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Thanksgiving in Sequim

Thanksgiving in Sequim is a wonderful time. All the way through the Christmas holiday is wonderful in Sequim, although it can get cold, even below freezing. Believe it or not, I’m showing houses and land throughout the holidays. I’ve been busy coordinating transactions that are closing before and after Thanksgiving day, and I’m showing land on Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Every Day

Thanksgiving in Sequim is more than a once-a-year celebration. Many of us in Sequim give thanks every single day we live here, and there are many reasons to do so. Here are 75 reasons Sequim is so wonderful: Why Sequim is So Wonderful. You’ll notice the article says “100 Reasons,” but there are only 75. That’s because I’m still  working on the other 25. You can submit your suggestions to me for the other 25 by email at chuckmarunde@gmail.com.

Thanksgiving in Sequim

I’m not kidding when I suggest we have reasons to give thanks every day. I do, and I’m a very happy person. There’s no question that having a positive mental attitude and focusing on the good things in life brings psychological, emotional, and spiritual health to a person’s life, business, and relationships.

I hope your Thanksgiving is full of joy, whether you spend the holiday with a huge family and a table full of food, or spend it entirely alone eating a simple but healthy meal. May you be blessed this Thanksgiving holiday and every day.

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Sequim Resources for Buyers

Sequim Resources for Buyers is a better way of organizing a tremendous number of valuable tools for buyers. Because this site and the tools created here are always being improved for buyers, it became obvious that there had to be a better way to help buyers find these resources easier. You will now find a tab at the top of the Blog called “Resources for Buyers.” This includes some of the primary resources available with links directly to each of them. And . . .

Sequim Resources

Sequim Resources Online

You’ll find a new list of “Sequim Buyer Resources” that will always be up-to-date in the right margin of this Blog. These great links have been online for a while, some of them for years, but great tools are only great if you can find them.

Sequim Resources – Maps and Books

You’ll also find a newly created page with all of Chuck Marunde’s Sequim real estate books in this list of Sequim resources. And we have a new tool for buyers added to the list: a new Sequim map designed exclusively for Chuck and only available though Sequim & Port Angeles, LLC.  I strongly urge you to go though each tool in the Sequim Buyers Resources list so you can find the tools that you feel will help you most in your home search. Enjoy these tools, and if they are helpful, please let us know. Chuck Marunde never stops creating valuable Sequim resources for buyers.

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Appraisal Management Companies

Appraisal management companies are the bane of a buyer’s existence. This is the biggest problem right now for a buyer who is getting a loan and will need to have their future home appraised. Here is exactly why this will be your biggest challenge, and I’ll tell you how to handle this issue.

Appraisal Management Companies

Appraisal Management Companies Created

The mortgage debacle that was part of the real estate crash a decade ago gave politicians all the encouragement they needed to pass new laws restructuring how appraisers are hired. You may recall that the complaint was that a very small number of appraisers were in cahoots with a small number of real estate agents and they were committing fraud by over valuing homes. The best answer would have been to require enforcement of the laws against fraud, i.e. put the frauds in jail.

Instead, politicians completely restructured the entire mortgage and appraisal business in the United States, and they authorized new entities called “Appraisal Management Companies.” These companies are third party entities that appoint appraisers from a list they create. They charge appraisers a fee to be on their list, and they take part of the appraisers’ fees for each appraisal they do. Appraisers hate this new way to extort money from them. It’s another layer of bureaucracy and more fees that are simply passed on to buyers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Can I Have Chickens?

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

Chickens

Chickens and Covenants

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

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

Chickens Tips

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

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

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Sellability and Appreciation

How important is sellability and appreciation in your home? Extremely important, and I’ll tell you why. Too many widows in their 80s have been left with a home they cannot sell, and it becomes a nightmare for them when they are struggling to maintain the property and pay property taxes. I’ll explain what has happened to many couples who built or bought a home that was not sellable 15 to 20 years later.

Appreciation

You have to assume that you will “age out” of your home (probably in your 80s or 90s), and logically you will need to sell it when you get old. In order to sell your home in the future, there are two critically important things that must happen, and whether they happen or do not happen depends on the decision you make today about the home you buy.

