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What Home Inspectors Don’t Tell You

I always recommend that buyers hire home inspectors, and every buyer should pop the $450 or so to get a thorough home inspection, but there are some important things to know about what home inspectors don’t tell you. This is not a matter of honesty or professionalism, because the home inspectors I’m talking about all have incredible credentials and knowledge, and they are all honest and are able to find everything and anything wrong with a home. This video shares just a peek behind the curtain about what home inspectors don’t tell you, and I will explain below the video what the major concerns are for buyers and sellers today.

Home Inspectors and Standards

First, there are three recognizable standards for examining the condition of a home. The first is the appraisal standard. Here an appraiser for a bank or mortgage company is looking for structural problems or other issues with the house that effect it’s security for the value of the loan. That makes sense, because the appraiser’s client is the bank, not the buyer.

The second standard is the home inspector’s standard. Here the home inspector is trying to find anything and everything that might be or could be wrong with the home. Even minutiae that the appraiser would not care about are in the home inspector’s report. His report includes notes that something might need further inspection by a specialized expert. A home inspector will make a note that there “may be indicia of” something. In other words, there may be signs that there could be something to look into further. That is a perfectly good idea, but that idea can be carried beyond practicality. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Sequim Population

What is the Sequim population? People ask me this all the time. If you look at the population of Sequim (within the city boundaries), and you compare it to the population of the city of Port Angeles, you really don’t get a good feel for what is happening in the real estate business or in the economy. So today I’ll define and refine the population numbers in a way that translates in a practical way.

Sequim Population

Sequim Population

The city of Sequim has a population of 6,624 according to the 2012 census data. The city of Port Angeles has a population of 19,056. You would expect a lot more homes to be sold in a much larger area, but it doesn’t work out that way. The entire Clallam County population is 71,863. But these numbers do not tell the story as well as the populations within the two zip codes. If you want to compare Sequim and Port Angeles, you have to look at the zip codes.

The main Port Angeles zip code of 98362 has a population of 21,953. The population of the Sequim zip code of 98382 is 26,546. While the city populations are dramatically different with Port Angeles appearing much larger, the zip code comparison helps us understand why the real estate market in Sequim is bigger for retirees than Port Angeles. (There is another Port Angeles area zip code of 98363 with over 13,000, but that is going out west of Port Angeles. The main zip code is 98362.)

Sequim Population v Port Angeles Population

The median home value in this Port Angeles zip code is $232,400, and in the Sequim zip code the median home value is $280,900. A great site to do comparisons is city-data.com, and you can compare by city or by zip code and a number of ways. Of course, one of the very best ways to compare is to drive around a lot, and then the Sequim population compared to Port Angeles will mean less as you are able to compare what you like and don’t like. The key for me in examining these zip codes is that it helped me to comprehend why Sequim is doing so well in real estate sales compared to a much larger city next door. The Sequim population v. the Port Angeles population is not the whole story.

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Closest Olive Garden to Sequim

Do you like the Olive Garden Restaurant? The Pasta Fagioli with breadsticks and salad is a great and very reasonably priced lunch. Sequim does not have an Olive Garden, but it’s an easy drive to Silverdale where there is one. It’s a one hour drive, and well worth a Saturday or Sunday afternoon trip.

Olive Garden

Olive Garden Restaurant

Sequim could use more nice restaurants. We have some fast food restaurants, but we have a limited number of fine restaurants. Here’s a nice little list of Sequim and Port Angeles restaurants with links to their websites: Sequim Restaurants.  Not on this list are two new Sequim restaurants that are really fantastic. The first is Nourish Sequim, and you’ll find an article at Nourish Sequim. Another I love is Blondie’s Plate. Fantastic. The Docside Grill at John Wayne Marina is outstanding and deserves mention here. 

Olive Garden and Sequim Options

At some point I am sure we will see an Olive Garden in Sequim, but it hasn’t happened yet. Still, it’s worth the drive to Silverdale.

