely rare that one of these highly qualified retirees will have a transaction that fails because of financing.

    A buyer could terminate a transaction because the home inspection fails, but that is rare also. Most retirees are not going to make an offer to begin with if the home looks like it has serious issues. Sequim home sellers tend to be very good about maintenance and keeping their properties in good condition, so this is the other reason transactions rarely fail in Sequim. Where a home inspection turns up some minor issues, the buyer and seller almost always work out fixes or credits. Where a home inspection reveals major issues, no one wants that home, so even a backup offer would probably be killed by a buyer.

    Backup Offer Data on Active of Pending or Sold

    In the past, it has been hard for a buyer like you to find out whether a listing is truly “Active” (available and not pending), or “Pending” (aka Active Under Contract), or “Sold” and closed. 

    I solved this problem for buyers long ago on an MLS site I designed and programmed for Sequim buyers. MLS sites in the past would show a listing as “Active” even if it was pending. They did that presumably to get you to call, in other words, as a lead generator. That’s repulsive, isn’t it? I found it less than completely honest, so I programmed my site years ago before anyone else at the local level, to allow you to search for truly “Active” listings and not suck you into thinking a pending listing was still Active and available. 

    I also designed my MLS site for buyers to allow them to search for and view sold properties. This site is also 100% accurate since the source data comes from the listing agents data, not scrapped off the Internet like many syndicated MLS sites.

    You’ll find my MLS site at Sequim4Sale.com, and you’ll find on that site videos which show you how to find Active, Pending, and Sold properties. On the home page, you’ll see this sentence near the top of the page: “This MLS site has 100% of all the Sequim Real Estate Listings and Port Angeles listings in the OLS. All our listing data and information is UPDATED EVERY FEW MINUTES on this site. Get the most out of this site with this video at: Sequim Real Estate and Port Angeles Real Estate MLS Video.

    This information will also help you when you are thinking about whether to make a backup offer. Deciding to draft a backup offer requires some careful thought and analysis about the property, prices, and about your personal plans and finances. There’s a lot to think about before drafting a backup offer. This is where I come in. It will help you to have an experienced player in your corner with whom you can talk through all the issues, and ultimately you will know for sure whether you should draft a backup offer or pass.

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    Rare Gorgeous Sequim Home for Sale

    What Sequim home for sale are retirees looking for most? What floor plan, architectural style, and what style of kitchen and cabinets and island do they want most? What about the garage, the backup generator, the view from the property, the privacy, the shop, and what kind of quality do they want? How new do they want, or how old will they accept?

    Sequim Home for Sale

    I’m about to reveal what the majority of retirees are all looking for, and what they are looking for is surprisingly similar. This is the number one reason it has been so hard to find your ideal home lately. Several dozen other retirees are looking for the same home you’re looking for in the Sequim area. Exactly what does that home look like? This is how I might describe the home most retirees are looking for in the Sequim area.

    “Gorgeous 2015 custom built Sequim home for sale 1/2 mile from beach access with views of the San Juan Islands and Vancouver Island, 3 Bedrooms plus a den and 2 full bathrooms, all one level with no stairs and a large 3-car garage, a very well designed kitchen with a huge island and a stainless steel GE refrigerator. This home comes with a 7000 watt backup generator wired into the electric panel. This is low maintenance landscaping with a drip irrigation system, and the nearly one acre is very private with lots on either side of the house also available. The house is perfect in terms of square footage at 1962 square feet. This is the kind of modern, low maintenance, and beautiful home the majority of retirees are looking for in Sequim. It’s hard to find homes like this.”

    Sequim home for sale

    Click on image for a 3D Interactive Virtual Tour by Chuck Marunde

    Sequim Home for Sale: Your Ideal Retirement Home?

    What do you think? Is this the home you’ve been looking for? You can click on this image and you’ll be taken to a 3-Dimensional Interactive Tour of the inside of the home, and you can use your computer mouse or the keyboard arrows to navigate throughout the entire house. It’s fun to be able to walk throughout a home online like this and get such a good feel for exactly what the home is like without being there physically. Virtual reality. This home is a brand new listing on the market right now. Have fun walking through it online, and if you want to know more about this gorgeous Sequim home for sale, see the Sequim MLS details page at: Sequim Home for Sale. Or call Chuck Marunde at 360-775-5424.

