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Sequim Utility Rates

Sequim Utility Rates are very reasonable compared to many other areas of the U.S. Here’s a quick breakdown that will give you an idea of the Sequim utility rates.

Sequim Utility Rates

Sequim Utility Rates Compared

Many California clients have shared that their utility rates are very high. For example, clients from the Santa Barbara area and around L.A. have shared that their monthly water bills are from $500 to $700 per month, and these are not expensive luxury homes with lots of landscaping. Some California clients have said their monthly electric bills are also over $500. Then add sewer bills, gas and other heating bills, and the total cost of utilities in many areas of California can easily be $1,000 to $2,000 every month, and that does not include property taxes.

Sequim Utility Rates

Now let’s compare Sequim utility rates. If you’re on a private well, you won’t have any water expense other than the minimal electricity used by the water pump. That might amount to $10 a month. If you’re on a public water system, you might pay $30 a month. A 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with 2,000 square feet with all electric appliances and forced air electric with a heat pump will generate a monthly electric bill of about $235.  Garbage collection is about the same as elsewhere in the country. Internet, telephone, and satellite TV are also based on national rats.

When you get done comparing, Sequim utility rates are substantially less than most of California and many other areas of the country. By an order of magnitude.

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  • I Want a Barn

    “I want a barn.” A significant percentage of buyers say this when they look at homes on the Olympic Peninsula. The idea of a 50 year old barn, even a small one, appeals to many people. Unfortunately, many of the 100 year old barns are collapsing now, but there are many still standing strong.

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    An Original Barn

    This small barn in the photo above was built like many old barns on the Peninsula, with vertical slabs of gorgeous hardwood. Of course, back in the days when barns like this were built, no one thought anything of using hardwood. Hardwood was common and did not have the premium value it has today. An old barn today has tremendous value if it has been maintained. Some people will use the hardwood of a demolished barn and clean it up for use in a new home.

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    An Old Sequim Barn

    This beautiful old barn is on Blue Mountain Road, and while it is no longer filled with the sounds of mooing cows, it is a precious part of history in the Sequim area. A hundred years ago, Sequim was largely a farming and cattle grazing area with a few family owned dairy farms. One of the attractions to retirees today includes the fact that even with a lot of modern real estate development, Sequim maintains that heritage throughout the county.

    Come and visit the Olympic Peninsula and bring your camera. You might want to snap a photo of an old barn or barns. 

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    Sequim Bay

    Sequim Bay water view or waterfront property is in high demand, and it’s hard to find. But what is especially hard to find anywhere on the beaches in the Northwest, including the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Sequim Bay, is a boat dock or pier. Today I sat on this pier on Sequim Bay on a beautiful sunny day. This pier is a very short walk from the log home listed for sale. The owners leave their kayak and boat on the beach, and the sailboat is anchored further out from the pier.

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    Sequim Bay Boat Dock

    Most people do not know how much is involved in getting a boat dock or pier approved for a permit under the strict rules of the Washington Shoreline Management Act. It practically takes an Act of God to get approval for a pier like this. Then it can take years to get approved, and then there is the cost. I’ve written in more detail about the value and cost of boat docks in this area: Sequim Bay Boat Dock.

    Sequim Bay Piers

    Here are some great photographs of this log home and more information about this property: Sequim Bay Log Home. This property also includes a very large shop building that would fit a gigantic boat or huge RV or motor home, or both with room left over.

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  • How Much Gardening is Too Much?

    How much gardening in retirement is too much? I sold a three acre parcel that was beautifully landscaped by a master gardener. As you walked along the paths through the property, you had to pause to look at various specialty flowers and plants and trees. It was the work of a very gifted master gardener. There is a large master gardener group in Sequim. The question for you is, “How much gardening do you want to do in retirement.”

    Gardening

    “I didn’t retire to work 40 hours a week gardening.” That was a comment a client made when I showed him a home on three beautifully landscaped acres that cost the owner about $100,000 to create. But another buyer looked at this same property and said, “My dream home. Oh my gosh, I love it!” And that buyer bought it.

    Gardening in Sequim

    The amount of landscaping and gardening you want to do or are willing to do to maintain your ideal property is something to consider when you are filtering homes online, although it’s hard to tell from the online photos what will be required. I’ve learned from working with hundreds of buyers that it boils down to personal passions. Maybe you are a master gardener, or you love gardening. Our rich soil, blue hole and sunshine, the climate and the right amount of rain (with some added watering with your loving touch), makes for the perfect garden (elaborate or tiny).

    Gardening is an Option

    You can see some of the events planned for the Sequim Master Gardener group on their website. Many retirees moving to Sequim want low maintenance yards and a some gardening is nice, but a small percentage of Sequimites have extraordinary yards, and it is clear that gardening is their primary passion. If that describes you, then Sequim is the perfect place to create your little Heaven for gardening.