Appreciation Based on Sellability

Before you will ever see any appreciation, you must be able to sell the home you will live in for the next 15+ years. So when you buy a home, you need to carefully consider how sellable it will be down the road. This is no small matter, and many people have screwed this up. That’s why I’m writing about this now–to help you as a buyer think this through so that 15 to 20 years from now, the sale of your home will go smoothly.

Appreciation is Zero if You Cannot Sell

Many couples built or bought their idea of the perfect home, but 15 to 20 years later they were unable to sell that home when their husbands either had health issues or predeceased the wife. [More often than not, it is the husband’s health that fails first.] A non-traditional floor plan is predictably hard to sell. A more traditional floor plan is not so hard to sell. Weird or too unique is hard to sell. A single level, 3 bedroom, 2 bath home between 1,800 and 2,400 square feet with an open floor plan (kitchen, living room, and dining room) is very sellable and is appealing to the vast majority of buyers, which makes it fairly sellable 15 to 20 years from now. You don’t have to buy a home exactly like I’m describing, but you get the point. There is a Bell Curve of normal homes, and as you get further out on that Bell Curve, the homes become less sellable.

If you cannot sell a home when you are old, you will never see any appreciation, and the financial strain and the stress it would cause in your life would be a potentially devastating nightmare. This is why buying a home now that is sellable two decades in the future is definitely in your best interest. Appreciation is important, but sellability is everything.

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10 Powerful Buyer Resources on Sequim Homes

Welcome to the 10 most powerful buyer resources of Sequim homes. Use these 10 resources, and you will see why thousands of buyers before you have raved about these resources. Why do Sequim home buyers love these resources? They were designed specifically for buyers of Sequim homes, and most of them have taken many years to develop and improve with buyers’ meticulous preferences in mind. So here they, and I hope you enjoy them.

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10 Powerful Resources for Buyers of Sequim Homes

1. The best Sequim MLS site is Sequim-Homes.com. Watch the video on that site for the quick and easy intro on using the best local MLS site to find and save your favorite homes. (This site is 100% accurate, which is not true of many national MLS sites.)

2. The best real estate blog on Sequim homes, which includes over 1,500 articles about every aspect of buying a home in the Sequim market. This blog is used every month by over 100,000 people who are looking at Sequim homes and retiring on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. Bookmark Sequim Real Estate Blog.

3. The best (and only) books written just for buyers about buying Sequim homes, including Sequim Real Estate: A Buyer’s Guide available on Amazon (47 chapters addressing the most important buyer concerns), Buying & Selling Real Estate in the Rain Shadow in a 310 page paperback on Amazon (and now in the Kindle store entitled Buying & Selling Real Estate), Buying Your Retirement Home (in the Apple iBookstore), and How to Make an Offer (in the Apple iBookstore). Learn more about these great buyer resources at Real Estate Books.

4. The best Sequim real estate expertise for buyers of Sequim homes. What if you could find a Sequim Buyer’s Agent who had also been a real estate attorney for 20 years. You get this experience free. Imagine a broker who watches out for your best interests and protects you.

5. The best weekly newsletter for buyers of Sequim homes. This email newsletter will arrive once a week in your inbox with the latest articles about what is happening in the Sequim real estate market. There is no other more relevant free (or paid) resource for buyers.

6. The best real estate market reports for the Sequim market. Multiple reports throughout the month are published on the real estate blog.

7. The best Sequim map for buyers visiting. This map was designed by a professional map maker of three decades with my guidance to include what buyers want most on their map. The map can be ordered directly from me, or picked up free at the Sequim Chamber of Commerce. The map is so popular, the Chamber says they are flying off the shelf.

8. The best Sequim foreclosure site. It’s hard to find a clean list of foreclosures that are actually for sale. Neither foreclosure.com nor realtytrac.com have an accurate database of Sequim foreclosures, but I have created a site that does, and you’ll find it at Sequim Foreclosures.

9. The best database of answers to hundreds of questions buyers have been asking for 20 years in Sequim. Just type a concise phrase or word, and all the articles on that subject will instantly be available. You’ll find this at Sequim Answers. And another site with short questions and answers is also available at Sequim Real Estate Q&A.

