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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.

Buying a Home

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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  • Now you can search the Sequim MLS by status, including active, pending, short sale pending, and contingent on the sale of the buyer’s home. This is a feature you are unlikely to find anywhere else, but then again, this brokerage is way out ahead of the competition. We always have been, and we have so many firsts, the list is long. Here’s a video that will show you exactly how to know if a listing in the Sequim MLS is active or in one of the other pending statuses. After you hit the play button, be sure to adjust the quality of the video by clicking on the little gear at the bottom and selecting 720 HD, and then enlarge the video to fill your computer screen. You can also watch it on Youtube.

    Sequim MLS by Status

    You’re going to love this feature, because it puts you as the buyer in total control of how you search for your next home and without any requirements to register on this Sequim MLS site, you can get raw information instantly any time you want. This Sequim MLS site shows you the status, so you don’t have to get caught in some real estate agent’s net because you call or email thinking that a home is still active and available when it is really sold and pending.

    Sequim MLS Made for Buyers

    Who in the world would design and program a Sequim MLS site specifically for buyers? No other broker in Washington state has that kind of on staff expertise, and no one we know would take the time and money to make all this so incredibly easy for buyers, and at the same time so darn powerful. And unlike many other online MLS sites, you can use this Sequim MLS site without registering if you want to. Who loves their buyers? We do. That’s why we created the best Sequim MLS site on the planet.

    You can watch our entire video series on how to find your perfect home at Sequim MLS video series.

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  • Sequim Homes Selling Rapidly

    Sequim homes are selling, but some days it seems like they are selling like hot cakes. Granted there are some Sequim homes that have a big number in the MLS for “days on market,” but my buyers are experiencing the challenge of finding the right home, and before they decide to make an offer–too often their first choice goes pending. Sold!

    Sequim Homes

    Yesterday I had a client who found a home he got excited about, and so he went back home to California to discuss it with his wife. Last night the status of that home changed from “Active” to “Active Under Contract,” which is the same as pending. Last week I spent time showing homes to a buyer from outside the Sequim area, and out of a list of six homes we planned to look at the first day, four were suddenly pending. This has been happening a lot in Sequim throughout the spring and summer.

    Sequim Homes Go Pending

    I just added another new feature to my Sequim MLS site (which includes all Port Angeles listings). The feature allows you to do a search of “pending” sales. There are several categories of pending, and you’ll see these in the list in the field called “Status” when you are doing an “Advanced” search. You can select all of them and do a search by city and look at all the homes that just sold and are pending. Watch for a subsequent article here with a video that shows you exactly how to search for Sequim homes that have recently sold and are still pending.

    Sequim Homes and Days on Market

    Before a house goes pending, it’s nice to know how long it has been on the market. You can see the “DOM” or days on market on this MLS site also. When you pull up a specific listing you will see “Days on Market” on the left side. There is a lot of information on this MLS site, so I recommend you navigate through it and try different searches and get to know how to get the most of this powerful MLS site to research Sequim homes.

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    Looking at Homes with Big Garages

    Yesterday I showed a buyer homes with big garages in both Sequim and Port Angeles. It was a lot of fun, because when you’re out looking at homes you never know what you will find. Look at enough homes and you’ll see the “unique home,” the nice home, the odd floor plan, the funky home, the stunningly beautiful home, the perfect home on the wrong lot, the perfect lot with the wrong home, and there will be some surprises (good and not-so-good). And then there is what I call the “pleasant surprise.” The pleasant surprise is the amazing home in a great location and listed at a very reasonable price. It is the sleeper on the market that most people miss, and that you stumbled upon at just the right time.

    Big Garages

    Big Garages and Man Caves

    One of the homes we looked had an incredible shop and talk about big garages. You could park a large motor home in it and still have room for a big vehicle or a boat on either side with room left over for a wood shop. So was the house perfect too? No. That was the disappointment. The floor plan was kind of strange. The living room made you feel like you were in a big box, and the master bedroom was quite small. A king sized bed would never fit, but even a queen did not leave much room. Then we looked at a home on a wonderful private lot in a quiet area, but the home was . . . not the best style and floor plan. And we found a home that was like brand new, completely remodeled with a modern kitchen and plenty of property, but the neighbors were too close. 

    Big Garages in MLS

    You can search for homes with big garages on Sequim-Homes.com. On the “Advanced Search” tab select your city, and if you want more than one hold your control button down as you select multiple locations, and then select “Barn/Shop” under the “Additional Features” drop down. Here’s a link to properties with big garages in Sequim and Port Angeles in the price range of $200,000 to $400,000: Big Garages.  Of course you can change the price range, the acreage, or any number of other parameters. Frankly, the perfect property, the ideal house, and big garages are hard to find.

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  • This may be the best Port Angeles water view from any home in the Port Angeles area, and this view is from an incredible luxury home with a features list so long, you would think this is Bill Gates’ home. And here’s a little trivia for you. The price on this home was just reduced by $100,000 for a quick sale.

    Best Port Angeles Water View

    Best Port Angeles Water View

    You can see the list of features and more photos and a full video tour at Best Port Angeles Water View. This home has a Port Angeles water view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca looking across to Victoria, B.C., a view of Mount Baker, and a view of Vancouver Island and the San Juan Islands. This is one of the most beautiful custom luxury homes on the Olympic Peninsula, and with every creature comfort you can think of, this home is made for living and for entertaining. Quality hardwood floors, a modern kitchen built for a chef, a home wired with fiber optics, high speed Internet, high tech lighting and security, a large auto shop with a heavy duty lift, all make this a home that Bill Gates or Michael Schumacher might have built. With 10 acres at the end of a private road and backed up to mountain forests owned by the state of Washington, this property has ultimate privacy. You want luxury, a panoramic water view, and privacy? This Port Angeles water view home is a fraction of the price it would be in California.

