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One Million Dollar Home

What’s a one million dollar home look like? This is a one million dollar home, at least it cost about that much, but it is on the market for $699,000. I’ll be showing this home today. This is an extraordinary Port Angeles water view home, and the view includes a panoramic water view from above Port Angeles to Victoria, B.C., the San Juan Islands, and Mount Baker. This home was built by  one of the finest custom home builders in the Northwest, and the home lacks virtually nothing. If you’d like to walk through the inside of this home this very minute, you can with this 3D virtual tour. Use your mouse or the arrows on your keyboard to walk through the entire home, and you can turn any direction, including 360 degrees in any location inside the home.

Port Angeles Water View

One Million Dollar Home with Water View

This home is on 10 acres at the end of a private road backed up to State DNR property, and yet it is only 7 minutes from a grocery store in Port Angeles. The kitchen is a chef’s dream. And there’s a 30×40 car lover’s shop with a commercial lift. The house is completely wired with high speed Internet. This is what a one million dollar home looks like on the Olympic Peninsula, and it’s listed at $699,000 right now. This is very likely the best value in the entire Sequim and Port Angeles area.

One Million Dollar Home Full of Features

There is a lengthy list of features that were built into this home. If you would like to see the features list, simply email and ask for the One Million Dollar Home Features List. You can learn more about this home by viewing the MLS data sheet and photos at Port Angeles Water View Home.

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Thanksgiving in Sequim

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


Thanksgiving Every Day

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

Thanksgiving in Sequim

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

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

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Some in Sequim Building Homes Again

Building homes in the Sequim area is making a come back! During these last nine years of recession, builders quit building homes almost entirely. That’s because the prices of existing homes went down roughly 30% below the cost of buying land and building a home. As long as buyers could find an existing home that would meet their needs, it made no financial sense to spend 30% more building a home. But the winds have been changing, and some retirees moving to Sequim are building homes again.

Building Homes

Building Homes: The Housing Inventory

There are two main reasons some buyers are buying land and building homes again. The first reason is that the inventory of three bedroom, two bath homes on one level has been shrinking over the years, and it is harder now for many buyers to find the ideal home. The ideal home may not exist in the housing inventory. That is pushing some buyers to build homes. [The land in this photo is available and can be seen at Sequim Land.]

Building Homes and Building Costs

The second reason some are building homes is that the difference in the cost of building and the cost of buying a similar existing home has been shrinking. The price of building a home has not changed much at all during this recession, but the cost of existing homes went down and is now on the rebound. That makes building a home more attractive, although if you can find an existing home you love, it will still be substantially cheaper than building the same home.

In conclusion, with the existing home inventory shrinking and prices increasing, some retirees moving to Sequim are building homes again.

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Sequim Coffee

Sipping on gourmet Sequim coffee while looking at real estate is perfectly normal, especially since the northwest is the coffee capital of the country with Seattle being the birth place of Starbucks, which revolutionized the coffee industry and spawned dozens of major coffee companies around the world. There is a secret to making gourmet coffee, and for the first time I share it here.

Sequim Coffee

Incredible Sequim Coffee

Incredibly delicious Sequim coffee can be bought at four Sequim coffee shops: Starbucks, Hurricane Coffee, Adagio Bean & Leaf, and Rainshadow Coffee Roasting Company. But what do you do if you want to make the best cup of Sequim coffee at home, and consistently make unbelievably delicious cups of coffee every time? I discovered it, and although it took me many years, you will see how simple it is.

Let’s get the obvious out of the way. You must have the best coffee beans, and they must be fresh. I love Starbucks French Roast. You may have developed a taste for another brand or a different kind. Whatever your favorite brand, make sure the beans are the freshest by watching the dates.

Keep the beans sealed so they will stay fresh. Each time you are in the mood for that gourmet cup of Sequim coffee, grind it fresh for each cup. Heat your water for each cup, too, and preferably do not use a microwave unless you must.