10: The best online links to deep research on your potential properties. Some of these sites have government urls that are very hard to find, and you can’t remember the long names, so I’ve compiled the 5 most valuable local government sites for buyers of Sequim homes. Go to Sequim Real Estate Maps and Documents

Super Resources on Sequim Homes

You’ve got to believe that anyone who would create all these powerful resources over a period of many years must take customer service awful serious. And the answer is that we do. Email or call (360-775-5424) any time, but by all means use our free online resources if you are looking at Sequim homes.

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Bluff Stability

Bluff stability has not been a major concern in the Sequim to Port Angeles area until recently. In the last few years we have seen large sections of people’s high bluff peel off and fall to the beach 100 to 200 feet below. The area that is most susceptible to bluff stability problems encompasses an area along the bluff to the west of the Sequim-Dungeness Lighthouse spit all the way to Port Angeles. In this article I’ll show you how to identify properties that are at risk, and if you’re looking at buying a home on a high bluff, this will help you with questions about bluff stability. I’ll show you how to do this online, and it’s easier than you might think.

Bluff Stability

Bluff Stability and Online Help

The image above was taken from a Google Satellite view. This is an area just west of Port Angeles on West Bluff Drive, and you can see a massive section of the bluff that recently fell away. The bluff is now approximately 80 feet from the road and about 76 feet from the corner of this home. This bluff is 175 feet high, so as I stood on the edge of the bluff and looked down, it was a devastating example of why bluff stability is a concern for anyone wanting to buy a home on a high bluff in areas where bluff stability is at risk.

If you are considering a high bluff property, here’s how you can do an online analysis of bluff stability, and while this is not definitive by any means, it is helpful to recognize when there may be grave risk. When I talk about grave risk or any significant risk of problems with bluff stability, I’m looking at the obvious. Examples of obvious bluff stability risk would include a major section of bluff that has recently peeled off near a home, or a bluff that is less than 100 feet from a home, and if a bluff is only 50 feet, more or less, from a home, I would consider this grave risk. Remember the context here is high bluff property, which is higher than 50 feet by my definition. A low bluff presents much less risk. Another important factor that determines risk is vegetation along the bluff with deep root systems.

All of this is viewable online now. You open your Google search engine, and type in the property address. Then click on “Maps” and you will get a nice Google map with your property at the center. Now choose the Google map option called “Satellite” view. This will show you exactly what the property and the bluff look like, and you can see how far the bluff is from the house and how much vegetation is on the bluff, if any. Less vegetation or no trees or shrubs means less bluff stability. You can also see how steep the bluff is.

You can measure the distance from the house to the top of the bluff with this Google Satellite view. You right click to show the option “Measure Distance,” and then you place a marker at the house and one at the top of the bluff. Google will measure the distance in feet. This is an incredibly accurate measurement, although I will qualify that by saying that it is possible the bluff has peeled off more since the Google Satellite image was last taken. Although Google Satellite maps do not show you the date the image was taken, you can find out by using Google Earth, discussed below. Google maps and Google Earth use the same image, and when you are in Google Earth, the date is shown at the bottom of the image. The date of the image above is 7-15-2013.

Bluff Stability and Bluff Height

As long as I’m giving you powerful free tools to do a cursory bluff stability analysis, here’s another fantastic tool to tell you how high the bluff is at a particular location. You cannot use Google maps for this, but Google has another tool to measure elevation, and it requires that you download a free tool called Google Earth. Once you have that installed, you type in a property address, and then you use the “path” tool to mark the property in two spots at the bluff and down on the beach, and then you will find the option to measure elevation. If you need help with that, do a Google search on “how to measure elevation” and you’ll get specific instructions.

There you go. Now you know how to do your own quick analysis to examine bluff stability. You can drag your Google Satellite view along the bluff from Port Angeles to Sequim and see how many homes are at risk. It is surprising how many homes are right on the bluff or within 25 to 75 feet.

Read more about local Bluff Stability. Bluff stability on the Olympic Peninsula has become a greater concern in recent years.

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  • Sequim Buyers Pause

    Sequim Buyers have paused slightly as we go into the fall months, but not because of the seasons of the year. There is a reason many Sequim buyers have hit the pause button on their plans to retire in the Sequim area and buy a home. Can you guess what that reason is?