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    Are Zillow Zestimates Accurate?

    Are Zillow Zestimates accurate or inaccurate, or somewhere in between? This is a big question all across the United States, and it’s a hot topic. Some homeowners are downright angry at how Zillow Zestimates have underestimated the value of their home while they are trying to sell it. Some buyers came to rely on Zillow Zestimates as they looked at homes and thought about drafting offers, and some got burned as a result. So what’s the truth about Zillow Zestimates? I’ll answer that question now.

    Zillow Zestimates: What They Are

    Zillow Zestimates

    Zillow Zestimates are created by software that scrapes data off the Internet, including sales data of similar homes, tax assessor data, sold data, and MLS listing data. Zillow’s computers compile all the data based on programming, and statistics are generated, including the now infamous Zillow Zestimates.

    Sometimes their estimate is right on, but other times it is way off. I personally experirenced a Zestimate that was over $300,000 off. The homeowner was quite upset at Zillow. The CEO of Zillow found out how far off his Zestimate was. CEO Spencer Rascoff’s home sold for 40% less than the Zillow estimate of $1.75 million. I think I’ll just say, “Oops!”

    Rascoff also bought a 12,732-square-foot mansion in LA’s affluent Brentwood neighborhood for nearly $20 million, which happened to be over $1 million above its Zestimate. And Zillow wants you to rely on Zillow Zestimates? Are they serious?  Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Sequim Listings

    Sequim listings can be found on many online MLS sites, but not all MLS sites are accurate and up-to-date, and some have grossly inaccurate information on some Sequim listings. I sold a Sequim home for $725,000 that had a Zillow Zestimate of $445,000. The sellers had almost $1 million in building that home. Many Zestimates are right on, but you cannot count on Zestimates. They can be misleading. I understand consumers’ desire to use syndicated sites like Zillow, but if you are looking for your retirement home in Sequim listings, I can share the most accurate and absolutely honest MLS site that has been specifically designed and programmed for retirees moving to Sequim. The content, the data fields, and the intuitive navigation are all designed with you in mind. No other site can make these claims with the same credibility. This site has over 10 years of my personal time in programming, design, and addressing buyer concerns and preferences.

    This video should help you get the most out of your online search and help you find your ideal home. You will want to increase the quality of the video to HD quality, and enlarge it to fit your whole screen.

    Sequim Listings Online and How to Find Your Home

    Sequim Listings Detail Sheet

    This video will help you read the Sequim listings detail sheet for “Active” listings and “Sold” listings. Most buyers don’t know that on most MLS sites, listings that show up as “Active” may actually be pending. The “Status” may have various names, like “pending,” “pending under contract,” “active under contract,” “active pending bank approval,” and so on, but the problem on some MLS sites is that all of these still show up as “Active” listings. So you find a gorgeous property and call the listing agent only to find out after a few minutes of conversation that the property is pending, “but can I help you find another home?”

    Why would they do that? You see many real estate agents use listings and even pending transactions to generate buyer leads to get more clients. I was the first Realtor in Sequim and Clallam County over a decade ago to program my MLS site to allow buyers to use an Advanced search to search only for truly “Active” listings that are actually available and not pending. 

    This video on Sequim listings will show you how to use this site and how to read the data sheet on Active listings as well as pending and sold listings. You’ll find this powerful Sequim listings site at Sequim4Sale.com

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  • Sequim Homes for Sale

    How do you find Sequim homes for sale that would qualify for your short list of ideal retirement homes? Most people have a couple of websites they like to use to search for Sequim homes for sale, and for many that is a nationally syndicated site like Zillow. That’s fine, and you can continue to use Zillow for many of it’s nice features, but we have a specialized site that was designed specifically to help you find Sequim homes for sale, and it was designed based on what hundreds of buyers like you have said they want in a Sequim MLS site. 