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    Sequim Real Estate

    Sequim real estate is a popular commodity of late, and buyers are enthusiastically coming to the Olympic Peninsula to shop for their ideal retirement home. Many retirees around the country have come to the same conclusion–that Sequim real estate is a bargain considering the lifestyle and cost of living in one of the most beautiful retirement destinations in the country.

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    Sequim Real Estate Blog

    This Sequim real estate blog was designed specifically for buyers, and the whole idea is to give buyers the best online resources to find their real estate and to answer all their questions. For example, there are over 1,800 articles on this Sequim real estate blog alone, and articles are added throughout the week on the latest and hottest issues affecting buyers like you. You can read articles by scrolling back in time, or you can search by subjects or phrases, or you can go back through the archives back to 2007. This is the largest online resource for Sequim real estate, bar none. All free. No registration required. 

    But there is much more. You’ll find three powerful MLS sites, which you can also use absolutely free and unlike many real estate companies, we do not require any registration or confidential information from you. No obligation. And as you will see as you read articles, these are not flaky or shallow topics. This blog won an award for being content-rich. Yesterday one of my buyers told me that they appreciated all the helpful information on this blog, and according to them it is the only Sequim real estate blog with so much solid information for buyers.

    Sequim Real Estate for Buyers

    Of course there is much more we give buyers. You’ll find many paperback and eBooks written for buyers about Sequim real estate. Again, these are exclusive. No one is crazy enough to write entire books for buyers coming to the area except us. You’ll find the link to those books on this blog. We have an entire video site just for Sequim real estate. We have thousands of photographs of the area for buyers to view, and we have multiple websites and blogs for buyers. We have an entire site which drills down on Questions and Answers, and so much more, there’s not enough room to share it all here. 

    Please browse this Sequim real estate blog and the links and affiliate sites, and you’ll find a tremendous amount of information and answers to all your questions, all without obligation and without any registration requirements. If you don’t find the answer to your question, you can email or call, and we will gladly answer it if we can. We hope we might become your favorite online resource, and your favorite Sequim real estate brokerage, iRealty Virtual Brokers.

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    A Deck With a View

    Imagine sitting on the deck of your new home sipping a delicious latte (or maybe a glass of wine?), looking at a gorgeous water view (or mountain view), a fresh breeze coming from the ocean, and feeling more relaxed than you’ve felt in years now that you’re retired and settled into your dream home. This is a dream come true for many who retire in Sequim (or Port Townsend or Port Angeles).

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    A Deck in the Sun

    In Sequim the best water view is typically from a deck on the north side of the house, and the sunniest side will be the south side. The mountain view is also to the south. While Sequim is famous for being in the blue hole and only getting 16 inches of rain annually, we do get a combination of sun and rain that is hard on wooden decks. Wooden decks eventually fade, splinter, and rot, so Trex decking or other composite decking that is weather proof has become quite popular.

    A Deck for Enjoyment and Entertainment

    In this photo above, my clients arranged their deck so they could entertain friends, which they enjoying doing regularly. And with a beautiful view of Sequim Bay, their deck is a Heavenly place of peace and relaxation. With spring arriving and flowers blooming, it is time again to enjoy the deck. When you’re looking at homes in the MLS online, it’s hard to tell which way the deck faces, but you can often use Google maps to help answer the question on the exact location of the deck and whether it faces north or south.

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    The Busiest Sequim Real Estate Office

    Which Sequim real estate office is one of the busiest with an agent who represents more buyers (in sales volume) than any agent in the county? You might not guess. It’s not one of the big national franchises, and it’s not an office with a large bricks-and-mortar building. The correct answer would be a Sequim real estate office by the name of iRealty Virtual Brokers, also registered as Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate. Congratulations are in order for Chuck Marunde, who is the number one Buyer’s Agent in the area. Here’s the hard data below in this graphic, but why is this significant for buyers like you? There’s an important reason we share all this.

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    Busiest Sequim Real Estate Office

    Buyers from all over the U.S. have been selecting Chuck Marunde as their Buyer’s Agent, and since buyers are doing a lot of research online, that’s a significant endorsement from a lot of people. You can read more about his background at Sequim Real Estate Office. Learn about Chuck’s personal side at Who is Chuck Marunde? To find out how Chuck can help you, we recommend you email ChuckMarunde@gmail.com, and talk to him on his direct phone line, 360-775-5424.

    Sequim Real Estate Office – Hire Way in Advance

    We urge you hire your Buyer’s Agent (covering Sequim, Port Angeles, and Port Townsend) well in advance of coming to look at homes. Remember, you don’t need to hire the biggest Sequim real estate office–just the right buyer’s agent for you.