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    Sequim Buyers and Weather

    The vast majority of Sequim buyers are retirees coming from all over the country and a small number are from Europe. That means that our buyers come from New York to California, from Alaska to Florida, and Hawaii and almost every other state in the Union. These buyers are typically selling their current home, or they’ve already sold it, and they have been looking at the Sequim area for months and very often for years. Such a move is a major transition for anyone, of course, and takes planning and time to coordinate the sale of a home, the purchase of a home, moving a lifetime of personal possessions, and making all the other transitional decisions necessary.

    So what happens when there is a hurricane that devastates a major metropolitan area? It interferes with plans to sell homes and move to the great Northwest. What happens when there is a once in a lifetime hurricane that hits Texas and gulf states, followed up by another massive hurricane that hits Florida and eastern states? 

    Sequim Buyers Pause

    Epic natural disasters not only hits the pause button for Sequim buyers from those states, but look at how many states are effected:  Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina. And now a third hurricane is threatening to hit the east coast, so add North Carolina, Virginia, and all the way up to New York. And Californians are on edge with the recent 8.1 earthquake in Mexico and a series of small quakes across the fault lines in California all the way up to Alaska.

    Of course, none of this will affect the Sequim buyers who already sold their homes and are sitting on cash, need to find a home to live in, and can pull the trigger quickly when they find it in Sequim. But that is a smaller percentage of the buyers compared to all the buyers affected by the hurricanes. 

    What does this mean for the Sequim real estate market? It means we are seeing a slight pause for Sequim buyers, and so the hot market is cooling a little for a period of months. Eventually, we will get back to normal and find balance in the demand and supply curves.

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  • How Does a Bump Clause Work?

    A bump clause is a special clause in an addendum to a purchase and sale agreement that gives a seller the right to continue to accept other offers and possibly bump the first offer out of the picture entirely. This means a bump clause can either help a seller or hurt a buyer. In this article I’ll explain when and how to use a bump clause.

    Bump Clause

    Bump Clause Favoring the Seller

    When does a bump clause come up? When you make an offer on a property, you may offer all cash or maybe you’re going to apply for a loan. There is no bump clause involved in those cases, but if you are going to make an offer contingent on the sale of your existing home, there is a bump clause in that addendum. 

    Not all sellers will accept an offer contingent on the sale of the buyer’s home, but if they do, the form in Washington is a “Form 22B Buyer’s Sale of Property Contingency.” The bump clause gives the buyer a specific number of days to get the sale of their current home under contract, and if they don’t have it under contract, the entire transaction is terminated. While it is pending, the bump clause gives the seller the right to accept better offers and give you, the buyer, a notice that you can either waive your contingency or the transaction is terminated and the seller will sell the home to the other buyer.

    Some buyers will cross this bump clause out so the seller cannot bump their offer, but a seller may reject that, too.

    Bump Clause Favoring the Buyer

    If you get a seller to agree to accept an offer that is contingent on the sale of your current home with a bump clause crossed out, like in the image above, then that clearly favors you as a buyer. Who wants to get bumped, right? On the other hand, a seller doesn’t want to take his home off the market for several months waiting for you to sell your current home either. 

    All of this boils down to whether it is a seller’s market or a buyer’s market, and how motivated the seller is to accept an offer with a bump clause. 

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  • No Building Permit Spells Trouble

    No building permit on a home can be trouble. What if you’re looking at a home in the mountains online in the MLS, and the home has no building permit? There are some homes that have been built intentionally “off the grid,” and some of these have no electric, no Internet and no public utilities of any kind. This article addresses how you can know if a home you’re looking at online has no building permit, and if it does and you are still interested, how do you do your due diligence before making an offer.

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    No Building Permit

    Here’s the challenge with the MLS online. Far too often listing brokers do not reveal whether a home has no building permit. You would think that is an obvious piece of important information that would always be included, but it seems Realtors in the Sequim and Port Angeles area do not reveal that. The last two homes with no building permit did not mention that important detail in the listing information.

    I have learned to recognize key language that many Realtors use to give us clues. If you see these phrases in the property description, you will want to do further research: “off the grid,” “far from other homes,” “in the middle of thousands of forested acres,” “has its own generator and propane,” or “ultimate privacy off the grid.”

