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Single Level 2,233 Square Feet, 4 Br 2.5 Baths

This single level home is right at the top of the Bell Curve when it comes to what retirees are looking for in the Sequim area. Are you in your 50′s or 60′s, retiring from a professional career, have been looking at the Sequim area for a few years, and now you are looking online to find that needle in a haystack? Many of my clients want a single level 3 bedroom, 2 bath home, and this is exactly what so many want. But this single level home offers an extra bedroom, so you either have 4 bedrooms, or you have 3 bedrooms plus a den or a little office. But there is so much more to this home and property that retirees tell me they want all the time. This virtual tour captures at least some of the story.

Single Level Home

Single Level Home with Large Garage and Dog Run

If you want a little privacy, this home certainly has that. You can enjoy sitting on your back patio with total privacy, and you have a high wooden fence around almost half of the property on the west side of the home. That could also be your dog run, and there is an RV parking spot there with hookups for electricity and sewer. The attached garage has three bays: room for two cars and the third section could be for your kayaks or other toys.

Single Level Home – Will Sell Within 30 Days

This is precisely the kind of quality home that sells quickly if it is priced right. And the owner and I discussed pricing extensively for the past two months. After a detailed review of all similar homes, this one has been priced somewhat below the competition, and it is priced way below some of the listings out there that are comparable. 

If you are looking for a single level home like this with some privacy and a modern custom built floor plan, take a look at the full MLS information sheet at Sequim Single Level Home. If this is what you are looking for, I wouldn’t dilly dally, because my experience tells me this will be gone quickly. Call me at 360-775-5424 to schedule a showing, or email me at if you are looking for a single level home like this.

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Sequim Carpet Cleaner

I recently met a great Sequim carpet cleaner, and when you meet someone who is really good at what they do, it’s worth sharing. I don’t get impressed very often by a service like this, but this company impressed me. Imagine a carpet cleaning system that does not use water or steam that requires hours to dry out. Who hasn’t done that? Use too much water (steam), or clean too slowly, and your carpet gets drenched. It can literally take days to dry out. But there’s another popular cleaning method that uses chemicals, which can have adverse health consequences, too. So what’s the answer?

Sequim Carpet Cleaner

Sequim Carpet Cleaner

This Sequim carpet cleaner uses a totally natural process with a fraction of the water. I love the way he describes the process:

Carpets will dry in one to two hours versus a couple of days.  This eliminates reappearing stains, mold or mildew growing in the pad, shrinkage of the carpet, damage to the flooring underneath, and dirt-attracting residues left behind.

The fact that this cleaning process does not use dangerous chemicals really appeals to almost everyone today. 

This is all non-toxic and enzyme-based, making our process safe for anyone with sensitivities, children, or animals.  You do not have to vacate the house.  There is minimal noise and no odor.

Sequim Carpet Cleaner Sets New Standard

Who is this Sequim carpet cleaner? I get no referral fee at all for this article, but after talking with this man and finding out about the process he uses, and after finding out about his background in law enforcement, I knew this was someone I would like to hire, and why not tell others about his business? His name is Aaron St. George, and you’ll find his website at Sequim Carpet Cleaner. He even has some coupons posted on his website.

If you plan to get your home ready to sell, this is a great way to clean the carpets, and if you are buying a home, you still may want to hire this Sequim carpet cleaner.

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  • Sequim Real Estate Market Report for March 2014

    The March Sequim real estate report is worth viewing. The market has been picking up, and this information shows us a vignette of what is happening in Sequim. Active listings in March were down 25% from March one year ago. That’s proof of what I have been writing about on this blog for a long time–that our inventory of the best homes is shrinking. And here’s a another significant stat: the number of days on market until sold is down 27% from last year. Demand is up and supply is down. You know what that means.

    Sequim Real Estate

    The Sequim real estate market is not just showing signs of improving, it has been dramatically improving for months now. This is good news for sellers, and it is mixed news for buyers. The key for buyers now is not only finding the ideal home, but moving on it intelligently when you do. Knowing how to negotiate the best price can make a break your effort to close the deal, especially if there are other competing buyers for the same home. 

