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What’s The Sequim Average Temperature?

The Sequim average temperature is surprisingly comfortable and well within the normal comfort zone, and that is precisely because we don’t have extremes in either direction. 

Sequim Average Temperature

Graph from Weatherspark.com [Sequim Average Temperature]

You can click on this image to see the Sequim average temperature as well as a full weather analysis of Sequim, including a Sequim climate summary, Sequim cloud cover, Sequim precipitation or Sequim rainfall, Sequim snowfall, Sequim humidity, and Sequim wind. This site at Weatherspark.com is really great, and I highly recommend it. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Why is Sequim One Of The 10 Best Places To Retire?

    Sequim has been on the list of the 10 Best Places To Retire many times during the last two decades in national retirement magazines, and there’s a reason. Actually, there are many reasons, and that’s what I want to talk about today.

    If you could make your own list of the 10 Best Places To Retire, what would you put on your list? Maybe an equally important question would be what you would not want on the list. Let’s start with the things you do not want for sure.

    10 Best Places to Retire

    Guess how I compiled this list of community problems none of us want? I simply read the daily newspaper in several California cities these past few months. No kidding. All these things are happening in California on a regular basis. No wonder people are escaping California in the tens of thousands every month. [See this Video on Escaping California]

    Here’s the good news, and this is almost too good to be true, but it is true. Sequim WA has none of these problems. I’ve called Sequim “Paradise” for many years, until Paradise, California burned up. But in many ways Sequim is a paradise. I just met with some California buyers yesterday, and here’s some of what we discussed.

    1. Sequim has none of the bad weather we see every year from the east coast of the U.S. to the west coast, which means Sequim never has tornadoes, hurricanes, forest fires, floods that damage homes and farm fields, massive wind storms, lightning storms, mudslides, and
    2. Sequim does not have either weather extremes or temperature extremes, meaning it doesn’t get either cold or hot here, and
    3. Sequim rarely even gets snow, and when it does it melts the same day or within days [See this video with rare Snow in Sequim], and
    4. Sequim only gets 16 inches of rain a year, 1/3rd the rainfall of Seattle only 2 hours away [See my Sequim Weather Video and the Sequim Blue Hole], 
    5. Sequim is a magnet for some of the most amazing retirees in their 50s and 60s you will ever meet, because they are successful but humble, and they are mature mentally, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. They are content and well balanced, and wonderful conversationalists. They know what they want, and they know how to live it. No wonder Sequim is such a happy place to live. [See this video Why Retire in Sequim?]

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    Will You Die Today?

    Will you die today? You’ll discover shortly why I’m asking you this question. 64,000 people will die today around the world, and 35 million people will die this year. What makes you so sure you will not be one of the 35 million this year? You and I have no idea how much time we have left. This year alone over 4.8 million people will die because of cancer. Can you guarantee your spouse that you won’t be one of them?

    Will You Die Today

    Photo by Simon Wijers on Unsplash

    If you knew the precise moment of your death, how would that change the decisions you make today? How would it change the decisions you make this week, this month, or this year? Obviously, we cannot ask anyone who just died what they would have done differently in their last days or even the last year of their life, but what do you think someone would say? Imagine for one moment what you would say?

    Will You Die Today?

    Let’s be frank. It is certain I would not say on my deathbed, “Gee, I sure wish I would have worked longer hours and retired a lot later than I did so I could have built a bigger retirement account.” I’m also pretty sure I would not say, “I wish I had been harder on my spouse and children,” or “I think I should have sat around and watched more vampire movies.” And I’m quite sure I would not say, “I should have spent more time on Facebook.”

    I think one of the biggest curses of this generation is “procrastination.” We procrastinate so much in life, and why do we do that? Because we think we will live forever. Or maybe a better way to say that is that we just don’t believe that death is around the corner. This year you can bet that 35 million people don’t think they are doing to die, but die they surely will. Read the rest of this entry »

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    It doesn’t matter which real estate agent you hire! Believe it or not, that’s what most people think. The National Association of Realtors did a survey years ago in which 85% of respondents admitted that they hired the first Realtor® they talked to. No interview, no due diligence, and no questions asked. Does that surprise you? It surprised me, and I’ve been a Realtor® and real estate attorney going back 40 years.

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    Selecting a Real Estate Agent

    Do people not realize the importance of hiring a true professional, someone who is knowledgeable about real estate, contracts, negotiating, and who is also honest and trustworthy? Apparently not, or they would actually ask questions and work a little to find a highly qualified real estate agent the first time.

    Does it really matter who you hire, whether you are buying or selling a home? I will answer this question with 40 years of real estate experience, 20 years as a real estate attorney, and believe it or not, I’ll do it in just a few minutes. This should be fun, especially because I often tell people I’m trained as an attorney, which means it takes me 100 words to say what a normal man could say in three to five words.

