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High Speed Internet is Important When You Buy

High speed Internet used to be a minor consideration when buying a home, but today access to high speed Internet is absolutely critical for some buyers. Even for those who do not use the Internet to run a business from home or day trade stocks, streaming Netflix movies or Amazon movies is becoming an important part of our lives. All of these services require high speed Internet, not slow DSL.

High Speed Internet

High Speed Internet Access

Sometimes it is very hard to find out if a property you are thinking about buying is serviced by high speed Internet. Servicer providers typically have specific boundaries and sometimes overlapping service areas. Here is one way to simplify your search and reduce your frustration. Just go to Clallam County High Speed Internet, insert the address and Voila!, you will see all the companies that service that area. I’ve checked many properties on this site, and for all the properties I have searched, this site has been accurate.

High Speed Internet Important

I keep a checklist of important items that buyers need to check before they purchase a home, and I’ve added high speed Internet access to that list. This site above is one that Internet service providers (salesmen) often use themselves, so apparently this is an authoritative site on high speed Internet.

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Remodeling Homes

Remodeling homes in Sequim and Port Angeles is making a small comeback. With the inventory of homes shrinking as retirees buy up the best homes in the best areas, and since home builders have not been building over the past seven year recession, older homes that were unattractive before are becoming good targets for remodeling and selling. Remodeling homes once again makes financial sense, like this home:

Remodeling Homes

Remodeling Homes

There are many older homes built in the ’60′s, ’70′s and ’80′s that have nice traditional floor plans all on one level, but desperately need updating to compete with buyer preferences today. Many of these homes look so outdated and need so much work, they haven’t been viable options for many buyers who prefer “move-in ready,” or at least not major work. Unfortunately, many of these older homes that have not appealed to retirees happen to be on incredible lots with wonderful water views or mountain views. 

Remodeling Homes Offers Opportunities for Buyers

Fortunately for buyers, remodeling homes in Sequim is making a small comeback. Homes like this one in the photo are coming back to life, and at the right price are very attractive. A word of caution is apropos here. If an investor buys and remodels a home, but he cuts corners and doesn’t do a good job on the construction behind the walls and in the attic and in the crawl space, and if he uses cheap materials, the home may look good, but it may have problems. You could overpay for a home that looks good on the surface.

The home in this photo is getting a quality remodel, and it will be gorgeous when it is complete. It will be priced around $245,000. Remodeling homes is making a small comeback in Sequim, and this could open up new opportunities for the discerning buyer.

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Why Some Homes Do Not Sell

Have you noticed some homes do not sell? I know of many homes that were on the market for years, and they never sold. Eventually the owners let the third or fourth listing expire and did not renew. No one ever talks about this, so that means we have to talk about it here. Don’t all homes eventually sell? No, they do not. 

Some Homes Do Not Sell

               This is the classic “peek-a-boo” water view.

Some Homes Do Not Sell

I knew one home that was built in the ’60′s, and it was still vintage ’60′s. But of course, it was outdated and dark inside because the architecture back then tended to be dark with small windows. The roof needed replacing, the siding was sad, and the entire house needed upgrading inside. But that’s not the only reason it didn’t sell. At the right price, someone will buy anything, right? But this one was overpriced by about $150,000. It was an estate sale, and it appeared the adult children were holding out for big bucks. They never received the big bucks. It was on the market for years and never sold. This is why some homes do not sell.

Another house had three levels, an odd floor plan, and a kitchen and master bathroom that desperately screamed for a complete upgrade. The house boasted a water view in its advertisements, but buyers are pretty smart these days. They could see that the lot between the house and the water view was buildable, and when a house went up on that lot, it would totally block the water view that existed temporarily. This house was also cursed with an unrealistic listing price. It never sold. This is another example of why some homes do not sell. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Best Years of Your Life in Sequim

What would you call the best years of your life? Was it an idyllic childhood in peaceful times? Or was it when you were young and in college and life was full of promise? Perhaps you would say it was when you were in your twenties when you were an outstanding athlete? Or would you say it was when your own children were young and life was in full swing? Or was your career the centerpiece of your life?