The Perfect Sequim Coffee

Now here’s the key I want to share. A cheap coffee grinder is inconsistent, and your coffee will taste different from cup to cup. You must grind your beans to precisely the right size every single time, based on your own taste, and you must use exactly the same amount for each cup. How can you do that? Here’s the answer–a grinder like the one in this photo. It allows you to control precisely the grind and the number of seconds the grinder will run. It will grind from the finest espresso to a drip to something very course and everything in between. I prefer to pour hot water through the ground coffee in a filter directly into a cup.

If you want the best Sequim coffee you can possibly make at home, you will need this kind of high quality grinder, and this will be the most expensive piece of coffee making equipment you will own. My Breville coffee grinder is $179, and it was well worth it. Every day I enjoy a delicious hot cup of gourmet Sequim coffee. And then I go to work for my real estate clients.

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  • Where is Wisdom?

    Where is wisdom? This is the rhetorical question I have been asking for a couple of decades. This is a real estate blog, so I write about all the issues that concern buyers and sellers of real estate. With over 1,900 articles here, I strive to help buyers discover the answers to their most important real estate questions. At the foundation of every single article on this site is the focus on what is true. 

    Where is Wisdom

    Where is Wisdom?

    But just getting some facts still begs the question, where is wisdom? You need all the facts, and you need wisdom to make the best decisions for the rest of your life, especially as you go into your retirement years. Unfortunately, we are living in a time when selective facts and partial truths have become tools for those with hidden agendas. Listen to the news, to politicians, or just walk down the street, and you may be asking yourself, “where is wisdom?”

    To the best of my knowledge, there is not one single incorrect fact in the thousands of articles on this site. Why? Because the truth and accuracy are absolutely critical, and they are critically important here because integrity and honesty with our clients is everything. Should you ever find any statement that is not true, bring it to my attention, and tell me why it is not true. I will examine it and put it through the filter of truth.

    Where is Wisdom Today in Real Estate?

    Every fact and article on this blog must also pass the test of context and wisdom. The question, “where is wisdom?” is always front and center on this real estate blog. Read the articles, search for answers to your questions with our powerful search tool, email questions to It is my personal hope that if you ask “where is wisdom?” you will find it here.

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    Rain in Sequim: Sequim Weather

    Rain in Sequim? Yes. The joke is that it never rains in Sequim, but of course it does. We’ve had a dry summer, but it has rained generously on and off over the past few weeks, and for that we are grateful. The fields have turned green, and that’s a beautiful thing.

    Rain in Sequim

    Rain in Sequim

    The fall is always gorgeous in Sequim. The leaves have been turning orange and yellow and falling off the trees. The pine trees and the fields are a luscious green. The sunshine, the rain, and the rich soil in the Sequim valley all make for a very healthy environment. This is the time of year when we quit mowing our yards, because the grass stops growing. At the same time, our grass and fields are green throughout the winter, because it stays wet enough and we don’t have temperature extremes. It rarely freezes, so our grass stays green all winter. And you don’t have to mow it! This is a perfect scenario.

    Rain in Sequim and Sequim Weather

    The Sequim-Dungeness River has been high for a few days because of the steady rain. Since the river comes out of the Olympic Mountains, where there is always much more rain than in Sequim, the water comes pouring out of the mountains and down the Sequim-Dungeness River and into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. While the river has been at flood level, homes don’t get flooded here. It just means the water spreads out in some low areas, but there is no flood damage to properties or homes. 

    The rain in Sequim is welcome. I wish we could share some of our rain in Sequim with our friends in California.

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  • Sequim Homes on Zillow

    Zillow homes in Sequim can be viewed online, including homes sold. You can even enlarge a Zillow map of homes sold and open specific homes to see the history, the sales price, the photos, and more. Here is a Zillow map of homes sold by Chuck Marunde. Click on the map to go to the interactive map of homes sold. Use your mouse to enlarge and move the map and to open the full history and photos of homes.

    Sequim Homes

    Zillow Homes

    Zillow has some nice features, and many buyers are using Zillow to search for their Sequim home, but there is a caution. A lot of the Zillow data is incorrect, and in some cases grossly incorrect. I like the convenience of all the Zillow information on homes listed and sold, but I do recommend adding a local Sequim MLS site to your search so that you can look at the actual listing information on a specific home as posted by the local listing Realtor. You’ll find this site at Sequim MLS.