    Let’s get started. I will lay out seven reasons it absolutely matters who you hire as your real estate agent.

    Number 1: It’s your money.

    If you’re buying, you’re about to spend a major portion of what has taken you a lifetime to earn. If you plan to buy a $400,000 home, realize you had to earn about $600,000 before taxes to save that much. If you’re selling, you need to maximize what you will keep at the closing table. Do you really want to give an inexperienced agent power over so much of your hard earned money? I didn’t think so.

    Number 2: Honesty, integrity, and loyalty are owed to you!

    This is obvious I know, but what may not be so obvious is how you discern honesty, integrity, and loyalty in a person like your real estate agent. While it takes life experience to develop these skills, lets at least start with the idea that you’ve got to be thinking about the importance of these attributes when you email or talk with an agent. The trap for the unwary catches most people when they are completely unaware of an issue and do no research or investigation at all. Beware. Discern. Ask questions.

    Number 3: Negotiating price and terms on a home is not like a garage sale.

    Real estate professionals don’t suddenly become experts when they pass their test and get their license. It takes at least 10 years to become an expert in any profession, and real estate is no different. Just because a person was good negotiating at garage sales does not translate to being a good real estate negotiator. These are different worlds. What you need is an agent who has a track record of great experience negotiating over a long period of years. Anything less only compromises your bargaining position.

    Number 4: Legal contracts are not for kindergarteners.

    I sometimes feel bad for real estate agents, because when they draft a real estate contract to purchase a home, they are legally held to the same standard as an attorney, but agents do not have the education or training of attorneys to draft unambiguous language in contracts, addendums, nor do they have the experience of litigation to practice preventive law to protect clients. You won’t always be able to hire a real estate agent who also has the experience of an attorney, but at least you can pay attention to the importance of your agent having sufficient experience to do a great job for you on the legal contracts.

    Number 5. Professionalism is not possessed by all agents.

    Here’s where I might say something that at first blush sounds stupid. Pay attention to your first impression of your real estate agent, because first impressions usually are good indications on the subject of professionalism and courtesy. The impression you get is probably the impression others involved in your transaction will also get. Your agent will be the first impression others in the community indirectly get of you.

    Number 6: Unambiguous and articulate is not common.

    One of the single biggest problems in real estate transactions around the country are ambiguities in communications and in contracts. This is precisely why lawyers make so much money. People get into trouble when they have an ambiguity in a contract that leads to a dispute that leads to litigation. The use of precise language and avoiding ambiguities is far more important than most people realize, but now you know.

    Number 7: Timeliness, promptness, attention to detail are critical.

    If you’ve ever made a phone call and not received a return call from your real estate agent at all, you know the importance of this last item. The importance of timeliness, promptness, and attention to detail cannot be understated, and that may be the most obvious thing I’ve said in this whole article. 

    Your Ideal Real Estate Agent

    Conclusion: Here’s the key. Be aware of these traps for the unwary, and you’ll avoid them. Not only will you avoid hiring a real estate agent who is not capable of doing a great job for you, you will be represented by a true professional who does a great job for you on price and terms, and who helps the transaction go as smoothly as possible. Wouldn’t that be a good thing?

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  • Sequim Homes Selling at Full Price

    Sequim homes are selling at full price now, and they have been for quite a few months. So let me say up front, if you’re thinking about making an offer on a home that is, in fact, reasonably priced and probably listed at fair market value, don’t even bother making a lower offer, because it will sell out from under you, maybe on the same day. Let me explain why I say this so dramatically and with such conviction.

    Selling at Full Price

    I write this not only because it is true, but because if I represent you as your Sequim Buyer’s Agent, you are entitled to know what’s happening in the Sequim real estate market, and I do not want to see you walk away disappointed because you made an offer below the listed price (and fair market value), and someone else got it at full price.

    There are several reasons drafting an offer $5,000 or $10,000 below the full price could be a disaster for you. First, it’s a waste of your time to write a low offer when the inventory is so low that retirees cannot even find a decent home on the market right now at any price. Second, if you have sold a home in California, and you need to buy a home in Sequim so you won’t be homeless, is it a good idea to gamble in such a tight inventory? Especially if your trying to save a few thousand dollars in the negotiations. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Sequim Weather App

    You’ll love this Sequim weather tool, and it’s free online. You can view current Sequim weather, temperatures, wind direction and speeds, wave heights, and much more.

    Sequim Weather

    Sequim Weather

    I use this Sequim weather tool all the time, and it’s absolutely free online at Windy.com. You can use your browser and simply type in the location you want to drill down to, like Sequim WA.  Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Home Shortage in Sequim

    Is there a home shortage in Sequim? Yes. If you’re buyer shopping for a home in the Sequim area, you know this. Many buyers are looking on the Sequim MLS every day, but the inventory is so low, they can’t find what they want within their budget.