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A Real Estate Broker Who Does Not Chase Clients?

Imagine a real estate broker who does not chase clients, does not harrass them, does not send them unsolicited mass emails, does not send out boilerplate newsletters, and does put prospective clients on the calling list. What a novel concept! And it gets better. Even our two MLS sites do not force you to register to search for Sequim homes or Port Angeles homes. Can you say free, and do you like low key and no high pressure sales techniques?

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Real Estate Broker Gives It All Away

You can even search our MLS sites, and you can read thousands of articles anonymously for months if you want to. When almost all tech advisors and brokers are using forced registrations on their sites, why has this broker always given everything away free with no obligation and no registration requirements?

Real Estate Broker Only You Can Hire

The answer is easy. It’s because that’s what you want. Buyers want free information, and they do not like being forced to register just to use an MLS site online or any other online tools or services. We listened, and for the past seven years, we have been giving it all away. Not very many people know this, so we just thought we should tell you. Now you know. There’s a real estate broker who does not harass clients. If you want to hire Chuck Marunde, you must contact him first. Email him. Call him. Text him. If he doesn’t get back you right away, don’t give up. He’s a busy guy, but follow up with him on your time. You’ll be glad you got ahold of this real estate broker.

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  • Water Views of Sequim Bay

    Sequim has plenty of water views, but all water views are not the same. There are good views, panoramic views, and peek-a-boo water views. There are water views that are partially blocked by trees, and there are stunning water views that are wide open. What price do you put on a lot with a really great water view of Sequim Bay, the kind of view that you can enjoy for the rest of your life every single day?

    Water Views

    Water Views for Sale

    Here’s the description of the water view lot in this photo: Stunning panoramic water views from this lot in a private gated community only a few minutes from downtown Sequim. Located in a gorgeous neighborhood of luxury homes, this lot is waiting patiently for the right buyer with a beautiful house plan. Sit in your home or on the deck looking out over Sequim Bay and the Strait of Juan de Fuca with Mount Baker on the horizon and British Columbia to the northwest. The best lot is always at the top, where you’ll find this lot with the best water view. See more photos at Sequim Water Views.

    Water Views

    Most retirees who move to Sequim like water views or at least mountain views. We have them both, but living on the Olympic Peninsula for many by definition should include water views.

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  • The Bifurcated Real Estate Market

    Sequim is in a bifurcated real estate market, and we are seeing a similar pattern in other parts of the country, including California. In March I wrote an article about the bifurcated real estate market and the effect for buyers, “The effect this is having for retirees moving to Sequim is two fold.  First, some are not able to find their perfect home in the Sequim home inventory, and second, prices are more competitive in this segment of the inventory.  Many listings in Sequim in this bifurcated segment are selling at full listing price.” [Read Bifurcated Real Estate Market in Sequim.]

    Bifurcated Real Estate Market

    Bifurcated Real Estate Market in California

    The Sequim market is partly a function of the California real estate market (and many other markets), and even California has been experiencing a bifurcated real estate market. “California’s housing market continues to be bifurcated both geographically and demographically, with the San Francisco Bay Area and high-end housing markets outperforming other regions and market segments,” said California Association of Realtors chief economist Leslie Appleton-Young. “A strong job market and barriers to building new housing are creating an imbalance between supply and demand in some housing markets. Buyers who are not impacted by affordability issues are fueling sales in the high-end market, which is putting upward pressure on home prices.” [Source: Housingwire]

    What Does This Bifurcated Real Estate Market Mean?

    It means that the market is not yet in balance. Sequim home builders have not been building new homes for seven years, yet buyers have been slowly picking off the best homes in the best areas for seven years. So the imbalance is real, especially in a small real estate market like Sequim’s. The law of supply and demand will eventually push prices of the existing inventory upward until we do have balance, at which time the price of an existing home will once again be nearly equivalent to the cost of buying and developing a lot and building a new home.

