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Buyer’s Closing Checklist

This Buyer’s Closing Checklist is intended to give you as a buyer an idea of what is involved once you have reached an agreement with a seller. Once you agree on the price and all the terms, and once you and the seller have signed the purchase and sale agreement and all the addendums, you officially have mutual acceptance. That starts the clock ticking for all that follows, and there is a lot that needs to be done.

Closing Checklist

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You can download my full Buyer’s Closing Checklist. You will notice that I call this a “Brief Buyer’s Closing Checklist,” because there are many tasks that happen behind the scenes for every player. Consider all the players in a real estate transaction. There is a buyer, seller, listing Realtor, selling Realtor, listing side Brokerage, selling side Brokerage, loan officer, loan processor, loan underwriter, appraiser, home inspector, septic inspector, well inspector, escrow company, and the title company. And there may be other people helping either the buyer or seller, like financial advisers, attorneys, trust officers, contractors, and moving companies. Every one of these players has their own internal checklist to do their jobs.

Buyer’s Closing Checklist

As a buyer, you don’t need to get overwhelmed by all that goes on between mutual acceptance and closing, and even my brief Buyer’s Closing Checklist is a lot to take in. The key for a buyer is to have a buyer’s agent who will essentially be the adult supervisor to make sure everything goes smoothly for you all the way to closing. That takes experience, hard work, and professionalism. But uncertainty is a great source of stress, so I hope this Buyer’s Closing Checklist is helpful to you.

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  • The Sequim Real Estate Market – Hot?

    The Sequim Real Estate Market is hot. I recently talked with two homebuilders, and they both are busier than they have been in 8 years. This is amazing, because homebuilders have not been building at all for 8 years, and now suddenly they are building again. As a Realtor, I am seeing more buying activity of existing homes than I’ve seen in 8 years. There’s no doubt the Sequim real estate market is hot. It’s been a long recession, but maybe it’s over. (Emphasis on “maybe.”)

    Sequim Real Estate Market

    Sequim Real Estate Market

    Many factors are coming together at the same time, causing buyers to make the decision to buy now, and here they are. 

    1. The current inventory of nice homes in nice areas is getting smaller every day, meaning some buyers can no longer find the home they want;
    2. Buyers are arriving in larger numbers early this year, ahead of spring;
    3. Homes that are reasonably priced are selling at full listing prices;
    4. Some homes are now selling above their listing prices;
    5. Some buyers are finding the home they want, but when they decide to make an offer, they are very disappointed to find out it just sold;
    6. Interest rates are still below 4%, but with recent changes in monetary policy announced by Janet Yellen, interest rates are going to start rising in the near future after being held down artificially for 8 years, and buyers know this so they are buying now;
    7. The seriousness of the drought in California, Nevada, Arizona, and elsewhere is driving more buyers to the Northwest and to the Sequim area than ever.

    Sequim Real Estate Market

    Sequim has not had a shortage of housing and large numbers of buyers arriving like this since maybe 2005. Based on the economics of supply and demand, it is inevitable that the Sequim real estate market is going to see prices begin to go up in the coming months. And many buyers are going to be forced to build a new home if they cannot find what they want in the existing inventory. The Sequim real estate market appears to be hot once again.

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    Best Time to Buy a Home

    What is the best time to buy a home? The best time to buy a home is when prices are at or near a low and when the inventory gives you plenty of choices. In the Sequim area (as well as Port Townsend and Port Angeles), prices are at or near the bottom, but the inventory is tight.

    Best Time to Buy a Home

    Best Time to Buy a Home

    There are some years that clearly would have been a best time to buy a home, but we can’t go back in time. The home in this photo was built in 1992, and that was a very good year to buy or build a home. From 1992 to 2005 home prices steadily increased, and those who sold in 2005 were lucky, because that was the peak of prices and the peak of buyer demand and sales volume.

    Demand dropped off dramatically after that and prices started to plummet in 2007. In 2013 in some areas of the country, prices started increasing as demand picked up. But the recovery was not sustained. Price increases have paused as buyer demand slowed in California and other hot markets around the country. But what about the Sequim area?