    Zillow Homes in Sequim

    You can pull up up all the Sequim homes for sale and their sales history directly on Zillow at Sequim Homes on Zillow.

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    Homes Sold More Than Once

    Some homes are on the market a long time before they sell, but some homes are sold once, twice, and even three times, like this home. I sold this home three times in the past two years. The first time it was a foreclosure, and it was really a disaster. The elderly woman who owned it, abandoned it and let it go into foreclosure. She moved out and left her furniture and personal possessions. It took over a year for the bank to complete the foreclosure. 


    Homes Remodeled

    My clients bought this home when others thought it was hopeless. They completely remodeled the home, inside and out, and turned it into a beautiful modern home. The next buyers had decided to move to Sequim, although the husband had a chiropractic practice in Silverdale, an hour away. After about 6 months of living in the home, their own adult children were moving to Silverdale, and they decided to buy a home closer to their children, so they put this home on the market.

    Homes Selling

    I sold it a third time for $239,000. Since the inventory for 3 bedroom, 2 bath homes is very limited, this was a good price for a 1,450 square foot home without a garage. It sits on almost one acre in a quiet and peaceful area near the end of a cul de sac a few miles northwest of downtown Sequim. 

    You can see what the current inventory looks like by viewing this list of all active Sequim MLS listings of 3 bedroom homes from $225,000 to $275,000: Sequim Homes.

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    Grateful for Veteran’s Day

    Veteran’s Day is an important day, and I’m grateful for our veterans who protect this great nation and our freedom. Some use the word “freedom” casually, but there’s nothing casual about the word “freedom.” Many have given their lives for you and me, and many have come home severely wounded. I never served on the front lines, but I’m proud to say I served in the USAF as a JAG (Judge Advocate General’s Office) during the first Kuwait war. I found this photo from 1989. I was a lot thinner then, had a giant pair of glasses, and still had hair, but I’m proud to have worn the uniform.

    Veteran's Day

    Veteran’s Day Celebrated

    Veteran’s Day reminds me that my father served in WWII driving a tank in the Army. He was part of “The Greatest Generation.” Today many veterans who served since WWII are retired in Sequim. Veteran’s Day reminds me of my own service at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas. I loved wearing the uniform. I loved the chain of command, the respect we had for each other, and the discipline we practiced.

    My job during the first Kuwait war was to prep the troops who were deployed to the Middle East. I had to brief them on what NOT to do in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq. Placing Americans, even disciplined members of our military, right in the middle of any Arab country was fraught with risk, and I’m not talking about the war risks. The sharp divide between the two cultural, social, religious, political, and judicial systems created a daily risk of potential conflict.

    A captain who returned from Iraq told me that one of the females under his command was seen driving a jeep by an Arab prince, and since women were not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, the prince chased her back to the base and angrily confronted General Norman Schwarzkopf in his tent by hitting the General in the leg with a small stick (like a little horse whip). While it is probably not on the record anywhere, the word was that the good General sent that prince flying across that tent with a single punch. Believe it or not, that incident did a lot to raise moral among the troops. Every single day our troops were there was a day in a boiling pot of intense circumstances. All these memories come back on Veteran’s Day.

    Veteran’s Day

    I miss wearing the uniform. I miss the order and respect in the chain of command. I remember the dedication of the enlisted people I worked with as well as the other officers. I’m proud to have served, but I’m prouder still of all our active duty veterans today. God bless them on Veteran’s Day!

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    Sequim Realtor Having More Fun

    At least one Sequim Realtor is having more fun than he has ever had in his life. How can a Realtor be having so much fun in the real estate business, and in Sequim, WA no less? I’m happy to share how this is happening. The answer isn’t so much about me as much as it is about you.