Best Years of Your Life

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Define The Best Years of Your Life

Why not make the next 15 to 20 years of your life the best years of your life? If you’re seriously thinking about retiring in Sequim, Washington, you are probably in your 50′s or in your ’60′s, and you are certainly thinking about the quality of your life for the next couple of decades and beyond. I don’t doubt you have some great memories of times past, but my question to you is, “Why not make the next 15 to 20 years the best years of your life?” You can do that in Sequim, and I have a strong conviction that if you plan and intend to do that, you can.

Physically, we can’t compete with the health and energy of our youth, but at some time in our personal growth most of us realize that life is not about things or power or money or even our own glory. Life is about relationships, and it is positive relationships with those we love that makes life so rich. For many of my clients moving to Sequim, once they have their financial retirement in order, once they find the ideal home in the ideal location, and once they settle into the social and recreational activities they love and begin making new friends in Sequim, life is rich.

Living in Sequim – The Best Years of Your Life

I regularly say to myself, “Another day in Paradise,” because living in Sequim when you have a healthy perspective on what is important in life really is like living in Paradise. Sequim is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and the people are some of the friendliest. Children and grandchildren are never further than a short flight from SeaTac. I’m a firm believer in making a plan and then making that plan come to life. I hope you make your plan, and make the next 15 to 20 years the best years of your life in Sequim.

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What Are the Biggest Home Inspection Issues in Sequim?

A home inspection is an important part of your due diligence when you purchase a home. Once you have reached a full agreement with the seller on price and all the terms, you have mutual acceptance. That’s when you can schedule your home inspection with an expert who will spend two to three hours giving your new home a thorough inspection from top to bottom. In different parts of the United States you’ll find that there are some similar home inspection issues, but there are also some issues that are more common in some regions. Since so many of my buyer clients are from other areas of the country, it might be helpful to know what common issues are recurring in the Sequim and Port Angeles area.

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Common Home Inspection Issues

What are some of the most common home inspection issues, in other words, the biggest problems that keep showing up? Here they are:

  • First generation LP siding that was defective from the manufacturer and moisture gets under the siding.
  • First generation Trex decking that was defective and the surface peels off randomly.
  • Composition roofing that has nearly exhausted it’s useful life.
  • Skylight windows that leak.
  • Windows in the house with failed seals so moisture gets between the panes.
  • Outlets in the kitchen or bathroom that do not have breakers
  • Insulation in the basement that is falling down in some sections.
  • Vents from the bathroom or kitchen that are not connected in the attic.
  • Non-compliance with the electrical code in the electric panel.
  • A hot water heater without an earthquake band holding it in place.

Solving Home Inspection Issues

These are the most common home inspection issues in the Sequim area, but there are periodically more serious issues that turn up, and those are the ones we are looking for. Issues like water in the crawl space, a furnace or heat pump that is not working or worn out, a major structural problem, and appliances that don’t work, can be expensive to repair and often end up in a termination by the buyer, if the seller is unwilling to negotiate a reduction in the price or make the repairs himself.

A home inspection is cheap insurance. I recommend every buyer get a home inspection done.

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Should I Make a Backup Offer?

Should you make a backup offer if the home you want is already under contract? For many transactions, making a backup offer would be a waste of time. Approximately 97% of the offers I write for clients close, but there is a small percentage of cases in which making a backup offer could make sense.  I have some very happy buyers, and their recent transaction is a perfect example of when a backup offer can actually get you the house of your retirement dreams.