    The Home Shortage in Sequim

    For example, I’m on hunt for a home for a client, and he and his wife have very specific parameters, but not unusual parameters. They want what so many other retirees want–a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, single level home,  a minimum of 1700 square feet, on a somewhat private lot which typically means an acre in Sequim. The vast majority of retirees moving to Sequim are not at all interested living in a subdivision where homes are packed onto postage sized lots where you look out your kitchen window and waive at your neighbor who is also at their kitchen window only 10 feet away. Yes, I know, some retirees are buying those homes, but who are those people and why on earth are they moving to Sequim? LOL. Sorry, but this is called real estate humor. I know, I need to get a life.

    Yesterday I searched for homes based on my buyer’s parameters, and within their budget of $400,000 to $450,000, only two homes are currently listed. That’s just nuts. The home shortage is real. One of the homes was so bad I wouldn’t show it to my dog, and the other one is on one of the busiest roads in the country. Far too noisy. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Sequim Mobile App

    This Sequim mobile app is a very powerful smartphone tool whether you use an Android or an iPhone, and you don’t even have to download an app. It’s free, and you simply use the browser on your smartphone to access it at SequimBlog.com anytime. We’re always trying to make it easier and more convenient for buyers to access our Sequim real estate Internet resources, the largest online presence of any Realtor on the Olympic Peninsula and possibly the entire Northwest.

    Sequim Mobile App

    Not only can you search over 2,000 articles written specifically for buyers right from your smartphone, you’re going to love the power, the easy intuitive navigation, the convenience, and all this you can do from your cell phone when you want to look at Sequim and Sequim homes.

    Sequim Mobile App

    Most people are now using smartphones over desktop computers to do their online research, and who doesn’t use their cell phone on a trip in the car or while sitting at the Dentist’s office? You can even listen to over 2,000 articles about Sequim and Sequim real estate with your cell phone speaker or earphones since each article is also a podcast. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Sequim irrigation districts are privately owned associations of property owners who share the cost and maintenance of a local irrigation network for their neighborhood. There are seven in the Sequim area, including the Cline Irrigation District, the Dungeness Irrigation Group, Clallam Ditch Company, Dungeness Irrigation District, Sequim Prairie Tri-Irrigation Association, Agnew Irrigation District, and Highland Irrigation District. Here is a map you can use to identify which district your property would be in. Of course, just because your property is within a Sequim irrigation district does not mean you have water rights. A small percentage of property owners have water rights, and they don’t add properties. It exists or it does not.

    Sequim Irrigation Map

    Sequim Irrigation Districts

    Sequim Irrigation Rights

    You can see on this map the boundaries of the Sequim irrigation districts as well as the location of the open ditches and the buried pipe. The question comes up often, “How do I confirm that I have the right to use the irrigation water in my district?” The answer is found by calling the district secretary and asking her to look up the records on your property. The secretary will have a file showing that your property does or does not have the right to use the Sequim irrigation water.

    If the property you want to buy is already connected to a Sequim irrigation district and has been using the water, that’s a pretty big clue that your property has the rights, and if the prior owner is current on the dues to the district (now paid through the Clallam County Tax Assessor’s office and shown on the public website), you know you have the water rights. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Home Security: Lessons to Save You Time and Money

    Home security is a very important subject, and we all know we should secure our homes. We know that, but the vast majority do not. Why not? It’s a bit complicated and confusing, right? Of the hundreds of systems out there and with all the advertisements on cable television and satellite and even on Youtube ads, all claiming to be the best, which one do you choose? This article will share lessons from the school of hard knocks on home security. I’ve spent years studying home security and trying various systems, and that also means I’ve spent thousands of dollars trying to narrow it down to a reliable system. Today for the first time, I’ll share my experience and suggestions, although I do not pretend to be a security expert by any means. I have, however, learned a lot from security experts, and I’ve learned how any homeowner can substantially improve their home security system, especially if you don’t have one.

    Home Security is Not Optional

    Home Security

    Do I need to persuade you that you need a home security system? I seriously doubt anyone doesn’t know the importance of having some kind of reliable home security system. You wouldn’t drive your car without insurance, not because you think you will get in an accident, but because if you did, it could be a nightmare scenario if you weren’t insured. Yet 1/3rd of every California driver is uninsured. Go figure!