    Of course, you can always call or text me (360-775-5424), and I will be able to answer the question on any home and whether it has no building permit. It’s not illegal for someone to sell a home with no building permit, but if you ever want to get permits to make any improvements, you must first have an original permit, and if you ever want to sell the home years later, you might have trouble finding a buyer who will buy a home with no building permit.

    No Building Permit and Online Research

    You can also take the tax parcel number and plug it into this special website, which will show you if the property has building permits, septic approval, and much more: Building Permits

    If you are interested in a property “off the grid,” and you want to learn how to get it permitted long after it was built, call me or email me, and I can walk you through the county process to obtain a building permit. It’s not always possible, but if it is there is a way to get it done.

    By the way, this link I just gave you above is an excellent link to learn a lot about any property you are looking at. This will be a very useful link when you are researching Sequim real estate. Of course, I will always help you find out if there is no building permit, too.

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    Port Ludlow Golf Course Lot

    Finding the ideal golf course lot is not easy, but if you are an avid golfer, and you dream of building your own home, this video of a golf course lot will be candy to your eyes.

    Golf Course Lot Video

    Golf Course Lot on Beautiful Course

    The Port Ludlow Golf Course is in one of the most extraordinary retirement areas of the United States. The whole area on the Olympic Peninsula from Port Ludlow and Port Hadlock to Port Townsend to Sequim and to Port Angeles is one of the prime retirements areas of the country. People from all over the country have been moving to the Northwest to escape hot and dry places like Texas, Arizona, and Nevada, and cold places like Alaska and New York, and places where many are escaping from crime and the high cost of living, like California.

    See the full listing detail sheet and more photos of this golf course lot, or, email ChuckMarunde@gmail.com.

     

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  • There has been a serious issue with private road maintenance agreements in Washington state. This issue has been unresolved for years now, and it can kill a buyer’s loan and kill the sale of a home for a seller in the Sequim area. I recently received this inquiry from a reader of my Sequim Real Estate Blog.
    “Good morning! Is there still an issue with private roads & shared driveways & easements requiring Private Road Maintenance Agreements in WA state? I’m finding many properties in Sequim that have easements / shared driveways and am wondering if this situation still comes up. I am under contract to purchase a SFR via conventional loan that is awaiting appraisal. Of course the subject property has an easement / shared driveway / private road. I do not believe there is a PRMA in place. Your blog is great, super informative and highly specific to Sequim and the Olympic Peninsula. Thanks so much for making your vast knowledge available to everyone.”
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    Private Road Maintenance Agreements

    Here is my answer to the question. Glad you find my real estate blog helpful. This blog is how I market to prospective buyers around the country, and it gives me a sense of satisfaction taking a lifetime of education and experience and giving it all away to buyers now.
    Update August 6, 2017:  For a current update on the status of this legislation in the State of Washington, which is taking forever to get done, go to this special update page (which is really cool) showing the complete status of this bill in the house and senate: Chuck Marunde’s Update on the Private Road Maintenance Agreement problem.
    As you will see, it is slowly working its way through the house and senate once again.

    Private Road Maintenance Agreements Original Article and History

    If you would like to read the original article with the full history and issues involved that can kill a buyer’s loan (and kill a seller’s sale of their home), go to Private Road Maintenance Agreements.

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  • Electric Power Lines and Health Dangers

    Electric power lines near a home will usually raise questions about possible health dangers. In every city or town you’ll find electric power lines or high voltage electric lines. If you’ve found a home you love and there are huge electric power lines running along the property boundary, you need a way to figure out if there are health dangers. Now there is a way.

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    Electric Power Lines in Sequim

    As a buyer’s agent, I’m always thinking about ways to help my buyers, and frankly we (iRealty Virtual Brokers) have more firsts than any other Sequim area brokerage. Some of our firsts include the first dedicated Sequim MLS site that is designed and programmed precisely the way buyers want it. We also have two other dedicated MLS sites with special functions for buyers. We were the first to write a book for buyers and sellers in Sequim (Buying and Selling Real Estate in the Rain Shadlow followed by Sequim Real Estate: A Buyer’s Guide), which are in paperback and Kindle versions. We have written many more for buyers, and to help our buyers who need to sell a home, we wrote The Seven Myths of Selling Your Home. We were the first to create a vast online network of free resources for buyers, including this blog, Sequim Real Estate Blog, with over 2,000 articles written by an experienced real estate attorney and real estate broker just for buyers. And we were first with a number of professional quality videos for buyers, the first to create an iPhone app for Sequim real estate years ago, the first to have a professional on board to handle high quality photographs, aerial videos and 3-dimensional virtual tour cameras, specifically so buyers can get the best online experience.