Backup Offer

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The Backup Offer

A couple wrote an offer on a Sequim home contingent on the sale of their California home. They were sure their California home would sell quickly, because that local market was very hot. The offer in Sequim was accepted and the transaction was classified as pending. Meanwhile, another couple from California also fell in love with this Sequim home, and they wrote a backup offer. They were also from California, but their backup offer was not contingent on the sale of their home. The first offer was bumped by the contract language, and Voila! my buyers who submitted the backup offer stepped into first position and got their dream home. Of course, there is a happy couple (my clients), and there is an unhappy couple (the bumped buyers). How does all this work, and how can you know if a backup offer makes sense?

Backup Offer Wins for 2nd Buyer

Whether writing a backup offer makes sense is a question your Sequim Buyer’s Agent really needs to be able to analyze and answer for you. There are several important issues to take into consideration. In addition, the contract language and the process of getting a backup offer into first position and bumping the other offer is very specific and must be followed precisely. And if you are writing an offer that is in first, you want to make sure that you don’t draft your contract so that you can be bumped, if possible. The full explanation of all the contract language that applies and it’s interpretation, and the process and timing of each step is beyond the scope of this article, but suffice it to say, you must do it right in order to succeed.

My 20 years as a real estate lawyer is experience that my clients often remind me is not wasted, especially when it comes to dealing with complex contract language and a backup offer.

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Real Estate: Seeing the Diamond in the Rough

When it comes to looking at real estate in Sequim and Port Angeles, some buyers miss the diamond in the rough. Shopping for anything that is especially suited for you personally is hard work–right? When was the last time you shopped for pants and bought the first pair you saw on the shelf at the first store? Some of us can’t find the right clothes after shopping for hours at a half a dozen stores. Shopping for real estate is hard, too, and you’re unlikely to find the “perfect” home. Usually, buying a home involves some small compromise, but I want to share what I think some buyers are missing. You could be missing that diamond in the rough.

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Missing Real Estate

The kitchen shown in this photo above is a 1990 kitchen in a home with one of the most incredible floor plans in all of Sequim, and the water view is one of the best on the entire Olympic Peninsula. But some buyers are looking at this kitchen and saying, “It is dated,” and therefore they may eliminate it from their short list of favorite homes. If a home is nearly perfect, but needs an update in the kitchen to be perfect, this could be the real estate that is the diamond in the rough. A kitchen can be remodeled, and new countertops could replace these countertops for probably less than $10,000, and a kitchen can be completely remodeled for $20,000, plus or minus. That’s actually the easy part. The hard part is finding a home on a one-of-a-kind lot with a stunning panoramic water view and a floor plan with architecture that sings like Pavarotti (or maybe I should say Taylor Swift?), and a view that warms your heart every day. [See more of this home above at Bell Hill Water View.]

Real Estate – The Diamond in the Rough

One of the keys to buying real estate, and especially your ideal retirement home, is recognizing what can be fixed and what cannot be fixed. Kitchen countertops and cabinets can be fixed, but you cannot fix location, view, or architecture. It does take some skill to be able to capture a vision for what a kitchen could be, but don’t miss that diamond in the rough just because a room in the house is not perfect, if it can be fixed.

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How Close to Neighbors Do You Not Want to Be

Are you okay with neighbors being close on either side of your home, or do you prefer a little privacy so that neighbors cannot see you walk around on your deck or in your yard? Most people who move to Sequim prefer some privacy, but the definition of privacy varies. Clearly many do not mind having neighbors within a stone’s throw, and we see that by the several subdivisions in the Sequim area with postage sized lots. But many others do not want to see another home from their property, and that either requires a large parcel or trees and shrubs that serve as vegetative screens.

Neighbors

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Neighbors – Good or Bad

Sequim is known for its Blue Hole or Rain Shadow, but Sequim is also notorious for the friendliness of its people. Everyone talks about this, and as you come to Sequim and spend time in the community, you will find out how friendly people are just by striking up conversations with long time Sequim residents. This means that neighbors are generally very friendly and helpful, so neighbors can be a good thing. 