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    Greatest Fears of Buyers

    The greatest fears of buyers are many, but the vast majority are not actually things buyers need to worry about. Mark Twain said, “My life has been filled with calamities, some of which actually happened.”  We all tend to worry about things that never happen and are unlikely to happen. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati found that 85% of what we worry about never happens. I would say that 85% of the things my clients worry about never happen, and the other 15% doesn’t happen either, mostly because I protect them by being proactive.

    Fears of Buyers

    Greatest Fears of Buyers

    There are, as a matter of fact, at least 100 things that could go wrong. There could be a structural issue with the home you want to buy, a plumbing issue, an electrical issue, water in the crawl space, pest infestation, mold, septic failure or repairs, contaminated well water, and the list goes on and on. You might not be approved for financing for reasons that make no sense. The house might fail to appraise at the purchase price. There might be drainage issues on the land. The neighbor’s dog might bark incessantly. There is no end to what could go wrong.

    As a buyer you should be leary of jumping into a transaction without enough information and knowledge to guide you through the whole process without getting hurt. But if you’re retiring to the Sequim area, there’s virtually no way you could have the knowledge and experience of all the local real estate issues to protect you from every calamity. But there’s no sense worrying yourself to death either. Since you can’t know all things about a new area, and since there’s no sense in stressing yourself out over what could happen or what might happen, why not avoid that whole entanglement? I know how you can avoid that merry-go-round of stress and not suffer the greatest fears of buyers.

    Say Goodbye to the Greatest Fears of Buyers

    First, hire the best local buyer’s agent you can find. Do your due diligence. Far too many buyers just hire the first Realtor they talk to. According to the National Association of Realtors, 85% hire the first Realtor they talk to without any interview or due diligence. Isn’t that an amazing statistic? It’s probably common sense, but just find the best buyer’s agent with local knowledge and experience. For an interview or due diligence checklist on hiring a Realtor, download the checklist at How to Hire a Realtor. This also will help you avoid the greatest fears of buyers. (This is a double-edged sword, because if you hire the wrong Realtor, you might find your Realtor missed something, and then your fears could turn out to be justified.)

    Second, if you really have hired the kind of Realtor who can do an outstanding job for you and protect you at the same time with his experience (and loyalty), you do not need to be worrying about things you do not know. Uncertainty is the greatest source of stress in life. You can eliminate uncertainty by hiring an expert whom you can trust. Then you won’t have to deal with the greatest fears of buyers.

    Of course, this is a shameless plug with the hope that you will consider interviewing me. Do your due diligence online about me. Email me or call me and interview me. I’m an open book. But I would consider it a privilege to help you avoid the greatest fears of buyers.

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  • Gorgeous Sequim Homes for Sale

    There are some gorgeous Sequim homes for sale, but you’ve got to filter through the 678 single family homes in our inventory. It’s not necessarily like looking for a needle in a haystack, but the best homes in the best areas at the best listing prices are not easy to find. There’s a lot of value to you as a buyer in having a buyer’s agent who knows the market and the area very well. The home in this photo is a custom home built by one of the best builders in the State of Washington. The floor plan is so well designed, you have to see it to really appreciate it. You can see more photos of this home at Sequim Custom Built Home.

    Sequim Homes for Sale

    Sequim Homes for Sale

    Below is a link to  18 of Sequim’s finest, a list of high quality homes from $350,000 to $440,000 with a minimum of 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, 2,000 square feet, and one or more acres. This price range represents the finer Sequim homes for sale. Many of the homes on this list are bargains when you learn how much it cost the owners to build these homes. For example, the owners of the above home told me they have about $560,000 in the property, the development and permits, the construction and materials, and the landscaping, but it is one of our fine Sequim homes for sale at only $439,000. You can’t build this home for that price today, that’s for sure.

    Sequim Homes for Sale List

    I hope you enjoy looking at these homes online. Most have great photographs and some have nice video tours, too. If you have any questions about any of these homes, just call me, Chuck Marunde, at 360-775-5424.

    Sequim Homes For Sale

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    Today I’ll explain how FNMA (Fannie Mae) is killing transactions by requiring private road maintenance agreements. Sequim, Washington is rural America away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis, the crime, the noise, and the pollution. Sequim really is what so many hard working people planning their retirement see as a genuine piece of Americana. Living in Sequim is like going back in time 20 or 30 years when people were always friendly, children were respectful of adults, and private property was . . . still private property owned and controlled by the homeowner.  

