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How Much Are Sequim Homes Selling for Per Square Foot?

How much per square foot are Sequim homes selling for? This was a question I got from a client today. I have two examples of homes sold in different price ranges, high and low, and I’ve pulled together all of the selling comps for those two homes to examine how much homes are selling for per square foot in the Sequim real estate market. Here are the results, and then I will share my interpretation.

Per Square Foot

Selling Price Per Square Foot

The home that I sold for $231,000 in the top chart sold for $167 per square foot, and the more expensive home that I also sold for $660,000, sold for $231 per square foot. As you can see the selling prices per square foot for the comps are all over the map, from as little as $114 to $491 (and even one for $926) per square foot. So how does one understand these numbers? Can you use these to evaluate a home you want to make an offer on?

Per Square Foot Comparisons

In a metropolitan area, or in a rural area that has thousands of homes selling and plenty of comps to examine, you will have what is called “sufficient statistical data for analysis.” In Tacoma, for example, you could find out fairly accurately how much 3 bedroom, 2 bath homes on one level with 1840 square feet are selling for per square foot. That would be a relevant number when you find your ideal home that is a good comparable. But in small rural areas like Sequim, Washington, there is insufficient data to draw useful conclusions on the value per square foot of a home. It will take much more careful analysis to determine fair market value of a unique home in a small market like ours. The bottom line is the selling price per square foot in Sequim is interesting, but not definitive.

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Bell Hill Homes

Bell Hill Homes have always been in demand by people who wanted beautiful homes and great water views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Sequim Bay, and the islands. Some Bell Hill homes even have a view of Victoria.

Bell Hill Homes

Bell Hill Homes – Luxury Home for Sale

Enjoy this virtual tour of a gorgeous custom built home, certainly one of the finest of Bell Hill Homes. Click on the video above to watch it. Here is the MLS description of this home: Bell Hill luxury home with a gorgeous water view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the islands, designed by famous architect William E. Poole, with 7 1/4 inch oak hardwood floors, custom wood trim and molding throughout, a chef’s kitchen with granite slab countertops and Dacor dual fuel 4 gas burner, grill & griddle, Broan stainless hood fan, double oven, fire clay farm sink, Viking warming drawer, Old World Cabinets, forced air electric with microbial air filter and ultraviolet air treatment and much more. And there is much more. 

Bell Hill Homes and Water Views

My buyers are often surprised at how great the water views are from almost all Bell Hill homes. This is one of the great attractions of the Sequim area. We are located on the shores of the Olympic Peninsula on the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Sequim Bay, and we have the beautiful Olympic Mountains to our south. That translates into more stunning water view lots and from Bell Hill homes than you can imagine. Learn more about the home above at Bell Hill Homes.

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Port Townsend Water View Home

A Port Townsend water view home built by one of the premier custom home builders in the Northwest is now on the market, and I think this luxury home is worth talking about. You’ll want to see more photos, which you can see at Port Townsend Water View Home. Finding a home like this in an area as extraordinary as Port Townsend on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula is a real find, especially if you’re used to seeing homes like this in California or around the Seattle water fronts at three times the price. This home is on the market for $479,000.

Port Townsend Water View

Port Townsend Water View

Here’s the MLS description of this Port Townsend water view home: “Gorgeous Port Townsend water view home with amazing architecture, a living room with windows that capture a piece of Heaven on the Olympic Peninsula and the spectacular sunsets, the lights of Victoria, and the beauty of the Port Townsend area. A dumbwaiter to all levels, a romantic fireplace, radiant floor heating, a modern kitchen, and amenities like a marina, an indoor pool, a clubhouse and miles of incredible beaches. Built by one of the finest builders in the Northwest.”

Port Townsend Water View and Beaches

This home has access to a community beach, so I spent some time on the beach yesterday. Maybe this photo says more than words:

Cape George

I love Port Townsend, and if you haven’t visited, you will enjoy walking around downtown, on the docks and on the gorgeous beaches. I think you’ll love the Port Townsend water view.

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  • Filed under: Water Views
  • The Sequim Audubon Center

    The Sequim Audubon Center is a major attraction at Railroad Bridge Park. I visited the Park yesterday because I wanted to look at the Bridge, which just survived a very high Sequim Dungeness River after a lot of rain in the mountains. The Bridge is temporarily closed as the wooden sidewalk on the other side of the river needs repair. While I was there, I couldn’t resist taking this photo of the Sequim Audubon Center with the sun shining brightly.