Neighbors and Homeowners’ Associations

But many who move to Sequim want the kind of privacy that also means you don’t have neighbors looking over your fence to see if you are in violation of any homeowner association rules. And there is the rare “neighbor from hell” as I used to call him when I practiced as a lawyer. A bad neighbor in the Sequim area is extremely rare, and the super majority of Sequim neighbors are wonderful and friendly.

The challenge that buyers have when they are searching the MLS online is that they may find a great looking home, but there are no photos of what is around the house, and many buyers are disappointed to arrive in Sequim to find the home they thought was perfect is surrounded by houses only 50 to 100 feet away with no privacy whatsoever. 

Here’s a tip to help you find out how much privacy a home has before you even come to Sequim. Use Google satellite maps to look at homes, and you can instantly see how close the neighbors are. If neighbors are too close for your personal preference, scratch that home off your short list.

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Thin Ice From Mutual Acceptance to Closing

Mutual acceptance happens when you and a seller reach a full agreement on the price and all the terms of your purchase. Once you reach mutual acceptance, we step into the important due diligence phase in which you have an opportunity to order a home inspection, a well inspection, a septic inspection, and any other contract inspections needed. It is also in this phase where you get your financing approved, and that is no small challenge lately, even for the eminently qualified buyer. What I want to share today is what to expect during the phase from mutual acceptance to closing. I’ve seen many disputes arise in this phase, and I’ve seen buyers and sellers get very frustrated during this phase. By understanding the process and the issues that concern sellers, a little proactive planning can facilitate all of this for you and substantially reduce your stress, too.

Mutual Acceptance

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Mutual Acceptance for Buyers

When you reach mutual acceptance with a seller, you begin the emotional process of taking ownership of your new home. You want to go back and spend time there, think about what you might do to make it your home with new carpet or hardwood flooring, and you might also think about changing some of the landscaping. You plan furniture, and you think about the time you will spend in your kitchen, and so on. You begin to feel a sense of ownership, and all this is normal and good. In this process, you will have a home inspection done, and you might have a flooring guy come and give you advice. You may attend the septic inspection, and all of this means you will be back at the house several times between mutual acceptance and closing.

Beyond Mutual Acceptance for Sellers

Herein lies the potential for frustration on the part of the sellers, which could translate into tension in your relationship with the sellers. Your seller may have lived in this home for 20 or 30 years. It may have been where they raised their children and where they also have fond memories of playing with their grandchildren. They have prepared and shared many good meals with loved ones in this home, and they have shared private moments of sadness and laughter in this home. They cannot easily abandon all these emotions, and no one would expect them to. What this means for you as a buyer is that your “intrusions” into their home can unwittingly make them feel violated. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Work With a Realtor: Real Estate Etiquette

Buyers often ask me how to work with a Realtor, or what is expected of them as they contact a Realtor and gather information. What if you call the listing agent and ask questions about the property? Are you obligated to work with that agent? What if the listing agent shows you a property? Are you then obligated to work only with that agent? Have you unofficially retained that Realtor to the exclusion of all others?

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Working With a Realtor

If you have not signed a “Buyer’s Agency Agreement” with a Realtor, you have no contract and you have not hired that agent. I do not recommend signing such a written agreement. They tend to trap buyers into a relationship they later wish they could get out of. The National Association of Exclusive Buyer’s Agents believes that all buyer’s agents should insist that their clients sign such an agreement. If your buyer’s agent is so good, why would he or she demand you sign a written agreement?

Hiring a Realtor

I believe that buyers should have the freedom to chose any Realtor they feel is best qualified and trustworthy. But the interview process should not be one phone call or even a short five minute discussion. As a buyer, you need to continue the qualification process until you have your Realtor draft an offer on a home. Then you’ve hired him or her, but until that point, you are still interviewing based on what you learn about your Realtor, the extent to which he or she reveals his or her real estate knowledge and experience, and your confidence level as you learn more about this person. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Chuck E. Marunde, J.D.

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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.

    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
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    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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