    Sequim Realtor

    Sequim Realtor Having Great Success

    The most fundamental reason I’m having so much fun is because my business plan and my marketing and my customer service and every single thing I do is built around my philosophy that my clients are at the center of the Universe, and everything I do flows out of that commitment. My clients’ interests are always placed at the center. Nothing trumps my clients’ needs and wants–not my commission, not my perceived needs, not my personal preferences. So why is this Sequim Realtor so happy about that? There are some very big implications to this approach, and they make the business and life of this Sequim Realtor dramatically different (and happier) than traditional real estate sales people.

    Sequim Realtor Different

    As a Sequim Realtor, Chuck Marunde shares why he is having so much fun. “I’m at a place in my life where all my real estate education and experience comes together for my clients, and that’s almost four decades of real estate sales, real estate law practice, teaching other Realtors, and writing real estate books. It has all come together and my interest in technology and in using the Internet to give buyers content-rich information about Sequim and buying and selling real estate have come together uniquely. There comes a point in one’s life when serving others becomes the greater part of satisfaction, and because I’ve had all this experience, it now gives me great pleasure to be able to answer virtually any question my clients have and to help them through any negotiation or challenging real estate situation. And the fact that my clients appreciate me and value what I can do for them (and they tell me they deeply appreciate my honesty as well), is incredibly rewarding for me.”

    “But something magical has happened along the way. My business model, which I developed 10 years ago and have been working diligently to perfect ever since, was and is built with the same philosophy–with my client’s best interests at the center of the Universe. That means my Internet marketing approach has been a smashing success. When buyers are searching for specific answers to their questions, they keep finding me, and my clients are the most amazing people I’ve ever met. That makes my work pure joy. And since my marketing system is working better than any of the traditional bricks-and-mortar models, I’m selling more homes than any other single agent by volume. All of this means my work is fun, rewarding, low stress, and I sell more real estate than my colleagues. But the greatest reward for me is what I’m able to do for my clients, and the fact that they appreciate me makes my work very fulfilling.”

    No wonder this Sequim Realtor is having so much fun!

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  • To Las Vegas From Sequim

    Las Vegas is an easy trip from Sequim. But the point is not just that Las Vegas to Sequim is an enjoyable and easy trip: the point is that traveling from Sequim to any major city in the United States is easy because of our local transportation network. It’s a pleasant 2 hour drive from Sequim to Sea-Tac, and from Sea-Tac you can fly to Las Vegas in 2 hours. From Sequim you are only a 2 hour flight to nearly half the U.S., all the way down the west coast and to the midwest. This makes taking trips or visiting children almost easy.

    Las Vegas

    Las Vegas to Sequim and Back

    I recently visited some of my own family and traveled from Sequim to Sea-Tac and to Las Vegas. The drive from Sequim to Sea-Tac includes both two and four lane highways that are rarely busy. Unless you’re traveling on a major holiday, you won’t see traffic jams. Sea-Tac is one of the country’s best airports, and while you’re waiting to board your flight, the restaurants and coffee shops are delightful. 

    Tips for Traveling to Las Vegas or Any City From Sequim

    If you are driving your own vehicle from Sequim to Sea-Tac for a few days to a week, you will want to park in a secure facility that is fenced and gated with full time employees. Some of the big Sea-Tac parking lots that are advertised are constantly experiencing car thefts and break-ins. They don’t tell you that, and there is a disclaimer of liability on the back of their tickets. I recommend MVP Parking. The cost is only about $10 a night, and it is secure 24/7.

    If you rent a car in Las Vegas, beware of false advertising. The promotional rates are rarely the true cost, and when you get to the rental desk to pick up your car, you may find out that with all the add-ons, your rental rate is two to three times the online quote. Plan way ahead on the rental car, and talk to human beings to get confirmations of what you will actually be required to pay. Otherwise, you car rental is likely to be more than your round trip flight tickets.

    By the way, Las Vegas is not interesting because of the gambling, the dancing girls, or any of the other nonsense. It is interesting because it’s a great place to visit family or attend a convention, and while there, you can sample some of the best restaurants in the entire country as well as some fascinating shops and art stores. Family, friends, good food. That’s the real fun in Las Vegas.