    Audubon Center

    Sequim Audubon Center Purpose

    The Dungeness River Audubon Center‘s “mission is to inspire understanding, enjoyment and stewardship of the Olympic Peninsula’s unique natural and cultural resources, with emphasis on birds, rivers, fish, and people.” It’s an excellent mission, because the Peninsula has some of America’s most beautiful natural resources and wildlife. Those of us who live here often joke about keeping our extraordinary mountains and rivers a secret from the rest of the world, and we kid about closing the gate at the end of town. The truth is, we only thrive if we keep growing at a manageable pace, and a big part of that is managing and enjoying this gorgeous environment.

    Sequim Audubon Center at the Park

    When you visit Sequim, be sure to add Railroad Bridge Park and the Sequim Audubon Center to your bucket list. For many who are on the verge of retiring, visiting Sequim often includes seeing the sights and driving around to look at homes. Thinking about where to retire is a big decision. Come and visit Sequim and check out the Sequim Audubon Center too.

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    Sequim Land

    Looking for Sequim land? During the past seven years of recession, Sequim land has hardly been selling. With existing home prices approximately 30% less than the cost of a new home, buyers have focused on buying up the homes in the available inventory. As a result, Sequim land has not been selling, until recently.

    Sequim Land

    Sequim Land

    We are now in a housing shortage, and buyers are beginning to buy land and build again. But that doesn’t mean finding the ideal Sequim land is easy. I just helped some clients buy a beautiful six acre parcel with a creek running through it, and they will build their dream home facing the mountains. Eight months ago we found the Sequim land they wanted, and it was listed at $105,000. They were willing to pay full price, but suddenly there were four other offers. That’s not something that happens in the Sequim area, so this was a surprise. They raised their offer to $125,000, but they were outbid by someone who paid $155,000 for that land.

    Sequim Land Search in the MLS

    If you are planning to build your retirement home and you are in the market for Sequim land, I recommend you search meticulously on the best Sequim MLS site at Sequim Land for Sale. This link will pull up all Sequim land for sale above $50,000, and currently there are 293 parcels for sale. But finding the ideal acreage with a creek and a mountain view may not be easy. My clients may have bought the last Sequim land like that. Or not.

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    Sequim Real Estate Market 2-15-15

    The Sequim real estate market has been improving, but lately the inventory of homes that retirees consider the ideal homes has been shrinking, making it much harder to find your perfect retirement home. If you’ve been wondering why it is hard to filter through all the homes for sale and find your ideal home, this Sequim real estate market video will help explain exactly why.

    Sequim Real Estate Market Shortage

    As you can see from this video, there are so few homes on the market right now, it is no wonder it is hard to find the home you would consider the perfect home in the perfect location at a reasonable price.

    Sequim Real Estate Market Search

    I recommend saving your search on the No. 1 Sequim MLS site, so that you will get email alerts of brand new listings as soon as they come on the market. You can learn more about using this Sequim MLS and how to get the most by watching the series at Sequim Real Estate MLS.

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    iRealty Virtual Brokers

    iRealty Virtual Brokers is a real estate brokerage like no other.  Intentionally.  iRealty was created with an entirely new approach to real estate brokerage.  Our founder, Chuck Marunde, designed our business model around our clients’ needs.  Everything we do is based on our clients’ best interests.  That includes everything about how we communicate and serve our clients from the first day to closing and beyond.  When clients are placed at the center of the business, it changes everything about how they are served.

    We bring several critical components of our business model together for our clients.   Imagine the best technology in the world, the best Internet tools and the best marketing strategies.  Imagine bringing these tools together with a total focus to provide clients everything they need and want. Anything irrelevant to our clients’ needs is discarded.

    iRealty Virtual Brokers

    Then imagine a commitment to hire only brokers with the highest standards of honesty and integrity, and who also agree with our mission to put our clients at the center of our Universe in every way.  We will walk away from a commission before compromising our clients’ best interests.  Add to that some of the most experienced and educated brokers in the country, and you have a level of competence and professionalism that is almost unheard of.

    iRealty Virtual Brokers has been in business for many years. In Sequim the business is also legally registered as Sequim and Port Angeles Real Estate. Founder and owner Chuck Marunde started in real estate over 30 years ago and practiced real estate law for 20 years. iRealty recently opened a Sequim office at 435 West Bell Street. Online you can see our site at iRealty Virtual Brokers.

    iRealty Virtual Brokers for Clients

    We believe the best technology, knowledge and competence and experience, and the highest commitment to honesty is the best way to run a real estate brokerage. A brokerage with that commitment and structured with clients at the center with today’s powerful technologies would be a brokerage on steroids. That describes iRealty Virtual Brokers.

