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The First Sequim Chrome Extension

Chuck Marunde has created the first Sequim Chrome Extension. What is a Sequim Chrome Extension? If you use the Chrome browser, you may have installed extensions before. Extensions are little programs that perform a particular task and do it conveniently in your browser. 

Sequim Chrome Extension

Sequim Chrome Extension

First, what is the benefit to you as a prospective buyer, and why would you install this free extension? The extension gives you an instant link to the largest Sequim Real Estate Blog on the planet with over 2,000 articles written for buyers retiring to Sequim, another link to the best Sequim MLS site that was designed and programmed specifically to give you 100% accuracy in Sequim listings, easy navigation, and powerful tools for advanced searches of any kind, including sold properties that closed in the last 12 months. You’ll also see a link to the number one Sequim Real Estate Video site with many professional quality videos scripted and produced for buyers, walking you through the entire home buying process from A to Z. In addition, there is a link to Chuck Marunde’s Twitter site, and as a bonus, a link to the San Juan Islands MLS site. You also have access to all of Chuck’s books when you go deep in this Sequim Chrome Extension.

Second, why the extension? What’s so convenient about a Sequim Chrome Extension? Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Selling a Home and Simultaneously Buying a Home

    Selling a home as you simultaneously buy a home in Sequim, Washington is what 95% of retirees do when they move to Sequim. Even the Vikings would acknowledge that it is “no small matter” to sell a home in California, get through all the hurdles and contingencies, get your money, and at the same time find the ideal home in Sequim, reach an agreement with the seller before someone else snatches the house out from under you, and then get through all your due diligence and inspections, to coordinate the closing dates of both transactions so you won’t have to live on the street and move twice by putting all your possessions and furniture in storage once and then move it into your new Sequim home. And of course, there is coordinating the moving vans, which again is no small matter. The uncertainties and the stress is enough to exhaust a strong human being. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Sequim Real Estate for Buyers eBook

    Sequim real estate is a hot topic among many retirees from California to New York and from Florida to Alaska. Sequim, Washington has been a favorite getaway for retirees because of its mild climate without temperature extremes (mostly between 50 and 70 throughout the year), with only 16 inches of rain compared to Seattle’s 45 inches, and Sequim is nestled between the gorgeous Strait of Juan de Fuca and the stunning Olympic Mountains.

    Sequim Real Estate Books

    This is why 25 year resident, attorney (ret.), and real estate broker Chuck Marunde creates so much content on the Internet for buyers. And among his many books for buyers, you might enjoy his latest entitled Sequim Real Estate For Buyers: Free Ebook Updates Forever.

    Be sure to enlarge this video and make sure your video settings are HD quality.

    Sequim Real Estate Market

    There’s a lot to know when you’re shopping for Sequim real estate. Every real estate market has its unique issues of concern. Sequim has incredibly pure water from private wells, but there is a Water Management Area in which the amount of water drawn from the wells has limitations. If you buy land and plan to build a home of your own, you need to know not all lots will be approved for a conventional septic system, which may require one of 24 different kinds of septic systems that can cost upwards of $24,000. If you build a home outside the city limits of Sequim in the County, you can save about $20,000 in fees and taxes. Water drainage and erosion tend to live in certain areas. Home inspectors are not all the same, and escrow companies are not all the same. There’s a lot to know at the local level, and these issues (and many more) are topics you need to research in advance to avoid a nightmare scenario later.

    My online resources and books help you with honest answers to your questions, and if you hire me as your Sequim real estate buyer’s agent, you get a lifetime of knowledge and experience at no extra cost. I love that, don’t you? Meanwhile, may I suggest my book, Sequim Real Estate For Buyers: Free Ebook Updates Forever.

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    Sequim Real Estate Market

    The Sequim real estate market has been undergoing dramatic changes in the last 24 to 36 months after a long recession. Of course, Sequim’s buyers come from all over the United States, and when real estate markets change elsewhere, the Sequim real estate market feels the reverberations. If markets come to a halt in California and other states, homes sales in Sequim come to a screeching halt. In this video report, I’ll put the Sequim real estate market in context to help you understand it better as you search for your Sequim home. Be sure to enlarge the video and choose HD quality in your settings (or 1080 pixels).

    Sequim Real Estate Market Report

    Sequim Real Estate Inventory and Prices

    As you can see from the charts in this video, supply and  demand brought prices up since this time three years ago, and for the 3 bedroom home above $200,000, the average home price in Sequim has increased by $100,000. That’s the largest increase I believe the Sequim real estate market has ever experienced. 

