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The Death of Newspapers: What’s Going On?

Are we really seeing the death of newspapers? The incredible growth of the Internet has come at great expense to traditional print newspapers. The National Association of Realtors says that 95% of all home buyers start their search for a home on the Internet, not in print newspapers. There was a time when we searched for homes in the classified section of newspapers, but no more. Buyers love the Internet. It’s easy and fast, it’s powerful, and it’s free and anonymous. No wonder buyers love the Internet.

The Death of Newspapers

The Death of Newspapers

This is the largest real estate blog in the entire Sequim and Port Angeles area, and perhaps on the entire Olympic Peninsula with over 1,500 articles written for buyers. What single article on this blog do you think got more comments than any other article in the last eight years? It is an article I wrote on October 30, 2008 on this blog. It received 41 great comments from readers around the country. Their comments are worth reading, even if you don’t read the article. That article is about the death of newspapers and the rise of the Internet. You can read it at: Print Newspapers Dying.

It’s sad that so many print newspapers have gone out of business, filed bankruptcy, or merged with other companies, but consumers are driving the news business with their dollars. Their eyes have turned to the Internet. If you haven’t read some of the fascinating articles about the dying print newspaper business, I recommend a site called Newspaper Death Watch. It chronicles the death of print newspapers in America. 

The Death of Newspapers No Surprise to Home Buyers

One reader, Bob, wrote, “The paper edition will lose readers and no one can do anything about that. The way I see it is that online editions are cheaper, easier, and faster compared to paper editions. And also another important aspect is that it’s a ‘greener’ alternative and you don’t have to store the newspaper.”

All of this is no surprise to home buyers, because you are using the Internet to search for your next home. And you’re reading this news on the Internet.

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Mortgage Problems at the 11th Hour

Mortgage problems are the rule, not the exception today. Even with perfect credit and a huge down payment, a mortgage broker is very likely to surprise you with some strange and often ridiculous demands for additional documentation, and these often come at the 11th hour just before the scheduled closing. If you are paying in cash, you can avoid these pitfalls, but if you are planning to get a loan, you might want to be aware of what is happening to almost every buyer. Just knowing what you might experience with a mortgage broker can help to reduce your stress if and when it does happen, and being proactive on these issues can help you avoid mortgage problems and stress.

Mortgage Problems

Mortgage Problems for Retirees

Mr. and Mrs. Joule made an offer on what they called their final retirement home. The offer was accepted, and since they already had a pre-approval letter and Mr. Joule was retired from a 30+ year career as a police officer, everything looked good and no one was anticipating any mortgage problems with the buyers. First, the out-of-state lender did not know how to address local real estate issues. After weeks of jumping through hoops, the Joule’s were told by that lender that they could not make the loan because there was no private road maintenance agreement signed by all seven homeowners on this private driveway easement. The lender claimed that was required by Fannie Mae. Later it was learned that was not true, and Washington state law specifically addressed that issue for lenders. The Joules turned to a local mortgage broker. I always recommend buyers go with a local lender. [Read What if Your Mortgage Broker is Not Local?]

Mortgage Problems at the 11th Hour

The second broker is one of the best, but the loan processor his company had working on this file was not. The loan processor, unbeknownst to the rest of us, was not paying attention to any kind of checklist (if he had one), because he kept asking for documentation weeks after he should have, and the closing date had to be extended three times. Some of the requests were ridiculous, and he blamed Fannie Mae. One of the 11th hour lender demands was a letter from Mr. Joule’s police department in California stating that his retirement was guaranteed for at least three years. Strange, especially since he retired about 20 years ago and since the lender already had all the pension documents. In all, various mortgage problems caused about a six week delay in the closing. [Read Mortgage Underwriting Problems] Read the rest of this entry »

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Several soon-to-be retirees have recently asked me if they should consider buying their Sequim home now, long before they plan to retire and live here. Their question goes on to ask if it would be practical to buy it now and rent it for a period of years until they move to Sequim. Here is my response to one client.

Sequim Home

Sequim Home Early Purchase

I think there are three considerations. First, is this a good time to buy a Sequim home, and will your home appreciate over the years ahead before you arrive? The answer is a resounding yes. Prices stabilized here about two years ago and are slowly starting to increase. Very slowly. I think in 10 years or so, prices will be back where they were in 2005.

Second, can you rent the house out for a decent monthly rent between now and the time you come? Right now the answer is yes. I suppose the rental market may change in the coming years, but it is very hard to find a decent 2 or 3 bedroom rental home in the Sequim area right now. I cannot tell you how many people have called me to ask if I know of a rental house anywhere in the Sequim area. One couple was quite desperate when they couldn’t find an appropriate rental. There are some rentals on Craigslist, and there are three rental management companies, but it is very hard to find a nice 2 to 3 bedroom rental home that isn’t a bit odd or isn’t way out of town.