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  • Sequim Dungeness River Nearly Flooding

    The Sequim Dungeness River is as high as you’ll ever see it, higher than I’ve seen it in maybe 20 years. People asked if we have floods in the Sequim area, and we really don’t. The Sequim Dungeness is our main river, and when it gets high like this, it wears away some banks and re-routes some minor channels along the river, but even with this much water roaring through the valley, it doesn’t extend beyond the banks of the river, and it doesn’t reach homes. It would be an extraordinary event if it did.

    Sequim Dungeness River

    The Sequim Dungeness River is a beautiful river starting way up in the Olympic Mountains as a creek and collecting water as it winds down the mountains heading to its final destination, the Strait of Juan de Fuca. When my boys were young, they often put a raft in the river from the bridge in this video and floated down to the Strait. But the water was much calmer than it is today.

    Sequim Dungeness River Nearly Flooding

    The Sequim Dungeness River is not a flooding threat in the county. A bigger threat to homeowners is existing wetlands. We have a high water table and in some areas there are ponds and standing water designated as wetlands by the Army Core of Engineers. I would say this about the Sequim Dungeness River. While we don’t worry about flooding, if you live along the river, you could see your property boundary evolving over the years. One property owner lost 10 feet of his bank one year. Nature must do her thing, and the Sequim Dungeness River is part of our natural beauty.

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    Beware Bad Real Estate Advice

    I got a call recently from a friend who asked me if the real estate advice in an article on a website was accurate. The first sentence in the article was wrong with the statement that, “Most offers to buy a house are accompanied by a check. This check is generally referred to as the ‘earnest money deposit.’ The basic reason for the deposit is to impress the seller that the buyer ‘earnestly’ intends to purchase the property.” I almost fell out of my chair, because that statement is not true. It is a gross misunderstanding of the legal meaning and purpose of earnest money in contract law. An author’s advice is only as good as the knowledge, experience, and integrity of the author. Everyone is giving away real estate advice, but not everyone is an expert in real estate.

    Real Estate Advice

    Real Estate Advice

    For centuries going back to England a contract offer has been accompanied by earnest money in order to provide contractual consideration to the seller, and it fulfills a contract requirement that both parties must provide some form of consideration in order to have a binding contract. That author also misrepresented what happens to earnest money when a buyer breaches the contract and several other issues.

    Did you know that some professionals hire people to write articles for them? There are people who churn out articles all day long, even though they don’t have any expertise in the subject matter. They work for as little as $5.00 per article. There are thousands of people doing this, and they can be hired sight unseen on the Internet. Their articles purport to be written by an expert, but they are not.

    Where Can You Rely on Real Estate Advice?

    So how can you find a site where the real estate advice is guaranteed to be true and reliable? You’d have to find an author who is an expert and who personally writes the articles drawing from a lifetime of experience. You would also want someone who is passionate about the truth and about giving readers the best advice possible. That would be a site with reliable real estate advice.

    Every article on this real estate blog was personally written by Chuck Marunde, who is a recognized expert in real estate transactions. He has been in real estate for over three decades, was a real estate attorney for 20 years, has written many books on real estate, and is a top selling individual agent in the Sequim real estate market. One of his lifelong passions is truth and honesty and integrity. His desire is to give readers, and those who become his clients, the best real estate advice they can find anywhere in the country, and to give them accurate and true advice. That’s what this real estate blog is all about. 

    If you are seeking real estate advice, you have come to the right place.

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    Sequim Real Estate Market Video January 2015

    The Sequim real estate market continues to slowly improve. The average days on market (DOM) was down 17% in January compared to last year. The median sales price was just over $250,000. The number of homes sold decreased 9% year over year and decreased 5% month over month. Active listings were up 6% from one year earlier, and the median listing price was just under $280,000.

    Sequim Real Estate Market

    Buyers continue to arrive in Sequim and Port Angeles to look at homes, and they are buying, albeit slowly and steadily. We don’t have a large inventory, and this is a small rural community, but that also makes it a challenge to find the perfect home. There are not a lot of homes to choose from, and when a home is sold, there is not always another coming on the market to replace it. I recommend you plan ahead many months before you come to look at homes, and filter through the Sequim homes on an accurate MLS site, like Sequim Homes for Sale, filter and build your short list to see when you come.

    Sequim Real Estate Market Videos

    Sequim real estate market videos are brought to you by iRealty Virtual Brokers, dba Sequim and Port Angeles Real Estate, and by Chuck Marunde. You can watch the series of videos at Sequim Real Estate Market Videos.

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    What is a well cistern?

    What is a well cistern? This is a question asked by buyers when they move to Sequim, Washington. A well cistern is a large storage tank for a private well, usually 1,000 gallons. Of course, if the home you are buying is on a public water system or a community well system, you will not have a well cistern. But if you have a private well serving your home in a rural area like Sequim or Port Angeles, you may need a well cistern. A well cistern is simply a water storage tank, and many are concrete.