    Enter FNMA, the powerhouse that controls how mortgage companies and banks make loans and to whom they can make them. If you apply for a loan in a rural area like Sequim, beware buyer, because bureaucrats at FNMA may kill your purchase. Of course, this doesn’t just kill the buyer’s transaction. It also kills the sale for the homeowner, and may make a home virtually unsellable. Here is what is happening.

    Private Road Maintenance – A True Story

    A couple put their home up for sale in Sequim on a private road, which serves six other homes. This private driveway easement is a legal easement on the plat that created this little subdivision. That means this is a legally enforceable easement, and it is forever an easement that “runs with the land.” The easement (or driveway) is gravel, well compacted, and has not needed maintenance for 40 years, apart from an occasional filling of a small pothole with a shovel by one of the homeowners. The homeowners, like tens of thousands of rural homeowners on the Olympic Peninsula (and across America), never formed a formal homeowners’ association, and they have no intention of doing so. The original developer never created a formal road maintenance agreement in writing, and the homeowners who bought the lots got loans to build their homes, and subsequent owners also got loans to finance the purchase of these same homes. No one ever saw the need, nor did they want a road maintenance agreement. Why would they? The road never needed maintenance of any significant measure, and a shovel and twenty minutes once or twice a year filled any potholes. Why create a bureaucracy when none is needed? Read the rest of this entry »

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    Sequim Water View at Diamond Point

    This Sequim water view at Diamond Point is made for you if you are thinking about retiring to the Sequim area and want an affordable home in very good condition with a Sequim water view in a peaceful area far from traffic noise. This is a two story home, but everything you need is on the main floor (the 2nd floor). The kitchen, living room, master bedroom, bathroom, and laundry room are all on this main floor, and you can see from the photos how great the view is. This home is brand new on the market today and is likely to sell very fast, because the listing price is only $239,000.

    Sequim Water View

    Sequim Water View from Diamond Point

    You can learn more about this home at the main MLS data sheet at Sequim Water View Home. You may have read this is one of my recent articles, but retirees from around the country have been arriving in Sequim early this spring. Homes are selling better than they have in many years. The one thing this home does not have that many people want is a huge master bedroom with a large master bath. This is an older home in excellent condition, move-in ready, but it does not have a large master bedroom. For the right buyer this home is an extraordinary price.

    An Affordable Sequim Water View

    You can email me ( or call me (360-775-5424) for a showing. I could be wrong, but I think this one will go very quickly. Are you looking for an affordable Sequim water view?

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  • Why I Do Not Recommend Open Houses

    Sellers usually want their home to be on the list of weekend open houses because they are hopeful that their home will sell. I do not recommend my clients hold open houses, and there are three major reasons on which all of my client concur after they are made aware of these dangers.

    Open Houses

    Open Houses Dangerous?

    Open Houses Warning No. 1: As a real estate broker, I periodically receive an email alert notifying me that there is a criminal frequenting open houses. That is a rare event in a rural area like Sequim, but it is not unheard of in the metropolitan areas. Even in Sequim homeowners are not naive to the possibility that someone would visit an open house to case the property for a later theft. This alone might be a reason a homeowner, especially an elderly couple, might choose not to hold an open house.

    Open Houses Warning No. 2: Did you know that a homeowner who invites the public to attend an open house may be liable if one of those guests falls and suffers from an injury. We all know we are now living in a litigation prone generation, and it would be a tragedy if someone slipped and fell and then sued for a judgment equal to the equity in the home. These kinds of lawsuits are far too prevalent in the U.S. Plaintiff’s attorney’s always name every possible defendant, so that means the listing broker would also be sued.

    Open Houses Warning No. 3: This may be the ultimate reason a homeowner decides not to be involved with open houses. Open houses simply do not sell homes in rural areas like Sequim. In fact, the National Association of Realtors nationwide survey concluded that only 1% to 2% of homes actually sell at open houses. After 20 years in Sequim, I do not know of any real estate agent who actually sold a home to someone who attended an open house. There may be someone, but it is so rare, it is almost unheard of.