    Best Port Angeles Water View on the Olympic Peninsula

    This home is worth seeing. We’re very lucky we live on such a gorgeous peninsula between the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Check out the MLS listing at Best Port Angeles Water View.

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  • Brand New Kitchen – Granite Countertops

    How about granite countertops in a brand new kitchen, completely rebuilt from the floor to the ceiling? Try this:  maple cabinets, an apron sink, brand new stainless steel appliances, and a glass mosaic backsplash for the granite countertops. And a new laundry room with a brand new washer and dryer. Better yet, how about a home in which everything is remodeled–floors, bathrooms, laundry, living room, bedrooms, and new roof. A master bathroom with a travertine shower and travertine tile and a custom vanity sure pops when you see it for the first time.

    Granite Countertops

    Granite Countertops in Open Kitchen

    The kitchen today is often the center of a home. It’s where we congregate to prepare delicious meals, to brew that special cup of gourmet coffee or tea, and to have great conversations with the most important people in our lives. With an open floor plan, the kitchen really is the center of a home where you can have a conversation with someone sitting in the dining room or living room while cooking, and from the kitchen it is nice to be able to see the TV screen on occasion. 

    Granite Countertops Tip of Iceberg

    This property is definitely move-in ready, but there’s a lot more to this property. This is what the vast majority of retirees are looking for: a single level home, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a gorgeous modern kitchen, a large laundry room, and a quiet neighborhood far from the traffic noise of the highways. Located on a quiet cul de sac with a fenced dog run in the back yard, and a large area also fenced out back, this is a rare find in the Sequim area. Watch the virtual tour above, and you can also look at the full MLS data sheet at Sequim Home with Granite Countertops.

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    Search the Sequim MLS by Area

    You can search the Sequim MLS by area within Clallam County, and this is a great way to find out about all the homes for sale in a particular area. For example, if you would like to live in Diamond Point, you can search by Diamond Point. We have dozens of MLS areas, like Blue Mountain, Agnew, Bayview, Edgewood, Robin Hill, Bell Hill, Cline, East Dungeness, Jamestown, Port Williams, Happy Valley, Blyn, Gardiner, and so on. You can watch this video in a larger version by going to the settings button at the bottom on the right side (the symbol with the gears), and change the quality to 720 HD. Then click on the button on the bottom far right to watch full screen.

    Video on How to Search the Sequim MLS by Area

    There are many ways to search for your perfect retirement home on this Sequim-Homes.com MLS site. You can search with a variety of parameters. You can search by price, by rooms, square footage, acreage, view (water view, mountain view), and many other variables, or any combination of these parameters. You can save your searches, save your favorites, and compile a nice short list of homes to see when you come to Sequim or Port Angeles. For some, being able to search the Sequim MLS by area will be helpful.

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  • Zillow or Trulia or Sequim-Homes.com

    Zillow or Trulia are used by millions of buyers around the U.S. to shop for homes, and many buyers are using Zillow or Trulia to look at homes in the Sequim and Port Angeles area, too. I’ve spent many years using both Zillow or Trulia and many other online MLS sites, including dozens of MLS syndication sites. I also run two MLS sites for my clients, and this site at Sequim-Homes.com was specifically designed and programmed by me based on what buyers want and need to search for, filter, and find their ideal retirement home in the Sequim and Port Angeles area. So I want to give you my bottom line on Zillow or Trulia and Sequim-Homes.com. This may not sound like an exciting topic, but this could be one of the more important articles you read when it comes to finding your next home on the Olympic Peninsula.

    Zillow or Trulia

    Zillow or Trulia for Buyers

    I know many buyers love Zillow. It’s pretty, nice to navigate, has Zestimates, and several other features that are just plain cool. I get all that. But what you should know as a buyer is that so much of the data you are looking at is either slightly wrong or very wrong. There are listings on Zillow that are not even for sale, listings that have wrong prices, and Zestimates that are way off. I sold a home for $770,000, and Zillow had it listed for $440,000. Now, I fully realize that saying, “Don’t use Zillow because the data is notoriously bad,” will often fall on deaf ears, because if you like Zillow, you will continue to use it. That’s human nature, and people who like Zillow will generally continue to use it even when they find out a lot of the housing information is bad, especially if it has become a habit. We get used to a site, and we learn how to navigate it, and it’s easy to keep using it. So I’m not going to tell you not to use Zillow or Trulia. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying those sites. But I’m going to give you another more accurate MLS site to add to your arsenal if you are serious about finding a home in the Sequim or Port Angeles area. [Read Is Zillow Reliable?]

    Zillow or Trulia or Sequim-Homes.com

    Sequim-Homes.com is more accurate than either Zillow or Trulia for the Sequim real estate market by an order of magnitude, and here’s why. The data, all the photos and information about the property on this MLS site are taken directly from the source data–the listing Realtors in Sequim and Port Angeles. That is not the case with Zillow or Trulia which use automatic scraping software to pull data without legal permission from the local Realtors’ listings, and to pull data from a variety of online sources, also without permission. This data is then inserted in data fields on Zillow or Trulia, but there are no humans involved. The programming does not always get it right. Sequim-Homes.com gets it right 100% of the time. 

    So now you know about accuracy and data. Have fun using Zillow or Trulia, but add Sequim-Homes to your arsenal to get 100% accurate information and the status of each property, whether it is still available or pending and sold. You’ll find a series of instructional videos on this blog to help you search for and find your home in Sequim or Port Angeles. But continue to play on Zillow or Trulia if you want and if you find those sites helpful.

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  • Chuck E. Marunde, J.D.

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

    How to Search the Best MLS

    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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