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  • Homes and Bluff Stability

    Bluff stability is a very important issue for homes on the Olympic Peninsula, but what if you’re on the Internet in Glendale, California, looking at waterfront homes in Sequim or Port Townsend or Port Angeles, and the listing says nothing about the bluff, the distance from the home, or how steep or unstable the bluff may be? I showed a home with a bluff that appeared to be quite unstable, but the listing said nothing about a bluff stability.

    Bluff Stability

    Bluff Stability and Water Views

    I arrived at the home with my buyers (the first time I showed this home), and the first thing they wanted to do is walk around the house to see the water view, which was shown in the MLS with a photo taken with a telephoto lense. A telephoto lense might be a good idea to show the true water view, but a high powered telephoto lense that makes the view much better than it really is, ends up being a disappointment for buyers when the arrive to see the view. But there was a bigger surprise for these buyers, and my subsequent buyers who wanted to see this home.

    The minimum distance a home can be built from the top of a bluff in Clallam County is 100 feet, and there is talk of increasing that to 150 feet for safety. This home was perhaps only 40 to 60 feet from a bluff, but that wasn’t what really scared these buyers. The bluff appeared to be peeling off in some fairly large sections, and part of that looked pretty fresh. This was very bothersome, because there was no mention of any of this in the MLS.

    There is no legal requirement that there be such disclosure in the MLS, and a listing agent who is not a lawyer might not know how to draft such a disclosure, but wouldn’t you like to see something that indicates the house sits very close to a bluff that “may need to be examined by a bluff stability engineer,” or words to that effect? I know all of my buyers who I have showed this home to would absolutely say, “Yes.” 

    You are welcome to do what many buyers do as they are filtering through homes in the MLS. Call or email me and ask me about the properties you want to see. If I have seen it, I may be able to help you determine if it should stay on your list, because of a major issue, like bluff stability.

    Bluff Stability Disclosure

    I wrote an earlier article about bluff stability so buyers can better understand the issues, which you can read at Bluff Stability.

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  • Sequim Waterfront

    Are you looking for the ideal Sequim waterfront home? As of today, there are only four in our local MLS. This Sequim waterfront home in this photo was just sold, and it was a rare find, because it is right on the beach with no bluff.

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    Sequim Waterfront Homes

    Here is the complete list of Sequim waterfront homes for sale: Sequim Waterfront Homes in MLS. I’ve shown all of these homes, so if you have any questions about any of these, you can simply email ChuckMarunde@gmail.com or call me at 360-775-5424. As you know, it’s hard to get an accurate and complete feel for a property from the MLS photos, which are limited. 

    Sequim Waterfront Properties

    There are 10 Sequim waterfront lots for sale as of today, Sequim waterfront lots. Whether you are looking at Sequim waterfront homes or lots, you will find these are either “no bank,” “low bank,” “medium bank,” or “high bank.” The high bluffs are as high as 150 to 200 feet. Most of the medium to high bluff properties do not have beach access. The home in this photo is right on the beach and has full beach access, which is one of the reasons it is a rare find.

    You can expand your Sequim waterfront search outside the area to cover all the islands and the shorelines all the way to Seattle from Sequim at Luxury Water View Homes.

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  • Kayaking in Freshwater Bay

    Kayaking in Freshwater Bay is one of our best recreational activities on the Olympic Peninsula. It’s only a 30 minute drive from Sequim and 10 minutes from Port Angeles. Freshwater Bay is a sheltered bay with an excellent boat launch, and the clearest pristine water you’ll see kayaking anywhere.

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    Kayaking for Fun

    Kayaking is great for exercise, but it’s also great for the mind and spirit. There’s something about kayaking that is therapeutic. You can’t think about work when you’re communing with nature in a kayak. Stress just drains away, and you can’t help but experience the pleasure and pure enjoyment of kayaking.

    Kayaking on Freshwater Bay

    I took the photo above yesterday afternoon. I wish you could look at this photo and smell the fresh breeze coming off the saltwater and hear the gentle breaking of the waves. With three or four boats, this is about as crowded as it gets in Freshwater Bay on a beautiful afternoon. But there are many bays and rivers where you can enjoy kayaking from Port Townsend to Sequim to Port Angeles. Across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Freshwater Bay is beautiful Victoria, B.C. 

    Kayaking is a great recreational activity, because the physical part can be as strenuous or as relaxing as you make it. One thing for sure, we do have some of the best natural resources on the planet here, and Freshwater Bay is one of them. 

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    Real Estate Market Report April 2015

    This real estate market report for April of 2015 is brought to you by Chuck Marunde and iRealty Virtual Brokers, registered locally as Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate.