Sequim Home Rental Rates

Third, if you buy a home and rent it, would that make financial sense? Right now the fair market rent for a basic home like the one you want to buy is about $1,200 per month. If you buy a home for $225,000 and put $40,000 down, your monthly mortgage payment (not counting property taxes and insurance) would be $997 per month based on current mortgage rates. By the time you pay taxes and insurance, you would be at a break even point, or you might have to come up with a little money to cover your annual expenses. You can play with the purchase price and down payment to see what your monthly payment would be at:

Sequim Home Mortgage Calculator

Combine these reasons with the likelihood that interest rates are going up and prices are headed upward in the years ahead, and the time to buy, if you can, is now rather than a couple of years from now. In my humble opinion, this is a reasonably good time to buy a Sequim home and rent it out in anticipation of retiring in Sequim.

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What is the Demand for Homes?

The demand for homes in Sequim and Port Angeles has been increasing, and this chart tells the story from the first quarter of 2005 through the first quarter of 2014. (Sequim is blue and P.A. is green.)

Demand for Homes

Demand for Homes Increasing

In 2005, which was really the peak year for real estate here (prices didn’t start declining until 2007), 102 homes sold in the Sequim area and 65 in the Port Angeles area. Then in 2013 spring sales picked up (showing the first three months of the year), and now in 2014 sales are increasing over last year. I suspect that April will show even more increases for this spring.

Demand for Homes, Inventory, and Prices

What does all this mean for buyers? It means that with the demand for homes increasing and the inventory shrinking (home builders have not been building for 6 years), we will at some point begin to see a slow but steady increase in prices. All of this just goes back to the basic economics of supply and demand. As the demand for homes increases, watch prices start to increase.

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The Whole Real Estate Business is Changing

The real estate business is changing dramatically right in front of our eyes, and don’t believe for a second that it isn’t changing for consumers like you. It is. Many of the changes are obvious to buyers, like being able to use the Internet to search for real estate, and being able to do so much advance research online before you ever decide to move to a community or hire a Realtor. But there are major changes behind the scenes that consumers are quite unaware of, and many of these changes are compromising your best interests. There are a few things I think you might want to know. I’ve written a book on this subject, The New World of Marketing for Real Estate Agents, but here I want to share just two changes that have a huge impact on you.

Real Estate Business

Real Estate Business Change No. 1

How buyers search for real estate is now full of traps for the unwary. Yesterday I got an email from a buyer who found a home on Trulia. Trulia showed it as an active listing, and she was excited and wanted to know more about it. The information on Trulia is quite limited, but I had to tell her that this listing was already sold. Trulia did not show that. This is true of Zillow, too. I had some clients who found a home on Zillow, but it was sold two years earlier. Oops. I also sold a home that Zillow misrepresented at half its value (based on the actual sales price). For nationally syndicated sites like these, the rule is caveat emptor (buyer beware). The real estate business is changing and not all the changes are good for consumers.

What’s the answer? Use an online site that is 100% accurate and includes 100% of the Sequim and Port Angeles listings. I designed and programmed such a site for buyers, and you’ll find it at Sequim Homes for Sale. You’ll find a video on that site that shows you exactly how to search for and find your dream home.

Real Estate Business Change No. 2

How buyers hire their agent is another way the real estate business is changing. Buyers are driving this change, and I think it’s great. But there is a second trap for the unwary consumer when it comes to selecting a buyer’s agent. If you’re searching a national real estate site, do not assume the best buyer’s agent is the one whose photo is in the right margin or at the bottom of the listing. Do you know why their photos are there most of the time? Because they paid to have it there. That means any agent who can write a check can have their photo there. Any agent. Thank about that. Advertising and lead generation on the Internet for Realtors has gone wild, and whose watching out for you? As the saying goes, “Follow the money.” What’s the answer for buyers like you? Choose your Realtor carefully, and I recommend this Agent Interview Checklist.

The real estate business has been changing dramatically, but who is watching out for consumers like you? I am. Every day. With professionalism, knowledge, experience, and integrity. I never stop working to do a good job educating prospective clients like you with free information and tools, and I never stop working hard for my clients. I’m aware of how the real estate business is changing, but my clients are still at the center of the Universe no matter how the industry may sell its soul.

By the way, the image above, iRealty Virtual Brokers, is my dba. We are Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate, and we are also iRealty Virtual Brokers. Even our real estate business is changing.

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

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

Single Level Home

Single Level Home with Large Garage and Dog Run

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

Single Level Home – Will Sell Within 30 Days

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

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

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Sequim Carpet Cleaner

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

Sequim Carpet Cleaner

Sequim Carpet Cleaner

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

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

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

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

Sequim Carpet Cleaner Sets New Standard

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

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

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  • Sequim Real Estate Market Report for March 2014

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

    Sequim Real Estate

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

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    Greatest Fears of Buyers

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

    Fears of Buyers

    Greatest Fears of Buyers

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

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

    Say Goodbye to the Greatest Fears of Buyers

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

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

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

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  • Gorgeous Sequim Homes for Sale

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

    Sequim Homes for Sale

    Sequim Homes for Sale

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

    Sequim Homes for Sale List

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

    Sequim Homes For Sale

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    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?

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

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

    From Gilroy California

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

    From Corona California

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

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

    From Bakersfield California

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

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

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

    From California

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

    From Sequim

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

    From The Netherlands

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

    From Fremont California

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

    From Fontana California

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

    From Tacoma

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

    From Wendell Idaho

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

    From Sequim

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

    From Seattle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    From Sequim to California

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