    Sequim Homes for Sale on The Best MLS Site

    This site, which you can find at Sequim4Sale.com (or Sequim-Homes.com) includes 100% of the Sequim homes for sale in the OLS (Olympic Listing Service), is 100% accurate (which cannot be said for Zillow), shows you whether a listing is pending or still available, and shows you sold listings that have closed recently. There’s much more we have done with over a decade of building this site for buyers, but you might enjoy this short video. BTW, you will want to enlarge this video and play it at HD quality.

    Sequim Homes for Sale

    Unlike many sites where you might look at Sequim homes for sale, this MLS site does not require that you register with your personal information. You can search totally anonymously until you are ready to contact your buyer’s agent. You won’t find a more experienced and knowledgeable Sequim buyer’s agent than Chuck Marunde

    In addition to this powerful Sequim MLS site, we created a companion MLS site that includes all of the Northwest MLS (NWMLS) listings, so you can see any Sequim listings that may also be in the NWMLS as well as all the gorgeous waterfront and beachfront homes on all the islands between Sequim and Seattle on all the islands. That MLS site is found at Sequim Luxury Homes.

    If you need assistance using this MLS site to search for Sequim homes, you’ll find more videos on how to use various features at Sequim Videos for Buyers, and you can always call Chuck Marunde for help at 360-775-5424 or email ChuckMarunde@gmail.com.

    iRealty Virtual Brokers and Chuck Marunde recommend Sequim4Sale.com when it comes to seriously finding Sequim homes for sale.

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    Why The Urgency to Buy a Home in Sequim WA?

    I think you should buy a home in Sequim. Why? In the past months I have strongly urged my readers to buy a home in Sequim after selling their current home. I follow the economy (nationally and Internationally), the real estate markets across America, and I am persuaded that many key areas of the U.S. are going to see a strong pull back in real estate sales and prices soon, especially in California and in many major metropolitan areas across the U.S. If prices are going to pull back, why buy a home in Sequim? Because the exodus is from California and other states to rural areas like Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula, and with a small inventory, the demand for homes retirees want will hold prices steady in Sequim, or even push them up a little.

    I include this video about the Australian real estate market, not because we are dependent on that market, but because it is a lesson about what can happen and how an entire nation of people can be caught off guard. What we have to watch for in International markets is what starts in one nation and then continues in a domino effect around the world. We are already seeing danger signs across metropolitan areas in the U.S., areas that were hot over the past two years but have cooled off dramatically in the past six months.

    Buy a Home in Sequim After Selling Your Current Home

    The best homes in the best areas have been selling in the Sequim area, despite the fact that real estate markets elsewhere have been cooling off. That’s because retirees are doing their research, and they are looking for a safe place to live, a reasonably mild climate (despite our recent bad weather in Sequim), a place far from terrible storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, fire storms, erupting volcanoes, and areas where a major earthquake could trap them in a city with no where to run. Sequim has none of these major problems plaguing so much of our country, and Sequim has an extremely low crime rate. All this, and more, is why I recommend that you buy a home in Sequim, and that you do so now.

    Buy a Home in Sequim

    Sequim also has affordable home prices. And talking about home prices, selling your home in California might not be a price issue. I have argued that there may come a time when you can’t sell your California home at any price. The list of problems in California is long, and I listed some of them in an earlier article [Why Are People Leaving California?], which includes a video I recommend. The partial list of problems includes:

    Apocalyptic forest fires, floods and mudslides, droughts, pollution, infested dying trees by the millions, grossly overpriced real estate, increasing nightmare crime statistics, unending traffic congestion, illegal alien invasions, massive fracking and drilling, never-ending increases in taxes and regulations, unstoppable government spending at all levels, and what has become a form of political insanity.

    I’m not a prophet, a seer, the seventh son of a seventh son, so I can’t see the future, but . . . if you have been planning to retire and live in a safe place, I strongly urge you to develop a sense of urgency. We don’t know how much time we have. Right? If you plan to buy a home in Sequim, do it sooner rather than later. 