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    Sequim Real Estate Market Video for August 2014

    The Sequim real estate market has not done anything unusual during August, and you’ll see in this video that we don’t have any significant market trends one way or the other. And maybe that is good news. What I watch for are trends that indicate an upward or downward trend. We all want to see the real estate market improve, and we’d like to get to the point where we can all say with confidence that the market is recovering on a long term basis. Maybe it is. But we don’t have the hard data to say so with confidence yet.

    Sequim Real Estate Market

    The real estate market does continue to slowly improve, and sales have been up this year substantially over any previous year in the past seven years. As Martha Stewart was fond of saying, “And that’s a good thing.”

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    Buying a Home is About Compromising

    Buying a home is all about compromise. Which kitchen would you prefer, the one on the left or the one on the right? The kitchen on the right is brand new with a hardwood floor and modern new appliances. But would you guess that the home on the left sold for $525,000 and the home on the right is listed for sale at $258,000? The rest of the house and the property account for the difference, but money–more of it–gives you more choice. Even with a lot of money, buying a home is about compromising. There is so such thing as the perfect home on the perfect lot with the perfect view. But you can hope to come close, and the higher your budget, the closer you can get to that ideal home.

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    Buying a Home and Compromise

    Buyers often say to me, I wish I could mix and match. This lot is perfect. If only the last house was on this lot . . .  And location is a major challenge, because I have shown clients the perfect home and property, but it is way out of town or on the far west side of Port Angeles, and they don’t want to be that remote. One could only wish that buying a home was easier.

    Buying a Home

    Searching online and reviewing photos and location is one of the best ways to filter. But let me share what many of my clients do. They search, filter, and email me their most interesting properties asking me for my thoughts. I’m able to describe most of these homes in great detail, because I’ve shown them, and I can talk about the driveway, the neighborhood, and how far it is from your favorite stores. Just another way we take customer service seriously for our clients. Buying a home ought to be interesting and fun, and it always is for my clients. But I would also say that buying a home for 99% of my clients is about compromise.

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    Sequim Weather is Absolutely Gorgeous

    Sequim weather has been incredible lately. Here we are in the middle of September, and every day has been sunny and 70 to 80 degrees. People are out bicycling, hiking and jogging, and boating. Freshwater Bay is one of our most beautiful public boat launches on the west side of Port Angeles, and as you can see in this photo, it was another day in Paradise.

    Sequim Weather

    Sequim Weather Perfect

    Having moved to Sequim in 1994, I can tell you that one of the most enjoyable aspects of living here is that we do not have the extremes of hot and cold that so many other areas of the country do have. I grew up in the interior of Alaska, and winter temperatures of -50 to -70 degrees (below Fahrenheit) were common. I served in the USAF at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, and summer temperatures of 100 to 115 degrees (above Fahrenheit) were and are common. Sequim weather is the perfect in-between.  

    Sequim Weather Sets the Standard

    Sequim weather sets the standard with most summer days in the 60’s and 70’s, and most winter days in the 40’s and 50’s. You can ride your bicycle all year, or go kayaking throughout the year. This time of year the Sequim weather is amazing.

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  • Tax Assessed Value v. Sales Price

    The tax assessed value is often misunderstood as it relates to the sales price. Some buyers are thinking that a home that has a tax assessed value of $400,000 but is listed at $475,000 is overpriced. The last seven sales of the most expensive homes in Clallam County during the month of August clearly show that the actual sales price was an average of 54% more than the tax assessed value. Here are all seven sales with the tax assessed value, the last listing price (not the original listing price), and the sales price.

    Tax Assessed Value

    Tax Assessed Value

    These number are very revealing, because properties in the upper price range are selling for far more than their tax assessed value. The percentage represents how much more the homes sold for than the tax assessed values.