    Electric Power Lines – Magnetic Tester

    Now we have another first–a tool to measure the precise amount of electricity (or electro-magnetic waves) near electric power lines. We can take measurements anywhere on a property, so now you can know what the electric power lines emit, and you can know if the levels are dangerous or not. 

    If you want to learn more about the dangers, here’s a dedicated website called Safe Space Protection where you can learn more about the health dangers of electric power lines.

     

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    The Ugliest House in Sequim

    Perhaps we should have a contest called the ugliest house in Sequim. That might create a fun photo album. I’ve seen some homes that could compete for the ugliest house in Sequim, but you could add Port Townsend and Port Angeles as strong competitors.

    The Ugliest House

    This 3-story home is the brightest yellow and a bright blue two tone wonder. As a real estate professional, I’ll tell you what came to my mind when I first saw this home. First, I wondered who in the world would paint a house such gaudy colors, and second a 3-story home will be almost impossible to sell since retirees want single level homes. Now every time I drive past this home, I try to look the other way, but a bright video plays itself out in my mind and I see it anyway.

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    The Ugliest House

    There’s a purple house in the Sequim area, and I like to tell my buyers when we’re driving past that house that every town has a purple house, and we all laugh. I also have said, “Imagine being a neighbor and see that purple house every day!” But I just learned that one of the neighbor’s mowed his field with the words “A Hole” and an arrow pointing toward the purple house. Here is a photo from Google maps. While this isn’t funny for the players involved, you have to find some humor in all of this.

    Ugliest Homes

    Do you have any crazy photos of the ugliest house in your area? If you do, send me a photo of your ugliest house.

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    Is The Real Estate Market Seasonal in Sequim?

    Nearly every real estate market has a seasonal effect. Who hasn’t asked the rhetorical question, “Doesn’t the market slow down in the winter months,” or “Isn’t the real estate market seasonal, so that it picks up in the spring and summer?” That is true almost everywhere in the U.S., but it is not true in Sequim, Washington. I’ll explain why in this article, and how this effects a buyer like you.

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    Seasonal Real Estate Market

    Almost all buyers in the Sequim area are retirees, so Sequim buyers do not need to coordinate the selling of their current home and the buying of their next home in Sequim based on children getting out of school in the spring or planning for the start of school in the fall. Most retirees moving to Sequim are in total control of their time, and they have no seasonal restrictions.

    This means we have a steady number of buyers coming from all over the U.S., and they are coming every day of the week and every week of the year. Even in our small market during the recession of the last decade, buyers were closing on an average of 20 houses every month, even the winter months of December and January.

    Seasonal Effects

    This does not mean more people don’t show up in the summer months. They do, but beautiful sunny weather brings out everyone in greater numbers. But we don’t have the substantial seasonal market you might be used to in your part of the country. I sell homes all year long in the Sequim area without the seasonal impact I’ve seen in metropolitan areas.

    This is why it is a big mistake for sellers in this market to say, “Well, nothing sells in the winter, so we’re going to take our house off the market until the spring.” Buyers are showing up every day of the year. Sales do pick up a little in the spring and summer, but homes are selling all year in Sequim and the seasonal effect is not as great as metropolitan areas.

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    What If I Can’t Find The Right Home in Sequim?

    It may be hard to find the right home in Sequim, so what do you do if you’re having a hard time finding one? This article will give you the knowledge and the resources to find the right home in Sequim, and having helped many clients over the last two decades do exactly that, I’ve compiled some resources so you can find the right home in Sequim.

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    The Right Home in Sequim

    It is harder right now to find a home in Sequim than at any time in past years, and that is because of the low inventory. Builders were not building new homes for a decade during the recession, and yet retirees came with perseverance and bought homes nearly every week day over the past decade. That created the shortage of homes in the current inventory, and many buyers are having a hard time finding a home in Sequim. Here are several steps you can take to help you reach your goal as soon as practical.