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  • Snow in Sequim

    Snow in Sequim is not common, and this much snow is something that only happens about once every two decades. Sequim weather is famous for being mild without extremes, either hot or cold. Summers are typically in the 60s and 70s, and winters are typically in the 40s and 50s, but not this February. Of course, the entire country is getting crazy weather this year, too.

    Snow in Sequim: Are You Serious?

    Snow in Sequim in February

    Snow in Sequim is so rare, at least snow that sticks for a few days. When we do get snow like this, children are out sledding and laughing with the kind of deep joy that only comes from children going sledding for the first time. It’s a joy to experience, and I experienced it with my own children when they were young 22 years ago.

    The video above is my home and my dog . . . out playing.

    When we do have snow in Sequim like this, we stay home. Unless you have to work, you wouldn’t risk an accident or getting stuck somewhere. It’s a heavy sticky snow, because the temperature goes above freezing during the middle part of the day, and that makes it hard to drive through, unless you have a high four-wheel drive. 

    This kind of snow and cold weather won’t last long, so even if it lasts a week, as they say, “this too shall pass.” Snow in Sequim is fun, but also a little dangerous if a person is not prepared. We stock up on food and wood for heat in case we lose our electricity. That’s rare, too. For now, we will enjoy snow in Sequim while it lasts.

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  • Does Sequim Get Snow?

    Today I answer the question, “Does Sequim get snow?” with this photo. Now you know the dirty little secret. The answer is yes to “Does Sequim get snow?” This is February 8, 2019, and the Heavens are pouring snow upon the land with huge snowflakes. Make that gigantic snowflakes.

    Does Sequim Get Snow

    Does Sequim Get Snow?

    I love to return phone calls to clients and say, “This is Chuck Marunde returning your call from sunny Sequim.” That usually is followed by a little chuckle as people know quite well the reputation of Sequim and our sunny weather in the blue hole. But today, I had to return some phone calls and say, “This is Chuck Marunde returning your call from the land of snow and ice, Sequim.” 

    It was about 18 years ago that Sequim was hit with a record snow fall. I remember it well. We were all snowed in and couldn’t even get out of our driveways for several days. I dug my driveway out with a shovel and got to Safeway on the 3rd day of the snow, but the shelves were empty, at least for all the basic items we like to buy. All the bread shelves were empty, the milk was gone, no eggs left, not a banana in the store. It was a fascinating experience for me.

    Does Sequim Get Snow? Are You Serious? Go Shopping!

    So yesterday in preparation for the coming snow, I went to Safeway and Costco to pick up a few things. I got the very last shopping cart at Safeway, and many of the shelves were almost empty. I have never seen Costco this busy since they opened up in Sequim over a decade ago. The parking lot was almost full, and it normally is only half full.

    Today I texted my firewood guy who is supposed to deliver another cord of firewood, but he texted back, “It may need to be tomorrow or Sunday depending on the roads as wrecks everywhere today.” 

    Does Sequim Get Snow? Yes, but it’s been 22 years since I’ve seen snow like this. It’s kind of fun for a change, and young children always enjoy seeing snow and sledding for a day or two. My dog loves playing in the snow. But it is dangerous for many, because there will be some car accidents, and some people will have trouble getting out to pick up food or prescriptions.

    So while we can say yes to does Sequim get snow, we can also say that it’s rare, unlike New York (and elsewhere in the midwest and northeast) where they see  this kind of weather (and worse) every winter.

    If I get anymore phone calls today, maybe I’ll just have some fun, and go back to my original welcome about returning the call from sunny Sequim. On the other hand, if my caller asks, “Does Sequim get snow?,” I will be honest and share this photo with them.

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  • Sequim Home Sales

    Sequim home sales over the past year tells a story, but it’s a story that needs to be put in context, or it won’t have much meaning to most people. I’ve tracked sales for each year going back to 2012. The resulting bar chart below is fascinating. In 2012 Sequim home sales were at 123 for the whole year. This data focuses on one niche, which is Sequim home sales between $300,000 and $600,000. This is the niche most retired professionals are in when they buy a home in the Sequim area, at least most of my buyer clients. I’m also including all of Clallam County, which is primarily Sequim and Port Angeles, but includes the rural countryside, too.