    Tax Value Listed Price Sales Price % Difference
    $466,331.00 $689,000.00 $649,000.00 39.17%
    $389,515.00 $675,000.00 $650,000.00 66.87%
    $367,529.00 $675,000.00 $650,000.00 76.86%
    $588,937.00 $759,000.00 $727,500.00 23.53%
    $639,625.00 $995,000.00 $875,000.00 36.80%
    $741,874.00 $1,100,000.00 $1,125,000.00 51.64%
    $733,041.00 $1,500,000.00 $1,390,000.00 89.62%
    Average 54.93%

    Tax Assessed Value v. Offering Price

    Too often buyers are thinking in terms of making an offer below tax assessed value. That would not work for any of these properties, not even close. This chart above should be helpful, but I recommend these three earlier articles about tax assessed values and how these numbers relate to fair market value.

    Bell Hill Homes and Tax Assessed Values

    Assessed Values v. Sales Price

    How to Use the Tax Assessment Website

    Making an offer on a home is not simply a matter of using the tax assessed value. It is much more involved, and determining fair market value is what it is all about. 

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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
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    Who is Chuck Marunde?

    Chuck's background includes real estate sales going back 37 years, including 20 years as a real estate attorney. He has closed hundreds of real estate transactions, authored thousands of articles on Sequim and Port Angeles real estate, and written several books on real estate. He has lived in Sequim for almost 20 years. Buyers from around the country seek Chuck out and retain him as their buyer's agent. Chuck was the number one individual selling agent of single family homes by volume in the county for 2013.

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    From Seattle

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

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

    From Gilroy California

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

    From Corona California

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

    "During the months of February and March 2012, Chuck showed my wife and I over two dozen homes from Port Angeles to Port Townsend. We found Chuck to be very helpful, friendly and courteous. With Chuck there is no pressure; It is all about finding the best home for the buyer. As a Buyer's Agent, Chuck will give you his honest opinion of a property, including a fair market price. In one instance Chuck wrote up an offer for us which was accepted. Chuck was very helpful arranging for home and well inspections which involved multiple trips to the property. Unfortunately, escrow failed to close when, during the home inspection process, it was determined that a septic system repair was needed which the seller was unwilling/unable to make. We will continue to work with Chuck as there is no better Buyer's Agent on the North Olympic" Bert and Sally
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    From Los Alamos New Mexico

    "Over a year ago, during a visit to the Olympic Game Farm, we developed what we eventually called the “Sequim Syndrome.” We live in New Mexico and decided Sequim was where we wanted to live in retirement. On our second visit to Sequim, we met with Chuck and asked him to help us. Chuck's web site provides such amazing search capabilities. Chuck's site also contains a 1000 blog postings and a real estate video series detailing buying real estate in Sequim. We bought Chuck's book about Sequim real estate and set out to follow his advice carrying on an ongoing email and phone conversation with Chuck. Doing our due diligence “Marunde style” and using his MLS search site, we came up with about 50 homes that met our needs. We narrowed the list down to 15 properties that best met our needs. We came back to Sequim a third time with our list in hand, and Chuck spent two days with us showing us all the homes on our list. Not only did Chuck help us find that dream home, he spent time to educate us about the quality of construction, fair market values of various properties, home layouts, and the joys of Sequim living. We had a great time as we traveled from house to house. By mid afternoon of the second day, my wife said we had found “the house.” Chuck helped us draft our offer and sent our offer to the seller's agent. It turned out there was a second offer made on the property at the same time. Chuck's help to make a clean offer paid off. At breakfast two days later, we got a call from Chuck saying our offer had been accepted by the sellers. We are now back home in New Mexico. Chuck attends every inspection on our behalf, updating us at every turn by email and phone. Our dream home is becoming a reality because of Chuck and because we were smart enough to follow his advice. We absolutely would NOT have been able to do this without Chuck Marunde's expertise and enthusiasm. We recommend Chuck to everyone planning a move to Sequim, Port Angeles, or anywhere on the Olympic Peninsula. Chuck is a gold mine of information and expertise for home buyers everywhere, not just on the Olympic" Larry and Shirley
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    From Sun Lakes Arizona