    I wrote an earlier article entitled How to Find a Sequim Home, and it includes a video about using the best MLS listing site in Sequim. I recommend you read that article and watch that video. You’ll find Sequim4Sale.com very helpful, since it has the full inventory of all homes in Sequim, no matter who has it listed. There is a special data field that shows you if the home is still “Active” or pending (often called Active Under Contract or an abbreviation).

    Search the MLS site every day, and you can also set up an email alert for new listings that fit your search parameters. When you find one that you like, email me at ChuckMarunde@gmail.com to ask questions and learn more about the property. You can also text me or call me at 360-775-5424. 

    Home in Sequim

    I will help you gather information about any home in Sequim so you can make the best of your time when you come to view homes. I will also preview any home in Sequim if you are not here but need to know more about the floor plan, the area, or anything else. I can take additional photos for you, too. 

    If you email me and ask for my book, Sequim Real Estate:  A Buyer’s Guide, I’ll email you a digital copy you can download at no cost. Amazon sells paperback and Kindle versions, too.

    I recommend you watch my seven part video series entitled Real Estate Videos for Buyers on Youtube.  And you’ll find over 2,000 articles written specifically for buyers at Sequim Real Estate Blog, which has many more resources in the drop down menus and the right margin.

    I love what I do, helping buyers find their dream home, which for most here is their retirement home. Call me, or text or email anytime. I’ll help you find your next home in Sequim. 

     

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    From Sequim to Fishing in Alaska

    This young man is from Sequim but now he is fishing in Alaska, as he does every summer. This is my son, Brady Marunde. A lot of people who move to Sequim love fishing for Salmon, trout, and bass. My son loves fishing too, but since my family is from Alaska, it was natural that Brady would gravitate back to the greatest fishing holes in the world.

    Fishing

    Fishing in Alaska

    How about a huge Lingcod? This one was 62 pounds. Definitely keep the hands out of the mouth on this one. To put the size of this fish in perspective, Brady is 6’4″.

    Brady Fishing

    Fishing for Cod, Black Bass, and Salmon

    My son’s fiance is Gwen. The last time I was with Brady and Gwen, she cooked up a meal of Salmon, Cod, and Halibut. It was a phenomenal meal, and I commented to my son that the best restaurants in Seattle could not prepare fish like this. Then he said, “Dad, it’s gets better. She cleans the fish, too.” I laughed so hard. She’s definitely a keeper.

    Gwen Marunde Fishing

    Brady owns his own 40 foot fishing boat, and he fishes mostly outside of Sand Point, Alaska down on the Aleutian Chain. He calls me for weather reports from his Satellite phone regularly and tells me stories about the bears on the beaches, the wild fox, and curious whales that come to inspect his boat.

    Fishing as a commercial fisherman is hard work, and you have to live by faith, believing that the fish will come each year. It’s a tough business, but it’s a good life too. It takes a lot of self-discipline and an independent spirit. But I think fresh fish for dinner every night sounds pretty amazing.

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    Sequim Beachfront Property with a Private Dock

    Sequim beachfront property is hard to find, but if you want a private dock, good luck because a private dock these days is nearly impossible to find, and you can’t build one anymore either. But there is a Sequim beachfront property with a dock listed for sale, and here it is.

    Sequim Beachfront Property

    Sequim Beachfront Property

    Here is the MLS description: “This Sequim beachfront property has majestic views of the bay and beyond. A boaters dream with 114ft of beachfront access and tram access to a private 200 ft pier and 20’ X 60’ dock allowing ample yacht moorage and space for kayaks, sailboats, paddle-boards and more. This home boasts three master suites (one with en suite kitchen and sitting/dining areas), wine cellar, five fireplaces and a lower floor great room with additional (third) full kitchen – excellent for entertaining!”

    Sequim Beachfront Property

    And we cannot resist sharing this aerial video drone, which you’ll love if you want any kind of private dock and pier.

    Learn more about this property with photos and more detail at Sequim Beachfront Property.

     

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  • Sold in One Day

    This house sold in one day. After a decade of the worst real estate recession I’ve experienced in my life over the past four decades, the real estate market in the Sequim area has come back to life. Over this past decade homes sat on the market for months and even years before they sold, but we are living in a different world now. I’ve represented a number of buyers during this past year who bought homes that sold in one day.