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    Games Real Estate Agents Play

    Do real estate agents really play games? Yes, there are a few who do. I first became a real estate agent 40 years ago, and I have seen real estate agents play all kinds of games. As a real estate attorney I saw some bad behavior among some real estate agents. There’s one game a small percentage of listing agents play that you need to watch out for when you make an offer on a property. Let me prequalify what I share in this article by saying that most real estate agents are honest professionals who practice with integrity. As a full time Realtor now, I love working with those kinds of professionals. But I abhor the games some real estate agents play, especially when those games involve lying to buyers or their agents.

    Real Estate Agents

    Games Real Estate Agents Play

    A buyer makes an offer on a property that has been on the market for a long time. The buyer’s agent submits the offer to the listing agent, and the listing agent says, “Oh what a coincidence. There’s another offer coming in today, too.”

    Of course, that could be true, and we would all assume that it is true. You could have a property no one wants for years, and suddenly on the exact same day two offers hit the listing agent’s desk. What a coincidence, right?

    Unless it is not a coincidence. Unless there is no other offer. Why would real estate agents play such a deceitful game? You need to hear the rest of the story.

    When the buyer’s agent is told by the listing agent that there’s a second offer, that buyer’s agent is obligated to share that with his own buyer. What if his buyer really wants this property? He may raise his offer to full price before the seller can accept the other (non-existant?) offer.

    Real Estate Agents Less Than Honest?

    What is the game real estate agents are playing if they do this? They are getting the buyer (you) to bid against yourself. That is unethical, and it is against the law. It’s called fraud. Apart from all that, it can cost you a lot of money if you get caught up in the games that real estate agents sometimes play. Granted, not all agents play such games. In fact, very few agents would be so dishonest, but does it happen? Yes, unfortunately it does. 

    And here’s the kicker. You will never be able to prove or disprove there ever was a second offer. The listing agent is not obligated to prove it to you when you make an offer, or even later after you close on the purchase. In other words, a listing agent could lie with no apparent repercussions, getting you to bid against yourself. [If an agent ever got caught, she could lose her license and be sued for fraud in civil court as well as under the criminal code.]

    Please don’t get caught in games some real estate agents play. Be discerning. Be wise. And be certain you are represented by a buyer’s agent who wasn’t born yesterday.

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    You can make an offer contingent on the sale of your home, but the seller may or may not accept it. Here’s how an offer contingent on the sale of your home can be structured.

    Offer Contingent

    Offer Contingent on the Sale of Your Home

    Standard contingencies in most offers would include things like a home inspection, financing, a septic inspection, and a well inspection. But there are two other types of contingencies. One includes an offer contingent on the sale of your current home. If your home is not currently pending, you’re asking a seller who may be thousands of miles away from you, to accept an offer that is subject to the conditions of another real estate market, another buyer, and perhaps contingencies in that offer. Some sellers in the Sequim, Port Angeles, or Port Townsend areas may not feel that is a strong offer. 

    On the other hand, the standard addendum with this kind of contingency includes a “bump clause,” which means the seller can accept your offer and keep his house for sale in case a better offer comes along. If a better offer comes along, you have the right to waive your contingency and proceed to closing, essentially matching the other offer. If your home hasn’t sold and you can’t cash out your Sequim seller, then you are bumped, and your transaction is terminated.

    Offer Contingent on the Closing of a Pending Sale

    A much more attractive offer contingent on the sale of your home happens when the sale of your current home is actually pending with a firm closing date. In that case, the seller in Sequim is going to feel better about signing an agreement with you, although it will still include a “bump clause.’

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  • Texas Floods Sending Buyers to Sequim

    Texas floods wreaked havoc in the spring and now again in the fall of this year. This has become such a recurring nightmare for so many Texans, more Texans are moving to Sequim this year. We’ve always had a strong connection with Texas. The hot weather, the Texas Floods, and the tornadoes are driving people to the Northwest, and when Texans do their online research, they keep finding Sequim. Sequim has everything they want and nothing they don’t want. We have no tornadoes, no floods, and no nightmare weather extremes. Sequim has become a magnet for retirees from Texas.