    Well Cistern

    Well Cistern for Storage

    Why would you need a well cistern? You need a way to store water if your private well does not produce enough water flow. A well that produces 8 or 12 gallons per minute produces more than a family of 5 will use, and some wells in the Sequim area produce 18 to 30 gallons per minute. But if your well only produces 1 to 3 gallons per minute, you will probably need a well cistern. With a 1,000 gallon water tank you will have plenty of water for a family, because before you could use the full 1,000 gallons, it will be filling up while you use it. The pump in your well will pump water into the cistern while you use the water from the cistern.

    Well Cistern

    I would guess that less than 2% of all private wells in the Sequim area have a well cistern, so they are not common, but if you find the ideal home in a great location, it is possible that the well does not produce enough water, and the home will require a well cistern. How do people who have well cisterns feel about them? They seem to have no serious issues with them. But some buyers have said they prefer a well that produces more water than they need without a well cistern. The Sequim water tables are not dropping, and have not for decades, but it is possible that a low producing well could produce less in the future. It hasn’t happened, and it hasn’t been a concern. But now you can answer the question, “What is a well cistern?

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  • Filed under: Private Wells
  • What About Owner Financing?

    Buyers often ask if owner financing is possible? Will sellers carry the paper? In other words, will sellers offer buyers owner financing? I just sold a home, and the seller did offer owner financing, but this is rare. Very rare. There are only nine owner financing homes listed in the MLS in Clallam County, including the Sequim and Port Angeles area.

    Owner Financing

    Owner Financing Homes in MLS

    You can see all the homes offering owner financing at Sequim Owner Financing. This link will be active no matter when you use it, although the number of homes included in that list will change as homes are sold or new homes offer owner financing.

    Owner Financing Terms

    The home above sold for $231,000 with a $45,000 down payment and owner financing included payments amortized over 30 years at 5.5% with a balloon payment in 5 years. Based on standard seller closing costs, the seller netted about $12,500 at closing. The buyers will pay a little over $1,000 per month in principal and interest. I share these numbers so you will have an idea of what the math looks like. A buyer will have to come up with a substantial down payment, and in this case that was $45,000, but it is often more than that.

    A buyer may ask a seller for owner financing if they have had a financial crisis in the past ten years that hurt their credit. That kind of thing can happen to good people as the result of a business failure through no fault of the business owner, or a pension may have been hit by poor investment advisor recommendations, or a family member may have defaulted on a co-signed note. 

    You can read more about how owner financing works at How Does Seller Financing Work? You can also read Are There Any Sequim Homes That Offer Owner Financing?

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    Sequim Traffic

    Sequim traffic is one of the reasons people move to Sequim, or perhaps I should say the lack of traffic. If you have been driving the I-5 Corridor around the Seattle-Tacoma metro area, or you’ve been driving for years on the Los Angeles freeway system (I-405 or I-15 or I-5), you are probably ready for a change. How about living where a traffic jam is considered 5 cars in a row? Imagine your stress level dropping by 98% because of Sequim traffic. That’s what happens when you get out of the concrete jungle and away from bumper to bumper rush hour traffic.

    Sequim Traffic 

    Sequim Traffic Nonexistent

    This photo was taken at an intersection on our only freeway, Highway 101 on the west side of Sequim. First, notice in the middle of the day there are no cars, either on the side road or the freeway. Second, we have well maintained roads. But there’s another important reason I am sharing this if you are thinking about buying a home in Sequim or Port Angeles or Port Townsend.

    Recent expansion of Highway 101 on the west side of Sequim revealed an entirely new concern for buyers. If you live on Dryke Road, for example, and you want to turn left onto Highway 101 toward Sequim, you must first turn right and west toward Port Angeles. You drive about an eighth of a mile and use a turn-around to head back east to Sequim. This may not sound like a big deal, but if you drive to town once a day, it is annoying. We used to be able to simply stop at the intersection and turn left toward Sequim, but freeways and the new rules of access have changed all that. Sequim traffic is now subject to special highway laws and regulations. These new turn-arounds effect many roads in the area, but at least we don’t have much Sequim traffic.

    Sequim Traffic Due Diligence

    If you’re a buyer, you will want to pay attention to highway access from your prospective home. There are areas where the access is annoying or even unsafe. The intersection of Palo Alto and Highway 101 is dangerous. The intersection of Dryke Road and Highway 101 is annoying. You may not know all the Sequim traffic issues, but it’s worth knowing before you buy. Your friendly Realtor should know Sequim traffic. 

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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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