    Sequim Home Sales

    567 homes sold in 2018, which is surprisingly higher than 2017, even though we had so many buyers who had trouble even finding a home because of the low inventory.

    Sequim Home Sales

    Sequim Home Sales Increasing or Decreasing?

    In this chart below, I show all Sequim homes sold in all price ranges, and you get a picture of the market as a whole from the lowest prices to the multi-million dollar homes.

    Sequim Homes

    There are some apparent contradictions in the sales data when you consider what has been happening at the street level between buyers and sellers. Many buyers have had trouble finding their ideal home because the inventory of those homes has been so low and almost non-existent, at least for some buyers. Many buyers have told me they have not bought because they can’t find a home they like. And yet we have had increasing sales through 2018. How do we account for that?

    I think we can say that some retirees are willing to compromise and buy a home that falls short of their ideal. Some have decided to remodel an older home, and some have bought a home they plan to replace in a few years. That would capture some of the buyers, but what about the rest who have apparently bought homes even in a low inventory market?

    I think the number of buyers has been substantially higher than the data reveals. In other words, if we had not had a problem with inventory, I think the sales numbers would be substantially higher. But in 2018, you can see that the difference between the Sequim home sales above and below $300,000. 1,422 total homes sold, and 567 sold between $300,000 to $600,000, which means that 777 homes sold under $300,000. [The difference, 78, represents the homes that sold above $600,000 in 2018.]

    We do have buyers in the wings waiting for their ideal home to show up in the Sequim MLS. The winter months always slow down slightly, and there have been a lot of things going on around the country that have caused many retirees to pause on their decision to buy a home in Sequim, but as we move into the spring and summer I think sales will begin to pick up again.

    My primary niche is as a buyer’s agent helping retirees buy homes above $300,000. You can use my online Sequim MLS site, and you can email [ChuckMarunde@gmail.com] or text or call [360-775-5424] anytime for help finding your home or getting your questions answered.

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    Sequim area hospitals are located throughout the county and adjacent counties. Port Angeles is 15 miles from Sequim, and Port Angeles has a large hospital, plus many outpatient facilities. Sequim has many outpatient facilities and emergency medical facilities, too. Port Townsend has a hospital, and you can see a large expansion in this image below for the Silverdale hospital, the Harrison Medical Center. Silverdale is only one hour from Sequim.

    Hospitals in the Area

    Hospitals

    Hospitals and Primary Care

    I’ve been impressed with the Sequim facilities. I would imagine that 99% of everything you and I will ever need is in Sequim now, and unless you have major surgery or an overnight hospital stay, you probably won’t be a resident of the Port Angeles hospital, or any of these area hospitals.

    It’s just nice to know we have plenty of medical facilities in the area. For military veterans, there is a VA hospital near Tacoma.

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    Chuck E. Marunde, J.D.

    Sequim Buyer's Agent (Atty Ret.)
    Founder and Broker of
    Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate dba iRealty Virtual Brokers
    125 Olympic Ranch Ln, Sequim, WA
    (360) 775-5424
    ChuckMarunde@gmail.com

    From Los Angeles

    It's rare, but once in awhile life provides the perfect collaborator for an important endeavor such as buying your new home. For me that person was Chuck Marunde. His two decade background as a Real Estate Attorney, his prolific career as an author of articles and books on Real Estate and his forthright and moral character made choosing Chuck a no-brainer. Chuck is dedicated, thorough, incredible at the negotiating table, knowledgeable about all local laws & regs but, most importantly, Chuck loves what he does. And what he does is find his client the perfect property. Chuck isn't about making the sale, he's about making the sale that is OPTIMUM for his CLIENT and this makes Chuck a rare bird indeed. I love my new home in Sequim and I am indebted to Chuck for making it happen. Kevin E.

    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.

    From Florida

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

    From Gilroy California

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

    From Corona California

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

    From Bakersfield California

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

    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

    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 seven 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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