    Best Time to Buy a Home in Sequim

    The Sequim area has not seen significant price increases yet. Rural areas tend to be behind national trends, and even though demand has increased and buyers have been competing to purchase homes again, prices in the Sequim area have not significantly increased. Some homes are selling now at full listing price, and some above, but we have yet to see 5% to 10% price increases. The bigger problem for buyers right now is the shortage of homes for sale in the MLS. The best homes in the best areas at the best prices are hard to find because the inventory has been shrinking. 

    Since prices have not substantially increased yet, this is still a good time to buy . . . if you can find the ideal home and property. It’s not 1992, and you can’t go back in time, but with respect to the future or the next 10 years, now probably is the best time to buy a home.

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    How much would a pier or boat dock add to the price of a home? Many buyers would like a waterfront home with a boat dock, but they aren’t willing to pay a huge premium for the dock. So let’s take a closer look at what is involved. First, the Olympic Peninsula may be surrounded by water, but there are not very many waterfront homes for sale with a pier or boat dock. If you would like a waterfront home, and you would like a pier, these numbers will help you evaluate the prices of homes with a pier.

    Pier

    How Much is a Pier or Boat Dock?

    The value of a waterfront home has three components. The first is the land itself. Of course, location is everything and the view is a part of the value attributed to location. The second is the value of tidelands ownership. If waterfront property includes ownership of the tidelands, that adds significant value, although it’s hard to say precisely how much. Tidelands can be owned all the way to the low tide mark, or tidelands might be only partially owned, which means not all the way to low tide. And there is also something called “commercial tidelands,” and that would add more value. Adding $30,000 or more for non-commercial tidelands would be reasonable.

    Pier or Boat Dock

    The third component of value is the dock or pier itself. This is where you may be surprised by the cost or the amount that a pier adds to the total value. I just talked today to a gentleman today who has a pier, and between the permits and costs of obtaining the permits, which took many years, plus the construction of a basic pier with posts and timbers, he has about $100,000 in hard costs.

    What does all this mean? It means that if a vacant waterfront property is worth $300,000 by itself, then add another $100,000 in costs for the pier and maybe $30,000 to $50,000 for the full tidelands ownership. This vacant land would then have a value of at least $450,000. Then it’s a matter of what a ready, willing, and able buyer is able to negotiate with a willing seller. Now you know how much value a pier adds to waterfront property.

    Here is a list of all the waterfront homes in the Sequim area with either a boat launch, marina, dock slip, or moorage: Sequim Homes with a Pier.

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  • HUD Closing Requirements

    HUD closing requirements are a nightmare scenario for buyers. If you think buying real estate from a normal human being can be challenging, wait until you try to buy a home from HUD through their online bidding process. And if you think you’ve seen voluminous paperwork requirements, you haven’t seen anything until you bid on a HUD foreclosure and complete the many forms they require after the bidding process.

    HUD Closing Requirements

    HUD Closing Requirements

    I represented buyers bidding on a HUD foreclosure, and we had to go through the process of downloading instructions that take hours to figure out, complete a very complicated offering package with clauses that would make Vladimir Putin pause, and that required signatures not just from the buyers but also from their Realtor and the escrow company closing the transaction. You would think you are applying for a top security clearance or a billion dollar loan, because everyone has to provide multiple identifications and documentary proof ad infinitum. HUD uses real estate terminology wrong, and they required information that is absolutely unnecessary. Their contracts are a maze of misused contract clauses. How do I know these things? I practiced real estate law for 20 years and have been involved in real estate transactions going back 37 years. Essentially, what we have is a lack of adult supervision at HUD.

    HUD Closing Requirements Nightmare

    Would you like a peek at their initial instructions, and this three page list of single spaced instructions is only the tip of the iceberg. The online bidding and the contract package and required documents are as much as 10 times this instruction sheet. My buyers and I will get through this transaction, but if I hadn’t been a real estate attorney, I don’t know how we would have done it. 