    Texas Floods and Loss of Life and Property

    When you have lived a lifetime in an area like Houston or Dallas or the outlying rural areas in Texas, it is nearly impossible to consider moving to another part of the country. It is understandable how people get emotionally attached to what they have always considered “home.” But the painful loss of life and property from these recurring Texas Floods are apparently causing many to make the transition to the Northwest where they are unlikely to ever see those kinds of losses again in their lifetimes.

    From Texas Floods to Sequim and the Blue Hole

    Imagine living where there are no temperature extremes. Summers in Sequim, WA are typically in the high 60s and low 70s, and winters typically range from the high 40s to the low 60s. Imagine living where it rains a perfect 16 inches per year, one-third the rainfall of Seattle, and yet only two plus hours west of Seattle. Imagine no droughts, no floods, no tornadoes, and no poisonous snakes.

    No wonder the Texas floods are chasing Texans to Sequim, and no wonder we have such a strong connection with Texas. Texans are welcome here, although we hope and pray for their sake that there will be no more nightmarish Texas Floods.

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    The Buyer’s Sequim Interview Deluxe

    What’s a Sequim interview deluxe? It is the Buyer’s ultimate interview about Sequim. Let’s set the context so I explain the benefits of a Sequim interview like this. You’re either retired or about to retire. You’re in your late 50s or early 60s, and you have been doing a lot of research online to help you decide where to retire. You have a lot of questions that need straight and thorough answers.

    Sequim Interview

    The Sequim Interview

    Buyers planning their retirement have many questions about very important issues, such as these: What is the climate and rainfall really like? What is the cost of living? What about property taxes, homeowner association dues, and water and gas? How is the traffic? What about shopping, like Costco, Home Depot, and grocery stores? How are the medical services? What about activities for seniors? What about recreational opportunities? Does the area have high speed Internet? And there are many questions about real estate, locations, drainage, wells and water management, septic systems, the state of the real estate market, and prices.

    Sequim Interview Offer

    Here is what buyers love–the ultimate Sequim interview with a 20-year resident, Chuck Marunde. The offer is a one hour interview or Q&A with Chuck when you come to Sequim. Chuck raised his children in Sequim, retired after a full career as a real estate attorney, and now runs the most successful virtual real estate brokerage in the area. He’s been answering questions for buyers for two decades. Learn more in this one hour than you will with hundreds of hours of online research or by talking to dozens of people who all have different ideas or agendas. Get the truth and get your questions answered so you can decide if Sequim is your retirement destination. You can email Chuck, but you can also schedule your time with him online right now in the link to the right called “Book Your Appt Online”.

    Now you know what a Sequim interview deluxe is all about.

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    What Makes Negotiating Hard?

    Negotiating for the best price and the best terms when you buy a home is often fraught with uncertainty, and it can be a tough job. Most buyers in the middle of negotiating will say that it is stressful and sometimes frustrating. So what makes negotiating so hard?


    Negotiating Can Be Hard

    There are many aspects to negotiating a real estate transaction, but there is one variable which can add to the difficulty more than any other. After I tell you, it will be obvious, but many would miss this. The biggest variable working on your side of the negotiating table is your negotiator, and in real estate that would be your Realtor. Let me share some real world scenarios.

    Keys to Negotiating Successfully

    When you have a reasonable buyer and an experienced and professional Realtor on one side and a reasonable seller and an experienced and professional Realtor on the other side, you have what will be a rational and good negotiating effort. Alas, rarely does a real estate transaction give us the perfect template.

    A seller may be a reasonable person, but if that seller is getting poor advice from a Realtor, the negotiating may come to a sudden end. A seller may be reasonable, and their Realtor may not be giving poor advice, but if their Realtor is inexperienced in negotiating, he/she may still chase the buyers away with inappropriate demands or excessive delays, or a buyer may pay too much.

    The negotiating experience of Realtors ranges from 1 to 10 on a scale of 10 where 10 is the most experienced. What level of experience would you demand when it comes to spending several hundred thousand dollars of your hard earned money? Many buyers hire a level 1 or 2 or 3 because they don’t do any research. Be careful. It’s your money. Why not find the 9 or 10 and hire him/her.