    Who wants to wait until their home is broken into and precious keepsakes are stolen and gone forever. The police can’t help if you didn’t see the burglar. The police are likely to ask, “Do you have a photo or a video of the thief?” Of course, if you have no security system, you will have nothing to share with the police. Pause for a moment please so you can feel the agony, the negative emotions you would experience if your lifetime precious items were stolen, jewelry, cash, computers, iPads, your lawn mower and weed eater, your backup generator, your tools, your big screen monitor, your small safe, your guns, and so on. All gone forever. Do I have your attention now? Would you buy a home security after that, or would now be a better time to secure your home? Read the rest of this entry »

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    Terminating Based on the Home Inspection

    The home inspection report may be the cause of terminating the purchase of a home based on the issues that are revealed in the home inspection report. Here’s a true story in the life of a couple who retained me as their Sequim Buyer’s Agent. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.

    Home Inspection Surprise

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    Home Inspection Results in Termination

    After months of searching for the ideal home, my clients thought they found it. We got it under contract, although the seller was unusually stubborn about the price and insisted on keeping the listed price well above it’s true fair market value (in my humble opinion), and we had to go back and forth in some intense negotiations, ultimately settling on a price that both my buyers and I thought was still above fair market value. But my clients wanted to move forward, because the kind of home they wanted was hard to find in the current inventory.

    I met with my buyers and the inspector on the appointed day, and immediately several issues were apparent at the home inspection. The siding, which looked good generally and was painted not long ago, was rotting in many little places, and it turns out this is defective LP siding. The fix is not just replacing some of the obvious rotting siding. All the siding will have to be torn off and replaced with new siding and then primed and painted. That’s no small task, and it would take a chunk of change. 

    Second, the composition roofing, while not in dire condition needing immediate replacement, would most likely need to be replaced in the next 5 years. That would cost $14,000 to $18,000. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Negotiating in Sequim

    Negotiating Price & Terms

    Negotiating

    Negotiating the purchase of a home is a skill set of its own. Even having bought and sold half a dozen homes in a lifetime while in a career unrelated to real estate will not automatically equip you for all the possible nuances of negotiating.

    In four decades in real estate I have seen more mistakes made in negotiating a real estate transaction than I could possibly count. I’ve seen buyers overpay by $200,000. I’ve seen sellers chase a good buyer away. I’ve seen real estate agents give their clients bad advice about the home inspection response and kill the transaction. I’ve seen a buyer make a seller so mad, he refused to sell to that buyer at any price. I’ve seen far too many amateurs going back and forth on price until one of the parties just walks away. Read the rest of this entry »

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    The First Sequim Chrome Extension

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

    Sequim Chrome Extension

    Sequim Chrome Extension

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

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

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  • Selling a Home and Simultaneously Buying a Home

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

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    Sequim Real Estate for Buyers eBook

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

    Sequim Real Estate Books

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

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

    Sequim Real Estate Market

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

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

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    Sequim Real Estate Market

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

    Sequim Real Estate Market Report

    Sequim Real Estate Inventory and Prices

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

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

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

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    Sequim WA: Sunny and Warm

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

    Sequim WA is Heaven on Earth

    Sequim WA

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

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

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

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  • Sequim Podcasts – Thousands About Real Estate

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

    Sequim Podcasts

    Sequim Podcasts on Your Computer

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

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

    Sequim Podcasts on Your Smartphone and in Your Car

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

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

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    Private Well Testing

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

    Private Well Testing

    Private Well Testing

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

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    The Sequim Blue Hole

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

    Sequim Blue Hole is Real

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

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    Chuck E. Marunde, J.D.

    Sequim Buyer's Agent (Atty Ret.)
    Founder and Broker of
    Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate dba iRealty Virtual Brokers
    125 Olympic Ranch Ln, Sequim, WA
    (360) 775-5424
    ChuckMarunde@gmail.com

    From Los Angeles

    It's rare, but once in awhile life provides the perfect collaborator for an important endeavor such as buying your new home. For me that person was Chuck Marunde. His two decade background as a Real Estate Attorney, his prolific career as an author of articles and books on Real Estate and his forthright and moral character made choosing Chuck a no-brainer. Chuck is dedicated, thorough, incredible at the negotiating table, knowledgeable about all local laws & regs but, most importantly, Chuck loves what he does. And what he does is find his client the perfect property. Chuck isn't about making the sale, he's about making the sale that is OPTIMUM for his CLIENT and this makes Chuck a rare bird indeed. I love my new home in Sequim and I am indebted to Chuck for making it happen. Kevin E.

    From Seattle

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

    From Florida

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

    From Gilroy California

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

    From Corona California

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

    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

    Who is Chuck Marunde?

    Chuck Marunde is the #1 Sequim Buyer's Agent, having sold more homes (by volume) to buyers than any other agent or any "team" of agents for the past seven years. He is the author of thousands of articles for buyers on this real estate blog, and he is the author of several real estate books for buyers and one for sellers. He is the creator of many free tools that buyers use and love every day. He is recognized as a national expert on real estate transactions, marketing, and negotiating. Please schedule your appointment to view homes with Chuck well in advance of arriving in Sequim.
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