    If you are thinking about buying a HUD foreclosure, I strongly urge you to read this HUD Closing Requirements list. And then have a drink. If you don’t drink, you’d better have two. I recommend you think long and hard before trying to buy a HUD foreclosure. A government mess of major proportions: HUD Closing Requirements.

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  • Living in Sequim

    Living in Sequim is the goal of many retirees from around the country. Sequim has been written about in magazines for three decades, and it is on a list called the Top 10 Best Places to Retire in America. The Huffington Post took a nationwide survey and named Sequim the “Number One Place to Grow Old and Be Happy.” So why has living in Sequim received so much notoriety? What makes living in Sequim so great?

    Living in Sequim

    Living in Sequim – The Physical

    There are some obvious reasons retirees come to Sequim, such as the famous Sequim Blue Hole, aka the Sequim Rain Shadow. Sequim really does get 1/3rd the rainfall of Seattle. There is the incredible climate with mild temperatures without the hot and cold extremes of other parts of the country. There are old growth forests and lakes and rivers. There is hiking, biking, sightseeing, fishing, sailing, and wildlife that delights the soul. But Sequim also has the latest and best stores, like Home Depot and Costco, plus family owned organic farms. Sequim is clearly a healthy place to live for all these reasons, but there is a deeper reason we ought to recognize, too.

    Living in Sequim – The Mystical

    When you reach retirement age, whether you are in your 50s or 60s, you’ve come through some of life’s greatest challenges. You’ve seen some of the best of times and the worst of times. Some have experienced the loss of a child or a spouse, an experience that changes you forever. Many people don’t realize it, but in some cases, divorce is as painful as the death of a loved one. Some have also experienced major financial loss. Losing a career can be another devastating life experience. I’ve learned that life does not go according to plan, and that’s not the exception but the rule. In any of these life challenges it takes time for the heart to heal, doesn’t it?

    I believe that one of the reasons living in Sequim is so good is because it is also a time of maturity and living with peace and contentment for so many retirees who have been through both good and bad times, and now they know what it is to live. They are mature emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually, and all the pieces to the puzzle of their lives seem to fit together so nicely in Sequim. They have found balance in their lives, and they know what they want and need, and they no longer are striving to find happiness somewhere on the horizon. They have found it in themselves, and living in Sequim is just the frosting on the cake, a place that is nearly perfect in every other way.

    Among the vast majority of retirees living in Sequim, there is a deep sense of contentment and a feeling that they really have found home. That’s how I feel. That’s how so many others living in Sequim feel, too. It’s probably a cliche, but on many days I still love saying, “Another day in Paradise.”

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  • Beachfront Property

    Beachfront property with no bank is hard to find. Beachfront property for sale is very hard to find along the beaches of the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. I thought you might enjoy this priceless beachfront view from the breakfast nook of this luxurious Sequim home.

    Beachfront Property

    Beachfront Property is Rare

    Be sure to click on the photo above to enlarge it for a more detailed view. How would you like to wake up every day to this view? I could sit with my latte enjoying this view until long after my latte is gone. You can view more photos and all the MLS information on this home at Beachfront Property Home.

    Beachfront Property

    You can look at all the beachfront property for sale in Clallam County at this link: Beachfront Property. As of today, prices range from $498,500 to $1,800,000. Sequim and Port Angeles and Port Townsend also have more property with a water view, but low bank beachfront property is not easy to find in an ideal location.

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  • Golf on the Olympic Peninsula

    Golf on the Olympic Peninsula is a golfer’s dream. Golf courses on the Peninsula have two major advantages over golf courses in the Seattle area. The first is the rain. Sequim gets one-third the rainfall of Seattle. Serious golfers love the weather on the Olympic Peninsula. The second blessing on the Peninsula is no crowds. I took this photo of a golf course near Port Townsend recently, and just look at the crowd!