    "We are ex-Washington residents who currently live in Arizona. We had been searching the Puget Sound area four years for a waterfront property to build a retirement home when we first contacted Chuck Marunde through his website. We had made multiple trips to various areas but most of the Realtors we contacted simply sent us an email, provided no follow up and did next to nothing to help us locate a property. On our first trip to Port Angeles, after connecting with Chuck, we purchased our dream property. We now own a high bank waterfront lot overlooking the Straight of Jaun de Fuca, and are excited to become part of the Peninsula community." Paul and Linda

    From California

    "Andy Romano is a successful motion picture character actor with over 40 years in 'the Biz.' Mr. Romano has a home in beautiful Santa Barbara, California, but he chooses to live most of the time in Sequim, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula in the great Pacific Northwest. Why? In his own words, 'Because it's even more beautiful and surrounded by more beauty in this incredibly peaceful and quiet place. With respect to real estate agents or brokers, well my friend Chuck Marunde, owner of Sequim and Port Angeles Real Estate, is hands down the best there" Andy R.

    From Sequim

    I’ve known Chuck Marunde for several years. My wife and I bought and sold one house through his services, and now have another listed through him for sale. Whether Chuck was representing us as the buyer or seller, I am confident he always had our best interests at heart. He helped us set or negotiate a reasonable price, and made sure there was a clear and open line of communication. He responded rapidly to email and phone calls and always knew the best person to contact for the various services involved in a transaction. I have worked with quite a few real estate agents and Chuck is right at the top of my list of good ones. Actually, Chuck is first and foremost just a good person, and he carries his personal honesty and integrity over into his profession. He has the greatest depth of experience in real estate of any agent or broker I have known. His years of practicing real estate law prior to becoming a broker are evident in the meticulous care he takes with the process and documentation. I am impressed by the way Chuck has integrated internet services into his real estate business. He probably knows more about this process than any other realtor in the country. In this tight market it is important to use every possible means to spread the word about available properties…to reach the few people who might be interested in a particular property. Steve L.

    From The Netherlands

    "We contacted Chuck about six months ago to help find a retirement property in Sequim. We had visited Sequim several weeks before and decided that this was the place for us to retire. We liked the friendly people and the natural beauty of the area. We had been looking for some time in other parts of the country - California, Oregon, North Carolina, and Vermont. In most of these other areas, we found real estate agents that were knowledgeable but did not follow up with us to continue narrowing down real estate possibilities. Once we were out of earshot, communications would stop. That is one of the reasons we were interested in working with Chuck. Besides having great knowledge of both the local real estate market and of law, his testimonials on the internet indicated a willingness to actively communicate with his clients. Chuck demonstrated this immediately. Even before we met, he responded very quickly and helpfully to any email question. After arriving for a second visit to Sequim in September, we finally met Chuck face to face. He was friendly, encouraging, and readily shared good practical information. We worked with him on a number of candidate properties - including an offer on a property while visiting that week. Although we could not come to terms with the owners on the final property price, we look forward to continuing to work closely with Chuck. He is an invaluable resource to help us identify and purchase the retirement property that's right for us." Paul and Virginia

    From Fremont California

    We can't say enough about working with Chuck Marunde. Luck would have it that we discovered his web site, spoke with him on the phone and had an instant feeling that we had found our realtor. And we were right. With Chucks help and expertise, our longtime dream to retire to the Pacific Northwest came to fruition with Chuck assisting us in finding the perfect home for us. Buying a home is always a big decision and these days can be complex with unexpected delays etc. In fact, our whole experience from offer day to closing, was very smooth. Chuck took all the time we needed to explain processes and made us feel at ease, even though we lived 800 miles away, tying up loose ends and getting ready for the big move to our new home in Sequim. We were impressed with Chuck's ability to listen to our needs and understand our concerns in buying from a distance. Chuck kept us informed all along the way, during the process and was so good at getting right back to us if we had another question. All went so well and Chuck really went above and beyond for us, taking time out from his busy schedule to assist us with some details regarding our beautiful property, even after the closing, because we were not yet arrived there. Without hesitation, our son and his wife will be contacting Chuck this summer, as they plan to follow us to paradise in this lovely town. Thanks again Chuck, for everything! Mary and Jerry