    Sequim is a small market with a small inventory by comparison to other markets, and we have a small number of retirees moving to Sequim steadily. Once retirees buy a home in Sequim, they do not leave for 15 to 20 years. That means there is very little turnover of homes, and it also means there is a limited supply of homes coming on the market throughout the year. As the real estate market improved around the U.S., home sales went up in Sequim, inventory shrunk, and prices have been moving upward. 

    I hope you find this video useful, and if I can help you find your home as your Sequim Buyer’s Agent, please feel free to reach out to me by phone or email (

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    Sequim WA: Sunny and Warm

    Sequim WA is a hotspot for retirees and for many of us who refuse to leave Sequim. Today was a good reason for our loyalty. It was hot and sunny and absolutely beautiful. Hot in Sequim means 77 degrees. That seemed hot to us, but for those of you who are stubborn and still in miserably hot humid places down south, what are you thinking? 

    Sequim WA is Heaven on Earth

    Sequim WA

    This video shows you a typical summer day in Sequim WA. Why do I type “Sequim WA“? Because no one types out or writes out Sequim, Washington anymore. Everyone does their Internet searches with Sequim WA. 

    I think you’ll enjoy the audio on this video, because it is high quality audio taken in my yard, and you can hear the birds singing very clearly in what can only be described as nature’s chorus of praise. 

    Wherever you are, I hope you’ll come and visit Sequim WA this summer. If you do, let’s have coffee, and I’ll give you a tour of Sequim homes. It’ll be fun. I promise.

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  • Sequim Podcasts – Thousands About Real Estate

    Sequim podcasts by the thousands! Who in the world would do such a thing? Who would create that much original content? And who would do thousands of Sequim podcasts? Golly gee, that would be me, aka yours truly, aka Chuck Marunde. Over 2,110 of a decade of Sequim real estate articles now live in the world of Sequim podcasts.

    Sequim Podcasts

    Sequim Podcasts on Your Computer

    Now you can listen to Sequim podcasts about buying real estate in Sunny Sequim on your desktop computer or laptop or on your iPad or Android device. You can still read my articles if you prefer, but you might want to give your poor eyes a break once in a while and just listen to an article.

    You may know this, or you will realize this as you browse and read some of the 2,110 articles on my Sequim real estate blog, but there is an article that answers almost every question buyers have been asking about buying real estate in Sequim for two decades. I know that because I’ve been answering those questions as a real estate lawyer and broker for over 20 years. These Sequim podcasts are my continuous effort to answer all your questions even before you ask me.

    Sequim Podcasts on Your Smartphone and in Your Car

    Of course you can listen to Sequim podcasts on your smartphone anywhere, including in your car as you are driving to work on that eight lane Los Angeles freeway. May God have mercy on your soul. Or maybe I should say, may Governor Gavin Newsome have mercy on your soul. Not to get side-tracked, but tell me why you are still in California and not in Sequim Washington.

    So how does this work? Read the rest of this entry »

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    Private Well Testing

    Private well testing is an important subject if you are buying land with a private well. You are not required to do any private well testing, but as part of your due diligence, you most likely will want to. Here I’ll explain what is involved and how you can do this. 

    Private Well Testing

    Private Well Testing

    We’re very lucky in the Sequim WA area that we have some of the purest water in the world. We’re two hours west of Seattle on the pristine Olympic Peninsula far from industrial pollution and far from huge housing developments, and the related commercial activities. Even though nearly all of us could say our private wells are so pure they need no filters or purifiers, I would still recommend that you do your due diligence and have private well testing done to be certain you will be drinking pure healthy water. Read the rest of this entry »

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    The Sequim Blue Hole

    The Sequim Blue Hole is real, and I have proof. This is a fun short video I did showing you the scientific proof the Sequim blue hole is for real, and giving you a view of Sequim from above from my drone. Don’t forget to make sure your Youtube settings are for HD quality and enlarge this video on your monitor, or watch it on Youtube.

    Sequim Blue Hole is Real

    The Sequim Blue Hole is why we only get 16 inches of rain a year while Seattle gets 45 inches a year, and Seattle is only 50 miles away as the crow flies. The climate and weather are amazing in Sequim, but don’t tell anyone. The next thing you know, a lot of people will be moving to Sequim. Let’s keep this Sequim blue hole thing just between us.  Read the rest of this entry »

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    Sequim Bay to Port Townsend on a Sail Boat

    Sequim Bay is an extraordinary bay in the Northwest on the North Olympic Peninsula just two hours west of Seattle. John Wayne Marina, which is on Sequim Bay, is the local favorite place to dock your sail boat. In this video, you’ll take a ride on a sailboat, which is actually a MacGregor, a hybrid of a sailboat and a motor boat that can move along at 25 knots under power, on a round trip to Port Townsend.