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    Golf on the Olympic Peninsula

    This may be one of the best kept secrets of the Olympic Peninsula. I’ve written about Sequim Golf Courses, and what beautiful courses Sequim has. The Cedars at Dungeness is definitely one of the best of the Sequim golf courses.  It is a year-round 6,610-yard, par 72, 18-hole Championship course.  It is actually the driest course in Western Washington, and that includes all the Seattle area courses.  This allows The Cedars at Dungeness to host a number of Pro and Pro-Am tournaments throughout the year.

    Golf Anyone?

    If you are an avid golfer, and you are considering the Sequim area or Port Townsend area as your retirement destination, email me at ChuckMarunde@gmail.com or call me at 360-775-5424, and I’ll be delighted to show you around and view some potential homes.

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  • Please Do Not Mistake My Kindness for Weakness

    “Do not mistake my kindness for weakness.” A young man was dating an assertive woman, and he wanted her to know that she should never mistake his gentleness and kindness for weakness. The young man was a professional fighter, but he was also a humble and kind personality. That kind of personality can be misunderstood, and what appears to be weakness may actually be greater confidence and strength than meets the eye at first. That fighter is the young man in this photo. I share this lesson here, because in real estate negotiating, it would be easy to mistake my gentle and happy personality for weakness.

    Kindness

    Kindness for Weakness

    By the way, the young man in this photo is my son, and this is one of my best photos of him in the ring. He really is a kind person outside the ring, but in the ring or in the cage, he is one of the most dangerous men in the world. 

    My friendly personality is no indication of my assertiveness. As an attorney in the U.S. Air Force in the Judge Advocate General’s Office, I had 40 hard fought trials. After leaving the Air Force, I returned to private practice as a real estate attorney, and as an attorney for 20 years I fought with some of the toughest Seattle attorneys, and not once did I compromise a client’s position. Ten years ago I retired from law practice to come full circle back to real estate brokerage.

    Kindness and Negotiating

    I am confident, competent, and experienced. I share all of this to put something in perspective for my clients. If you don’t know my background, you might meet me and think I’m too kind to be a strong negotiator. Please do not mistake my kindness for weakness. I am a tough negotiator, and I know how to represent my clients well. If you think that the best negotiator is someone who acts like a mean person or a jerk, think again. That kind of behavior has nothing to do with effective negotiating or competent professionalism. Too often the person who acts tough is the person with low self-esteem.

    So don’t be surprised by my happy personality and my positive outlook. I love what I do, and I love working with my clients. I just wanted to emphasize that kindness and strength are not mutually exclusive. My clients can testify to that. So can all the fighters my son defeated in the ring.

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  • Sequim Real Estate Market February 2015

    The Sequim real estate market continues its steady growth. During February the number of active listings was up 2% from a year earlier but down 7% from the prior month. The median listing price was just under $300,000. The average days on market on market was up 9% compared to last year at this time. The median sales price was just under $290,o00. The number of houses sold increased 80% over last year at this time and increased 64% over the prior month.

    Sequim Real Estate Market

    That last sentence is key: The number of houses sold increased 80% over last year at this time and increased 64% over the prior month. Wow. That’s an interesting statistic, isn’t it? Sales have increased, and while that is good news for sellers, it might not be the news buyers want to hear. It has been a buyer’s market for a long time, but that is probably over. That doesn’t mean we have entered a seller’s market, but we are in a time when the Sequim real estate market is finding balance, and that means more normal buying and selling is likely, and prices are going to be more competitive.

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    Sequim Buyer’s Agent Testimonial

    If you are in the market for a Sequim Buyer’s Agent, this video testimonial may be of some help. Larry and Shirley Jeffryes were kind enough to share their experience working with one Sequim Buyer’s Agent, Chuck Marunde.

    Sequim Buyer’s Agent

    Buyers are much more sophisticated than they used to be, but maybe that’s because buyers now have powerful tools on the Internet to search for real estate and their Sequim Buyer’s agent. It’s amazing how powerful the Internet is, and buyers are making good use of it. This means buyers can do a lot of due diligence in order to decide which agent they want to hire as their Sequim Buyer’s Agent.

    Learn more about Chuck Marunde at Sequim Buyer’s Agent.