    If there was a single reason to hire the right Realtor, it would be negotiating skills. Everything else depends upon getting mutual acceptance, and if you don’t get that, nothing else matters. Negotiating effectively is everything.

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    Selling a home and buying a home at the same time is no small challenge, and there are many details to coordinate. Many clients have asked me, “What is the best way to handle selling a home back in (Colorado, California, Oregon, or Florida, etc.) and buying a home in Sequim?” How do you synchronize the closing date, the finances, and the moving trucks?

    Selling a Home

    Selling a Home to Buy a Home

    Here’s the scenario. John and Mary own a home in another state, and they recently decided that Sequim is where they want to retire. So they looked at some homes in Sequim, and they found one they love. It’s perfect. But they haven’t sold their own home yet, and they want the cash from their old home to purchase their new home. Their dilemma was how to coordinate and time everything for both the selling of a home in another state and the purchase of a home in Sequim.

    Selling a Home

    There are several options, and I have worked with clients who have used each one. First, you could take the most conservative approach and wait until you sell your home and have cash in hand before you make an offer on a Sequim home. But for some buyers, that means they will miss out on the ideal home, which will most likely be sold by then.

    The second approach is to get a loan on the new purchase before you’ve sold your old home. But for some people that means having two mortgage payments, unless your old home is paid off. And for some people that is a little risky because they don’t know how long it will take to sell their old home.

    The third approach is to get an equity loan on their old home (if it is free and clear or nearly free and clear), and use those fund to purchase their Sequim home. Now they’ve secured their retirement home without missing out on the opportunity, and they can pay off their loan when they sell their old home. Then the old home is sold and the loan paid off.

    If you need help working through the decision making process, call or email me anytime at 360-775-5424 or Selling a home and buying a home at the same time is challenging, but my clients do it all the time.

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    Watch Out for Craigslist Scams on Real Estate

    Craigslist scams are rampant, and even after all the news and widely publicized Craigslist scams, people are still falling to these scams. The major scam that many Sequim residents are seeing involves Sequim homes that are for sale being fraudulently offered as rentals by con artists. Today I’ll share how this scam works so you won’t get caught by it.

    Craigslist Scams

    Craigslist Scams for Rentals

    Con artists using this scam have been using it for about a decade now, and it continues even today. They have a few scripts that they use over and over again. One Craigslist ad will promote a local Sequim home that is for sale in the MLS as a rental home at a substantially reduced rental rate. They even steal a photo from the MLS to advertise it. You have to email them through an undisclosed Craigslist email, and there is no other contact information. These con artists are often in Ethiopia, India, or some other remote location. When you email them, they will email back that they are out of the country (sometimes on a “Christian missionary trip”) and that if you send the deposit of $1,250 (or a similar amount), they will arrange to have the keys delivered. Of course, they never deliver the keys.

    Beware Craigslist Scams

    By the way, you might wonder why Craigslist doesn’t stop these common Craigslist scams that have been going on for years and continue to this day. Craigslist does not have a customer support phone number or a direct email, and they never respond to support complaints reporting these scams. My suggestion is to simply avoid Craigslist altogether. If you want to look at 100% of all the local Sequim real estate listings for sale in the MLS with 100% accuracy and no scams, you can so that at

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    How to Sell My Home from an Industry Insider

    How to sell my home” is an important question if you want to sell your California or Colorado or Texas home prior to buying a home in Sequim. Maybe you’re in a hot market, and your home will sell the first day with offers above the listing price, or maybe you’re in a normal market or even a slow market, and it will take good marketing and time. The challenge for a homeowner without hands on experience within the real estate industry is that there are many myths about selling homes, and real estate professionals propagate some of these myths.