    Sequim Bay to Port Townsend

    Sequim Bay and Discovery Bay

    Both Sequim Bay and nearby Discovery Bay are sheltered bays off the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and both are favorite bays for retirees moving to the Sequim area. Who doesn’t want a water view from their home, and who wouldn’t want their own private pier or dock? Read the rest of this entry »

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    Sequim Tree Removal: The Sequim Arborist

    Sequim tree removal is a popular search phrase, and it should be no surprise. There are a lot of trees on the Olympic Peninsula, and we have rich soil, rain, and sometimes wind. So trees fall down, which also means that preventive forestry is a good thing. But we also have such a rich climate, soil, sunshine, and rain that trees grow very rapidly here, so tree trimming and pruning is big, and Sequim tree removal is an important local service.

    Sequim Tree Removal Service

    Here’s a fun video of a Sequim Arborist, Joshua Dallen, at work. In this video he goes right up a tree like you might take your dog for a walk. He goes up 40 feet and makes it look so easy. The drone he is rescuing is mine, but I don’t want to talk about that. LOL

    Sequim Tree Removal Video (Enlarge Video in HD Quality)

    Joshua Dallen is the owner of Arbors Edge Tree Service, and he is a Certified Arborist? Did you know there is a big difference between a Certified Arborist and a Licensed Arborist? Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Private Airport For Sale: Sequim Valley Airport

    A private airport for sale is a rare event, and in this case a unique Sequim listing. The Sallee family owned Sequim Valley Airport is for sale after all these years of outstanding service to the North Olympic Peninsula. Here’s an aerial video of the Airport. Be sure to hit HD quality in your settings, and enlarge the video on your monitor to enjoy the views.

    Here’s a little local history on what is now a Private Airport for Sale.

    The Sequim Valley Airport is Sequim’s pride and joy and has been a magnet for pilots throughout the region for over 30 years. The location was selected for its ideal flying environment, including its large level valley area between the Olympic Mountains to the south and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north, just above sea level, and because it is within the famous Sequim Blue Hole (16 inches of precipitation annually which is 1/3rd that of Seattle). The Sequim Valley Airport features a 3,500 foot paved and lighted runway. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Sequim Home with a Shop

    Finding a Sequim home with a shop in the right location is no small task. But today we have something to show you. This is a beautiful Sequim home with a shop, a 1,600 s.f. shop, with room for an auto shop or wood shop and the adjacent section was built for a big motor home or RV. The home is so comfortable and beautiful. You can see photos as well as the video showing the shop and the house and entire property, and we also have a link to the 3D virtual tour of the inside of the home so you can walk through the entire home on your computer right now.

    Sequim Home with a Shop

    Sequim Home with a Shop

    And here’s a 3D Interactive Virtual Tour inside the home (click on the image and then use your mouse or the arrows on your keyboard to walk around in the house, including upstairs):

    Sequim Virtual Tour

    Sequim Home with a Shop (click on this image to see the video of the shop and beach, watch in HD and enlarge):

    This Sequim home with a shop has luxury, comfort, spacious living, an attached garage plus a detached 1600 s.f. shop with RV parking, a gorgeous yard, a water view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca from the second floor, a view of the Olympic Mountains to the south from most of the windows in the home, and you can walk to the beach via the private neighborhood path. The video takes you down to the beach, and you’ll even see some people surfing right there.  Read the rest of this entry »

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    Sequim Washington Video

    Sequim Washington is a hot destination for retirees from around the United States, and if you’re far away, like in Florida or Southern California or New Jersey (God forbid), or on the Aleutian Chain in Alaska, I thought you might appreciate a little video and photo tour of Sequim. Voila! Here it is. Be sure to set Youtube settings at HD quality, and enlarge the video for easier viewing.

    Sequim Washington Video

    Sequim Washington

    Sequim Washington is an extraordinary place, and the longer you live here, the more it grows on you. The area does not have hot or cold extremes, and the rainfall is one-third of Seattle (16 inches v. 45 inches).  Read the rest of this entry »

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    Buying Land in Sequim

    Buying land in Sequim is no small matter, and it will take a great deal of research on your part long before you even come to Sequim to view land. I’ve done a lot of work for you in advance over the past 25 years in Sequim, and I am here to help you through that process.