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  • I Can’t Find My Perfect Home

    “I can’t find my perfect home” is a complaint I have heard lately from buyers shopping for their perfect home in the Sequim area. Granted the inventory is low right now, but some buyers have set up an impossible search, and that’s what I want talk about today. Perhaps this can help you avoid disappointment if you cannot find your perfect home.

    Perfect Home

    The Perfect Home Search

    The first kind of “impossible search” for the perfect home would be a search that is unrealistic for the Sequim real estate market. For example, if you want five acres with room for a future shop and parking for your RV and boat and room for extra vehicles, and you want a 2,000 square foot home that doesn’t need a lot of work, AND if your budget is under $200,000, you are not going to find what you want. It just doesn’t exist at that price in the Sequim area. Not even close. You should search both the Olympic Listing Service and the Northwest MLS at Find the Perfect Home. (Notice the drop down menu for each MLS.)

    Perfect Home Impossibility

    The second kind of search for the perfect home that could set you up for disappointment is a very unique set of search parameters in any price range. For example, if you search for your perfect home with parameters like these: a single level, 3 bedroom, 2 bath home, 2,200 to 2,600 square feet, a modern kitchen with marble countertops, a three car attached garage, a detached shop building with at least 1,600 square feet, a nice water view, no covenants or restrictions, and total privacy, you are likely to be disappointed. For accuracy, I recommend Sequim-Homes.com for your Sequim MLS site. Don’t use national sites, because those are full of mistakes and incorrect data.

    I wrote else elsewhere that Buying a Home is About Compromising. In a practical sense, there may not be such a thing as the perfect home.

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    Walking the Sequim Beaches

    We have more Sequim beaches than you could walk in a year. I mention this not just because walking is great exercise for the body, but because there is something incredibly therapeutic about walking on a beach with the soft sand under your feet, the fresh salt water breeze on your face, and the soft sound of waves lapping at the beach. 

    Sequim Beaches

    Sequim Beaches Everywhere

    I’ve said before that if you could put together a checklist of 100 items of the most important things you would want in your community, Sequim would have more checked than any other place in the country. Hundreds of my clients have affirmed this over the past two decades. Sequim is incredible, and the beaches are one of our best features. Walking your dog or your husband on the beach is always refreshing. And there’s no question there is something soothing and even therapeutic about the sounds of water gurgling, splashing, and crashing.

    Sequim Hiking Beaches

    Sequim Beaches

    If you plan to visit Sequim and evaluate the area for a possible retirement home, be sure to take a little time during one of your afternoons and walk the Sequim beaches, or at least one. Port Williams is a wonderful walk. There’s a beach at the end of Oyster House Road off Marine Drive, and one of my favorites is the beach on the way to the Dungeness Lighthouse, the Dungeness Recreation Area off Lotzgesell Road. And if you are out west of Port Angeles for an afternoon drive, you really ought to check out Freshwater Bay, which is absolutely gorgeous, and further west is Salt Creek, another wonderful beach. Sequim beaches are one of many reasons so many people love Sequim.

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    Chuck E. Marunde, J.D.

    Founder and Broker of
    Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate dba iRealty Virtual Brokers
    435 W. Bell St. Suite A, Sequim, WA
    (360) 775-5424
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    Who is Chuck Marunde?

    Chuck's background includes real estate sales going back 37 years, including 20 years as a real estate attorney. He has closed hundreds of real estate transactions, authored thousands of articles on Sequim and Port Angeles real estate, and written several books on real estate. He has lived in Sequim for almost 20 years. Buyers from around the country seek Chuck out and retain him as their buyer's agent. Chuck was the number one individual selling agent of single family homes by volume in the county for 2013.

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    From Seattle

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

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

    From Gilroy California

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

    From Corona California

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

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

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

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

    From California

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

    From Sequim

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

    From The Netherlands

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

    From Fremont California

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

    From Fontana California

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

    From Tacoma

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

    From Wendell Idaho

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

    From Sequim

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

    From Seattle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    From Sequim to California

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