    Real Estate Market Report

    There isn’t any exciting news about this April real estate market report. The data is not impressive and neither positive nor negative. The number of active listings was down 3% from one year earlier and up 9% from the previous month. The median listing price for April was just under $310,000. Compared to last year the average days on market (DOM) before being sold was up 39%. In a small market like the Sequim market, this doesn’t really tell us anything definitive. The median sales price was just under $310,000.

    Real Estate Market Report and MLS Updates

    Keep up with new listings by watching the best Sequim MLS site online at Sequim Real Estate. And you can watch our video presentation on how to get the most out of your online MLS search at Sequim MLS Video. We hope this real estate market video has been entertaining.

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    Can I Have Chickens?

    Chickens, fresh eggs, an organic vegetable garden, and healthy living are some of the reasons why so many retirees are moving to the Sequim area. Here are some tips about chickens. If you want to be able to have chickens on your property, the first step is to check the covenants, also known as CC&Rs (Conditions, Covenants, and Restrictions). 

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    Chickens and Covenants

    CC&Rs are the governing rules for a property. Not all properties have CC&Rs, but most do, and certainly all properties in a subdivision do. The typical covenants will restrict certain activities on your property. For example, the CC&Rs may say “no commercial livestock,” or “no commercial breeding of animals,” or “no poultry,” which prohibits all chickens. And there are some covenants which prohibit only roosters.

    Here’s the challenge if you’re looking for a property that allows chickens. The MLS listings do not offer an option to listing agents to identify which properties allow chickens, which means there is no way to search this in the MLS. The only way to find out if a property could have chickens is to read the CC&Rs, and that’s a recorded document that buyers do not usually get their hands on until they have a pending transaction and their title company finds the CC&Rs and produces them for everyone to read. Listing agents will not typically know if the CC&Rs allow or prohibit chickens. Listing agents do not usually have a copy of the CC&Rs, let alone have read them. If the property is in a city, there will be zoning restrictions on farm animals.

    Chickens Tips

    Here’s a tip. If having chickens is a priority, you will need to avoid city properties, subdivision lots, and get further out of town. Even then a short plat will typically have CC&Rs and may prohibit chickens. It will be important to have a buyer’s agent who can help you filter through properties, but do not just send your buyer’s agent a list of listings and ask him or her to tell you which ones allow chickens. There’s no way to know without ordering CC&Rs from the title company for each property and then reading all of them. That could take a while, and unless you know for sure that a certain property is one of your top three, you could be sending your buyer’s agent on a wild goose chase. Pun intended.

    It is possible to find some CC&Rs online, but that requires some know how on real estate research online and how to use document numbers and the local auditor’s database. Even then, it can take hours to pull together CC&Rs on various properties. I’ve helped several buyers find their ideal home where they could have their dream of raising chickens, but it was not easy.

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    Sequim Luxury Water View Home

    This Sequim luxury water view home is beautiful outside, but the floor plan inside and the kitchen and master bedroom are precisely what so many retirees want now.

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    Luxury Water View

    The very first thing you undoubtedly want to do is see more larger photos, and you can right here at Sequim Water View Home. Be sure to click on one of the three thumbnail photos, and you will get more photos.

    Here’s what so many buyers retiring to Sequim tell me. They want a modern home built with quality, preferably hardwood floors, a modern large kitchen, nice stainless steel appliances with a gas (propane) cooktop, and an open floor plan between the kitchen, dining and living rooms. They also like the laundry room near the kitchen or between the kitchen and the master bedroom. They love a large master bedroom, a walk-in closet with a skylight or window, a modern master bathroom with double sinks and both a shower and comfortable soaking tub. Of course, it would be ideal if most of these rooms had a water view.

    They like the garage attached with an easy entry into the kitchen for carrying groceries. They also like a den on the main floor. In fact, they want all of this on the main floor, all one level. Having a second floor is okay for many buyers, because the guest rooms can be on that floor for kids and grandkids, but they do want to be able to live all one one floor. 

    They also want water available outside for all the landscaping without having to worry about water restrictions. A year round irrigation ditch or a creek would be the perfect solution. A modern electric forced air heating and cooling system with a heat pump is ideal for the Sequim climate and the most efficient way to heat a home in such a mild climate.

    Water View of the Strait of Juan de Fuca

    Most buyers would love some privacy if they could find the perfect location. And if there is one last and major feature almost every retiree would love is a water view of our beautiful Strait of Juan de Fuca with the islands and Mount Baker on the horizon.

    When I write that this description is what most buyers want, I am being totally sincere. This Sequim water view home just happens to have them all. If you would like to view this home, call Chuck at 360-775-5424. Meanwhile, check it out at Sequim Water View Home.

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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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