    Buying Land in Sequim

    Buying Land in Sequim is Dangerous

    Yes, buying land in Sequim can be a dangerous occupation, at least for the unwary buyer. There are many traps for the unwary buyer, as I often said when I was practicing law. Unlike an existing home, vacant land has some uncertain issues you have to deal with, and which could come back to bite you later big time. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • The Buyer Timeline

    Understanding the buyer timeline and what is involved in buying a home is important, and there are many details that are critical in order to protect yourself and get to closing safely. There are only about 1,000 things that can go wrong. Lawyers make their living based on things that go wrong. I wrote an article earlier about the Home Buying Process and the Buyer Timeline, but I also wanted to include a short video for your viewing pleasure, and here it is. Because the Buyer Timeline has small print, you’ll want to enlarge the video on your monitor. Also, make sure you have your Youtube settings to view this video in HD quality.

    The Buyer Timeline and Chronology

    You’ve got plenty of online research to do long before you arrive in Sequim to view homes or land. You also will want to have an orderly process for viewing homes on an accurate Sequim MLS site. You can use Zillow all you want, but much of the information on Zillow is simply inaccurate, so you’ll want an accurate and reliable MLS site for viewing homes  in the Sequim area even if you use multiple MLS sites like Zillow and I recommend Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Coastal in Sequim and Shopping

    Coastal is a great store in Sequim, and because it is such a cool store, I wanted to share it here and also to highlight the answer to a question that comes up periodically, “What stores or shopping is available in Sequim?” 

    Coastal Farm and Ranch is the official name of the store, but most of us just call it “Costal.”


    Coastal Has Cool Stuff

    Coastal is a farm and ranch business, but they have clothes, wood stoves, shoes and cowboy boots, hay, farm tools and equipment, household products, animal care products, guns and safes, generators, hardware, automotive, and a lot more. Coastal is new to Sequim having just moved in about a year ago, but they stand out because they are so well organized on their inventory, it’s a pleasure to walk through this store and browse. You can learn more about what they sell at their website, which is Coastal. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Where is Sequim?

    Where is Sequim? is a question asked by people in California, Texas, Florida, and the east coast. Many people have told me over the years that they were sitting in a coffee shop somewhere thousands of miles from Sequim when they heard someone near them asked, “Where is Sequim?” That always ended up in a conversation about Sequim, because one of the couples either lived in Sequim or was planning to move to Sequim.

    Where is Sequim WA?

    I have lived in Sequim going back 25 years, and being an avid photographer and videographer, I have thousands of photos and videos. For all those asking Where is Sequim, here is a fun little video I created to show you briefly where we are.

    Google Earth is a great tool to view Sequim from above, and you can even travel as though you’re in a plane and see much of the Sequim area with Google Earth. The views are surprisingly good, and you’ll see some of that in this video, but I’ve also included drone video I took showing the Sequim valley from about 400 feet in a couple of panoramic views, one toward the north and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the San Juan Islands, and Seattle, and one toward the south and the Olympic Mountains. 

    Where is Sequim?

    Where is Sequim? Sequim is on the beautiful North Olympic Peninsula west of Seattle a couple of hours drive, and located between the stunning Olympic Mountains where it rains as much as 200 inches a year, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca across from British Columbia and the gorgeous city of Victoria, a pleasant ferry ride from Port Angeles.  Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Escaping California to The San Juan Islands

    Escaping California is quite popular among the middle class and upper class of California, and they are escaping California in large numbers every single day of the week. The documented (as opposed to undocumented) exit from California shows how there is a net decrease in this segment of the population. So many Californians are moving to the Northwest, including Sequim, WA, that I felt compelled to write about it in my latest book.

    Escaping CaliforniaEscaping California

    Escaping California to the San Juan Islands

    The book is really a fun little book that shares how incredible the San Juan Islands are plus how amazing Sequim WA is, too. This is an ebook, and I’ve included a number of videos showcasing the San Juan Islands. 

    I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is still in California. You’ve got to see how good we have it up here. The list of problems and nightmares in California is quite long, and seems to be getting longer, while Sequim has none of those problems. Not one. We’re very blessed for sure.  Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Sequim Internet: High Speed Internet

    You need Sequim Internet, or you will need it when you buy a home in Sequim, but you’re wondering about Internet speeds and how to find out the answers to your questions, specifically what areas in and around Sequim have high speed Internet, and what service providers to use and what equipment to buy or lease. This article is based on what I’ve learned after living in Sequim for 25 years, and using different Internet services and different equipment. I cannot begin to tell you how many hours, days, and now years it has taken to bring me to this place to share this and to include my short video on the Sequim Internet. Because I use the Internet far more than anyone I know in the real estate business, this information should be helpful to you, because it comes from years of hardcore experience. Read the rest of this entry »

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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.  Read the rest of this entry »

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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

    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
    Sequim Real Estate Bookstore

    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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