    How to Sell My Home

    How to Sell My Home

    If you plan to sell your home, this is a must read. Homeowners around the country want honest answers to their question, “How to sell my home.” The subtitle of the book is 20 Secrets You Need to Know. They are secrets only because the vast majority of homeowners don’t know them. This book reveals what the author has learned over three decades in the real estate business as a real estate attorney and a real estate broker. Just one of the chapters could save you from common traps for the unwary and save you tens of thousands of dollars. This book would be especially valuable for anyone who is planning to sell their home and retire, because at that phase in your life, you cannot afford big mistakes, and you need maximize your net proceeds from the sale of your home. This book will help answer a number of important questions about “How to Sell My Home.”

    Answers About How to Sell My Home

    Here are the chapter titles, which gives you a peek into the contents about “How to Sell My Home.”

    Myth 1: Traditional Advertising is All You Need
    Myth 2: You Need a Listing Agent to Sell
    Myth 3: List With the Highest Bidder
    Myth 4: Every Agent Has the Best System
    Myth 5: If It Doesn’t Sell, Try Something Different
    Myth 6: Just Keep Reducing the Price
    Myth 7: It’s Easy to Sell Your Own Home Today 
    Chapter 8: 26-Point Interview Checklist 
    Chapter 9: Never Let an Offer Die
    Chapter 10: How Important Are Photographs?
    Chapter 11: Accept Only Unambiguous Offers
    Chapter 12: Handling The Home Inspection
    Chapter 13: The Biggest Problem for Buyers
    Chapter 14: The Closing Date is a Moving Target
    Chapter 15: The 353 Day Short Sale
    Chapter 16: MLS Marketing & The Twilight Zone
    Chapter 17: What is Good Customer Service?
    Chapter 18: How to Have a Great Relationship With Your Agent

    The concepts and secrets in this book are relevant in any State in America. If you are selling where you live now in order to retire in Sequim or Port Angeles, this book could be very helpful. You will be able to answer the question, “How to Sell My Home” after reading this book, and you’ll learn what you don’t know about marketing your home, listing your home, and much more.

    To get a preview of Seven Myths or to purchase a copy, go to Seven Myths of Selling Your Home or to How to Sell My Home.

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    Sequim Hornets and Bees

    Sequim hornets have increased in aggressiveness this summer. I know from personal experience. I haven’t been stung in at least 15 years, and this fall I’ve been stung by hornets on two different occasions. I asked a pest inspector if Sequim hornets and wasps have increased this year, and he said, “most definitely”. 

    Sequim hornets

    Sequim Hornets and Bees

    Sequim has a very healthy bee population, and that is wonderful for the good work they do pollinating. Bees are not aggressive, and I work in my own garden with lots of bees visiting my flowers. They never bother me. But Sequim hornets have been a different matter this summer, and there’s a reason.

    Sequim Hornets in Hot Weather

    Hornets tend to be more aggressive than bees, and they are especially aggressive in hot dry weather. This summer has been a drought of a summer all the way up the west coast, and Sequim has been dryer than in many years past. According to one pest expert, the dry weather has brought hornets in closer to homes this summer. 

    So here’s my tip when you are looking at Sequim property. Be careful about turning over little well sheds that have not been disturbed for years. They make a great protected place for a hornets nest. Any outdoor shed makes a potential home for Sequim hornets. Yesterday while walking around a big barn, I was stung by a hornet that came out of a nest in the ground. It appeared they had nested in a mole’s hole. While Sequim hornets have not been any concern in the past, just be watchful this fall as you walk the fields and hunt for your ideal home, or you might be writing an article like this about how you got stung by Sequim hornets.

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  • Chuck E. Marunde, J.D.

    Founder and Broker of
    Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate dba iRealty Virtual Brokers
    435 W. Bell St. Suite A, Sequim, WA
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    Who is Chuck Marunde?

    Chuck Marunde is the #1 Sequim Buyer's Agent, having sold more homes (by volume) to buyers than any other agent or any "team" of agents for the past three years. He is the author of thousands of articles for buyers on this real estate blog, and he is the author of several real estate books for buyers and one for sellers. He is the creator of many free tools that buyers use and love every day. He is recognized as a national expert on real estate transactions, marketing, and negotiating. Please schedule your appointment to view homes with Chuck well in advance of arriving in Sequim.

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    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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