    The Real Reason for Open Houses

    You may be wondering why brokers even hold open houses. Can you guess? It’s a logical answer, although it might take a moment of thought. I’ll give you a hint. Have you ever noticed that there are always sign-in lists at open houses? Okay, here’s why brokers hold open houses–to generate buyer leads. That’s it. That’s the truth, and all Realtors around the country know this.

    It’s not such a good idea for sellers to have an open house. Now you know why I do not recommend my clients hold open houses.

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    Your Real Estate Agent: Quantity or Quality?

    Advertising drives almost everything today, even which real estate agent some buyers and sellers hire. How do you choose your real estate agent? I received a call from a homeowner who wanted to sell her home, and she was clearly impressed with which agent has the most listings or who sells the most homes. Little did she know the danger of her approach. You might be thinking that I must not be a top producer if I’m critical of consumers’ choices based on quantity and not quality. You would be wrong. I am the number one individual selling agent of single family homes for all of 2013 in Clallam County, which includes Sequim and Port Angeles. And are you ready for this? I’m telling you that your choice should not be based on impressive stats that focus on quantity and not quality. Here’s why.

    Real Estate Agent

    The Quantitative Real Estate Agent

    Mass advertising focuses on getting consumers to buy the product or service, and far too often it’s not about the quality of the product or service. It’s all about selling quantity and making money. There’s nothing wrong with hiring a real estate agent who is a top producer and sells a lot of homes. I do, and I would hope you would consider hiring me, but if quantity is the sole basis for your decision, you would be making a grave mistake.

    Do you really think the real estate agent who advertises the most is the most qualified? The most knowledgeable? The most competent and professional? Or do you think he is the most honest? He or she might be, or not, but these qualities have nothing whatsoever to do with mass quantity. In fact, at some point quantity always compromises quality.

    The Qualitative Real Estate Agent

    Have you ever heard the statement, “Things are not always as they seem?” I’m sure you have. Advertising and name recognition alone are not, and should never be, the ultimate determinant of who you select as your real estate agent. They certainly can be the way a name comes to your attention, but that should be the beginning, not the end, of your research. Take it from me, the top selling agent for 2013, quantity alone should not be the basis of your decision to hire a real estate agent. For your consideration here is an interview checklist for your prospective real estate agent.

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    What Do Sequim Teenagers Do for Fun?

    Sequim teenagers are all above average. No, they are exceptional. I know this is a real estate blog with over a thousand articles about buying real estate, but let’s take a break from the heady stuff of contracts and due diligence. Let’s take a little bunny trail today and talk about what Sequim teenagers do for fun? After all, this is one vignette of what Sequim is all about. If you retire in Sequim, you might like to know what the kids are like. I took this video of the girls while they were practicing in my living room.

    Sequim Teenagers Living the Good Life

    From left to right are Sydney, Sabrina, and Bailey. The middle one is my daughter. All three love music, and they spend their time practicing and practicing. When they aren’t working on their music, they are studying or in a school play, or traveling to New York with the Sequim Choir to sing at Carnegie Hall. You can imagine how excited my daughter was to sign at Carnegie Hall. The only thing I know about New York is what I saw in the movie Coyote Ugly, but my daugher assures me that there is much more to the Big Apple.

    I’ve written before that the Sequim School District is one of the best in the country. Maybe that’s because Sequim teenagers are all above average.

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  • Chuck E. Marunde, J.D.

    Founder and Broker of
    Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate dba iRealty Virtual Brokers 143 Higgins Lane, Sequim, WA
    (360) 775-5424

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    Who is Chuck Marunde?

    My background includes real estate sales going back 37 years, including 20 years as a real estate attorney. I’ve closed hundreds of real estate transactions in that time. I’ve authored thousands of articles on Sequim and Port Angeles real estate, and I’ve written several books on real estate, including Buying and Selling Real Estate in the Rain Shadow, The New World of Marketing for Real Estate Agents, and several books in the Sequim Real Estate Series for Buyers. I have lived in Sequim for almost 20 years, and I love representing clients as their Sequim Buyer’s Agent. It gives me a sense of satisfaction that I can put a lifetime of experience to work for my buyers. And I get a special pleasure telling my buyers that I represent them at no cost since the sellers pay my commission. This site is part of my continuing effort to provide reliable and honest information to buyers moving to Sequim. If you find this site helpful, please let me know.
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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 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 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]

    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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