    From Fontana California

    My husband and I went to Sequim intending to interview several realtors to find one to help us locate and buy a home in Sequim. We knew we wanted someone we could trust and who would have our best interests in mind. Since we would be handling the transaction from S. California this was very important to us. We met Chuck and looked no further. We felt a connection right away and spent some time looking at homes together so Chuck could get a feel for what we wanted. Well, we left Sequim having made an offer on a home which the owner accepted. Chuck has helped us through the purchase process. We are positive it would not have gone so smoothly without his help. We give him 4 thumbs up. Wally & Cathy

    From Tacoma

    Chuck Marunde’s level of expertise in real estate investment is amazing. His knowledge, experience and legal training have given me a dramatic advantage in real estate investing. He works hard to stay on the cutting edge of real estate marketing, sound advice and value-added service for his clients. Kirk Wald, Financial Planner

    From Wendell Idaho

    My wife and I moved to Sequim six weeks ago, and prior to our move here I contacted Chuck Marunde and enlisted his help as our buyer's agent. Once we got here, it took us about two weeks looking at houses, and Chuck did a superb job of showing us places and letting us make our own decisions and guide us through the purchase of our home. We now completed our transaction and are very happy. We would recommend Chuck to anybody. Don & Marilyn

    From Sequim

    "Buying property either commercial or residential can sometimes be a tricky proposition. That’s why I would recommend Chuck to help you with purchasing or selling property. His background as a real-estate lawyer and his no nonsense to the point advice will help you make the right decisions. Experience and Integrity, what you need when you can’t afford to make a mistake. Dail Hurdlow, CEO, Hurdlow Enterprises

    From Seattle

    I am an experienced real estate buyer, but I am not from the Sequim area. I am somewhat flexible, realistic, but also particular. So the question was, “how do you choose the RIGHT real estate agent?”

    I made my appointment with Chuck on a Sunday morning in March, 2013. He showed me 5 houses. Every house he showed me was within my parameters! I was amazed: a real estate who listened, did his research, and didn't waste my time showing me houses I would never buy! I made an offer a few days later. That was the easy part…

    Buying a house is always a stressful time in life. Advice to Buyers: choose an agent who is competent, communicates well, and has exceptional follow-up and follow-through! You will spend a lot of time with your agent during the process. Choose someone likable. Go with your gut. I got to know Chuck during the process, and he's a great guy!

    You need an agent who is competent to handle and help you negotiate the issues that come up during disclosure, home inspection, appraisal, etc. Chuck's competence is superb! I got truly professional, sound, straightforward advice.

    Chuck's communication skills are exceptional: phone, email, fax. He has a wonderful ability to stay "on-point" with what is actually important and doesn't lead you astray on issues that aren't so important.

    Chuck's turn-around time on questions, issue resolution, etc. was virtually always within 24 hours. He follows-up, follows-through. He does what he says he will do timely. This relieves a lot of Buyer stress!

    Having a difficult time finding the right agent? Simplify your life! Choose Chuck Marunde. I did. [Name withheld by request]

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    From Sequim to California

    "In our Sequim real estate broker Chuck Marunde we found a Realtor who knew not only how to list a property, but most importantly, he knew how to sell a property. Chuck is very skilled in current technology and uses that skill to advertise your property nationally. We were very pleased with Chuck, his honesty and integrity." Jerry Levitan and Donna "Teva" Tetiva
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