    Sold in One Day

    Sold in One Day

    We are clearly in a seller’s market, but that doesn’t mean buyers are bidding against each other for homes in the Sequim real estate market, and buyers are not having to pay unreasonable prices either. You can still buy an existing home for less than it would cost to buy land and have a home built, but prices have been creeping upward, and since 2013 the best homes (the homes retirees love the most in the best areas) have increased in value by 20% to 30%.

    Sold in One Day – Harder for Buyers to Find Their Home

    All this means it is harder to compete in this market for buyers. Buyers are having to watch the Sequim MLS listings daily to watch for new listings, and when they find the ideal home on the market, they have to move quickly or it will be another home sold in one day . . . to someone else. 

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    iRealty in Sequim Offers More By an Order of Magnitude

    iRealty in Sequim (short for iRealty Virtual Brokers) offers more than any other brokerage, not just by a little bit, but by an order of magnitude. This short article is the tip of the iceberg. The whole emphasis here is not on boasting about ourselves, but sharing how much we do for you. I honestly feel that if people actually knew how much iRealty does, they would not even consider hiring another broker. But you can be the judge of that.

    iRealty

    iRealty in Sequim Internet Resources

    iRealty has the largest volume of content-rich resources for buyers on the Internet of any brokerage in this market . . . by an order of magnitude. Our main Sequim real estate blog has over 2,000 articles written specifically for buyers. These articles have taken over a decade to write and four decades just to acquire the knowledge and experience to create them. The articles answer nearly every Sequim real estate question buyers have been asking for the last two decades in this market. Who does this? No one except iRealty. And all this is free. No registration is required.

    iRealty has three public MLS sites (multiple listing sites), each with a specific purpose for buyers, which you’ll find at:

    Sequim4Sale.com,

    SequimForSale.com, and

    LuxuryWaterViewHomes.com.

    iRealty has many paperback and Kindle books written for buyers and sellers specifically about the Sequim real estate market. Again, we’re the only brokerage that has written entire books about the local real estate market. You’ll find links to our books on the real estate blog, or you can find them on Amazon.

    iRealty has produced professional quality videos for buyers, including our popular 6-part buyer series. We’re the only local brokerage with a video studio with these kind of educational videos for buyers and sellers. See Sequim Real Estate Videos for Buyers.

    We are the only local brokerage to have a professional photographer on staff with the best cameras, lenses and lighting equipment. We are the only local brokerage to have a 3-dimensional virtual tour camera with 9 lenses that gives buyers an interactive online tour of homes. And finally, we are the only local brokerage with an FAA registered drone pilot on staff to produce professional aerial videos. Perhaps you can begin to understand why we feel that if people only knew what we do and how we do it, they wouldn’t hire anyone else. 

    iRealty Experience Unparalleled 

    What is the experience that backs up these resources? Chuck Marunde is the founder and Designated Broker of iRealty Virtual Brokers. He was first licensed 40 years ago as a Realtor, practiced real estate law for 20 years, and opened iRealty over a decade ago. Chuck has lived and breathed real estate, and he enjoys giving all this experience and knowledge to his clients. This business model has proven so successful that Chuck became the number 1 selling real estate broker for 7 years. [Read Who is The Number 1 Buyer’s Agent in Sequim?]

    The foundation of iRealty is built on values that are never compromised. Those values are truth, honesty, integrity, professionalism, and putting our clients’ best interests at the center of everything we do. These are not just cliches–these are values we live by 24/7.

    By the way, just because our name is iRealty Virtual Brokers, do not assume that we are not physical beings. In fact, we designed what I think is the best real estate office in Sequim. It is my idea of a private Starbucks without the noise and people, and it is more comfortable. We have all the media and wireless connections we need for great flat screen presentations.

    Sequim Real Estate Office

    Now you know much more about iRealty. Can you see why we feel so strongly that if people really knew what we do for them, they wouldn’t hire any other Realtors? But you be the judge. After all, it’s your money and your life. We just hope you’ll give us the privilege of serving you and proving that iRealty is above the crowd by an order of magnitude.

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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
    435 W. Bell St. Suite A, 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
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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

    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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